March 13, 2020
What is an Oasis? According to the dictionary: Oasis – something that provides refuge, relief, or pleasant contrast.
Take a look at the Pi Day pictures that follow and see if you don’t agree, that amidst all of the stress “out there” – “in here” is quite tranquil, with work being carried on as usual, and the quiet joy of discovery happening. Yes, for now – MSA has the pleasant school contrast.
Now, no Pollyanna about what we may be facing – with the possibility of closing school for a short time – but right now and all this past week, past month, and for that matter, the past 47 years, MSA has had the blessing of being that quiet little school wayyyyyy out in the country on Sam McGee Rd.
It is possible that MSA will need to follow the guidance of its advisors, medical and otherwise from across the state, but if that happens, here are some thoughts to continue to provide your own version of “oasis” at home.
Find the joy of just sitting out in your own backyard again listening for the new bird who may have just taken up residence. Prepare that home-cooked meal that all participate in preparing in some way. Gather everyone together with the perfect lighthearted movie on Hulu. Together, as a family, write grandparents a daily note with words of appreciation for who they are. Really start the family scrapbook project. Enjoy a “read-aloud” time together with some beloved children’s book from your own childhood. You have the idea.
This, too, shall pass... but until it does, may we enjoy the concept of oasis both in our school and in our homes.
Dates to Remember
Remember that you can always check the MSA website calendar for upcoming calendar events.
March 19 - Report cards issued for MS and HS
March 17-19 - Remote Learning Days
March 20 - Professional development - All Programs Closed
March 23-27 - Spring Break - All Programs Closed
March 30-31 - Remote Learning Days
April 10 - Holiday - All Programs Closed
April 13 - Holiday - Extended Day Only
April 17 - Field Day
April 25 - Escape to Kokomo - Spring Benefit & Auction
Please note that the Primary European Festival previously scheduled for April 2 has been cancelled. It is our to goal to inform families by Friday, March 27 about plans for return to school or extended closure after March 31.
Remote Learning Pictures
A Note from Dr. Hill
Under the current circumstances, we are now faced with the challenge of maintaining the student connection in a meaningful way. Our teachers have thoughtfully considered how they can best connect with the children in their classes. It is important that the students know that learning doesn't stop just because we are apart and that the teachers genuinely care about their well-being and their progress. Please be receptive to their outreach and through your words and actions let your children know that we are still a community.
If COVID-19 has taught us one thing, it is that we are part of a global community and are connected in ways we never even realized. This time of isolation and separation is probably one of the greatest examples that our children will see of caring for the greater community.
Join us in our efforts to improve connection and keep our Montessori School of Anderson community strong!
The Middle School students performed Stomp Projects Friday afternoon, a student-led percussion performance piece that they have been working on since January. Click here for more photos from the performance, and you can find videos of each performance below.
Kids Heart Challenge Practice
Annie JR Photos
Meet Tish McAlister - Primary Directress and Primary One Lead
I am from a small town outside of Tuscaloosa, Alabama where my family still resides on our family farm. I moved to South Carolina over twenty years ago and I fell in love with it. I am hoping to retire on the SC coast one day! I am married to my sweet husband, Parry and we have three children. Miranda is graduating from Clemson in May, Connor is a student at Tri-County and Jack is finishing 9th grade from MSA. It is no secret to our children that Bullet, our dog, is our favorite child.
I have spent a little over two decades working at MSA, I believe I began working in ‘98 or ‘99. I received my 3-6 Montessori certification in 2000. I have worked in several different capacities over the years, Extended Day, Lower El, but mostly teaching in Primary. I have served as director for Primary several times over the years and I love nothing more than educating people about this brilliant method/philosophy that Dr. Montessori developed.
My favorite things:
- Book/movie: Steel Magnolias
- Color: Blue
- Food/snack: Mexican
- Sport/team: Auburn and Clemson Football
- Activity/hobby: Sewing, wakesurfing
- Vacation spot: Anywhere that will take me to the beach and California
- Your favorite thing about teaching at MSA: Witnessing the pure joy, happiness and love that children give each day in our classroom community.