Updates/ No School Monday

We have computers every Thursday. All the lower el. students use the headphones through the week. These are not being restored properly and some of them have become tangled. Also, there is hygiene to consider with multiple student use. If you would like to purchase earbuds or headphones for your child, we would be happy to store them in the classroom in a zip lock bag for them to use during computer time. Please don’t feel obligated because we can problem solve this issue if you don’t have the means to purchase headphones.

We have also noticed that many student’s slippers are falling apart and wanted to give you a heads up if you see any on sale to buy for your child.

Have a great long weekend in honor of Martin Luther King Jr.’s Legacy. Never underestimate the power and impact you can have to make a difference for the good in the world.

STEM Week

Greetings,

We have a fun filled week with STEM assemblies, lessons, and student projects. This week the upper elementary classes are displaying their projects in the front hallways. Lower elementary will be displaying their projects next week. Level 3s (3rd graders) on Tuesday or Wednesday, level 2s (2nd graders) on Thursday, and level 1s (1st graders) on Friday. We would like to have the projects coming in this week and no later than Friday, January 18th. If you need more time, please communicate with me.

Have a wonderful day!

Ms. Holly

SCREENAGERS documentary, January 10th

On January 10th from 6-7:30 PM, MMA will be screening the documentary SCREENAGERS for all interested parents, students and friends of the school in the Junior High commons area.

SCREENAGERS – The average child in America spends more time consuming electronic media than going to school, with many teenagers going online “almost constantly.” In SCREENAGERS, physician and filmmaker Delaney takes a deeply personal approach as she probes into family life to explores parental struggles over social media, video games, academics and internet addiction. Through poignant and funny stories along with insights from authors, psychologists, and brain scientists, SCREENAGERS reveals how tech time impacts kids’ development and offers solutions on how adults can empower kids to best navigate the digital world and find balance.

Winter Concert

The winter concert will be located in the new gymnasium December 17th at 6:30 pm. Orchestra students need to arrive by 5:45 pm. All other students should arrive no later than 6:15 pm.

Students should wear a solid color top and black bottoms.

If you have any questions contact clunt@mariamontessoriacademy.org

Pizza Party

We are excited to announce that we won the door decorating contest for red ribbon week. We will be celebrating tomorrow with a pizza party. They will only get one slice of pizza, so make sure to provide your child with other food if this will not be substantial.

January Home Project

We have made some small changes to the project expectation which will be due Friday, January 18th.  The changes are as follows:

Level 1: Will research and present on a scientist

Level 2: Will do a project using the scientific method

Level 3: Will present on either simple machines or forces of motion

I will include the original write up below.  Your child’s project will be set up in the hallway for a day for it to be seen school wide during STEM week starting January 22nd. They will also present their project to their classmates.

Please note, they will likely not be ready to explore their ideas until the foundation lessons have been presented.  I would suggest opening the conversations once we enter the month of December.

Structure November 26th-January 11th

Stem Fair January 14th

The theme STRUCTURE is what your child will be studying during our third thematic unit.  To relate the theme STRUCTURE to our STEM Festival the week of January 14th, STRUCTURE can mean certain processes scientists use or explore such as the scientific method, the physical structure of matter or the structure of the universe, the structure of the classification of living things and so much more. There’s a lot to explore!

For the STEM Fair home project, we will ask that your child create a science presentation based on Utah state science standards they’ve been studying in class.  We want to treat our STEM Fair not as a general “Science Fair,” but rather a celebration of science.

A science celebration presentation is not limited to just a tri-board.  Listed below are ideas your child can choose from (but are not limited to) for the STEM Fair.

Some ideas include, but are not limited to:

  • Poster or tri-fold board
  • Brochure
  • Hands-on experiment with write-up
  • Experiment demonstration by student (must be able to show over and over)
  • Create a board game
  • Video (Example: Make their own Bill Nye)
  • Performance or skit
  • Diorama
  • Create a book
  • Create a lesson or work

Below is a list of state standards that your student should be familiar with by the second half of the year when we hold our STEM fair:

1st grade- Scientific Method on Earth/Space sciences, Life sciences, or Force and Motion

2nd grade- Scientific Method on Earth/Space sciences, Life sciences, or Force and Motion

3rd grade- Sun, Earth, Moon relationship, Living and Non-living within an Environment, Forces and Motion, Gravity, Heat and Light

Parent Education Night Thursday, December 6th from 5:30-6:30

Parent Education Night
 
Mark your calendars for an exciting, educational evening. Our teachers have heard you and understand that you would like more knowledge about what Montessori looks, sounds, and feels like, how it can benefit you and your child, and a better connection to some of its vocabulary. We will host a night with two prime topics being featured: Grace and Courtesy (Communication, Independence, Movement, and Self-Discipline) and The Benefits of Montessori (how it differs from traditional schooling). After a short introduction together in the small gym, we will break out into groups to discuss the two topics. We look forward to seeing you all there! Any questions can be directed to sellis@mariamontessoriacademy.org or jhall@mariamontessoriacademy.org.

Hill Aerospace Museum Field Trip

We will meet the chaperone drivers at 11:20 am at North Shore parking lot Thursday, November 29th. We plan to leave the school at 11:30 am. The students are eating lunch before we leave and a parent is bringing a snack for the students for later. Make sure your child has a coat and good walking shoes. We will return to the school around 2:30 pm.