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Luncheon Thursday

Family lucheon

Please check out the flier above for information about the luncheon Thursday afternoon.  I hope to see you all there!

We did it! We made it through our first week.

Things are going smoothly and students seem to be settling in easily.  We look forward to seeing what a week of full days looks and feels like to us as a community.

Next week we will continue settling in, and students will begin a true work cycle.  We started learning how planning and journaling will work this year: time stamped notebooks that go step by step through the student’s activities.  Those will be an integral part of this years learning, and I am excited to learn if a new way of recording the days activities will bring a deeper level of self regulation to the classroom.

Please volunteer to bring in a week of snack!  Your donations of food are HUGELY appreciated as it keeps the rumbling tummies to a minimum and helps keep the “hanger” away.  You can find our sign ups here: https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/462490  Look at the top of the page, there is a stuck link that says “Laura’s snack sign ups” from there, you can see all of the weeks in the year at a glance as well as notes as to which are short weeks due to holidays, etc.  Snacks are such an important part of our learning environment.  Thank you in advance for helping us out.

Welcome Back!

School is almost upon us! I hope you are as excited as we are to see your smiling faces again!  Some quick announcements, updates, and back to school items to get us started.

First, please welcome Ms. Sarah into our class!  Ms. Sarah will be our assistant this year, and I’m excited for everyone to get the chance to meet her.  Her bio is in the page above if you want to get to know her before the first day of school.

Next, Please remember that we have back to school night THIS Friday from 3 to 6. This is a great opportunity to come in and check out our new space (we are now in room 21) and drop off school supplies before the first day of school.  Ms. Sarah will not be able to attend this, but I will make sure parents have a chance to come in and get to know us both.

Snack sign ups can be found here: https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/events  Please sign up for a couple different slots.  Your food donations make a huge difference in the days my students have and they are extremely appreciated by all.  Please take the time to help us make this happen.

Our next two months at a glance:

August 12: first day of school!

August 12-16: Early release days, students will go home at 1 PM

September 1: No School (Labor Day)

September 2: Redwoods meeting for sixth graders from 12-12:30 (students only)

September 12: Redwoods meeting for sixth graders AND THEIR PARENTS 5:30-6:30 pm

September 23: Normalization period ends

September 27: Early Release (professional development)

That’s all of my announcements for the moment! Looking forward to seeing you all on Friday and again on Monday!  If you have any questions or concerns please email me at lhughes@mariamontessoriacademy.org and make sure you have subscribed to this blog by using the button in the right panel.  Thank you!


Classroom and student supply lists are up!

Go to the top of the page, click on “supply lists” and scroll down to find links to the PDF of the list and some Amazon shopping lists for your convenience!

If you have any questions, please let me know.

Last Week

It’s that time of the year again! Our last week together before summer takes hold.  Remember that Monday is the only full day of school this week, Tuesday through Friday are all half days, so we will dismiss at 1 PM.

Some things to note:

This week is parent teacher conferences.   Please be aware these are COMPLETELY student led, so plan to have them there.  Students have been working hard putting together portfolios and have some beautiful capstone projects they are excited to show off. I still have lots of slots open, please sign up here:

Tuesday: https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/471698

Wednesday: https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/471699

Thursday: https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/471700


The end of the week is school spirit week.  We are only doing two days, and they are as follows:

Thursday, May 23th – Crazy sock and/or hair day

Friday, May 24th – Wear your favorite tie-dye and/or sports team attire


Parents and families of 6th graders are welcome to attend the Upper Elementary Bridging Ceremony.  It will take place Wednesday the 22nd at 10:30 A.M. in the addition gym.


We are back from the Redwoods, and what a time we had! From silly skits, to balancing banana slugs on our noses, to stepping out of our comfort zones, we had an incredible week of growth.  I feel so fortunate to have been able to see the 6th grader’s transformation.

But now, it is time to get back to business.  We are in our last week of FULL DAYS!  I can hardly believe it.   Some important things:

Field trip to Crystal Hot Springs is Friday.  Info sheet will be coming home tomorrow. WE NEED DRIVERS. I’m so sorry this is getting to you so late, but I didn’t get to it before we left.  PLEASE SIGN UP HERE IF YOU CAN DRIVE.   All are welcome, but please be aware that adults will need to pay their own entrance into Crystal Hot Springs.  This field trip is a blast and one of the favorites of the students!  We need a minimum of 8 drivers (assuming an average of 4 seats per car).  https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/474030

Students will be participating in Model UN on Wednesday.  I received many emails while I was away about students needing more time.  I will be checking in with EVERYONE on Monday and making a plan for us to be prepared for that.

