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Printmaking Art Workshop

Hello Montessori Families! Our former Art teacher, Ms. Bria is hosting a printmaking art workshop with household foods at The Studios of Key West tomorrow afternoon! There are a few important items to consider, so if you’re interested in signing up your child, please do so today: https://tskw.org/schools-at-the-studios-with-bria-ansara-printmaking-with-food/?fbclid=IwAR0WSLj3k-0HHT7NAC6rUCa-ZbOomYmFEXYxqy7Hlq2W2TKkyyPlW3fL0oY Wishing everyone a peaceful evening, Lynn Lynn Marie…

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Committee Selections 

Charter school membership requires active support from each family, and it’s through committee work that our school grows and thrives.  Even while our school is operating in an online learning community, establishing our committees is a priority. We ask that each family complete their committee selection by 11 September: https://forms.gle/bsGitFJ7n6rhh6S8A

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Device Distribution Schedule

Our school will distribute Chromebooks to all students beginning tomorrow (8/20), using the schedule below.  We will have members of staff out at the car line to say ‘hello’ and facilitate the distribution of materials, paperwork, and technology.  We’ll also have school spirit shirt order forms as well as a limited number of shirts in stock for…

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Application for District-issued Hotspot Device

Families at May Sands Montessori School that have limited access to the internet should complete an application for a district-issued hotspot device: Apply for a MCSD Hotspot . There is a very limited quantity available throughout our entire district and first priority will be afforded to students whose families do not have access to the…

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School Year Starts Online

The Monroe County School District announced that the new school year will begin in a virtual, online, only format due to the current level of community transmission of COVID-19 in our county. The first day of online learning for students at May Sands Montessori School takes place on August 31.  The school staff will host…

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Reopening School Facilities

You will receive a newsletter update as well; this is a reminder to join Mrs. Lynn tomorrow (7/8/2020) at 5:15, as we all make sense of Governor DeSantis’ Emergency Order, which was filed yesterday morning (7/6/2020). We look forward to hearing how our state’s charter leaders help clarify how we confirm ‘extenuating circumstances or a…

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Proxy Ballot for Tonight’s Election

The proxy ballot contains the names of all parents seeking election to the May Sands Montessori School Board of Directors. Each family is entitled to cast one vote in the election for Directors. MSMS Proxy Vote Ballot 5-28-2020 While voting will take place during tonight’s meeting, according to our school’s bylaws: Proxies shall be filed…

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Special All-School Meeting 5-21-2020

All parents are requested to participate in a special meeting at 6:00 p.m. next Thursday (5/21/2020) for parent elections to the Charter Board; the terms for three (3) parent seats on the Charter Board expire at the end of this month. Parents interested in serving on the Charter Board should complete an electronic Intent to…

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Yearbook Deadline Extended: 5-21-2020

Order 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. We’ve updated the deadline to purchase and customize your child’s yearbook, and we’ve…

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School Family Update 4-8-2020

We’ve completed one full week of our home-based learning initiative and while we continue to adapt to the online environment,  communication between school and home are more vital now than ever; the expectation for our Instructional staff is 100% engagement with our students and we appreciate your involvement to make this experience successful for your child.  …

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AHEC Clinic Update – TeleHealth

Keys AHEC Health Centers now offers Telehealth Medical Visits right from your home computer or smartphone.   Students and current patients may call Keys AHEC at 305 743 7111 ext. 210 to schedule a Telehealth visit. All the protocols remain in place for onsite visits; patients will be assessed for COVID 19 prior to entering the…

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Monroe County Meals Program Update

Starting Thursday, April 2, 2020, parents/guardians will no longer need to have their children with them when they pick up meals from school district drive-through locations. Parents/guardians, please take only the number of meals that you will need for the children at your home.  No meals will be available for adults. A reminder that ALL children…

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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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We are here for you!

Although circumstances make planning and preparing for this school year unlike any other, our excitement and anticipation keep us working hard to make it a meaningful experience for everyone! Our school office is open from 8-4 Monday – Friday 305.293.1400, ext. 53418 Device & materials distribution will take place on August 20 and 21. Orientation…

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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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