Feed on

Each student will research and explore a country from the continent their class has been studying this semester. They will need to find a creative way to share what they have learned with the whole school. This project will need to include the country’s flag, a landform in the country, and how fundamental human needs are met there (such as transportation, food, housing, etc. ). Students may include any other interesting facts about their particular country. They will need to have a display of their country. This can include pictures, artifacts, clothing, music, and food. Students will present their projects individually in their own class in addition to presenting to the entire school during the cultural festival. During the festival, students will have the opportunity to visit each classroom and experience all of the continents and countries throughout the world as they view the presentations prepared by their schoolmates. Each student is expected to participate in the festival.

The Europe project is due the 17th through the 22nd.  I can’t wait to see everyone’s projects





Welcome back to another week of school at MMA.  I hope students and parents had a fun and restful Fall break.  A couple of items of class business.  I will be asking the students what they would like to do for a Fall party.  This party can be either the 31st of October or November 1st.  I am open to either one.  I will pass those things on to our room parent Amanda Keener.  If you would like to contact Amanda, she has graciously provided her number and email.  Her email is amandaandsolo@yahoo.com.  I am sure she would welcome any input that you have

For our classroom, I am looking for a few items.  I would like the students to be able to have more practical life.in the classroom.   Therefore, I am looking to purchase felt (This can be the synthetic squares found at craft stores or the real deal).  We will be sewing some tooth pouches to send to our friends in Norway.  Also, I am looking for a couple of yards of burlap as well as cross-stitch plastic canvas or ada.  Darning needles and crochet needles and size 8 knitting needles.   If you know someone who has them or know where they can be purchased relatively inexpensively, let me know.   I am also looking for embroidery hoops as well.  I have priced them out and cannot find them for under $2.00.  These can be purchased individually or as wholesale.  We have 21 students in the classroom.

Don’t forget that tomorrow is picture day!  Students may dress in their best school uniform.  Hopefully, our time will be in the morning before PE.  Speaking of PE, please make sure that students have some type of running/tennis shoe for PE.  There have been several twisted ankles when students have tried running in boots and shooties.  If you would like to send them to school and students keep them here, I am okay with that extra pair of shoes hanging out in the cubbies for them to use on Tuesdays.

As another reminder, keep reading with your students.  It is a great way to increase skills.  Let them read to you.  It only takes about 10 minutes a day to increase children’s reading and vocabulary.  Put in a book on tape or on your phone if you are going to be in the car traveling…anywhere! Even a trip to the grocery store can be a reading adventure.

Have a wonderful week.


Thank you for all you do!

Ms. Shauna


Monday’s Blog

Hello Monday!

Today is October 14th. 2019.  As I sit here writing this, I want to start a little gratitude blog leading up to Thanksgiving.  I often don’t do this, but felt the need today.  First, I want to thank you for entrusting your students to my tutelage.   We have been working on spelling, handwriting, fractions, division, maps, circles, place value in the thousands and for some, in the millions!  When I see a concept click into place, it makes a lot of what I do worth it.  I also want to thank those of you who accompanied our students on the field trip this past Friday.  We could not have done it without you!  I was a nervous wreck until we were on the last leg of the journey home.  I could finally settle down and look out the window and enjoy the scenery passing by.  It brought me pleasure to hear children’s voices as they noticed the changing of the leaves and were awe of the beauty of Fall.

A reminder to everyone here that Wednesday afternoon begins our Fall break.  There is no school on Thursday and Friday of this week.  MMA will be back in session on Monday, October 21st.  Student Picture day is Tuesday, October 22nd.  Box Top store is Thursday, the 24th.

Lastly, please remember that every Tuesday, we have PE.  This is a mandated program by the state of Utah.  Children need to be bringing some type of tennis shoes or running shoes to be used during our PE time.  High heels and boots or shooties are not appropriate footwear for this time.   If your student wants to wear this type of shoe, please sent a pair of shoes that can be worn for PE just on Tuesdays.

