Montessori Matters

October 2, 2020

Autumn is Here!

I love this time of year around our campus! Not only because of the cooler temperatures but also because there is something special happening almost weekly.

  • Last Friday, Primary had its annual Planet Pajama Party. You will see from the photos below that it is an evening of fun solar system-related activities and even includes a special space-themed snack.

  • This week and next, school pictures are being taken for our yearbook. I always look forward to seeing the students in their “picture outfits” and seeing the siblings on campus come together for their family photos.

  • Friday, October 9, MSA is encouraging everyone to participate in a “Pink-Out” for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This ties in with one of our “Four Pillars of MSA” - a commitment to service.

  • The following week we will have an abbreviated Fall Break. In the past, this has been a great time for family travel, but this year we are recommending “stay-cations.” :)

  • Upon our return, we will be having Fall Fling Week with designated spirit dress-up days, special autumn-related crafts, and STEAM activities. More details to come from your child’s teacher, so stay tuned!

  • Then we will close out the month with Primary Book Character Day and Lower Elementary Biography Day on October 30 to celebrate our love for books and reading!

Whew, what a month it will be! These are the ways that we build community even during a time of social distancing. These are the traditions that we carry on even if we have to make some adjustments. We look forward to the fun, the service, and the learning! #MSATogether

So that you can be making plans for those MSA Spirit dress-up days, here is the schedule:

  • Monday, Oct. 19 - Pajama Day

  • Tuesday, Oct. 20 - Inside out Day

  • Wednesday, Oct. 21 - Superhero Day

  • Thursday, Oct. 22 - Sports Team Day

  • Friday, Oct. 23 - Blue & White Day (MSA colors)

Warmest Autumn Regards,

Dr. Hill

Dates to Remember

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

October 5-9 - Make-up photos

October 9 - Pink-Out for breast cancer awareness

October 12-13 - Remote learning days, K5-High School

October 14-16 - Fall Break, Extended Care Only Infant/Toddler through Primary

October 16 - No pizza on the Friday during Fall Break

October 19-23 - Spirit Week (see schedule above)

October 21 - Fall Fling (more info to come)

October 30 - Primary Book Character Day

October 30 - Lower Elementary Biography Day

Nurse's Notes

***Flu vaccine

Flu season is right around the corner. In order to prevent the spread of flu within our MSA community, we ask that you speak to your healthcare provider and discuss if you or your child are candidates for the flu vaccine. Amid Covid, many healthcare providers are offering drive thru flu clinics. Contact your provider for more information.

Currently, the American Academy of Pediatrics and the CDC recommends the flu vaccine for pediatric patients who are age eligible and no contraindications are present. You should get a flu vaccine before the flu begins spreading in your community. As a reminder, it takes about two weeks after vaccination for antibodies that protect against flu to develop in the body, so make plans to get vaccinated early in fall, before flu season begins. CDC recommends that people get a flu vaccine by the end of October. Getting vaccinated later, however, can still be beneficial and vaccination should continue to be offered throughout flu season, even into January or later.

For additional updates and information on Influenza and Covid-19, please refer to the links below:



Who should get the flu vaccine:

With wishes of health and peace,

Susanna Merriman, RN

Primary Planet Pajama Party Pictures

Primary students enjoyed a night of solar system-themed projects, food, and activities last Friday at the Planet PJ Party, a twenty-year-old tradition at MSA. Enjoy some pictures from the event below and click here for more.
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Square Foot Gardening

Students in Lower Elementary measured the planting beds behind their classroom and planned out their square foot plots. Square foot gardening is a planning and planting method through which planting beds are divided into square foot increments that can save time, effort, tools, space, and water.
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Forensic Murder Mystery

Students in Mrs. Presgraves' upper school Biology class solved a murder mystery lab this week. The students were asked to figure out the victim's last meal by testing for each of the biological macromolecules that they had studied. Spoiler alert: the victim ate Buffalo wings.
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Flag Ceremony Quote

This week's flag ceremony quote was chosen and read by an Upper Elementary student. See the video below for her quote and her interpretation of it.
September 28 Flag Ceremony Quote

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