Montessori Matters

November 17, 2017

Thanksgiving Blessing

Each year the community of K-HS (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 ritual 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 then goes to help a needy family celebrate their Thanksgiving a bit more on the table than might have otherwise happened. The second part also 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 upper classmen 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 by most. Listen to the heartfelt meaning of this ritual by one of our graduates as she looks forward to participating Tuesday, 21 at 10:00 AM.

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.

**Additional parking for the communal meals on Tuesday can be found in the field across from Camp Lou Ann Dr.

Community Service

Don't forget to bring your donations of food, toiletries and pennies to school by Tuesday, Nov. 21. Items most needed by the Soup Kitchen include pasta, pasta sauce, rice, dried beans, canned vegetables and fruit, peanut butter and individually-wrapped snacks. Clean Start's needs include toiletries, detergent, bleach, and adult-sized socks. Pennies for People will help needy families during the holidays. We will collect "blessings" from all classrooms at our Thanksgiving gathering at the flagpole at 10 a.m. on Tuesday, Nov. 21. Thank you for your generosity!

Louise Knisley

Community Service Coordinator

Dates to Remember

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 8 and 9- Middle School Babysitting Fundraiser

December 15- Early Dismissal at 10 AM

January 3- ALL students return from Winter Break

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Nurse Merriman's Notes

As the holiday season approaches, we look to the spirit of giving and service to others. Once again this year, MSA will be sponsoring the “Operation: Share the Warmth” Tree.

Here’s how the service project works. I will be placing a Christmas tree in the front office of the Montessori Administrative building during the Thanksgiving break. The Christmas tree will only have a ribbon on the top of tree and lights. Our students, families, MSA classrooms and clubs are asked to provide the decorations.

The decorations should consist of new mittens, gloves, socks and scarves. If you have gently used jackets, coats and shoes they will gladly be accepted. Some of you may remember how beautiful the tree looked last year, all decked out in warm clothing finery!!!

The tree will remain on campus until December 15th when the school closes for the Winter Holiday. The items will then be donated a local charity organization, Anderson Interfaith Ministries. This project allows our Montessori students and families to provide the basic need of warmth to those who may not have the ability to stay warm during the cold winter months.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!!!

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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