October 25, 2019
Parent Conferences – What to Expect!
The world of your children is full of exciting stages. The first six years are filled with daily “See what I can do now!” The second six are filled with “See what I know now!” The third six – “Don’t look at me now!” But no matter: if the first and second developmental planes have been rich with sensory and exploratory adventures, adult years will re-discover those “aha” moments through their own children or through the experiences of everyday life.
Conference week is the time we share school moments with you. But we will also want to listen to what you see as your child’s accomplishments, challenges, and questions. We, teachers, use the metaphor of a sandwich to help you know more about your child from the academic and social standpoint.
Of course, you will hear all the good things your child has achieved during his/her first nine weeks. For some of our little ones, it may be tremendous growth. First steps, first success in the potty, first real blending of sounds into words, first understanding of the concrete multiplication boards into “I know my multiplication tables!” The “aha” moments come rapidly. Those will be all the positive developmental and academic areas you will be told at parent conference.
The middle of the sandwich are the areas where your child may be experiencing challenges academically and socially. To understand that your child’s teacher sees these things as well and is helping him to grow through those struggles is a blessing. In a Montessori school, there is time to nurture the timid, foster independent thinking, or challenge behavior in more appropriate ways.
The last part of the conference is hearing the “big picture” of your child; the positive character strides, the passions that have begun to be apparent.
As a parent, come prepared to enjoy the accomplishments, appreciate the challenges, and celebrate the overall journey. These conferences are windows into a journey that your child is on -- independent from you -- and you think for the first time: this is a very special but separate and unique human “becoming.”
Dates to Remember
Oct. 28-Nov. 1 - Middle and High School conference week
November 4 - Upper School Open House in the morning
November 8 - All Programs Closed for professional development
November 15 - UE Family Visit Morning
November 26 - Thanksgiving Blessing at 10 a.m.
See here for the full, interactive calendar.
2019 Southeast Homeschool Volleyball Championship
The 2019 Southeast Homeschool Volleyball Championship was hosted at the Upward Star Center in Spartanburg on Saturday, October 19. Teams that include homeschool, private school, and public school students from Georgia, Tennessee, and the Carolinas competed in multiple divisions, including middle school girls, JV girls, varsity girls, and varsity boys. There were 12 teams invited this year: Anderson Cavaliers, Greenville Hurricanes, Easley Guardians, Upstate Bearcats, Lowcountry Wildcats, Augusta Eagles, Asheville Trailblazers, and Winston-Salem Hawks to name a few.
Two MSA high school students participated as members of the Anderson Cavalier's teams. Alexis Merriman, an MSA senior, is an outside hitter. Lexi's team finished in second place overall in the varsity division. Mary Hill, an MSA freshman, is a libero. Mary's team won the JV championship after completing the regular season undefeated. Congratulations Mary and Lexi!
Middle School Volleyball
Reading in Lower Elementary
Middle School Mentors
Story Jumper Group Books
Upper Elementary Meditation
Meals on Wheels
3D Printed Ping Pong Parts
Be sure to purchase a yearbook to preserve your child's MSA memories using this link or through the front office!
National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and Shred Day
The fall 2019 National Prescription Drug Take Back Day and Shred Day event will be held Saturday, October 26, 2019 from 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at AnMed's North Campus. See the image below for more information.
New Montessori Matters Readers
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