Montessori Matters

September 25, 2020

Quite Well, Thank you!

People often ask how our high school graduates fare after leaving MSA. It’s understandable. We’re a really small school and it’s a big world out there! Also, that big world doesn’t always follow the Montessori practices of “grace and courtesy” and “peaceful conflict resolution” that we do. So, if YOU have ever wondered, then I have an answer...

I recently had the opportunity to check in with Sakshi Joglekar, one of our Class of 2018 MSA graduates. Here’s what she shared:

I’m working as the Trade Intern for the Senate Committee on Finance. Through this position, I’ve mostly been assisting committee staff in researching trade topics and drafting legislation. I also create news briefings for the team and Committee Members and track trade-related legislation.

As a global studies major at UCLA I’ve gotten a lot of background on the international mechanisms, relationships, and trade topics we’re discussing in the Committee. It’s been really rewarding to have an inside look at the things I’ve learned about in the classroom and to see the legislative process in action!

Sakshi applied for this internship through the office of Chuck Grassley, senior United States senator from Iowa and Chair of the Senate Finance Committee. Typically graduate students are selected for these internships, but Sakshi’s research interests and accomplishments through her sophomore year at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), greatly impressed them.

As a freshman, she established the Out-of-State Student Association (OSSA), a program that assists out-of-state students in adjusting to life at UCLA by providing support and channels for communication and networking. The organization, which she continues to lead, now serves over 250 members.

Also, Sakshi continued to hone the photography skills that she learned in her MSA photography class and when she made the move to UCLA two years ago, she earned a little income by taking headshots as an independent photographer. This experience has led to her becoming a photographer for the Daily Bruin, UCLA’s award-winning daily student newspaper. One of Sakshi’s recent assignments was to photograph the September 3, Anderson, SC, event to honor and pay tribute to Anderson native and hometown hero, Chadwick Boseman, best known for his role as the Black Panther, who passed away after a four-year battle with colon cancer.

I think it is fair to say that Sakshi has already made an impact at UCLA, despite coming from a small Montessori school or, as I would argue, perhaps because of it. She has taken the Four Pillars of MSA - passion for excellence, global awareness, commitment to service, and universal values - and put them into practice in “real world” situations and has done well. Quite well, thank you! We cannot wait to hear where her internship in our nation’s capital leads her next!

- Dr. Dana Hill

Dates to Remember

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

September 28-October 2 - School Photos (see below for dates)

October 12-13 - Remote learning days, K5-High School

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

October 19-23 - Spirit Week (more info to come)

October 21 - Fall Fling (more info to come)

October 30 - Primary Book Character Day

School Photo Dates

We're keeping a close eye on the weather for the beginning of the week next week. Weather permitting, we will be taking school photos the week of September 28 - October 2. See below for the class schedule:

September 28 - Primary

September 29 - Upper Elementary

September 30 - Infant/Toddler

October 1 - Lower Elementary

October 2 - Upper School and sibling photos

Students should arrive at school dressed for photos and may bring a change of outfit to change into after their photo is taken in the morning.

Nurse's Notes

Happy Fall!!! This serves as a reminder that now is the time to get vaccinated against flu. Unfortunately, MSA will not be offering vaccines on campus this year due to Covid-19, the widespread availability of the vaccine at healthcare providers offices (some drive thru), and MSA continues to limit visitors on campus due to Covid and reducing the rate of transmission.

Influenza is a contagious respiratory illness caused by influenza viruses. It can cause mild to severe illness. Every flu season is different, and influenza infection can affect people differently. Even healthy people can get very sick from the flu and spread it to others. “Flu season" in the United States can begin as early as October and last as late as May. During this time, flu viruses are circulating at higher levels in the U.S. population. An annual seasonal flu vaccine is the BEST WAY to reduce the chances that you will get seasonal flu and spread it to others. When more people get vaccinated against the flu, less flu can spread through the community. This year it is important that we do not overburden the healthcare system with additional flu admissions so it is important to protect our community. After you get the vaccine, it takes a couple of weeks to build up immunity against flu viruses so ACT NOW to get vaccinated!

