Monthly Archives: September 2017

Sep 28

Newsletter & PTO


We are so excited to release our 3rd issue for the Fall.  Be sure to read our October 2017 Newsletter, which includes information on our Preprimary program!  For archived issues, visit our home page and scroll down to 2017-2018 Newsletters.  We are so grateful for our Annual Fund donors and will be acknowledging them on the website, year-round, at


Thank you to our PTO for their amazing Parent’s Night Out!  It was so much fun to meet the officers, meet some Board members, and chat with SPMA families!  Also, thanks to Hali Lookabaugh of Muse Gallery for hosting, and the Sergent family of Jane Bistro for catering.  Don’t miss the next one– stay tuned for more fun events!


Sep 26

Call for sign-ups & reminders

FullSizeRender-1It’s not too late to join the fun and be a member of a SPMA Athletics Team or Club!

SPMA is starting its inaugural golf program for 4th through 8th grade. Both boys and girls are welcome to join. Grades 6th-8th will participate in matches against other SCISA schools. Please email Athletic Director Ben Kozik at to express your child’s interest. There will be a fee associated with playing.
SPMA is looking to start up basketball teams again this fall. We have some schools who have shown interest in playing games. In order to begin scheduling, we need to know the number of participants and grade levels. This is open to grades 3-8. Please email Athletic Director Ben Kozik at There will be a fee associated with playing.
This week’s Cross Country meet will take place at the Hardeeville/Ridgeland Middle School instead of John Paul II due to running trail conditions. The address is 150 Hurricane Alley, Hardeeville, SC 29927. The Varsity meet begins at 4:00 p.m., with the JV/Middle School meet following directly after. SPMA will run in the latter one.  Please come support your Gators!
The PTO’s Parent’s Night Out event is only two nights away.  Don’t forget to join us this Thursday from 5-8pm at Muse Gallery (65 Arrow Road, HHI) with catering by Jane Bistro.  This will be fun!
It’s not too late for a September donation!  We are getting close to our 50% mark ALREADY!  Every little bit counts.  An average of only $250 per family helps us meet our yearly goal.  Monies raised go towards Athletics, Building & Grounds, Security, Professional development, Hurricane Matthew material replacements.  Though we received some insurance money for materials last year, the depreciation value left little for replacement.  Download an Annual Fund Donation Form !   Thank you so much for your support!
Sep 21

Cross Country, PTO, and Thanks!

IMG_6672Save the date!  Join the PTO, SPMA Staff, and members of the SPMA Board of Trustees for a fun Parent’s Night Out at Muse Gallery on September 28 from 5-8pm!  Catering provided by Jane Bistro!


Congrats to the Cross Country team on another great meet!  The team has grown in size, spirit, and stamina!  We are so proud!  GO GATORS!

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To SPMA Families:
A heartfelt thank you goes out to all of you for participating in the SPMA Cares for Texas Drive. Even in short notice and with Irma heading our way, you rallied together and donated much needed supplies for the men, women and children of Houston.
Thank you again for your generosity, and teaching our kids the wonderful feeling of giving and helping others in need.
We will be following up with an Adopt a Classroom Project in the Houston schools as well.  We will partner with a school in need and send boxes of school supplies- a great way to connect our kids with their kids!
Stay tuned for more info!

Thank you again for all your support!
Krista Dunton and Party Short, Community Outreach Committee

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Sep 17

Fun events for parents & students!


The PTO will join carpool tomorrow to encourage families to become members, attend the first meeting, and have more fun at school!  Don’t miss this first meeting on Tuesday!


Our Parent Ed Cafe: So you want to be a substitute?  has been rescheduled for this Thursday, September 21 at 8:30 am beginning in the lobby.  Come in, grab some coffee, and learn more about the Montessori philosophy, tour the classrooms, observe the teachers, and ask questions.  We are so grateful to have so many parent volunteers at SPMA!  Substituting does require a full file including fingerprinting and a background check.  We make that part easy for you!


The Cross Country team regroups after two weather cancellations!  Come support your fellow Gators this Wednesday, September 20.  The meet has been moved to Bolden (2 Albacore Road in Beaufort) with a 4:30 start time.  

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Sign-ups for the first set of after school clubs has begun.  A complete list will be released as the Cross Country season comes to a close.  Sweet Feet sign-ups are coming to a close.  Prior to evacuation, Coach Ben sent out Golf Details about a new team forming!  Golf is available to boys and girls in 4th grade and up!  Basketball season is just around the corner.  Boys and girls in grades 3 and up can join.  For more information or to sign up for either club, please email our Athletics Director, Ben Kozik, at   Lego Club and Robotics sign-up has started.  Space is limited so be sure to Sign Up for Lego & Robotics soon.  First come, first served.  Keep watching for information on Oceanography Club, Yoga, and a Sports Club for our youngest friends!

Sep 09

School Closing- next week’s dates


Good morning,

I hope that all of you are safely at your destination by now, or if choosing to stay behind, are well-prepared.  The governor did issue a mandatory evacuation [beginning at 10:00am this morning] of our barrier islands.

We are so thankful for the change in Irma’s cone, though the feeling is bittersweet since it only means that some other beautiful city will heed the brunt.  Hilton Head Island is not quite out the woods as we will have to wait and see if/how the wind, rain, storms, surge etc. affects us.

At this time, SPMA will be closed on Tuesday, September 12 and Wednesday, September 13 to allow time to assess the school, for staff to return, and for families to unpack.  It is quite possible that we will close for additional days, which will be decided no later than Tuesday afternoon.

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all Floridians as they await Hurricane Irma.

Continue to be safe!


Head of School

Sep 07

School Closed


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!


Head of School

Sep 06

Hurricane Irma update


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.



Head of School


Sep 05

mid-week updates


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


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
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!