Montessori Matters

November 6, 2020

MSA Tigers and Gamecocks for People Bowl - 2nd Quarter Update

The second-quarter was not without effort to put points on the board, but surprisingly the Tigers came up short. The Gamecocks on the other hand had an opportunity to put three more points in their column and they made it count! The score at the end of 2Q: Tigers 10, Gamecocks 6.

As we go into the second half, we need to stay focused on the ultimate goal: support our teams and bring home the win in the MSA People Bowl supporting the AIM Food Pantry! Go, teams!

Have a great week! !

Dr. Dana Hill

Dates to Remember

Remember that you can always check the MSA website calendar for upcoming calendar events.

November 20 - Thanksgiving Blessing

November 23-24 - Remote learning day for K5-HS, extended day available for IT-UE

November 25-27 - Thanksgiving Break

Blessings Bags

In addition to our People Bowl fundraising activity, we are collecting canned foods, lunch foods, personal toiletry items, and change through November 20 for the Anderson community. We have sent home Blessing Bags to all families from Primary through High School this week, and Infants and Toddlers will get theirs next week.

Nurse's Notes

I hope that you've had a safe and healthy week. The children are continuing to do a wonderful job wearing masks, socially distancing, hand washing, and practicing hand and respiratory hygiene. Thank you for all of the support and for reiterating the need for good health habits and hygiene during this public health crisis. As South Carolina has had an increase in Covid-19 cases, we must be vigilant and all of our efforts must continue in order to slow the rate of transmission. Everyone's combined efforts assist MSA maintain a safer and healthier community.

Wishing you continued good health.

With health and peace,

Susanna Merriman, RN

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Election Process

Mr. Raffini, the Upper School Government and Economy teacher, held a conversation with the Upper School Wednesday about the election process and broke down the results as they stood up to that point. He broke down the remaining Electoral College scenarios using the 270 to Win interactive website. He also shared this website that provides many great civics resources.
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MSA Alumni Spotlight - Jackson Potter, Class of 2017

Jackson Potter joined our MSA community in Upper Elementary. At the time, he was a dedicated baseball player and thought the game might be a big part of his future. His path took a turn, however, when he decided to join our Boy Scout troop in high school. While it is not common for a boy to join a troop this late, Jackson made the most of it and set high goals for himself. He was determined to earn the rank of Eagle Scout before graduating from MSA and he did, in fact, achieve that goal. But perhaps, more importantly, he discovered his true passions through scouting as he participated in backpacking, hiking, camping, first aid, emergency preparedness, search and rescue, and wilderness survival activities among others. Jackson recently provided us with the following post-MSA update:

I am currently a senior at Western Carolina University pursuing a Bachelor of Science in nursing while also minoring in Spanish. I have truly fallen in love with the mountains and the profession of nursing because I am able to combine both my passion for science and patient care in a place that I love. At Western, I tutor students in several courses as well as leading rock climbing, mountain biking, and kayaking trips on the mountain. I also work as an Emergency medical technician in Anderson County with Medshore. In my current position, while going to school full-time, I respond to emergency calls ranging from severe car accidents, strokes, overdoses, and even gunshots. My time as an EMT has given me a full range of clinical experiences.

At MSA, Jackson was given the opportunity to discover and nurture his true passions. Since graduating from MSA, he has found ways to combine his knowledge and skills in these areas (including being fluent in Spanish) to serve others in his future profession and avocation. Jackson has demonstrated a passion for excellence, respect for others and the environment, and a commitment to service. We are pleased to know that MSA provided this foundation and cannot wait to hear more about where his path takes him!

See this Montessori Matters newsletter from two weeks ago for an article about Jackon's first aid presentation to the Upper School students as well as an article about MSA's Cub Scout Pack 997 if your student may be interested in joining the Scouts.

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Looking for More Pictures?

Last week was packed full of events before this short week this week. Click below to view last week's issue with photos from the Infant/Toddler pumpkin roll, Primary Book Character Day, and Lower Elementary Biography Day if you missed it!

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