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Weekly News Update: 3/25/2020

Hello Montessori Families & Friends! I appreciate your support as we carve these new pathways to learning; our school’s staff is working quickly to adapt to a new format for instruction and developing processes to keep our community connected under the circumstances.  I’m hosting a Google Meet this Friday afternoon at 1:00 p.m. where all members…

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School Family Update: Extended School Closure

The last few days have presented an overload of information and in the interest of keeping everyone informed, not overwhelmed, I’m delivering this update regarding the extended school closure and plan for the weeks ahead.  The resources provided in this message come from a variety of sources, though primarily from Monroe County School District Leadership. …

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COVID-19 Update: 3-17-2020

This afternoon with the support of Governor DeSantis, Florida’s Education Commissioner, Richard Corcoran, took decisive action and closed all schools through April 15, 2020. All state-mandated assessments have also been canceled. I have asked our Instructional Leaders to provide developmentally-appropriate resources to families for non-classroom-based activities to keep our students engaged during the extended interruption from…

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COVID-19 Update: 3-13-2020

MCSD/MSMS Update: No school for students from March 16-27. Standardized assessments will be delayed by two weeks. The district anticipates a mandate from the Florida Department of Education requiring a 14-day quarantine for all foreign & cruise ship travelers. Please continue to check the Monroe County School District’s website for updates: www.KeysSchools.com

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Attendance & Absence Reminders

Our school’s policies regarding attendance and absences align with other public schools in the district. Parents must include a reason when emailing their child’s absence and must include the student’s Lead Guide as well as our Administrative Assistant: Student Services & Instructional Support Any absence of three (3) days or longer requires a physician’s note…

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COVID-19 Update: Preventative Actions

The Monroe County School Health Coordinator provided us with a helpful resource to protect yourself and your family.  We’ve also posted it on our School Nurse’s page: http://maysandsmontessori.com/resources/school-nurse/ The best way to prevent illness is proper hand hygiene. Hand washing should be done with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. Avoid touching your…

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Papio Kinetic Sculpture After-School Group

Our Kinetic Coach, Ms. Suzanne Brown invites Upper Elementary and Early Secondary students, AND parents to sign up and help! Students that are signed up via the link, below, will not be signed in to Aftercare, and parent helpers will receive DOUBLE SERVICE HOURS: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/8050a4aa8aa2fa2fc1-papio1 We need as many helping hands as possible to begin building our school’s Kinetic…

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Spring Fair Raffle Ticket Sales

All families should be completing raffle ticket sales for the Spring Fair.  Raffle ticket stubs (containing donor’s name and contact information) and collected funds should be returned to school in a sealed envelope that includes your child’s name and the amount collected on the outside of the envelope.

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Hygiene Supplies Drive for S.O.S Mission

MSMS families are invited to make donations of hygiene supplies for the S.O.S Mission of Key West through January 16, 2020. Items needed: toothbrushes & toothpaste diapers, disposable baby wash cloths & diaper creams soap feminine hygiene products hand sanitizer razors deodorant hair brushes & combs Additionally, the S.O.S Mission needs volunteers to create hygiene…

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School Year Books – Order Now!

Purchase your School Year Book for $35 with the option of customizing 2 pages for free! To purchase & customize go to https://tr5.treering.com/validate, enter the school’s passcode:  1012919022413728.  Please note – Must be a parent or student 13 years or older to order. Deadline April 7, 2020.

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Amazon Smile Donation Update

Our thanks to all families who have made purchases from our various wish lists, to include our Amazon Smile wish lists. This quarter, May Sands Montessori School has received a donation $151.33 through Amazon Smile purchases, and to date we have received a total of $1,750.49! Would you like to donate to a wish list? CLICK…

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School Store Coming Soon!

Mrs. Laura and Ms. Natalie have been working with a few students to open a student-led school store, featuring healthy snacks, beverages, and branded merchandise!  Although they’re still sourcing inventory, the school store will have a trial run the week of December 16-20!  Students will have an opportunity to purchase items at scheduled times during…

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MSMS FOOD DRIVE & TOY DRIVE

We are continuing to collect NEW, UNWRAPPED TOYS for the Wesley House – Florida Keys Holiday Helpers: https://www.wesleyhouse.org, and NON-PERISHABLE FOODS for the S.O.S Mission Food Pantry on Stock Island: http://www.sosmission.org Please drop off items at the school’s front office weekdays between 8:00 A.M. and 4:00 P.M. (**TOY DROP OFF DEADLINE HAS BEEN EXTENDED –…

