Music Field Trip Chaperones Needed

Second, third, and fifth grade parents: Mrs. Vallejo is in need of parents to chaperone the 2nd grade, 3rd grade, and 5th grade music field trips. Please see the dates below. If you are interested and able to chaperone, please email Mrs. Vallejo for more information.

Second Grade – Friday, October 5 – Dallas Children’s Theater
Third Grade – Friday, November 30 – Texas Ballet Theater at the Winspear Opera House
Fifth Grade – Friday, February 8 – Dallas Wind Symphony at Fair Park Music Hall

Legislative Committee

Do you want to learn more about how our schools are funded through legislation? Would you like to support legislation that helps Texas public school students compete with the best?

Please join us in the Texas PTA Campaign and “Back the Future”!  The Mata Montessori Legislative Committee plans trips to the Capitol, sets up meetings with state legislators, and holds town hall meetings so we can learn more about what happens in Austin. Don’t miss our education scorecard from the 2015 legislative session plus our end-of-session summary on the education bills discussed.

If you want to learn more, please email PTA VP of Programs Shelby Bobosky. Help us “Back the Future” because every voice counts.


Reading Partners

Mata Montessori is looking for Reading Partners! The non-profit organization trains volunteer tutors to work one-on-one with students who are 1 month to 2.5 years behind grade-level in their reading. The method involves pulling students out of their classes twice a week for 45 minute sessions.

 Reading Partners has been making an impact at Mata since the program launched in the Dallas region in 2012. Tutoring sessions take place Monday through Thursday between 8:10 a.m. and 2:50 p.m. Reading Partners has a structured curriculum used across the nation in its Reading Centers, so volunteers are provided with step-by-step guides and lessons along with countless resources to help their students succeed and narrow the achievement gap.

 To learn more or sign up as a tutor, visit the Reading Partners website and fill out the online form to set up a session with the Mata Montessori coordinator. Reading Partners volunteers also need to go through the Dallas ISD background check.

Grant Writing

During these tight economic times, it becomes incumbent on school organizations like the Mata PTA to be aggressive in raising funds. We can’t simply sit around hoping we will not experience another budget cut … right? In its first year, the Mata PTA took matters into our own hands and start raising funds through grant writing, wherein 100 percent of the proceeds benefit the school. As parents, we learned that Montessori materials are extremely expensive and not easily obtainable  Additionally, since the Montessori materials are not part of the average Dallas ISD curriculum, even getting a Montessori vendor approved can be quite difficult. During the 2014-2015 school year, we were awarded more than $30,000 in grant funding — simply because we asked.

Due to jobs and other constraints, many parents cannot volunteer during the school day or help in typical volunteer slots. But there are other ways to help! Do you write or fundraise professionally? Bake sales and car washes have their place, but through grant writing, we can raise significantly more money with the power of the pen and paper.

If you are interested in writing one of the many grants we have selected, please contact Julie Barrera and Shelby Bobosky for more information. Remember — the worst they can say is no … but we won’t know until we ask!

Room Representatives

The room representative coordinator organizes and distributes weekly school communication to room representatives in each class, and also helps room parents organize classroom volunteers and activities as well as support for each teacher. The 2016-17 room representative coordinator is Susana Lucas; please contact her with any questions or, if you are a Mata parent, to get in touch with your room representatives (listed below).

Mata Montessori has two room representatives for classroom. They communicate at least weekly with other classroom parents; organize classroom volunteers; and assist teachers in communication and needs for their classroom.

Room representatives for the 2016-17 school year are:


Allen: Jenny Kern and Caroline Hoard

Armada: Maria DeSimone and Monica Jackson

Boucher: Maria Moreno and Jackie Dunn Smith

Bradfield: Veronica Olivo and Jennifer Bartsch-Allen

Eguren: Vanessa Gray and Alicia Rodriguez

Paradas: Lauren Fazio and Susana Lucas

Rabadan: (need room rep) and Kerri Stampes

Lower Elementary

Calvillo: Alicia Rodriguez and Julie Fleming Barrera

Caminos: Celeste Rader-Phillips and Vanessa Ruiz

Hillburn: Rose Cospolich and Jessica Darnell

Lucas: Kelly Killian and Tina Davila

Nicholson: Jessica Darnell and Catherine Lynch

Methvin: Neli Bistrian and Angie Fierro

Offield: Maria DeSimone and Julie Peterson

Powers: Rose Cospolich and Pamela Kelley

Quiroz-Fahey: Michele VanArsdall and (need assistant)

Stout: Becky Villanueva and (need assistant)

Troutner: Emily Guthrie and Cora Burns

Special Education

Sookram: Christiana Lopez



Art/Music/Drama/PE: Kelly Killian

TAG: Emily Guthrie