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Family Luncheon

Hello Families!

Please join us for a picnic and team building games!

Family luncheon

Karen

Hello Families!

MMA sends out a newsletter regularly for families.  It is called the MMA Montessori Moments.  This is a great resource to stay up to date on all the happenings at MMA.  MMA Montessori Moments come to families through email.  If you are not receiving these, please contact the office at office@mariamontessoriacademy.org.  Here is the link to the latest newsletter.

Enjoy!

Karen

Welcome!

Hello Families!

I am so excited to begin this school year! We are welcoming back returning students as well as new students to our classroom! I’m Ms. Karen and I am so grateful to be teaching your children. Effective teaching requires teachers to be a team with families to provide the best support and care for students. I am looking forward to getting to know you and to work with you!
You are invited to our Sneak A Peek Back to School event on Friday, August 9th from 3-6pm. On the half hour, beginning at 3:00pm, then again at 3:30pm, 4:00pm, 4:30pm, 5pm, and 5:30pm – each teacher and assistant will greet families, give an overview of the classroom and expectations. There will also be time for families to ask questions and meet each other.
Ms. Lana and Ms. René will be in the commons area for a brief presentation at 4pm and again at 5:30pm.
There is no RSVP; just show up at a time that is most convenient for you. With several time slots, families with multiple children attending MMA have time to visit all their teachers. Please be on time and honor the half hour time frames to allow everyone an opportunity to visit.
Students in 1st through 9th grade begin school on Monday, August 12th. Early childhood, including kindergarten, students begin one week later on Monday, August 19th. The school calendar can be accessed here.
The front doors open to students at 8:15am and students are expected to be in class and ready to learn by 8:30am. Junior high students should enter through the double doors of the addition. This door will lock promptly at 8:30am, which means any student entering the building after that time will need to enter through the main building and be marked as tardy in the front office.
If you have any questions, please contact me!
Thanks!
Ms. Karen

Here is the supply list for the 2019-20 school year.  See you in August!

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.

Level 1 (1st grade)

  • 1 package of primary lined paper (100 sheets)
  • 1 package wide ruled paper
  • Standard clipboard
  • 12ct colored pencils
  • 20 ct #2 pencils
  • 1/2 in binder
  • white board eraser
  • fine tip white board markers (3 pack)
  • 3 pink erasers
  • 1 bottle dish soap
  • 1 pkg. White copy paper

For your convenience and reference, I have added these items to a wish list on Amazon.  Here is the link:

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/KDJZBWQ8J4U1?ref_=wl_share

LABELED WITH STUDENT’S NAME

  • Lunch box
  • Refillable water bottle
  • 2” binder with name written on the spine
  • Classroom shoes: soft sole and plain, without cartoon characters or designs
  • Plastic place mat
  • headphones
  • individual white board

 

Level 2 (second grade)

  • 1 package primary lined paper (100 sheets)
  • 1 package graph paper
  • Standard clipboard
  • 1 pkg. White copy paper
  • 20 ct. #2 pencils
  • 1/2 in binder
  • white board eraser
  • fine tip white board markers (3 pack)
  • 1 box tissues
  • 1 bottle liquid glue

For your convenience and reference, I have added these items to a wish list on Amazon.  Here is the link:

https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/3N2LZRSSW6XZD?ref_=wl_share

LABELED WITH STUDENT’S NAME

  • Lunch box
  • Refillable water bottle
  • 2” binder with name written on the spine
  • Classroom shoes: soft sole and plain, without cartoon characters or designs
  • Plastic place mat
  • headphones
  • individual white board

 

Level 3 (third grade)

  • 1 package primary lined paper (100 sheets)
  • 1 package binder paper (100 sheets)
  • 1 package white card stock
  • 1/2 in binder
  • white board eraser
  • fine tip white board markers (3 pack)
  • 1 box tissues
  • 1 skein yarn (any color)

For your convenience and reference, I have added these items to a wish list available through Amazon.  This is the link: https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2Y6VCTX3D1VP4?ref_=wl_share

LABELED WITH STUDENT’S NAME

  • Lunch box
  • Refillable water bottle
  • 2” binder with name written on the spine
  • Classroom shoes: soft sole and plain, without cartoon characters or designs
  • Plastic place mat
  • headphones
  • individual white board

Hello Families,

Thank you for a year full of learning and growth.  I have compiled a survey that should take approximately 5 minutes to complete.  Please visit this link and share your opinion and experiences from this year.  I am eager to reflect, improve, and learn from your suggestions.

https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2NHFHXV

Thank you!

Karen

Classroom update

Hello Families!

Thank you for your support as we enjoy this final push towards the end of the school year.  Thank you to the amazing parents who chaperoned for our most recent field trip to the Planetarium.  Our field trips are possible because of the generosity of parents in donating their time.  Thank you!

Parent Teacher Conferences are coming up next week on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursdays.  Please sign up on Track if Forward.

Please refer to the most recent MMA Montessori Moments for information regarding Field Day, Spirit Days, Bridging Ceremonies, and a fantastic Pool Party.

Have a wonderful week!

Karen

Hello Amazing Families!

Thank you so much for signing up your children for rides and for driving for the field trip today!  It was a fantastic experience and went smoothly.

Our last field trip of the year is coming up on May 3rd.  Please contact me if you can drive.

