February 12, 2021
We had a lovely day on campus Friday sharing valentines and doing our kind deeds for others. For example, below you will see primary children making “care cards” for residents in a local assisted living facility. Ask your student what other ideas they may have for sharing the love and continuing kind deeds!
Priority Enrollment ends on Monday, Feb. 15. This special enrollment period for 2021-2022 is for current families only and includes a discounted enrollment fee. Because Monday is a school holiday, the discounted enrollment fee will be honored for enrollments received by Tuesday morning.
We are pleased to announce that the Scholastic Book Fair is returning! The on-campus book fair will be held from Friday, Feb. 19 to Wednesday, Feb. 24. It will operate a little differently this year due to COVID safety precautions, so please take note of those changes. More details provided below.
Feb. 21 - Feb. 28 is Montessori Education Week as proclaimed by SC Governor Henry McMaster. We would like our Montessori community of parents, faculty, staff, and board members to help us spread the word about the unique education available at Montessori School of Anderson by placing signs where you live and/or work. Signs are available for pick-up in the main office.
Have a great week!
Dr. Dana Hill
Dates to Remember
Remember that you can always check the MSA website calendar for upcoming calendar events.
February 16 - Priority enrollments due
February 19-24 - Scholastic Book Fair
February 21-27 - Montessori Education Week
March 2 - Dr. Seuss Day
March 19 - All Programs Closed
March 22 - IT-UE closed for Conference Day, IT-PR extended day available
April 2 - All Programs Closed
April 5-9 - Spring Break - All Programs Closed, IT-PR extended day available
Inclement Weather/Reverse Notification System:
Should inclement weather prevent normal operations at Montessori School of Anderson, you will be notified via the school's Reverse Notification system. All information was obtained by the MSA Data Sheet that you submitted for the 2020-2021 Academic Year. Should your students' contact information change, please notify the Main Office or email@example.com asap so the information can be updated.
Additionally, MSA follows District 5 for any inclement weather closings or delays. Occasionally, MSA will make an independent decision due to unforeseen circumstances or scenarios that affect our MSA community alone. Information for any modification in schedule may be found on the MSA website, www.msasc.org and on local media and news outlets which include Channel 4 WYFF, WSPA-Channel 7, FOX news-Channel 12 and MSA's facebook page.
***In case of a 2-hour delay--school will open at 10:00 am; there will be NO early arrival.
Please note: The Reverse Notification system will only be utilized and activated for emergency situations or school closures.
Warm Winter Wear:
Please be sure that your student(s) have warm winter wear available to use on campus. South Carolina weather is unpredictable and we want to encourage outdoor play and exercise as much as possible. Included in the appropriate clothing list is gloves, hats, closed toe shoes and coats. This recommendation is applicable to all students Infants thru High School.
Should your student(s) or anyone in your household have a diagnosis of Covid positive or a Direct or Indirect contact to a person diagnosed with Covid, please notify MSA immediately so we can take the proper course of action to reduce the rate of transmission on the MSA campus. Please send all communication to firstname.lastname@example.org.
MSA Infectious Disease Policy:
Children are expected to be in good health when in school. All students must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school (without taking fever-reducing medication). Absences; excused or unexcused will be recorded for all students. Any student experiencing a fever greater than 100.4°F, vomiting, experiencing diarrhea, or simply feeling too poorly to focus or concentrate on classwork, will be removed from the classroom. His/her parents/caregiver will be called to pick up the child. The child should be isolated until the parent arrives. No student will be allowed to leave campus without the direct consent of the parent/guardian.
COVID Change: Any student (or faculty/staff) who is diagnosed as COVID-19
positive will be reported to SC DHEC and MSA will follow their guidelines for when the student may return to school and whether others must be isolated/quarantined.
Please continue to send your child with a face covering each day. It is important that they have a clean, well fitting face mask. We do provide a disposable option if theirs becomes soiled while at school.
With wishes of peace and continued good health,
Susanna Merriman, RN
The Book Fair is Coming!
MSA's annual Scholastic book fair is coming both in-person and online. Access our book fair, via the following link February 15 - 27: https://www.scholastic.com/bf/montessoriofanderson
- In-person fair opens Friday, February 19th in the main office conference room.
- Students will have time during the school day to browse the books and make purchases.
- Limited parent shopping hours during pick up times will be available from 2:00-4:00 February 19-24 and 11:00-12:00 on February 22 & 23.
- Masks will be required for everyone entering the building. Social distancing should be observed. Scholastic has taken steps to lessen the likelihood of virus spread by sanitizing before sending the fair to us. Everyone attending the book fair will be given disposable gloves to wear.
- New: E-Wallet available for students. Parents (or grandparents) can provide funds for book purchases by creating an E-Wallet for their child through Scholastic. Students can print a card to scan or we can look up their account at checkout. Further details are available at the link above.