Montessori Matters

December 3, 2021


  • We held our community blessing together out at the peace pole plaza the week of Thanksgiving. From our youngest to our oldest, everyone brought out their bags full of blessings for the AIM Food Pantry. This MSA tradition is a way to show gratitude for our many blessings and to show compassion for those in need. Primary students shared a Thanksgiving blessing with the community that sums it up nicely:

    Oh, how grateful we are for the life, the love, and the food we share,

    With thanks, we will treat the Earth and one another with care. Amen. Amen.

  • Our December community service project is the “Share the Warmth Tree”. Nurse Merriman provides more details about this project below in her Nurse’s Notes. It is one more way that we partner with A.I.M. to help those in need within the Anderson community.
  • On Wednesday, MSA faculty and staff will be completing re-certification in CPR (Adult/Child/Infant), AED, and First Aid. This training is offered every two years and meets DSS requirements and COGNIA/SCISA accreditation requirements. This training, along with our biennial background checks of faculty and staff, is just another way that we strive to provide a safe, healthy environment for our students.

  • The Anderson Symphony Orchestra holiday concert, “Sleigh Ride”, is scheduled for the evening of Friday, Dec. 10. Once again, it will be held in the Henderson Auditorium in the Rainey Fine Arts building on the Anderson University campus. The ASO will be joined by featured instrumentalists, the Electric City Big Band, and Santa and the Grinch! This concert is sponsored by MSA and will include the Montessori’s Mini Maestros program. We will be holding another drawing for 4 free tickets (under 12 are free). Please email, subject line SLEIGH RIDE, by Wednesday if you would like to be included in the drawing for tickets. Winners will be selected and notified on Thursday, Dec. 9.

  • It’s a holiday program year and we’re doing it a bit differently this year. Primary and Upper Elementary are scheduled to share their holiday cheer on Monday, Dec. 13, and Lower Elementary and Middle School are scheduled to share theirs on Tuesday, Dec. 14. High School students will be adding their own “Ho, Ho, Ho” and “a cup of cocoa to go” both nights. Your child’s teacher will be providing more details specific to their night.

Hope you enjoyed your weekend,

Dr. Dana Hill

Dates to Remember

December 10 - First portrait order placed -- return forms by Friday to receive before the winter break

December 13-14 - MSA Holiday Program

December 17 - Early Dismissal before Winter Break

December 20-31 - Winter Break - All Programs Closed

December 20-22 - Extended Care Available IT-PR

December 23 - Extended Care Available IT-PR 7:30-2:30

School Photos

School portrait order forms should be coming home with your child today. The first school order will be placed this Friday, December 10. Another order will be placed the following week, but there is no guarantee that it will return in time to go home before the winter break. Orders may also be placed online at this link or by scanning the QR code on the order form (please refer to the order form for the gallery password or email

Students with siblings may also have additional photos in the sibling gallery. To order these using the paper order forms, please describe the photo(s) you would like to order in the order information section on the back of the form along with what items you would like to purchase.

Please email Matt Dabney at if you have any questions about photo orders.

Nurse's Notes

Operation: Share the Warmth Tree:

The Share the Warmth tree has been placed in the MSA Administrative Building. It only has a ribbon on the top and lights. Our students, families, and MSA classrooms are asked to provide the decorations consisting of new mittens, gloves, socks, and scarves. Gently used jackets, coats, and shoes will also gladly be accepted. The tree will remain on campus until Friday, December 17 when the school closes for the Winter Holiday. The items will then be donated to Anderson Interfaith Ministries (AIM), a local charity organization. Covid-19 has created a greater need for local families who have been impacted by the pandemic. This 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.

Community Blood Drive

The Blood Connection has an immediate need for blood donations. The Anderson Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the blood drive and the BloodMobile will be downtown at 129 N Main Street on Wednesday, December 17 from 12-5 pm. All donors will receive a $20 gift card. Because of Covid-19, the usual flow of donors has been disrupted and the need for life saving blood donations is great. If you are able to donate, please mention that you are part of the Montessori School of Anderson family!!! Your donation can make a significant impact and save up to 3 lives!

