Published On: April 4, 2018

ES Writing Assessment

Our Upper Elementary students participated in the Florida Standards Writing assessment today, and our Early Secondary students will have the opportunity to show their writing skills tomorrow.  Although they’ve been working on expository and argumentative essays for some time now, our Early Secondary Guide, Ms. Jenni, thought it would be helpful to share a few tips (Before You Start Writing).

Campus Tidy-up

Join me and our House & Grounds Chairperson, Craig Reynolds, from 9-12 this Saturday, April 7th  as we help beautify our students’ learning environment. One of the most pressing projects is wall mounting an 81-inch television in our Sea Star Classroom. We have the materials, we just need the human power! Can’t make it to the Campus Tidy up? Please contact Ms. Tonia to confirm your help with any of the following projects before this Saturday:

Big/Team Projects:

  • Mount 81-inch television in Sea Star room (remove old television and dispose of)
  • Dispose of tables and items on the back walkway of bldg. 100
  • Label and organize MSMS Library (Bldg. 100)

General Projects:

  • Pull weeds around turf, near the fence
  • Pull weeds in/outside of United St. along the fence
  • Pull weeds in the courtyard
  • Brush artificial turf, blow, and bag leaves

Ongoing Projects:

  • All classrooms: carpets need cleaning (we have materials)
  • Wash lunch tables

Please be reminded that all service hours must be completed by 20 April.

Parent Information Night

Join our May Sands Montessori Instructional Staff next Wednesday night (4/11) as they share helpful information to support your student’s growing independence! This hour-long event is an encore of the last one that took place in January.  Our Lead Guides will take families through all four program levels of our school, featuring the key points of each developmental stage. The event will begin @ 6:00 in the Seahorse classroom. Parents should register via this link so that we can plan seating, accordingly

*Participants will earn two service hours for their attendance*

Healthy Technology

Our school position on the use of screen time is that it should be developmentally appropriate for those using it, it should fulfill a purpose, and it must be monitored by a responsible adult.  Please consider checking in on the frequency and content of your student’s screen time, including television shows, online/social media videos, and video games.  As adults, we have the opportunity to nurture healthy habits with technology.  The attached recent position statement Screen time and young children and the following references are provided for you to help guide your home policy development:


Spirit Shirts

We will be submitting another order of school T-shirts on 18 April – shirts ordered by this date are guaranteed delivery before the Upper Elementary End of Year trip to Boston.  Parents: you may want to purchase T-shirts for yourself, too!  The cost for shirts remains the same: $12/child xs- adult xl and $15/adult 2xl, 3xl.

Order forms are posted, here:


Save the Date

Our school’s next fundraiser takes place Sunday, April 29th from 2-5 pm.  Gallery owner, parent, and Vice Chair of our Board of Directors Melissa Trader will host the annual Art & Wine auction at Stone Soup Gallery (802 White Street)!  One-of-a-kind student art will be on display for sale, and there will be a selection of delicious hors-d’oeuvres paired with wine, as well.  Be sure to save the date for this family-friendly fundraiser!

New School Calendar Approved

the SY2019 calendar was approved at the last Board meeting: SY2019 Attendance Calendar

Community News

Hi Everyone!  This is Jamie Sorbelli, owner of Island Guitar (A.K.A. Bone Island Music). I’m excited to announce that we will be hosting our 6th annual Ukulele Camp!

If you/your child has been wanting to take music lessons, but don’t know what instrument to pick, this camp is the solution!

Campers get to learn, listen, & play all week!

The campers who join us each year experience a week of musical exposure, professional instruction, and knowledge.  Although we focus on teaching ukulele skills daily, the campers will be introduced to a new instrument EACH DAY! Island Guitar provides a daily LIVE PERFORMANCE demonstration, hands-on opportunity for each camper to give it a try themselves, and lots of knowledge & history about the instrument.

Our camp has grown over the years!  We now host camp at the KW Botanical Gardens on College Road, Stock Island. We have an amazing space to learn & play! The air-conditioned nature chapel provides an exceptional learning environment, the outside patio is perfect for crafts and snacks, and the beauty and open space of the garden provides areas to explore, walk, and play!

2018 Ukulele Camp
July 16 – July 20
8 AM to 12NOON
KW Botanical Gardens
Ages 5-11
$200 per camper
Sign Up: 305-414-8056 or stop in Island Guitar, 1109 Key Plaza, KW
We provide a healthy mid-morning snack and drinks.
Please send campers with reusable water bottles.
We discourage bringing cell phones. Staff will have phones and emergency contact #s on site.