Monthly Archives: August 2017

Aug 31

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


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



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


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.

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



Aug 28

Weather alerts, athletics, and other reminders


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.


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.


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!



Aug 24

Week 2 is in the books!


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.  


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.


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


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!

spmaeclipseWe are excited to offer our students NASA-approved eclipse glasses.  These will be distributed to classroom teachers tomorrow.  For additional glasses, viewing details, and school closing information, please read our: 2017 Eclipse Letter.


Aug 14

First Day!


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!


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


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!


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.


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


Emails for Cross Country practice went out earlier this week.  If you did not receive one, please email our Athletics Director, Ben Kozik, at 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  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!