Montessori Matters

December 7, 2018

Snow Days!

With the anticipation of snow over the weekend, possibly into Monday – what is it that really excites us (well – most of us anyway) about the possibility of a "day off." Now this "day off" has to come with at least 6 inches of snow which is falling gracefully down covering all land, roads, and houses with that Currier and Ives perfect picture of "peace on earth." The calendar has 365 days in it. A snow day feels like an extra one tucked in because it wasn’t counted on. It comes with such potential to slow the pace down for the family. Depending on temperature conditions, it comes with finding the hardly-ever-used boots, romping together with the dog outside, and possibly throwing a few wet snowballs. Or, if too icy, it is a time to gather children around the fire, read an extra book or two, whip up the hot cocoa, and take a nap together in the living room. Either way, it comes with defrosting the meat for a good chili dinner complete with candle light, etc. It comes with the potential of joyfully de-stressing us for twelve waking hours. With each flake, it reminds us that we are not in charge. A very important reality check, especially at this time of year, and one to appreciate as a family. Here’s to an interesting weekend and Monday.

Dates to Remember

December 12 - Last day for Fall Photo order forms to be returned before the break

December 18 - Winter Holiday Program, 6:30 P.M. at Boulevard Baptist Church

December 19 - Share the Warmth Tree donations due -- see note below for more information

December 19 - Early Dismissal

December 19 - Last day for paper Fall Photo order forms

December 21 - Last day for Spring Benefit pre-sale ticket pricing

December 20 - January 2 - Winter Break

Winter Storm Diego and Potential At-Home Classwork

We are monitoring the weather forecast in preparation for potential winter storm effects hitting our area over the weekend. In preparation for potential closure on Monday, information regarding assignments to complete Monday (K5-12) in the event of a school closing were sent home on Friday, December 7 or will be emailed over the weekend. Please listen out for communications from MSA (phone, text, email) Sunday regarding school closure or delayed start for Monday. Have a safe, warm weekend!

Operation: Share the Warmth Tree

As the holiday season approaches, we look to the spirit of giving and service to others. Once again this year, MSA will be sponsoring the “Operation: Share the Warmth” Tree.


Here’s how the service project works. I will be placing a Christmas tree in the front office of the Montessori Administrative building during the Thanksgiving break. The Christmas tree will only have a ribbon on the top of tree and lights. Our students, families, MSA classrooms and clubs are asked to provide the decorations.


The decorations should consist of new mittens, gloves, socks and scarves. If you have gently used jackets, coats and shoes they will gladly be accepted. Some of you may remember how beautiful the tree looked last year, all decked out in warm clothing finery!!!


The tree will remain on campus until the December 19th when the school closes for the Winter Holiday. The items will then be donated a local charity organization, Anderson Interfaith Ministries. This project 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. Thank you in advance for your generosity!!!


Susanna Merriman, RN

Spring Benefit Pre-Sale

Make sure to mark your calendars for this year's Spring Benefit! The event will be held on Saturday, March 30, 2019 from 6:30-11 P.M. at the T. Ed Garrison Event Center. Pre-sale tickets are on sale now for $135 until December 21 after which they will be on sale for the full price of $150. Each MSA family may purchase one ticket at the pre-sale rate. Each ticket admits two guests to the event.
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Fall Photos

We will be placing our first order of fall photos this weekend! If you would still like to place an order through MSA, please submit your form by Wednesday, December 12 so that it can arrive in time before the holiday break. The final deadline for orders through MSA will be Wednesday, December 19. After that point, you may still place orders online using the online gallery that may include additional shots of your child(ren). If you would like to order any of the shots or items found online through MSA, please email mdabney@msasc.org or indicate this on your order form.
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Reindeer Run

Thanks to all who came out to support MSA in the 18th Annual Reindeer Run! Montessori School of Anderson placed first in percentage participation for staff and students in K5-5th grade and received a generous award of $500 from the Anderson Area YMCA. Special thanks to the sponsors of the Reindeer Run including Carson's Steak Warehouse!


