Montessori Matters


Pure Joy

"We will remember. . . that the nights were so very long. But the years are so very short."- Ginger Hughes

It's a busy time of year. The weather is constantly changing, there are events all across campus, homework adds up and before we know it, finals are here and it's the last day of school. It is so easy to get "caught up" in the long days, especially the ones that are HARD. It is so easy to check off the boxes and count down the days until _________ "is over." It is so easy to wish the days away, because hopefully tomorrow will be a better one.

I received this picture this week and it took my breath away. I saw the utter joy on this little girl's face and was immediately swept back to the days when my children were infants. It reminded me that although the days seem long, I need to pause and enjoy the tiny moments that make everything we do at this school so worth it. I have such a privledge to see how every student's life is impacted on this campus through our teachers as well as the impact you have at home on your children. Please take the time to enjoy the joyful moments and pass along any of those "Montessori Moments" to me.

Jeanie Henderson

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Dates to Remember

February 15-17- MS Production of And A Child Shall Lead

February 19- No School

February 21- Garden Club Pruning Class

February 22(6PM)- Upper Elementary Poetry Night

February 25(1-4PM)- Open House
February 25- March 3- Montessori Education Week

February 26- March 2- Jump Rope & Hoops for Heart Week

March 10- Spring Benefit

March 30- Snow Make-Up Day

Valentine's Day Surprise

As long as I have been a part of MSA (more than a decade), I have always sent a Singing Valentine to my grandma who turns 92 this month. February is also her birthday, so the middle school students usually sing Happy Birthday along with a love song. She looks forward to their coming for at least the first 13 days of February (because I get multiple phone calls about it). This year, we were not able to schedule Singing Valentines, so our High School Seniors volunteered to go sing to her and deliver a flower today. There are lots of reasons to want your son or daughter to be a part of this community, but I am most proud of the way in which even our oldest teenagers are willing to take time out of their busy dual enrollment schedules to be loving and thoughtful people. I am so very grateful for them today. ---Jenny Presgraves

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Advanced Placement (AP) Exams

MSA does not currently offer Advanced Placement (AP) classes. However, our students are still eligible to register for AP exams, and in fact, several of them have in the past.

These standardized exams are designed to measure how well a student has mastered the content and skills of a course — a successful score could even earn the student credit, advanced placement, or both in college. The exams are scored on a 1 to 5 scale. The score required to receive credit/placement varies by institution, ranging from 3 (qualified) to 5 (extremely well-qualified).

Although MSA does not offer AP classes, we have had students take AP exams and do quite well, earning scores of 3 or higher. In fact, MSA students taking the AP US History exam scored higher than 50% of students who had taken the AP US History class and MSA students taking the AP Calculus AB exam scored higher than 63% of students who had taken AP Calculus AB.

The 2018 AP Exams will be administered over two weeks in May: May 7 - 11 and May 14 - 18. Please contact our guidance counselor, Mrs. Hibbs, if you would like more information about test options and registration. Exams cost $94/exam and payment must be submitted by March 1, 2018. Click here for the printable 2018 AP Exam schedule.

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Nurse's Notes

MSA students are prohibited from attending classes while ill. If your child is absent, please notify the school office. MSA is proactive in monitoring all illnesses and makes every to prevent illnesses from spreading. When you have verification that your child has a communicable disease, please notify the office immediately. It is preferable to bring your child in late or keep him/her out for another day in order to completely recuperate rather than risk exposing the student body to a potentially communicable illness. All

students must be fever-, vomiting-, and diarrhea-free for 24 hours (without the aid of medications) before returning to school. Absences; excused or unexcused are recorded for all students. For any student experiencing a fever greater than 100.5, vomiting, having diarrhea or simply feeling too poorly to focus or concentrate on class work, the parent will be called and the student will be dismissed early.

Pruning Class

Please see the flyer below about a great class that is being offered by our Garden Club. E-mail Charles or Jenna to register for this FREE class so they can touch base about details and be in touch if we need to reschedule due to rain.
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Support our local businesses and Spring Benefit Sponsors!

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Montessori School of Anderson

Our mission is to nurture the whole child, physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually, preparing students for academic excellence, lifelong learning and responsible, caring lives.
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