November 15, 2019
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!
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
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.
Duke Energy Show
Anatomy and Physiology Cow Reproductive Dissection Lab
- Jenny Presgraves
World Kindness Day
Games Club -- The Mind
Archery Practice in PE
Meet the Teacher -- Christie Harvey, Lower Elementary Lead
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.
- 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 - I.love 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.