Montessori Matters

June 4, 2021

What a Year!

COVID’s arrival in Spring of 2020 led to many questions about what the 2020/2021 school year would look like. There was so much uncertainty around whether schools would begin the year on time or even in person. With feedback from our MSA parents and with guidance from health officials on safely re-opening schools, we decided to start school on schedule and in-person on August 17, 2020, with COVID-19 protocols in place.


Teachers added temperature screening, masking, social distancing, and extra cleaning to their duties. Parents were asked to follow our protocols and communicate any health concerns immediately. Our school nurse monitored illness-related absences and kept us informed about ways to mitigate risk. Our board of trustees worked diligently to keep our school fiscally sound during this period of limited enrollment and increased operating costs. Everyone did their part!


We are grateful for the trust you placed in us to provide a safe learning environment for your children this year. Our community did not escape COVID entirely, but we successfully mitigated the spread of the virus. We only had one case of COVID transmitted within our school. In addition, we had eight cases contracted outside of school that were identified early and managed so as to prevent community exposure. Working together we kept each other safe and through it all our students continued their learning… with passion!


Here are just some of the highlights from 2020/2021:

  • Summer Video Series

  • Spirit Week

  • Biography Book Character Day

  • Fall Fling

  • STEAM challenge

  • Festival of Lights

  • Scholastic Book Fair

  • Dr. Seuss Day

  • Field Day

  • Lower Elementary play - The Way to Start a Day

  • Upper Elementary play - Macbeth

  • SCISA Montessori accreditation


Friday, May 28, we concluded "this school year like no other" with the traditional end-of-year celebrations and promotion ceremonies. We were thrilled to be sharing these special moments together in person! We were able to end the year on such a positive note because of the partnership that we've had with you all year.


As we head into summer, we are hopeful that the worst is behind us and that we can begin to resume normal activities again. Our task force will continue to monitor the trends and the guidance so that we can be sure to have appropriate plans in place for our return in August. (Updates will be announced July 31.)


Currently, we have waiting lists for our toddler, primary, and lower elementary programs. We look forward to a full community again and resuming a full complement of related arts in the fall. We are finishing the year strong because of your trust, support, and partnership. It was truly a team effort! THANK YOU!


Wishing you and your families a safe and fun-filled summer,

Dr. Dana Hill

Dates to Remember

June 7 - Summer Camp begins (I/T, Primary, and Elementary)

June 12 - Summer Reading Kick-Off at the Anderson Main Library (see below)

June 14 - Yearbook Pick-Up at the front office

June 15 - Walking Tour (see below for more information)

June 24 - Walking Tour

July 5-9 - All Programs Closed

July 13 - Walking Tour

July 22 - Walking Tour

July 27 - Walking Tour

August 3 - Walking Tour



Summer Office Hours

Business office: 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM, M-Th

Summer camp office (Infant/Toddler building): 7:30 AM - 5:30 PM, M-F



Walking Tours

If you know any families that may be interested in Montessori School of Anderson, please share with them our summer Walking Tour dates listed below. On these days, someone will be available to take prospective families on a walking tour of campus.


Tuesdays: 6/15, 7/13, 7/27 at 9:00 AM

Thursdays: 6/24, 7/22, 8/3 at 9:00 AM


Summer Reading Kick-Off

The Anderson Main Library is hosting a drop-in festival to kick off summer reading on Saturday, June 12 from 10 AM to 1 PM. There will be games and crafts, Reedy Rip'It from the Greenville Drive, a prize wheel, and even some rabbits from TLC Rabbitry in addition to information and sign-ups for the library's summer reading program and upcoming events. Hope to see you there!


Yearbook Pick-Up

We have just received a delivery date from the yearbook company for this year's yearbooks, and they will be ready for pick-up during front office hours (7:30 AM - 2:30 PM) on Monday, June 14. There are still yearbooks remaining for purchase for $40 -- contact the front office at 864-226-5344 from 7:30 AM - 2:30 PM or email jemery@msasc.org to purchase yours today!

Giving Grid

Please don't forget to donate to the MSA Giving Grid to support our Tuition Assistance Program! This is an excellent way to grow our community.

Promotion

Rising students from Primary, Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, and Middle School are celebrated each year during a promotion ceremony. This year's promotion was held in the amphitheater behind the school. Photos from the ceremony can be seen below and in this album, with Upper Elementary's promotion photos in the following section.
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Piping Up and Upper Elementary Promotion

In addition to Upper Elementary promotion, students graduating from sixth grade into MSA's Middle School program go through a Piping Up ceremony during which each student is recognized and gifted a star with an attribute that describes them. Photos of Upper Elementary promotion and the Piping Up ceremony can be seen below and in this album.
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MSA's Eleventh Annual Graduation Ceremony

The Montessori School of Anderson was proud to host graduation for our senior, Emily Hiebel. Next year, Emily will be going to the College of Wooster in Ohio, a premiere university for undergraduate research opportunities. View more photos from the event here.
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The Way to Start a Day

The Lower Elementary class presented The Way to Start a Day, a play adaptation of the Caldecott Honor Book written by Byrd Baylor and illustrated by Peter Parnall. See below for a few photos, and click here for many more photos and here to view a video of the play or here to download a copy of the play video.
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Macbeth

The Upper Elementary class performed an abbreviated version of Shakespeare's Macbeth in the outdoor area behind the Upper Elementary classroom. It was performed outside under the trees in the spirit of Shakespeare's original productions before the larger theaters of the day came about. The play can be viewed here (choose 720p in the bottom right corner of the video player to view in high definition), a copy may be downloaded here, and more photos of the play can be found here.
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Pencil Pouches

Over the last month of school, the Upper School students worked on their final community service project: designing and crafting pencil pouches for local elementary students. Here they are holding up the final products.
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Upper School Awards

The Upper School had an awards ceremony last week to celebrate artistic and scholastic achievements throughout the year. See this album for a few more pictures from the event.
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Eighth Grade Retreat

This year's eighth grade retreat was slightly modified due to health and safety requirements, but the students were able to perform most of the same rites of passage in different locations than normal. In this photo, along with Mrs. Holt, recent MSA graduate Olivia Knox assists the rising high school students with one of the activities the students normally partake in in the Blue Ridge Mountains.
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Precalculus Exam Response

Asked to create a graph describing something fun to do in the summer using desmos.com's graphing calculator as a bonus on the final exam in precalculus, junior William Cline was able to create the following graph using a series of inequalities.
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Congratulations!

Congratulations to everyone for surviving 180 masked school days!
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