Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Elise Jankord on 28-08-2014

Dear Parents,

We are in need of volunteers to be certified drivers. This would help our classes be able to get around town, for scheduled field trips. Please refer to the link below to see if you are interested.


Miss Elise

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Elise Jankord on 28-08-2014

Dear Parents,

Please make sure that your child has quiet shoes with soles on the bottom. On Tuesday, we did a practice fire drill and several students just wearing socks. When we have a  real fire drill, we don’t have time to change into our outsides shoes. Therefore, I want their feet to be protected, from anything they could be walking on. Thanks for your help in keeping everyone happy and safe! 🙂


Miss Elise

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Elise Jankord on 24-08-2014


Back to school night is on Thursday, September 4th from 6:30- to 7:30. I hope to see everyone there. I am excited to reconnect with parents I have already met, as well as meet parents I haven’t quite met. yet!


Miss Elise

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Elise Jankord on 22-08-2014


I am so pleased with how this first week as gone! It was an adventure to figure out what works best for this class.  We had so much fun getting to know the new students as well as rekindling old friendships.  Everyone has so many unique gifts and talents that they have brought into the classroom. 🙂 I’m looking forward to getting to know everyone better, and being apart of all the fantastic experiences to come throughout the year!


Miss Elise

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Elise Jankord on 20-08-2014


This year we are doing a 5K race in order to raise money for the 6th grade field trip. I am already signed up and ready to run!!! Please print out this form, fill it out, and return it to the office at your earliest convenience. We appreciate


Miss Elise




Maria Montessori Academy’s 6th Grade Presents the

2014 Race for the Redwoods 5k

Registration Form

2505 North 200 East

North Ogden, Utah 84414

Phone (801) 827-8015

Race Registration Information

Payment Information

Date: _______________________________________ Name: _______________________________________ Check or Cash

Address: _____________________________________

____________________________________________                                                                                                                      Checks Payable to:

City: ________________________________________                                                                                                                        MAPA

State: ___________________ Zip:________________

Phone: ______________________________________                                                                                                                  (Sorry No refunds)

Shirt Size (circle one) – S M L XL Age: _____

Gender: M F

Email Address: _______________________________


In consideration of this entry being accepted, I, for myself, heirs and assigns, hereby waive and release any and all claims for personal damages I may have against Maria Montessori Academy and the MAPA Committee, the MMA Board of Directors, Race Officials, and all sponsors and volunteers of the 2014 Run for the Redwoods 5k.

Signature: ____________________________________________

Note: Parent or guardian’s signature required if participant is under 18 years of age.

4th Annual 6th Grade Field Trip Fundraiser 5k

2014 Race for the Redwoods

Date: 09/13/2014

Start Time: 8:00 am

Registration: 7:00am – 7:45am

Location: MMA: 2505 N 200 E, North Ogden

Individual Entry Fee: $15.

Individual Entry Fee without a t-shirt: $10

Special Family Rate: $40 for 4 or more members of the same family.

Family Rate without a t-shirt: $30

First 4 members will get a free t-shirt. Additional t-shirts can be purchased for $6 each.

Support our 6th graders as they continue their fundraising efforts and raise money for their 6th grade field trip to California!


Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Elise Jankord on 17-08-2014

Ms. Elise & Ms. Carolyn’s Classroom



Welcome to our classroom! We are so excited to have each of you and your children here with us!  We cannot wait to discover their personalities and see what unique qualities they will bring to our room.


Classroom Information and Student Achievement

Please respect the first 6 weeks of school. Please try to avoid being absent during this time, including vacations.  This period of time is essential where the dynamics of the classroom are being formed; the children are learning their environment and curriculum, establishing time management skills as well as establishing themselves intellectually, emotionally and socially. We will be creating a community in our classroom and building teams by playing cooperative games and other activities. We’ll be getting to know the children and doing placement testing.



School starts promptly at 8:30 a.m.  If your child is not in the building by 8:30 in the morning, you will have to walk your child into the school and check him/her in at the office, and they will be considered tardy.  Please help your child be on time to school.  It is very important to his/her education to be here on time so that they may start their day calm and relaxed, not rushed and stressed.


Cosmic Education

The 6-9 year old is in a sensitive period for the acquisition of culture. They have an innate need to learn about the world around them and their place in it. Maria Montessori called her curriculum the “Cosmic Curriculum”. What this means in simpler terms is that we have an integrated science and social studies and cultural curriculum. While we have separate math and language works, they serve as a support for the cultural core. Botany, history, geography, zoology and physical science are the areas of focus in order to help the child understand the world around them. We also incorporate art and music into continent studies. Our continent focuses this year will be Asia and Australia . The curriculum map will be posted on the blog for your knowledge. Please take the time to extend your child’s learning by taking them to museums, walks or simply help them make connections between what they are learning at school and their home life.



Each child will progress at his/her own pace through the lessons for their level. As teachers we constantly observe the child and provide them with an environment (lessons, materials, guidance and encouragement) that will help the child strengthen their interpersonal development.


Your child’s work will not be given a traditional grade. The children will help conduct the parent teacher conference by reviewing their goals and showing you their progress in their journals.



You will NOT find traditional homework every day and there will not be much completed work sent home. Your child will be recording most of their work in their composition notebooks.


