Author Archives: Liz Becerra

Ms. Sara’s Class Skypes with Julie Salamon

On Tuesday, Ms. Sara’s class Skyped with Julie Salamon, author of CAT IN THE CITY. The Skype visit focused on the writing and editing process. What happens after you write the first draft of a story? How do you make it better? What do you think about when you create a character? How do stories…

Playground Update

Downtown Montessori Academy is pleased to announce we have engaged with site design group, ltd. for the design and build of the school playground. site design group, ltd. is an award-winning landscape architecture, urban design, and architecture firm based in Chicago. They are a certified Minority Business Enterprise (MBE) and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise (DBE). “As…

We Be Monsters Collaborative Art Project

We Be Monsters is a culminating event of an intergenerational art collaboration between Downtown Montessori Academy (K8) and the Milwaukee High School of the Arts. Our exhibition opening and silent auction will be located at the Milwaukee High School of the Arts Gallery at 2300 W. Highland Ave, Milwaukee, WI 53233 on Friday April 24th…

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…

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….

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…

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…

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…

51 Things to do this Summer

By Sara, Diego and Ms. Barb During summer, students can loose 3 – 4 months of learning if they are not kept mentally challenged. Here are some ideas that might help them stay smart over the summer. 1. Read twenty minuets every day. 2. Go to the library every week. 3. Write and send letters…

2012-2013 Annual Report Now Available

In this year’s report you will find Downtown Montessori Academy’s updated financial results, our current Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction report card, and an overview of our exciting building renovation project this past year!  All parents should have received a printed copy in their child’s backpack, and the electronic version is available for download here….