Monthly Archives: October 2017

Oct 31

Fun times continue!

We hope that everyone had a fun, safe Halloween!  Click the link to access our November Newsletter.  Remember that archived copies can be found on our website’s homepage!


November Newsletter


Thank you for such a successful Fiesta!  We appreciate all of the hard work that Señora Bibi, the SPMA Staff, and the SPMA PTO put into our Cultural Fiesta.  The children had a great time, and we raised $215, which was promptly donated to the Hispanic Federation’s Unidos Relief Program!  Muchas Gracias!


Basketball in grades 3 and up begins tomorrow!  Be sure to turn in your form and fee!  Stay tuned for upcoming information on sports programming for younger students!  Coach Ben has some things in the planning stages.

PTO News

The PTO is still accepting wine donations for their Wine Pull!  All volunteers who signed up to bring food or drinks for the Fall Festival should bring those items to school on Friday.  Also, please note the time change: Due to Daylight Savings Time, the Fall Festival will be from 2:00 to 5:00 pm.  Also, congratulations to the Red Room for collecting the most money raised for professional development for the teachers!  Thank you to the PTO for organizing this!


Oct 23

Week of 10/23


Thank you to all of the parents for joining us for Parent Teacher conferences last week!  We loved seeing all of you throughout the building.  The next set of conferences will take place in January.


The Parent Ed Cafe scheduled for tomorrow will be re-scheduled in the coming weeks.  We would really like to have as many parents participate in these events as possible.  Be stay tuned for a brief survey about times/days that work best for your family.


Basketball Club sign-up has begun!  Be sure to download the Basketball Sign-Up Form and turn it in before next week’s deadline!  If you have questions about the program, contact our Director of Athletics, Coach Ben at

teacher_of_the_year_ceramic_ornament-r22f23a5628a246b88810376b8077db3a_x7s2y_8byvr_324Congrats to Coach Ben for being chosen as SPMA’s Teacher of the Year!  In this quick start to the school year, Coach Ben has done wonders for the Athletics and Fitness program including incorporating fitness with the younger primary students, installing much needed fitness equipment in the multipurpose room and green space, inspiring a huge cross country team to reach personal bests, and creating a year-long plan that will bring additional sports and fitness activities to our school.  He will be honored at the Sea Pines Country Club this Thursday.  GO GATORS!


Congratulations to the Middle School students for being accepted as participants in the island’s Student Government Day!

Student Government Day (“SGD”) is an opportunity for civic-minded sixth through tenth grade (6th through 10th grade) students, selected by an application process, to spend a day at Town Hall and experience first-hand our local government in action, learning about the policy-making procedures and operations of municipal government.

Participants will meet the Mayor, Town Council Members, Town Department Heads and Town Staff, and will engage in discussions with them about important Town matters. They will learn about the services provided by Town government and play the roles of Mayor, Council Members, Town Staff and Citizens in a Mock Special Town Council Meeting.


Dear Families,

The Hispanic Cultural Fiesta will be celebrated this Friday, October 27, from 9:00 to 12:30 as in-school assembly.  This will be a cultural extended lesson to students about the Spanish speaking countries including food tasting, arts, music, dancing and fun. Parental attendance is not required.  We hope to make this a whole-school experience next year.  This year, we would like to keep this relatively small.  Unless we can guarantee 100% parent participation, it is too hard on our youngest friends to see some parents attend but not their own.  We promise to take pictures!

We are asking each student to bring in (2) $1 bills.  One dollar will be given to the taqueria cart so that the students can experience purchasing an authentic taco, and the second dollar will be a donation for Puerto Rico Hurricane Irma Relief- specifically to the Hispanic Federation’s Unidos Page, where at least 90 cents of every dollar goes directly to relief funds.  You can begin to send the money in throughout the week, where it will be collected until Friday.

Muchas Gracias,

Señora Bibi


Oct 17

Final CC Meet, PTO reminders, Bake Sale, & Scheduling


Tomorrow is the Middle School Championship Meet hosted by Riverview at Habersham! We will run two races, with the girls running first at 4:30 and the boys immediately following them at 5:15.
The course is located across the street from 190 Cherokee Farms Rd. Beaufort, SC 29906.
Parents and spectators can park in the grass field just beyond the start/finish area and the foot bridge where there is ample parking space. Please do not park along the shoulder of Cherokee Farms Rd as the course goes along the shoulder.  Come cheer on the GATORS in their final meet of the season!  
Tomorrow is the final day for the coin drive!   We are so excited to see all these coins come through carpool.  The winning class receives an ice cream party, but even better- the teachers will attend a local conference with your donations!  Thank you so much for participating!
The PTO is still collecting wine for the wine pull!  Please consider dropping off a bottle at morning or afternoon carpool.   Also, save the date for the Fall Festival on Sunday, November 5 from 3-6 pm!
bakeSale1The National Junior Beta Club will be hosting a BAKE SALE this Thursday afternoon at carpool beginning 30 minutes before the first dismissal.  All items will be $1.  They are raising money to help restore the garden boxes for planting with the Primary students.
This week:
Thursday- Half-day for all students. Lower School dismisses at 11:30 am.  Upper School dismisses at Noon. All siblings who are in Lower AND Upper Schools will be dismissed at 11:30 am.  There will not be nap, day room, or crew.  No after school clubs.
Friday- No School.
Both days are Parent-Teacher Conferences and Teacher Workdays.  No after school clubs.
Oct 12

Cross Country, PTO, Fiesta, Weather Wise Kids, and more!


