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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!



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!


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!


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:


  • 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!!


Gala Basket

Hello Families!

We are still in need of donations for our classroom Gala Basket!  These baskets are part of the silent auction during the Gala, a very special fundraiser for MAPA.  Donations can include items related to our theme of “Summer Fun” including gift cards for ice cream, North Shore, beach towels, water balloons, etc.  Thursday is the deadline!

Thank you!



Our class is in need of snack!  Please sign up to bring snack on track it forward.

Thank you!


Literacy Week

Hello families!

We are celebrating literacy week this week!  Please send you child in with a printed copy of the cover of one of their favorite books.  We will display the covers around our classroom door.  Friday is a read-a-thon from 10-11 am.  Students may bring in a book.  Also, plan to attend our fantastic literacy night on Tuesday night from 5:30-7:00.

More school news can be found in the MMA Montessori Moments.

See you there!



Gala Basket

It is the time of year for our Maria Montessori Academy Gala!

Our class has decided that the theme of our basket will be Summer Fun.  Here are some of the ideas that the students had for our basket:

  1. fireworks
  2. water balloons
  3. diving toys
  4. orbies
  5. pool toys
  6. towels
  7. beach balls
  8. movie tickets
  9. sunscreen
  10. sidewalk chalk/ art supplies
  11. dancing?
  12. goggles
  13. bubbles
  14. north shore gift card?
  15. ice cream- maybe cold stone

We really appreciate any donations you make to our Gala basket.  These baskets are auctioned off at our Gala to raise money for our parenting organization, MAPA.  The funds are then used to benefit our school in many ways.

Thank you!



Hello Families!

It was such a pleasure to meet with you and watch as your children shared their skills with pride and joy. I have learned that I should make these conference times longer to allow the children to shine!
This week, we will be preparing for our spelling bee. I am also bringing back spelling lessons and tests and will send out the lists tomorrow.
Although most of the birds and all of the bees are out of sight for the winter, they are still apparently a topic of discussion among some of our students during recess. And yes, I’m talking about sex. This is a topic of great interest to many and it is perfectly normal for children to be curious. However, it is not an appropriate topic of conversation at school. Please encourage your children to respect each parent’s right to teach their children about the birds and the bees and not to take that role upon themselves. Either Ms. Teja or myself are out at recess everyday. Anytime a topic is brought up that might make a child uncomfortable, please encourage them to come directly to one of us or to another teacher. Thank you!
We have a field trip to Union Station coming up on March 6th. If you are available to drive, please contact me! It is only through your generosity that we are able to make these amazing experiences possible.
The Gala is fast approaching and our class is expected to provide a basket for the auction. Unfortunately, we do not have a room parent. However, you can volunteer to take on this task and support MAPA and Maria Montessori Academy. Your role would be to coordinate the items needed for the basket, collect them, and assemble the basket. Thank you!
Here is the link to this week’s MMA Montessori Moments.
Please contact me if you have any questions!

Valentine’s Day is coming up!  The children will have the opportunity to exchange Valentines.  We have 20 students in our class.  It is simplest for the children to pass out Valentines when they aren’t labeled, so please don’t worry about adding names.

See you at our Student-Led Conferences!



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