Have a great week.

P.S. I am still working on Track it Forward.  I have yet to have a teacher account that I can access and get sign-ups going.  If you would like to signup for Bloomz, I know how to get that one set up on my own.  With conferences coming up, I am considering it to get at least this first conference set up.   If you would also like to get set up with Remind, I am happy to do that too.  Remind is a texting system that lets us chat back and forth and send out instant messages without the need of using your phone data.


A quick reminder that the field trip to the planetarium is tomorrow.  Please make sure that your student is on time for an 8:30 departure!  Anyone arriving late will not be going on the field trip or you will be driving them to our destination.  I so thank you for all that you do and am excited to be making this special memory with your student.

Please make sure that your student has a sack lunch.  That means that it needs to be something that does not need to be heated.  There will be no way for your child to go anywhere and use a microwave to heat up their lunch.  Please include a water bottle.  Also, students may bring small games, card games, writing instruments and paper as long as they are in a pouch of some kind that they can put away and not have them rolling anywhere.  Students may bring money for the gift shop and may go to the gift shop as long as an adult accompanies them.

Additionally, please make sure that your student has a coat of some kind.  It promises to be cold in the morning and we will be outside waiting for the frontrunner as well as waiting for the Trax to arrive.

The Frontrunner will arrive back at the Ogden station at 2:36.  Please make arrangements to have your student picked up at that time.  There is no transportation back to the school.  If you have any questions, please contact me.

Thank you,

Ms. Shauna

Good morning,

Flyers will be coming home announcing Picture Day at MMA.  Pictures will be October 22nd.

Also, don’t forget that this Friday, October 11th is our field trip.  Those planning on joining us and riding the frontrunner should be at the train station no later than 8:20 (or earlier).  I will have our wristbands with me that morning.  The frontrunner will leave promptly at 8:30.  If you or your student misses the train, you will need to either bring your student to the school or plan on dropping them off at the Clark Planetarium.  Thank you for all that you do for the success of your students.

Ms. Shauna and Ms. Misha


As a reminder, our field trip to the Planetarium is this Friday.  Your child will need to be at the station no later than 8:15.  We will gather as a class before we board the train.  Our tram will leave promptly at 8:36.  Any students not present at that time will be left behind and will either not be with us or will have to be dropped off at the planetarium.   If you are already planning on meeting us there, please let me know so that I am not worried about where you might be.  If you will be going with us on the trip from the station, please make sure that you get a wristband from me before boarding.  Our transportation is paid for, but everyone must have a wristband to enjoy our ride into Salt Lake.   If you are planning on joining us at the I-Max theatre, you must pay your $6.00 (if I had you down before October 1st).   As always, I look forward to seeing you and having you with us.

If your child has yet to turn in a permission slip, please get that in ASAP.  Any students not having those in will not be joining us on this field trip.

Thank you for all you do.


Ms. Shauna

Love and Logic

If you have ever heard of Love and Logic or wanted to take a course, there is a course starting up next week.  I have taken the Love and Logic course a couple of times and learn new things each time I take it.  My first exposure was nearly 20 years ago.
Love and Logic open to all Weber and Morgan Residents.
Weber High School. October 8 – November 19th.
Tuesdays 6:00-8:00 pm.
Questions contact: Aracely Warner at 801-625-3886.



I just wanted to give everyone here a reminder that there are lots of upcoming events this week and next.  All students planning on attending the field trip next Friday at the Planetarium MUST have their permission slips turned in no later than Friday.  This allows the office to get things turned around and ready to give to the Field Trip Coordinator.   Those of you planning on accompanying us on the trip must have either done the background checks or just plan on accompanying your own child.  I don’t have an updated list of the background checks.  It is a good idea for everyone to get one though.  It helps us know you and know that you are supporting our efforts for safe schools.  If you plan on going on the field trip and will be going to watch the Lemur movie with us, please plan on the $6.00 for the movie.  We look forward to having you with us.

