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Hello all,
As teachers and team leaders, we are all meeting at school today and discussing what learning will look like for us as a team and for you all as parents and your students. We have the following questions that we need answers to before we proceed further. 1. When looking at learning, would you like to have packets for your students and online resources? 2. Would you like packets that would be available to pick up at the school? 3. Online resources only.
This is taking into consideration that you may or may not have access to the internet. We need to hear back from you by this evening if possible. I will be making phone calls if I don’t hear back by 9:00 tomorrow morning. All teachers are working to make this as easy of a transition for everyone over the next 2 weeks as we seek guidance and wisdom.

Thank you for all that you do.

Shauna GarnerMaster’s of ArtMaria Montessori Academy

Hello all,

I am posting an article for your perusal.  I post these from time to time.  If you would like to start a book group on Montessori ideas, I would be open to meeting and having discussions as a group.  It could turn into an informal parent afternoon or evening.  Let me know if you would be interested.

Here is the article.  This is a study out of New Zealand.  I had several thoughts.    https://www.nzherald.co.nz/lifestyle/news/article.cfm?c_id=6&objectid=12154228


Have a marvelous day.



PTC sign-up


I wanted to make everyone aware that if you have not signed up for PTC’s, they are in Track it Forward https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/510273  Tues 12-17

https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/510274  Wednesday 12/18

https://www.trackitforward.com/site/389525/event/510274  Thru 12/19

Please plan on these dates for conferences.  Your student has been working hard.   We look forward to meeting with you.


Ms. Shauna & Ms. Misha


Shout out

A huge shout out to all the parents who participated in our Fall activity yesterday.  I appreciated all of you!  The students looked like they had lots of fun and the activities that you all planned were fun!  Lots of hands really do make the work light.  Today is pizza day.  With your help, we are getting pizza from Little Caesars.  I hope the students enjoy it.  Students may bring their lunch and eat it or they may opt just to have pizza.  It is all good.  I hope this finds you all recovering from yesterday and last night.  Have an amazing weekend.


Ms. Shauna and Ms. Misha


Just a reminder that this week is spirit week.  Students may dress in school uniform…with flair!  For instance, today is the class color day.  There is wild hair day, crazy sock day, and a couple of other days to keep the MMA spirit.

Also, if you are planning to contribute to our Fall activity on Thursday, you may contact Amanda Keener (our room parent).  Her email has been shared in one of the latest emails.  Amanda graciously accepted the room parent and I want to support her in every way that I can.  She has been coordinating all of the activities.  If you haven’t seen our classroom door, you’ll see it soon.  Ms. Misha and the students did an amazing job.  Even if we don’t win, I still want to have pizza for our students.  If you would like to help out, let me know.  We’ll have pizza on Friday regardless of whether we win or lose.

Have an amazing week!


Ms. Shauna & Ms. Misha


Good Afternoon,

Ms. Amanda Keener, our room parent for room 2 needs help.  She has graciously volunteered to put together our Fall activity for the classroom.  However, she needs some help.  She has a list of things that she needs to make this successful.  If you can help out, please, contact her ASAP.  Her email contact is:  amandaandsolo@yahoo.com

The children are excited and would like to have this happen.  The one thing that they really wanted was caramel apples.  If you can provide one thing on Ms. Amanda’s list, please contact her.  Because I do not have track it forward set up, please make sure to contact her regarding this fun day next Thursday.


Ms. Shauna

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

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