We want to thank everyone who came and participated in Parent Teacher Conferences earlier this month.  It was wonderful meeting with all of you and discussing the progress your children have been making.  We have wonderful students and families in our class and it is a pleasure working with all of you!

Thank you, as well, to all of the parents who helped drive students to the Newsies field trip this week.  We had a great time!

Speaking of driving for field trips, we have our field trip to the Hogle Zoo this Wednesday!  Please let us know ASAP if you can help drive students on this trip.  We had a few parents sign up to help at conferences, but we could use a few more.  We will send out the Track it Forward sheet for you to sign your child up for a carpool tomorrow.

This past week was challenging.  All of us were a bit out of sorts with the tragic loss of Molly and Troy Cox, two members of our MMA family.  Petra and I did our best to support those students who were struggling and maintain a sense of normalcy for the students overall.  We did have several of the students in our class spend some time with the grief counselors that were available at the school on Wednesday.  We will continue to support the students and help them to process and understand their grief during this difficult time.

Our next home project will be due on November 15th.  This is the project about America that will be part of our school’s Cultural Festival.  We decided to leave this project pretty open-ended.  Students may choose to study anything about America that is of interest to them.  Please let me know if your child needs help narrowing down their ideas.  This project should be on a tri-fold board that can easily be displayed on a table top.  We will not be distributing specific questions that need to be answered, as we anticipate the topics being quite varied.  The display should be attractive and the topic well represented with information and pictures.  Students should be able to present information on their topic to parents, teachers, and students who will be walking around to see the different displays.

There are a couple things that our class will be working on that we’d love you to reinforce at home.  Some of our students are struggling to be kind to others.  We will be having some lessons to reinforce that our words and actions matter and that they affect those around us.  Everyone deserves to be treated with respect, even those people that we may not like.  Another thing that we will be working on is our noise level.  We have a chatty class this year and it can make learning and focusing difficult.  We will be practicing speaking with quieter voices and limiting our conversations during class time to things that pertain to our lessons and works.  Reminders at home go a long way toward helping the students make better choices at school.

Petra and I love your children and are grateful for the opportunity to work with them.  Please let us know if you have any concerns or questions!




Parent Teacher Conferences

Please sign up for a time to come in for Parent Teacher Conferences.  They will be held October 15-17th.  Please remember that school gets out at 1:00PM on these days.  Also, check out the book fair happening during conferences in the library.  If you haven’t signed up for an account on Track It Forward, you will need to do so in order to sign up for a conference appointment.  Let me know if you have any questions.


Original Works

Original Works order forms went home today.   Here is a Q & A from Ms. Rachael Bush, the coordinator of this fun fundraiser.  As a reminder, the money raised from this fundraiser goes directly to our classroom!


Original Works Q & A:


What is Original Works?

Turn your child’s art into keepsakes (mugs, tote bags, pot holders, pillowcases, keychains, night lights, etc.). This fundraiser benefits your child’s classroom directly.


What if my child didn’t do or complete their art?

Complete it now! Art needs to be on plain 8.5”x11” paper (cardstock is best for durability). No 3-D art (glitter, pipe cleaners, etc.) and no copyrighted art. Must be original! Whatever you turn in with your payment will be considered complete.


What if my child made more than one piece of art?

You need one order form per piece of art. The order form needs to be filled out and taped to the back of your child’s art.


What if I have a child who wants to participate and isn’t at MMA?

Anyone can submit art. All you need is an order form and to designate which teacher you want to benefit!


How do I pay?

Write a check made to Original Works and attach it to the order form or write your credit card number on order form.


When are orders due?

Art, order forms, and payment must be returned to the front office by October 17th.


What needs to be on the art?

Your child’s name, teacher’s name, and a T designating the top of art must be written on the back of each piece of art.


When will keepsakes arrive?

Friday, November 30th!



Email rachael.bush@gmail.com

Fall Festival

You won’t want to miss this years Fall Festival! We have a lot of exciting surprises in store!  It is this Friday, October 12th from 4-7PM.


Purchase your tickets online at:

Any tickets/wristbands purchased online will be available for pickup at the “ticket drive-thru” or at the will call booth the night of the festival. Pre-sale prices are good now thru October 11th.

