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Sep 13

Gameday Colors & Picture Day

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We are making up for two short weeks!  Due to Tropical Storm Hermine followed by an additional 4-day week, we will be celebrating College Gameday this Friday (9/15)!  Sport your favorite team’s colors as we see where the lines are drawn.  Good luck this weekend!

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SAVE THE DATE: School pictures will be taken on October 12th and 13th!

A fun picture questionnaire will be sent home this week.

Sep 08

Wrapping Week 4!

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Join us in the lobby at 8:30 am or 2:00 pm for the first meeting of the year!

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We are happy to hold several optional screenings throughout the school year.  Typically, we host speech, vision, and hearing screenings.  If there are any other screenings that you are interested in seeing hosted at SPMA, please let us know.

Our first optional screening for speech will be held on Thursday, September 22.  Information on local speech therapist, Nicole Roberts, has been posted below.  The sign-up forms will be sent home on Friday afternoon.  If you have any additional questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to her at nicoleroberts111 [at] gmail[dot]com

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SCHOOL HOUSEKEEPING

Thank you so much for adhering to our parking lot requests! It has certainly been a smooth, safer week for us!  Here are a few reminders:

  • Call and/or email the office to report absences and illnesses. office [at] spma[dot]com and 785-2534.
  • Turn in your emergency forms.  Students who do not have necessary forms can not attend school.  This is a liability to you and SPMA, and a violation of DSS laws.
  • Uniforms should be worn Monday-Thursday in Primary through Middle School. If you would like an additional copy of the uniform policy, please contact the office.
  • It is crucial that sick children remain at home.  This includes 24 hours after fever, vomiting, diarrhea, etc.  Remember that a behavioral change is usually the first sign of illness.  A low grade (99.5°F) plus general malaise, runny nose, and/or headache, etc. means that a day of rest would be helpful, with an assessment after 24 hours.  Thank you for your help with this!
  • Please stay in your vehicle during carpool unless you are requested by a staff member to help with your child(ren). It is safer for fewer people to be navigating the vehicles and creates consistency in our carpool routine. Feel free to park and walk in if you are not comfortable.  If you are walking up to the carpool benches, please use the long sidewalk/ramp.  This keeps the stairs clear for teachers and carpoolers.

Feel free to find me in the lobby each morning, and again in the office each afternoon for ANYTHING. The office can also schedule personal appointments throughout the week. Additionally, you may reach me directly at melindacotter [at] spma[dot]com.   Have a wonderful weekend!

Melinda

Sep 06

PTO & Cross Country

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SAVE THE DATE for the first official Parent Teacher Organization meeting of the year!

This Friday (9/9) at 8:30 am and 2:00 pm, the Executive Board will be welcoming all SPMA families who are interested in joining the PTO.  The Board members are full of energy and ideas, but still need you!  Working as a community is an integral component of any school, but particularly a Montessori one.  Please come to either meeting to learn about upcoming events, offer feedback and ideas, and help make this school year a success.  Questions?  Email: pto [at] spma[dot]com

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Come out to support the Cross Country Team in their remaining meets of the season:

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Sept 14 – John Paul II Host near Okatie
SPMA, JPII, BA, HT, STP, Bolden, SGG

Sept 21 – St. Francis Host on HHI
SPMA, Bridges, JPII, SGG, Cross, SFCS, HHP

Sept 28 – John Paul II Host near Okatie
SPMA, RCS, JPII, BA, HT, Cross, HHP

Oct 5 –HHP Host @ HHP/Forest Preserve
SPMA, HHP, JPII, SGG, BA, SFCS, HT

Oct 12 – SGG Host @ Pinckney Colony Road
ALL TEAMS

Oct 19 – MS Championship – Sgt. Jasper Park
ALL TEAMS – TOP 7 BOYS AND GIRLS FROM EACH

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Sep 05

Week of 9.6.16

Welcome back!  We trust that everyone had a safe but fun weekend!  This will be a busy 4 day week for SPMA.  All enrichment classes (Music, Art, Spanish, and Fitness) officially begin, and we are so excited!

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The Upper School 1st-6th graders also begin Tennis at Van Der Meer Tennis Academy.  To learn more about the program, visit http://www.vdmacademy.com/

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SAVE THE DATE: Tuesday, September 13 at 8:30 am

“So You Want to be a Substitute?” Parent Ed Cafe.

Join our brief class as we discuss basic Montessori principles, tour the school, observe a few classrooms, and host a subbing Q&A.  Trusted subs are always in demand and Subs receive VRN hours for their time.  Not sure what VRN means?  Come and find out!  For more information, please email Melinda, melindacotter [at] spma[dot]com.

