Montessori Matters

September 28, 2018

The Peace Pole

The Peace Pole, the central point out by MSA’s flag pole and during our Annual Winter Holiday Program, what is that all about?

The history of the Peace Pole with its international beginning from Peace Pole Makers USA:

“The Peace Pole Project was started in Japan by Masahisa Goi (1916 – 1980), who dedicated his life to spreading the message, “May Peace Prevail on Earth”. Mr. Goi was greatly affected by the destruction caused by World War II and the atomic bombs which fell on the city of Hiroshima and Nagasaki. His desire to assist in the creation of world peace was answered when in 1955, the Peace Message, May Peace Prevail On Earth, came to him in a moment of great inspiration and deep prayer.

After Mr. Goi authored the Universal Peace Message in 1955, a great number of people gathered in support of his vision and activities to spread the Peace Message were promoted throughout Japan. Soon after, Peace Poles inscribed with the Peace Message began to appear in various locations across Japan initiating the start of The Peace Pole Project.

The Peace Pole Project was first introduced to the United States with the opening of The World Peace Prayer Society offices in San Francisco and New York in 1986, The International Year of Peace. Peace Poles are now the most recognized international peace symbol and monument the world over with more than 200,000 Peace Poles standing in almost every country throughout the world.”

And where are some of these Peace Poles? Well, you could travel to the Magnetic North Pole and see one. Or how about on a camel ride out to the Pyramids of El Giza. You would find one on the banks of the Jordan River in Israel, at the Atomic Bomb Dome in Hiroshima, in Baghdad, Iraq, Findhorn Foundation in Scotland, and even Gorky Park, Russia.

So, how did so many appear in a little town in South Carolina called Anderson? It is hard to date exactly when Montessori started giving Peace Poles to individuals and other nonprofits. But we do have a record that over 30 have been given through the years mostly during our Winter Holiday Program. So, at least, 25 years anyway. You will find Peace Poles at Homeland Park Elementary, St. Joseph’s Catholic School, West Market School, Anderson County Courthouse, Anderson Sunshine House, Anderson University, Soup Kitchen, Holy Trinity Lutheran Church, Calvary Childrens’ Home, and many more locations.

As an international Peace School, in order to acknowledge the organizations and individuals right here next door, was the idea that “peace begins at home.” We celebrate them being here in our own community.

P.S. Keep your eyes open for them as you travel here in the US and abroad. The children are always so excited to come back and say: “We saw a Peace Pole at …… !”

Peace Garden

The peace garden provides a relaxing environment to take a break and contemplate how we can make peace on earth. We will be taking yearbook portraits in the peace garden next week; please see the yearbook portraits section below for your child's portrait date.

Peace Studies

The high school held their first peace studies meeting of the year and discussed human rights.
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Dates to Remember

October 1-5 - Yearbook portraits, see below for class dates and times

October 2 - High School field trip to Sky Top Orchard

October 2 - Fall Flower Sale pickup

October 12 - Early dismissal, see note below

October 12 - End of quarter one

October 15-19 - Fall Break

October 22-26 - Upper Elementary play week

October 26 - Primary Book Character Day

October 27 - Fall Festival

Oct. 29-Nov. 2 - Spirit Week

Oct. 29-Nov. 2 - Parent/teacher conferences

Note: October 12 Early Release Schedule

October 12 is an early dismissal day for Professional Development for teachers. All programs closed. No extended day or childcare will be available.

Infant/Toddler dismissal---11:30 a.m.

Primary dismissal------------11:30 a.m.

Lower el dismissal-----------11:45 a.m.

Upper el dismissal-----------12:00 noon

Middle School dismissal---12:00 noon

High School dismissal-------12:00 noon

Yearbook Portraits

Yearbook portraits are scheduled for the following dates and times. The start times for each class are approximate and may be adjusted as necessary. In the event of rain or inclement weather, portraits dates may be shifted. We will attempt to get all class portraits taken the week of October 1-5 and will schedule make-up portraits shortly afterward. If you have siblings that attend MSA and would like to have additional group portraits taken, please send an email to to let Mr. Dabney know, and he will work with you and your children's teachers to attempt to schedule them during portrait week.

October 1 - Primary (8:45)

October 2 - Middle school (8:30), upper elementary (9:30)

October 3 - Infant/toddler (8:45)

October 4 - High school (8:30)

October 5 - Lower elementary (8:15)

Mason's Surgery Send-off

One of our middle school students, Mason, is traveling to Pennsylvania to undergo surgery to alleviate issues caused by scoliosis. MSA students and staff from upper elementary, middle, and high school met Friday to celebrate Mason and send him off with well-wishes. Our thoughts and prayers are with him and his family for a safe trip, successful surgery, and a speedy recovery!
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Peace Garden Fountain Repaired!

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Before: The peace garden fountain has unfortunately been out of order for quite a while.

