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Valentines Day

Excuse the two posts in one day, I forgot to discuss the Valentines party on Thursday.

It is not going to be a big to-do as we have specials on Thursday, but we will be passing out valentines and candy.  If your child chooses to participate, please make sure that every child is given a valentine – I have 26 children in my class, a list of names will be sent home tomorrow with your child.  Your child is welcome to make and decorate a box for their valentines!

Please remind your child that candy is not to be eaten at school and that any candy that has been given to them must be eaten at 1:00 AFTER they have left the school premises.

Any questions, please shoot me an email!

Greetings! Just a quick note to remind you that PTCs start tomorrow!

These are student led so please make sure you bring your child with you!

If you have not signed up please follow this link: https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/events

Wednesday through Thursday we have early release days, so please remember to pick up your child at 1 PM.  There also will be a bookfair happening, so make sure you stop by and check that out!

Thanks so much, and I look forward to seeing you all this week.

Thank you for talking to your student about grace and courtesy.  We had a MUCH better week last week and we are looking forward to a good week this week.  Our math review this week is on subtraction.  Please practice subtraction with your child for at least 15 minutes every night this week with your child.


6 – STAR BASE (6th grade).  This is our last field trip to Starbase this year.

8 – 6th graders shadowing in Jr. High

12-15 Parent Teacher Conferences.  Early release the 13th, 14th, and 15th. Please sign up here: https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/events

18- President’s Day, NO SCHOOL

26 – Spelling Bee.  Lists went home for this two weeks ago. Please contact me if your student did not receive one.

As always, any questions please shoot me an email.

Next week


Moving into next week, please be aware of the following:

The Chili Cook-Off is Tuesday from 5:30-7:00.  Our class would like to enter a pot of chili in the cook-off, but we can’t do it without your support.  Please sign up to bring something in here:
We also would LOVE to have volunteers come in and help us cook.  If you are interested, please shoot me an email.

Friday we have our Fun Run.  Please log in to funrun.com to help support our school.  Proceeds from the run go to help fund field experiences for students.

We are out of loose leaf notebook paper and would love some donations for the classroom!

I need your support at home: 
We have been having a lot of behavioral, disrespect, and defiance issues within the classroom.  Please remind your child what good grace and courtesy looks like.  At the beginning of the year, students created and signed the classroom rules which include things like respecting time, the environment, others, and themselves and following the golden rule.  Please remind them that they need to uphold the expectation they have set for themselves.  This week we will be resetting expectations and focusing on what the classroom should look and sound like, and I would appreciate you reinforcing this at home.

We also will be starting a “Math Review” day in addition to a “Math Challenge Day.”  This week, the focus is on addition. I would appreciate you working with your child for 10 minutes every night to reinforce this skill.  For some this might mean working on math fluency and math facts, for others this might mean working on mental math with addition, for others still this might mean working on addition word problems. If you need ideas or clarification please email me.

Thank you!



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The Chili Cook Off is upon us – it is scheduled for Tuesday, January 29. We are looking for6th grade volunteers to help set up and take down. Please sign up here 

Our class will be entering in a pot of chili this year, but we need donations.  Please sign up to bring something in here. I am asking that all donations are brought in Tuesday morning so we can cook.  We don’t have room to store it for longer than that.    I would also love parent volunteers to come in and help us cook Tuesday.  My plan is to start making the chili around 1:00 PM and then put it into crockpots to keep it warm until it is time for the cook off at 5:30 PM.

Thank you in advance!





Spelling lists for the Spelling Bee during Literacy Week in March went home today.  Please work with your child to study those words.  We will be having an in-class Bee in about a month to determine who will be participating in the school wide spelling bee.

Thank you everyone for working so hard on the beautiful STEM projects for last week!  I was floored by the care and dedication my students had for their projects.  We also had some winners at the Science Fair!  Please make sure that students are bringing in the packets they used to work on their projects so I can finish grading them.

I know you are expecting to hear about the next take home project here: but take a breath! The Upper Elementary team as a whole has decided to cancel the next take home project due to time constraints.

We are doing a fundraiser here at school called the Fun Run.  Expect daily emails home about the lessons we are learning about here at school, and make sure to check in with your kids about it.

As always, questions, comments, concerns, shoot me an email.

Greetings! We are heading into STEM week, which means a crazy schedule.  FYI, next weeks schedule.


  • 5th graders display their inventions for Invention Convention
  • 6th graders at STAR BASE


  • 6th graders – Science Fair!
  • Come check out projects from 2:30-4


  • 4th graders displaying their mousetrap cars
  • 5th graders at JA Biztown

All week your child will be experiencing a variety of assemblies and discussions about the importance of STEM in today’s world, check in with them everyday to hear what amazing things they got to learn!

It was brought to my attention that I didn’t post the due dates for the STEM projects on the last post.  PROJECTS FOR ALL GRADES ARE DUE THE 10th.  

4th grade update:

Fourth graders and I sat down today to discuss materials for the Mousetrap cars.  They created a detailed list of what they needed:

  • Balsa wood or Stiff foam for the car body
  • a mousetrap (or two to compensate for mistakes)
  • dowels, straws, pencils, or whatever round stick-like object they would like to use for axles
  • something to use for wheels (CDs, records, etc)
  • A string
  • A way to attach it all together (nails, screws, tape, etc.)