Ticket Drive Thru dates will be: October 8, 9, 10, & 11 in the north east corner of the North Shore parking lot from 2:45-3:30 pm or October 8 & 10 from 8-8:30 am


From our MAPA President:

Hi Parents,

Thank you so much to everyone who has already signed up to help at Fall Festival! October is a pretty busy month as far as MAPA and volunteering go so we need help from so many. If you haven’t had a chance to sign up yet there is still time. We need several more volunteers to keep all of the activities open. This year MAPA will be implementing the “no volunteer, no activity” moto again. This means that any time we have a volunteer need and no one has signed up that activity will be closed for the time slot.

Not only do we have Fall Festival this month we also have Parent Teacher Conference dinners and Book Fair October 15-17th.

Please, please follow the link and sign up where you are able. Please note there are multiple signups for all events on the calendar. If one is full please click on the next signup sheet. If you have any questions you can email MAPA at mapa@mariamontessoriacademy.org.


Angela Voraotsady



Well, we are over a month into the school year!  Only eight more to go!  We are off to a great start so far.  We have established classroom routines and are fully into our work cycle.  Most of the students were so anxious to get to work that it was a smooth and beautiful transition.  We have a few holdouts, but for the most part, everyone is eagerly working and craving new lessons.

One part of our routine that many students are struggling with is our student planners.  We started using our planners the second week of school.  They should be coming home and getting signed every day and then coming back to school.  Please ask your student about their planner if you haven’t been seeing it.

Our first field trip on Friday was wonderful!  It was a beautiful day and we learned lots of interesting things about our country’s history.  Thank you to all of the parents who helped make this a success.  We couldn’t do field trips without you!  We actually have three field trips coming up in October.  The first on is for 4th graders only on October 4th.  We will be going to the American West Heritage Center by school bus.  We won’t need any chaperones for this trip.  Be looking for a permission slip to come home this week.  Our whole class will be going to see Newsies at Weber High on October 25th and to Hogle Zoo on October 31st.  Please keep these dates in mind and let me know if you are available to help transport students or chaperone.

Ms. Petra and I love you children.  We have enjoyed getting to know our new students and reconnecting with our returning students.  Thank you for giving us the opportunity to teach them.  Please reach out with any questions or concerns.  kgonzales@mariamontessoriacademy.org

New Beginnings


We are already into our third week of school!  Time is going by fast.  The first two weeks were filled with team building games, lessons about classroom procedures, and getting to know you activities.  We learned about Maria Montessori in honor of her birthday on August 31st.  We had lessons about the beginnings of the universe and the coming of life.  We made a volcano and grew bacteria in a Petri dish.  We did some math assessments, which will continue this week.  We will also be doing reading assessments.  We are building our classroom community and are off to a great start!

If you haven’t had a chance to sign up for snack yet, please use this link https://www.trackitforward.com/site/mapa to sign up.  Snack is so important to the students.  We really appreciate your help!

I would like to give some friendly reminders about dress code.  All students need a pair of indoor shoes or slippers to wear in the classroom.  Jeans are only to be worn on Fridays.  While jeans are allowed on Fridays, the students should still be in dress code shirts on Fridays.  Shirts should be a solid color and have a collar.  School spirit T-shirts are also allowed.  Shorts should go at least past the fingertip of the middle finger when arms are straight down by the student’s side.  Leggings are not to be worn as pants.  Leggings or shorts should be worn under skirts or dresses.  Clothing should be free of tears and stains.  Pants should be a solid color and not denim.  Athletic shorts and pants are not in dress code.  If your child has a special circumstance or needs assistance getting dress code clothing, please let me know.  For the school’s official dress code guidelines, please read this https://mariamontessoriacademy.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Dress-Code-Guidelines-17-18.pdf

We have a few field trips coming up and will need parent support with chaperoning and driving.  On September 21st, we will be going to Bountiful for the Freedom’s Light Celebration of the Constitution.  This is an all day field trip.  On October 25, we will be going to see the musical Newsies at Weber High.  This field trip is only in the morning.  Unfortunately, we did not receive tickets for parent chaperones, so we will just need drivers to drop off and pick up.  On October 31st, we will be going to the Hogle Zoo.  This is an all day field trip.  Please keep these dates in mind and check your schedules to see if you can help.