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Student Art Gallery

The Studios of Key West (TSKW) recently received a grant for art education in our community. Led by Art Educator, Bria Ansara, our students have been invited to participate in an art experience off school campus at the TSKW. Each month, one MSMS program level will take a field trip to TSKW to experience art…

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Classroom Communities Sharing a Meal

The spirit of Thanks Giving is in the air! As we welcome the cooler days of fall and prepare for Thanks Giving break, our students spent time together on Thursday, November 21, preparing a meal to share with one another. Our Seahorse (Kindergarten) students were invited by the Blue Tang (grades 7 & 8) students…

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School Closure Reminder

Important Calendar Reminders Friday, Nov. 22 – Early Dismissal and Pizza Friday FUNdraiser (school is out at 12:00 P.M., pizza money & orders must be in by 4:30 P.M. on Wednesday). Monday, Nov. 25 through Friday, Nov. 29 – school is closed for Thanks Giving week. Monday, Dec. 2 – school opens and classes reconvene….

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Halloween Candy Wrapper Recycle Program

This Halloween, bring us your clean candy wrappers for the Loggerhead Marinelife Center 4th Annual Unwrap the Waves Candy Wrapper Recycling Program! Bring your clean candy wrappers to the school’s front office no later than 12:00 P.M. on November 6! All candy wrappers will be 100% recycled and used to make school supplies and other…

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Weekend FUNdraising Success!

Over $2300 was raised over the Fantasy Fest weekend FUNdraising activities! A huge THANK YOU to all MSMS families, students and staff who volunteered their time. Two activities were hosted: Friday, Oct. 25, Local’s Parade Refreshment Booth – $1230 was raised! Sunday, Oct. 27, Children’s Day 2019 Activities Booth – $1125 was raised!

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Career Fair Presented by Blue Tangs

Today our Blue Tang class from the Early Secondary program presented a Careers Fair for our Upper Elementary students. Some great information was presented and we even had some guests from the MCSD Curriculum department join us. Well done Blue Tangs, what a great way to end the week! To see more photos, please visit…

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Enrichment – Violin Classes

Friday, Oct. 25 at 8:15 A.M. at flag raising ceremony, we will enjoy the sounds of Miss Irie’s violin. Join us for this brief demonstration of Miss Irie’s beautiful music and learn about her upcoming semester of violin lessons for MSMS students – 10 weeks for $250 (not including violin rental). Click on the following…

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Sea Star Classroom Vegetable & Herb Garden

Sea Star class (Upper El.) broke ground this morning on their vegetable & herb garden! As a group they intend to grow tomatoes, broccoli, greens, radish, other veges and herbs. A big thank you to family volunteer Grant Portier for doing some serious digging! There is still plenty to do and MSMS family volunteers are…

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Early Pick Up Notice

As a courtesy to our classroom communities, students shall not be released within the final 30 minutes of the school day except in case of an emergency.  Our school’s attendance policy sets the expectation for regular attendance to offer the best opportunity for your child’s academic success, and we appreciate your support. We’ve recently enabled a notification feature that…

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MARC House Service Project

Our 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students participated in a service project today at the MARC House. They assisted with getting the pumpkins unboxed and setting up the Pumpkin Patch! Thank you to the MARC House for including our students in a fun, festive project.

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One Human Race 5K – T-Shirts Still Available

We have limited supplies of the One Human Race 5K Colorful Run t-shirts still available! These Dry-Fit style shirts are only $10 each. Stop by the school’s front office to buy one today! All proceeds support May Sands Montessori School tuition-free education programs.Limited sizes available:  Youth medium Youth large Adult XSmall Adult medium Adut large

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Open Enrollment for the 2019-2020 School Year

We are currently accepting Enrollment Applications for the 2019-2020 school year in the following programs: Kindergarten Upper Elementary (Grades 4 through 6) Early Secondary (Grades 7 & 8) Please return your completed 2019-2020 Student Application Post Lottery to the school’s front office.  Spaces are very limited! QUESTIONS? Please call our Student Services personnel, Tracey Smith-McMahon, at…

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Accepting Bahamas Donations – Heart Packs

On behalf of Heart Pack Key West we are accepting school supplies donations. All donations must be delivered to the May Sands Montessori School front office no later than 4:00 P.M on Wednesday, Sept. 25. Please see the list of school supplies needed: Crayon packs (900 needed) Composition books (1000 needed) Glue sticks (1000 needed) Small…

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DOUBLE YOUR ANNUAL FUND DONATION!

