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Aug 26

Cross Country’s First Meet Tomorrow!

Come and support our Gators at their first Cross Country meet of the season on Tuesday, August 26th at Pinckney Colony Race Site! Runners will get underway promptly at 5 pm. The address is 1 Hay Field Road Okatie, SC 29909. GO GATORS!

Please support and follow our Gators on its separate website and Instagram.


REMINDER: School is closed Monday, September 2nd for Labor Day!

Aug 16

Week 1 flew by!

It’s hard to believe that week 1 is already under our belts!  It was SUCH a wonderful week, too!

By now, you should have received a newsletter from your child’s teacher(s).  If you didn’t, please email the class-name at email address (example: to reach Mrs. Schilling and Mrs. Stroh) to be added to their distribution.

We really appreciate everyone’s patience with 3:00 carpool. We are starting promptly at 2:55 in order to service all vehicles by 3:15.  Please continue to pay attention to students crossing the parking lot, adults and children walking under the portico, and cars in front and behind you. Do not pull out of carpool lane and drive on the left hand side.  If you need to park, you must wait until you are parallel to the desired space.  We know it’s not ideal, but at least it’s the safe choice!

The Annual Fund and PTO Membership pledges are rolling in!!! Don’t forget that 100% participation is our #1 goal.  I was excited to match the first $2500 in Annual Fund donations.  Thank you to everyone who has committed thus far.  All current donors, except those who requested to stay anonymous, will be thanked at the end of each month. Join us by pledging today!  The PTO also will be adding SPMA SuperSTARS to their heart wall in the hallway.  These stars represent all of the current PTO members at school.  Have you returned your PTO Membership Form?

By summer’s end, we were able to do the following with Annual Fund and PTO donations: purchase 6 new Macs for the teachers, re-do the art studio creating a new Middle School space (check it out!), turn the old Middle School room into an Upper School art studio, replace Light Green room’s shelves, add new security cameras around grounds, power wash all playgrounds and porches, install new playground mulch, cut and trim playground live oaks, support teacher professional development, give teachers baskets full of their wish list items, and purchase 20 new Chromebooks for the students!

Thank you for your continued support!  If you have any questions or want to provide feedback, please don’t hesitate to contact me or stop by the office.

See you on Monday!


Head of School

The GATORS store is still open through the morning of Friday, August 23.  When you purchase spirit wear, the SPMA Athletics earns credits towards uniforms, plaques, and other merchandise.  Wear your SPMA and Gators gear throughout the year and stay tuned for exciting news from the Athletics Department!  Hint Hint: “Hey hey, you know what to do!  You gotta rock with the green and roll with the blue!”  SHOP:

There are still a few spaces remaining in the “Pre-Twinkle Suzuki Class” where the students will learn skills that will lead to playing Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star, the cornerstone song of the Suzuki approach, on the violin or piano in their second year.  If you’re interested in registering your 1st year primary student, please contact Mrs. Morgan in the office.  (

Aug 16

Photography Survey

Hello SPMA Families! We have loved capturing images of your children, and we want to make sure that we are providing the best service possible for you!
We would very much appreciate you taking a moment to complete this brief 4 question survey about photography at SPMA. We would love to hear what you value and what you would like to see offered! Thank you!
Click here to be taken to the survey.
She and He Photography
Aug 10

Housekeeping Message from the Head of School

Dear Parents,

We were so happy to see so many of you at Back to School Night!  If you missed it, please contact the teachers to receive any specific classroom information that was shared.  Reminder, Monday is an Orientation Day for students who are new to their classroom.  The day ends at 1:00 and we will host carpool beginning at 12:55.  Students should pack a lunch and bring a full, reusable water bottle!  Label everything!  Upper school students should also bring a snack.

School for all students will resume on Tuesday under normal operating hours.

I am reposting the following housekeeping items:

  • Subscribe to emails via the website. This is the only way to receive EVERY piece of communication.  Go to  Look at the bottom of the home page. Click, “Subscribe to SPMA News by Email.”  Enter your email address, and then confirm your subscription in the automatically generated email that you receive in your inbox.
  • Call and/or email the office to report absences and illnesses. marielorenzo@spma.comand 785-2534
  • Share communicable disease diagnoses with the office and teachers so that notices can be made to families. This aids us in preventing the spread of illnesses. Adhere to the school wellness policy.
  • Turn in your enrollment forms. They are due on Monday!
  • Uniforms should be worn Monday-Thursday in Primary through Middle School. Be sure to visit the uniform swap table in the lobby- currently accepting more gently worn, clean pieces!
  • Please stay in your vehicle during carpool unless you are requested by a staff member to help with your child(ren). Drive slowly in the parking lot.  Stay off cell phones.  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. When walking up to the foyer during carpool, use the ramp.  Avoid the stairs.
  • Arriving on time is key!   Note, all classroom interior doors will lock after morning arrival.  Anyone arriving tardy will have to check in with the office and wait for an administrator to call down to the classroom.
  • Dismissal times are 12:55-1:15 pm and 2:55-3:15 pm.  We offer carpool at these times only. Please stop at both STOP signs. Do not block the thru traffic of exiting parents as you pull up for carpool.  Unless raining, we service three cars, beginning at the STOP sign. Anyone arriving after those carpool times end will receive a late assessment.  

