Author Archives: Liz Becerra

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….

Ms. Jenny’s Class to Buy and Donate Goat

Ms. Jenny’s class has teamed up with Heifer International and through donations will purchase and donate a goat to a family in need in Africa. On small farms, goats are often the key to a family’s survival.  Along with training and education in its care, each goat gift donation: Provides milk, cheese and butter for nourishment…

Robotics Club at DMA

We’re so excited to finally have a Robotics Club here at Downtown Montessori! Robotics is open to all students in grades 7 & 8 and is run by two of our DMA parents. In Robotics Club, “students are encouraged to brainstorm in order to find creative solutions to problems and then develop them through a…

New Venue Picked for Spring Auction

We are delighted to announce we have reserved the Urban Ecology Center for our 11th Annual Auction! This beautiful 20,000 square foot “green” building will play host to DMA’s most gainful fundraiser on May 2nd. We will keep you posted on ways you can get involved so keep reading the weekly notes and checking your…

Lower Elementary Students Organize Food Drive

The Lower Elementary students have planned an all-school food drive to benefit the food pantry at the Bay View Community center. The food drive will begin 12/2/13 and run until 12/17/13. The items they are looking for are nonperishable foods that won’t spoil quickly such as rice, canned food, soup and cereal. There is also…

DMA Students on Fox 6

Brian Kramp from Fox 6 showed up at the Urban Ecology Center a few weeks ago while our students were visiting. He brought along a few cameras and the outcome was this great piece found on the Fox 6 website. Downtown Montessori Academy is proud to be one of the UEC’s Neighborhood Environmental Education Program…

DMA to Participate in Gallup Student Poll

This fall and for the next 10 years Downtown Montessori will be participating in a new measure that captures the student voice. Each student will have the opportunity to participate in a Gallup Student Poll which will measure their hope, engagement, and well being. We’re really excited to be a part of this new project….

Renovation Update: Week 9

As I’m typing this I’m being told that the pictures I’m about to post are already outdated! Apparently the crew has been coming in on the weekends and they’re really making progress. Most classrooms are about 80% finished being painted and wood panel floors are going down in rooms where there was once carpet. The…

A Note From a Former Parent…

Since our integration of an adolescent program in 2007, we have prided ourselves in keeping track of each and every student graduating from Downtown Montessori. Our very first DMA graduate will be starting at Alverno in the fall and we couldn’t be happier. While the student below did not graduate from DMA (our school only…