Montessori Matters

November 19, 2021

And the winner is... A.I.M. Food Pantry!

MSA Tigers and Gamecocks for People Bowl 2nd Half Update


Both teams gave it their all with the support of their loyal fans in the second half of the MSA People Bowl. Clemson entered the second half with the eye of the tiger! Less than two minutes in and the Tigers had already scored two touchdowns. The shell-shocked Gamecocks seemed out of sync and struggled to make plays, but they had one successful passing drive to score a TD. Determined to stay in the game, they went for and made a two-point conversion. The Tigers continued to dominate though and scored two more back-to-back touchdowns before the end of the third. Going into the final quarter, the Gamecocks managed to get into the red zone early but had to settle for putting one between the uprights because the Clemson defense became an impenetrable wall. Despite a significant lead, the Tiger offense didn’t let up, scoring touchdowns on each of their next three possessions. At this point, the Gamecocks had no hope of making a comeback, but the Tigers weren’t ready to call it quits before taking it to the house one last time with less than a minute left on the clock.


1H: Tigers 13, Gamecocks 5

2H: Tigers 56, Gamecocks 11

Final Score: Tigers 69, Gamecocks 16


The MSA People Bowl has been a huge success! In total, we raised $850 for the AIM Food Pantry!!! A BIG THANK YOU to all of the Tiger and Gamecock fans who helped support their team and the mission of AIM to feed the hungry this holiday season and year-round! #MSATigersAndGamecocksTogether


In addition to the monetary donations, we are grateful for the donations of food items that will be part of the AIM Food Pantry Thanksgiving distribution next week. We will still be accepting “bags of blessings” through Tuesday morning. #MSABagsOfBlessings #MSACommitmentToService #MSAThankful


Have a fan-tastic Sunday!

Dr. Dana Hill

Dates to Remember

November 21 - Reindeer Run registration due by noon for elementary school competition

November 22 - Montessori Monday - wear Montessori attire

November 23 - Blessing Bags due

November 23 - Thanksgiving Blessing

November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Break - All Programs Closed

December 4 - Anderson Area YMCA Reindeer Run

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

Anderson Area YMCA Reindeer Run

MSA will be participating in the Anderson Area YMCA Reindeer Run Elementary School Competition (K5-5th grade) for a chance to win $500 or possibly even $1,000. A few years ago we were the champions for FIVE years in a row with the highest % participation (staff & K5-5th grade students). We would like to start another multi-year streak! Please use this link to register, and be sure to select Montessori under the Join a Team option during registration in order to count toward our goal! Those signed up under the team receive discounted registration pricing. The deadline for team registration is this Sunday, November 21!

Thanksgiving Blessing Bags

Please do not forget to fill up the Blessing Bags that were sent home with you students with blessings for the Anderson community. Please return the bags to school by Tuesday, November 23 for our Community Blessing at our Peace Plaza. We are collecting the following items: canned foods, rice, pasta, pasta sauces, peanut butter, jelly, and dried beans as well as lunch foods such as single-serve soups with pop tops, small boxes of raisins, fruit cups, drink boxes, and crackers (Nabs) and personal toiletry items like individual-size shampoos, soaps, deodorants, toothbrushes and toothpastes, detergent, bleach, diapers, and wipes. And don't forget the MSA Gamecocks and Tigers for People Bowl donations to support Anderson Interfaith Ministries' food pantry!


Thank you for your generosity! Together we can help many!

Operation: Share the Warmth Tree

As the holiday season approaches, we look to the spirit of giving and service to others. Once again, MSA will be sponsoring the “Operation: Share the Warmth” Tree. This long-standing MSA holiday tradition, will serve as a school-wide community service project for December. This service project ties in with one of the school's "Four Pillar's"--a commitment to service--and fulfills a great need for the children in Anderson County.


Here’s how the service project works. A Christmas tree will be placed in the lobby of the MSA Administration building during the Thanksgiving break. The Christmas tree will only have a ribbon on the top of the tree and lights. Our students, families, and MSA classrooms are asked to provide the “decorations.” The decorations should consist of new mittens, gloves, socks and scarves. If you have gently used jackets, coats, and shoes they will gladly be accepted. Some of you may remember how beautiful the tree looked in past years, all decked out in warm clothing finery!!!

The tree will remain on campus until Friday, December 17th when the school closes for the Winter Holiday. The items will then be donated to a local charity organization, Anderson Interfaith Ministries. This project 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.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!!!


With blessings and wishes for continued good health,


Susanna Merriman, RN

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Primary Thanksgiving Meal

To celebrate Thanksgiving this year, Primary One and Two joined together for an outdoor feast on the Primary playground. It was an exciting change of scenery!

Beignets for Lunch

For the final community meal of this month's Middle School job rotations, the executive chef chose to make ham, pineapple, corn casserole, sweet potato casserole, and green beans as a Thanksgiving meal. To top it off, the head chef chose a personal favorite for dessert: beignets. The lunch was delicious! Click here for more photos of the lunch and lunch preparation.
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Personal World Message

In Personal World this week, the Middle School students had a lesson about how difficult it is to take something back completely once it is said. The students squeezed out toothpaste from a tube and then attempted to get it back inside with great difficulty. After the lesson, the students had a better understanding of the importance of choosing their words carefully.
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Signal of Interest Analysis by Sofia Sheikh

Sofia Sheikh, MSA class of 2013, had an article published in Nature Astronomy this month about the analysis of a signal of interest detected by a radio telescope as part of the Breakthrough Listen SETI (search for extraterrestrial intelligence) project. A web version of the article can be viewed at this link and a PDF copy as it appears in the journal may be viewed here. Congratulations, Sofia!
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Lunar Eclipse

There was a lunar eclipse this week early Friday morning. Thank you to Dr. Matthew Cline for getting up early to capture and share these photos of the astronomical event!
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Recognizing 30 Years of Service to MSA

Our accrediting body, SCISA, sent a SCISA Meritorious Service Award in recognition of Sheryl Chastain's thirty years of dedicated service to independent education at MSA! We love you and appreciate all that you have done for the school and the children, Ms. Sheryl!
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Preserving the Past

Click this link or the image below to purchase a yearbook and preserve these memories for your child!

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