Montessori Matters

February 26, 2021

February 26, 2021 Updates

  • Our week of celebrating Montessori Education and showing appreciation for all the parts of our Montessori community has been so uplifting! We hope that everyone shares those good feelings with others who may be looking for a school like ours. During this time of COVID and with so many schools operating remotely, families are searching for a safe in-person environment, a caring community, and an excellent academic program for their children. Invite them to check us out! Also, we hope that you check out the fun photos from this week below!

  • Our re-accreditation visit scheduled for April 2020 last year was postponed by SCISA due to COVID. It has now been rescheduled for April 29, 2021. We will be sharing more information about this upcoming external review in the coming weeks.

  • March 19 is a school holiday/teacher professional development day. All programs will be closed. Please mark your calendars.

  • March 22-26 is Parent/Teacher conference week. Monday, Mar. 22 is a student holiday for infants through upper elementary. Extended care only will be available for infants, toddlers, and primary.

  • We look forward to Primary’s parade on Tuesday, Mar. 2 in honor of Dr. Seuss Day. We get to see some of our favorite characters from the books that we love so much - The Cat in the Hat, Thing One & Thing Two, The Grinch, Sam I Am, and many more! Reading opens the door to our world… and beyond! This weekend is a great time to read one of your favorite childhood books with your child.

Hope you get to enjoy some outside time this weekend!

Dr Dana Hill

Dates to Remember

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

March 2 - Dr. Seuss Day

March 19 - All Programs Closed

March 22 - IT-UE closed for Conference Day, IT-PR extended day available

April 2 - All Programs Closed

April 5-9 - Spring Break - All Programs Closed, IT-PR extended day available

Nurse's Notes

On Wednesday, February 24, CDC Director Rochelle Walensky, MD, MPH, reported that COVID-19 cases in the United States have declined for 5 consecutive weeks, and new hospitalizations have been consistently down since early January. The number of new Covid-19 cases reported to the CDC each day continues to decrease, but case counts remain high. As of Feb 22, the 7-day average of new cases is 64,148. Keep up these healthy habits to help slow the spread in your community:

  • Wear a mask over your nose and mouth.
  • Stay 6 feet away from others.
  • Avoid crowds.
  • Make sure indoor spaces are well ventilated.
  • Wash your hands frequently with soap and water.
  • Use hand sanitizer if soap and water are not available.
  • Get vaccinated when it's available to you.

Stay safe and wishing you continued good health,

Susanna Merriman, RN


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Montessori Education Week

In honor of Dr. Montessori and her educational philosophy, students, staff, and families participated in themed days this week celebrating various members of our community. See some of the pictures from each day below, and click this link for a gallery of all of the photos.

Monday - School Appreciation Day - wear MSA colors

Tuesday - Parent Appreciation Day - twin with a parent
Wednesday - Faculty/Staff Appreciation Day - wear jeans and hearts
Thursday - Community Appreciation Day - celebrate community heroes
Friday - Student Appreciation Day - pajama day!
Click this link for many more photos from each day!

Adopt-A-Highway Trash Pickup

The Montessori Upper School students picked up trash along Sam McGee Road from East West Parkway to Concord Road Wednesday as this week's community service effort as part of MSA's Adopt-A-Highway sponsorship. Pictured below are the students getting organized before setting out for the day and a small sample of the trash haul afterward.
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Lower Elementary Horticulture Campus Cleanup

Lower Elementary students also helped clean up the campus on Tuesday by weeding the front flower beds.
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Toddler Two Picnic

The students in Toddler Two celebrated this week's beautiful weather while it lasted with a picnic on the playground on Thursday.
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Chemis-Tea Day Tea Testing

Students in Mr. Saunier's Chemistry class took Butterfly Pea Flower, a dried flower, and made tea from it. This tea makes a beautiful deep blue tea. They then added lemon juice, which is acidic. This tea is very pH reactive, and changes to a deep purple that deepens as you add more acid to it. They then used pH test strips to look at the change in pH as the lemon is added and how it affects the color of the tea.
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Chemis-Tea Day Tea Testing

Virtual Flag Ceremony

An Upper Elementary student shares her chosen quote of the week and her interpretation and what it means to her.
Virtual Flag Ceremony Quote of the Week

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