December 13, 2019
But What If...
Parents and those who care about children have always wanted something better for them. That is in our DNA. Just because some of the big picture looks a bit dim, does not mean we can ever succumb to believing that all we can do is put one foot in front of the other. It is not in our feet. Our feet merely reflect where the brain/mind takes us, and they always depend on direction. In order to have direction, we must continue to dream the dream of: “but what if.”
Without the dream of “what if,” where are we? Without acting on what we dream is possible and what we know is real, where are we? Without the continued hope that the next generation should be taken care of, nurtured in the best way possible, prepared for the future they will inherit, where are we? We are stuck in the muck of allowing the current angst to dictate our direction. And the children deserve our goals to be set much higher …
Consider what Vincent Van Gogh had to say: “First I dream of painting, then I paint my dream.” As parents, educators, citizens of the world: “First I dream of ____________, then I paint my dream.” The blank is yours to fill in. May our dreams of “what if” materialize into new direction and goals in the year 2020.
- Karen Holt
Dates to Remember
December 17 - Half day, early dismissal at 11:30, extended care available
December 17 - Holiday Program -- December Nights, December Lights, 6 p.m.
December 18 - Elementary classes to Grove Park Inn
December 20 - Early dismissal (IT/PR: 11:00, LE/UE 11:30, MS/HS 12:00), extended care available
December 23-January 1 - All programs closed
January 2-3 - All programs closed, extended care available*
January 7 - Kickoff meeting and auditions for Annie JR., see announcement below
* For January 2-3 Infant-Primary extended care, please check with Melissa Buchanan (email@example.com) for availability.
Holiday Program Tomorrow!
Operation: Share the Warmth Tree
The Share the Warmth tree has been placed in the MSA Administrative Building. It only has a ribbon on the top and lights. Our students, families, MSA classrooms, and clubs are asked to provide the decorations consisting of new mittens, gloves, socks, and scarves. Gently used jackets, coats, and shoes will also gladly be accepted. The tree will remain on campus until December 20 when the school closes for the Winter Holiday. The items will then be donated to Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM), a local charity organization. This allows our Montessori students and families to provide the basic need of warmth to those who may not have the ability to stay warm during the cold winter months.
I appreciate your help with this service project benefiting AIM.
Class Photo Reminder
School portrait order forms were sent home last week. We have already placed the first order and expect it to be returned soon! We will place another order tomorrow (Tuesday) in the hopes it will return before break. We will place a final order Friday to be returned after the Winter Break.
Please note that you can go online to order if you prefer (password: together). There are more products to choose from, and you can also check out the sibling and group shots that did not get sent home as proofs. Just click "visit shop" to see more shopping options!
Check out some of the additional item options available online below:
The Buzz from Primary One This Week
All Work AND Play!
Mentoring in Lower Elementary
High School Secret Santa
Walk Around the Sun
Impromptu Games Club
Meet the Teacher - Matt Dabney, Technology and Yearbook
I was born in Greenville, SC, and I lived there until going to Clemson after graduating high school in 2004. Since then I’ve lived in Clemson, Central, Pendleton, and Anderson. I met my wife, Beth, at Clemson, and we got married in 2011. Our daughter, Avery, is in Primary Two this year and turned four this week, and our son, Eli, was born in November this year and should start at MSA after the break!
- I graduated from Eastside High School in Greenville in 2004.
- I graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Science from Clemson in 2008 and a Master of Science in 2010.
- I worked on the systems staff maintaining the computers in the computer science building at Clemson from 2008-2018.
- My wife and I have had a small photography business for several years now.
- I have run summer technology camps in Greenville and Belton over the past ten years.
- I joined MSA in 2018, teaching technology and yearbook and doing I/T work around campus.
My favorite things:
- Book/Movie - Home Alone
- Color - Green
- Food/Snack - Spaghetti
- Sport/Team - Clemson Football, Baseball, and Softball (new this year!)
- Activity/Hobby - Ultimate Frisbee, photography
- Vacation spot - Hilton Head Island
- Your favorite thing about teaching at MSA - I love getting to know all the students, teachers, staff, and parents! I love sharing new and exciting technologies with our students.