Montessori Matters

December 8, 2017

Festival of Lights: A MSA International Evening

The Festival of Lights is one of MSA’s most magical nights. Hundreds of luminaries are placed throughout the campus to light the way for students and families to travel from classroom to classroom. Without having to get on a jet plane, you will be able to experience a touch of Mexico, Native America, Wales, South America, and Israel. For one month prior to the evening of Dec. 12th, the children begin their intensive study of that country’s history, culture, dress, food, etc. The lovely evening culminates at 7:30 with a candle lighting ceremony at the flagpole where our community comes together to express a wish for world peace.


By Karen Holt


Please join us Tuesday, December 12 from 6-8 PM for Festival of Lights.

Dates to Remember

December 8 and 9- Middle School Babysitting Fundraiser

December 12, 6-8 PM- Festival of Lights

December 14-18- HS Washington DC Trip

December 15- Early Dismissal at 10 AM

December 15- Orchard Work Day at 10 AM

January 3- ALL students return from Winter Break

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Delivering Blessings


This week our Middle school students helped deliver our bounty of Thanksgiving blessings to two agencies in the Anderson community. Students were helpful, respectful and worked together well. They met some inspiring volunteers and heard inspiring stories about helping people in need.

First, we visited Clean Start, a hygiene center that serves many homeless clients. Our students were greeted warmly by the volunteer staff, who told us of the history and mission of Clean Start. They were most appreciative of our donation of toiletries and detergent.

Our next stop was the Emergency Soup Kitchen, which serves about 60 hot meals to the hungry each weekday. Our students unloaded and delivered nearly 50 bags of groceries to the Soup Kitchen! The volunteer staff was clearly overwhelmed by our bounteous donation and expressed much gratitude for our generosity! They are certain that our donation will enable them to serve their clients better! Our students had a brief tour and learned about the work being done at the Soup Kitchen.

Thank you, Montessori students, families and teachers, for your help with this Thanksgiving project. Your generosity and concern for other makes a difference in our community!

Louise Knisley
Community Service Coordinator

Nurse Merriman's Notes

As the holiday season approaches, we look to the spirit of giving and service to others. Once again this year, MSA will be sponsoring the “Operation: Share the Warmth” Tree.

Here’s how the service project works: I have placed a Christmas tree in the front office of the Montessori Administrative building during the Thanksgiving break. The Christmas tree will only have a ribbon on the top of tree and lights. Our students, families, MSA classrooms and clubs are asked to provide the decorations.

The decorations should consist of new mittens, gloves, socks and scarves. If you have gently used jackets, coats and shoes they will gladly be accepted. Some of you may remember how beautiful the tree looked last year, all decked out in warm clothing finery!!!

The tree will remain on campus until December 15th when the school closes for the Winter Holiday. The items will then be donated a local charity, Anderson Interfaith Ministries. This project allows our Montessori students and families to provide the basic need of warmth to those who may not have the ability to stay warm during the cold winter months.

Thank you in advance for your generosity!!!

MSA Orchard Work Day

The Horticulture Program has purchased 28 more plants from Clemson Extension in order to fill up our orchard. This will include more blueberry, raspberries, blackberries, pomegranate, and boysenberry bushes!


Mrs. Patch will be picking up the plants in Abbeville on the morning of the 15th and we would like to get some volunteers to help plant them that morning around 10:00 am.


Please contact Jenna Patch at jpatch@msasc.org if you are able to help with this project (even an hour will be of great assistance). High school students can receive community service hours for their participation in the work day.


We have 5 trees up for adoption. Three apple trees (granny smith, staymen and red delicious) & two pear trees (moonglow and orient). They are 3 years old and need more care than we can give them at our orchard. We are asking for donations of compost in exchange for a plant.


Thanks and we hope to see you on Friday, December 15 at 10:00 am!!

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Save the Date! Saturday, March 10, 2018

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