Feel free to find me in the lobby each morning, and again in the office each afternoon for ANYTHING.  The office, 843-785-2534, can also schedule personal appointments throughout the week. Additionally, you may reach me at Have a wonderful weekend!



Head of School

P.S. We anticipate tears during the course of the next two weeks AND it is okay!  We promise to call you if your child continues to be upset during the course of the morning.  We want the school experience to be a positive one for the whole family.

Aug 06

Forms and Back to School Night

REMINDER: Back to school night is this Thursday and will begin promptly at 5pm!

(For parents only, no children please)

Don’t forget to bring your forms! If you have lost your forms or need a new one, here is a link:

2019-2020 School Forms

You can also email these forms to

Printer friendly 2019-2020 School Calendar


Remaining office hours this week:
Tuesday & Wednesday: 8-3pm
Thursday: 8-5pm
Friday: 8-12pm



May 18

What a great spirit week! Final week upon us…

Thank you to all of the students, parents, and staff who participated in Spirit Week AND donated to the JDRF Coin Drive!  Beta Club is excited to announce that they counted $440.25 in donations!  Blue Room won the contest with $107.16 followed closely by Mudpuppies and Manatees.  Blue Room students will enjoy their popsicle party this week.

Field Day will take place on Tuesday, May 21 for all students who participate in fitness (JK to Middle School).  Students should arrive at school by 8:15 in their team color with socks/tennis shoes, towel, water bottle, and change of clothes in backpack.

Group 1 (8:45-10:15) Group 2 (10:30-12:00)
Red Team Eve O’Neal

Sabina Knowles

Emerson Gibbon

Alma Nadger-Gur

Danny Filip

Aiden Tillman

Kate Ruwadi

Haakon Wycoff

Sal Cirafesi

Keely McCune

Luis Sandoval

Carly Anthony

Logan Tomlinson

Ellis Adelman

Charlie Bergman

Blue Team Henry Cornetti

Adeline Alcock

Kenleigh Knight

Isabella Cornelius

Walker Benson

Rei De Freitas

Kadence Wolfe

Sam Ringer

Michael Zamfira

Milan Saxton

Annabelle Franseen

Jeep Patrick

Claire Kingsbury

Green Team Livvy Fish

Flora McMackin

Liam Schilling

Katelyn Alvarez

Henry Ringer

Philip Hardin

Caroline Risher

Quinn Bryan

Eben Vitto

Maddie LeFew

Win Van Epp

Colin Strauss

Joey Baird

Yellow Team Hattie Taylor

Ella Grace Quinn

Bill Lewallen

Andi Ruwadi

Sherlyn Sandoval

Paul Cirafesi

Michael Rodriguez

Greyson Hughes

Elizabeth Basuldua

Quinn Strauss

Jake Sheahan

Sophie Tomlinson

Christopher Nguyen

Will Bryan

Orange Team Isabelle Bryan

Beckett Russ

Georgina Bateman

Ella Grace Witman

Liam Wright

Daniel Van Epp

Daisy Cherrington-Dunton

Miller Roberts

Benjamin Wiseman

Chloe McCune

Grady Cherrington-Dunton

Merritt Risher

Nathan Moses

Dean Hightower

Purple Team Lilyana Socie

Rymer Strauss

McKenna Lookabaugh

Parker Jamison

Lucien Lynn

Dean Roberts

Grace Hardin

Logan Hughes

Carly Hightower

Mallory Krimm

Michael Ruwadi

Colton Roberts

Collan Campagna

Cooper Baroni

Joey Wiseman

Only a few yearbooks remain!  Stop by the main office or email Mrs. Harris ( to reserve yours now.

Thank you to all of the Preprimary students and parents for joining our SPMA family!  Reminder: Light Purple and Light Green’s last day of school is Thursday, May 23.

Join the SPMA PTO and all of our families as we squeeze in one more 50th Anniversary Celebration, island-style!  Islander’s Beach, that is.  Meet us after school at the beach on Thursday, May 23 for fun in the sun!  In case you haven’t been there before, there is a small fee for parking at Islanders! Email if you have any questions!

