Monthly Archives: February 2017

Feb 28

Last Call!


Shout Outs & Picture Reservations are due by Wednesday at Noon!

Buy your tickets now and save $5!


School business sponsorship forms for our RBC Heritage tent went home two weeks ago.  Wednesday is the last day to sponsor this great event!  We will be calling for Heritage volunteers in the coming weeks.  


Feb 26

Important Aladdin Information


We are only 5 days away from the big night!  Be sure to join us THIS Friday at the Seahawk Cultural Center at 6:30 pm.  Scroll down for very important/timely information.


We need move-in and organizational help as we prepare to unload props, sets, and costumes at the high school.  Monday’s schedule is as follows:

8:15-8:30 Load all items in truck and cars

9:00-10:00 Unload all items at the Seahawks Cultural Center (HHIHS)

10:00-5:00 Set-up and organization of areas

Help is needed in all areas!  Even if you can only spare a couple of hours, we want you!  Thanks so much for your support!


Aladdin Program “Shout Outs” are due this Wednesday, March 1 by Noon.  All “Shout Outs” are $5.

Pre-sale tickets are available in the office for $10 each.  Door prices will be $15 each.

A sitting fee/picture deposit is required for Costumed-Pictures.  This deposit is due by Wednesday.

If you would like an Aladdin DVD ($25 first CD, $20 each additional), checks should be made out to Captured Moments. 

All of the above can be returned to the office.  For questions, please email Chris Harris at 

Feb 15

News and Information


Dear Parents,

It’s hard to believe that just 4 months ago we were preparing to re-open the school after catastrophic Hurricane Matthew hit the island.  Our school was not without damage, and we have been working tirelessly to address each area, small and large.

We are happy to announce that all projects are nearly complete and we anticipate that the final classroom (the Blue room) will return to their original class at the end of the month.  Upcoming projects will include: re-flooring the school lobby, exterior construction for new drainage systems, roof assessments, and the building of new cubbies/shelving units.  Almost all of our submitted damaged materials/items were approved for replacement (yay!), minus a hefty depreciation amount (yikes!).  We are in the midst of prioritizing our replacement lists.  I am very grateful to the Board for their wedding gift last year of a stay in Kiawah and gift card to the resort.  Alex and I donated it back to the school, and our teachers who were unable to attend the AMS conference in San Diego were able to attend the MEPI (Montessori Educational Programs International) conference held in Kiawah.  This was a savings of nearly $8000 to the school during a time when we really needed to save.  Thank you for your support!

It has been a challenging time for the island, our families, the school, and community businesses.  However, we feel stronger, closer, and more appreciative of one another and of what we have.

Thank you all for your support.  We could not be more blessed to have an amazing family base.  Sea Pines Montessori Academy will continue to develop and advance as it has for nearly 50 years on the island.  We aren’t going anywhere, and it took a hurricane to prove it!



Head of School

Presidents day 2017

Reminder- No school on Monday!

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The next PTO Meeting will take place next Tuesday, February 21 at 5:45 pm.  This evening meeting is held in conjunction with the SPMA Staff Meeting so that all teachers can attend and participate.  Don’t miss out!

Thank you to all of the PTO Officers (Mackenzie Strauss, Tiffany Ruwadi, Meghan Green, Erin McMackin, and Whitney Hughes) for their continued support in the PTO’s inaugural year.  They have been doing some wonderful things for the school and its community.  Please join the final meetings and events of the year as we keep the momentum going!


Musical week arrives in 2 weeks and help is still needed!  Information about the week went home to all young actors and actresses.  Please read each day’s listing very carefully.  There will be no crew for all students on Friday, March 3!  We encourage the entire SPMA community to attend Aladdin!


Enrollment is around the corner!  We are so excited to begin setting the stage for the 2017-2018 school year.  Re-enrollment can be quite a busy time, so if you have not already booked your observation morning, don’t delay.  Rising students will begin visits soon.  Feel free to meet with Mrs. Cotter or classroom teachers for questions about your child’s academic and social journey!


SAVE THE DATE!  Move-Up Night will take place on March 27!  We will be offering another re-enrollment incentive for your attendance, so mark your calendars for an awesome night!


Feb 03

And the winner is…


Final totals:

FALCONS- $151.71

PATRIOTS- $43.99

We raised $195.70 for Deep Well!  Thank you for participating!

Have a wonderful Superbowl weekend!

IMG_4141Congratulations to Logan Myers, 5th grade, for completing the Classic Books Challenge!  He read 5 classic novels this year.  His name has been engraved on our Challenge Plate, which is displayed in the library!

Feb 02

FUN Tomorrow Morning!


NFL Logo Day at school tomorrow!  Wear your favorite team’s jersey, t-shirts, colors, etc. as we celebrate the upcoming Superbowl 51!


Will the Atlanta Falcons or the New England Patriots win the pot?  Help us raise money for Deep Well in a fun way!  Arrival tomorrow morning: Bring in spare coins and bills and let your child choose a winner.  Tallies will be announced in classrooms and via email by the end of the day!