November 16, 2018
Tis the season to open our hearts, our home and our minds to giving. We are once again collecting donations for Clean Start, The Soup Kitchen and other local charities. A paper bag went home with students to collect items. We will be collecting items up until our Community Blessing on Tuesday, November 20 at 10:00 AM.
This is a great opportunity to talk to your children about the joy of giving, why it is so important and the blessings we all have in our lives. So often we can take for granted the simple joys and "things" we have that are not afforded to others. We thank all of you for taking the time to offer donations and having conversations with your children about giving thanks.
Here is a great link to some children's books that can spark a conversation about giving:
We hope you all have a wonderful weekend!
MSA Faculty and Staff
Thanksgiving Blessing - Tuesday, November 20
Here is a note from our founder, Karen Holt, about the Blessing:
And if you want a memory to stay you through some of the sad things that happen in this old world, it is good to have the memory of a sweet, innocent, and shining face across from you remind you of the fact that "His spirit does indeed surround us all" no matter how we interpret that "Spirit."
Holiday Program - Tuesday, December 18
AdvancED Parent Survey
That is precisely the aim of this AdvancED Parent Survey. It is anonymous so please share openly. Help us candidly assess our past performance and provide guidance for improving our future performance. We would be grateful for your input!
This AdvancED survey will be open through November 30. It will take no more than 5 to 10 minutes of your time. Your participation is essential to this re-accreditation process.
Link to survey:
MSA Board will send a more focused survey later in December for additional feedback regarding specific MSA matters.
Thank you for your participation in our continuous improvement process!
Dr. Hill, Administrator
We will have another retake/make-up session after Thanksgiving break.
Operation: Share the Warmth Tree
As the holiday season approaches, we look to the spirit of giving and service to others. Once again this year, MSA will be sponsoring the “Operation: Share the Warmth” Tree.
Here’s how the service project works. I will be placing a Christmas tree in the front office of the Montessori Administrative building during the Thanksgiving break. The Christmas tree will only have a ribbon on the top of tree and lights. Our students, families, MSA classrooms and clubs are asked to provide the decorations.
The decorations should consist of new mittens, gloves, socks and scarves. If you have gently used jackets, coats and shoes they will gladly be accepted. Some of you may remember how beautiful the tree looked last year, all decked out in warm clothing finery!!!
The tree will remain on campus until the December 19th when the school closes for the Winter Holiday. The items will then be donated a local charity organization, Anderson Interfaith Ministries. This project allows our Montessori students and families to provide the basic need of warmth to those who may not have the ability to stay warm during the cold winter months. Thank you in advance for your generosity!!!
Susanna Merriman, RN
Parent Education Topics
You will receive information from your child's teacher regarding the Parent Education offered by that level. Feel free to attend any session that you may have an interest in, however. The topics offered are based upon feedback from the Parent Ed Survey earlier this fall. Hope to see you there!
Dec. 4 at 5:30 p.m.
I/T: A Montessori Approach to Toilet-training
PR: Montessori Materials and Curriculum Areas
LE: A Montessori Approach to Discipline
UE: Montessori at Home
Dec. 6 at 5:30 p.m.
MS/HS: "Technology: The Good, the Bad, & the Ugly" led by Michaela Tomberlin, licensed counselor with Counseling for Life
Toddlers have tiny hands and lots of concentration.
This toddler works hard to clean the dinosaur.
This toddler develops her fine motor skills using pegs.
A new student receives a lesson on pouring.
Learning how to tie knots are the first steps to learn how to sew. You will find sewing in the Practical Life area of our classrooms.
A student practices polishing.
Students in Upper Elementary are excited to learn how to knit from Mrs. Holt and their teachers.
Mrs. Holt gives a knitting demonstration in the Upper Elementary classroom.
A High School student discusses scarf-making with Mrs. Holt in the High School room.