Published On: December 8, 2017

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 in the brain: the amygdala (regulates our emotional state), the prefrontal cortex (responsible for learning, reasoning, and thinking), and the hippocampus (manages our response to threats, responsible for memory and learning).  While each of us is responsible for taking care of our brain, parents and adults at school can help by reminding students to get plenty of rest, drink water throughout the day, eat healthily and include a good source of protein, and wear a helmet when riding on wheels.


TriKW Volunteers Needed

We still have three volunteer positions open for the middle and late shifts, for tomorrow’s TriKW – double service hours apply!  Our school receives a financial benefit from having volunteers help at this event, so families can fulfill their fundraising hours by participating in this event!

Middle Shift: 7:00-11:00 –

Late Shift: 11:00-3:00 –


Peace Begins with Me

All families & members of staff are invited to purchase Peace Shirts/Tanks by  4:00 Monday, December 11th to ensure delivery before the holiday break.  The cost is $12/student (T-shirts, only), and $15/adult (tank or T).  A copy of the sizing chart is available on our website:  Please make checks payable to May Sands Montessori School.

FKOC Families

Our school has a tradition of adopting families identified by the Florida Keys Outreach Coalition for the holidays.  Our staff is also collecting gifts for the nine single ladies that are on the FKOC list.  Any family or individual on the FKOC list is not permitted to be on any other holiday gift list; they will only receive gifts through FKOC, so it’s important that we confirm our participation. This is a great community service opportunity that our students can participate in with you!


Family #7 Lower Elementary & Primary (Kindergarten) FKOC Family Gift Sign up:


Family #6: Upper Elementary FKOC Family Gift Sign Up:


The FKOC has requested that the gifts be new and left unwrapped, and they will collect all of the gifts next Friday (12/15).

Our classes and our front office can accept donations throughout the week; just be sure to indicate which family will be receiving the gifts.


Our annual Upper Elementary and Early Secondary STEM Fair takes place December 15th at school.  The Upper Elementary showcase takes place from 10-12, and the Early Secondary showcase is from 1-3. Check out your student’s class page for the general guidelines:


Winter PJ Party

Our Primary and Elementary program level guides are planning a winter themed PJ Party for December 15th to help defray the cost of their travel to the American Montessori Society’s national conference.  Follow this link to sign up:


Candy Cane Grams

Ms. Natalie and Ms. Lindsey will be selling candy cane grams beginning December 13th and will schedule delivery December for 19th.  Each candy cane gram costs $1 – parents can send a special note to their student, or students can send to a friend! Please see Ms. Natalie or Ms. Lindsey for details.

*Candy Cane Grams will go home with students and will not be consumed on campus*


Community Events

Girls Fast-pitch Softball Spring 2018 Season

Registration Deadline: Saturday, 9 December

Register online:

The Key West Youth Lacrosse League announces a free lacrosse clinic!  Girls and boys ages 5-15 years. It’s time to dust off your gear and get onto the field!  Bring your friends!  No experience?  NO PROBLEM!  The clinic will introduce you to the fastest growing sport in the Keys!

Saturday, December 9, 2017 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. @ Bernstein Park, 6751 5th street, Stock Island

Bring: stick (if you  have one)  mouthguard, and water

Contact your coaches for more information:

Steve Baxter, Girls’ Coordinator, Key West Youth Lacrosse [email protected]

Sean Chermer, Boys’ Coordinator, Key West Youth Lacrosse [email protected]