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.


Ms. Shanan


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

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.


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