April 2014  
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   Students Return from Spring Break
   Apr 21 2014
   Superintendent's Tennis Tournament
   May 03 2014 at 08:30 AM
   Progress Reports
   May 05 2014
   PASS Testing
   May 06 2014
   Last Day for Child Development and Head Start Students
   May 19 2014

Welcome To James Simons
Elementary School

A Montessori Focus

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April Events
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~Coffee with the Principal, April 11
~Tennis: Angel Oak Owls vs. Jammin Jaguars, April 11
Spring Break April 14 - April 18
Make & Take, April 24

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Superintendent's Tennis Tournament - May 3, 2014

James Simons Elementary Father Daughter Ball


Fathers and daughters had a grand time at the first James Simons Elementary Father Daughter Ball.  Thank you to Pamela Bryant and our PTA for making this an event to remember.

Coffee with the Principal
Friday, April 11   8:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m.
Media Center

Parents are invited to this informal and informational session to discuss issues regarding James Simons Elementary School. 

Tennis Match
Friday, April 11 @4:00
Jack Adams Courts on Congress Street

Root for the Jammin' Jaguars as they take on the Angel Oak Owls.

Make & Take Advanced Literacy for Parents
Thursday, April 24 
  8:30 a.m. - 9:15 a.m.
Parents and students in the Primary classroom are invited to join JSE Master Reading Teacher Mr. Sheldon Bloomfield for a literature activity.  Learn great tips to make your child a lifelong reader.  Multipurpose room.  

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.  A portion of the sales from any Harris Teeter brand (Harris Teeter, Premier Selection, H.T. Traders, Harris Teeter Naturals, Your Pet, Hunters Farm, Highland Crest and Your Value) goes to support James Simons Elementary.  This program does not interfere with your VIC card savings or cost any money. To get started, give a Harris Teeter Cashier the JSES code 2604 and your VIC card.  That's it!  You only have to link your card to the school once each school year. 

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 


School Hours 7:50 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Office Hours 7:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m.

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