Yearly Archives: 2017

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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Weekly Update: 9/26/17

We have had a tremendous outpouring of support in preparing our outdoor environment!  Staff, parents, grandparents, students, and even a few neighbors helped to clear the remaining tree debris from the turf, repair sections of our fence, clean our lunch area, and oil the locker doors.  I am amazed at the care and generosity that…

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Free School Meals through Oct. 20

As a result of Hurricane Irma, our district has received permission to offer free meals (breakfast and lunch) for all students of Monroe County School District through October 20th.  To accommodate the district’s food service department, please indicate whether your child will be ordering breakfast and/or lunch – this is just an estimate; formal school…

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Hurricane Recovery Update: 9/18/17

The Superintendent took a lot of input from today’s principals’ conference call, and we’re meeting again tomorrow morning @ 11:00 to have an update before he makes the specific announcements on reopening of school.  Concerns for sanitary conditions were priority, as was addressing the anticipated delay for military families and childcare for the young children…

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Hurricane Recovery Update: 9/16/17

The anticipated re-entry has been established, though it sounds like restoration of power and water are still a work in progress.  I understand that many of us are far from home and while we are eager to be back, reports from those that are there of what awaits us doesn’t sound like an optimum environment;…

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Hurricane Recovery Update: 9/15/17

Today’s principals’ phone conference was positive and productive; the Superintendent has set September 25th as the targeted date to resume classes, but added that we’ll have to stay abreast of any county infrastructure updates on the restoration of utilities, which might affect our reopening.  He has asked all staff to plan on reporting back next…

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Post Hurricane Update: 9/12/17

The Superintendent just sent an update, which aligns with the news from Emergency Management Operations. There is limited business owner and residential access to the Upper Keys, north of MM75, with active checkpoints to ensure proof of residency or business ownership.   The Superintendent emphasizes that the conditions in the Upper Keys is not fully functioning,…

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Post Irma Update: 9/10/17

I’m sharing the Superintendent’s informative post, regarding the most recent update. It appears that water leaks and electrical outages will be the first areas of repair needed to our island, once the debris is cleared. We will have more information regarding the reopening of school as soon as we know the extent of the water…

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Hurricane Preparedness: 9/5/17

The Monroe County School District (MCSD) will be closed tomorrow, and at this time there is no expectation on when school staff will be called back to work, or when schools will reopen.  Stay tuned to the school district’s website: http://keysschools.schoolfusion.us/ for district updates; May Sands Montessori School will follow MCSD procedures for school closure…

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Weekly Update: 8/29/17

We had high attendance at our All-School meeting last week; thank you for making time for your child’s school.  Families who were unable to attend last week’s meeting will need to attend the January (1/24) and May (5/23) meetings to maintain compliance with our School Family Commitment. *Our crossing guard, Mrs. Martha, has asked that…

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Student Forms & School Supply Fees

  This is a friendly reminder that student envelopes with completed paperwork is due to the school office; thank you for turning in your student’s forms. School Supplies May Sands Montessori School has purchased school supplies for all program levels; this includes all periodical subscriptions, paper, pencils, notebooks, glue, and other consumable student supplies.  Payment…

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Weekly Update: 8/22/17

This is a friendly reminder that student envelopes with completed paperwork is due to the school office; thank you for turning in your student’s forms.   Enrichment classes began today; students will have Art with Ms. Bria, Music with Ms. Rachel, PE with Mrs. Sam, and special CARE time with Mrs. Heather.  Lower Elementary students…

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8/15/17 Weekly Update

Thank you for choosing May Sands Montessori School as your student’s education provider.  We are celebrating the 20th year of our incorporation, and our 19th year of operation as a component of the Monroe County School District, which enables us to offer tuition-free Montessori programming to students in Kindergarten through eighth grade. I post an…

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Back to School Update: 8/10/17

Hello and welcome to the 2018 school year!   Our school team is hard at work preparing our special learning environments for the first day of school! We still have outstanding projects for which we would GREATLY appreciate helping hands: assembling shelves planting flowering groundcover along the inside of our front fence setting basketball hoop…

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Summer Update: 7/25/17

Campus Tidy-Up Saturday We have our first Campus Tidy Up set for this Saturday, from 9-12; the main focus is taking out the weeds that have grown around campus.  Helping hands will need to bring a pair of gardening gloves, and remember to bring a reusable water bottle and wear sun protection. *Double service hours…

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Summer Update: 7/19/17

Summertime continues and while our school office has shortened hours, there is a lot of work taking place! Our long staffing update has a lot of information, so thanks for reading.  Also, be sure to check our May Sands Montessori Families page under the Resources tab, as well as our school events calendar to stay…

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Summer Update: 6/27/17

School Board Approves Facility Lease Our school’s long-term, 15-year lease was unanimously approved at tonight’s School Board meeting in Key West.  The Superintendent and members of the Board offered their congratulations on the accomplishment.  Details of the lease include increasing the facility enrollment cap to 225 and providing for a right of first refusal to…

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Weekly Update: 5/23/17

Book Fair – Last Days This is the last week of our book fair! Families are invited to shop mornings (8:00-8:45) and afternoons (3:00-5:00) in the Art and Music rooms. This is a fundraiser for our school; May Sands Montessori School will receive 20% of all sales!   School Facility Task Force – Update The…

