November 22, 2019
Time for Community Blessing at Montessori
Each year the K-HS community (parents and faculty included) comes together around the flagpole to offer gratitude for what we have been blessed with and to offer “blessings” to our fellow community members – be they young or old. The fifteen-minute tradition hopefully sets the tone for your own family Thanksgiving time. Pennies are collected to be put into the “Pennies for People” jar, signifying that even loose change, a penny here and there, builds up to something significant when contributed collectively. This money is then distributed to a local charity organization. The second part has to do with feeding: canned goods and staple products are arranged on our special Harvest Table to be taken to the Soup Kitchen by our upperclassmen and dispersed from there.
The third element of this ritual has to do with a different kind of feeding – that of feeding the spirit of fellow friends, faculty, and family. In two circles, we offer a blessing that is sung to each new face on our journey together around the flagpole. It is done with dignity and thoughtfulness. Listen to the heartfelt meaning of this ritual by one of our graduates as she looks back on a fond tradition:
“The tradition of the Thanksgiving blessing has always been special to me. Very rarely can an entire community claim they have wished every single member a year of blessings and peace; Montessori has the ability to do just that. It gives everyone, from student to teacher, the opportunity to open their hearts and souls in an honest, simple way. Looking back on all those years around the peace pole, it is truly one of the most beautiful experiences I’ve ever had the honor to be a part of.”
Erica Britenburg - Montessori graduate
We welcome and encourage you as one of our community members to join us. You will quickly understand the simple “take a step to the right” and the hand movements associated with the words. I guarantee that you will feel the essence of this blessing as you witness the beauty of the faces before you.
See you Tuesday, Nov. 26th at 10:00 am.
Dates to Remember
November 25 - Board Meeting at 6 p.m.
November 26 - Thanksgiving Blessing at 10 a.m.
November 26 - Donation drive items due
November 27-29 - No school -- Thanksgiving Holiday
December 7 - Reindeer Run -- see below for important form due date info
Reindeer Run Forms Due Before 8:00 AM
Operation: Share the Warmth Tree
Holly Jolly Fair
Primary Communal Meal
Region Honors Orchestra Concert
Denver Downs Orchestra Performance
Emergency Kitchen Trip
We need canned foods (especially super-large cans), rice, pasta, pasta sauces, peanut butter, jelly, and dried beans for the emergency soup kitchen.
We need "lunch foods" -- single-serve soups with pop tops, small boxes of raisins, fruit cups, drink boxes, and crackers (Nabs) -- for Meals on Wheels emergency (inclement weather) lunches.
We need personal toiletry items -- individual-size shampoos, soaps, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpastes, and detergent and bleach for Clean Start.
And don't forget Pennies for People!
Thank you for your generosity! Together we can help many!
Dr. Jeff Holt Receives Scientific Honor
Mrs. Holt was out of the country last week in Paris where her son, 1975 MSA graduate Dr. Jeffrey R. Holt, Ph.D., was honored as the 2019 FPA Scientific Grand Prize laureate for his work using the CRISPR method to eliminate genetic deafness. Mrs. Holt had this to say about her son’s experience:
Now mind you ... this was an absorbed little child who spent many of his early Montessori years watching white mice in cages, wondering why some ran faster on their wheels than others. By the age of 14, he and a friend opened their own “guppy supply” shop selling to all the local pet stores exhibiting some entrepreneurial skills.
But he also had dysgraphia (poor handwriting) and was a poor speller, so no one particularly knew that he had that kind of scientific mind until his junior year at Wofford when computers with spell check came into play. After that - his course was set in the sciences.
The take-away from this: help children find their passions, support them in those passions, and understand that humans reveal their strengths on no particular schedule. The main thing is to maintain a healthy sense of self despite any seeming disabilities/challenges or lack of purpose. Success is not what you have accomplished but how you live your everyday life with awareness and appreciation. Sometimes accolades follow. Sometimes they don’t. But how you go to sleep at night with the feeling of a day well-lived – that is success. Trust me …
Feeding Fish and Watching Them Eat
3D Printing Mentoring
Mrs. Lockhart's Baby Shower
High School Meets the Board
On the Way to Model UN
Meet the Teacher -- Kelly Wickiser, High School Spanish
I am from Costa Rica, a very small country located in Central America. It is well-known for its friendly and peaceful people. In 2006, I moved to Anderson where I have lived since with my two grown children, Nicole and Joel, a teen daughter, Layla, a granddaughter, Anala, and one more granddaughter scheduled to arrive the first week of January, and three dogs, Khloe, Teddy, and Princess.
Bilingual secretary in charge of international communications in the service department for a Mercedes-Benz dealership for about 12 years
Administrative manager for a Chevrolet dealership for four years
Office manager of a health care center in Costa Rica for two years
C.A. Radiologist and insurance clerk for two years
Language Coach for three years for the South Carolina Virtual School
Spanish teacher at New Covenant School for the last 8 years
Spanish teacher at MSA for the last three years teaching Spanish 1, 2, 3, 4 and Advanced Spanish
My favorite things:
- Book - Bible
- Movie - Avatar
- Color - Black
- Food - Middle Eastern
- Snack - Fruits
- Activity/Hobby - Working out, outdoor activities, sewing, and painting
- Vacation spot - Flamingo, Costa Rica
- Favorite thing about teaching at MSA - I love to see all the stages of students becoming mature young adults. Also the Administrative and Staff members; I love to see how much they care for students and how kind and welcoming they are.