Published On: September 11, 2018

Upcoming Events

9/13 Special Meeting of the Board 5:30 Blue Tang Room (small)

9/14 Spell-a-Thon & Shape-a-Thon Fundraiser Begins

9/15 Campus Tidy-up 8-12 9/17 Nimo Visits our School @ 1:30

9/21 International Day of Peace, 5K Packet Pickup, Family Dine-out @ Mangia Mangia

9/22 One Human Race 5K 6:00 p.m.

9/23 Nicky’s Paddle Celebration 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

9/25 School Family Event: Night Under the Stars 6:00-8:00

Special Guest

We are fortunate to have a returning special guest visit our school on Monday; Nimesh ‘Nimo’ Patel will share his gift of connecting through music and song with our students. As a part of our Health & Wellness lessons this week, each class will explore what Nimo considers the universal values of kindness, giving, inter-connectedness, oneness, and gratitude. We invite you to join your child in reflecting on the positive messages lovingly placed within each song.

Planting Seeds (

Giving (

Being Kind (

To My People (

Grateful (

Oneness (

Peace Education

Montessori education places a great deal of emphasis on peace. At May Sands Montessori School we commit to supporting the development of the whole child – one who will make a positive contribution to society through their character as much as their academic skill. Early lessons in grace and courtesy provide the framework for a peaceful and connected learning environment. Students are guided in practical life activities that require sharing, taking turns, active listening, and respect. Students develop these characteristics through active participation in their environment, and the classroom becomes a community of peacekeepers.

On Friday, September 21, our school community will gather together in celebration of the International Day of Peace, a day that was originally dedicated in 1981 by the United Nations for “commemorating and strengthening the ideals of peace both within and among all nations and peoples.” (

We plan to hold our traditional peace march to Bayview Park during the morning, though our scheduled time hasn’t yet been confirmed. Stay tuned for more details about the event, as we will confirm plans at our weekly staff meeting, tomorrow (9/12).

Volunteer Opportunities

Register to Volunteer

Parents that would like to volunteer for service opportunities during the school day need to register with the district, and we’re offering a service hour for each family who completes the process. Directions are listed on our website:

Click this link to begin/complete the district’s volunteer registration process:

Campus Tidy-Up

Our campus tidy-up takes place this Saturday (9/15) from 8:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. We have plenty of volunteer opportunities for you to choose from!

We also need extra support on the playground and at lunchtime; help us maintain a peaceful play environment, and lend your assistance to foster friendly conversation during student lunchtime. Volunteers require a Level 1 clearance to qualify for these positions. Follow this link to confirm your volunteer position with us:

5K Volunteers

Volunteer positions for our One Human Race & Colorful Run are posted; sign up today!

Reminder: Ukulele Club this Saturday from 10-11 a.m. Grateful Guitar: 1075 Duval Street

From the Office

Return Your Weekly Folder Thank you for signing and returning your child’s weekly folder by the end of each week. The instructional staff prefers to have them ready at the start of each week so that they’re available for distribution on Tuesdays.

Supply Fee Due

Your child’s supply fee is due by this Friday. Available forms of payment are cash or check (payable to May Sands Montessori) – please be sure to secure it in a sealed envelope labeled with your student’s name and ‘Supply Fee’ in Ms. Pam’s office or the gray payment box (in the office).

Primary Kindergarten ~ $25

Lower Elementary ~ $45

Upper Elementary & Early Secondary ~ $55

School Meals

Families can apply for free or reduced-price meals through the school district.

School Meal Prices

Breakfast $1.75 Reduced Price $.30

Lunch (Grades K-5) $2.50 (Grades 6-12) $2.85 Reduced Price $.40

Keep your child’s meal account current:

Rainbow Cafe Lunch

Our friends at the M.A.R.C. Rainbow Cafe will deliver a hot lunch to the school, but they must be ordered and paid before school directly at the Rainbow Cafe. Please refrain from ordering sugary sodas. Although it will be labeled, please help our friends at the Rainbow Cafe deliver in time for your student’s lunch:

Primary: Lunch @ 11:45

Lower Elementary: Lunch @ 12:00

Upper Elementary & Early Secondary: Lunch @ 12:30

Fundraising News

One Human Race & Colorful Run Social Media Support

Share our 5K race event with your Facebook network! If each family and member of staff shares the race event within their social media channel, our event has a higher potential for success:

Annual Fund

Did you know that you can set a recurring monthly donation to the Annual Fund in a customized amount that suits your budget? Donate Today!

Classroom Office Hours

Are you curious to know what your child is working on, currently? Families are invited to their child’s classroom during ‘Office Hours’ each week so that you can see their learning environment. Your child’s Lead Guide will post classroom office hours in this week’s news. Early Secondary students & Families: FLVS Math Instructors are available 8:00 a.m.- 8:00 p.m. M-F

Community Events

May Sands Montessori families can keep the positive vibrations flowing through the Peace Day weekend as our island community comes together on 9/23 at Geiger Key Marina for Nicky’s Paddle Celebration! Help honor the memory of Nicky Sorbelli, a beloved student of our school, by doing what he thoroughly enjoyed – sharing time with friends and family, and paddling! We have posters at school with more information or follow this link to learn more: