September 18

Dear Parents,

We are well underway in our classroom and everyone is doing great!  The students are peaceful and hardworking.  They are also learning to get along with each other and find ways to make compromises- a true mini-society.

I apologize that I chose for my students to not attend the field trip on Friday.  Due to the weather and a back injury that I had sustained, I felt it necessary to opt out.  Thank you for your understanding.

I have a request for you.  I hope it isn’t too much trouble.  Your students will be involved in  reading groups (book clubs) that will last the semester.  I am asking if you would be willing to purchase the book for your student and donate it to our class library. It is such a GREAT need and would greatly enhance the room for future students.  If this is too much , can you at least get the book for your student through a city library or other means.  The following are the books needed.  Look for  your student’s name and the accompanying book.

Brynn, Jayden, Ben, Aiden, Matt and Akela:  Pendragon Book 1

Lincoln, Bingham, Trey:   Ranger’s Apprentice

Mckenzie, Valaya, Preslie, Calvin, Stevie: Hunger Games

Maya, Kenadee, Rio, Annie, Lily- Spirit Animals Book one

Konnor, Monica, Carl James, Jennavecia, Mari, Jordynn-Inkheart Book One

Thank you so much.  It would be great if they each had their books by next Monday.

Each month starting in October, students in the upper elementary classes do home projects.  These projects take the place of typical homework.  They are intended to be worked on with parents’ help.  It should be collaborative with your student; this is the way you can interact directly with their education.  The home project list for the year is  on a page in the top page bar of the blog.  Please take note of it for October.  It also includes a rubric for each home project.  Each home project is due on the last day of the assigned month.  It can be turned in earlier if desired.  Students will present their projects to the class.

Thank you to all those who have provided snack.

Sincerely,

Ms. Shanan

August 15, 2017

Dear parents,

The administration has asked me to send you these links.  See you all in a few days.

As another reminder, we do have a dress code that will be enforced starting the first day of school. For more information on the school dress code, please see the link below:

http://mariamontessoriacademy.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/08/Dress-Code-Guidelines-Updated.pdf

 

The Annual Back to School Pool Party (http://www.mariamontessoriacademy.org/?p=7774) will be on August 15th from 7-9PM at North Shore Aquatic Center. Come and meet the staff at the school and find out about the upcoming school year!

 

To order school spirit shirts this year, the link below will take you to the Bee You Store, which has the winning student designs from last year for purchase as well as backs and hoodies.

Link: https://squareup.com/store/MariaMontessoriAcademy

 

Parent involvement has always been a cultural norm with MMA and I invite you to volunteer at one of MMA’s biggest fundraising events, the 5K and Pancake Breakfast, on September 23rd. There are many ways to get involved if you can’t make this date. Contact brianne.mcmullin@gmail.com for more information.

 

Lastly, we are connected to social media at MMA through the following for announcements and events ; @MMAofUT on Twitter (https://twitter.com/MMAofUT?lang=en) and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/MMAofUT/ .

 

 

July 27, 2017

Hello Parents,

This is my first post for the new 2017-2018 school year.  I hope you are having a great summer. This post is to inform you that the school supply list has been added to this blog in the pages at the top of the screen.  I gave both a list and a visual list if you need any clarification of what I mean.  I want to let you know that all supplies you give to our class are considered a donation. If you are unable to provide the items we will find the necessary supplies for your student.

Thank you,

Ms. Shanan

May 8

Hello parents,

I’m happy to hear that the sixth grade students had a wonderful time on their field trip.  I’m glad they are all home.

I wanted to let you know that state testing will resume this week with the math test followed by the science test the following week.

I want to thank the parents and guardians who helped with the Cinco de Mayo party.  We had a real Mexican pinata, plenty of guacamole and homemade horchata, enchiladas and tacos.  I want to mention that the students and parents exclusively got this together; I was absent on Thursday and I came on Friday to a well-prepared party!  Thanks for being so awesome!

We only have a few weeks left of school.  The only assignment students have left that involves parents is the state study.  Each student picked out a state to study and have been working on it in class.  It is due May 15.  They will present their state with whatever creative means they would like.  It doesn’t have to be a poster board but it can be.  They are welcome to bring any music, artifacts, visual aids, food that they would like to present.  It is also not required to bring any of that.  They just need to be able to tell us about their state and have fulfilled the rubric requirements.  This rubric has been done mainly in class but I will send a copy home tomorrow so you can have an idea of what they are suppose to do.  Most students do it in class so I hope it doesn’t impact your home life too much.  Just check in with them to see how they are doing and how you can support them.

