Published On: August 29, 2017

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 families please cross at designated crosswalks.  Thanks for taking the extra steps to be safe!*

School Handbook & Calendar

Our parent handbook and school calendar are available on our website, here:

Families may also wish to download our school events directly to their smartphones – look for the ‘+Export Events’ at the bottom of our Calendar of Events page:


Family Dine Out

Last week’s dining fundraiser at Mangia Mangia raised $300 for our school’s specialized Montessori programming!  Many thanks to Heather and Mike Barnes for their support of tuition-free Montessori education in Key West!  There will be another Family Dine out at Mangia Mangia this Thursday, in celebration of Dr. Maria Montessori’s Birthday!  Be sure to let your server know you are dining to support May Sands Montessori School!  I greatly appreciate families that are on Facebook sharing our event: Family Dine out at Mangia Mangia


Service Hour Project: Fundraising Opportunity

Our school has an opportunity to sell pretzel necklaces at this weekend’s Brewfest; parent board member/Vice President Melissa Trader will be set up at a table during the event.  We have the supplies needed to get the project completed before the event (Saturday, 9/2 @ 3:00), and this is a service hour project that can be completed in the comfort of your own home! We are looking for four volunteers to complete 50 necklaces, each.  Please contact Ms. Tonia to sign up for this fundraising project.

Parent Development Night

Our first parent information night takes place Wednesday, September 6th from 6-7 pm on campus, and the topic is This is Montessori.  Families new to our school will come away with a better understanding of our pedagogy.  Two service hours will be awarded for parent participation!

Campus Tidy-up

Our next opportunity to beautify the campus takes place from 9-12 on Saturday, September 9th.  Projects include weeding the grounds, planting groundcover at the front fence, painting, pressure washing sidewalks and the lunch area, washing windows, and a few other projects.  Ms. Tonia has a more complete list – be sure to check in with her!

Fundraising Support Needed

Our next fundraiser takes place Sunday, September 10th from 12-3: Duval Ice Cream Crawl is a family-friendly event.  While we have an online sign up running, we need volunteers on the day of the event for last-minute registration.  The Fundraising Team is seeking three volunteers to register participants at Tattoos & Scars from 11-1.  Please Speak with Ms. Tonia to sign up!

Spirit T-shirts

Our school shirts are a great way to help make getting dressed a little easier in the morning!  Made locally, our spirit shirts come in a variety of colors.  Each class has selected their favorite color to wear for field trips, but your student might like one in a few different colors!  Order forms are available in office or on our school’s website: Please make checks payable to May Sands Montessori School.

Class Spirit Shirt Colors

Seahorse – purple

Osprey – clover green

Mahi – heather purple

Reef Gecko* – light blue

SeaStar* – yellow

Blue Tangs – Royal Blue

*Upper Elementary End of Year Trip shirt colors: yellow, orange, light blue, and lime green


Peace Shirts

This year we are preparing for the International Day of Peace by inviting all families to purchase Peace Shirts/Tanks!  The cost is $12/student (T-shirts, only), and $15/adult (tank or T).  A copy of the sizing chart is attached to this message, and available on our website:  Orders will need to be placed by 4:00 Wednesday, September 6th.  Please make checks payable to May Sands Montessori School.


Upcoming Events

Parent Development Night: This is Montessori September 6th from 6-7.

Pajama Party September 8th from 6-9.

Campus Tidy-up September 9th from 9-12.

Ice Cream Crawl September 10th from 12-3. Registration:


Former Montessori parent Lisa Lennon has asked to share the contact information for a local piano teacher, Aneta Jodkowska, who is accepting new students.  Aneta can be reached at: 305.924.7718, or via email: [email protected].