The Bridging & Graduation Ceremony takes places this Friday, May 24 at 9:30 am.  We kindly ask that only the families and friends of bridgers attend the intimate ceremony.  

Friday, May 24 is the last day of school for Primary through Middle School.  All students will dismiss at 11:30 am.  

Don’t forget to register for Summer Camp!  Many sessions are full or filling up quickly!  Preprimary Camp 2019 & Primary & Elementary Camp 2019



May 07

May fun continues!

We are having a blast during Teacher Appreciation Week!  Thank you to the PTO and all of our wonderful families for taking such good care of us.  The coffee and treats have been perfect in the morning (and afternoon!).  Your PTO wants to remind you to send back the manila folders to the main office!  Volunteers are still needed to help with the Fiesta next Wednesday.  Email to sign-up, please!

We can’t wait for our moms to join us this Friday, May 10 from 8:15-9:00 (Light Purple from 11-12) in the classroom.  All of your children are excited to share their work with you!

The Beta Club Spirit Week is approaching fast.  
Show your SPMA Spirit next week (May 13-17):
Monday– Wear your favorite color.  Our JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) coin drive starts in the morning at carpool.  Students should bring in coins every day to place them in their respective classroom’s jars.
Tuesday– School Spirit: Wear the school colors: Kelly Green and Navy Blue
Wednesday–  Wacky Wednesday!!!  This is also our school’s Variety Show (9:00 am) and Fiesta!  
Thursday–  Wear your pajamas to school
Friday– Futuristic Friday.  Coin drive ends in the morning.  Coins will be counted and the winning classroom will get a Popsicle party.  All money will be sent to JDRF as a donation.
Don’t forget: Due to continued recess schedules, students must wear sneakers every day to school during spirit week.
Apr 28

Suzuki Recital

Join us on Tuesday, April 30 at 5:00 pm for our Suzuki Piano & Violin recitals!  We are so excited to watch all of our musicians perform.  Thank you to Joy Krimm, violin, and Katherine DeFreitas, piano, for being such amazing music teachers!

Club photos & a new 50th photo will be taken on Thursday, May 2.  Students in Primary through Middle School must arrive in uniform.

We are one week away from Teacher Appreciation Week!  Join us in celebrating the best staff ever!


Apr 25

April Thank You’s

Thank you to all of our volunteers who helped with Heritage!  We were blown away by the support.  Though we had to close on Friday to full lines of people, we nearly made up for it over the weekend.  We look forward to sharing results soon!  Special thank you to all of our tent and shift sponsors: Carolina Landscape, Smith Stearns, CycleBar, Al’s Aloha Kitchen, Hilton Head Beach Company, Novit & Scarminach, American Air & Water, and The Harris Family.

Al’s Aloha Kitchen will be hosting a giveback day for SPMA this Sunday.  They will be open 9-4.  A portion of all sales for that day will be going right back to our school.  Thank you to Tori & Alex from Al’s!

Congratulations to Jeep Patrick for qualifying for the SCISA State Golf Tournament for the second year in a row!  We wish him luck as he plays at Coastal Carolina University!  Thank you to Coach Dat, Coach Dunton, Jeep’s parents, and his fellow golf team on their support for such a great season!





Mar 27

Out like a LION!

Cast photo orders are due this Friday!  If your child was signed up for a cast/costume photo during musical week, please return your Lion King Photo Order Form!

Come join us on the 10th Fairway of Harbour Town for the best view and most fun!  Volunteer sign-up sheets have been posted in the lobby.  Thank you to everyone who has volunteered to help, hosted a series of shifts through their business, or donated to our start-up costs.  We are excited to unveil our sponsor banner next week!   Now we need everyone to join us for a shift so that we can have another successful year.  Need babysitting during your shift?  Please email with questions or inquiries!

PTO Meeting next Tuesday, April 2 at 8:30 am!  Join us in the lobby to congratulate our officers (Leigh, Angie, Ryann, Leah, and Lauren) on leading us through a successful 50th Anniversary Gala and see what’s in store next!  Thank you to all of the PTO Members, parents, and staff for their contributions to the PTO thus far!

Congratulations to the GATORS Golf Team as they continue to practice as one large team and then play their top 5 athletes of the week in meets.  We are so proud of their recent 3rd place finishes and wish them well  on the road to States!  Thank you to Coach Dunton and Coach Dat for their leadership!


Join us in celebrating another successful year attending Montessori Model United Nations in New York!  Our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders represented the school in every way, and a few even had a chance to speak at the General Assembly!


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