Montessori Matters

September 21, 2018

Beyond Our Doors

We have some pretty amazing things that happen within our classrooms at MSA. We are also fortunate that we have opportunities beyond our doors to help foster our philosophy. MSA sponsors two youth soccer teams and is the chartering organization for our scout troops. Our students go on numerous class field trips to enhance their learning experiences and sometimes the field trips come to us.

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

Cub Scouts learn new skills from Montessori School of Anderson's Boy Scout Troop 97 during a meeting at the school this week.

Boy Scout Troop 97

Montessori Boy Scout Troop 97 is very active in outdoor and learning activities and proud to have sixteen Scouts earn their Eagle Scout status since the Troop's first year at MSA in 2007. Below are pictures from last year of Troop 97's fourteenth Scout to be promoted to Eagle Scout, hiking in the mountains, and enjoying the great outdoors. Troop 97 meets at MSA on Tuesdays from 6:30-8pm and serves 11-18 year-olds. For information about Troop 97, check out their web site or contact:

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

Upper elementary students took a trip to Paris Mountain to explore nature in Greenville.

Two Montessori-Sponsored Soccer Teams

MSA sponsors two primary-aged soccer teams.

Lunch Activities

Middle school students enjoy playing football during lunchtime.

Primary In-House Field Trip by the Greenville Children's Museum

The Greenville Children's Museum brought the field trip to primary students this week and brought along many exciting activities for students to interact with and learn from!
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Middle School Trip to Sky Top Orchard

The middle school went to Sky Top Orchard for apple picking this week. High school will be going as well on October 2.
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Toddler Two Pot Luck

Toddler Two met for their annual pot luck dinner get-together this past Tuesday. The families had a great time socializing and getting to know each other!
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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

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 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

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An upper elementary student paints in Ms. Maynard's art class.

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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.


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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:

  1. Positive Discipline,

  2. Differences between a Montessori Education and Traditional, and

  3. 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,


Ms. Nickles

Nurse's Notes

Safety reminder

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

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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