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Jan 30

January coming to an end!


Thank you to all of the parents, student presenters, and staff for a wonderful evening tonight!  We hope that you enjoyed SPMA: The Right Choice.  Please send any comments/suggestions/questions/feedback to Melinda so that we can continue the dialogue and fine-tuning of future parent education nights.  Thank you also to Sarah Baird, Krista Dunton, and Elise Wiseman for their donations of treats and libations for the evening!  Handouts and flyers from the event will be available during conferences and then posted on the website.


At the end of the evening, we unveiled the BRAND NEW ATHLETICS LOGO for Sea Pines Montessori Academy!  If you were unable to attend, you can see the new GATORS logo during morning arrival.  Look for the giant banner at the front of school.  GO GATORS!


Re-enrollment packets will go out next Monday and will be due on Friday, February 16.  Thank you for your patience.  Though we hated to delay them, our priority was in staffing the classrooms and remaining open during this heinous flu season.  We look forward to a healthier week at school!  If you have specific questions that were not addressed at SPMA: The Right Choice, please feel free to stop in Mrs. Cotter’s office during the next two weeks.  Conferences present a perfect opportunity to touch base!


Reminder: This Thursday, February 1 is a half-day for all students.  Lower School (and any Upper School siblings) will dismiss at 11:30 am, followed by Upper School at Noon.  School is closed on Friday, February 2. Don’t forget to sign-up for a conference.  It’s not too late!


Pizza forms are due on Friday.  If you have not already, please bring them in during your child’s conference.  They can be handed to the office or left in your child’s classroom.  Thank you!  The 6th grade students leave for Model United Nations in NYC in just over 6 weeks and rely on (and appreciate) proceeds from the pizza sales!



Jan 22

Last full week of January!

Can you believe that February is just around the corner?  2018 is already flying!  The next couple of weeks will be fairly busy.  Please mark the following on your calendars:


Conference sign-up sheets have been posted in the main lobby.  Parent teacher conferences will take place on Thursday, February 1 (half day) and Friday, February 2 (school closed).  These conferences are very important, so be sure to pop into the lobby soon!

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In lieu of tomorrow’s previously scheduled parent education, please join us next Tuesday, January 30 from 5:30-6:30 pm.  Childcare will be provided.  This fun, one hour snapshot will include a brief presentation by students, a review of commonly asked classroom/school/Montessori questions, an opportunity to discuss enrichment programs with our Suzuki violin/piano teachers, Art, Music, Spanish, and Athletics staff, which will be followed by a large group meeting.  Attendees receive a $100 2018-2019 tuition credit (per child) with a returned re-enrollment contract by the due date.  

An RSVP card was sent home last week.  If yours has been misplaced, please notify the office (chrisharris @ or call us.  We need accurate numbers for planning purposes.  Thank you!


Please try and observe an SPMA classroom in the coming weeks!  Parents of rising students should set up an observation of the next level’s classroom.  (For example, parents of graduating kindergartners should observe one of our Lower Elementary (1st grade classrooms.)  Parents of students who are in their 1st or 2nd year of their respective classrooms, should observe that class in the morning.  These observations can be scheduled in the main office and/or with your child’s teacher.  Watching a child at work is an amazing experience.


Information on this season’s particularly bad strains of the flu was sent home today.  Please remember our school’s communicable illness policy.  Confirmed diagnoses should be shared with the school in our efforts to keep other students and staff healthy and safe.  Thank you for your cooperation!


Jan 02

2018- in with a bang!


Dear Parents,

Due to the impending weather conditions and safety of the staff and families, SPMA will be closed on Wednesday, January 3.  We will keep you abreast of any impacts for Thursday.

Thank you for your understanding!  Stay warm and safe!


It’s not too late to sign up your 1st and 2nd graders for basketball club! Turn in your  Basketball Sign-up Form and fee to the main office.  Coach Ben has also listed some dress suggestions for participation.     Sample Dress Code:  

T-shirt (warmer days) or Long sleeve shirt (cooler days) (ex: Long Sleeve Cold-Gear Under Armour Shirt will also do)                                                                                                                                                                               Shorts (warmer days) or Wind Pants/Training Pants (cooler days) (ex: Cold Gear Under Armour Tights with shorts on top will also do)                                                                                                                                       Basketball Shoes (athletic sneakers are also okay – please just no boots, dress shoes, sandals, flat-bottom shoes, etc.)                                                                                                                                                                             Dri-fit socks (warmer days) or Thicker cotton socks (cooler days)                                                                         Your child can also bring a hat if chilly outside.


We are especially grateful to all of the SPMA families, friends, staff members who give time, energy, and love to the school and its children.  Please find our January 2018 Newsletter with a special thank you to all of our 2017 Annual Fund donors.  We still need your help!  If you have not already pledged an Annual Fund donation, it’s not too late! Download the  Annual Fund Donation Form!

Dec 13

Week ending FUN!


Only 1 and 1/2 days left to bid on the great items in the school lobby!  The PTO has led the charge in putting together a wonderful array of classroom baskets and teacher outings.  Please bid on these amazing items!  One of the current fundraising goals will be sending teachers to the national AMS conference in Denver, which takes place in March.  There, teachers attend seminars on classroom extensions, lesson planning, and more, while also shopping for new classroom materials!


Can’t be present on Friday at noon for a closing bid?  Fill in a GHOST BID sheet located in the lobby. Write your name, item(s) you are interested in, and maximum bid, and we will try and win it on your behalf!


