June 2016  
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Welcome to James Simons Elementary
~ A Montessori Focus School ~
Member of the American Montessori Society

End of Year Information

~ June 1st and June 2nd,  Early Dismissal at 11:30
~ Wednesday, June 1- Field Day!  
Bag lunch for Field Day: PB&J, Cheese Stick, Graham Crackers, Carrots, Raisins
~Thursday, June 2 Lunch Menu: Fish Nuggets OR Popcorn Chicken, Green Beans and Fresh Fruit 
~ Don't forget to return all library books!
~Address Verification, Vaccination Records and Birth Certificates for next school year are due August, 31.

Montessori Moments: A CCSD Newsletter for staff and families of Montessori students. Click on the link below to read the latest edition from LaDene Conroy- Montessori Specialist for Development, Support and Expansion.

About Montessori Education at James Simons Elementary

James Simons Elementary has re-opened in historic downtown Charleston with a state of the art, beautifully designed Montessori school facility. This authentic Montessori environment was created after the teachings of Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and educator who developed an educational approach over 100 years ago.

The classrooms are set up in an open style, with work areas throughout the room and materials available on accessible shelving. Lessons are given to small groups or individual children while other children are working independently. Mixed age classrooms allow younger children to learn from older children, while older children reinforce their learning by assisting with concepts they have already mastered. In addition to peer learning, there are uninterrupted blocks of work time which allow students to choose their own prescribed activities. This constructivist, or discovery model, enables students to learn concepts from working with specialized materials, rather than by direct instruction.

In early childhood, students work with materials which develop their cognitive powers through direct experience using their five senses and movement. In the elementary years, children continue to organize their thinking through an interdisciplinary curriculum progressing from concrete to abstract. This specific organization of information prepares students for adolescence, when they evolve into thinking about universal concepts such as equity, freedom, and justice.

Montessori is more than an approach to education, it is an approach to life. The end result is to encourage life long learning, the joy of learning, and happiness about ones path and purpose in life. 


Tenets of Montessori:

  • Individualized Instruction
  • Integrated Disciplines
  • Hands-on Learning
  • Accelerated Learning
  • Multi-Age Classrooms
  • Self-Discipline
  • Focused Concentration
  • Care of the Environment
  • Service Learning 

What's Happening

Awakening INDIGO
Enough Pie - Awakening IV INDIGO - Saturday, June 4, 4:00 p.m.
Join Enough Pie for a celebration of all things INDIGO on Saturday, June 4th from 4-8pm at our fourth annual Awakening IV: INDIGO (rain date: Sunday, June 5).  READ MORE...
Angie TOY
Congratulations Angie Greene-Finalist for CCSD Teacher of the Year 2016
JSE Guidance Counselor Angie Greene has been chosen as one of Charleston County School District's top five finalists for 2016 Teacher of the Year.   READ MORE...
#ILovePhoto Art Exhibition by YoArt! at the Dart Library Until June 4
YoArt! Inc. is pleased to present #ILovePhoto, a photo exibition by ten students at James Simons Elementary School.   READ MORE...
Dress Down Day - Every Friday!
Students may pay $1 to the PTA for a no uniform day!  READ MORE...
Squirrels Club
South State Bank Squirrels Club 7:30 to 8 a.m.
Open an bank account and make monthly deposits! 
Vic Card
James Simons Elementary PTA & Harris Teeter Announce Together in Education
Help our school raise funds by linking your VIC card to to James Simons Elementary.  READ MORE...
Thursday Folders
Please check your student's Thursday folder for important information each week!  READ MORE...
Dart Library
Dart Library Events
Check out the events at your local Dart Branch Library.  READ MORE...


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