Week of February 18, 2019

Week of February 18, 2019


Hello Parents,

We want to thank you for all the help we received for the Valentine’s Day party, with providing supplies, food, time and energy, etc. It was a fun day and we could not have done it without your support. We also want to thank you for taking the time to visit with us for Parent Teacher Conferences. We enjoyed our time with you as we talked about your sweet children and their successes, and struggles.

There will be no school on Monday, February 18 due to President’s Day. This week in geography/biomes we will continue our study of Oceania, particularly the animals that live in the wet lands of Oceania. In zoology, we will talk about the parts of an amphibian (probably the frog). In science, we will continue to learn about day and night. On Friday, we will do art work inspired by the work of Vincent van Gogh and we will also have guests, Riverton Music, come in for our music time to teach us more about base instruments. Also on Friday in the AM class we will be having our class pictures taken. This will go in the yearbook. The PM class pictures will be scheduled at another time.

Have a great week!

Ms. Martha, Ms. Valerie & Ms. Kimber

Week of February 11, 2019

Hello Parents,

First off, we want to thank all who participated and helped out in anyway for our 100th day celebration. It was a success. We all had a good time.

As a reminder, we will be having Parent Teacher Conferences (PTC) on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday (February 13-15). These days will be early release days. The AM students will be in class 8:30 – 10:30 and the PM students will be in class 11:00 – 1:00. If you have not had a chance to sign up yet, there are still plenty of times available. You can sign up here-

Wednesday, February 13- https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/459150

Thursday, February 14- https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/459151

Friday, February 15- https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/459152

For Valentine’s day there are a few more items we are in need of in the PM class. If you are able to help with these items, it would be much appreciated. Here is the link-

Afternoon class- https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/459883

Also, if anyone has some cloth tablecloths we could use on this day please let me know.

Now, for what is happening this week besides PTC and Valentine’s Day- We will continue to learn more about Habit 5 “Think first to Understand…”, as well as learn more about the Wet Lands of Oceania and the people who live there. We will learn the characteristics of amphibians and will learn about Vincent van Gogh and do some texture painting with painting knives.  It will be a wonderful week!

Thank you,

Ms. Martha, Ms. Valerie & Ms. Kimber


Valentine’s Day information

Hello Parents,


Our 100th day of school was very fun and successful! Thank you for all the donations of time and goods that came in. Now we will get ready for our next party. I have a list of things needed for our Valentine’s Day party next Thursday, February 14, on trackitforward, I will share the links at the bottom of this post.


For some years now in Early Childhood our traditional Valentine’s Day party has evolved to include a special breakfast/brunch as a more formal snack.  To incorporate Montessori’s grace and courtesy, we have the students help set the tables, complete with cloth table cloths.  They also arrange the flowers for the center piece and serve one another.  We talk about what kind of manners people use at a restaurant like putting their napkins on their laps and not talking with their mouth full. We will eat “family style” with a group of about six children eating at a time.


Each child will make a Valentine’s bag at school to collect any Valentine’s they might receive. If you are sending your child with Valentines to deliver please just address them by who they are from, not designating who they are going to (this makes delivery much easier).  The AM class has 20 students and the PM class has 24 students. On the trackitforward page, I included three spots for parent volunteers. Here are the links to sign up-


Morning class https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/459879

Afternoon class- https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/459883


Thank you so much for your support,

Ms. Martha & Ms. Valerie

Week of February 4, 2019

Blog- Week of February 4, 2019

Hello Parents,

For this month in Geography we will begin our study of Oceania and look closer at the wetlands which is our focus in our biome studies. In biology we will be studying amphibians in general, but with an added interest on the life cycle of a frog. Our study in physical science will be about ‘Day and Night’ and we will learn what makes day and night. The element of art that we will be focusing on is texture and the artist will be Vincent van Gogh.

Looking ahead at some special dates to take note of includes:

  • 6- 100th day of school celebration
  • 13-15- Parent Teacher Conferences (PTC)
  • 14- Valentine’s Day Party
  • 18- Presidents Day-No School

100th day of school celebration- For our 100th day of school celebration there are a few items we still need. In the AM class we need a 6.6 oz bag of goldfish; and in the PM class we need a 2 lb. bag of raisins and a box of Teddy Grahams. I think we are good on everything else. If you would like to donate, here is the link:

Morning class https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/457931

Afternoon class https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/457932


PTC- I have my PTC appointments available now. Here are the links-

Wednesday, February 13- https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/459150

Thursday, February 14- https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/459151

Friday, February 15- https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/459152

Valentine’s Day Party- Stay tuned and I will have the information and the links for sign up available.

As always, we want to thank you for your continued support. We can not do the things we do without it.

Ms. Martha and Ms. Valerie


Fun Run


Thank you so much for supporting this year’s Maria Montessori Academy Fun Run! The program was a huge success, and I know everyone had so much fun! There’s just one more thing left to do.

We need your help collecting all our pledges. As a class, we raised $530.00 in the AM class, and $1461.75 in the PM class our goal is to collect 100% of all pledges by 02/08/2019.

All sponsors that included their email address when making a pledge will receive an email reminder and instructions to pay their pledge. Please reach out to those sponsors who did NOT include their email address to let them know they can send cash or check to you, which will then be sent to school in your child’s collection envelope (coming home soon).

Finally, please encourage your student to thank all their sponsors for helping our school!

Thank you again for your support! Let me know if you have questions.



The Maria Montessori Academy Fun Run is tomorrow! Thank you to all our families who have been working hard to raise funds for our school. We truly appreciate your support!

