Monthly Archives: January 2018

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!

spma right choice

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!