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Welcome to the 2019 School Year!

Special Meeting with Superintendent Porter The Monroe County School District has an initiative on the current election ballot that would help cover the cost of funding a safe school officer on all public school campuses and our charter school families should fully understand the details about this initiative before casting their vote.  Superintendent of Schools,…

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Back to School News: 8/8/18

Student Health Exams The clinics at HOB and Key West High School will be open Monday, Tuesday, and Thursday from 8-2 for school health physicals and comprehensive health exams. Walk in or call to make an appointment: 305.743.7111, extension 210 Back to School Check-in Families with students in the Blue Tang classroom should plan to…

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Summer check-in

We need helping hands at our campus tidy-up this Saturday (7/28) from 9-1.  The main projects to be completed are caring for the outdoor environment (bring gloves and weeding tools), organizing supplies, and labeling the library.   School yearbooks have arrived and can be picked up in our school office between 9:00 and 1:00 Tuesday…

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Weekly Update: 5/22/18

School Book Fair Continues We have just a few days left for sales at our book fair! Event chairwoman and parent (Reef Gecko), Jessica Pellegrino opens our fair each morning from 8:00-8:30, and again after school 3:30-5:00.  Jessica will also be available before and after the All-School Meeting tomorrow. Parent Meeting – Upper Elementary Our…

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Weekly Update: 5/15/18

In-school Book Fair Fundraiser Our in-school Books & Books fair fundraising event continues through May 25th and titles from teacher summer reading lists will be available for purchase.  We have a lot of quality books – be sure to check out our fair in the morning (8-8:30) or after school (3:30-5:00). India Hicks Fundraiser Wraps Up…

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Weekly Update: 5/8/18

Teacher Appreciation Week Help us give special attention to our guides this week, during teacher appreciation week!  Through our instructional staff efforts, our students’ experience authentically enriching programs that are framed with grace, courtesy, and the promotion of peace.  The lead guides at May Sands Montessori School also receive extra training, beyond the certification requirements…

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Weekly Update: 5/1/18

Unplugged Monday was the start of Screen-free Week, but it’s not too late to get involved! Formerly known as TV Turnoff Week, the campaign has expanded over the past 24 years and challenges individuals to break free from all forms of digital entertainment for just one week.  Have a look at these 101 activities for…

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Weekly Update: 4/25/18

Student Art Exhibition & Auction Stone Soup Gallery will host their annual Art and Wine Auction at 802 White Street to benefit May Sands Montessori this Sunday from 2-5 pm. This fundraiser will feature one-of-a-kind art created by each of our students! Tickets for the auction can be purchased via this link: https://www.flipcause.com/secure/event_step2/MzM1NTE=/24312 and will…

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Weekly News: 4/17/18

Spirit Shirts The deadline for T-shirt orders is tomorrow 18 April, so that we can guarantee delivery before the Upper Elementary End of Year trip to Boston.  Payment may be made in our school office by cash, check, or credit card.  Parents: you may want to purchase T-shirts for yourself, too!  The cost for shirts…

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Weekly Update: 4/10/18

Spirit Shirts The deadline for T-shirt orders is next week, on 18 April. Shirts ordered by this date are guaranteed delivery before the Upper Elementary End of Year trip to Boston.  Parents: you may want to purchase T-shirts for yourself, too!  The cost for shirts remains the same: $12/child xs- adult xl and $15/adult 2xl,…

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Weekly Update: 4/3/18

ES Writing Assessment Our Upper Elementary students participated in the Florida Standards Writing assessment today, and our Early Secondary students will have the opportunity to show their writing skills tomorrow.  Although they’ve been working on expository and argumentative essays for some time now, our Early Secondary Guide, Ms. Jenni, thought it would be helpful to…

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May Sands Montessori Weekly Update: 3/28/18