A May Sands Montessori School family has bestowed the gift of matching all monetary Annual Fund donations by up to $5000! The deadline to double your donation dollars is Monday, September 30. Bring your gift to Pam Niles in the office, or mail your check (made payable to MSMS) to: MSMS, 1400 United Street, #110,…

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Volunteers Needed This Week!

MSMS families can earn service hours this week by assisting in the Osprey Classroom (Lower El.) with Ms. Kristin and with lunch time oversight. We are in need of a volunteers daily this week – Osprey Classroom from 8:00 A.M to 3:15 P.M (or any times that you’re available) and lunch time oversight from 12:00…

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Communications Folders to Go Home on Wednesdays

To all MSMS families, please note that your child’s Lead Guide (classroom teacher) will be sending a Communications Folder home every Wednesday – for returning families, the folders previously went home on Tuesdays, however we have made an adjustment this school year. Please take the time to review these folders and return them to school…

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Classroom Assistant Job Openings

We are currently accepting applications for Classroom Assistants in the Lower Elementary program, and for a Floating Assistant for the 2019-2020 academic year (August – June 9), with the potential for an annual contract thereafter. Responsibilities include: Academic support for students during work cycle Maintaining a scholarly tone in the classroom and in enrichment classes…

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Meet your May Sands Montessori team!

The team of May Sands Montessori School professionals have been working hard this week planning and prepping for a great school year! Front row, left to right – Ms. Lynn (School Principal), Ms. Natalie (ESE), Ms. Katie (Lower El. Lead), Ms. Laura (Personal Development & Intervention), Ms. Erin (Kindergarten), Ms. Jen (Upper El. Assistant). Back…

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Summertime Updates

The June meeting of the Charter Board of Directors takes place at 5:30 on Tuesday, June 25 in the Science/Art Room. Meeting Agenda Call Monthly Meeting to Order & Approval of Agenda President’s Report Confirm July & August Meeting Dates/Times Committee Chair Interest Parent Liaison Update Secretary’s Report Approval of Minutes – May Treasurer’s Report…

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Weekly News: 3/6/19

May Sands Montessori: Connected and Informed Our weekly newsletters are one method we use to connect with our families.  Our guides have established ‘office hours’ to welcome families into the classroom, weekly. Our Charter Board and our committees hold meetings on campus that are open to anyone who is interested in attending.  Our website has lots of…

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Now Accepting Applications for SY2020 Enrollment

May Sands Montessori School kicks off Montessori Education Week with our Open Application Season! As Montessori education celebrates its 112th anniversary, May Sands Montessori is honored to be a participant in providing authentic Montessori education in Key West, Florida for the past 20 years!  We’re hosting an Open House this Wednesday from 5:30-6:30 – we invite…

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Weekly Update: 2/5/19

Thank you, Mrs. Heather, “Sunny Weather” for teaching our students strategies that promote their social, emotional, and intellectual growth!  Safer Internet Day February 5 As a parent and educator, at times I feel I am walking on a technology tightrope with cell phone permissiveness; I can appreciate the efficiencies it enables, but I’m keenly aware…

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Weekly Update: 1/22/19

January All-School Meeting Tomorrow @ 6:00 At least one representative from each family is required to attend tomorrow’s All-School meeting. Families will vote on changes to our school’s bylaws and elect new members to our Board of Directors. Review our school’s current bylaws Review the proposed bylaws Run for a seat on our Board *We have not…

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Weekly Update: 1/15/19

January All-School Meeting 1/23/19 @ 6:00 As members of our school’s corporation, at least one representative from each family is required to attend our All-School meetings. Families will vote on changes to our school’s bylaws and elect new members to our Board of Directors. Review our school’s current bylaws *Proposed amendments to the bylaws will be shared on …

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Weekly Update: 1/11/19

The Great Gala Party like it’s 1999! Lost Kitchen Supper Club, Saturday, January 26th from 6-10:30 pm Celebrating 20 years of tuition-free Montessori education in Key West! Each family will receive two service hours for every 10 tickets they sell. There is a suggested $10.00 donation per ticket.  In addition to your gala ticket, families of May…

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Winter Break Edition: 12/21/18

