Montessori Matters

October 16, 2020

Fall Fling Week and School Spirit Days

October is usually the time when we hold our Fall Fest which serves as both a community building and fundraising event for MSA. This year, due to COVID-19 restrictions on large gatherings, we will be taking a different approach and incorporating some aspects of this autumnal, family-favorite event into Fall Fling Week. Students all across campus will still get to participate in fun, educational activities with a fall theme. In addition, they will get to show their school spirit as they come to school in their designated spirit-wear each day. Fall Fling Week and Spirit Days begin Monday, Oct. 19, as we return from Fall Break. Here's the spirit-wear schedule so that you can be prepared:

Spirit Days Schedule

  • Monday, Oct. 19 - Pajama Day

  • Tuesday, Oct. 20 - Inside out Day

  • Wednesday, Oct. 21 - Superhero Day

  • Thursday, Oct. 22 - Sports Team Day (kick-off of Pennies for People)

  • Friday, Oct. 23 - Blue & White Day (MSA colors)

While Fall Fling Week will not be the fundraising event that Fall Fest, with it's Duck Derby and BBQ lunch, has been for MSA, we would like to use this opportunity to promote our November community service focus that will benefit our local food banks. We'll have a special kick-off on Thursday, Oct. 22 to begin our annual collection of Pennies for People with a sports team tie-in! Stay tuned for details...

See you next week!

Dr. Dana Hill

Dates to Remember

Remember that you can always check the MSA website calendar for upcoming calendar events.

October 14-16 - Fall Break, Extended Care Only Infant/Toddler through Primary

October 16 - No pizza on the Friday during Fall Break

October 19-23 - Fall Fling Week/Spirit Days (see schedule above)

October 30 - Primary Book Character Day

October 30 - Lower Elementary Biography Day

November 2 - Conference Day for IT-UE, extended day available for IT-PR

November 2 - Remote learning day for MS-HS

November 3 - Remote learning day for MS-HS

November 3 - Election Day, all programs closed

November 23-24 - Remote learning day for K5-HS, extended day available for IT-PR

Nurse's Notes

***Flu vaccine

Flu season is right around the corner. In order to prevent the spread of flu within our MSA community, we ask that you speak to your healthcare provider and discuss if you or your child are candidates for the flu vaccine. Amid Covid, many healthcare providers are offering drive thru flu clinics. Contact your provider for more information.

Currently, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC recommend the flu vaccine. I am sharing the links below regarding the 2020-21 Flu vaccine, Flu and may answer many questions. You should get a flu vaccine before the flu begins spreading in your community. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins. CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout flu season, even into January or later.

For additional updates and information on Influenza and Covid-19, please refer to the links below:



***Flu Vaccine Facts

  • A flu vaccine cannot cause flu illness. The viruses in the flu shot are killed (inactivated), so you cannot get the flu from a flu shot. While a flu vaccine cannot give you flu illness, there are different side effects that may be associated with getting a flu shot. These could include soreness, redness or swelling where the shot was given, fever (low grade) and site area or body aches.
  • Yearly flu vaccination is the best tool currently available to protect against the flu. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends a yearly flu vaccination as the first and most important step in protecting against flu and its potentially serious complications.
  • Millions of people have safely received flu vaccines for decades. Flu vaccination can reduce flu illnesses, doctors’ visits, and missed work and school due to flu, as well as prevent flu-related hospitalizations.
  • A flu vaccination does not guarantee protection against the flu. Some people who get vaccinated might still get sick. However, people who get a flu vaccine are less likely to get sick with flu or hospitalized from flu than someone who does not get vaccinated.
  • Flu vaccination also may make your illness milder if you do get sick.
  • Getting vaccinated yourself also protects people around you, including those who are more vulnerable to serious flu
  • illness, like babies and young children, older people and people with certain chronic health conditions.
  • A flu vaccine is needed every year for two reasons. First, the body’s immune response from vaccination declines over
  • time, so an annual vaccine is needed for optimal protection. Second, because flu viruses are constantly changing, the
  • formulation of the flu vaccine is reviewed each year and sometimes updated to keep up with changing flu viruses. For the best protection, everyone six months and older should get vaccinated annually.
  • It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies to develop in the body and provide protection against influenza virus infection. That’s why it’s better to get vaccinated early in the fall, before the flu season.
  • Flu vaccines are offered in many locations, including doctor’s offices, health departments, pharmacies, urgent care clinics, schools and workplaces.

Lastly, 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. I can be reached at

With wishes of health and peace.

Susanna Merriman, RN


Dew-Covered Spider Webs

These primary students enjoyed seeing the spider webs on the playground Tuesday morning highlighted by the morning dew.
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Desmos House Presentations

The students in Mr. Saunier's Algebra II course presented the houses that they designed using bounded equations and inequalities in's graphing calculator this week during our remote learning practice days. Photos from the presentation can be seen below along with screenshots of the finalized houses. The designs themselves can be found by following the following links:

Mary's house (this has the domain and range highlighted -- click off equation 39 to disable it)

Thomas' house

The students were asked to include at least one inequality with a positive slope, another with a negative slope, and another using the absolute value function, constructing a house out of at least ten inequalities. As you can tell, both students went above and beyond in creating these artistic designs! The project engaged the students in visualizing functions, inequalities, absolute value, and the domains and ranges of each.

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Virtual Flag Ceremony Quote

An Upper Elementary student chose a famous quote from John F. Kennedy for this week's virtual MSA Flag Ceremony and shared his interpretation of it.
October 12 Flag Ceremony Quote

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