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A message from our principal, Mr. Brian Berg:

September 10, 2020
Hello MPA Families and Students,

We did it! School is open, students are learning in-person and remotely! Thank you for doing your part and getting students ready each day. We have a ways to go as we learn how to teach in-person and remotely.  This is a first for MPA and most schools in Colorado. Do we need to improve some things? Yes! Do we need to fine tune some things? Yes! Are we doing incredible work right now as teachers and students? Yes! The students and teachers are champions; always learning and getting better. 

The morning carline has gotten smoother each day on the Primary side and the Elementary loop.  We were done by 8:15 am today.  Wow! 

Last year, it took us two weeks to get the carline process down to about 18 minutes to load all the students into cars. Yesterday, with all the changes and two waves, it took us about 22 minutes. Pretty Good!  It will get easier and faster.  Thanks for being patient and safe drivers around children.

The MPA Restart Plan is being updated and Version 2 will be out next week.  

Peace and Progress,

-Mr. Brian


August 17, 2020
Hello MPA Families and Students,
Over the summer, MPA has been creating the best Restart Plan possible during the current COVID-19 pandemic. During these challenging times I reflect on the stories of the past told to me by my grandfathers. Both of these great men lived during the 1918 Influenza Pandemic, Great Depression, WWII and other pandemics such as polio and measles. Their advice was simple, “Do your part!”, which to their generation was to face the challenges head on, accept the situation, and do your best. Simple advice, yet wildly complex. The baseball picture from 1918 shows the players doing their part.
We all have a role to play during these times. and Maria Montessori said it best, “We shall walk together on this path of life...” We, together, will walk through this pandemic, through the challenges and do it with grace and courtesy.
To view the MPA Restart Plan, please click HERE.
Peace and Progress,
-Mr. Brian

April 2, 2020
Dear MPA Students and Families,

Second week of Remote Learning and you’re rocking it!!  Thank you for being champions of remote learning. The staff has been sharing with me all the cool ways you are learning during the school closure.

Jeffco announced yesterday we will be continuing Remote Learning until April 30, 2020.  We will keep you informed of the district's decisions concerning extending remote learning until the end of the school year.

Please remember to read your teachers’ messages and assignments carefully.  Many questions and links are in those messages. 

In the event that a teacher becomes ill during this time, other teachers and assistants will be taking over the management of assignments. This may take some time to shift accounts, but be assured we will keep you connected. 

Moving forward in remote learning we are focused on student engagement with the work rather than attendance.  We know some parents need a flexible schedule to support their children with learning at home. Teachers and assistants are putting more focus on student connections and community building than overloading students with work.  Please reach out to your teacher with what is working and what is not so they can adjust and support your family needs. 

I love the creative ways we are all staying connected and supporting each other. Do not hesitate to reach out to teachers or support persons with your concerns and questions.

Story Time with Mr. Brian #2

Stay safe and take care of each other!

Peace and Progress,

-Mr. Brian

March 12, 2020

Dear MPA Families,


Today, I want to give you an update on how MPA is handling the Coronavirus situation.  As I stated last week, as a school we are washing hands constantly, cleaning the school each day vigorously, parents are keeping children home if not feeling well, and staff is monitoring their health.  These are things in our control, and we are all doing our part. Thank you!! 

What is out of  our hands is how schools will be closed as described by Governor Polis.  Here is the most recent link: Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Planning for Schools and Child Care Closure In short, we are operating school with high precautions and running schools as normal as possible.  We will remain open until Jeffco School District makes a closure decision. Here is Jeffco’s Website for updated information: Coronavirus (COVID-19)


To help slow “community transition” of illness or the virus, we will be canceling or postponing some school events.  These decisions are not easy, and I have collected advice from the MPA Board, Staff and Jeffco School District to do what is best to maintain community health and be a part of the solution in slowing or stopping the spread of the virus in our small part of the world.  


  • Cancelled-Upper El Science Fair:  I am heartbroken to announce this event is cancelled which was scheduled for tomorrow night, March 13th.  Since this event will potentially draw hundreds of people, this is considered to be a very large group gathering. It is recommended that this type of gathering  be avoided at this point in time and maybe for the rest of the school year. The students and teachers have created magnificent articles of genuine learning which they will or have already shared with their classrooms.  So sorry to cancel this special night!

  • Postponed-MPA Spring  Live Auction currently scheduled for Saturday, March 14th.  More details to come later.

  • Business as usual: Before and After Care, Enrichment Classes, Skate City event. 

 

Please note you will be receiving Jeffco communications on a regular basis, and I will follow up with additional information about what it means for MPA.  This is a quickly-evolving situation, and information can change at any moment. Tomorrow, I plan to share how we are planning for remote learning if the school gets closed for an extended amount of time.  We at MPA are hoping for the best in this situation as well as planning for “just in case.” I want to thank the Staff for their quick thinking in our planning process and for the extra work and hours to come. 


Peace and Progress,


-Mr. Brian




January 30, 2020

Dear MPA Families,

 

2020 will be a year full of new surprises and new adventures for MPA.  At the moment, we are in the middle of being re-chartered as a Jeffco Public School of Choice which gives us another 5 years of service and Montessori education to families. More information to come; stay tuned!

 

Plus, on Monday we had the surprise of the new Gaga Ball pit.  The project was developed, planned and implemented by Alex Berland and his Eagle Scout Troop with the help of Mr. Daniel, our MPA Facility Manager.  Alex is a high school student and MPA alumni who wanted to give back to his former school. Wow! Did he give back in a fun way! Mr. Daniel and I worked with Alex for about six months to make this project a reality.  On Saturday, the Gaga Ball pit was installed with a fleet of parent support and Cub Scouts chipping in. The spirit of Grace and Courtesy is alive and well at MPA. Thank you, Alex, for all your determination, professional manner and kindness. (The young man in the red shirt is Alex) Your gift to MPA will be well used and maintained for many years to come. If you want to learn more about Gaga Ball and how this game is played, click on the link:  Coach Cliff's GaGa Ball 

 

Another monumental process at MPA is the future expansion of the campus with the use of the Jeffco Schools 5B funds approved by voters in 2018.  This is an opportunity to enhance the Montessori learning experience inside the building and outside the building. A project of this scale and scope will energize the MPA community for the current, as well as, the next generation of students that will call MPA their home school.  Attached to this newsletter is an update from the MPA Board of Directors about the construction project and the details moving forward. Personally, I want to thank the MPA Board and staff for all their input and guidance as we move forward in this adventure. Click here to view the construction project and details.

 

Peace and Progress,

 

-Mr. Brian

 





January 9, 2020

Dear MPA Families,


 

 

Happy New Year!  2020 will be full of surprises, celebration and challenges.  One surprise we wanted to share with you was the completion of the new primary playground structure which took place over the Winter Break.  Of course the primary students noticed immediately the new playground structure and the joy of exploring this new space was precious to watch. Along with a new playground space the MPA staff have completed additional training this Winter to improve our playground supervision and safety.  With 25 years of playground duty experience, I still learned many valuable strategies to provide a safer playground for students. After the training each person gets a certificate of completion, but more importantly we now have better ways as a staff to provide a safer school.  

 

I want to thank Mr. Daniel and Ms. Grace, MPA’s maintenance team, and Ms. Amy, MPA’s Business Manager, who worked many, many extra hours to make this magic happen.  Also, I want to thank the MPA Board of Directors for their support during this process. The unveiling of the new playground structure was a perfect way to start the new year! 


Peace and Progress in 2020,


Mr. Brian



 

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