There is only one day left in the program. That makes tonight THE LAST NIGHT FOR PLEDGING before the Maria Montessori Academy Fun Run.

Would you consider reaching out to one or two more sponsors tonight?

If you have any questions, please let me know. We hope to see you and your family tomorrow at the big event!

Have a wonderful day!

P.S. It’s not too late to register your child on funrun.com! To sign up, search for your school or use our school registration code: 747234

Please have your child-
  • Wear running shoes tomorrow!
  • Get a good night’s rest, drink plenty of water, and eat something healthy for breakfast
  • Remind them not to bring a water bottle.

Thanks again for your support. We look forward to a fun day tomorrow.

Week of January 28, 2019

Blog for week January 28, 2019

Hello Parents,

This week we will be doing a close read on a book called Under the Sea by Fiona Patchett.  Each day we will focus on a different animal (Seahorses, Sharks, Angler fish and an animal of their choice). We will be doing some writing along with this close read as well. We will be talking about some of the animals that live in the trench and we will wrap up our study of the ocean biome by watching a portion of an ocean documentary.  Friday will be the Fun Run.  The morning class will run at 8:45 and the afternoon class will run at 1:05. You are welcome to join us.  The fun run will take place in the big gym.

MMA Fun Run


Our class is having a blast preparing for the Maria Montessori Academy Fun Run coming up soon! We’ve also begun to learn how to solve problems using character through Boosterthon’s character theme, MindSpark Mystery Lab. While they’re teaming up with the MindSpark Kids to solve mysteries, your students will learn five 21st-century character traits that will help strengthen themselves and our world. Make sure to ask your students what they’ve learned each day, and together you can watch the story unfold on funrun.com!

Remember, we need your help connecting to sponsors who can make a pledge to help our school! Please make sure all pledges for the Maria Montessori Academy Fun Run are entered on funrun.com. The more pledges we get, the more incentives our class earns on our Pledge-O-Meter.

Thank you for your generosity and support of our school. If you have any questions, please let me know.

Have a great day!

P.S. Make sure to register your child on funrun.com. Use our school registration code: 747234


Looking ahead: 100 days of school celebration (I will send information for Valentine’s Day and Parent Teacher Conferences at a later date)

We will celebrate being in school for 100 days on February 6th.  We will have several activities that center around the idea of 100.  One of the activities we have for the kids is to come and count with me out in the hall.  We use this as one of our assessments.  A standard for kindergarten is that students will be able to count to 100 by 1’s and 10’s.  We have been practicing in class but it wouldn’t hurt to do a little practice at home as well. We could use some donations/parent help on this day.  Here is the link to sign up

Morning class https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/457931

Afternoon class https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/457932

Have a great week

Ms. Martha, Ms. Valerie & Ms. Kimber

Fun Run

Week of January 22, 2019

Hello Parents,

This week we will continue our study of the oceans and introduce the midnight zone. Creatures living in this zone must be able to live in complete darkness and nearly freezing water. We will learn about different types of fish and read the book “If Sharks Disappeared” to learn how important sharks are to our ecosystem. It is a good reminder that we are all connected and if we work together, sharks and our whole planet, we will thrive. In science, we will continue to experiment with water and learn more about surface tension.  There will also be art activities that tie in to ocean life as well as with the element of line.

Have a great week!

Ms. Martha & Ms. Valerie.

Week of January 14, 2019

Hello Parents,

We will continue talking about Habit 4 of the 7 habits of happy kids.  This habit is “Think Win Win”.  In this habit we will be moving from the private victory to the public victory.  Our first 3 habits were all about bettering ourselves and improving our own lives.  With “Think win-win”  we will learn about 4 outcomes that are available when you interact with someone else; win-win, win-loose, loose-win, and loose-loose.

Win-Win-  “Let’s find a solution that works for both of us.” People who search for solutions that make them happy and at the same time make others happy. People in this category have both the courage to say what they want and the consideration to work toward mutual benefit.

Win-Loose- “I am going to beat you no matter what”  People who fit in this category are only concerned with themselves they want to win and make others loose. They have the courage to say what they want, but are low on consideration. With win-loose you think of competition, comparison, power, and position.  This is actually a very common interaction in our society.  As parents we naturally have position over our children and sometimes put our agenda over theirs.  We must remind ourselves to constantly be on guard for situations in which we can change a win-loose to a win-win when interacting with children.

Loose-Win- “I always get stepped on”  People in this category have lots of consideration of others but they lack the courage to express and act on their own feelings and beliefs.  Too much time in this category creates the victim mentality and people who just follow the crowd.  They may bury a lot of their feelings, have no demands or expectations of others, and they are quick to please others even at the expense of themselves.

Loose-Loose- “If I’m going down, you’re going down with me.”  People in this category are low on courage and consideration they envy and criticize others.  They put themselves and others down.  This situation can be the long term result of a win-lose.

In class we will talk about ways to make situations win-win, we will think of cooperation, communication, and seek for mutual benefit.  These are great topics to discuss at home in your family.

In our biome study  of the oceans we will look closer at the twilight zone, which is between 600-3000 feet down. There is enough light to see during the day, but not enough light for photosynthesis to take place, so no plants live in this zone.  We will talk about the size of different types of whales and give the children a good visual to help them imagine their real size. We will learn the parts of a fish and do some water experiments. In art we will learn about Pablo Picasso and focus on some of his line drawings.

Have a wonderful week! Ms Martha and Ms Valerie