Mindfulness Exercises are Helping Kids Get an Edge in the Classroom

An excellent article from Time Magazine we stumbled upon last week. Great read as we head into our second month of partnering with Growing Minds.

Any teacher who’s ever prodded, begged or bribed a child to sit still and listen knows there aren’t a ton of proven ways to get a kid to tune in. But a slew of new research offers a different suggestion: Breathe. Not you- them.

Mindfulness and meditation programs are emerging as powerful ways to calm kids down, sharpen their brains and make them kinder to their classmates.

[To read full article, click here]

Oaklander, M. (2015, February). A Nation of Mini Meditators. Time Magazine, 54.

Student Art Work Featured at MLK Celebration

Some of our students’ artwork were recently featured at the Annual Martin Luther King, Jr’s breakfast this past Monday at the Italian Community Center. This event drew hundreds of community & business leaders, activists and elected officials across the state. All with the common goal of celebrating one of the most important voices during the civil rights movement.
For this project, our students were asked what sort of social change they would like to see in the world. They were given the prompt, “I can dream like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and my dream is…”
The art can be seen in the clip below within the first few seconds.

School-Wide Art Project at DMA

Ms. Jenny’s art classes have undertaken a school-wide project! Our students are making sketchbook covers using collaged paste paper, inspired by author Eric Carle, as well as artists Friedensreich Hundertwasser and Henri Matisse.

After Thanksgiving break the students will be begin binding their books to use as visual journals to use for the remainder of the year. Upper Elementary and Adolescents will learn to professionally bind their own books!  However, in Kindergarten and Lower Elementary we are looking for some extra hands to help bind the books.

If you’d like to help just drop Ms. Jenny an email and come learn basic book binding techniques on Thursday afternoons or Fridays!

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DMA “Significantly Exceeds Expectations” in State Report Card

Congratulations to all of our fantastic students, teachers, staff and parents! The 2013-2014 District and School Report Cards for the state are out and Downtown Montessori Academy scored DPI’s highest mark of “Significantly Exceeds Expectations!”

You can review the summary report here: 2013-2014 District and School Report Card

2013-14 State Report Card

New Visual Art Instructor at DMA

Hello Parents!

I would like to introduce myself as the new visual art instructor here at Downtown Montessori Academy. My name is Jenny Urbanek and I just completed my Master’s of Art Education at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC). I have experience teaching students from 3 to 103 years old in a variety of settings such as art schools, public schools, community settings, universities, and nursing homes for over the past 5 years.
I am so thrilled to be back in Milwaukee, working with talented young people to continue to expand and evolve our visual art program at DMA!

Last year, thanks to your generous donations we were able to jump-start the visual arts program and were able to successfully purchase a drying rack, paper cutter and a variety of supplies to enhance your child’s creativity. This year, I have created a list of art supplies that will further increase the quality and breadth of art education at DMA and once again would love you help!

The link to donate to our art supplies is:
You can make donations to our supply list the entire semester until winter break.

We are planning a variety of projects and can’t wait to begin! I am very much looking forward to exploring creativity with your young ones!

Thank you so much for your continued support, and I look forward to meeting you soon!

Thank you,
Jenny Urbanek