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Weekly Update: 5/9/17

This is Teacher Appreciation Week – thank you for sharing a note of thanks to our Instructional Staff! ‘Now, what really makes a teacher is love for the human child; for it is love that transforms the social duty of the educator into the higher consciousness of a mission.’ -Maria Montessori All-School Meeting Tomorrow! Our…

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Weekly Update: 5/2/17

Papio’s Kinetic Parade Our school will have an entry in the parade, which takes place this Saturday, May 6th @ noon.  The parade begins @ the Custom House and will travel all the way down Duval Street to the Southernmost Beach, where everyone will gather for the after party.  Our theme design is an octopus,…

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May Sands Montessori School Weekly Update: 4/25/17

There will be an early dismissal tomorrow (4/26) for Lead Guide Program Level Planning.  Students will be dismissed @ noon.  Extended Day Care is available until 5:30.  Theater club will not meet tomorrow, however.   Standardized Assessments Our Upper Elementary (4th – 6th year) students participated in the first session of the Florida Standards Assessment…

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May Sands Montessori School Update: 4/18/1

One of the main reasons we advocate for autism spectrum disorder (ASD) awareness this month is to emphasize the importance of understanding and acceptance.  People with ASD learn, communicate, and behave in ways that are different from most other people1, and learning how to make connections that support positive interactions is a win-win for everyone!…

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May Sands Weekly Update: 4/10/17

Fact: There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and early diagnosis/intervention and access to appropriate services/supports lead to significantly improved outcomes. (source: http://www.autism-society.org/what-is/) Also of interest to note: a new Muppet, Julia, was introduced yesterday on Sesame Street, as their new initiative kicked off: See Amazing in All Children.  Check out…

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May Sands Weekly Update: 4/7/17

Our Charter Board approved the calendar for SY2018 at its monthly meeting, last week: https://maysandsmontessori.com/resources/msms-families-portal/ School will not be in session next Friday (4/14) as the staff will have a Professional Development Day. April is Autism Awareness Month, and to show support for increasing awareness, I will share a fact about autism each week in…

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May Sands Weekly Update: 3/28/17

  We have an early dismissal to allow for teacher professional development and planning; thank you for your support! Child care will be available, though Ms. Rachel will not host theater club tomorrow. Florida Standards Assessments Beginning tomorrow our 3rd year students will participate in standardized assessments for English Language Arts.  Thanks for ensuring that…

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May Sands Weekly Update: 3/21/17

I hope that everyone enjoyed the springtime vacation from school; it has been refreshing to see such scholarly activity in the classrooms today!   If you’ve ever read our school mission statement, then you know that having a safe and nurturing environment is pretty important to us.  It takes effort from all stakeholders – the…

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May Sands Montessori School Update: 3/6/17

5K Fundraiser 19 March @ 9:00 Our school was recently named co-beneficiary with Sigsbee School for the upcoming 5K Shamrock Shuffle run/walk, sponsored by Irish Kevin’s!  The more race participants we have, the bigger benefit for our school.  Sign up to run or walk – make it a fun family fitness event – there will…

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May Sands Montessori School Update: 2/14/17

Conferences Our second round of parent/guide conferences continues tomorrow and next Wednesday; the school will dismiss @ noon tomorrow and next Wednesday to accommodate these important meetings. *All families are required to attend at least two conferences, per student, per school year. Intent to Remain Forms Please remember to turn in your student’s Intent to…

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Weekly Update: 2/7/17

Sun Protection The warm rays of our sun might not feel as strong during the winter months, but they are definitely working! Please help protect your student’s skin with protective clothing or sunscreen.  Students will have to self-apply while @ school; we cannot apply sunscreen to your student @ school. Intent to Remain Forms All…

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Special Edition: 2/3/17

  Dismissals and Absences Please help keep us informed of student absences and special dismissal arrangements by sending a quick message: [email protected] – alerts those members of staff who are conducting our daily dismissal procedure.  Be sure, too, that your student’s list of adults who are authorized to pick them up from school is current….

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Weekly Update: 1/31/17

Parent Information Night Our staff is prepared for tomorrow’s event, and we are looking forward to seeing you!  Join us from 6:00-7:00 tomorrow, February 1st as we explore: Supporting Academics at Home.  Families will learn practical ways to incorporate developmental skill practice in the home and hear creative strategies to encourage learning anytime and anywhere….

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Weekly Update: 1/24/17

Many thanks to everyone who helped make our Great Gala a successful fundraiser; first estimates from sales indicate we raised about $30,000 for our tuition-free Montessori programming! It is through the combined efforts of our staff, school families, and our generous island community that the May Sands Montessori School continues to be a nurturing place…

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Blood Drive This Thursday: 1/19/17

Please consider donating blood this Thursday in support of our school! The Big Red Bus will be on campus from 10-4, and the friendly staff @ OneBlood will have four members of staff working so donors should be able to get in and out pretty quickly, too! So far the school has earned $600 in…

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May Sands School Update: 1/10/17

Welcome to the second half of the school year! I hope that everyone had an enjoyable break from school and that we’re all ready to make our best efforts in this new year.  Thanks for staying informed of our school events and important dates, and for helping ensure your student is prepared for school with…

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