This Friday, October 4th is our Fall Carnival.  We are excited to have you join us.  Please, bring your family, friends, and neighbors.  More volunteers are needed for the success of this event.  If you have a few spare minutes, MAPA would love your help.  The carnival will begin at 4pm and end at 7PM.  This is a fun family event and should be shared with many.  We love our families and want you to have a great time while you spread the word about our school.   I hope to see you there.

Home projects:  Home projects are coming due.  As I have spoken with some of the students, they say they have not yet started.  If not, this is the week.  We will start presentations for these next week.  If you have questions regarding what those are, please do not wait to ask.

Have an amazing week

Sunday notes

I hope this finds you well.  Just a reminder that there are several activities this week.  MAPA will be out and about on Friday and needs your support.  They will be handing out muffins on Friday the 27th of September.  They will be out during drop-off and pick-up.  This Friday is an early release day for all students.  The school will dismiss at 1:00 pm for faculty and staff PD day.  In the previous blog, the cover letter was information for everyone to have when students attend our field trip.  I will be sending out permission slips no later than this Friday.  I will be out of the classroom tomorrow attending to my daughter.

I just want to add how much I have enjoyed getting to know your students.  They have come in eager to learn new skills and I am excited to be able to work with them on these new skills.  We are working on math and lots of reading.  One of the things that we have that is new to everyone this year is something called Reading Horizons.  This way of learning is working similarly to our Grammar lessons.  The students are learning about marking vowels and how different vowel sounds look and how it affects a word.   (Pictures to be added soon)

Many of you have asked about spelling lists.  If one thing that I have learned is that random spelling lists are not as effective as words the students are working on.  They do need to learn how to spell, but with a purpose.  As an example, if a student is working on a project, the words in that project become important.  At that time, it is when we work in spelling as well as how the word is spelled and the whys it is spelled that way.  The reason for this is that children up to the age of 8 and 9 are still working on phonemic awareness.  They are still working on spelling and figuring out all of the different ways to spell words.  By the end of the 3rd year, I hope to see that many of the spelling errors have been corrected and reasons behind the spelling.  If you would like to work on spelling with your student, I have no objections.  I will not be giving a weekly spelling test, however.   I am happy to send home a list of need to know words and have them work on those at home.  I will do anything to help support you in what you do at home.  I feel that those associations that we make at home and at school are never lost and build upon each other.


  • Fall Festival is Friday, October 4th from 4-7. PM A note from our MAPA Hey everyone,
    We are just a few short weeks away from the Fall Festival and are looking forward to having an amazing event! This is the perfect opportunity to get in some of those mandatory volunteer hours! Spend an hour volunteering with us and then enjoy the rest of your night that the festival with your family. We have a lot of different things to choose from, and many different areas that you can volunteer in. Please take a look and sign up for something! If you have friends, family, or neighbors that are willing to help, recruit them as well! Teamwork makes dream work! Thank you, awesome MMA families! Have a great weekend and keep a lookout for more information about the Fall Festival and online tickets sales in a flyer that will be sent home next week, and on our facebook page (https://www.facebook.com/NorthOgdenMAPA/)-MAPA President Taylor
  • Chick-fil-A Spirit Night: Tuesday, Oct 8, 2019 • 5:00pm – 8:00pm
    1120 Washington Blvd

Join us for food and fun. Be sure to mention Maria Montessori Academy and 20% of tonight’s sales will be donated accordingly.

  • We are in need of more business sponsors for our fun run t-shirts.  If you know of a business or are the owner of a business or work for a local business, MAPA needs you!  Our wonderful parent volunteers are working on trying to get our Fun Run underway.  There have only been a handful of businesses’ that have been approached and more are needed.  Your help is greatly appreciated if you can contact the office, please let them know if you know anyone who would be willing to sponsor, you are needed!   Never forget that you make us who we are.  We love and appreciate our parents and students!!   The deadline for sponsors is this Friday, September 27th.

Have an amazing week!!


Ms. Shauna


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