Symphony in Schools Program Our Upper Elementary students will travel to Key West High School this morning for a performance by the South Florida Symphony Orchestra, as part of the Symphony in Schools program. We appreciate these enriching opportunities for our students, which are made possible through generous donations by supporters of the South Florida…

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Weekly Update: 3/20/18

Important Dates 3/21 Noon Dismissal – AMS Conference (childcare available) 3/22, 3/23 AMS Conference – no classes, no childcare 3/26 Classes Resume 3/30 Noon Dismissal – Charter Board Meeting 12:15, Blue Tang Room (childcare available) Professional Days for Conference Beginning Thursday morning, eleven members of our school staff will attend the American Montessori Society’s national…

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Weekly Update: 3/6/18

The Great Gala was quite the shindig! The Fundraising Committee will meet @ 8:30 on 3/7 to give a preliminary report of the event – I look forward to sharing the results with everyone! *Any remaining silent auction items should be picked up in our office by Thursday morning – thanks for your cooperation! Many,…

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Weekly Update: 2/27/18

*This is a reminder that we need to have all raffle ticket sales turned in to our office for processing.  Please do not wait until Friday to turn in your stubs and money!   Great Gala Our event is only four days away!  Families that purchased Great Gala event tickets online should look in their…

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Weekly Update: 2/20/18

*We have two more early dismissals for parent conferences: tomorrow (2/21) and next Wednesday (2/28).  If you have not yet scheduled your conference, please do so today; families are required to attend two formal parent/guide meetings, annually.   Spell-a-Thon/Shape-a-Thon Close-out All donations must be returned by tomorrow (2/21) so that the Fundraising Committee can determine…

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Weekly Update: 2/13/18

Charter Board Service There are two vacancies on our school’s charter board; we are still seeking a community member, and a parent seat has recently become available.  While our charter board appoints community members and parent members for unexpired terms, they need candidates.  The term for the open parent seat expires May 2019. If you…

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Weekly Update: 2/6/18

This is National School Counseling Week – we are thankful to have Mrs. Heather on our school team, supporting our students!   School-Family Partnership Our school thrives with a strong connection between school and home.   In general, charter schools require participation by parents. At May Sands Montessori, parent participation is not limited to completing service…

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Update: 1/30/18

This is a reminder that free school meals will end after lunch tomorrow, January 31, 2018. On February 1st, school breakfast and lunch will resume at the paid rate: 2017-18 Breakfast and Lunch Prices Grades K-5  Breakfast $1.75, Lunch $2.50 Grades 6-12  Breakfast $1.75, Lunch $2.85 All Grades Reduced Breakfast $.30, Reduced Lunch $.40 *Families…

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Weekly Wrap-up: 1/26/18

Parent-Guide Conferences It’s almost time for our second round of conferences! Be sure to reserve your time, below, and keep in mind that we have early release (noon dismissals) on the following dates: February 7th, 14th, 21st, and 28th .  Child care is available beginning at noon, and families should make use of the lower-cost prepaid…

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Weekly Update: 1/23/18

National School Choice Week This week we celebrate choice in education.  Families have many choices when selecting an education provider, and we are honored you have chosen May Sands Montessori School for your student!  It is an added responsibility to commit to a charter school, for all stakeholders: parents, students, and staff.  The greatest benefit…

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Weekly Update: 1/19/18

I hope that everyone is prepared to have an enjoyable and rest-filled weekend! This year’s flu season is proving to be exceptionally harsh, and our efforts to keep students’ healthy begins with frequent and proper hand washing.  I enjoy listening to podcasts, and I thought this NPR One episode from yesterday was timely and helpful: As…

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Weekly Update: 1/9/18

New School Team Member Please help me welcome Sara Garrett to our school staff; Sara will be assisting in the Osprey classroom! Parent Information Night Tomorrow! Join our May Sands Montessori Instructional Staff as they share helpful information to support your student’s growing independence! This hour-long event will take families through all four program levels of…

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Parent Information Night: 1/10/18

