February 11, 2024

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Dear Prestonwood Montessori at E.D. Walker Families,

We had so much fun last week celebrating 100 days of learning and kicking off Black History Month. The month of February is VERY busy -- this edition of the Pupdate includes everything you need to know about all the exciting things happening at our school.

In this week's newsletter:

  • Celebrating Kindness Week on campus and at home
  • Black Futures Month Program
  • A message from our Guides - How can families support Montessori learning at home?
  • TELPAS Testing for emergent bilingual students
  • Yearbooks
  • A message from the superintendent
  • And more!

This newsletter may be clipped short in your inbox, make sure to click "View entire message" to get all the latest information!

One Pack One Goal, 

Kimtesha Madlock (Assistant Principal)

P.S. Check out PWM 101 - this is a family handbook with everything you need to know!

Prestonwood Montessori 101 - Family Handbook

Parent's Corner / Rincón de los padres


2/9: Last call for Pupgrams! Send you kid a special Valentine's note for only $1.

2/14: Kindness Week – Show You Love: Wear red, pink, or white.


2/15: Kindness Week – Share Some Kindness: Write a kind note to a friend.

2/15: Dallas ISD Region III Elementary Art Night


2/16: Kindness Week – Find a Buddy: Dress like a friend (twin day!)


2/20-2/29: TELPAS Testing (see full schedule below)

2/22, 11a-10p: Penne Pomodoro Giveback, pizza + pastas everyone will love!

2/19: No School, Presidents Day

2/29: Black History Month Program


3/1: Read Across America Day

3/1, 3-9pm: Chuck E. Cheese Giveback

3/1: PTO Auction Tickets go on sale

3/5: Reading Language Arts STAAR Simulation (3rd & 4th Grade)

3/6: Math STAAR Simulation (3rd & 4th Grade)

3/8: College and Career Day

3/11-3/15: Spring Break

3/20, 5:30p: PTO Meeting

3/21: Picture Day

3/29: Student/Staff Holiday, No School

#BetterTogether Month in Review

Congratulations to our 2023-24 Teacher of Promise, Josellyn Valero!

Ms. Valero challenges her students academically, cares for their well-being, and works everyday to prepare students for a bright future ✨ 

Ms. Jessi makes a positive impact on the lives of our students everyday!

Thank you for caring for our students’ academic, social, emotional and overall well being 🩵 #counselorappreciationweek

100th Day of School!

To commemorate the 100th day of school, we made lists of 100 things and showed them off in the library!

  • 100 Acts of Kindness
  • 100 Minutes of Reading
  • 100 Montessori Works
  • And more!

Checkout this video of PWM students flexing their public speaking skills as they present their lists!

Glow Party!

Black History Month & Fine Arts Fridays

B-FAM and the Library's Fine Arts Friday are collaborating for the month of February!

Week 1: The EDW Step Team Performed and taught everyone some dance moves!

Week 2: 🐍 Students met Tonja Thurman and a selection of rescued animals from her non-profit Fanged Out Animal Rescue and Outreach!

How good are your trivia skills? During morning announcements students participate in daily trivia about a prominent African American in history. Checkout PWM's Black History Month Riddles to continue the discussion at home!

Black History Month Riddles


You can celebrate Kindness Week at home!

Check out these FREE Resources to Make Kindness the Norm at home and in your community, from the Random Acts of Kindness Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.

Kindness at Home Lessons cover 6 Kindness Concepts: Respect, Caring, Integrity, Inclusiveness, Responsibility, and Courage. Lesson include:

  • Quick, convenient kindness activities for families of all ages,
  • Discussion topics, and
  • Journal prompts
Kindness at Home Resources

Art Night will feature student artists from all elementary schools in Region III -- including Prestonwood Montessori!

🌟 Celebrate Black History Month with Us! 🌟

Join B-FAM (BIPOC Family Alliance for Montessori) and the PWM community for an inspiring afternoon dedicated to celebrating the rich heritage and profound contributions of African Americans.


🗓 Date: February 29, 2024

🕑 Time: 2:00 PM - 2:45 PM

📍 Location: PWM/EDW Auditorium

👨‍👩‍👧‍👦 Bring your family and friends! Let’s celebrate the legacy and future of Black history together! (All guests will need a valid ID to check-in at the main office.)

Guest Speaker/Performer: JESS GARLAND


As teachers, we are frequently asked, "What can we do at home?" The American Montessori Society has 100 ideas of ways to support your child's learning in the classroom OUTSIDE of school.

100 Activities for Montessori Early Childhood Students (PreK - K)
100 Activities for Montessori ELEMENTARY Students (1st - 6th) 

Students and families who will take TELPAS this month will receive more information from you child's guide, including specific testing dates for 2nd-4th grade online assessments.

TELPAS Family Resource Folder


Yearbook Photos

We need your candid pictures of our school events and students. E.D. Walker is dedicating 20 pages of heir yearbook to PWM.  

To submit photos:

  • Include student name and the activity in the name of the file
  • Upload your photo here

Deadline: 2/14!

Purchase a yearbook at www.yearbookforever.com and type "Walker" into the School Name search.

North Dallas Martial Arts

Summer Camp

Who: Students ages 6 & up wishing to learn about martial arts and self-defense


What: Beginner Students will earn their yellow belt or orange stripe. Intermediate/Advanced Students will have an intense week of working towards their next advancement level. Fitness, blocks, kicks, punches, katas, and so much more!


When: 9:00 AM -12:00 PM Monday-Thursday

July 15 - 18

July 22 - 25


Thursday: Test Day! Beginner students will earn their yellow belt or orange stripe on Thursday. Parents are encouraged to come watch their child achieve their next level in Martial Arts.


Why: Enjoy summer with new experiences and to learn new tools for self defense!


Where: Prestonwood Montessori Elementary School


Cost: $130 per child per week (includes beginner belt test) If you decide to cancel for any reason, $50 is non-refundable. You may switch dates at no extra cost.


Fill out this form and submit with payment to NDMA/447 Sheffield Dr./Richardson, TX 75081 or register online at http://www.northdallasmartialarts.com/prestonwood or on our app.

A message from the superintendent | The Hub

This coming primary election on March 5 may be the most important for public education in Texas history.

About 90% of Texas children -- 5.4 million in all -- attend public schools. Our children can't vote, so we must.

Read More

A new Dallas ISD

Parent Newsletter is HERE!

📰 🎉 The February edition contains information from Dallas ISD departments and community partners, announcements from FCE, and a message from Superintendent Stephanie S. Elizalde, Ed.D.

Check it out: smore.com/1rye9 👀


Last call for Pupgrams! Send your student a special Valentine's note for only $1. https://school-activities-92210.cheddarup.com

Auction Tickets go on sale 3/1! Save the date for our second annual adults-only event on 4/13. Want to donate an item? Let us know here.

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