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 ( 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.



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 for more information.


Lastly, we are connected to social media at MMA through the following for announcements and events ; @MMAofUT on Twitter ( and on Facebook at .



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 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! (;)

December 12

Dear parents,

Due to some good feedback I have made a page on the blog with the due dates and expectations for the month of December.  I will do this every month from now on.  It will include all field trip information, due dates for assignments and any other pertinent information that involves the class.  I hope this is helpful so you don’t have to search through past blog posts to find important information.

Your students have decided they want to do a secret Santa exchange this holiday.  They will be getting a name of a student tomorrow, Monday.  This exchange will happen on December 20.  The gift should be simple and no more than $5.  If you would not like to participate in this or are having difficulty with this, please shoot me a quick email and I will make sure your child will have a gift to exchange with their secret Santa.  I know how tight money can be around the holidays.

We will also be having a our festive snack and craft time on the 20th.  We need about 4 crafts.  If you think you could help our class with a craft, could you email me?

Will and Lincoln have snack this week.  Thank you!

I hope your families are healthy and well.  Thank you again for all that you do.

Ms. Shanan

November 14

Hello everyone,

The home project for November is a continent/country report.  It really isn’t due until December 19 for the International Festival held at our school.  The students have been given a rubric but this rubric is intended to be done in class with outside class time if desired.  Your responsibility is to help with the presentation of the material for the International Festival.  A display board or other visual aid is required along with any artifacts or food samples from the country if possible. I will be sending out a home-rubric for the display board closer to December.  Right now, the best thing is just to have fun with your student.  Sit down sometimes and explore the country/continent with your student.  Find out what animals, plants and people are there.  It shouldn’t be a to-do list of requirements.  We just want your student to become curious about the rest of the world.

How our class celebrates Thanksgiving is each student is responsible to bring one thing to share for a Thanksgiving lunch held this Friday, November 18. This wejoinin sheet is where to pick what you will bring.  Please feel free to bring what you want.  If someone already chose pie, you can too; there is no sign-up limits.  The expectation is that every family will participate.  Please let me know if this is not possible for you right now, otherwise, we will be looking for your name on the sign-up list.  Your student can bring the food with them to school in the morning.  We have the capacity to keep things warm here at the school.  Thank you so much for all you do to make all the students in the class have great “memory-moments”.

The book of the month is nonfiction.  There is no requirement for a book report or any visual aid.  I do expect the book to be at least 100 pages in length.  They will share the book they read at the end of the month.  Thank you.

Ms. Shanan