January 4

Hello parents,

I hope your break was wonderful.  The students are great!  They got right back to work.  Looking forward, the important information you need is listed below.

  • The home project for the months of January and February is the Science Fair.  Sixth graders are the only ones that compete in the fair.  The fourth and fifth graders will just share their projects with the class and they won’t be judged.  The requirements for this project are more relaxed for fourth and fifth graders and much more involved for sixth.  The fifth graders will have their big project later in the spring at the engineering fair and the fourth will have their big project at the history fair again later in the spring.  You can find the requirements on the Science Fair page on this blog.
  • I’ve updated the snack schedule.  Please take a look.  Due to construction and recess congestion, we don’t go out to recess until one o’clock.  Every one is starving by 11 a.m.  It is really nice when we have a snack for them.  Thank you for your help.

Country Report for International Festival

Hi Parents,

Just a reminder that your student’s home project is due.  I would like to see them done in class no later than December 15.  Your student was given the rubric to take home.  If you haven’t seen it, can you ask your student where it is?  I can print out a new one if he/she has lost it.  The requirements for the home project are on the rubric.  Along with this report students should be making posters or visual aids that celebrate their countries with pictures and information to present in the festival.  It is also fun to have your student dress up, have artifacts, play music and provide food samples for the festival if they want.  No drinks or food that has to be warmed up, also no tooth picks.  Limited time in class will be provided for this project so doing it at home needs to be planned.

Thanks,

Ms. Shanan

December 9

Dear parents,

We had a class meeting and decided to have our winter holiday class party on Monday, December 21th from 9-12. Students were each asked to bring a holiday snack to share.  They also voted on having a secret Santa exchange.  Each student got the name of another random student in the class.  I told them to talk to you about your comfort level and feasibility with this but they will purchase or create a gift for their secret Santa to not exceed 5-10 dollars.  If you have a problem with this, please let me know and I can help your student out with this task.  I know Christmas time can be financially stressful.  Just email me if you have concerns and I will handle it.  The reason it is on Thursday morning is that the International Festival fills up the rest of the week.

  • Tuesday 12/19 Junior High 1-2.30 (Gym)
  • Wednesday 12/20 Upper El 9-11 (Kiva and classrooms)
  • Thursday 12/21 Lower El 1-2.30 (classroom)

I would also like it if some of you could help me plan some fun holiday crafts for our party.  If you think you can prepare one for our class will you please email me.

Thank you so much,

Ms. Shanan

November 27

Hello parents,

I hope all is well with each of you.  I hope your Thanksgiving Break was fun and relaxing.  I spent my break in Seattle.  I enjoyed the nature trails and walking the beaches of the Puget Sound; I even saw a seal!  It rained and rained though.

Anyway, so coming up is a surprise field trip. I got the opportunity to take the class to the Nutcracker on December 5th.  Field trip forms will be coming home tomorrow (Tuesday).  We are running out of field trip funds so a three dollar donation for the trip would be greatly appreciated.  We will need to arrange rides so if you think you can drive to this one that would be great.  Unfortunately we don’t have enough tickets for parents so it would be just a drop-off and pick-up situation.  I’ll check the form but I think it is a drive at ten and pick up at one situation.  I apologize for the short notice but I thought it would be well worth it for the students to see the production.

Our Thanksgiving feast was amazing!  Thank you so much for providing that experience for our class.  It means a lot to all of us.

Remember the country study is the next home project and is due December 12.  I will post the rubric on a country study page at the top of the blog so you have access to it.

Thank you for all you do.

Ms. Shanan

 

November 6

Hi parents,

There are just a few things to go over.

  1.  Congratulations on the home projects!  They were awesome!  It was a great start to our year.
  2. The next home project will start November 15 and be due December 10.  Each student will be given a country to study.  They will be given a rubric for this; I will post it next week.  There is an international festival for the whole school in December.  They will present their country study at this festival.
  3. Our Thanksgiving feast will be November 17.  I will send out a wejoinin sheet for you to pick what you want to donate for your student’s feast.  Preparations for the feast will start around 11 and students will be eating at noon.  You can just send your donation with your student that day.  More information will come later.
  4. This week I’m doing a few projects and wondered if any of you could bring some of the following:  Oatmeal packets (peace leader’s favorite food) and fruit (botany study).
  5. Your students have a studio Friday activity where they can cook anything they want Friday afternoon, but they have to bring the ingredients.  I’m sure they will be letting you know what.

Thanks,

Ms. Shanan

October 16

Hello parents,

We are halfway through October!  Amazing!  Thank you to those who helped with the field trips.  Waterfall Canyon was cold but fun!

Remember your student has an October home project due in a few weeks. Remember 3 pages of notes, a 2 page paper and a visual aid to present.

Parent conferences are this week.  I see that most of you have signed up.   I look forward to seeing you.  I would like it if you came to the conference having reflected on what you personally want for your student this year.  I would like for us to make a goal together as partners in your child’s education.  Be thinking about what your child could most work on or needs most from school from your perspective.  It doesn’t have to be academic.  It could be emotional, social, physical, time management and/or even creativity.

I’m still working on our fall party.  Please let me know if you think you could help with a craft.

Thanks,

Ms. Shanan

 

October 9

Link

Dear parents,

We have two field trips this week- a fourth grade field trip on Thursday and a class field trip on Friday.  The first field trip requires no chaperones because students go on a bus.  We do need drivers for the Friday field trip.  If you think you can drive/attend please email me.  Ultimately it is each parent’s responsibility to find his/her child a ride, but we will help facilitate a ride for your student the best we can.  Please meet in the North Shore parking lot while your student comes into the school so we can take attendance.

Our class fall party will be on Monday, October 30th.  It is a potluck and family is welcome.  We will need each student to bring a potluck item to share plus a pumpkin to carve along with pumpkin carving tools.  We will need willing parents to organize crafts for the party.  Please let me or Shanna Graves know your interest.  A field trip form will be coming out to attend this fall party at my family farm in Tremonton, Utah.

Parent teacher conference is October 16-18.   These are half-days.  School will end at 1:00 p.m.  Please sign-up for a conference slot at the link below.

https://www.wejoinin.com/sheets/lxjyr

Thanks,

Ms. Shanan

 

September 25

Hello parents,

I hope you all made it out to the 5k and pancake breakfast.

To those who missed it, the homework for October is a free-choice home project due at the end of October.  Please refer to the home project page at the top of the blog for rubric.

Please remember to order the book club book for your student.  If this is financially not feasible right now will you email me so I can order one for your student.  Check the previous blog post for September 18 to view the book your student needs.

The next field trip is on October 12 for fourth graders.  They will be going by bus to the American West Heritage Center in Cache Valley to learn about early Utah history; this is a part of their history curriculum.  A seven dollar donation is needed for this field trip.  Please give your donation to the front office.  Expect a field trip permission form to come home on Monday.

There is a field trip for all students on Friday, October 13.  We will be hiking to Waterfall Canyon at the top of 29th street in Ogden.  We will need drivers to this field trip.  Please email me if you can drive.  You are welcome to come.  The field trip will start in the morning and be done around 12:30-1:00.  Students will need a ride back to the school to finish out their school day.

Be also thinking if you could help with our Fall Class Party.  I’m working out the details to have it be at my family farm in Tremonton, Utah.  I need help with crafts and games.  Each student will need to bring a pumpkin and a potluck food dish.  It is always a lot of fun.  I will update you when I know for sure about the farm as our party site.

Thanks,

Ms. Shanan

 

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/ .