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.
9/25 School Family Event: Night Under the Stars 6:00-8:00
9/26 Charter Board Meeting 5:30 Blue Tang Room
9/28 Pizza Friday Fundraiser, Early Dismissal 12:00
We’re seeking a new chairperson for the House & Grounds Committee.  Contact Mrs. Lynn to volunteer your time & talent to make our children’s environment the best it can be: Lynn.Barras@KeysSchools.com
Families new to our Montessori school are invited to take this short survey: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSek3w6RDHawC9SeNqVvNi1JDN3xxkqYkC2gXVi2y8gkZ7kXYw/viewform?usp=sf_link

Planting Seeds of Kindness

Yesterday, Nimo shared his message of compassion and courage with our students, and he offered two videos to spark conversation.  I encourage families to watch the videos together:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=95Gu7Vj1eIchttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GPeeZ6viNgYNimo also led us in song – have a peek at our students singing Planting Seeds with Nimo:https://www.facebook.com/MaySandsMontessori/videos/316900845742542/

 Peace Day Plans

What: International Day of Peace March
When: Friday, September 21st – Meet @ May Sands Montessori @ 9:55 a.m.
Where: Gather @ the pavilion @ Bayview Park*Everyone is encouraged to wear white*
**Closed-toe shoes & a water bottle are required**
On Friday, our Montessori school will continue its tradition of honoring the International Day of Peace with a march and collective sharing of sentiments of peace. Led by the support of the Key West Police Department, our whole school will depart the campus by 9:55 so that we can meet our friends from the Children’s School at the corner of United and White streets by 10:00. I look forward to promoting peace with you on Friday!  Both Montessori schools will share a recitation of Gandhi’s prayer for peace,

Increasing our Volunteer List

Our school is in need of volunteers during the school day, for lunch and recess, and we’re offering a service hour for each family who completes the registration process, too, in the hopes of getting more volunteers!
Directions are listed on our website: http://maysandsmontessori.com/resources/msms-families-portal/ 
Click this link to begin/complete the district’s volunteer registration process:https://visa.keysschools.com.Parents who have flexible schedules should consider becoming a substitute – our school and our greater island community need reliable support during staff absences.   Individuals interested in exploring this opportunity will need to speak with Ms. Pam in our office for more information on how to qualify: 305.293.1400, ext. 53429
Reminder:
Ukulele Club Saturday 10:00 a.m.
@ the Grateful Guitar
1075 Duval Street

Fundraising Support

One Human Race & Colorful Run

We have a few volunteer spots remaining for this Saturday’s race, and we need donations of water and Gatorade – click the link to sign up:
Social Media Support
Share our 5K race event with your Facebook network! The Fundraising Committee has asked that each parent and member of staff who use Facebook share the race event within their social media network:

https://www.facebook.com/events/279924002825984/ 

Spell-a-Thon Online Campaign
Students in our Upper Elementary and Early Secondary programs received a lesson in creating their personal campaign for the student-led Spell-a-Thon, which continues through next week. Families can review the details of creating a personal online campaign in last Friday’s special newsletter: https://mailchi.mp/179a53a69dfc/the-spell-a-thonshape-a-thon-starts-today
Students in our Elementary and Early Secondary programs will study their list of 20 words and gather pledges through September 28th, and they can promote their personal fundraising goal through our online peer-to-peer network – check out the May Sands Montessori Spell-a-Thon Stars: 
Donate to the Annual Fund

A Night Under the Stars

Our May Sands Montessori community will gather at 6:00 on Tuesday, September 25th for A Night Under the Stars, a whole-school educational event to learn about Cosmic Education and showcase our students’ works for the first quarter of the school year.  We will have telescopes pointed at the Waning Gibbous Moon, and special guests from our community will be in attendance to share their knowledge, too! We’ll close the evening by 8:00 so everyone can have a good night’s sleep, so be sure to save time and attend our school family event!
Charter Board Meeting Agendas are linked at least 72 hours before the meeting:

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Join our school’s Remind group – click the image above
or follow this link: remind.com/join/msmsfam 

Community Events

The Key West Nutcracker is looking for Chickens!! If your child, boy or girl, age 4-5 (must turn 5 by Dec 1st) might be interested, please go towww.nutcrackerkeywest.com and click on “Calendar” at the top right to see rehearsal and show days/times to make sure it doesn’t conflict with other obligations. It is a wonderful show and an amazing experience!
 May Sands Montessori families can keep the positive vibrations flowing through this Peace Day weekend as our island community comes together on Sunday (9/23) at Geiger Key Marina for Nicky’s Paddle Celebration! Help honor the memory of Nicky Sorbelli, a beloved student of our school, by doing what he thoroughly enjoyed – sharing time with friends and family, and paddling!  We have posters at school with more information or follow this link to learn more: https://paddleguru.com/races/2ndAnnualNickysPaddleCelebration2018