Some good resources to see what we’re doing:

Please let me know if you have any questions.  If you need help buying supplies for this project, let me know and I would be happy to assist.

Welcome Back


I hope you all had restful breaks and were able to spend time with the people you love.  I was able to see both family and friends and get in some turns on all that powder we got this break!  I am so looking forward to seeing your child tomorrow in the classroom, my life has been quiet without their laughter.

Please be aware that we are hitting the ground at a full sprint now that we are back!  Please expect many updates and papers coming home the next few weeks as we pick back up after break.

I don’t want this to get buried in the month-at-a-glance. STEM WEEK IS FAST APPROACHING.  For 6th this means science fair, for 5th, this means invention convention, and for 4th it means the mousetrap car.  6th graders will be checking in with me tomorrow as to progress.  5th graders should be working through their invention convention packet independently, and the 4th graders need to bring in any supplies to make their mousetrap cars (or the completed car if they are choosing to build at home) on Monday the 7th.  We are going to start testing our builds the week of the 7th.  If you need me to help gather supplies for your child’s mousetrap car, invention, or science fair project, or need me to allow class time for the 5th and 6th graders, please let me know no later than the 4th of January.

January at-a-glance.

Thursday, 3: First day back from break

Friday 4: intent to return (current students) opens

Monday 7: STARBASE field trip (6th graders)  Alisha should have gotten in contact with you if your child is attending this field trip to discuss rides.  If you did not receive and email from her, let me know.

Tuesday 8: America First field trip (5th graders).  This is a walking field trip, no ride needs to be arranged for your child.

Friday 11: NO SCHOOL (scheduled professional development for teachers)

Monday thru Friday, 14 – 18: STEM Week – there will be a dedicated post to this upcoming.

Tuesday 15: STARBASE (6th grade), Redwoods payments DUE (6th Grade)

Friday 18: JA Biztown Fieldtrip (5th only). Intent to return CLOSES.

Monday 21: MLK Jr. Day, NO SCHOOL.

Wednesday 23: STARBASE field trip (6th graders)

Tuesday 29: Chili Cook Off

Wednesday 30: STARBASE field trip (6tb graders)

JA Biztown (5th Only) – January 18

  • I need drivers and parent volunteers (minimum 3) for this trip.  Volunteers will be helping businesses run during the Biztown experience. 2 will be assisting with the Zions Bank business and one with the Real Salt Lake business.
  • Additional chaperones/drivers will not need to stay, but are welcome to.
  • Please let me know if you are willing to drive and volunteer by Monday (12/17) so I can get you the volunteer paperwork.

STARbase (6th Only) – multiple dates:

  • Monday January 7, 2019
  • Tuesday January 15, 2019
  • Wednesday January 23, 2019
  • Wednesday January 30, 2019
  • Wednesday February 6, 2019
I have not heard from anyone and this deadline is coming up rapidly. 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.  If you think there is any possibility you might drive to or from this field trip one of the days, please fill out this form with the appropriate information .  TRANSPORTATION FOR BASE ACCESS ’18  STARBASE needs this information by December 20th.


This week is picking up steam as we continue barreling into the New Year!

Some things to be aware of:

Monday is a half day. Please remember to pick students up at 1:00 PM.

Wednesday: Planetarium FIELD TRIP! (6th Only)  The schedule is below (it has not changed from the permission form).  I will need a parent chaperone to go on this trip as Mr. C will be out of the classroom all week for surgery.  If someone is available to do this, I would appreciate it.

  • Arrive at Ogden Frontrunner at 7:10 a.m.  Leave Ogden Frontrunner Station at 7:37 a.m.  Arrive at Salt Lake Central at 8:36 a.m.  Take the blue line Trax at 8:43 a.m. Arrive at Clark Planetarium at 8:47 a.m.
  • Leave Clark Planetarium at 2:00 p.m. Take the blue line Trax at 2:12 p.m. Arrive at Salt Lake Central at 2:17 p.m.  Get on the frontrunner at 2:25 p.m.  Arrive at Ogden Frontrunner Station at 3:24 p.m.
  • Please make arrangements to have your child picked up at the Frontrunner Station no later than 3:25 p.m.  Please pick up your child at the Frontrunner Station before going to MMA to pick up your other children.

Friday: Invention Convention proposals due. (5th Only)  This is an informal check in to make sure students are on track with completing their invention convention project, please have students write up their proposed project (a couple of sentences explaining the invention is fine.)

4th grade STEM project:

We will be starting a 4 week long exploration of energy and motion through designing and testing mousetrap cars!  Please be aware that students will need supplies for this project, though all design and testing will be happening inside the classroom. We will be starting this week with a discussion of kinetic and potential energy and students will be making their design for their cars in class.  Next week we will focus on the actual build of the car and then we will begin testing our designs and tweaking after break.

From the MMM:

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.

STARbase Info: (6th only)

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:
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 Paln ’18
If you have any questions please let me know.
Ms. Amy

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