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Sep 07

School Closed

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Dear Parents,

The staff of SPMA did an amazing job at preparing the classrooms and school!  Thank you for picking up from school early today.  It was appreciated!

At this time, school will be closed on Friday, September 8 through Monday, September 11, at minimum.  We will continue to update families.

Safe travels!

Melinda

Head of School

Sep 06

Hurricane Irma update

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Wednesday, September 6  3:30 pm

Dear Parents,

As of right now, we will be closing school at 3:00 pm [tomorrow] Thursday, September 7.  There will be 1:00 and 3:00 dismissals.  There will be NO crew or after school activities.  School will remain closed on Friday, September 8.

Though this is an “early call,” we need time to plan and prepare the classrooms.  We had a vast amount of damage last year from Hurricane Matthew, which also taught us a lot about our surrounding water flow.  In hopes of being able to open more quickly and with less damage, we have a large to-do list.  A Thursday early dismissal and closure on Friday allows our teachers to enact both professional AND personal plans.  When we met as a staff at 7:30 this morning, we decided that we would rather do all this prep work and the hurricane miss us, than chance an evacuation order over the weekend leaving the classrooms unprotected.  Tomorrow’s dismissal time is subject to change based on newer information.  A resulting change would mean an earlier dismissal, not later.  Be sure to check your emails often.

We hope that everyone remains safe over the course of Hurricane Irma and any severe weather associated with the storm.  SPMA will continue to provide weather and school alerts/announcements in the coming days.

If you have questions or are in need of resources, please don’t hesitate to ask.

Sincerely,

Melinda

Head of School

 

Sep 05

mid-week updates

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We are watching Hurricane Irma and continue to stay in contact with Town officials.  Please continue to check email for pertinent information.  Thank you!

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Dear Parents,
I hope this email finds you doing well! I am reaching out to you to inform you that SPMA will be starting a Golf Team during the 2017-2018 school year. I am sending this email to gauge student interest.
My plan is to offer golf to students in Grades 4-8. The fourth and fifth graders would be a club team.  We would hold practices, but there would be no “meets” against other schools for this level.  The 6th, 7th, and 8th grade team would be certified by SCISA, would play by SCISA rules, and would have meets against other schools. (SCISA only allows participation in meets for grades 6-12).  Also, this will be a “Boys’ Team” according to SCISA, but girls may participate. The girls’ season is in the fall.  If there is enough interest, we can look into starting a girl’s team in 2018-2019. At this point, it makes sense to have both boys and girls who are interested play on this team so our future track can already be past the planning stage. (Girls can play on the boys’ team, but boys cannot play on the girls’ team per SCISA rules).
There is a lot to do between now and the start date of the season in 2018, including the purchase of uniforms, scheduling, finding a course to practice on, making sure students have clubs, arranging travel, etc.  Therefore, I wanted to send this out as soon as possible so we can decide on fees, requirements, etc.
For those of you who are interested, please send an email to me stating that “(Your child’s name) is interested” along with their age/grade/experience, so I have an idea of what to expect in terms of numbers.  I can be reached at benkozik@spma.com.
We will also be having a basketball team [or teams] this fall. An email will come out later on that.  Basketball will begin around mid- to late October.  I have already reached out about scrimmaging other schools. We are also in discussion of possibly reviving our club volleyball team, so please be on the lookout for that as well.
Finally, for those of you who are interested, I am attaching the SCISA Golf rules (below) so that you and your son/daughter can get caught up on the playing rules and regulations.
This is an exciting time for SPMA and its athletics’ programs and I truly appreciate all of your support!
Sincerely,
Ben
Aug 31

September newsletter & Board intro, SPMA CARES- Houston drive, reminders, & more

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College football is back- YAY!  Join us by celebrating Free Dress Fridays tomorrow by wearing your college colors, t-shirts, and jerseys!

CLICK ALL LINKS TO VIEW DOCUMENTS & PDFS!

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We are watching Hurricane Irma’s path and will continue to update as needed.  We encourage all families to subscribe to the Town of Hilton Head alerts, too.  Subscribe to Town alerts

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Our September Newsletter is here!  A HUGE shout-out and thank you to all of our August Annual Fund donors!  We are off to a great start.  Please consider making a donation today!  This month’s newsletter focuses on our school as a non-profit.  We have also included an introduction to our Board of Trustees.

Congrats to our Cross Country team!  All of our runners finished in under 35 minutes, and we couldn’t be more proud!  Resident journalist, Christopher Nguyen, also came by to interview the runners!

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Another huge congratulations to Christopher (5th grade- Manatees class) for winning one of twelve spots (out of 300) as a reporter/journalist for Time for Kids magazine.  http://www.islandpacket.com/opinion/opn-columns-blogs/david-lauderdale/article169945842.html

Logo-for-newsletter_Option2SPMA CARES!  We will be hosting a drive for Houston “friends” who have been affected by Hurricane Harvey.  Please see our attached letter, which groups items that we are collecting.  Each classroom has a mini list.  Boxes will be available in the lobby.  Thank you for reading and helping: SPMA Cares

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Aug 28

Weather alerts, athletics, and other reminders

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We are continuing to watch the current tropical cyclone for any wind/rain conditions that would affect school and travel.  Any and all school-wide alerts will be issued on the website, sent via email by your child’s classroom teacher, and later, posted on local news channels.  At this time, we do not have any delays or closings.