Criteria for donors: The Blood Connection is a non-profit organization. Blood can be donated every 56 days. Donors must be 16 years or older and over 110 lbs. to donate. Sixteen year olds are required to have written consent to donate blood. Before you donate blood, make sure that you drink plenty of water and eat a healthy meal. TBC Donor ID Card (preferred) or photo ID required to donate. Gift cards and other incentives are non-transferable.

I appreciate your help with both of these service projects benefiting AIM and the Blood Connection.

Thank you and wishing you continued good health,

Susanna Merriman, RN

Bundle up in an MSA shirt!

Feeling chilly? Don't forget we have MSA Spiritwear for sale for those Montessori Mondays! All shirt styles are $10 each and limited sizes and quantities are available. Email with your preferred style, size, and quantity. Drop off cash or check (made out to MSA) at the main office. Reserve yours today and show that Eagle Spirit this winter!
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Thanksgiving Blessing

Students gathered at the Peace Pole on Tuesday before Thanksgiving break and placed the community blessings that had been gathered over the weeks leading up to the event. Each year, hundreds of donations of food and personal hygiene products are gathered and donated to those in need in our community. This year the items benefited the Anderson Interfaith Ministries food pantry and the Clean Start program, and the check for $850 for the AIM food pantry was presented as well -- all thanks to your generous donations! Thank you for your support of our community! See below for some photos from the Thanksgiving Blessing ceremony during which each level presented their own blessings, and click this link for many more.
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Upper Elementary Thanksgiving Meal Prep and New Picnic Tables

The Upper Elementary students prepared and enjoyed a beautiful outdoor feast for Thanksgiving. The school received some wonderful new pieces of outdoor furniture that convert between benches and picnic tables, and the Upper Elementary students put them to good use for their meal! See this gallery for additional photos of the Upper Elementary meal preparations.
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Upper School Stone Soup

The Middle School students prepared a stone soup for the Middle and High School students and faculty. Stone soup is a traditional soup in which everyone contributes a small amount of a variety of ingredients that all come together to produce a delicious soup for all to enjoy that emphasizes the value of sharing as a community. Photos of the meal and its preparation can be found in this album.
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Reindeer Run Practice

Mrs. Patch's PE classes practiced running leading up to the Reindeer Run this past weekend. Mrs. Patch added batons for extra excitement during the practice!

Anderson Area YMCA Reindeer Run

The annual Anderson Area YMCA Reindeer Run took place this past Saturday with one mile and 5K races. Thank you to all who joined the MSA team competition and congratulations to all of the racers who partook in this healthy activity! Click here for a gallery with more photos from the event.
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MSA Primary student Hayden Patch won second place in his age division in the one-mile race! Congratulations Hayden!
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Another Primary student, Logan Andrews, was one of only two female 5-and-under finishers in the 5K race! Way to go, Logan!
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Candle Pillows

Students in Mrs. Ponder's Upper Elementary Fiber Arts class made candle pillows for the winter. During the project, the students learned to use the sewing machine to stitch two pieces of fabric together, creating their pillows over the course of two Fibers lessons.
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Spanish Review

Students in Middle School Spanish with Señora Wickiser enjoyed reviewing vocabulary with an exciting game of Kahoot! Kahoot! is a game-based learning platform that encourages students to study using multiple-choice quiz competitions. They reviewed verbs (cocinar - to cook, escuchar - to listen, dibujar - to draw, etc.), adverbs (e.g., mucho - much/many, poco - little/few), and basic questions from their work this semester.
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High School Debate

Students in Mr. Ramey's class enjoyed a homemade Punjabi chole masala dish, which is kabuli chana (chickpeas) flavored with a spice mix, onions, and tomatoes. The dish was prepared in connection with a debate the students were asked to conduct on the merits of capping the amount of meat people can eat in order to sharpen their debate skills.
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High School Figure Drawing

Mrs. Holt observed High School Art with Mrs. Culwell and was quite impressed with the students' figure drawings!
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Happy Thanksgiving from the Yearbook Staff

The yearbook staff hopes everyone had a happy Thanksgiving last week and is looking forward to the winter season!
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