November 2, 2018
Each year the community of Riser through High School (parents and faculty included) comes together around the flagpole to offer gratitude for our own blessings and to offer the same to our friends -- be they young or old. The fifteen-minute ritual sets the tone for your own family Thanksgiving time. Pennies are collected to be put into the "Pennies for People" jar demonstrating that even loose change, a penny here and there, builds up to something significant when contributed collectively. That collection will go to some needy family right here in Anderson.
The second element has to do with feeding those in need: canned goods and staple products are arranged on our "Harvest Table" to be taken to the Soup Kitchen and dispersed from there.
The third element of this ritual promotes a "feeding of the soul" -- feeding the spirit of fellow friends, faculty, and family. In two circles, we offer a blessing that is sung to each new face on our journey together around the flagpole. It is done with dignity and thoughtfulness. Listen to the heartfelt meaning of this ritual by one of our graduates, Erica Britenburg, as she looks forward to participating in the blessing:
We welcome and encourage you as one of our community members to join us. You will quickly understand the simple "take a step to the right" and the hand movements associated with the words. I guarantee that you will "feel" the essence of this blessing as you witness the beauty of the faces before you.
See you Tuesday, November 20 at 10 AM.
At-Home School Day on Tuesday, November 6
Tuesday is Election Day and all programs will be closed on campus because MSA is a polling site. Students will, however, be having an "At-Home School Day" as a make-up day for the October 11 school closure. Teachers will provide instructions to students on Monday regarding their Tuesday work expectations and will be available on Tuesday from 8 AM to 1 PM to answer any questions via email or phone (864-226-5344).
Parents, don't forget to vote that day. It's an important civics lesson for your children!
MSA has experienced sporadic gastrointestinal viral illnesses in several of the classes during the last two weeks. When trying to make a decision on whether a student should return to school following an illness, please refer to MSA’s policy regarding illness.
MSA students are prohibited from attending classes while ill. If your child is absent, please notify the school office. MSA is proactive in monitoring all illnesses and makes every to prevent illnesses from spreading. When you have verification that your child has a communicable disease, please notify the office immediately. It is preferable to bring your child in late or keep him/her out for another day in order to completely recuperate rather than risk exposing the student body to a potentially communicable illness. All students must be fever-, vomiting-, and diarrhea-free for 24 hours (without the aid of medications) before returning to school. Absences; excused or unexcused are recorded for all students. For any student experiencing a fever greater than 100.5, vomiting, having diarrhea or simply feeling too poorly to focus or concentrate on class work, the parent will be called and the student will be dismissed early. If your child has missed school due to an illness, he/she may not participate in any other school-related activity on that day or evening.
With healthy regards,
Susanna Merriman, RN