Montessori Matters

February 11, 2022


  • Monday, Feb. 14 is "Do a Kind Deed Day" to let someone know they are loved. We will also be enjoying "Singing Valentines" delivered on campus by the HS students. It will be a love-filled day for sure!

  • Priority Enrollment ends on Tuesday, Feb. 15. This special enrollment period for 2022-2023 is for current families only and includes a discounted MSA enrollment fee and FACTS registration fee.

  • We are pleased to announce that the Scholastic Book Fair is OPEN! The on-campus book fair will be held this week Monday, Feb. 14 to Thursday, Feb. 17. It is located in the main office. Designated Family Shopping times are 11-12 and 2-4 daily.

  • Friday, Feb. 18 and Monday, Feb. 21 (President’s Day) are school holidays. All school programs will be closed. Extended Care only will be available for Infant/Toddler and Primary Friday and Monday.

  • Feb. 20 - Feb. 26 is Montessori Education Week. If you would like to help us spread the word about the unique education available at Montessori School of Anderson by placing signs where you live and/or work, let us know! Signs are available for pick-up in the main office.

Happy Valentine's weekend!

Dr. Dana Hill

Dates to Remember

February 11 - Scholastic Book Fair begins, open weekdays 11am-12pm and 2-4pm

February 14 - Do a Kind Deed Day

February 14 - Montessori Monday - wear Montessori attire

February 14 - Singing Valentines delivered on- and off-campus

February 15 - Priority enrollment agreements due

February 17 - Last day for the in-person Scholastic Book Fair

February 18 - Student holiday, all regular programs closed - extended care available IT-PR

February 21 - President's Day, all regular programs closed - extended care available IT-PR

February 23 - Last day for the online Scholastic Book Fair

Scholastic Book Fair has arrived!

The Scholastic Book Fair is here! Several classes have had the chance to come to the front office to peruse the selection with more classes getting the chance early next week. The fair will be on campus until Thursday, February 17, open 11am-12pm and 2-4pm daily, but you also have the opportunity to shop the MSA online fair with an even wider selection until February 23. In addition to spreading the joy of reading, twenty-five percent of your purchases are returned to the classroom through Scholastic rewards for the purchase of books, furniture, and classroom supplies. Keep an eye out for classroom wish lists on the wish list board set up just inside the main office entrance; teachers have filled out wish list slips with books to update classroom reading materials with new, exciting books! Click this link for a sneak peak at the fair setup to get ideas ahead of your arrival.

Special thanks to our high school volunteers for helping to set up the fair!

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Box Tops for Education

Did you know that you can use the Box Tops for Education app to scan your grocery receipts and earn money for MSA on your everyday purchases? There are hundreds of eligible products, and each product purchased and submitted earns 10¢ for the school! After downloading the app and choosing the school, you simply open the app and point your phone's camera at your receipt to scan it. For a list of eligible products, see this web page or this downloadable PDF list. From now through Valentine's Day, you can even earn 5 bonus Box Tops with the purchase of two participating General Mills products.
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Lower Elementary's Timeline of Life

Lower Elementary has been studying the timeline of life on Earth. This week they translated their paper timeline into beautiful window decorations across the Lower Elementary building.
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Upper Elementary's Long Black Line

A classic impressionistic material, the long black line (or ribbon, or strip) is an old lesson created by Maria Montessori to impress upon the child "a lesson in humility." A child was talking to her about his culture being one of the oldest on earth and it gave her this idea.

Originally 300 meters long and so heavy that it had to be carted by a donkey, Maria Montessori designed the Long Black Strip. This material was a single piece of fabric rolled up on a spindle with a thin strip of white at the very end. As this material is unrolled, the guide tells a story of the formation of the earth, the progression of life, and, finally, humans. The tiny white strip at the end of the long black line represents the relative time that humans have been on our earth. The majority of the long black line is bare, giving the impression of the vast amount of time before any life inhabited our earth.

This lesson is traditionally presented in Lower Elementary. In these pictures you see that we have Upper Elementary Students who studied the time periods, measurements of these periods, and life in order to tell the story themselves to their peers.

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Heart-Healthy PE Activities

Students in Lower and Upper Elementary continued to learn about hearth health and participate in heart-healthy activities this week in honor of American Heart Month.
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Selecting and Planting Flower and Vegetable Seeds

Mrs. Patch's Horticulture students have been selecting flower and vegetable seeds to plant from catalogues and our in-house supply to get ready for late-winter and spring planting.
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Montessori School of Anderson

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