We also had three of our runners place in the events: Polly Smolen placed second and Tessa Dobrin placed third in the 6-9-year-old one-mile race category, and Eliza Wolken placed third in the 6-9-year-old category of the 5K race. Congratulations to those girls and to everyone who ran this past Saturday!

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Junior Leadership Anderson Invite

Congratulations to Lexi Merriman, one of our high school students, who was invited to participate in Junior Leadership Anderson after being one of only 35 selected from all of Anderson County after an application and interview process!

Upper Elementary Community Service

Sixth grade students pose to show off how many meals they packaged for their weekly trip to Meals on Wheels for Community Service.
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Upper Elementary students also took a trip to Morningside Assisted Living to decorate the windows for Christmas and visit with the residents for Community Service this week.
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A Visit from Dr. MacDonald

During our most recent Psychology class on the brain, students had a firsthand experience with this 3 lb. wonder, thanks to Dr. MacDonald. Dr. MacDonald was kind enough to bring a brain sample to MSA for some of our High School students to discover what a human brain looks and feels like.
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Child Psychology

Students in Mrs. Holt's Psychology class are also studying child psychology and received more firsthand experience from Mr. Saunier's baby, Oliver, while learning about reflexes. Oliver passed his plantar reflex test with flying colors! Thanks to Mr. Saunier's wife, Kate, for bringing Oliver to school for the lesson!
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Hour of Code

Students from Upper Elementary through High School were able to participate in the annual Hour of Code event this past week in Technology class. Hour of Code is a worldwide initiative with the goal of getting everyone in the world to spend at least one hour each year coding so that everyone can see that anyone can code. Students were excited to program dance parties, dungeon crawler games, Harry Potter spells, and solve puzzles from the Grinch among many other projects. Visit the Hour of Code website to learn more and to participate yourself! You can narrow projects down by grade, from pre-reader through high school and above; technology, e.g., using computers, iPads/iPhones, Android, poor or no Internet connection, and even coding without computing devices; subject, including science, math, social studies, language arts, art/media/music, and computer science; and types of coding, e.g., block-based or text-based coding. There are lots of exciting projects for all ages to try!

Lego STEM Construction

Middle School students were tasked with building holiday-themed Lego creations during their STEM time this Wednesday. There were lots of interesting and creative designs!
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Cleaning the Peace Garden

Lower elementary students helped prune and clean up the Peace Garden in horticulture this week.

Upper Elementary Wreath-Making

Sixth grade students in Upper Elementary took time during Horticulture to make a wreath for the Upper El entrance using materials harvested from the Peace Garden.

Drawing Faces

High School students practiced drawing faces in art this week with constructive feedback offered by Mrs. Culwell as they practiced each feature.

Chore Envelopes

Students in Primary 3 look at the chore envelopes to determine their contribution to the classroom’s beauty this week.
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Circle Time

Ms. Stacy has the children in Infant 2 enthralled by a story during circle time.

Nurse's Notes

Safety alert


Please reduce speed while traveling onto MSA school property. Due to the increased amount of traffic on our campus, we respectfully request that you remain with your children at all times while on the MSA campus. Pedestrians (especially small ones) are difficult to see and we want to address this safety issue to protect the lives of our MSA students. It is essential that all visitors and students use the sidewalks and remain in control of your children at all times. Please refrain from parking in front of classrooms, the flagpole or on sidewalks and use designated parking spaces when picking up and dropping off students outside of carpool times. Too often, drivers are in large vehicles, become distracted and may not see a child who has gotten away from their caregiver.


Thank you in advance for your cooperation.


Susanna Merriman, RN


Holiday fire safety


Please see below for important tips from the U.S. Fire Administration regarding fire prevention during the holidays. Click the image to view a larger PDF format.

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