Montessori Matters

February 5, 2021

February Updates

  • Priority Enrollment continues for current MSA families through Feb. 15. Enrollment fees for returning students will be discounted during this priority period.

  • As a reminder, school closings or delayed starts due to inclement weather are announced on local news Channel 4 WYFF and notifications are sent out via phone, text, and email through the reverse notification system.

  • Thank you for the toiletry donations over the past couple of weeks to go toward Clean Start! For the rest of February, we are designating donated items to go to The Lot Project and Calvary Home. The MSA Cub Scout Pack 997 will have a collection box for these items in the main office. This community collection is part of their “A Scout is Kind & A Scout is Helpful” service project. (The needed items are listed below.)

  • Because we are unable to host our annual Grandparent's/Special Person's Day next Friday for Valentine's, we are designating Friday, Feb. 12 as "Do a Kind Deed Day." Send your special person a card. Check on your elderly neighbor. Make a donation to the Cub Scout service project. Let someone know through your actions that they are loved. ❤

-Dr. Dana Hill

Scouts Service Project

For February, our MSA-sponsored Cubs pack, Pack 997, will be collecting donations for The Lot Project and Calvary Home as one of their service projects. See the image below for a list of items that they will be collecting, and look for a collection box in the MSA front office.
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Dates to Remember

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

February 15 - President's Day - All Programs Closed, IT-PR extended day available

February 16 - Priority enrollments due

February 19-24 - Scholastic Book Fair

March 2 - Dr. Seuss Day

March 19 - All Programs Closed

March 22 - IT-UE closed for Conference Day, IT-PR extended day available

April 2 - All Programs Closed

April 5-9 - Spring Break - All Programs Closed, IT-PR extended day available

Nurse's Notes

Winter wear reminder:

Brrrrrrrrr, winter weather is unpredictable in South Carolina and just this week, Punxsutawney Phil has predicted six additional weeks of winter. So, just a reminder that with the expected fluctuation of temperatures, please remember to send appropriate winter weather clothing with your student to school. Montessori must follow strict guidelines on outdoor play during the winter months and it is crucial if your child is to participate in outdoor play that he/she has the needed hat, gloves, mittens, coat and closed-toe shoes to make it a safe outdoor experience. MSA always wants to promote healthy behavior through play, exercise, and movement when weather permits and to encourage and achieve all of the mental and physical health benefits.

National Heart Month

As you are aware, February is National Heart Health month. During the month, global efforts are made to promote heart health and healthy lifestyles. It offers the opportunity to bring awareness to heart health and to urge American's to continue to develop healthy behaviors and reduce their risk of developing heart disease/strokes. Research has shown that through exercise, diet, decreasing stress, proper sleep, regular check ups and managing your BP, Glucose, A1C, cholesterol, and reducing/eliminating risk factors, all play a role in reducing preventable heart disease and better outcomes during Covid-19. February's Heart Health month is a great opportunity to start the conversation with loved ones, friends and family about heart health, to engage our youth in healthy play and to model healthy behaviors.

Please see the following links for additional information on Heart Health and Self care for the Heart:


Please notify the office if your child is absent. This applies to personal days or illness related absences. If you or a family member have a known exposure to Covid-19 or a household Covid illness, please notify MSA immediately so that we can take the appropriate action.


Please continue to send your child with a face covering each day. It is important that they have clean, well-fitting face masks. We do provide a disposable option if theirs becomes soiled while at school.

Stay safe and I wish all of you continued good health,

Susanna Merriman, RN

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Festival of Lights

Our Festival of Lights cultural study, usually presented in December, extended into January this year. Your child's teacher may have already shared with you some of the work that your child did during this extended study, but we thought you might also be interested in learning about the other parts of the world that students in other levels researched. You will see and hear about native animals, local customs, landmarks, and inventions. Enjoy the music, the art, and the interesting facts that our students discovered during "Festival of Lights"!

Infant/Toddler - Antarctica

2020 Infant/Toddler Festival of Lights
Primary - Australia
2020 Primary Festival of Lights
Lower Elementary - Africa
2020 Lower Elementary Festival of Lights
Upper Elementary - Europe
2020 Upper Elementary Festival of Lights
Upper School - South America
2020 Upper School Festival of Lights - South America
Upper School - Asia
2020 Upper School Festival of Lights - Asia

National Wear Red Day

Happy National Heart Month! In honor of National Wear Red Day, held annually on the first Friday of February, students and faculty across campus wore red on Friday to support this important heart health message.
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As part of MSA's GO Red month, students in Primary started talking about heart health. They practiced tossing a bean bag to a friend and giving them a compliment. Then, they learned the basics of jumping with side-to-side and forward-and-backward jumps followed by jumping over an object.
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Peas and Radishes

Students in Lower Elementary Horticulture with Mrs. Patch harvested peas and radishes in the greenhouse this week.

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