FUN RUN INFO

Parents,

Our school offers incredible field experiences for our students throughout the year.  These experiences culminate in the 6th grade Redwoods trip and the 9th grade Crow Canyon trip.  While students are asked to contribute towards the costs of these trips, their contributions only cover a portion of the actual costs.  In order for our school to continue to provide amazing experiences for all of our students,  we need your support through fundraising efforts!

Please register your child on funrun.com tonight! The process is very simple and will only take a minute or two.
Our class is having a blast preparing for the Maria Montessori Academy Fun Run coming up soon! We’ve also begun to learn how to solve problems using character through Boosterthon’s character theme, MindSpark Mystery Lab. While they’re teaming up with the MindSpark Kids to solve mysteries, your students will learn five 21st-century character traits that will help strengthen themselves and our world. Make sure to ask your students what they’ve learned each day, and together you can watch the story unfold on funrun.com!

Remember, we need your help connecting to sponsors who can make a pledge to help our school! Please make sure all pledges for the Maria Montessori Academy Fun Run are entered on funrun.com. The more pledges we get, the more incentives our class earns on our Pledge-O-Meter.

Thank you for your generosity and support of our school. If you have any questions, please let me know.

UPCOMING EVENTS

Jan 21, 2019                         NO SCHOOL: MARTIN LUTHER KING JR /CIVIL RIGHTS DAY

5th year Assembly Thursday – Reaction Time Science

Jan 29, 2019                        CHILI COOK-OFF (AFTER SCHOOL)

Feb 1, 2019                           MMA BOOSTERTHON FUN RUN (DURING SCHOOL)

Feb 13 to 15, 2019               PARENT-TEACHER/ PARENT-STUDENT CONFERENCES (SIGN-UPS ON TRACK IT FORWARD)

SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR

Feb 18, 2019                        NO SCHOOL: PRESIDENT’S DAY

Feb 26, 2019                        SPELLING BEE/ SPELLING BEE WEEK

Feb 2019                               LAST WEEK: HISTORY WEEK

MMA BOOSTERTHON FUN RUN
MMA is hosting a Fun Run (similar to the old Jump Rope for Hearts), meaning there is no selling or delivering products. Once our program begins next week on January 23rd, family and friends anywhere in the world can support our school by giving pledges toward the number of laps your students will run on the day of the Fun Run: February 1st.
Our Fun Run will be powered by the Boosterthon Fun Run, a fun organization that organizes Fun Runs all over the country. This year 2,900 schools like ours will run their fun run through Boosterthon. We’re excited for their expertise and making this EASY on everyone involved—including you!
Our Fun Run also comes with a world-class character theme. This year’s theme is MINDSPARK MYSTERY LAB, combining S.T.E.A.M skills (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) with character-building – which is a beautiful follow-up to STEM week. While they’re teaming up with the MindSpark Kids to solve mysteries, our students will learn five 21st-century character traits that will help strengthen themselves and our world. Through this year’s Fun Run, our school goal is to raise $8,000 for field experiences, such as Redwoods and all other field trips.
We need YOUR help! Teachers will give you more information next week. Brainstorm with your student to think of people to contact and promote this fundraiser. Then, help them register their pledges online when given the logins.
We can do this!

What a week!

We made it through STEM week and had a blast while doing it! This week all students participated in a variety of assemblies, experiments, and other activities to understand more about STEM and STEAM in their world. We have discussed a great deal how each letter in this acronym impacts our daily lives. Ask them about it and see what they can tell you. They also have been working on essays related to this topic. Ask them to share it with you, or if they don’t have as much done on it, help them work on it over the weekend.

We have a new assistant! Ms. Emily has joined us now and has stepped right in to the mix to understand and help. She has previous experience working with children and in schools. Soon, you will be able to view her bio on the MMA website.

