Montessori Matters

November 15, 2019

Thanksgiving Blessings

Donation bags were sent home for a variety of donation drives that MSA participates in each year. Please fill the bags with some "blessings" for the Anderson community and return them to school by Tuesday, November 26.

We need canned foods (especially super-large cans), rice, pasta, pasta sauces, peanut butter, jelly, and dried beans for the emergency soup kitchen.

We need "lunch foods" -- single-serve soups with pop tops, small boxes of raisins, fruit cups, drink boxes, and crackers (Nabs) -- for Meals on Wheels emergency (inclement weather) lunches.

We need personal toiletry items -- individual-size shampoos, soaps, deodorant, toothbrushes, toothpastes, and detergent and bleach for Clean Start.

And don't forget Pennies for People!

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

Dates to Remember

November 18 - MSA Night at Carson's Steakhouse

November 20-25 - HS Model UN Trip

November 22 - Primary Communal Meal at 11:00 a.m.

November 25 - Board Meeting at 6 p.m.

November 26 - Thanksgiving Blessing at 10 a.m.

November 26 - Donation drive items due

November 27-29 - No school - Thanksgiving Holiday

See here for the full, interactive calendar.

MSA Family Night at Carson's Steak Warehouse & Saloon

Our first MSA Family Night is scheduled for this coming Monday, Nov. 18 from 5:00 - 8:00 PM at Carson’s Steak Warehouse. It is located at 150 W Beltline Blvd, Anderson, SC 29625. Carson’s has graciously agreed to donate 10% of the sales that night back to MSA. Just mention that you are with MSA when you come in. We will have a room to ourselves!

Board Corner

As we near the end of first semester so many MSA traditions will be celebrated over the coming weeks and plans are taking shape for community events in the new year. Some of those plans include open houses and parent education events where your neighbors and friends are welcome to come hear more about the excellent Montessori education your children experience. The recent open house for the upper school was a great success with at least five families looking into MS and HS, with some having younger children as well. What a great start to our 2020-21 enrollment season!

As we look forward to next year and beyond, what are MSA's plans? Take a look at the Long Range Plan which was started in 2017 through a series of meetings with parents and teachers, giving the board consensus items to plan for with the help of MSA's administration and Admin Council of teachers. Some parts of this five year plan have already been completed, others are still in process. All remain at the forefront of the board's allocation of resources. At this month's board meeting we will review the Long Range Plan progress and determine next steps.

Want to know more? The November board meeting will be open to parents. Join us in the office conference room Monday, November 25th at 6:00 p.m. During the meeting, ten minutes will be allocated for parent comments. Any parent who wishes to make a statement may contact Dr. Hill through Thursday, November 21st to request a time to speak.

We hope to see many of you at the upcoming MSA events.

Nurse's Notes -- Share the Warmth Tree

As the holiday season approaches, we look to the spirit of giving and service to others. Once again this year, MSA will be sponsoring the “Operation: Share the Warmth” Tree.

Here’s how the service project works. I will be placing a Christmas tree in the front office of the Montessori Administrative building during the Thanksgiving break. The Christmas tree will only have a ribbon on the top of tree and lights. Our students, families, MSA classrooms and clubs 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 the December 20th 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!!!

Susanna Merriman, RN

Spring Benefit

Please add the date for the 38th Annual Spring Benefit and Auction, April 25, 2020, to your calendars! We will hold a Spring Benefit ticket pre-sale beginning Monday, November 18 through Friday, December 20 with discounted ticket prices of just $135, which covers admission for two to the benefit and one entry into the $10,000 cash drawing. We hope to see you there!
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Mileage Club

We are excited to start Mileage Club now that the weather has finally cooled off! Students are able to join throughout the year as we know they may already be involved in other activities. Click this link or the image below to view a copy of the sign-up form.

Reindeer Run

MSA will be participating in the Reindeer Run elementary school competition 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 percent participation (staff and K5-5th grade students). We won last year and would like to start another multi-year streak! Please stop by the office to get a registration form and return it with your entry fee ($25 for the 1 Mile or the 5K race with multi-event discount available, made out to Anderson Area YMCA) to the school office by Friday, November 22nd.

Note: If the forms are not turned in at MSA, we will not be able to get credit for those runners.

