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!

DMA Mindful Coloring Books Are Here!

Over 200 Unique Designs created by K-8 students!

Students at Downtown Montessori Academy worked incredibly hard to create their very own Mandala coloring book page designs in K-8th grade. Please enjoy our wide variety of designs and subject matter which highlight the unique creative genius of each contributing artist.

You can snag your own copy of this huge 200 page coloring book at our Spaghetti Dinner on May 14th for only $20!

Can’t make it to the dinner? No problem, we’ll have more for sale here in the office.


Miss Ashley’s Class Learns Stop-Motion

Last week, with the help of a generous grant, Miss Ashley’s class participated in a research study for an up-and-coming program at Betty Brinn Children’s Museum. In the program, Be a Maker: Animator, the students first designed animation reels for a zoetrope and watched them come to life. They then got the opportunity to make some incredible stop-motion videos using bottle caps. Our animation teachers even commented on how impressed they were with the way the children planned out their ideas and used trial-and-error to make some top-notch animations!
Below is a fun video the students created with the skills learned in the workshop.

Charter School Review Committee Parent Survey

DMA Parents,

As you know, DMA is chartered by the City of Milwaukee and monitored by the city’s Charter School Review Committee (CSRC). CSRC has contracted with the NCCD Children’s Research Center (CRC) to monitor the educational/academic outcomes for children enrolled in your child’s school. CRC is requesting your help in obtaining information about the quality of DMA. With your input, CRC will be able to provide a comprehensive assessment of your child’s learning experience during the 2015-2016 school year. All families will receive a paper copy of the survey at their Parent/Teacher conference this week.

All information received from individuals by CRC is kept strictly confidential. The information will be incorporated into the annual monitoring report without any individual references or identification.

CRC knows your time is valuable and thanks you in advance for your help in assessing the quality of your child’s school.

Access Parent Survey Here