As previously posted, students are now looking forward to the Spelling Bee and conferences in February. Letters went home and will come home again for the spelling bee and Parent-Teacher Conference sign-ups are ready on Track-it-Forward. This year, these conferences will be a Parent-Student format where parents will interact with their student and the student’s portfolios. Students will be showing and speaking about the things they have been learning and show/share some of their proudest moments. I will be present to assist and answer any other questions.

Our students are making good progress in both reading and math. I am very pleased and think that they are as well. The DYAD reading we have been participating in and the extra time spent on their core math understandings are paying off. We will be continuing these two practices while building their grade level and above level skills in these areas.

Looking forward to seeing you at the upcoming events!

SCREENAGERS – Movie shown tomorrow!

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.

 See you there!

Happy Holidays!

I have so enjoyed our week this week and I have heard so many wonderful compliments from the children that we have had a great week. I appreciate being in a school that respects the whole child and remembers that life requires more than academics. I felt so proud of our class for being so friendly and wanting to have a very large table to sit together and eat at lunch time. Many times through the year so far, I have witnessed how the students have created larger and larger circles to include each other. Granted, there will be times when friends need time apart and we honor that too. Yet, I loved the feeling in our classroom this week with the children coming together as a community and truly using those social skills well.

I want to wish everyone a very happy holiday season and hope that each of you can enjoy it to its fullest. We will be very busy as soon as we return from break, so it is good to get a rest first! See the notes below for some reminders for the immediate weeks we return.

Jan 3        Return to School!

Jan 10       Parent Education Night-Details to come

Jan 11        NO SCHOOL – Professional Development Day for Teachers

Jan 14-18        STEM Week – (See below for schedule) BE SURE TO BE WORKING ON SCIENCE FAIR (6th) INVENTION CONVENTION (5th) and READ SCIENCE MATERIAL BEING SENT NEXT WEEK (4th)

Jan 18        JA Biztown Field Trip – 5th Years

Jan 21        NO SCHOOL – Martin Luther King Jr. Observance Day

STARBASE:
Monday January 7, 2019
Tuesday January 15, 2019
Wednesday January 23, 2019
Wednesday January 30, 2019
Wednesday February 6, 2019
STEM WEEK SCHEDULE

Monday (14)

  • STEM assembly rotation – LE/ UE (Amy) AM 9-12:00, presenters

Tuesday (15)-

  • 6th years – STARBASE

Wednesday (16)

  • Science Fair 6-8th years (JH Gym)

Thursday (17)

  • Presenters

Friday (18)

  • JA Biztown-5th years
  • Aquarium Assembly – 6th years

 

 

WALK THE STEM MUSEUM (Science Hall Displays)

Monday (14)

  • 5th N (Elementary halls) Invention Convention

Tuesday (15)

  • 5th S (Elementary halls) Invention Convention

Wednesday (16)

  • NO DISPLAYS

Thursday (17)

  • 4th N (Elementary halls) In-class projects displayed

Friday (18)

  • 4th S (Elementary Halls) In-class projects displayed

Winter Lights Celebration for Students – Dec. 20st

The children have been discussing possible celebrations and activities they would like to experience this season. They have elected to have a small soup and bread feast, along with a secret gift giving activity for the 20th. Students will receive a lights celebration assignment to look up and create a small presentation. They can work with the other person assigned to that celebration or they can work alone. They will have some time in class too. Students will present these on the 19th!

They also will be assigned their secret gift giving student. Please keep the cost below $10 and simple gifts are usually the best. On the day of the event, we will bake and have several activities in the morning, then eat our feast mid-day and wrap up with some relevant reading and gift giving in the afternoon. We need hot chocolate, peppermint sticks, soup, and bread roll donations. Anyone who wishes to help with this, please contact me at sellis@mariamontessoriacademy.org or Jen Noyes at noyesbush@msn.com. The children are super excited! Help us make this wonderful!

Busy Times!

PLEASE REVIEW THE FOLLOWING UPDATES!

