3rd Graders Presented with Giveback Check

John Rosetto, owner of Transfer Pizzeria, stopped by to present the third graders with a check for the amount that was raised for the giveback week in January. The boys and girls are very excited for their trip to Camp Minikani at the end of the month. They would like to thank both Transfer and Classic Slice, who also fundraised for this trip, for helping make this trip possible.

Wisconsin Art Education Association’s Youth Art Month Contest

YAM_DMAWe are extremely proud and honored to have two students from DMA receive awards for their flag designs for Youth Art Month! Stella (Ms. Beth’s Class) and Lucy (Ms. Kelsey’s class) were chosen to receive Honorable Mention awards in the Wisconsin Art Education Association’s Youth Art Month Contest. They are invited to attend a closing ceremony to receive recognition and awards for their designs in Madison on March 31st. 

Stay tuned to more exciting art news as the regional art shows are just around the corner!

DMA Student Wins 2nd Place in Milwaukee Film Festival Contest

Congratulations to Matylda, who won 2nd place in the Milwaukee Film Festival Essay Contest!  She was competing against students in 1st, 2nd and 3rd grade all over Milwaukee. Students were asked to write an essay about films they saw at a Milwaukee Film Education Screening.

Cara Ogburn of the MFF awarded her on Tuesday with a gift certificate from Boswell Books.


Old Local Tree to Find New Life in Downtown Montessori’s Playground!

treeA large Catalpa tree that needed to be removed from the owner’s small city property is going to find new life as a centerpiece in the “adventure course” portion of the new Downtown Montessori Academy playground. It’s an amazing way this beautiful old tree can continue to provide joy and shelter to the community even after it’s been removed. This particular tree was highlighted in a feature story on local TV news station TMJ4 recently.

Playground Update

Construction on our new playground will begin in the next few weeks and our plan is for it to be completed before the start of the new school year. The total cost for Phase 1 construction (main playground and trikePlayground Image path) is now $171,000. To date, the fundraising efforts of our amazing parents and DMA community has raised $67,795 which includes an incredible $9,500 from this year’s 2016 Spaghetti Dinner. With the initial contribution of $50,000 from Downtown Montessori we’ve so far covered a total of $117,795.

Although we have not yet reached our fundraising goal we believe it is important to move ahead with construction. As a result, DMA will fund the remainder for Phase 1 to start, with continued and future fundraising used to recoup the costs up to the original goal and to fund Phases 2 and 3. We’ll continue to update you as the project progresses and are very excited for our students to have an engaging outdoor space!