Maria Market is on Monday the 20th.  Students will need to bring in a good or a service to sell.  Goods and services must be approved by myself and students must be able to do it without parental assistance. (so for example, if your child wants to do cotton candy but cannot run the machine without your help, they need to pick something different.)  Deadline to have approval is Thursday the 16th by end of day.

Next week is parent teacher conferences.   Please be aware these are COMPLETELY student led, so plan to have them there.  Students have been working hard putting together portfolios and have some beautiful capstone projects they are excited to show off. I still have lots of slots open, please sign up here:

Tuesday: https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/471698

Wednesday: https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/471699

Thursday: https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/471700

Any questions let me know!

Sign ups have been created.  Please follow the link to sign up!


Please remember that these conferences are student led, so bring your child along.  They are excited to show you what they have been working on.

Last Week of April

I can’t even believe how fast the time has gone this year.  We are down to our final few weeks of school.  This will be a run down of next week and what to expect in May!

Please make sure students are working on their Model UN projects.  They are coming due in two weeks.

Next week: We will be testing for language Monday and math Tuesday.  Please make sure students are prepared with a good nights sleep and a good breakfast.  Students are allowed to have small snacks and gum during testing, so please be prepared for that.  We did great with our science test two weeks ago – thank you for helping them prepare for that.

May 1: Elementary spring concert – 6:00 PM

Sunday, May 5 to Friday, May 10 – 6th graders (and myself) to the Redwoods.  Mr. C will be joined by Ms. Carolyn during the week for the fourth and fifth grade

May 8 – 5th grade writing RISE test.

May 13-17: school spirit week, stay tuned for more info about that.

May 15: Model UN and box top store

May 17: Crystal Hot Springs field trip.  You have already signed a permission form for this field trip, stay tuned for chaperone sign-ups.  The more the merrier.

May 20: Maria Market.  Students have been earning “money” to spend.  On the 20th, students will be able to bring a good or service to school to spend their hard earned cash on!  We have been discussing this in class already, and more info will come as it gets a little closer.

May 21-24: early release

May 21-23: Parent Teacher Conferences

May 22: Upper Elementary Bridging 10:30 AM.  Please feel welcome to attend to watch your 6th grader graduate from Upper Elementary into Junior High

May 24: Last day of school!

Any questions, email me.  Thank you!


I sent home a letter today concerning our Model UN project.  We were doing this as an in-class project, but due to our internet permissions being changed, this has gotten more difficult.  As such, I am turning this project into more of a take home project.  Please find a copy of the letter that I sent home below:

Dear Upper Elementary Parents,

Our classroom has been working on a wonderful project connected to the United Nations called Montessori Model United Nations.  This being our first year in creation, students’ projects have been somewhat simplified and very focused.

Before Spring Break, students were asked to research their assigned country, and they are now being asked to research a particular United Nations topic focus.  This year’s topics are: Clean Water for All; Ending Racism; Climate Change: Protecting and Developing Energy Resources; and Biodiversity Preservation.  Each student chose a topic and a country.  You can find this information on this page, along with some questions needing response. (See below)

I have made the computers and books in my classroom available as much as possible for students to perform the necessary research. We now have run into a difficulty and need your help.

Due to a variety of reasons, the server at MMA (and thus the internet permissions) is being heavily refiltered to ensure the greater safety of our students’ internet access.  As we go through the transition, students do not currently have the ability to freely use the internet to continue their research.

Therefore, we are asking that you would allow and assist your student in completing the research and writing their position paper.  The paper should be a titled, double-spaced, bulleted notes page on the topic chosen.

Due: May 6th, Morning.                            Date of school wide MUN event: May 15th

Please email any questions you have concerning this project! Thank you



Committee: [Your Committee Title]
Topic: [Your Topic]
Country: [Your Country]
School: [Your School]

Topic Background

What is the definition of the topic? Where does the topic take place? Who is involved? How many people does it affect? Where, and in what ways? Why is this topic important?

History of this Topic in your Country

How has this topic impacted your country? What has your country tried to do about this topic? What types of policies would your country want the UN to adopt (or not adopt) on this topic?

Possible Solutions

What specific plans would your country like the UN to undertake to address this issue? What specific plans would your country like Members States to undertake in their own countries? Why would your ideas work? Give specific plans.

Hello all,

Thank you for bearing with me as I was out of the classroom last week taking a couple of sick days.  I am feeling much better and ready to get back into the classroom. This week we have our RISE Science test for all three grades.  Please help your child prepare by making sure they get plenty of sleep the night before and a good breakfast before coming to school.

I will allow students to bring gum, snacks, and water with them into the test.  Please remind your child that their gum will need to be thrown away at the end of the test.

I will be gone again Thursday/Friday to finish my final observations for my training.  I will be available via email if you have any questions or concerns.

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