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The first Cross Country meet is this Wednesday!  Join us at 4:15 at the Pinckney Colony Road race site as we prepare to cheer on our GATORS!  Note: this is not at Pinckney Island.  Click for  directions.

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Tennis begins next week for all Upper School students.  Please bookmark the following Tuesdays: 9/5, 9/12, 9/19, 9/26, 10/3, 10/10, 10/24, 10/31, 11/7, and 11/14.

All school enrichment classes have begun.  Fitness clothes are required.  Check your child’s class schedule for information on fitness days.

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Sweet Feet & Pizza forms are due!

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Aug 24

Week 2 is in the books!

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Pizza order forms were sent home.  Please turn these into the office no later than Tuesday, August 29.  If you need one, download another 2017-18 Pizza Form.  Our Model United Nations 6th grade program benefits from all sales.  Help them attend the MMUN conference in New York City by ordering or donating.  

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Speech screening forms will go home tomorrow.  These are due by Monday, August 28.  For more information on speech therapy at SPMA, please read more about Nicole Roberts, licensed speech therapist.

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The SPMA Cross Country team is gearing up for their first meet next Wednesday.  Save the date and come cheer on our Gators.  Thank you to all of the parents and donors who have attended practice, brought snacks, and earmarked Annual Fund donations for the athletics programs.  We appreciate your support!

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Aug 16

Back to School Night & eclipse glasses

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Join us for Back to School Night tomorrow at 5:30 pm.  Now that school has been in session, come to ask questions, learn about your child’s schedule, sign up for an instrument, learn about athletics, meet the administration, and more!   We look forward to seeing everyone!

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Aug 14

First Day!

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Tomorrow is the first day for all students!  We cannot wait to have a full house.  We cannot stress the importance of being on time.  If you start the year making good habits, they have a better chance of sticking.

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

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

Reminders for carpool:  We service 3 cars at a time.  Please always pull up to the first stop sign.  Do not get out of the car unless we ask you for help.  It makes it more challenging to monitor who is watching the children.  If you need extra time, there are spaces to the left of the bus that are marked by the pedestrian “men” where you can pull up and take your time.  Occasionally we will also ask you to pull forward if we are having difficulty safely unloading.  Students should remain seat-belted until your vehicle stops at one of the unloaded spaces.  After you drop your child off, we encourage you to park and come in for coffee and say hello!  We are excited to catch up and get to know all of our new families!

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Please turn in your music forms ASAP!  We would like to finalize a lesson schedule.  Thank you!

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Aug 10

Meet & Greet — Forms DUE

MGJoin us tomorrow (Open House style) from 2-3 pm!  Meet the teachers, visit your child’s classroom, and chat with the entire SPMA staff before the first day of school!  We can’t wait to greet everyone!

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Don’t forget to bring in your child’s enrollment forms, too!  We need all of the packet forms to be returned prior to your child’s start date.  Some forms (annual fund, Suzuki piano/violin and guitar, and PTO) will also be available in the lobby.

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The Uniform Swap is open!  Please bring in your washed, gently worn uniforms and place them below the table.  Feel free to take what you like.  Hats, Tervis tumblers, and lunchbags are also available for purchase.

Aug 04

Week of Aug 7-11

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Summer Camp officially ended today!  Thank you to our local fire department for continuing with the fun tradition of SPRAY DAY!  The kids had a blast.  Be sure to enroll next year– and don’t wait.  We are so sorry that we were not able to accommodate everyone on the waitlist.  If you have any feedback to offer, please email our Summer Camp Director, Beth McCune, at bethmccune@spma.com

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Emails for Cross Country practice went out earlier this week.  If you did not receive one, please email our Athletics Director, Ben Kozik, at benkozik@spma.com to be placed on the list and/or have your general questions answered.  Any student participating in athletics must have a physical and health assessment on file.  These can be found at http://seapinesmontessori.com/athletics/.  The Fall meets schedule has been released.  Be sure to save the date and come cheer on our team.  GO GATORS!!

Wednesday, August 30 – Saint Gregory the Great/Cross
Wednesday, September 6 – Bolden
Wednesday, September 13 – John Paul II
Wednesday, September 20 – St. Francis
Wednesday, September 27 – John Paul II
Wednesday, October 4 – Hilton Head Prep
Wednesday, October 11 – Saint Gregory the Great
Wednesday, October 18 – Middle School Championship – Riverview @ Habersham (Time Qualification Required)
*This schedule is tentative and is subject to change based on weather and host school events.
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The office will begin accepting enrollment forms beginning at Noon on Monday, August 7.   Please note that we will be in staff meetings on Monday morning and unavailable for the phone and front door.  We can’t wait to see you all soon!
Land’s End has offered another coupon in preparation for Tax Free weekend!  Enjoy!