Montessori Matters

November 5, 2021


  • Service is one of the four pillars of Montessori School of Anderson. In November, our community service focus includes raising money for A.I.M. through our MSA People Bowl - Tigers vs. Gamecocks, collecting food items for the Food Pantry, and donating personal toiletry items for Clean Start. There are USC and Clemson collection jars in each classroom and a "blessings bag" is being sent home with each student to be returned filled with the items that will bless those in need during this holiday season.

  • MSA is partnering with Mission Grill (1807A E. Greenville Street) on Friday, Nov. 12 for an MSA Spirit Night. As part of Mission Grill’s commitment to give back to the local community, a percentage of the sales between 3 PM - 9 PM will come back to MSA. All you have to do is mention that you are part of the MSA family. In addition, a portion of their proceeds also goes to support other missions, such as grief counseling and St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital. Mission Grill food is fresh, fast, and flavorful. They offer individual entrées as well as small (feeds 4-6) and large family meals (feeds 8-12) with pick-up and delivery options. Check out the menu at to plan for your Friday Fiesta to support MSA Spirit Night!

  • MSA is sponsoring “Montessori Mini Maestros” again now that G.A.M.A.C. Anderson Symphony Orchestra Sunday afternoon family concerts are back! Please join us for a special concert on Nov. 14 at 3 PM at the Rainey Fine Arts Auditorium on the Anderson University campus. MSA provides a special “child-friendly” program and a concert-themed take-away. If you would like to enter a drawing for two free tickets, please email A name will be randomly selected Friday morning, Nov. 12. It’s the perfect treat for that MSA Suzuki/strings student!

  • Look below for information about the YMCA Reindeer Run 1 Mile and 5K Races. Each year, there is an Elementary School Competition to recognize the school with the highest number of participants (K5-5th grade and staff) and the school with the highest % participation (K5-5th grade and staff). MSA has won the highest % of participants several years. We would love to have our students and their families show up for this family event. What a great way to engage in some physical activity during the holiday season! (All ages are invited to participate. Deadline to register to participate in the competition is Nov. 21.)

Hope you have a wonderful weekend!

Dr. Dana Hill

Dates to Remember

November 7 - Daylight Savings ends - set clocks back an hour

November 21 - Reindeer Run registration due by noon for elementary school competition

November 23 - Thanksgiving Blessing

November 24-26 - Thanksgiving Break - All Programs Closed

December 4 - Anderson Area YMCA Reindeer Run

Anderson Area YMCA Reindeer Run

MSA will be participating in the Anderson Area YMCA Reindeer Run Elementary School Competition (K5-5th grade) for a chance to win $500 or possibly even $1,000. A few years ago we were the champions for FIVE years in a row with the highest % participation (staff & K5-5th grade students). We would like to start another multi-year streak! Please use the QR code on the green flyer that was sent home with your student or stop by the school office by Friday, November 19 to pick up a copy of the flyer (or use this link to register). Registration must be completed by noon on Sunday, November 21 to count toward the school competition. The event day is Saturday, December 4, 2021 at the Anderson Area YMCA.

**If you do not select our school group then you will not receive the discount and MSA will not be able to get credit for your registration. To be counted toward the school competition, our school must be selected under the "Join a Team" option!

Nurse's Notes


Playground clothing

With cooler weather approaching, please be sure to send a protective jacket or sweater, with your child for use during recess. Our South Carolina weather is sometimes unpredictable and we want the children to be able to participate in outdoor play and get exercise during these beautiful fall days.

Covid-19 Vaccine CDC Recommendations and Guidelines update:

This week, CDC Director Rochelle P. Walensky, M.D., M.P.H., endorsed the CDC Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices’ (ACIP) recommendation that children 5 to 11 years old be vaccinated against COVID-19 with the Pfizer-BioNTech pediatric vaccine. CDC now expands vaccine recommendations to about 28 million children in the United States in this age group and allows providers to begin vaccinating them as soon as possible.

Please contact your healthcare provider to discuss the vaccine and if it is appropriate for your child. MSA will NOT offer a Covid vaccine or a flu vaccine clinic this year. Locally, the best resource for receiving the Covid-19 vaccine and the flu vaccine is AnMed Health, your child's healthcare provider's office or your local neighborhood pharmacy.

MSA Covid Testing Update:

MSA Covid Testing will continue to be offered on Monday and Friday mornings from 7:30-11. Covid-19 Saliva PCR testing is available for all MSA Employees and Lower El thru High School students.

If you have symptoms or a known exposure, a drive thru option is available. Upon arrival, call the MSA Main Office number and alert the attendant that you are outside. I will come to you as soon as possible.

Please have your QR code ready, remain masked while receiving your testing kit. If you are interested in testing and have not registered previously, please email me directly for registration instructions at

Additionally, a parent needs to be present and offer assistance in specimen collection for the younger age groups.

***Please note that occasionally, the testing dates may alter for a variety of reasons. Any change to the schedule will be announced prior to the testing date, if possible.

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Fall Safety Reminder: It's Time to Change Your Clocks and Change Your Batteries

When it’s time to "fall back" and change the clocks on Sunday, Nov. 7th, make sure to check the batteries in all of your smoke alarms-- it could save your life.

Have a safe and healthy fall weekend,

Susanna Merriman, RN

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Thanksgiving Blessing Bags

Montessori Families,

One of Montessori School of Anderson’s Four Pillars is Service to Others. MSA has participated in community service on and off campus for decades. This time of year we are asking you to join us in giving back to the community by supporting some local charities. We are sending home this bag to be filled with some “blessings” for the Anderson Community. Please return it to school by Tuesday, November 23 for our Community Blessing at our Peace Plaza.

We are collecting the following items: canned foods (especially super-large cans), rice, pasta, pasta sauces, peanut butter, jelly, and dried beans.

“Lunch Foods” - single-serve soups with pop tops, small boxes of raisins, fruit cups, drink boxes, and crackers (Nabs).

In addition, personal toiletry items - individual-size shampoos, soaps, deodorant, toothbrushes and toothpastes, detergent and bleach, diapers, and wipes.

Don’t forget our MSA Gamecocks & Tigers for People Bowl!

Thank you for your generosity! Together we can help many!

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Lower Elementary Fiber Arts

Students in Mrs. Ponder's Lower Elementary Fiber Arts class practiced their sewing this week with a fun fall-themed project.

Upper School Soccer

The Upper School has combined PE on Wednesdays and took that opportunity to practice playing soccer this week.
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Helpful Students

Mrs. Holt has been on campus this week helping with classroom observations. During her visit, she noticed and was excited to see instances of students helping each other with their work.
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Who Was? Adventure

Is your child hungry for more biographical knowledge after last week's Lower Elementary Biography Day parade and presentations? The authors of the Who Was? series of books that the students use to research their famous subjects have created a free iPhone/iPad app that will put their knowledge to the test in addition to helping place the famous figures in the timeline of history.

Helpful Reminder from the Yearbook Staff

Montessori School of Anderson

Our mission is to nurture the whole child, physically, intellectually, emotionally, and spiritually, preparing students for academic excellence, lifelong learning and responsible, caring lives.