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MMS Monthly E-Newsletter | December 2019
Dear MMS families,

It's a busy month at school! Tonight, our Middle School students will host Parents' Night Out at the main school from 5:30-8:00. To RSVP, email Sarah Halstead at

Please come shop at our annual Book and Bake Sale next Thursday and Friday (December 12 and 13) from 11:00 a.m.-6:00 the art room. There will be books for all ages as well as gift items and delicious baked goods for sale. Invite your family and friends!

MMS parent Anna Holliday is organizing an appreciation luncheon for all staff , to be held on Wednesday, December 18. In order for all staff to eat lunch together, we are looking for parents to provide classroom coverage and help with set up and clean up. Please click HERE to help. Thank you!

Our annual Winter Concert will be held on Friday, December 20 at noon. I'll send more details about that special event soon, but be sure to mark your calendars - all MMS and MMMS students will perform! Following the Winter Concert, students will be dismissed for New Year's Break and we will return to school on Monday, January 6, 2020.

I look forward to seeing all of you at our upcoming events!

Best wishes, 
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Parents' Night Out | Friday, December 6 | 5:30-8:00 p.m. RSVP now to Sarah Halstead:
Annual Appeal "Epic Education" | now through December 31
Make your donation HERE - our goal is 100% participation!
Book and Bake Sale | Thursday and Friday, December 12 & 13 | 11:00 a.m.-6:00 p.m.
The Book and Bake sale is held in the art room - be sure to stop by and browse our selection of books for all ages, as well as gift items and delicious baked goods!
MMS Staff Appciation Lunchon | Wednesday, December 18
Please click HERE to volunteer to provide classroom coverage or to help with set up and clean up.
Early Dismissal/Winter Concert | Friday, December 20
The Winter Concert will be held at the University of Charleston's Geary Auditorium. Children will walk to UC with their classes - parents will meet us there. Look for more details soon!
New Year's Break | December 21, 2019 - January 5, 2020
School resumes Wednesday, January 6, 2020.
MMS Annual Spring Gala-An Epic Evening, Saturday, March 28, 2020, Charleston Woman's Club .
Susie Newhouse, Plus Guide and Positive Discipline for Parents facilitator, will lead an eight-session "Parenting with Positive Discipline" course on Tuesdays from 5:30-7:00 p.m. starting January 7 and ending March 3. Cost is $100 per individual or $120 for two family members and includes a copy of "Positive Discipline," the "Positive Discipline Workbook" and Positive Discipline Parenting Tool Cards

To register, please call or email Beth at 304-342-7870 or . Childcare is available at the rate of $10/child per evening.
No-limits learning. Respect. Real life studies. Leadership. Doing the right thing.

Every family has a reason why MMS is "epic" to them. Your tax-deductible donation to the 2019 Annual Appeal will help keep the epic in education for today's students...and beyond.

Empower potential and inspire the future for our students, community and world with your gift today. We plan for 100 percent participation and every gift of every size makes a difference!

Text mmsepic to 52182 to donate now.

(Meet the 2019 MMS Ambassadors and learn more at our campaign webpage.)
Classrooms   are now open for parent observations. It's been wonderful to see many of you already, and we are so glad you've had a chance to come visit your child's classroom!

Observations are the best way to see Montessori education in action! We recommend that parents observe twice each year to see the changes in the classroom as the year progresses.

To schedule a classroom observation in primary, lower elementary or upper elementary, please call or email Beth at 304-342-7870 or

Middle school observations should be scheduled through Sarah by emailing her at
Chess Club is starting soon! Jason Winesburg, Upper Elementary Guide and MMS Chess Club/Team leader, will meet with students on Mondays starting December 16 and ending March 2. Lower Elementary students (grades 1-3) will meet from 3:15-4:00 p.m. and Upper Elementary and Middle School students (grades 4-8) will meet from 4:00-5:15 p.m. Space is limited to 14 students in each group. There is a $20 materials fee per student.

If you child is interested in participating in Chess Club this year, please email Jason at as soon as possible. Please see flyer for more details!
Thank you to the many parents and friends who have made special contributions to our school. Special thanks to:

  • Primary parents, for providing healthy and delicious snacks for the children.
  • Parent Drivers, who make our off-site learning experiences possible!
  • Abbey Fiorelli for working with Upper Elementary II on a Nutritional Science commercial
  • The Christian Family for donating a globe to Upper Elementary II.
  • Linda Winter for presenting Psychology 101 to our middle school students.
  • Emma Gibbs for providing cooking instruction and kitchen managment for our middle school students
  • Upper Elementary Parents for contributing to International Foods Day.
  • Susana Duarte for threading needles for Primary I.
  • Robin Foster for updating Primary nomenclature cards.
  • Wes Gosselink for hanging curtains, leveling the sink, putting a latch on the bathroom door, and securing the container garden for Primary I.
  • The Darlington and Thomas families for providing donations to Plus.
  • Leah Glover for donating poinsettias to the school.
  • Jennifer Preston, for arranging for the mailing of our Annual Fund letters.
  • Samantha Hicks for coordinating our meals for staff meetings and all the parents who contributed so far this year.

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