Congratulations to the Cross Country team (many members pictured above) for another great race!  All of the students recorded personal bests and met goals.  The girl’s team placed 1st out of the 5 area teams!  Their final meet next Wednesday is the Championship Meet.  Save the date and come cheer on our GATORS!


The next PTO Meeting will be on Tuesday, October 17.  Coffee social begins at 8:00 am with the meeting to follow at 8:30 am.  It’s not too late to get involved.  Email and sign-up on the bulletin board to help.


Don’t forget to drop off your bottle of wine for the Fall Festival!  This will be a fun event!

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In October’s newsletter, we mentioned that details were still being worked out for our Fiesta in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month.  The Cultural Fiesta on the calendar for tomorrow will not take place.  Instead, we will be holding this event on Friday, October 27 during school hours.  Classrooms will take part in lessons about Spanish-speaking countries, enjoy food tastings, music, art, pinatas, and other fun things.  Our goal in starting on a smaller scale is to make this a big student-parent-staff event next year.  Thank you for your help and support!  We know that the students are going to have a great time!  Muchas Gracias to Señora Bibi for leading this new event for SPMA!


The Lower Elementary students enjoyed hanging out at the WSAV station last week!  Our very own Kate Ruwadi also was chosen to ask the Weather Wise Kids question– watch below!

Oct 08

Week of October 8


Congrats to the Cross Country runners!  At last week’s meet, they came in 2nd place (girls) and 6th place (boys) out of 9 teams.  All runners recorded personal bests!  They only have two meets left for the season, so please come out and support this young team.  GO GATORS!

IMG_0722The SPMA PTO is collecting bottles of wine for a fun Wine Pull at the Fall Festival on November 5!  Drop off your bottle at carpool or inside the school lobby.  For more information, email  Don’t forget to sign-up to help at the festival.  The sheets are located on the bulletin board just inside the front doors.


Conference sheets have been placed in the lobby.  Please sign-up for a Parent-Teacher conference.  There will be an early dismissal at 11:30 and Noon on Thursday, October 19.  School will be closed on Friday, October 20.


There are a few spaces remaining for Suzuki Violin!  We will be hosting a Parent Ed class for everyone who would like to learn a little bit more about the amazing benefits of playing an instrument.  Additionally, parents can learn more about the parts of a violin and beginning instruction.  Stay tuned for details.  Unsure about violin requirements?  Email our music teacher/Suzuki violin instructor, Joy Krimm, for more information!

Oct 02

Week of October 2

PTO News

Thank you to all of our families, staff, and friends who have joined the PTO or expressed interest in volunteering for school events!  The PTO officers put together a wonderful Parent’s Night Out last week, and they look forward to increasing attendance.  They have posted sign-up sheets for various school events, ways to get involved, and help on the bulletin board in the lobby.  Please sign-up soon!

The PTO would like to plan events that are convenient for all families and would bring us together as a community. To be able to do that, we’d like to get your opinions on what would work for your family.  Please join the Sea Pines Montessori Academy PTO group on Facebook, if you haven’t already, and give your opinion on our online poll. The PTO’s hope is to bring our families together to learn more about the school, more about each other, as well as create a resource for our parents. The stronger we are as a community, the stronger the school can be as a whole.  Thank you for participating!


This week’s Cross Country meet will be right in our own backyard at the Sea Pines Forest Preserve!  The race will begin and end on Hilton Head Prep’s Football Field.  The Varsity race begins at 4:00 p.m. and Middle School race, which SPMA will be participating in, begins around 4:45 p.m. Please come support your fellow Gators!!!



Final Call for Basketball Sign-Ups: SPMA Basketball practice will begin during the week of October 30th.  If your child is interested in playing, please contact Athletic Director Ben Kozik at if you have not done so already. Practices will be from 3:00-4:30 p.m. with exact days to be determined.  There will be a fee associated with playing.


Don’t forget that school pictures are coming up!  Photos will be taken on October 17 and 18.  Classroom schedules will be sent out at the end of the week.  Uniforms are not required either day; however, if your child has fitness or cross country, he/she will need a change of clothes and sneakers.


Parent-Teacher conferences will take place on October 19 and 20.  Sign-up forms will be placed in the lobby at the end of the week.  Don’t forget to save this important date!  Remember that children should not be present for conferences.

Don’t forget to schedule an observation prior to conferences by emailing and your child’s teachers!  We’re sharing one of our favorite articles in the meantime: Article in Forbes magazine