Montessori Matters

October 5, 2018

Montessori Moments

What is a Montessori Moment? It's those little things that happen along the way that show the glimmers of a Montessori education. It can be as simple as watching a sixth grade student bending down to tie a second grade student's shoe in the middle of a soccer game or as amazing as two students learning a math game and asking to recreate the game as a work on the shelf to share with their friends.

In our everyday hustle to get through life, we sometimes forget to stop and take in the beauty that is happening around us. Some Lower Elementary students found a caterpillar on the side walk last week, and, instead of letting the moment pass them by, they "adopted" the caterpillar, researched it, and are now waiting to see its transition. That is a Montessori Moment!

Have you seen this at home? Has your child volunteered to cook dinner? Does your older child help your younger child navigate daily life? Do you foster a sense of community within your home? Please share with us those great moments at home. Be sure to stop, take a breath, and take in the beauty of a Montessori education.

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Dates to Remember

Please see the important note below about upcoming school closings!

October 12 - Early dismissal, see note below

October 12 - End of quarter one

October 15-19 - Fall Break

October 22-26 - Upper Elementary play week

October 26 - Primary Book Character Day

October 27 - Fall Festival

Oct. 29-Nov. 2 - Spirit Week

Oct. 29-Nov. 2 - Parent/teacher conferences

November 6 - All programs closed for Election Day, see note below

October 12 Early Release Schedule, November 6 Closing

Dear MSA parents,

As a reminder, Montessori School of Anderson will be dismissing early next Friday, October 12, 2018. All programs campus wide will be closed by noon. There will be no extended day or child care offered at any level. Our entire staff and faculty will be participating in an important safety-related training session.

The Early Release schedule will be as follows:

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

Also, please note the next school closure will be Election Day on Tuesday, November 6, 2018. Montessori School of Anderson is a polling site for Anderson County. All programs campus wide will be closed. No extended day or childcare will be offered at any level.

We apologize for any inconvenience but want to give you ample notice so that you can make arrangements for your child. Thank you in advance for your understanding.

With safest regards,

Susanna Merriman, RN

Girl Scouts

Calling all interested girls in kindergarten through third grade! We would like to hear from you if you are interested in having your daughter join Girl Scouts for the 2018-2019 school year. Meetings will be twice a month on Wednesdays from 3:15-4:15 at MSA. The cost is $20 for your annual membership into GSUSA and Troop fees of $15 for the year to cover badges and other supplies. More information will be provided at an informational meeting if we receive enough interest.

Please email Britton Sharpe at or text/call at 864-844-0081.

We are also in need of parent involvement in helping to lead our Daisy and Brownie programs, so please indicate if you can help lead or would be willing to help with future meetings.

Thank you so much,

Britton Sharpe

Toddler Moments

Enjoy some sweet Montessori moments captured in Toddler 1 this week.
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Fall Flower Sale Pansies

Upper Elementary purchased a flat of pansies from the Fall flower sale and planted them outside of their classroom this week.
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Lego League

Students in Lego League were excited to unbox the practice competition mat and Lego blocks that were generously provided by Bosch. This week they will begin constructing the mission models, setting up the mission field, and continue their progress in finding a solution to a problem faced by humans during long-duration space exploration. They look forward to receiving and programming the robot.
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Job Shadowing in the Operating Room

Just another day in the life of a high school senior at MSA! Aaron MacDonald was able to job shadow his dad at AnMed Health's Operating Room this week.
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High School Trip to Sky Top Orchard

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Healing Circle for Mason

We are very pleased to update that Mason's scoliosis surgery went well Wednesday! We wish him a very fast recovery and cannot wait to have him back in the classroom. Our faculty, staff, and students met Wednesday morning to form a healing circle to lift up Mason with our thoughts and prayers during his surgery.

Parent Education Survey

Thanks again to all who responded to the parent education survey. Details about the topics that will be covered in the parent education series will be forthcoming soon in Montessori Matters. Additional topics will be covered in future editorials of Montessori Matters and within the Montessori Blog, Planting Seeds.

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