Science test tomorrow

Dear parents,

Tomorrow afternoon from 12-3 is the RISE science test. Students may bring gum, a drink and a snack to the test. Please no candy, noisy snacks, or soda.

If your child is sick, or unwell on the day, please do not send them in for the test. They will be allowed to make up the test at a later date.

Thank you!

Testing information and testing dates

Dear parents,

Below is information regarding RISE testing (this replaced SAGE) later this month and at the beginning of May. From the administration:

UT state standardized assessments (now called RISE and Aspire Plus) will be on the following days for our class. These assessments are important to us for several reasons.

The state assessment data are important to your family because the results are one way to communicate how much your child has learned in English language arts, writing, math, and science. At MMA, we know that these tests are but one indicator of a child’s progress in these content areas.

The state assessment data are important to us because determining what a student knows or does not know is a vital cornerstone in individualizing learning experiences, which is the basis of a Montessori education. The results help us to identify needs for new and additional materials, tailor professional development for teachers, and determine where to best invest school funding.

Taking tests is a practical life skill, required for college entrance as well many professions. Doctors, lawyers, teachers, contractors, nurses, and cosmetologists (to name just a few) all must take tests in order to enter their professions. Standardized testing in school provides a valuable opportunity to practice taking tests in a low-stakes environment, better preparing our students for future assessments – which is why we encourage all students to participate.

If you choose to opt your child out of testing, please complete the Parent Exclusion from State Assessments Form. This form must be handed from you to either Ms. Lana or Ms. René, who will take 5 minutes to review this form with you. We ask that these forms are submitted no later than April 12th. Thank you for your cooperation and support.

The testing dates for our class are:

  • Thursday April 18th from 12-3 Science
  • Tuesday April 23rd from 12-3 English Language Arts
  • Friday May 3rd from 9 – 12 Math
  • Friday May 10th from 9 – 12 Writing for 5TH GRADE ONLY

Your child can bring their own non-wireless headphones, a non-noisy snack, a water bottle, and previously I have allowed students to chew gum, but only during the test. We request that you try to ensure that your child gets a good night’s sleep, and if they are testing in the morning a good breakfast. If they are testing in the afternoon, then provided with a nutritious lunch.

As usual, any questions then please email me.

With thanks – John


Last call for drivers/chaperones

Dear parents,

We have 3 drivers/chaperones signed up for the field trip on Monday. Realistically, we probably need 5-6 drivers depending on vehicle size. If we can’t find enough drivers then we’ll have to cancel the field trip and it will be a normal school day.

If we do get to go, then the details are: be at North Shore parking lot at 8:30 in order to leave at 8:45 am. Arrive at the State Capitol Building for a 10 o’clock tour. We have a sack lunch at the State Capitol at 11:30. At 12:15, we make our way to the Pioneer Museum across the road, have a scavenger hunt, and then head back to school at 1:45 pm.

Normal school dress code please, in case we are not able to go.

To sign up to drive/chaperone:

Thank you everybody!




Readathon, early outs, field trip

Dear parents,

Thank you to those of you that supplied pies! It completely slipped my mind that it is “Pi Day” today, so I appreciate you supplying them at such short notice. Today is our “specials day,” meaning the children will be doing PE, music and computing, with a “Pi” activity at the end of the day.

Tomorrow, we have the library in the morning, some “show and teaches,” and then our “readathon.” I know that usually the children like to bring in blankets and pillows, but the administration has asked us not to allow it this time, instead to focus on the reading.

Tomorrow is also an early out. Please make sure you have arranged to collect your child at 1 pm. Then on Monday there is no school.

Lastly, a reminder that Monday March 25th is our field trip to the State Capitol in Salt Lake. If you can volunteer/chaperone to drive, please sign up using the following link: We will be meeting at North Shore Parking Lot at 8:30, leaving by 8:45 and then returing at 1:45 to be back in time for 3 pm pick up.

Thank you!


Literacy night and next field trip

Dear parents,

Just another reminder that the school’s Literacy Night is this coming Tuesday March 12th from 5:30-7 pm.

Our next field trip is Monday March 25th to the State Capitol Building and the Pioneer Museum in SLC. We will be leaving at 8:30 from North Shore parking lot. We have a tour booked at 10 am at the State Capitol. We will have lunch there (sack lunches please) and then briefly visit the Pioneer Museum nearby, before leaving SLC at 1:45 pm. Friday dress code and good shoes for walking please. Ms. Alisha will be posting a sign up on Trackitforward and I will let you know when that is done.

Thank you everybody who has volunteered to drive this year. We appreciate you all taking the time to support the children’s education. At the moment, there is just this trip and one in May to Crystal Hot Springs scheduled. There might also be a possibility of a trip to the Bear River Bird Refuge at the end of April – we shall see.

Thank you again – John