Montessori Matters

August 27, 2021

Happy Birthday, Dr. Montessori!

Tuesday, August 31 marks the 151st birthday of Dr. Maria Montessori. We will be honoring Dr. Montessori all across campus in different ways. Our toddlers will be making “Muffins for Maria”, Primary has planned a “Walk around the Sun” celebration, and our elementary students will be learning about the timeline of Montessori’s life. Upper School started their look into Dr. Montessori’s work Friday and will continue their review of her philosophy and Method this coming Friday.


As a Montessori school, we appreciate the opportunity to celebrate the transformational contributions that Dr. Montessori made to the field of education over 100 years ago that laid the foundation for our school and other Montessori schools around the world. We invite you to celebrate Dr. Maria Montessori and the significant positive impact her life’s work has had on each of us here at MSA by wearing your Montessori t-shirts on Tuesday. And don’t forget to check out our Facebook page on Tuesday for our birthday tribute to Maria! In the meantime, here is a pre-birthday video from MontessoriEducation.com: Happy Birthday, Dr. Montessori!


Reminders:

  • It’s a matter of safety - please do not enter the parking lot through an exit. There is only one entrance to our parking lot and it is located at the end closest to the admin office.

  • It’s a matter of health - when students are out sick, they must be cleared to return to class through Nurse Merriman or Dr. Hill.

  • COVID PCR saliva testing is available on Mondays and Fridays for adults and upper school students. Contact Nurse Merriman if you would like to participate in this free COVID testing - schoolnurse@msasc.org. (We are exploring the possibility of expanding this program to younger students in the weeks ahead.)


Enjoy your weekend!

Dr. Dana Hill

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Dates to Remember

August 31 - Maria Montessori's Birthday

September 6 - Labor Day Holiday - all programs closed

September 21 - International Day of Peace

September 24 - Primary Planet PJ Party

October 1 - Pink Out!

October 4-8 - Fall portraits

October 13-15 - Fall Break - extended care available for IT-PR

Nurse's Notes

MSA SAFETY CONCERN:


MSA families and visitors, please share the following information with anyone who may be visiting or picking up your students on the MSA campus. We respectfully request that everyone follow the appropriate traffic flow and refrain from entering the exit at the center of campus. All traffic needs to enter the campus at the entrance closest to the MSA Administration Building. This has become a growing safety concern.


Immunizations


All students must have a South Carolina DHEC immunization record on file in the MSA Health Office within 30 days of admission or the first day of school. If you are a transfer student from out of state or country, all immunization records must be transferred to a SC DHEC Form at your physician's office or at a South Carolina Health Department. If the student has received any additional immunizations in the last year, a new record must be submitted to MSA. All Medical and Religious exemption forms must be renewed annually, this may be completed at your local health department. Any student not in compliance with South Carolina's Immunization mandated guidelines must be excluded until a immunization record has been received. Please make every effort to meet this deadline so there is no interruption in your child's educational experience.


Healthy Hygiene Habits:

  • Stay home when you are sick. If possible, stay home from work, school, and errands when you are sick. You will help prevent others from catching your illness. Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Wear a mask when in public and unable to socially distance.
  • MSA strongly recommends masking while indoors in the classroom.
  • Maintain a social distance of at least 3-6 ft away from others.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Cover coughs and sneezes. Use a tissue to cover coughs and sneezes, then dispose of the tissue. When a tissue is not available, cough or sneeze into your elbow.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects. Clean and disinfect frequently touched surfaces at home, work or school, especially when someone is ill.
  • Wash hands for 20 seconds. Washing hands often under clean, running water can help prevent the spread of germs.
  • Ventilation and proper air flow is encouraged while indoors.
  • Follow Montessori's School of Anderson's Illness Policy as stated in the handbook: MSA Students are prohibited from attending classes while ill. If your child is absent, please notify the front office. MSA is proactive in monitoring all illnesses and makes every effort 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 late or keep him/her out for another day in order to fully 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. If your child has missed school due to illness, he/she may not participate in any other school related activity on that day or evening.
  • COVID Change: Any student (or faculty/staff) who is diagnosed as COVID-19

    positive will be reported to SC DHEC and MSA will follow their guidelines for when the student may return to school and whether others must be isolated/quarantined.

  • Seasonal influenza vaccine will be available later this month; contact your physician for more information.
  • All cases of influenza need to be reported to MSA.
  • All cases of Covid-19 should be reported to MSA immediately.
  • Please notify the office if you or your family members are traveling outside of the country at any time during the school year.
  • Return to School following illness, Covid-19 exposures, quarantine or isolation must be cleared by Dr. Dana Hill @administrator@msasc.org or Nurse Merriman @ schoolnurse@msasc.org
  • In most cases, during Covid-19, improvement of symptoms and a medical clearance or a negative Covid-19 PCR test will be required for the return to school.

For additional updates and information, please refer to the links below:


Influenza: https://www.cdc.gov/flu/index.htm

Coronavirus: https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/index.html

SCDHEC: https://scdhec.gov/covid19


With health and peace,


Susanna Merriman, RN

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Toddler Activities

Students in the toddler classrooms spent time this week with works that helped develop fine motor skills and shape and pattern recognition and also practiced practical life skills by serving their own snacks, preparing ingredients for cooking, and learning to clean surfaces.
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Lower Elementary Works

Students in Lower Elementary created name cards to wear as an opportunity to put their cursive handwriting work into practice through both reading and writing and to help in learning each other's names with new rising students in the room. Below, another student in Lower Elementary works with the geometric solids work to identify shapes and experience concrete representations that they'll later associate with abstract concepts they will use in geometry.
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Physical Education

Mrs. Patch's PE students are learning to play deck tennis in Upper Elementary and volleyball in the Upper School. Deck tennis is a good introduction to volleyball as it gets players used to moving around the court while working on communication and teamwork skills. The levels will start with deck tennis and move on to volleyball followed by tennis.
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Ramp Angle and Weight Distribution's Effects on Car Velocities

Students in Dr. Wilmoth's Physical Science class timed a car traveling a specific distance down a ramp and experimented with the affects of modifying the ramp angle and the weight distribution of the vehicle. Additional photos from the experiment can be viewed here.
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Modeling Cellular Structures and Osmosis Eggsperiment

Dr. Wilmoth's Anatomy and Physiology students modeled cellular structures using everyday objects and lab materials this week. They also started the naked egg project this week in which the students dissolved the hard shell of an egg in vinegar in order to use the soft shell as a membrane to demonstrate osmosis. Photos of the cell models and the egg experiment can be seen below, and additional photos can be found at this link.
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