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School Photos Available

May Sands Montessori School Photos are available for viewing and ordering! Forms will be sent home with students today. Your child’s folder is password-protected so that only you can view and order photos of your child. Orders are due by Monday, November 15th, and will be shipped directly to you! No orders will be accepted…

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optional mask/facial coverings at school

Dear Families, please help us support your child as it pertains to the recent district-wide update to optional facial coverings at schools.  If it is your preference to have your child continue wearing a facial covering over the nose and mouth while indoors and within close proximity to others, please send a message to your…

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Update to Mask Policy

At the meeting held on October 26, 2021, the Monroe County School Board voted to revise existing policies requiring the use of facial coverings at Monroe County School District facilities. Effective immediately, use of facial coverings at School District facilities and vehicles shall be optional for all staff, students and visitors. The May Sands Montessori…

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Outdoor Family Movie Night this Friday

We anticipate hosting the first Outdoor Movie Night of this school year, but we’ll send a text blast if Mother Nature has other plans!  Be sure your mobile number is on file with our school so that you can receive our messages. Weather permitting, bring your chairs, blankets, and masks to enjoy a socially distanced,…

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Order your Peace T-shirt by September 7

We’ve created a special T-shirt for Peace Day and they come in different styles and colors!  The order form is available in our office and online here Peace T-shirt Order Form. The school will place a group order on Tuesday, September 7 so that the shirts will arrive in time for distribution before September 21….

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Reminder: All-School Family Meeting this Wednesday

Our first parent/guardian meeting of the school year will take place tomorrow, Wednesday, August 25, at 6:00 p.m. Each enrolled student should be represented by at least one parent/guardian during this informative meeting.  Considering the recent spike in positive COVID cases locally, the meeting will take place on Google Meet: https://meet.google.com/qvw-zbmp-tqb?authuser=0

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Reminder: Participate in School Health Survey

The May Sands Montessori School anticipates full-time, in-person learning for all students and staff, and your response to this survey will help guide our efforts of providing updated infectious disease control policy regarding layered prevention strategies for the protection of students, staff, and families: https://forms.gle/RD2QwKpxicvGzS3b8

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Child Tax Credit Begins in July

Thanks to the American Rescue Plan, Child Tax Credit payments of $300/month for children up to age five and $250 for children between six and 17 will begin in July. The total payment allowed under the Child Tax Credit is $3,600 for children 0 to 5 and $3,000 for children 6 to 17. Families who…

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Bridging & Graduation Ceremony

Our school will honor its program-level graduates with a Bridging and Graduation ceremony this Friday at 10:15 a.m. on the open field. Special thanks to Great Blue Heron parent, Mansur Marupov, for providing us with seating and shelter for this event! Families of students in Kindergarten as well as in grades three, six, and eight…

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Lunch and Learn Suicide Prevention Trainings

Thursday, April 8, 2021, OR Friday, May 14, 2021 12:30-1:30 pm (EST) The Guidance/Care Center, Inc. will offer a FREE informative live 60-minute webinar that will provide suicide prevention training including identifying suicide risk, warning signs, communication, and actions to assist. The impact of COVID-19 on mental health and practical coping methods will be presented…

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Need help paying for child care?

Dear Parents, Guardians, and Community Partners: The Early Learning Coalition of Miami-Dade/Monroe is providing financial assistance for child care through our School Readiness Program. If you or someone you know needs help to pay child care costs, please submit an application at http://bit.ly/ELCFreeChildCare Currently, there are waivers in place that relax the requirements for applying for services. The…

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Soliciting Raffle/Silent Auction Prizes

Do you own or work at a business/restaurant that may be willing to donate a gift certificate or item that would make a great raffle or silent auction prize?  Please ask! You can pick up a copy of our solicitation letter in our front office or print a copy Spring Raffle Auction Donation Request Form

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Give Kids a Smile Day = Free Dental Services

Community Health of South Florida hosts Give Kids a Smile Day, February 5, 2021, where children from 1 to 16 years old will receive free dental services! Appointments required: 786.272.2100 The only location where services take place in the Keys is at the Marathon Health Center: 2805 Overseas Hwy. MM 48.5 from 8:30 a.m. –…

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Complete the Free/Reduced Lunch Application

Lunch is free for all students this school year but that may change next year. Filling out the Free and Reduced Lunch Application this year will help to determine the amount of funding that the state allocates to our district next year. Without this valuable information, school funding may decrease. Help us by filling out…

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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: https://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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