***Immunizations deadline approaching

All students must have a South Carolina DHEC immunization record on file in the MSA Health Office within 30 days of admission or the first day of school. If you are a transfer student from out of state or country, all immunization records must be transferred to a SC DHEC Form at your physician's office or at a South Carolina Health Department. If the student has received any additional immunizations in the last year, a new record must be submitted to MSA. All Medical and Religious exemption forms must be renewed annually, this may be completed at your local health department. Any student not in compliance with South Carolina's Immunization mandated guidelines must be excluded until a immunization record has been received. Please make every effort to meet this deadline so there is no interruption in your child's educational experience.

***FDA Medication Announcement

Please take a moment to view this important FDA safety announcement regarding the common allergy medication Benadryl (diphenhydramine).

With health and peace,

Susanna Merriman, RN

National Family Health and Fitness Day

The last Saturday in September is National Family Health and Fitness Day. In the past, we have enjoyed celebrating this day as an MSA Community. This year looks a little different but nonetheless, Family Health and Fitness Day can still occur safely in each of our MSA homes.

We wanted to pass along some of the information that was shared with the students during PE class this week. Eating a well-balanced diet of nutritious foods and exercising daily can help boost the immune system which is important during this pandemic and as we head into flu season. The best way to encourage your child to eat nutritious food and get moving is by involving them in the process and making it fun.

Here are some family favorites that the kids mentioned:

Outdoors - walking/jogging, bike riding, swimming, sports, pillowcase race, tic tac toe, and relays

Indoors - yoga, dance parties, activity bingo, and obstacle courses

Also try making some applesauce together with this recipe.

International Day of Peace

On September 21st, we celebrated International Day of Peace which is observed all around the world and is an opportunity to spread compassion, kindness, and hope. During PEACE studies, the Upper School discussed what Dr. Maria Montessori's goal of promoting global understanding and international peace looks like at our school. The students felt that global education is the main focus of the geography and cultural curriculum here, with the cultural festivals in primary, Festival of Lights every three years, and the continent maps in primary and lower elementary. They also shared memories of the Peace Rose or Table and the various community service offerings as examples of peace lessons.

We hope that you have been inspired by the peace message flags that they created and hung up out front pictured below.

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Sight Words

These Primary Three students took turns reading sight word books to each other outside while enjoying the cool fall weather this week.
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Flag Ceremony Quote

This week's virtual flag ceremony quote was chosen and read by an Upper Elementary student. See the video below for her quote and what it means to her.
September 21 Flag Ceremony Quote

Planet Pajama Party

The Primary classrooms held their Planet PJ Party this Friday where each class participated in planet-themed activities with their friends, all while wearing planet-themed pajamas! Stay tuned for photos in next week's Montessori Matters!
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Amazon Smile

Do you shop at Consider shopping at, and you can have Amazon donate a portion of each of your purchases to MSA every time you shop! When you first go to, the site will ask you to choose a charitable organization to which to donate. After searching for and selecting Montessori School of Anderson from the list, a small portion of each of your purchases (when shopping through the link) will be donated to our school at no extra cost to you. You can also enable Amazon Smile donations through the Amazon Shopping app on your iPhone or Android phone by going to the settings menu and selecting AmazonSmile. See this link for more information about the program and this link for instructions on turning on Amazon Smile on your mobile phone.

SCISA Weekend at Dick's Sporting Goods

The South Carolina Independent School Association, our accrediting organization, is announcing a new partnership with Dick's Sporting Goods and wants to share information about a special SCISA Weekend starting on Friday, 9/25. Click on the announcement below or this link to find a coupon for 20% off of your purchase this weekend.

Yearbook Time!

It's time again to preserve the memories for your child by purchasing a yearbook. Our yearbooks cover infants through high school and will allow your child to reflect on their time at MSA and the friends they made for the rest of their lives. This year's yearbooks are currently $35 (the best price of the year!), and we also have some remaining copies of the past two years' yearbooks available for $40 as well if you've missed out! As you're enjoying the first week of fall, take a break from the summer heat and cool off by clicking this link or the picture below to purchase this year's book, or you may also purchase one through the front office.

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