The cover letters will come home with your child today.  Here is a copy:

 Maria Montessori Academy

Field Experience on May 3, 2019

At Discovery Gateway Clark Planetarium

110 400 W. Salt Lake City

The lead instructor is Ms. Karen; kclements@mariamontessoriacademy.org

We will participate in interactive displays and a workshop on planets. We will also attend a movie at the Dome theater on extreme space.

 

What you will do and what you will learn
  • Discover, explore, and create with interactive hands-on exhibits
  • Science and space through interactive displays
  • Workshop on planets
  • Attend a movie on extreme space
What you will need to wear or bring
  • School uniform
  • Sack lunch and water bottle with easy to carry backpack
  • Money for gift shop if desired
Our Schedule
  • 8:10 a.m. – Meet at UTA train station on Wall Ave (2350 Wall Ave) and board Frontrunner. Train leaves at 8:37 a.m.

 

  • Arrive at Clark Planetarium by 9:45 a.m. Explore the planetarium and it’s interactive exibits.

 

  • 10:30 – Participate in Science Around the Sphere.

 

  • 11:30 – Attend a movie at the Dome Theater about deep space. Lunch will be eaten after the movie at the Dome Theater. Students will walk with chaperones to fountain area of the Gateway to enjoy lunch.

 

  • 1:10 p.m. – Leave Clark Planetarium and board frontrunner for ride home. Will arrive back at the station on Wall Ave in Ogden at 2:24 p.m. Parents will need to pick children up there.

 

Please contact Ms. Karen if your are able to drive

Thank you!

 

Families!

The field trip is fast approaching.  So far, most every student needs to sign up for a ride back from the theater.  Please go to https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/469847 to sign up your child for a ride back.  If you are available to be a chaperone during the film, please contact me!

Students HAVE to be signed up with a driver for their ride back to school!  Please sign up your child and sign up to drive if you are available.

Thank you!

Karen

Hello Families!

We are so excited to go see the documentary on April 18th.  Transportation is being coordinated as a Lower Elementary since all teachers are going.  Please visit the links in the previous post (I have fixed them!) and sign up to drive and to select a driver.  It is imperative that you place your child in a car, I cannot do it for you.

Thank you so much for giving of your time and for setting up your child with a ride.  We are going to have a great time!

Please contact me if you have any questions!

Karen

Hello Families!

So much is happening!  Please read through this entire post to get all of the important information I need to share with you!

April 18th Field Trip:

This form came home with each student today.  Please sign it and send it back tomorrow.  Parent will drop off students at the Megaplex Theater at the Junction on the morning of April 18th by 8:45.  Certified drivers may be available to give your child a ride.  Certified drivers, please use this link to sign up to give rides from the school to the theater: https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/okoqm.  If you want to know more about becoming a certified driver, please contact the front office.  Please contact me if your child will need a ride from the school to the theater.  Sign-ups for drivers to bring students back to the school are on this link: https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/jsiix. .  Parents/ guardians MUST sign up their child for a car!

This field trip is going to be a great experience.  Please help us keep it smooth by returning signed permission slips and coordinating transportation.

Thank you!

Maria Montessori Academy

Field Experience on ­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­April 18, 2019

at Megaplex at the Junction

2351 Kiesel Ave, Ogden, UT

The lead instructor is Karen Bell or kclements@mariamontessoriacademy.org

Students will watch a nature documentary made by Disney about the life of penguins in celebration of Earth Day.

 

What you will do and what you will learn
  • Attend a nature documentary
  • Learn about the life of a penguin
  • Celebrate Earth Day
What you will need to wear or bring
  • School uniform
  • School bags to be taken with them to school after
  • Jacket for cool morning
Our Schedule
  • 8:45 – Meet at the movie theater (parent drivers will transport students there instead of
    to the school). If children need a ride, certified drivers will pick children up at the school.
  • 9:15 – Watch movie.
  • 10:30, 10:45ish – Parent drivers will pick up students to transport them back to school (room parents will help organize carpool).
  • Arrive back to school by 11.
Who to contact about carpools
  • If you are or are willing to be a certified driver, please sign up on this we join in:

https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/okoqm

  • Please contact the front office if you would like to be a certified driver

 

 

Standardized Assessments: 

UT state standardized assessments (now called RISE and Aspire Plus) will be on the following days for our class. These assessments are important to us for several reasons.

The state assessment data are important to your family because the results are one way to communicate how much your child has learned in English language arts, writing, math, and science. At MMA, we know that these tests are but one indicator of a child’s progress in these content areas.

The state assessment data are important to us because determining what a student knows or does not know is a vital cornerstone in individualizing learning experiences, which is the basis of a Montessori education. The results help us to identify needs for new and additional materials, tailor professional development for teachers, and determine where to best invest school funding.

Taking tests is a practical life skill, required for college entrance as well many professions. Doctors, lawyers, teachers, contractors, nurses, and cosmetologists (to name just a few) all must take tests in order to enter their professions. Standardized testing in school provides a valuable opportunity to practice taking tests in a low-stakes environment, better preparing our students for future assessments – which is why we encourage all students to participate.

If you choose to opt your child out of testing, please complete the Parent Exclusion from State Assessments Form. This form must be handed from you to either Ms. Lana or Ms. René, who will take 5 minutes to review this form with you. We ask that these forms are submitted no later than April 12th. Thank you for your cooperation and support.

The students in our class will be taking these assessments on May 8th and 9th.  Please prepare your child with a good night’s sleep, healthy breakfast, and nutritious lunch.  We make every effort to support students with breaks and snack.  If you have any questions, please reach out!

Thank you so much for your support!!

Karen

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