September 21, 2018
Beyond Our Doors
Over the years, our students have been to Colorado, Scotland, and Charleston to name a few locations. Sometimes, just a trip up to the mountains to enjoy nature and bond as a group has created a team within the classroom that grows together. We pride ourselves in seeing the value that lies beyond our doors and recognizing "seat time" does not necessarily mean sitting in a chair, behind a desk.
Montessori Cub Scouts
Boy Scout Troop 97
Mr. Dion Jones - 864-356-2336
Mr. Matt Otto Sunderman - 864-617-2264
Ms. Ellen McKneally de Rodriguez - 919-270-0621
Upper Elementary Field Trip to Paris Mountain
Two Montessori-Sponsored Soccer Teams
Primary In-House Field Trip by the Greenville Children's Museum
Middle School Trip to Sky Top Orchard
Toddler Two Pot Luck
Dates to Remember
September 17-28 - MAP testing 2nd-9th Grade
September 24- Upper Elementary to the Peace Center
September 25 - Toddler Three pot luck dinner
October 1-5 - Yearbook portraits, see below for class dates and times
October 2 - High School field trip to Sky Top Orchard
October 12 - Early dismissal, see note below
Toddler Potluck Dinner
Toddler parents please be sure to check out the sign-up forms attached to your child's classroom door for your class' potluck dinner.
Yearbook portraits are scheduled for the following dates and times. The start times for each class are approximate and may be adjusted as necessary. In the event of rain or inclement weather, portraits dates may be shifted. We will attempt to get all class portraits taken the week of October 1-5 and will schedule make-up portraits shortly afterward. If you have siblings that attend MSA and would like to have additional group portraits taken, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org to let me know, and I will work with you and your children's teachers to attempt to schedule them during portrait week.
October 1 - Primary (8:45)
October 2 - Middle school (8:30), upper elementary (9:30)
October 3 - Infant/toddler (8:45)
October 4 - High school (8:30)
October 5 - Lower elementary (8:15)
October 12 Early Release Schedule
October 12 is an early dismissal day for Professional Development for teachers. All programs closed. No extended day or childcare will be available.
Infant/Toddler dismissal---11:30 a.m.
Primary dismissal------------11:30 a.m.
Lower el dismissal-----------11:45 a.m.
Upper el dismissal-----------12:00 noon
Middle School dismissal---12:00 noon
High School dismissal-------12:00 noon
An upper elementary student paints in Ms. Maynard's art class.
During a handwashing lesson, this primary student learned how to clean up a spill independently. This control of error helps him reach mastery and strengthens his self-esteem.
Dr. Mahajan's science class in Upper Elementary present their research about what makes up our solar system.
Solar System Pie Chart
An Upper Elementary student presents her solar system data to the class using a pie chart.
Dr. Mahajan's High School Biology class studied natural selection as a mechanism for evolution and worked on a story that explains what happened to Darwin's finches on Daphne Major Island.
Solar System Pie Chart
Parent Education Survey
Thank you to all the parents who participated in the Parent Education Survey that went out two weeks ago. If you haven’t responded yet, you still may. The survey remains active.
The responses received so far indicate that most families prefer evening seminars from 5:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. There are a number who also favor morning meetings after drop-off - 8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
At this time, the top three parent education topics of interest are:
Differences between a Montessori Education and Traditional, and
Preparing a Montessori Environment in the Home.
Guided by the feedback you have provided, we will be announcing parent education opportunities in future issues of Montessori Matters. While we may not be able to have an on-campus meeting for all of the topics mentioned, we will try to address some of the other topics through our newsletter or blog, so please keep your suggestions coming! We are really trying to reach our families in the way that best suits your needs and interests. Thank you again for your input!
A Note from Ms. Nickles
Dear Students and Parents,
The South Carolina Theatre Conference is being held at Anderson University this year November 8th - 11th. Even though we are not going to compete this year, some of the students have expressed interest in attending. The fees for the conference are as follows:
SCTA membership and Conference fee - $40.00
Conference T-Shirt $12.00
Teachers or Chaperone (non-member) fee is $25.00
If they want a membership the fee is $60.00
If your student is interested in the meal plan the fees are as follows.
Meal Plan A includes six meals:
Lunch: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Dinner: Thursday, Friday & Saturday
Meal Plan B includes five meals:
Lunch: Friday, Saturday, Sunday
Dinner: Friday & Saturday
Meal Plan A - $48.00
Meal Plan B - $40.00
Please let me know ASAP if you are interested in attending, what size t-shirt you would like, and if you would like the meal plan.
Parents, let me know if any of you are interested in attending. This is going to be the weekend of Blake's wedding so I will be missing in action. :(
Thanks for your immediate response,
Pedestrian safety is always a priority on campus. Please refrain from driving or parking vehicles on the sidewalks at all times. Our students and teachers are regularly transferring from classes and the students need to safely move about campus and be visible to all vehicles.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation.
Susanna Merriman, RN