Montessori Matters

January 26, 2018

Jonathan Wolff Visit

We hope you all had the opportunity to stop by campus this week and experience Jonathan Wolff. We loved seeing all of the parents who came in for the Parent Education evening and those who stopped by for a cup o' joe. For those who could not make it, please know you will continue to see his impact within the classrooms after the extensive time he has spent with all of our faculty and staff. Ms. Holt made the special announcement that Jonathan will also be returning in August to work with us again.


Here are some thoughts and questions that Jon has left us to think about and help us grow whether as educators or parents.


  • What is the payoff to pushing yourself to higher levels?
  • Is the discomfort of pushing yourself, good or bad?
  • What are the skill sets needed to live a happy life now?
  • What is the fundamental difference between a right and a privlege?
  • Use character-driven story telling!!
  • What makes a person fulfilled or successful?
  • What makes us a better person and the world a better place?
  • Teach active listening skills
  • What can this child do now and what are they capable of doing?




We look forward to Jon's visit in the Fall and we will continue to grow in our practices as Montessorians working with your children. Please feel free to send us feedback on any experiences you had this week.

Dates to Remember

January 28 1-4 PM Open House for Anderson community

January 30 5:30 PM Moving Up Information Night for "riser" families (however all are welcome)

February 1- Enrollment agreements are sent out

February 1- HS College Tours

February 1, 2 and 5, 6- Hot off the Press Scholastic Book Fair in the front office

February 1-6- Model UN to Chicago

February 5- HS to Fernbank in Atlanta

February 8 at 5 PM- Chats with the Admin Council

February 10- MS Babysitting Fundraiser

March 10- Spring Benefit

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Spring Benefit- Saturday, March 10

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Nurse's Notes

MSA students are prohibited from attending classes while ill. If your child is absent, please notify the school office. MSA is proactive in monitoring all illnesses and makes every to prevent illnesses from spreading. When you have verification that your child has a communicable disease, please notify the office immediately. It is preferable to bring your child in late or keep him/her out for another day in order to completely recuperate rather than risk exposing the student body to a potentially communicable illness. All

students must be fever-, vomiting-, and diarrhea-free for 24 hours (without the aid of medications) before returning to school. Absences; excused or unexcused are recorded for all students. For any student experiencing a fever greater than 100.5, vomiting, having diarrhea or simply feeling too poorly to focus or concentrate on class work, the parent will be called and the student will be dismissed early.


If your child has missed school due to an illness, he/she may not participate in any other school-related activity on that day or evening.

The flu season is currently in full swing throughout the U.S., with a larger-than-expected widespread outbreak. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently reported nearly 10,000 confirmed cases of the flu in the state of South Carolina – within a seven-day span.

Ways to Prevent the Flu:
According to the CDC, the best way to prevent the flu is by getting a flu vaccine each year. If you haven’t received your flu shot yet, it’s not too late.

The CDC also recommends everyday preventive actions to help slow the spread of germs that cause the flu. These include:

  • Covering your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze.
  • Washing your hands often with soap and water, or use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth.
  • Cleaning and disinfecting surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs.
  • stay home if you are sick



Nurse Merriman

The Water Initiative

Contributed by MS Students, Sarah Landre and Emma Vagnoni


Around the world there are millions of people who do not have access to safe, clean water. Many kids bear the burden of providing water to their families. Those children have to travel long distances at a time, sometimes up to four hours, just in search of drinkable water; kids that could be going to school and learning, kids that could live a normal life, if they had access to water. Without an education, an endless cycle of poverty begins, and as a result their country does not have any economical gain, impacting the whole world. We need to break this cycle.

Many of us, really do want to donate, but there are many things that seem to stop us. Where do you donate? Maybe you do not want to spend extra money out of your pocket. By not paying the extra money of getting a drink somewhere, you can donate the amount that drink would have cost. You can save a life, just by donating the cost of a drink. Ranked in the top 10% of global charities, Matt Damon and Gary White, have teamed up to break the cycle of poverty. Here is a link to start donating for our cause:

http://give.water.org/fundraiser/6894


Start making a difference today.

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