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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
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 email@example.com if you have any questions about photo orders.
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