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Feb 12

Montessori Q&A


Join us tomorrow for a follow-up Parent Ed Cafe that is all about Montessori!  If you have any lingering questions from SPMA: The Right Choice, questions specific to a department level, or anything new that has popped up, come and discuss!  A few teachers will attend in hopes of addressing all areas.  Please arrive around 8:20 (in the lobby) so that we can all grab some coffee and get started.


Contracts are due this Friday, February 16!  Enrollment will be extended to new families next week!

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Spirit Wear order forms and GATOR logo wear at are all due this Friday, too!  We love seeing so much blue and green throughout the building.  Spirit wear sales benefit the PTO and 20% of GATOR logo wear stays in Athletics!

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Sweat Feet sign-ups for Primary students are taking place online now.  Lego Club is full.  There are still a few spaces left in Spanish Club for students in grades 2-6 now.  Bring in your Spanish Club Form!  Summer camp forms are rolling in.  Please don’t wait to sign-up.  Spaces open to the community on March 5!

Feb 08

GATORS Spirit Wear

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Visit to order (there may be a slight delay when loading).  All orders are due by Friday, February 16 at Noon!  20% of all proceeds go to SPMA Athletics.  Congratulations to Cristina Rizk, who earned a $100 credit in GATOR wear for attending SPMA: The Right Choice!

Additionally, get your SPMA necklaces and hair bows using the Spirit Wear order form.  Those proceeds benefit our awesome SPMA PTO.  These are also due next Friday.



Don’t forget to open your re-enrollment packets!  We included club, musical, and summer camp information.  Thank you to all of the families who have already re-enrolled (final deadline on Friday, February 16)!  We are so excited about our upcoming 50th Anniversary and look forward to another year of partnership!  

Feb 04

FIRST week of FEBRUARY and it’s FULL of FUN!


Re-enrollment packets go home tomorrow and are due on Friday, February 16!

Few things of to consider:

  • We did start a waitlist for nap and day room this year.  We highly recommend choosing a full day program if you think that your child may stay until 3:00 pm.  Please do not rely on drop-in space.
  • There was a waitlist for Piano this year.  Don’t forget that Suzuki Violin starts in Second Year Primary.  Also, both Suzuki teachers lead a Pre-twinkle class for First Year Primary students.  Don’t miss out. Enroll by choosing these programs on your contract.
  • The 2018-2019 school year is SPMA’s 50th Anniversary!  You don’t want to miss this GOLDEN and HISTORIC year!
  • Finally, we have a lengthy list of new applicants for the school year and summer camp.  Out of fairness to them, we will begin open enrollment for both programs on schedule.  Return yours soon!

If you have any questions or would like to meet to discuss the upcoming year, please do not hesitate to email Melinda to schedule a time.

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The Boy’s Basketball Team takes on Hilton Head Prep at 4:00 pm on Tuesday in the Prep gymnasium.  Grab some Spirit Wear and join us as we cheer on our young, inaugural team in their final game.  We are so proud of the boys and girls basketball players!  Congratulations to Coach Ben, Coach Barton, and Coach Beller on the season.  Thank you to all of the supportive parents and staff, too!  We look forward to even BIGGER things next year.  GO GATORS!


Lila is wearing a custom SPMA necklace (sizes infant to adult) and a custom GATOR hair clip!  Order forms in Spirit Wear link above!  DUE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16!


Flu season is far from over!  In addition to sanitizing surfaces and materials, Purell stations have been placed in school.  We are asking all parents, staff, and visitors to use hand sanitizer or wash your hands immediately upon entry to school.  There are additional stations in the hallway.  These are for adults only.  Hand sanitizer and hand wash are available in the classrooms for the students.  

Please continue to keep children home who experience any cold or flu symptoms. 


The PTO has put together another great Moms Night Out!  Join them this Thursday for dinner, drinks, and fun!  RSVP to #OurPTOrocks!!  It’s not too late to get involved.  Our awesome officers are always on the look-out for new ideas, creativity, and enthusiastic members.  They do so much to support the school, students, and staff, so please join in the fun!


Welcoming all of the important men in our lives this Friday, February 9!  

Join us in the morning: dads, grandpas, uncles, brothers, and friends and get a lovely start to your day!

Feb 01

Newsletter & Upcoming Event


The February 2018 Newsletter is here!  Click to read about the great things happening at SPMA!


We can’t wait for the SPMA Golf Classic on Thursday, March 29!  You won’t want to miss this fun event.  There are several ways to participate: play individually or gather a team of 4, sponsor a hole, and/or join the dinner/after-party!  For details and all forms, follow the link: SPMA Golf Classic Forms and return to the main office.  Additional forms and information are included in re-enrollment packets (going home on Monday).  For questions, email  


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)