October 9


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.



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.


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.


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:



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

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

Literacy Week Promotion


We are looking for community members to read their favorite books aloud to our students. Come dressed as your profession to promote the idea that everyone reads! On March 1st, police officers, nurses, pilots and customer service representatives, homemakers and more, can share their love of reading with children by signing up at the following link https://wejoinin.com/sheets/pygcf. We’ll even supply the books if you have too many favorites to choose from

December 16

Dear parents,

The Christmas Party is on December 20, Tuesday from 10-12.  Please let me know if you can provide a craft.  So far, no one has signed up.  The International Festival is this Monday from 9-11.  Please remember that a healthy snack would be appreciated for our Christmas party (Eggnog is fine! (;)