Montessori Matters

September 11, 2020

El Día del Niño

On Wednesday Sra. Kelly Wickiser, our upper school Spanish teacher, introduced our upper school students to the international celebration of Universal Children’s Day. This day was established in September 1954 by the United Nations and its Children’s Fund UNICEF. It was established to honor and promote the welfare of the world’s children. While the date of the celebration varies somewhat from country to country, 145 countries observe Universal Children’s Day.

Our upper school students got to celebrate Children’s Day Costa Rican-style as Sra. Wickiser shared the traditions of her native country’s Día del Niño, or Day of the Child. You will see from the photos below that it truly is a celebration of and for children. In Costa Rica, adults typically dress to resemble their childhood days (hence Señora’s ponytails and knee socks). The event includes cake and ice cream, a piñata loaded with candy, games, and gifts. It also includes a time of children and adults sharing favorite childhood memories and appreciating time spent together.

While the celebration of Universal Children’s Day may look a little different around the world, the purpose is the same - to commemorate our most valuable resource, our children. It is a time to remember the gift of childhood and the promise of a future that comes with it. It is also a time to let our children know that we will do whatever it takes to make sure that all children are given the tools that they need to survive and thrive in our society.

Maria Montessori held a deep respect for the child and the child’s potential. It is reflected in every aspect of her Method and philosophy. By extension, in a Montessori classroom, we honor the child each and every day. This is best expressed by Dr. Montessori herself:

Children are human beings to whom respect is due, superior to us by reason of their innocence and of the greater possibilities of their future.

How much fuller and richer life would be if we saw the child in all his greatness, all his beauty, instead of focusing on all his little mistakes?

The child is truly a miraculous being!

Maria’s genuine reverence for the child provides encouragement to us today as we also reflect on the events of September 11, 2001, and dream of a peaceful world. Her words are still true today:

Within the child lies the fate of the future.

If help and salvation are to come, they can only come from the children, for the children are the makers of men [and women].

The child is both a hope and a promise for mankind.

- Dr. Dana Hill

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See this album for more photos from the celebration and please enjoy the piñata video below.
El Día del Niño Piñata

Dates to Remember

Remember that you can always check the MSA website calendar for upcoming calendar events.

September 14-18, 20-25 - MAP testing

September 25 - Primary Planet Pajama Party

October 12-13 - Remote learning days, K5-High School

October 14-16 - Fall Break, Extended Care Only Infant/Toddler through Primary

October 19-23 - Spirit Week (more info to come)

October 21 - Fall Fling (more info to come)

October 30 - Primary Book Character Day


It is time for us to place a new shirt order! Good news: shirts can be ordered in 2T/3T through XXXL. There are two design options and several styles to choose from, including the shirts that MSA faculty and staff wore last Friday -- see the order form for more details. If you would like to place an order, please return this form with payment to Jaime Emery in the Main Office. Orders will be placed on Monday, September 14, so get your orders in as soon as possible!
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Primary Hand Washing Experiment

Mr. Saunier led the hand-washing experiment that the Upper School students did at the beginning of the year with the Primary Risers this week. In the activity, students use UV-reactive hand lotion to see common areas that are missed when washing hands with soap and water. See this photo album for more pictures of the Risers keeping clean.
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Recruiting Scholarship Program

We may have had to cancel Spring Benefit (which funds our tuition assistance program) back in April due to COVID-19, but thanks to an anonymous donor, every MSA family now has an opportunity to receive a "recruiting scholarship."

Do you know someone who is looking for "just the right fit" in-person instruction for their child this year? Tell them about all the good things Montessori has to offer and it might just be a win, win for you and them! See the details below regarding the new "Recruiting Scholarship Program" that is being offered this school year.

Don't forget to mention - small class sizes, separated cohorts, school starting in August and finishing in May - and all the other things you love about MSA!

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Nurse's Notes

I hope that everyone had an enjoyable holiday weekend and a safe and healthy week. Again, I'd like to applaud the children for their efforts in maintaining a healthy community. I remain so proud of your student(s)! The teachers and staff are doing a terrific job reinforcing good health practices and modeling positive health strategies. The entire community has done an extraordinary job of using masks, socially distancing, practicing hand and respiratory hygiene, advanced cleaning efforts, etc.. Thank you for your continued efforts and for being "all in". MSA appreciates your commitment and willingness to partner with us, adopt the procedures for the return to school plan and help MSA maintain the safest educational environment and to continue to offer face to face education.

If you have not already done so, please visit the school nurse webpage on the MSA website. You will find resources for Covid-19, Return to School information, immunization schedules, etc. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact me at

For additional updates and information on Influenza and Covid-19, please refer to the links below:



Wishing you continued good health.

With health and peace,

Susanna Merriman, RN


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.

Flu Season

Flu season is right around the corner. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC recommend the flu vaccine for everyone age eligible and without contraindications. This year many pediatrician offices are offering flu clinics, including curbside and drive-thru clinics beginning this month. Please check with your healthcare provider for additional information.

Reminder of the MSA Infectious Disease Policy:

Children are expected to be in good health when in school. All students must be fever free for 24 hours before returning to school (without taking fever-reducing medication). Absences, excused or unexcused, will be recorded for all students. Any student experiencing a fever greater than 100.4°F, vomiting, experiencing diarrhea, or simply feeling too poorly to focus or concentrate on classwork will be removed

from the classroom. His/her parents will be called to pick them up. The child should be isolated until the parent arrives. No student will be allowed to leave campus without the direct consent of the parent/guardian.

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.

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