Montessori Matters

January 11, 2019


“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it.”

- William Arthur Ward

Time is coming up shortly. Re-enrollment time, recruitment time, and hopefully, gratitude time. During the next four weeks, there will be opportunity to touch base with why you, as a family, are choosing a Montessori education for your child(ren). As you evaluate that decision each year, we are also asking you to be thinking who else in your neighborhood, your family, your book club, etc. just might be interested in at least exploring the idea of sending their child(ren) to a Montessori school. If not ours, one in their area of the country/world.

At our school, these four weeks are designed to facilitate that yearly exploration. One of our alumni families, whose two children graduated two and six years ago, reflects on their yearly decision process and why they feel gratitude and are passing that “present” on to young families:

“Looking back on why I chose to keep my girls in MSA until they completed High School, I have the fondest thoughts and know it was definitely the right choice for us. I think mostly it was the community, the arts and music programs (even though both girls ended up majoring in science and engineering) and for high school - the early access to dual enrollment. We also loved the teachers and the versatility for the students to follow a path of interest that came up in a class. Finally I think for me it is the fact that my girls came out of the whole process with a love of learning.“

So: “tag – you're it!” An Ambassador Family! Please consider bringing your friends to the Open House on Sunday, Jan. 27th from 1-4. And/or have them call us here to set up an appointment with our Admissions Director, Amber Lockhart (phone: 864-226-5344, email:, for a tour. Lastly, there are different level Information Meetings on Tuesday, Jan. 29th set up for you and the community.

If indeed, you feel some degree of gratitude, wrap that present and give it to someone else. When that happens, it is a win-win-win. Your child wins (more wonderful children to share with in the classroom), your family wins (more opportunities available then for extra activities after school, etc.), and the school wins (more families to share and enjoy the journey with).

See you at Open House or at the Information Meetings.


Dates to Remember

January 17 - Visit Up Day

January 21 - Martin Luther King Day - All Programs Closed, Extended Day Available

January 27 - Community Open House 1-4 PM

January 29 - Observation Day for parents

January 29 - Parent information meeting 5:30-6:30 PM

February 1 - Letters of Intent sent home

February 11-15 - Middle School Play Week

February 15 - Letters of Intent due

February 18 - Presidents Day - All Programs Closed, Extended Day Available

Battle of the Books

The Middle School sent a team organized by English teacher Kelly McCarty to participate in this year's regional Battle of the Books competition in Greenville. To prepare for the competition, the group was tasked with reading twenty books among all of the students, and during the competition they were asked questions about the plots of the books and had to identify the full title and author of the correct book. The students did great and came in fourth place in the competition!
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Flag Ceremony

Thank you to Abby Keenan for capturing these moments during the flag ceremony this Monday!
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Middle School Lunch

Abby also took these great action shots during Middle School lunch this week.
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Wrapping Up J-Term

High School students started off the semester with a week of important life skill lessons to prepare for their close- and long-term futures. They were visited by many guest lecturers that taught them about a variety of topics including personal finance and accounting, grammar, time and stress management, careers, living abroad, and hiking the Appalachian Trail. They were given guidance on applying to and preparing for college throughout the week. They also participated in an internship day at a location of the student's choice and attended a Managerial Accounting course lecture at Anderson University. Abby took the following pictures during the students' trip to AU.
The following pictures are from some of our guest lectures during the J-Term week. The first set is a STEM presentation and activity led by Clemson students, and the last photo is from Michael Davis' talk about his journey on the Appalachian Trail.
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Flex Time Stations

The Middle School used their Wednesday morning flex time this week to ensure all of the students started off the new semester on the right foot. They rotated between stations in which they cleaned and organized their lockers, reflected on the past semester's challenges, looked ahead to plan out the rest of the month, learned organizational skills, and reviewed the past year in pictures and reflected on their own memorable moments from 2018.
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Spring Benefit Tickets on Sale

Be sure to mark your calendar's for this year's Spring Benefit Saturday, March 30 from 6:30-11 PM! Tickets for the event may be purchased in the front office for $150; each ticket admits two guests. We look forward to seeing you there!
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Anderson Pediatric Dentistry

We'd like to send a special thank you to one of our Spring Benefit sponsors, Anderson Pediatric Dentistry.

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High School Spring Benefit Contribution

High School students devoted some time this week to working hard on their contribution to the Spring Benefit silent auction. Be sure to purchase your Spring Benefit tickets so you can bid on this beautiful teepee and many other exciting items!
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Flu Information

Click this link or the image below to view an infographic from the CDC with lots of useful information about protecting from and treating the flu.

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