Reading Homework

Your child will have many opportunities to read and be read to in the classroom and we highly encourage reading at home. Research shows that reading at home with your child is more effective at creating a successful reader than any reading drills, expensive programs or instruction. We’d like to recommend at least 20 minutes a day.


Please attend Parent Education nights and Parent Teacher Conferences- these are opportunities to see your child’s work and to better understand the Montessori curriculum.


We have a classroom blog.  This is a great tool to keep you updated on what we are studying and the community resources available to enhance your child’s learning and reading. This is a great avenue to integrate school learning with family time.


Procedures, Routines and Leadership

We are excited to be implementing Stephen Covey’s 7 Habits from into our classroom:  Be Proactive, Begin with the End in Mind, Put First Things First, Think Win- Win, Seek First to Understand then to be Understood, Synergize and Sharpen the Saw. 


Please seek opportunities for your child to be a leader outside the classroom. Recognize and compliment them when they are acting as leaders, and please share these stories with us. Practical life lessons, caring for the classroom environment, are implemented as part of the elementary curriculum and as well as leadership opportunities with peers.


Grace and courtesy is part of our everyday culture in the Montessori classroom; pushing in a chair, closing a door quietly, self-control and conflict resolution are a few examples of practicing grace and courtesy.  Don’t be surprised if they want to implement some of these at home!


In addition, there are no scheduled bathroom breaks in our school. Your child will be allowed to use the bathroom as needed. In order for this program to be successful, it will be necessary for us to demonstrate how to take care of the bathroom environment without supervision.


PE, Art and Music

Studio Fridays are a specified rotation of Art, Music, and PE. There is an additional 30 minute PE program.. This program meets state curriculum standards and is lots of fun, our day and time are not yet determined.



There is a philosophical reason behind snack time in the Montessori Method.  Your child will gain the skill of helping to prepare (cutting apples, etc) and clean up snack and serve their classmates. This teaches leadership and is one of the children’s favorite activities. We will be teaching healthy eating habits and ask that only healthy snacks be brought for this time. We really need your help for this food preparation/snack time to work. If everyone participates you will only have to provide snack once every 3 months! (That’s only 3 times a year!) Fresh produce from your garden is a welcome snack as well.


Recess and Lunch

Recess will before lunch for the lower elementary. Lunches must be brought from home. Please send a small ice pack in your child’s lunch box if the food needs to be kept cold. Please do not send anything that needs to be warmed in the microwave longer than one minute. Please do not send drinks with colored dyes to protect the carpet.



When it is your child’s birthday, we honor your child with a Celebration of Life. We will send a note home reminding you of this event.  In our classroom we will have our Celebration of Life in the afternoon after 2:30 or in the morning. We ask, if possible, for you to come and provide pictures for each year of your child’s life as well as sharing something specific for each year of life. We ask that no younger siblings attend so that we can focus on your child’s special day. Please NO food for celebrations. If you would like to donate a book in honor of your child you may.  If your child’s birthday occurred in August before school started, you may opt to have a Celebration of Life during the first few weeks of school or at the last few weeks of school. For June and July birthdays, we can celebrate your child’s birthday the last few weeks of school. 


Suggested Healthy Snacks

 Any fresh fruit or vegetables

Celery/carrots/broccoli and ranch dip


Graham Crackers

Peanut butter (Many children are allergic so please offer an alternative.)

Whole grain bagels or bread with cream cheese or butter

Strawberries, cantaloupe, oranges, grapes, apples, pears,

Snack-sized fruit cups

Dried fruit such as raisins or fruit leather

Granola or granola bars

Whole Wheat Crackers

            Dry cereal (no sugar coatings)


            Rice cakes


            Tortilla chips & salsa



Snacks do not need to be preassembled.  Teachers assist children with this.


Please! No candy, sodas, chips/Cheetos, or red drinks (to prevent stains).


 Thank you for understanding our commitment to healthy minds and bodies.


Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Elise Jankord on 15-08-2014

I appreciate everyone signing up for snacks. I made a list of healthy and nutritious snacks if you need any ideas.


Snack Ideas

Whole Grain Breads



String Cheese


Granola bars

Dried Fruit

Graham Crackers

Crackers and cheese

Trail Mix

Fresh Fruit

  Fresh Vegetables

Please make sure that we help keep it healthy and nutritious 🙂




Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Elise Jankord on 15-08-2014

Dear Parents,
I posted on the blog that the orientation time was from 1:00 to 3:00 on Friday, but our class specifically is from 1:00 from 1:45. I apologize for the miscommunication of times.
Miss Elise

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Elise Jankord on 14-08-2014

Hello Parents,
I would like to know if there is anything I need to know about your child before school starts, relating to medical and allergies. I am going to make a list and have an understanding of every child, in order to keep them safe and happy at school. Email me at your earliest convenience.
Miss Elise

Filed Under (Uncategorized) by Elise Jankord on 12-08-2014

Dear Parents,

We will be having an orientation for 1st graders and new students on Friday, August 15th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm. This will be a time to have students become familiar with their new surroundings and to form relationships before school starts. Ms. Carolyn will be outside with a sign to greet new students on orientation day!


Miss Elise