GALA Raffle Tickets – We ask that each student sells at least 10 tickets, each, for a suggested $10 donation per ticket. GALA Donations and Sponsors – Donations for silent/live auction items can be brought to the school and put in Lynn’s office (there is a box).  Sponsorships can be brought into Pam. Please contact…

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11/17/18

We wish all students, their families, and our May Sands Montessori School staff an enriching & enjoyable vacation from school! Receive a 5% discount through 30 November when you purchase your child’s yearbook: https://www.treering.com/purchase?PassCode=1012919022413728 1 December 2018 May Sands Montessori School is proud to support this community event, and we appreciate parent volunteers representing our school…

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11/9/18

  We have extended the online and phone ordering deadline for you to order your Square 1 Art keepsakes and gifts featuring YOUR child’s masterpiece. Click HERE to Order   Order Deadline: 11/12/2018 If you cannot locate your art access code, please contact Customer Care to place your order by phone, or receive your art code to make…

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Weekly Update: 10/30/18

Impact Aid Forms Due The Impact Aid program supports school districts that serve children residing on military bases, low-rent housing properties, and other Federal properties, or whose parents serve in the uniformed services or are employed on eligible Federal properties. source: https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/oese/impactaid/whatisia.html Supporting Student Activity Please help welcome Glen Barr to the May Sands Montessori School family! Mr….

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Weekly Update: 10/24/18

Reminder: we have a noon dismissal this Friday.  Extended Day Care is not available, due to construction on our outdoor environment. Friday is Pizza Day! and the cost is $4.  Additional slices are $1. Payment is due tomorrow (10/25) so that we can place the order. Be sure to send your student’s payment in a sealed envelope marked…

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Weekly Update: 10/2/18

Family conferences take place twice, yearly, to share student progress in our program. The staff sets aside 25-minute sessions for each student’s family.  This Friday, our Primary, Lower Elementary, Reef Gecko, and Early Secondary will hold conferences.  All classrooms will host conferences on the following Fridays (10/12,10/19). Follow this link to  select your conference time and…

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Weekly Update: 9/27/18

Upcoming Events 9/28 Pizza Friday Fundraiser, Early Dismissal 12:00 9/28 Family Conferences – LE, Reef Gecko, ES 1-4 9/28 May Sands Family Social @ Dante’s 4-7 Family Conferences Family conferences take place twice, yearly, to share student progress in our program. The staff sets aside 25-minute sessions for each student’s family. Individual class links are available…

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Weekly Update: 9-18-18

Upcoming Events 9/21 International Day of Peace meet @ school by 9:50 a.m. 9/21 Race Packet Pickup @ Higgs Beach 4-6 p.m. 9/21 Family Dine-out @ Mangia Mangia 5:30-9:30 p.m. 9/22 One Human Race 5K 6:00 p.m. – come out to run, walk, or cheer on race participants! 9/23 Nicky’s Paddle Celebration 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m….

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Weekly Update: 9/11/18

Upcoming Events 9/13 Special Meeting of the Board 5:30 Blue Tang Room (small) 9/14 Spell-a-Thon & Shape-a-Thon Fundraiser Begins 9/15 Campus Tidy-up 8-12 9/17 Nimo Visits our School @ 1:30 9/21 International Day of Peace, 5K Packet Pickup, Family Dine-out @ Mangia Mangia 9/22 One Human Race 5K 6:00 p.m. 9/23 Nicky’s Paddle Celebration 8:00…

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Weekly Update: 9/4/18

One of the most exciting moments at the beginning of every Montessori school year happens when the Elementary Lead Guides present the First Great Lesson, the Coming of the Universe.  Dr. Montessori believed that our work as educators should be to spark curiosity and to encourage discovery, and the First Great Lesson offers the whole…

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Weekly Update: 8/28/18

Early Dismissal Friday Mrs. Jenn Marchiano (parent of Bella, Blue Tang Class) leads our Extended School Day Care from 3:30-5:30.  Our school’s classroom assistants support Extended School Day Care during our Early Dismissals, from 12:15-3:30. Our first Early Dismissal takes place this Friday @ noon (8/31).  Families must pre-register their student for Extended School Day Care during…

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Weekly News: 8/21/18

Our May Sands Montessori family grew over the weekend; Ms. Katie’s baby, Ellis Marie Warner, was born on Friday night!  Although she arrived eight weeks early, Baby Ellis is strong and growing, but must remain in Miami to continue receiving the care she needs. Our Teacher of Student Supports, Ms. Natalie, has organized a donation…

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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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