If you can drive for our Constitution field trip on September 21st, please contact Sara Dunn at saraldunn@gmail.com to let her know.  She will be organizing the carpools for this trip.

I love your children and I’m so grateful to have the opportunity to teach them.  Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns. kgonzales@mariamontessoriacademy.org


School Supply List

Here are the supplies for the 2018-2019 school year.  Please feel free to use supplies you still have from last year if they are in good shape.  The students will be keeping their own supplies. Please label everything with your child’s first and last names.  The binder should be labeled on the spine.  It is helpful if supplies are unpackaged before the students bring them to school.  The loose leaf paper and page protectors can be put into the binder.  The pencils, scissors, etc. can be put into the pencil box.  If you are unable to purchase these supplies, please let me know.   


White 1 1/2″  three ring binder  (New students only.  Returning students should use their portfolio from last year.  Please make sure you bring it back to school if you brought it home over the summer.)

25 page protectors

1 package loose leaf notebook paper

1 or 2 packages 24 Ticonderoga pencils (These are the only pencils that hold up!)

1 package 24 colored pencils

6 wide ruled composition notebooks

1 pair scissors

1 ruler

erasers (either pink erasers or the kind that go on the end of the pencil)

1 pencil box

glue sticks or bottle of school glue

2 plastic 3 prong folders with pockets (any colors)

indoor shoes (slippers, Crocs, etc.  No characters)

reusable water bottle

These supplies are optional but appreciated and helpful in the classroom:



paper towels

handheld pencil sharpener

3×5 index cards

graph paper

pillow or cushion for sitting on the floor more comfortably

*Please do not bring any markers of any kind

**We use storage cubbies in our classroom for the students to store their supplies.  Many of the storage bins are getting very worn.  If your student would like to bring a new fabric cube storage bin that they can use for as long as they are in our class, that would be fine.  Otherwise, they are welcome to use the ones that we already have.  Here is an example:  https://www.target.com/p/fabric-cube-storage-bin-11-room-essentials-153/-/A-50344470?lnk=rec|adaptpdph1|related_prods_vv|adaptpdph1|50344470|0  Please purchase a neutral color such as cream or tan.  Light blue would also work.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.  I prefer that you use my school e-mail (kgonzales@mariamontessoriacademy.org) to communicate, rather than replying through the blog. I am so excited to see all of you and embark on this journey together!


The End is Near!

The school year is coming to a close.  It has gone by so fast!  As students look forward to summer vacation, some of them are having a hard time remembering that they are at still at school.  Some students are acting completely out of character and are making really poor choices.  Please reinforce with your children that it is important to continue to work hard and follow the rules for these last two weeks of school.

Here are some important things to remember:

May 14th is Crazy Sock Day!

May 14th Our class will be participating in a “store” with several other classes.  The students may bring items that they have made or things from home that they no longer want and “sell” them to other students.  No candy or soda will be allowed.  Also, there will not be access to electricity.  Students will be using Maria Montessori Money that they have been earning for the last couple of weeks.

May 15  is Crazy Hat or Hair Day!

May 16th is Pajama Day!

May 16th The 4th and 5th grade country/continent reports are due

May 16th is the 5th grade meeting to prepare for the Redwoods at 5:30 PM in the library.

May 17th is Dress Up as Your Future Occupation Day!

May 18th is Field Day and Dress Down Day.

May 21-25 are early out days.  School will be dismissed at 1:00 PM each day.

May 23rd is the Upper El Bridging/6th Grade Graduation at 10:30 AM in the gym.  Parents of 6th graders are invited to join us for breakfast at 9:30 AM prior to the ceremony.

May 23rd and 24th are Parent Teacher Conferences.  Please go to www.trackitforward.com and click on Event Sign Ups to find my sign up sheet.  I will be unable to do conferences on May 22nd, so I made the appointments for 15 minutes each to accommodate more parents.  If you would like more time, please sign up for two consecutive time slots.

May 25th is the last day of school!

Last, but not least, Ms. Petra and I are so thankful for all of the gifts and kind words shared with us during Teacher Appreciation Week.  Thank You!