Join our May Sands Montessori Instructional Staff as they share helpful information to support your student’s growing independence! This hour-long event will take families through all four program levels of our school, featuring the key points of each developmental stage. The event will begin @ 6:00 in the Seahorse classroom. **Two service hours apply for participants**

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May Sands Weekly Update: 12/8/17

Thanks so much to our volunteers, who helped at our various fundraising events last weekend, and who will help again this weekend! I know how precious our weekends are, and I am thankful for your support!   The Amazing Brain Our first lessons with the MindUP curriculum center on teaching students about three key players…

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Weekly Update: 11/28/17

#GivingTuesday The Annual Fund supports free, public Montessori education for students in Key West & the Lower Keys. Monetary contributions to the Annual Fund ensure that our school can continue to offer high-quality programming to its students and professional development support for educators.   Each year we seek to achieve 100% participation from the May…

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Early Dismissal Notice: MindUP Staff Training & Parent Workshop

Hello Montessori Families! May Sands Montessori staff training for the MindUP program is currently scheduled from 12:30-5:30 on Monday, November 13th, which will require us to have a noon dismissal. We will have limited child care available, as all members of staff are required to participate in the training session. Registration for after school care (12:00-5:30)…

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Weekly Update: 11/7/17

Our friends at the Key West High Cafeteria are preparing a Thanksgiving meal for school lunch tomorrow!  Students who order school lunch tomorrow will have: Turkey Mashed potatoes w/ gravy Green beans Stuffing Sweet potatoes Roll Cranberry sauce Apple crisp *Regular school lunch will resume Thursday.   MindUP Training Our school staff will receive training…

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Weekly Wrap-up: 11/3/17

Fundraising Meeting Monday Come be a part of our FUNdraising efforts! Our next meeting takes place Monday (11/6) @ 3:45 in the Art/Science room. Blood Drive Fundraiser We have a Blood Drive next Thursday (11/9/17) from 10-4.  Hosting regular blood drives benefits our community and May Sands Montessori as well; OneBlood gives our school $10…

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Weekly Update: 11/1/17

Special Flag Raising Ceremony This Friday our Spanish Team – Ms. Gabriela, Ms. Zurima, and Mrs. Georgina – will host a special flag raising ceremony for Dia de los Difuntos/Muertos.  This is a remembrance of our deceased loved ones in a respectful and joyful way  (honoring deceased family, friends, pets and plants/trees). Families are invited to attend…

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Weekly Update: 10/24/17

Tomorrow is the first day of Parent/Guide conferences, and we will have a noon dismissal to accommodate these meetings. Extended day care is available during early dismissal days from 12:00-5:30. Families will need to register and pay in advance to secure the $12 rate – please see Ms. Pam. Students in Kindergarten and Lower Elementary…

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Weekly Update: 10/17/17

Upcoming Events Friday-Sunday 10/20-22/17: Key West Burlesque Bar @ Waterfront Playhouse Fundraiser 5:30-10:00 Sunday 10/22/17: Zombie Bike Ride Fundraiser: Inoculation Station @ Salute 5:00-8:00 Wednesday 10/25/17: Noon Dismissal for Parent Conferences Wednesday-Friday 10/25-27/17: Key West Burlesque Bar @ Waterfront Playhouse Fundraiser 5:30-10:00  Impact Aid forms are due next week – if you have not yet…

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Update: 10/6/17

I received some good news regarding our missed educational days – because our school has a higher number of instructional hours than the state mandate – even with our planned early dismissal days, students at May Sands Montessori School will not need to restore additional instructional days to this year’s calendar!  We will need to…

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Weekly Update: 10/3/17

School Year Calendar and Make-up Days Today’s Principals’ conference call did not fully address the recapturing of any instructional days for our school; the district restored October 16th as a regular school day, but we already have that day as a regular school day.  I will keep everyone updated on any progress with restoration of…

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