Science Fair is this Friday from 10-11:30 am.  We will not hold carpool on Friday afternoon!  Lower School pick-up will be from 11:00-11:30 am as we encourage all families to stop by the Science Fair with all Primary students.  Upper School families should plan on attending Science Fair and removing projects no later than noon.


1st and 2nd grade basketball club is here!

First come, first served sign-up.

Coach Ben is starting up a introductory basketball course for students in 1st and 2nd grade beginning in January of 2018. The course will last for four sessions, once per week. It will introduce the basic fundamentals of the game of basketball and will include basketball related games for children. The sessions will be on Mondays starting on January 8th from 3:00-4:00 p.m. on the court next to the green space. The cost for the four sessions is $40 per student.  Space limited.
Practice dates will be on the following:
January 8th
January 22nd
January 29th
February 5th
(There will be no practice on January 15th, as the school is closed.)
Please fill out the the Basketball Sign-up Form and return it to Chris Harris or Coach Ben by January 5th.
Dec 04

Concert News

Good evening SPMA!  Please read the attached letter regarding RAIN DATE plans for the Candlelit Concert and Auction.  We all know that weather on the island seems to shift by the minute, so we will be watching the forecast closely and notifying everyone by Thursday morning.  In the meantime, check out some more great auction items!

RAIN DATE Information   <—— Click me for Concert details

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Dec 03

Fun week at SPMA!


Bidding is open!  Join us in the lobby all week long and place your bids on great baskets, classroom items, and teacher outings!  We’ll be blasting some sneak previews all week if you’re interested in Ghost Bidding.

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Click the blue link to read our December 2017 Newsletter!


SAVE THE DATE and JOIN US this Friday at 5:30 for the Candlelit Concert and Auction Closing!


Come out after break to cheer on the GATORS in their inaugural year!  Congrats to the Boys and Girls SPMA Basketball Teams on great first games!

November 28th @ Cross School (4:00 Boys)

November 29th @ Holy Trinity (4:00 Girls)

January 10th @ St. Francis (4:00 Girls, 5:00 Boys)

January 16th @ Cross School (4:00 Boys)

January 17th @ St. Francis (4:00 Girls, 5:00 Boys)

January 23rd @ Hilton Head Prep (6:00 Boys)

February 6th @ Hilton Head Prep (4:00 Boys)

Nov 30

December has arrived!


Save the date!  The Candlelit Concert & Silent Auction will be next Friday, December 8 at 5:30 pm!  Please note that there will be dismissals at 1:00 and 3:00NO CREW.


Bidding opens TOMORROW and will close shortly after the Concert next week.  Be sure to place your bids early!


The December 2017 Newsletter is here!  Did you know that we are only $1,100 away from meeting our mid-year goal of $10,000 for the Annual Fund, and 60% away from our 100% family participation goal?  Please help us by pledging today: Annual Fund Donation Form!

Nov 18

End of week updates


School pictures are in and links have been distributed.  If you have not received your child’s gallery, please email for the link and code.  Please turn in all orders by Monday.  Thank you!


There are only 2 short days left to get some great books at our school Book Fair!  Be sure to check out your child’s and classroom’s wish list, too!


Grandparent’s Day takes place next Tuesday (11/21).  We are excited to welcome all of these special loved ones to school.  Be sure to arrive at your child’s specific time block.  Teachers will send out reminder emails of that special time frame.


School will be closing on Tuesday, November 21 at 11:30 am (Lower School) and Noon (Upper School) and will reopen on Monday, November 27.  We wish everyone a Happy Thanksgiving and safe travels!

Nov 12

Packing in the thankfulness!


Thank you to the PTO, SPMA Staff, and all of the Parent Volunteers who worked together for a fun Fall Festival!  We appreciate this amazing event, and look forward to seeing everyone again at the upcoming Book Fair, Candlelit Concert, and Science Fair!


The National Junior Beta Club’s motto is “to promote the ideals of academic achievement, character, leadership and service among elementary and secondary school students.”  Their next service project to pack as many shoeboxes as possible for Samaritan’s Purse.  Please help them by donating an item from your child’s class wish list:

Preprimary–  Toys and Art Supplies for boys and girls aged 2-4 : small stuffed animals, balls, small toys, crayons, and coloring books
Primary– Clothes and Health Items: blankets, hairbrushes, band-aids, clothes (to fit a 2-4 year old child), socks
Lower El– Clothes and Health Items: blankets, hairbrushes, band-aids, clothes (to fit a 5-9 year old), socks, hats
Upper El & Middle School- Toys, Games, Art Supplies (crayons, markers, colored pencils, paper, coloring books), balls with pump, stuffed animals, small toys, jump ropes, card games
Items can be placed in the collection box near the front door or sent in with your child.  The Beta Club will be collecting through this Thursday, November 16, and then packing up their shoeboxes on Friday!  Thank you for your support!
Nov 09

Early November Events!

BFWe are so excited for Book Fair to arrive next Tuesday!  Join us in the lobby as we peruse all of the wonderful classics and new books from

Sign-ups to help with Book Fair check-outs will be posted on the bulletin board.  Please join us as we celebrate reading!

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The PTO will meet next Tuesday, November 14 at 8:00 am for a coffee social with the meeting to follow!  Please join them as they continue planning for more fun events.  If you enjoyed the Fall Festival (who didn’t?!?!), consider participating in their planning meetings.  Thank you to the officers (Tiffany Ruwadi, Meghan Green, Erin McMackin, & Whitney Hughes) for leading this group of awesome families!


Grandparent’s Day takes place on the last Tuesday before Thanksgiving Break (November 21).  This is also a half-day for all students and the final day for Book Fair!