Sep 02

School Closed – Second Notification

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For the safety of our students, staff, and SPMA community, Sea Pines Montessori Academy will be closed on Friday, September 2. The area remains under a Tropical Storm Warning.  Tropical storm force winds are forecast to arrive in the morning.  For updates, please visit:

http://www.hiltonheadislandsc.gov/publicsafety/hurricane/stormupdates.cfm

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Please exercise caution as many roads may become flooded or blocked by downed trees/power lines. Be safe everyone!

Labor-Day-Reminder

School will remain closed on Labor Day (Monday, September 5).

We look forward to greeting everyone when we return on Tuesday, September 6.

Sep 01

School Closings

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For the safety of our students, staff, and SPMA community, Sea Pines Montessori Academy will be closed on Friday, September 2. The area remains under a Tropical Storm Warning.  Tropical storm force winds are forecast to arrive in the morning.  For updates, please visit:

http://www.hiltonheadislandsc.gov/publicsafety/hurricane/stormupdates.cfm

http://www.nhc.noaa.gov

Please exercise caution as many roads may become flooded or blocked by downed trees/power lines. Be safe everyone!

Labor-Day-Reminder

School will remain closed on Labor Day (Monday, September 5).

We look forward to greeting everyone when we return on Tuesday, September 6.

Aug 31

SPMA Cross Country

IMG_1758 Congratulations to the SPMA Cross Country team!  The team, led by Coach Ben and Coach Kelly, have been hard at work.  Though they had a long wait in the heat this afternoon, 5 runners completed the 5K course in under 30 minutes.

Kudos to Bobby Gossett, Ellie Gossett, Jeep Patrick, Logan Tomlinson, and Sophie Tomlinson for competing.

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They were joined by their teammates, Anna Armistead, Joey Baird, Tevi Mullen, and Colton Roberts, who cheered them on!  We look forward to all 9 running together soon!  The race schedule will be posted next week so that everyone can come out to see the team work on their PERSONAL BESTS!

If your Upper School student is interested in joining Cross Country (3rd and up) or Running Club, please direct your inquiries to Coach Ben: benkozik [at] spma[dot]com

Aug 30

Mid-week News

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We hope that everyone has had a chance to meet Señora Bibi by now!  She has been a bright addition to morning carpool and will begin Spanish lessons next week.  Señora will be sending home information about her classes and words/phrases for practice.  Stay tuned!

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We are expecting a lot of rain and wind at the end of the week, and you know what that means for our area… flooding and downed trees!  Be sure to leave extra travel time in the morning and afternoons for arrival and dismissal.  We will send out information about road closures (if any) that may hinder driving.  Expect longer carpool lines as we load students under the awning when raining heavily.  If you are in a rush, arrive early and park.  Do not go around the carpool line into the opposing lane of traffic.  We appreciate your support and patience.

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Our uniform table will be put away at the end of the week.  We will only keep a fraction of each size in the lobby showcase, so be sure to help yourself.  If you have uniforms to share, please send them in.  Thank you to everyone who donated outgrown uniforms.  They have been appreciated by all!

Aug 26

News for Week 3!

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The first Sweet Feet class begins on September 6!  This is an opportunity for our young students to work with the great coaches from Storm Academy.  Contact Mrs. Harris to complete registration.  chrisharris [at] spma[dot]com

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Suzuki Piano and Violin lesson times were sent home this week.  First classes begin next week, including the Pre-Twinkle class!  Guitar lesson times will be posted shortly.  To inquire about a class, contact Mrs. Thomas. Wait lists will be starting.

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We are so happy to see our students arriving on time!  Arriving on time means that each student can start his/her day “on the right foot.”  This includes feeling relaxed and not rushed, participating in independent steps of his/her morning routine, having limited distractions when beginning work, and being able to maximize time in the classroom.  Some enrichment classes begin in the morning- don’t miss out!

Upper School: 8:00-8:15 am arrival        Lower School: 8:15-8:30 am arrival

Aug 24

Meet your PTO Executive Board!

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Thank you to following parents for leading our new Parent Teacher Organization:

Mackenzie Strauss- PRESIDENT email: ptopresident [at] spma[dot]com

Tiffany Ruwadi- VICE PRESIDENT (EVENTS) email: ptovp_events [at] spma[dot]com

Meghan Greene- VICE PRESIDENT (MEMBERSHIP) email: ptovp_membership [at] spma[dot]com

Erin McMackin- TREASURER email: ptotreasurer [at] spma[dot]com

Whitney Hughes- SECRETARY email: ptosecretary [at] spma[dot]com

The Executive Board will be meeting to outline their roles and announce upcoming meeting dates.  If you were unable to attend the first interest meeting, please email pto [at] spma[dot]com.  This central address will forward all incoming emails to each executive board member.  Be on the lookout for more information!