February 5, 2021
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
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
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
Festival of Lights
Infant/Toddler - Antarctica