This month is super busy as I’m sure you know from your own personal lives. There will be several posts today. Please take the time to read each one and see where and how if relates to you and your student. Thank you!

Today is a walking field trip for the 4th and 5th years and a Science Fair movie for the 6th years. All students are working on STEM projects, both in class and as their home projects. Sixth years are working on Science Fair. Fifth years are working on Invention Convention. And 4th years will be working in class with me on their STEM projects. I will send home material to read over break and when we return, we will get busy in class on the experiments of it. Thus, students today are looking for books and materials related to their projects at the library.

 

Dear Families,

Please take a few moments to complete this anonymous Stakeholder Survey before it closes on December 14th. We need your feedback as change only comes when we know where we can improve.

The survey link is https://goo.gl/forms/crazDfVKIu8ENemv2.

If you would like to be entered into a drawing for a $25 gift card, please take a screenshot of the last page of the completed survey and send it to info@mariamontessoriacademy.org.

 

FIFTH YEARS – JA BIZTOWN

Students need to be working through their Biztown books as best they can. Some activities, we don’t get to do, due to the nature of the environment. However, the basics of each skill is something we do get to do. We want to give a huge shout out to  our very own Cyan Mitchell, who has been voted in as Mayor of JA Biztown this year. Our class has two businesses to run: United Way and Smith’s Marketplace. It’s going to be great fun. That said, we need FOUR VOLUNTEERS to go with our group. If you would like to volunteer, please email me at sellis@marimontessoriacademy.org or through REMIND. It is an all-day activity and is on Jan 18th. Thank you!

 

SIXTH YEARS – STARBASE

Dear Sixth Grade Families,
Our sixth grade students have the unique opportunity to attend STARBASE on Hill Air Force Base.  This is a wonderful STEM program offered to very few schools in Northern Utah.  The permission slip has already been sent home and returned to school by each family, thank you.  This is a five day field trip one day a week for five weeks.  The dates for this wonderful experience are:
STARBASE:
Monday January 7, 2019
Tuesday January 15, 2019
Wednesday January 23, 2019
Wednesday January 30, 2019
Wednesday February 6, 2019
It is your responsibility as parents to get your child to and from STARBASE on each of the dates listed above.  I encourage you to carpool with each other.  I would like permission from each family to send out a list of the sixth grade parents e-mail addresses to each of you so you can coordinate rides.  Please let me know as soon as possible if you do not want me to share your e-mail address with the other sixth grade families.
STARBASE in on Hill Air Force Base; we have a few plans to get your students on base.  Other schools hire a bus to get them to and from STARBASE.  A bus costs $500.00 a day so that is not an option for us.
Our first plan is to meet at The Aerospace Museum and STARBASE will send a Hill Air Force Base bus to come pick us up and transport us to and from STARBASE.  The information for this plan is located here. Roy Gate Base Bus   One last thing, I can not press upon you enough not to be late dropping off or picking up. The use of the base bus is a courtesy that has been extended to STARBASE and we do not want to keep them waiting; especially if they have other routes.
The second plan if the Hill Air Force Base cannot come get up for some reason is to have parents transport their child onto base.  In order for anyone to get onto base they need to provide some information.  Please fill out this form with the appropriate information if you think there is any possibility you might drive to or from this field trip one of the days.  TRANSPORTATION FOR BASE ACCESS ’18  STARBASE needs this information by December 20th.  Please get this information to me as soon as possible.  Once this information is turned over to security forces we will not be able to add any drivers.  If you think there is a small chance you may drive your child then please fill out this form.  These are the instructions for getting to the South Gate.  South Gate Contingency Plan ’18
If you have any questions please let me know.
Upper Elementary Team
Currently, we have one driver who has provided her information to the base. Anyone else who wishes to be considered to go on base at any time during the dates of STARBASE needs to return an email with their license number, name, and state issued, IMMEDIATELY. Thank you.
MORE TO COME!

Parent Education Evening Dec 6th 5:30 PM

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.