MPA Minute

December 1, 2020

From the Principal:

Dear MPA families,


I hope you had a great break. I'm sure you have read the news of an expected increase in Covid-19 positive cases in these days following Thanksgiving travel and time off. Please remember to notify the school if you or someone in your family tests positive for the Corona Virus. It is also important for you to notify us if your child is determined to be a close contact of a Covid-19 positive individual. The only way to keep numbers down at MPA is to make sure that as soon as we know about cases, we notify any close contacts and isolate or quarantine for the appropriate amount of time. When we add this to safe daily practices, we can limit the exposure here on campus. Please help us keep everyone safe.


Take care,

K. Jackson

Covid-19 Celebrating Holidays Safely

As people in South Carolina and the United States begin to plan for holiday celebrations, DHEC joins the CDC in offering tips to help you protect yourself, your family and others from COVID-19.

Dates and Reminders

  • December 3 - second & third grade Reading MAP
  • December 8 - fourth & fifth grade Reading MAP
  • December 8 - SIC meeting at 2:45pm
  • December 9 - fourth and fifth grade Math MAP
  • December 18 - Interim Reports (electronic distribution sometime this week)
  • December 21 & 22 - eLearning day IF a weather make up is needed (otherwise No School)
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Don't Let Go of Your Joy!

In this season of a CoVid colored holiday, it's important for us to hold on to what brings us joy. When we think about all that we are missing this season, it can make you feel like letting go of some of the other holiday "magic."


All I'm saying is, don't give away your joy so easily. Just because things may have to look different this year doesn't mean they can't happen. Open your mind to something new, something creative! This holiday season, make a plan to live and think outside of the box you've put your holiday plans in for all these years. I promise if you look for a way to keep the joy of the season, you may just find new traditions and limitless possibilities.


  • Instead of your "Elf" flying all over your home, set up a socially distance spot for him/her and then change something about that spot daily. Or just quarantine him/her for 14 days and call it a day.
  • Online shopping getting you down? Shop LOCAL. Visit that cute new shop on Pitt Street. Mask up and make a goal to support the community.
  • Instead of a photographer for your holiday card, consider a cute family selfie or pick a few pictures from this year. Make the card about favorite memories.
  • Are you worried about seeing family over the break, don't cancel plans...just change the plans to keep everyone safe. Join each other for a holiday Zoom, send e-gifts to family far away or do a gift exchange using pictures as clues. You can send a picture a day and then set a time to meet, have a meal and open the gifts on Zoom or at a quick family gift drive thru.
  • Just not in the mood, look for some new holiday books to read with your children. Look for books with diverse themes and main characters. Make memories together.
  • Get involved. Join our Student Council in collecting and donating pet supplies or donate to a local charity.
  • Make a holiday sing along video to send to grandparents and family members you won't see over the break.
  • The next time you attend a digital meeting, use a holiday background. I bet it will make others smile.
  • Blast Holiday music every time you get in your car. Holiday classics or Holiday Hip Hop...there is something for everyone.
  • Still not convinced it's worth it? Do it anyway! If you start something fun, you won't regret it.
Virtual Holiday Party Ideas

Searching for ways to bring distant family and friends close during this holiday season? Try a virtual holiday party. It's a lot less clean up.

Drive thru COVID-19 testing

DHEC free drive thru COVID-19 Testing open to the general public. No appt needed. For asymptomatic and symptomatic patients


District 4 Stadium (off West Montague Ave and Dorchester Rd)


Dates & Times:

  • December 1-4, 2020, 10AM - 2PM

  • December 7-10, 2020, 10AM - 2PM

  • December 17-18, 2020, 9AM - 3PM

  • December 21-22, 2020, 9AM - 2PM

  • December 23, 2020, 9AM - 12PM


Great opportunity for anyone to get tested if you traveled or feel that you could have been exposed over fall break.


Stay healthy!

Ellen Nitz, Director of Nursing Services

"Hey Deer" Holiday Short Film

When things are a little off, what do you do? Watch this short films for some holiday inspiration.

The Spark | A Holiday Short Film | Proudly Served by Chick-fil-A®

Our Mission and Vision


Our Mission


The mission of Mount Pleasant Academy Elementary School, working in partnership with families and the community, is to assist each student to excel academically, to act responsibly and to expand talents and social skills by providing diverse learning experiences in a nurturing environment.


Our Vision


All students will leave Mount Pleasant Academy prepared to make a positive impact on their community.