Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association Donates Money To School

The Hollywood Santa Monica Neighborhood Association gave Mata Montessori $2,612 raised from their annual home tour and auction.

Neighborhood association president and Mata parent Jarrett Stampes presented Mrs. Williams with the donation at the first PTA meeting of the year.

Mark your calendars for the 2018 home tour, which will be held April 20-22, 2018. Proceeds raised will be donated to neighborhood schools, including Mata.


The Montessori Child at Home

At the first community coffee of the year, campus instructional coach John Hutcheson and Montessori facilitator JoAnn Turner provided advice for what parents can do to extend the Montessori experience at home. Here are some of those tips:

  • The home should center around the child being independent. One way to do this is setting aside a shelf in the kitchen accessible to the child with utensils and food items so they can make their own snacks. You can also create a snack drawer in the refrigerator with fruits and vegetables for them to get on their own. This article is a quick read with tips on how to encourage independence at home.
  • Children should be exposed to authentic wooden toys that ignite their imagination. Create a system to put their toys away, whether it is a bin or shelves, and make them responsible for cleaning up. Don’t have so many toys that it is overwhelming or impossible for them to pick up after themselves.
  • Let them play outdoors. Going barefoot gives them more sensory input.
  • Give children a checklist of 1-4 chores they know how to do and hold them accountable for completing it. The consequence of not finishing the tasks can simply be that they have to go back and complete it.

Become a PTA member and win a Spirit Basket

Join the PTA for the 2017-18 school year and you could win a Mata Spirit Basket worth more than $35.

Membership is just $10. Become a member before the end of the first week of school and you will be entered into the drawing. Have every member of your family join and multiple your chances at winning Mata gear, including 2 T-shirts, a yard sign and decal.

A membership table will be set up at school the first day. You can also join online. The winner will be contacted following the drawing and it will be announced here.


Join PTA, get access to exclusive first day photo event

Do you want a picture of your child with one of those fun “First Day of School” signs, but don’t have time or energy to make one?  No problem! Mata PTA has you covered.  Join the PTA for $10, and use our signs with your child for the first day of school. Take them with your camera, but use our backdrop and props. Eduardo the Eagle will be on hand to jump in the pictures, too. That is the best (live) prop EVER!!!
Once you’ve joined the PTA, we’ll give you a membership card.  Please show it to the person working the photo area. If you’ve already joined, come see us at the membership table. We can check our log, and give you an updated membership card then.
Pictures with children will need to be cut off at 7:30 a.m. to respect our new school arrival time.  Parents, if you want to take pics solo without kids, please do so after the bell. We’ll have fun emoji signs available.  They’re perfect for this!
Want to join the PTA before the first day of school, and skip the membership table on the first day of school?  Great!! We have two ways for your to do this.  First, you can follow the link below to join and pay online. Second, you can come visit the membership table on Meet the Teacher Night.  Membership is $10 per person, and it can be paid in person by check or cash or on-line with credit card.
We appreciate your support of the Mata PTA!  Your funds go to support the staff and children of our great school! Thank you for giving your child a voice!!!