Montessori Matters

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 ( for availability.

Holiday Program Tomorrow!

We are excited to present the upcoming December Nights, December Lights Holiday Program on Tuesday, December 17 at 6:00 p.m. at Boulevard Baptist Church. Please see this attachment or click on the image below to view the full-sized PDF copy. We look forward to seeing you there 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.

Thank you,

Nurse Merriman

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:

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You are welcome to describe any item you would like to purchase on your order form and we can order them with the school orders. Please let us know if you have any questions or need any help placing your order at

Soccer Shots

Congratulations to everyone who participated in Soccer Shots this semester and to those who completed the program and received their certificates this week!
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Ice Skating

Thank you to all who came out to MSA Night at Carolina Wren Ice Skating this Saturday!
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The Buzz from Primary One This Week

Primary One had several lessons on holidays and traditions from around the world including the "Pyramids" from Germany, where and when greeting cards began, the origin of the wreath, how to wrap presents, a special Colombian Christmas food tasting from Senora Daniella, and gingerbread houses.
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All Work AND Play!

Students in Primary Three this week took time to rake up leaves in the Primary playground area and then enjoyed the piles by jumping in them! They also enjoyed the mild weather by practicing their color tablets outside. The color tablets prepare children for art work by showing them the full color range, allowing them to become familiar with colors, to observe the environment, and to appreciate beauty.
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Mentoring in Lower Elementary

This week's Middle School student mentor project with the Lower Elementary students was crafting snowflake ornaments out of Popsicle sticks. The middle schoolers listened to the Lower Elementary students read books to them and assisted in their craft project. Click on this album for more photos from the project courtesy of our Middle School photographers.
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High School Secret Santa

The High School students participated in Secret Santa this week in which everyone randomly drew the name of another participating student or faculty member and secretly delivered gifts to them throughout the week. On Friday, we had the final gift exchange and secret Santa reveal. With exam week starting on Wednesday, the students were able to have fun and lift each other's spirits during a stressful week. Click here for more photos from the reveal party.
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Walk Around the Sun

Students in Primary celebrate birthdays by having a Walk Around the Sun. The family of the student celebrating is invited to join and watch as their child takes a symbolic trip around the circle for each year of their life -- each trip they've taken around the sun. Before each lap, the student's family is asked to list important milestones they celebrated during that year of their life. Afterward, the student visits each of their classmates who present the student with blessings and well-wishes for their birthday. The student then shares a picture from each year of their life up to that point with the group. See this link for more photos from a student's Walk Around the Sun this week.
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Impromptu Games Club

Unfortunately due to the frigid, rainy weather, outside activities including Ultimate Frisbee Club were cancelled this past Friday, so an impromptu Games Club meeting was held instead. Students enjoyed discovering the new cards in and playing an expansion to Unstable Unicorns that Mr. Saunier received during the High School Secret Santa.

Meet the Teacher - Matt Dabney, Technology and Yearbook


About me:

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!

My education/experience:

  • 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.

Annie JR.

Montessori School of Anderson is excited to announce the school play to be performed March 6 and 7: Annie JR.! The play will include students from Upper Elementary through High School. A kickoff meeting and auditions will be held January 7 from 3:45-5:00. Please see this link for the full announcement and cast of characters.

Montessori School of Anderson

Our mission is to nurture the whole child, physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually, preparing students for academic excellence, lifelong learning and responsible, caring lives.