Montessori Matters

February 12, 2021

February Updates

  • 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

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Nurse's Notes

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 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, 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.

COVID Notification:

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

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


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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:

  • 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.

Virtual Flag Ceremony

This week a student in Upper Elementary chose a quote by Jonathan Lockwood Huie and provided his interpretation of it for our virtual flag ceremony.
February 8 Flag Ceremony Quote

Valentine Cards

The children in the Primary classrooms made Valentine cards for the elderly who are in a nursing home/assisted living facility. Below are some of the students in Primary One creating their cards.

Bioengineering Prosthetics

Upper School students attended a bioengineering lesson this week with Mrs. Presgraves presented by a professor at Clemson University. The students learned some of the difficulties involved in engineering prosthetics and then got first-hand experience with those difficulties by attempting to create their own lower-leg prosthetic for a member of their group. See below for some photos of the lesson and click here for more.
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Upper School Staying Active

The Upper School students have taken advantage of the opportunities they can find to stay active despite the cold weather over the past couple of weeks.

Watercolor Art

Students in the Upper School are working on watercolor painting. This is one student's work in progress.
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Gram-Staining Bacteria

Students in Mrs. Presgraves' biology class gram-stained bacteria this week. Gram-staining is a process used to differentiate between two large groups of bacteria.
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Primary Valentines Celebrations

Primary students decorated boxes to exchange Valentines cards and had Valentines celebrations on Friday. See this link for more photos from the celebrations.

Valentine's Party

Students in Upper School had an end-of-day Valentine's party on Friday before the long weekend. They baked pretzels, played a ping pong tournament, busted a piñata, and exchanged favors. Click this link for more an album with photos from the event.
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Scouts Projects

Reminder that the MSA-sponsored Cubs pack, Pack 997, will be collecting donations for The Lot Project and Calvary Home as their February service projects. The image below lists some of the items that they will be collecting. Donated items may be donated to the MSA front office.
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Pack 997 is also selling the camp cards pictured below (front and back view) for $5 each. The Vampire Penguin coupon more than pays for itself -- yum! Ask for yours in the front office.
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