On May 18, our class will be joining five other classes for an end-of-the-year store experience.  If your student says they need to get something ready for store, that is what they are talking about.  Please don’t feel like you need to spend any real money on this.  A lot of students draw pictures, bring in any unwanted items from home, make crafts, provide services and so forth.  Help your student come up with a feasible option.

Thanks,

Ms. Shanan

April 10

Hello parents,

I hope you had a wonderful spring break.  This week has some important details you should know.

  1. Your student will be participating in the SAGE writing test on Tuesday, April 11.  It has been a tradition that extra snacks are encouraged and gum is allowed.
  2. We are having our ice skating field trip on Thursday, April 13 at the Weber County Ice Sheet in Ogden, Utah.  We will need drivers to this field trip.  Please email if you can help.  Please also make sure your student has a jacket and long socks; thin gloves are also helpful.  We will be leaving for the field trip at 10:30 a.m. and return at 2:30 p.m.
  3. Mckenzie and Jack have snack this week.
  4. School Picture Day is on April 12.  

Thank you,

Ms. Shanan

March 21, 2017

Hello parents,

Fifth Grade Parents:  The last week of March is the Engineering Fair.  You will need to have your student’s invention and presentation ready by then.

All parents:

Check the snack schedule; it has been updated.

We are starting some new consequences in our room.  You might get a letter from a student if he/she has hurt your child emotionally or physically.  The student has to write an apology letter to you and to the person.  We’ve had an increase in teasing in our classroom. Thanks.

I anticipate a great week.

Ms. Shanan

 

March 6

Dear parents,

This is what this week looks like.

  1.  The school will provide a maturation lesson for fifth graders on Tuesday at 8:30 a.m.  Parents are welcome.
  2. We have our first spring field trip on March 14, 2017, next Tuesday.  We are going to Crystal Hot Springs. We will need parents to volunteer to drive.  Email me with your plans or a need for a ride.  One permission slip will be coming home this week for all our spring fieldtrips; it is a new, more convenient system for forms.
  3. The snack sign-up has been updated; please check to see your week.  It has been a bit sparse lately.
  4. Students will be sharing the book they read at home from February this week at line times.  If your student has lagged on this, please help get them a book for March.
  5. Remember to be working on your home projects.  4th-Utah History, 5-Engineering Fair (By the way, this fair is not judged like the science fair.  It will be judged by me with a rubric.) 6- Free Choice.  Just because it is free choice doesn’t mean that they don’t have to do it.  They will be held accountable.  These projects are all due by March 27.  

Thank you to those donating to our gala basket.  Please feel free to bring items to me in the classroom.

Thank you,

Ms. Shanan

February 27

Hello parents,

I was wondering if you would be willing to prepare a framed family picture for your student to display in our class.  I thought it would be fun for us all to have one of our families to personalize our classroom and give your student comfort.  It can be a candid shot if you want.  It can’t be too big because it will fit on a special shelf I’ve prepared for it.  Thank you.

Ms. Shanan

February 21

Avo and Baily have snack this week.  Thanks girls!

I’m taking the “Year at a Glance”  off this website; things have changed.  I knew they would.  Montessori is so fluid!  I will make an updated version.

Some students want homework.  If you student comes home with a packet, your student wanted extra work. They are required to turn it in on Friday.  Woo Hoo!

We are working on a field trip to Crystal Hot Springs in March.  A permission form should be coming home by the end of February.  Still working on the details.

Home Projects from the middle of February until the middle of March are as follows:

4-  Utah History Fair Research Paper and Visual Aid

Your student must pick a topic from Utah history and do an in depth study of it.  They must write at least a two-page research paper and have a visual aid to put in our history fair display.  It could be anything from a poster, an artifact, an art project and so forth.  The student must be able to explain the visual aid with at least ten accompanying facts placed on the poster or put on an index card when the student presents their project.

5- Engineering Fair Project

An engineering fair is similar to the science fair.  The student must go through a process of trial and error while making an invention.  If you go on science buddies it will explain the process.  Your student will be learning this week the steps.  Your student will bring home a packet with the details.  You have until the middle of March to get it ready.

6- Home Project of Choice

Your student make pick any topic of interest but it must include a four-page research paper with citations and references.  They must also include a visual aid.  Topics need to be checked by myself before the student goes forward on the project.  Remember, this is a home project to be done with parents or guardians.  This will not be given time at school to do.