Montessori Matters

November 10, 2017


We strive to help our students connect to nature and the environment through a variety of ways. In recent years the leading method has been through gardening in our horticulture program. Several years ago a 30’ x 50’ hoop house was donated and installed on the school grounds. In it we have seven 4’ x’ 8’ raised beds and irrigation. It has been used exclusively for our gardening program at all levels. In the fall of 2016, MSA’s students designed and installed a .3-acre fruit orchard complete with apples, pears, guava, scuppernongs, muscadine, hardy kiwi, blackberries, blueberries, and raspberries. All of these plants are healthy and happily establishing their root systems for the day our students can reap the reward of all their hard work! In 2016 we realized that much of the gardening was being done by MSA’s middle school students while remaining community members did not have an opportunity to participate. This year we have made the jump and incorporated our gardening curriculum school wide!

Horticulture Wish List

Here is a list of items that would help to support our growing Horticulture program. If you would like to donate anything, or provide a monetary donation to support the program, please contact Charles Jordan at or Jenna Patch at Remember all donations are tax deductible.

  • Wood handled- child sized garden tools
  • Irrigation supplies for Lower Elementary
  • Six row precision seeder
  • High quality,100 ft hoses
  • Watering wands
  • Lumber for raised beds behind Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary
  • Shutters for exhaust fan in greenhouse
  • New exhaust fan for greenhouse
  • Installation of a gear crank for the greenhouse
  • Repair plastic siding in the greenhouse
  • New roof for the greenhouse

Sun Gro Donation

Below you will see middle school students loading up a donation of Sun Gro Horticulture, Professional Growing Mix from the Sun Gro distribution center here in Anderson. Sun Gro Horticulture donated 2 full pallets (roughly 6000 lbs...whoa!) of this potting soil to MSA's Horticulture program!! This donation will keep garden beds across campus full of soil for one to two years! Happy gardening.
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Gathering Blessings

Our annual "gathering of blessings" is a great way for us to give back to our community. This week we sent a grocery bag home with each student to remind families of items needed by the Soup Kitchen and Clean Start. Don't forget Pennies for People!
Please fill and return your bag to school by November 21. On that day we will gather at the flagpole to offer blessings to one another and to send blessings into the Anderson community. Thank you for your help in helping others!

Louise Knisley

Community Service Coordinator

Important Dates to Remember

November 7- Toddler Covered Dish Dinner

November 13- Parent/Teacher Conferences (check with individual teachers for scheduling)

November 13- No school for Infant/Toddler and Primary- Extended day is available

November 21- MSA Spirit Wear orders due

November 21- Primary Communal Meal

November 21- Thanksgiving Blessing

November 22-24- Thanksgiving Break ALL programs are closed

December 15- Early Dismissal at 10 AM

January 3- ALL students return from Winter Break

Battle of the Books

Our Middle School Battle of the Books team had our first experience with regional competition on Tuesday at Newberry College. In a very close competition, our students placed 5th out of 9 teams. Congratulations to William, Emma, Mina, Carter, and Sam!

Volleyball Shirt

Click on the link below to get your SCISA State Volleyball Commerative Shirt.

Order Form

Middle School Pumpkin Patch

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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.
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