In Case You Missed It: Notes from MAPA Meeting 9/22/16

Here is a summary of what was discussed at our MAPA meeting in case you missed it.

MAPA Fall Meeting

Thursday, September 22, 2016

What is MAPA?

The Montessori Academy Parent Association (MAPA) is the Parent-Teacher Organization for Maria Montessori Academy. This organization is used to facilitate communication and involvement between parents and teachers. MAPA is currently seeking volunteers who are interested in joining this organization to ensure that the needs of Maria Montessori Academy’s student body are being fulfilled.

Introduction of MAPA Board

President: Autumn Douglas ~  801-458-1590
Vice President: Heidi Bradley ~ 801-791-2264
Treasurer: Mandee Stephens ~ 801-814-2007
Secretary: Rikki McGhee ~ 801-991-0182

We met at the bank on September 1st and took Melinda and Teara off the account and added Heidi and Rikki.

Introduction of Committees and Chairs

We can always use help. If you would like to help with any of the upcoming events and other volunteer opportunities please contact the committee chair.

*Safety Committee
Committee Chair: Tristan Hart ~ 970-531-7058 ~
Volunteer Opportunities
-Red Ribbon Week October 24-28
-Crossing Guards ( We need help on Thursdays )
-Emergency preparedness for each class

*Events Committee
Committee Chair: Autumn Douglas ~ 801-458-1590 ~
and Heidi Bradley ~ 801-791-2264 ~
Volunteer Opportunities
-Fall Festival October 14
-Gratitude Feast November 17
-Field Day May 19

*Book Fair Committee
Committee Chair: Mandee Stephens ~ 801-814-2007 ~
Volunteer Opportunities
-Book Fairs

*Fundraising Committee
Committee Chair: Rachel Bush ~ 801-390-8624 ~
Volunteer Opportunities
-Box Tops Store 3rd Tuesday of every month
-Original Works
-Storewide Fundraising…Smiths, Amazon, Lees

Committee Chair: Felicia Fernandez ~ 801-920-6361 ~
Volunteer Opportunities
-Gala Saturday March 25th

*Room Parent Committee
Committee Chair: Meredith Wurm
Volunteer Opportunities
-Class Parties/Fields Trips for classes
-Games for Fall Festival
-Teacher Appreciation Week

*Teacher Appreciation Committee
Committee Chair: Ronnie White and Jennifer Ouderkirk
Volunteer Opportunities
-Back to school teacher breakfast
-PTC Dinners
-Teacher Appreciation Week

*Green Team Committee
Committee Chair: Rachel Bush ~ 801-390-8624 ~

*6th Grade Liaison
Bri McMullin ~ 801-394-2737 ~
Volunteer Opportunities
-Pizza Fridays
-Fall Festival
-School spirit shirts
-Chili cook off November 10

*Jr High Representative– Jill Flint
Volunteer Opportunities
-Carnation for Valentines
-Mustache Day
-Haunted House for Fall Festival
-Pumpkin Patch for Fall Festival
-Root Beer floats for Fall Festival

Upcoming Events!!

MAPA Meeting Friday, October 7 @8:45am
Fall Festival October 14
Teacher Appreciation Dinners October 17-19
Book Fair October 17-19
Box Top Store October 18
Red Ribbon Week October 24-28
Food Drive October 25-November 9
Chili Cook Off November 10
Gratitude Feast November 17

Our Food Drive will be October 25-November 9. It is Besst Realty Group’s Annual Food Drive and we have an opportunity to earn money by doing this. If we collect 500 nonperishable items we will get $500 and the earnings go up from there. A flyer will be coming home with the students before it starts. We will need cardboard boxes to organize the food, so please save them for us. Call Rikki McGhee with any questions. 801-991-0182

Rachel Bush can use some help with the Box Tops Store. This is held the third Tuesday of every month. The next one is October 18th. Please let her know if you can help.

This year’s Gratitude Feast is going to be a little different this year. We will be serving soups, sandwiches, and desserts.

2016-2017 Budget

With our profit from our fundraising we get to buy great things for our school. With last year’s profit we were able to buy our solar powered crosswalk signs. This year our thought is a new marquee sign that you can see from the street. Other ideas are another bike rack and cupboards for above the teacher’s sinks. We would love to be able to do it all. The more help we can get the better our fundraising year will be.


Our next MAPA meeting will be MAPA Meeting Friday, October 7 @8:45am. We would love for you to come.

Grab your Box Tops and Skate into Peace

First of all, lets give a huge thanks to the people involved in the organizing the 5K and pancake breakfast over the weekend! Thank you to our SUPPORTERS, our SPONSORS, our RUNNERS, our VOLUNTEERS, and Bri McMullin. Lots of love and planning went into this event and your efforts were definitely noticed.  It turned out so good!!