Honor Guard

Members of the Anderson County Fire Headquarters, Anderson County Honor Guard, and volunteer firemen in the Anderson County community lead a special flag ceremony on campus this Monday in honor of Veteran's Day. They presented the Colors, performed a Flag Folding ceremony, and retired the Colors, followed by a statement honoring our Veterans read by sophomore Jack Davis. Thank you to all who have and continue to serve in the military, and thank you to the Honor Guard members for performing the special ceremony this week. See this link for more photos from the event and this album of photos taken by senior Abby Keenan.
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Duke Energy Show

Duke Energy partners with The National Theatre for Children (NTC) to promote conservation and energy efficiency education for grades K-8 in its service communities. This organization uses professional actors to teach students about energy efficiency through engaging, comical, and informative live theater sketches. The Primary students through Upper Elementary participated in the lively production promoting energy resourcing and conservation. It is always such a fun event! After the show, students are encouraged to have their parents sign up to receive a free home energy efficiency kit to continue reinforcing the importance of energy conservation, and to help them understand how it can translate into practical applications in their homes.
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MSA is participating in the Energy Kit Challenge by Duke Energy this year. As part of the challenge to conserve energy, parents can sign up for a free energy kit that includes LED light bulbs, an energy-efficient shower head, and faucet aerators. If enough families sign up for the free kits, MSA will receive a monetary prize from Duke Energy and be entered into a competition to receive an even bigger prize amount. See the following images for more information, and click here or the images below to sign up for your kit today!
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Shirt Buttoning

In a precious moment in the Infant room this week, a student noticed her peer's shirt came unbuttoned and sat down to try to button it for him.
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Anatomy and Physiology Cow Reproductive Dissection Lab

Students in Mrs. Presgraves' Anatomy and Physiology class dissected a cow’s placenta and female reproductive tract as part of a discussion on embryology, development, and reproduction. See this link for a few more pictures from the lab.
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Mini Maestros

This year, MSA is starting its Mini Maestros program, the goal of which is to encourage young people in our community to take an interest in classical music. I am so excited for the chance to introduce my Montessori family to my Anderson Symphony family. I have been a member of ASO for eight years, and playing music with this fantastic group of amateur and student musicians has been one of the highlights of my life. I hope all of our Montessori Mini Maestros will come out for the concert celebrating Beethoven’s 250th birthday on November 24 at 3:00 pm. The orchestra, renowned pianist Howard Kim, and Anderson University vocal faculty will perform a few of Beethoven’s greatest works, including his most famous Fifth Symphony! MSA will provide an interactive sheet of drawing and activities to help keep younger students interested and busy while they absorb the brilliance of Beethoven. The concert only lasts about an hour, so it isn’t too long for little ones, and it is informal. Also, children’s tickets are free! Obviously, I am biased, but I think an appreciation of classical music is a beautiful gift to give our children. We are so lucky to live in a community, both at this school and the greater Anderson area, that supports the arts!

- Jenny Presgraves

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World Kindness Day

In celebration of World Kindness Day this Wednesday, Middle School students went to the lower levels to talk about the items that MSA collects this time of year for our various Thanksgiving donation drives. These items include pennies, canned goods, non-perishables, toiletry items and gently used outerwear -- hats, gloves & jackets.
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Games Club -- The Mind

Mr. Saunier brought new games to Games Club this Monday, and the students enjoyed playing a cooperative game of mathematical strategy called The Mind as well as a pattern-finding card game called Set.
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October/November Birthdays

These Middle School students celebrated October and November birthdays -- happy birthday to them!
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Archery Practice in PE

Students in the combined Middle and High School PE class practiced their eleven steps to archery success -- stance, nock, draw hand set, bow hand set, pre-draw, draw, anchor, aim, shot set-up, release, and follow through/reflection -- this week in preparation for archery club starting later this semester.
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Meet the Teacher -- Christie Harvey, Lower Elementary Lead


About Me:

I was born and raised in Columbia, SC. I have lived all over South Carolina from Charleston to Greer. I am married to Jason Harvey who is from Walhalla, SC. We were married in 2006 and we have two children, Sophia and Sullivan, who also attend MSA. We moved from Knoxville, TN to Anderson in 2016. I started volunteering in the Lower Elementary class that fall and have been a part of the MSA faculty since the fall of 2017.

My Education/Experience:

  • Irmo High School
  • Bachelor’s in Early Childhood Education - Clemson University
  • Taught first grade in Lowcountry for 10 years
  • Master’s in Elementary Education (2002) - Charleston Southern University
  • Elementary 1 (6-9) Montessori Certification (2018) - Lander University
  • MSA Lower El Assistant (2017-2019)
  • MSA Lower El Lead (2019/2020)

My Favorite Things:

  • Book/Movie - any writings by Pat Conroy or Maria Montessori. I really enjoy all classic movies!
  • Color - any shade of blue
  • Food/Snack - gourmet burgers, Italian, and really.good Mexican!
  • Sport/Team - I am a life-long fan of the Atlanta Braves. I also love the Clemson Tigers and football!
  • Activity/Hobby - I enjoy live music! Dave Matthews and bluegrass are among my favorites. I enjoy time outside with my family - hiking, little league games, and walking in the rivers of NC.
  • Vacation spot - My family and I vacation at the beach and upstate VA. The mountains are our favorite destination.
  • Favorite thing about teaching at MSA - I love teaching at MSA because of the community of faculty, students, and parents. Being able to guide children through the discoveries of their lives is a blessing and I am grateful for the opportunity. I feel like a trusted member of the community and I am thankful for the warm welcome I have received at MSA.


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