Volunteer background checks

I apologize for the late notice because I just found about the following. Please make arrangements to be at the school on the 17 if you plan on coming to the planetarium.

“Any adult in the building for an hour or more that could possibly be alone with a child needs to have a background check in our system. All official field trip chaperones also need a background check. This is to keep all of our children safe.

There will be someone at MMA to conduct background checks next week on September 17th at 5pm – before the MAPA begins at 6pm. Volunteers will need to make 2 payments at this time $37 to MMA for processing and $25 to Academica West for doing the live scan. Cash, check, and charge are all accepted.

We realize that it can be tough for some of our families to pay for background checks and we don’t want this to be a barrier to volunteering inside school. Please know that once you’re in this new system (Rapback), you will not have to pay or do this again. If you want to know if they’re already in the system or not, please email Ms. Lana.”

Thank you for your support!

Planetarium field trip, home projects, classroom volunteering

We are getting into a good routine and working hard on learning, especially reading.

Clark Planetarium field trip
If you would like to chaperone and pay the planetarium $6 to attend the presentations, let me know by October 1. I will send home permission slips in home folders. Please sign and return as soon as possible.

Home projects
These are interest-based projects done at home and presented at school. Our first one was the brown paper bag introduction. It was fun! The second one is for our history unit. Each child will make a little book of the history of his or her life. This is due between October 7-10. I attached a description of projects with n approximate due date. The document title without a number is for first graders; the document with a 2 is for second graders; and the one with a 3 is for third graders.

Classroom volunteers
Parents are a valuable part of our classroom. I would love to have your support on a regular basis. If you have time and are willing to help in our classroom, please let me know.

I hope you are enjoying the rain as much as I am. As always, please let me know if you have questions or concerns.


Hello families,

Miss Kimber and I will be working together in our classroom this year. Here is a little about us:

Miss Mikaela
“I am excited to be your child’s teacher. This will be my third year of teaching. Last year, I received both a lower elementary Montessori teaching certification from American Montessori Society and a Utah teaching license. I am grateful I found Montessori education. It is an amazing, whole-child experience and I am happy to be part of it. I enjoy singing, dancing, going on walks, teaching and being happy. Here is a video about me that a friend made for me a few years ago: https://youtu.be/wwtZDUIyL4A.”

Miss Kimber
“Hello I am Kimber Keller! I love the Montessori method. I have been married to the love of my life Brooks Keller for 18 years and we have six beautiful children together. I have taught Montessori for 17 years and have owned my own successful 3 to 6 environment in Cedar City, Utah. We moved to Northern Utah after selling my school and now reside in Brigham City. I respect and love all children and know how precious and remarkable each one is. I understand the unique role a directress has in a prepared environment to guide the child as they reach their potential. I am a Montessorian because I believe Maria Montessori was truly inspired to see the child within and know how the environment could assist him in learning. I am very excited to be working with Ms. Mikaela this year.”

I look forward to getting to know everyone in our classroom community! Let me know how I can best serve you and your child.

Miss Mikaela

2019-2020 school supplies list

Notice: The items on this list will be used during the regular school day. They may be brought from home on a voluntary basis, otherwise, they will be furnished by the school.

I have lots of leftover supplies from last year, so do not worry about bringing anything that is not listed below. Feel free to bring your child’s personal items from last year, as long as they still fit and are in good condition.

Please pay attention to details because there is a reason I am requesting certain types of items.

Personal items (labeled with your child’s name)
1.) Water bottle with a pop lid, NOT screw lid
2.) Indoor slippers with hard soles
3.) Clipboard with flat clip
4.) Primary K-2 composition notebook
5.) White t-shirt for tie-dying field trip shirts (these can be purchased at the dollar store or for a few dollars at walmart
6.) Corded headphones (again these can be purchased for a few dollars from the bins in the big isles at Walmart or Target)
7.) White 1.5” (one and a half inch) slant ring binder
8.) Pencil bag with, 3 ring holes
Optional items: yoga mat, inflated wiggle seat, noise muffling headphones

Classroom/community items (not labeled)
•lap whiteboard (8.5×11 inches)
•1 pack of fine or ultra fine expo dry erase markers
•1 pack of copy paper
•1 pack of sturdy sheet protectors
•1 pack of fat popsicle sticks (dollar store is a good place for these too)
•1 pack of tracing paper

To see samples of some of the above items, see the Amazon list here: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2AM646VDAS4VS?ref_=wl_share
*Note: Amazon is not the cheapest place to get single items or packs. I recommend checking Walmart and the dollar store first.

If you are interested, here is our classroom Amazon wishlist: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/23DXMLXZQOT0I?ref_=wl_share

Email me (mstevens@mariamontessoriacademy.org) if you have questions. Good luck!

International Day of Peace

Yesterday was International Day of Peace. We have been talking about what peace is and how to find it within ourselves and bring it to others. We learned a song to celebrate. The video of our class singing the song, Light a Candle for Peace, can be watched at this link:

I put the privacy settings on “untitled” so the video is not public.

May we all be more peaceful and encourage peace in our influence of the world!




The Coming of the Universe

Thank you for sharing your wonderful children with us. We are having fun and starting to get into a good work routine.


Tomorrow we will be having a class lesson about the coming of the universe. We use a mostly scientific approach when teaching it. We will discuss how the story is a theory. There is also room for ideas about creation. In fact, we will also study creation stories from various cultures. What we talk about is in no way intended to undermine religious or other beliefs. Please feel free to have a conversation with your child about class. We are excited to learn together.


We have lots of other exciting events and announcements. I will be posting again soon.

2018-2019 School supply list

Personal items (labeled with your child’s name)

  • Water bottle
  • Indoor shoes / slippers
  • Small dry erase board
  • Clip Board (please purchase the low profile flat clip for easy storage)
  • 1 Primary K-2 composition notebook


Classroom items

  • Block erasers
  • 12 Ticonderoga pencils (I am requesting this specific brand because, though they are slightly more expensive, the quality makes a huge difference. Other brands rarely even sharpen correctly or the lead is broken all the way through.)
  • Hand held pencil sharpener (again quality is important, Igloo is a brand that will sharpen. Unfortunately the Walmart ones have not worked well. If the sharpener has a catch for shavings, this is ideal.)
  • Wide rule notebook paper
  • 3 hole punched graph paper
  • Plastic page protectors
  • 1 box of tissues
  • Paper towels (select a size that is ideal to prevent excess waste)
  • White distilled or apple cider vinegar