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After: The fountain is once again flowing and producing a tranquil melody throughout the garden.

Toddler 3 Family Dinner

Toddler 3 met for their annual pot-luck dinner Tuesday for fellowship, delicious dinner, and fun!
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Welcoming Handshake

One of the weekly responsibilities in our primary classrooms is to greet all who enter, which helps create a peaceful and welcoming environment for our students and visitors. Here one Primary Three student greets another as he enters the room.
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Learning About Apples

Primary One talked about apples this week and the students made an apple dessert to go along with their classroom lunch on Thursday.
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Extended Day Architecture

A primary extended day student develops patience, design skills, and coordination using wooden block manipulatives to build a castle.
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Primary's Planet Pajama Party

Primary students had a blast at the Planet Pajama Party last Friday! Students experienced an outer space adventure, created solar system artwork, and had a tasty planet-themed snack. Other activities included completing puzzles, watching videos about space, and participating in an audio-enhanced interactive adventure.
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Lower Elementary Birthday Celebration

A lower elementary student celebrated a birthday this week. During the class celebration, students gather to speak to the child having a birthday. Each child individually sits in front of the child and places beans and rice, symbolizing the Earth, the cosmos, and all the people of the world past and present, into a bowl. A reader reads the story of the birthday celebration which gives directions to offer a wish or gratitude to the child in the middle. The beans and rice are placed into a packet that is tied up and taken home. Parents are invited to come and participate in the celebration.

Upper Elementary Art

Upper elementary students created these creative sectioned paintings in art this week.

Middle School Lunch

Middle school students prepared a loaded baked potato bar for the community this week.
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Middle School Faculty

The middle school faculty met after community lunch to take an updated group picture.
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Exponential Growth

A middle school student takes the lead on using patterns to discover the basics of exponential growth.
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Upper School Art

Middle School Canvases

Earlier this school year, middle school students in Ms. Maynard's art class split into groups and created large canvas paintings to hang in the middle school classroom. They turned out beautiful, and provide splashes of color to brighten up the room. Ms. McCarty's English class has since used the art pieces as inspiration for crafting short stories.
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High School Layer Paintings

High school students in Ms. Culwell's art class used paint layering to create these lovely tonal studies hanging in the entry hallway.
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Lego League

Students in the Lego League Club met Friday for the first First Lego League meeting of the year. They discussed their team's core values and worked to decide on a problem faced by humans during long-duration space exploration within our solar system for which they can propose a solution. The students were excited to come up with potential technical contacts they will be able to use as a reference to develop and improve their solutions.
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Emma Kate Awarded Student of Integrity Scholarship

Emma Kate Potter has been named one of six recipients in the region for the Better Business Bureau Education Foundation 2018 Student of Integrity Scholarship in the amount of $1,500 to the school of her choice! She will be honored at an upcoming Business & Student of Integrity dinner in Greenville that will be attended by over 200 business and community leaders along with South Carolina Secretary of State, Mark Hammond. Congratulations, Emma Kate!

Spring Benefit Planning Committee

The Spring Benefit Planning Committee is already hard at work planning this year's festivities. Keep an eye out for information about reserving your seats in upcoming issues of Montessori Matters.
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Middle School Biology

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Seeds Alive Experiment

Middle school students in Dr. Mahajan's biology class did an inquiry-based experiment to answer the question, "are seeds alive?"

Primary Soccer Teams

Montessori School of Anderson has two primary-aged soccer teams in the Anderson YMCA soccer league made up of students, former students, and family members. Below are a few photos from Thursday night's games.
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MSA Track Meet

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Capture the Memories

Click here or the image below to purchase or donate a 2018-2019 yearbook.

Nurse's Notes

Flu season is right around the corner. In order to prevent the spread of flu within our MSA community, we ask that you speak to your healthcare provider and discuss if you or your child are candidates for the flu vaccine. The American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC recommend the flu vaccine. I am sharing a link from Kids Health regarding the 2018-2019 Flu vaccine, it may answer many questions. You should get a flu vaccine before flu begins spreading in your community. It takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins. CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout flu season, even into January or later.

10 ways to stay healthy during cold and flu season:

The best way to combat the flu this season is through preventive measures.

Getting flu vaccine is your best defense, but you may also use the following 10 tips to fight the flu this year:

  • Wash your hands frequently, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, sneezing, being with ill people and especially before you eat.
  • Avoid sharing objects.
  • Avoid touching your nose, mouth and eyes.
  • Get enough sleep and avoid getting "run down."
  • Reduce stress.
  • Use tissues for coughs and sneezes and dispose of them immediately and appropriately.
  • Eat right and get regular exercise.
  • Avoid crowds and keep your distance from people whom you know are ill.
  • If you are sick, avoid contact with the frail, very young and elderly.
  • If you are sick, stay home from work or school.

With healthy regards,

Susanna Merriman, RN

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