This week is full of all sorts of fun!

Our first Box Tops Store will be on Tuesday, September 20th from 11 to 1 in the North Kiva. Round up your Box Tops!

Our FREE Family Skate Night will be in the evening from 5 to 9 pm.


Wednesday, September 21st is the International Day of Peace

The students have all been learning the song ” Sing Peace Around the World” for this special event. We would be honored if you would join our school community to sing with us on our playground field. You can learn more about the initiative at


“RUMBI Wednesdays!!”

Beginning Wednesday, September 21st, MMA will be offering our families the opportunity to purchase a rice bowl from Rumbi Grill every Wednesday for their child’s lunch. All proceeds from the purchases will go towards our 6th and 9th grade end of year fieldtrips. Your choices will consist of:

Teriyaki Chicken & Veggie with White Rice- $4.00

Orange Chicken with White Rice- $4.00

To order a rice bowl on Wednesday’s for your child, please follow the payment link below:

Orders must be submitted by the Monday prior to Rumbi Wednesday. Any orders submitted after Monday, will be added to the following week’s order. For any questions regarding Rumbi Wednesday, please contact Melanie in the front office.

Thursday, September 22nd we have our Fall MAPA meeting at 7:00 pm

All parents are welcome to come. We love seeing new faces!

Friday, September 23rd will be an EARLY OUT day for Professional Development.

On Saturday, September 24th we will be hosting “Positive Discipline For Developing Young Capable People” presented by Mary Tambroski.

We are thrilled to be offering a fantastic learning opportunity for MMA parents/caregivers. Participants will be engaged in experiential activities and role-plays to get into their child’s world and deepen their understanding of non punitive methods for teaching children valuable social and life skills. The workshop cost is $95 for one or $150 for the couple. The workshop will run from 9:00-5:00 pm at the school, and you can register at or

Thank you and I hope many of you take advantage of this fantastic learning opportunity,




Our fall festival will be October 14th this year.

Stay Hip on September Happenings

Why did the chicken cross the road?…….. To use our NEW SUPER SWEET FLASHING CROSSWALK SIGNS!! This is our MAPA and community dollars at work my friends. Keep up the good work.

YOU can also cross the road and experience the greatness that is the NEW SUPER SWEET FLASHING CROSSWALK SIGNS by coming to our first MAPA meeting of the year. It will be held at 8:45 am on Friday, September 9th. We ask that all MAPA committee chairs attend.  All parents are invited to attend, and please feel free to bring non school age kids with you.  If you cannot make it to meeting we also have one at the end of the month.  ( date TBA )

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MMA Color Fun Run 2016! September 17th @ 8:00 am

It’s not too late to register for our 5k! $25/person and $60/family…/mma-annual-5k-fam…/2016/register

A few changes we have made, that you may not know about:
-We have a new race course…its legit this year, you will run or walk 3.1 miles away from the school!
-We’re doing a color run…their will be 5 stations where you get fun color tossed on your shirt.
-Families can become sponsors themselves by upping their registration to $100 and will get their childs or family name on the t-shirt.
-Each preregistered racer will receive a t-shirt and a swag bag full of goodies.
-Swag bags include: Fiiz coupon, flashlight pen, lanyard, water bottle, sunglasses, t-shirt.
-Prizes this year are awesome! they include Chick Fil A goods, PTR-i therapy sessions and paraphernalia, Wolf Creek golf passes, water bottles, awesome Rec Outlet outdoor gear such as headlamps and camera cases.
-We will have raffle baskets including things like new backpacks, school spirit shirts, Rec Outlet gear, Doterra products, running products.
-Your children can bring their scooters or skateboards, this is a family event!
-We will have a DJ announcing and playing music during the race.
-We will have a fun photo booth so you can document the fun!
-At the end of the race there will be booths doing giveaways such as: Chick Fil A, Great Harvest handing out bread, and more!
-Dont forget the pancake breakfast after the race!

Mark your calendars for our

Family Skate Night

Tuesday, September 20th at Classic Fun Center in Layton from 5-9 pm. 


The community at Maria Montessori Academy would like to invite you to our International Day of Peace Celebration on September 21, 2016 at 10:00am. This day is spearheaded by the United Nations, and schools across the world are being encouraged to “Sing Peace Around the World” together at 10:00am –

We would be honored if you would join our school community to sing with us at 10:00am on the 21st on our playground field. You can learn more about the initiative at

“Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war”-Montessori

“Everyone talks about peace, but no one educates for peace. People educate for competition and this is the beginning of any war. When we educate to cooperate and be in solidarity with one another that day we will be education for peace.” -Montessori


What a great message to end our newsletter on!

Thank you all for everything you do.