Montessori Matters

March 9, 2018

Peace Education

“An education capable of saving humanity is no small undertaking; it involves the spiritual development of man, the enhancement of his value as an individual, and the preparation of young people to understand the times in which they live.” - Maria Montessori


The essentials for peace education are woven into the everyday curriculum of a Montessori classroom. Lessons in grace and courtesy, cultural studies and Peace Studies in the High School all provide an education that help develop the whole child. We are so fortunate that Montessori recognizes the importance and the value of Peace Education. In a world where bullying is prominent, cultures are divided and safety is a growing concern, it's even more important for our children to recognize the importance of grace and courtesy and how to create a peaceful environment.

Persons of Peace

People of Peace

In recognition of Montessori Education Week, the High School students were each asked to share about an individual that they believe exemplifies what it means to be a “Person of Peace.” There was quite a range of individuals presented - from famous to little known, from local to global. We saw once again that peace can take many forms and that it can have an impact in big ways and small, but all meaningful. We want to share these “People of Peace” with you by featuring one or two each week in Montessori Matters.


Who: John Jacobs - “Grandpa”


Time in History: 1912-1996


What is he/she known for: John started a restaurant at the young age of 17 as a means to pull his family out of poverty. While he was a “laid back” guy, he was not content with the circumstances that he and his family faced.


Why he/she is a Person of Peace: Mr. Jacobs had a great love of family and a heart for animals. He rarely raised his voice, instead resolving conflicts promptly and calmly. He took action to improve his family's situation, exhibiting a quiet wisdom over the years that changed their outlook for the future. - Elli MacDonald


Who: Jimmy Carter


Time in History: 1924 to present


What he/she is known for: Jimmy Carter is best known for being the 39th President of the United States. He served as Governor for the State of Georgia prior to being elected President. He also won the Nobel Peace Prize in 2002 “for his decades of untiring efforts to find peaceful solutions to international conflicts, to achieve democracy and human rights, and to promote economic and social development.” Before going into politics, he was a peanut farmer and served as an officer in the U.S. Navy.


Why he/she is a Person of Peace: In many situations where going to war would have been easier, he chose not to and looked for ways to keep the peace with other countries during his entire presidency. He is a really genuine person who still teaches Sunday School at his church. He tried to make the White House a more eco-friendly place by having solar panels installed. Also, he and his wife, Rosalynn, have been very involved with Habitat for Humanity since leaving office and continue to support many humanitarian causes through their work at The Carter Center. In times of crisis, President Carter sticks to his peaceful beliefs and finds a way to promote a peaceful society and a safe home for all. - Emma Kate Potter & Broderick Otto Sunderman

Dates to Remember

March 25- Open House

March 27- Garden Club at 3:45 PM "Growing Mushrooms"

March 26- No School for I/T and Primary (Parent/Teacher Conferences), Extended Day Available

March 26-30- Parent/Teacher Conferences

March 30- Snow Make-Up Day

April 2-6- Spring Break

Nurse's Notes/Safety

School safety and security is on the minds of everyone in our nation. Montessori School of Anderson strives to educate children in a safe, prepared environment. I’d like to take this opportunity to share what MSA has in place to keep all of our community safe and protected.


We completed Phase 1 of our safety and security plan at the start of this academic year thanks, in part to private donations and the Fund in Need two years ago. You probably have noticed the addition of cameras, keyless fob entry system campuswide, buzz-in entry doors, visitor sign-in system, arrival and dismissal procedural changes. Security measures that are not so visible are fire and security upgrade, Fire Knox box at the main entrance, fire extinguisher replacement campus-wide, reverse notification system and two campus automatic external defibrillators(AED).


In addition, all staff and faculty participated in Active Shooter/assailant drills with Anderson County Sheriff’s office(ASCO), a campus assessment was conducted by ACSO and many of our staff have had a self-defense class and CPR certification. Emergency drills are conducted in accordance to MSA policy and state law. These include fire, tornado, severe weather, bus evacuation, lockdown and intruder drills, both announced and unannounced. These drills are held to allow students to practice their action, reactions and responsibility in emergencies. In the case of a civil emergency, students will evacuate to an off-site location at Concord Baptist Childcare Center (1012 Concord Road, Anderson).


Montessori School of Anderson is committed to ensuring the safety of our students, staff and visitors. We look forward to being able to begin Phase 2 of our safety/security plan in the near future.


With safest regards,

Susanna Merriman, RN

High School Mock Trial

The High School Mock Trial team represented MSA well last Saturday at the regional Mock Trial Competition. Forty two public and private high schools competed in five regions around the state. Elia Despradel won the Judges award for Most Effective Witness and Attorney, Katie Homer Drummond won the judges award for Most Effective Witness and Morgan Merriman won the Judges award for Most Effective Attorney. MSA is the smallest high school competing in this prestigious statewide competition and we are very proud of the team's accomplishments.


A special congratulations to Hallie Shuler for being chosen as the South Carolina State Champion Courtroom Journalist for Mock Trial. She was one of fifteen students who were up for this honor and she won!

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Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart Week

The past two weeks all of the PE classes (Primary Risers through 10th grade) participated in the Jump Rope and Hoops for Heart Week and helped raise awareness about Heart Health. Heart health lessons and activities were taught in the classroom during the weeks prior to our Jump Rope for Heart and Hoops for Heart event. During the event the students were able to participate in a variety of heart-healthy habits while being physically active and learning basketball skills or how to jump rope as they can use the skills' the rest of their lives. We have raised $675 for the American Heart Association to be used for research and all monies raised will remain in South Carolina. This event was the perfect end of February’s Heart Health Awareness Month and the beginning of March's Nutrition Month.

Garden Club

Our next garden club class is on growing mushrooms - it will be held on Tuesday, March 27th at 3:45.
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Support Our Local Businesses and Spring Benefit Sponsors

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