Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser

Have you purchased your Spaghetti Dinner tickets yet? It’s not too late to get in on the fun and help support our upcoming playground remodel. We now have a dedicated page for all your Spaghetti Dinner related needs. Just check out the tab at the top of this page labeled “Annual Fundraiser.”

There are several ways you can help with this fundraiser:

  • Bring in an item for your child’s classroom basket
  • Bring in a bottle of wine valued at $15 or higher
  • Invite your friends and family to the dinner, be sure to pre-purchase their tickets
  • Sign up to volunteer (link on fundraising page will soon be active)


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