Congratulations to Dylan Tie-Shue (AMS Class of 2013, RE Class of 2020) and Anna Mistele (AMS Class of 2012, RE Class of 2019) for placing top five in the 38th Annual David Essner Mathematics Competition at the University of Miami on October 20. Dylan finished second and Anna fourth – breaking a seven-year streak of boys only in the event's top five.
Jake Schwartz (AMS Class of 2012, RE Class of 2019) received a gold medal for a Speech and Debate.
Alasdair MacEachern (AMS Class of 2012, RE Class of 2019) received a Performance Award for the Boys' Cross Country Team District Championship after they came in ninth in the state.
Leila Zaydon (AMS Class of 2016, RE Class of 2023) earned The Rock Award for Middle School Girls' Varsity Volleyball after they were the Runner Up at the South Florida Middle School Conference.
Claire Irigoyen (AMS Class of 2012, RE Class of 2019) won the Coaches' Award for the Girls Cross Country Team after they came in fourth in their district competition.
On November 28th, the Alexander Show Choir sang in a caroling competition in downtown Coral Gables and won the grand prize after competing against 30 schools! We are so proud of them!!!
Our Middle School Prep students had a blast at their annual Turkey Bowl right before Thanksgiving Break!
The children from Blue Door are learning to garden. They planted the seeds, observed, and measured the growth of their vegetables for weeks and finally got to harvest! They enjoyed tasting green beans, cucumber, and lettuce last week. The pumpkin, squash, and other vegetables are still growing but they will be ready soon!
On Saturday morning, November 10th, Coach Rudy asked four girls from the 4th/5th Grade Girls Soccer Team to come and fill in on the Boys 4th/5th Grade Soccer Team in their Tournament Chamionship Game. Most of the 5th Grade boys from the team couldn't make the game because of an SSAT test. The girls who were asked to play only had about 40 minutes to get over to the game, but made it! Oakley McCarthy-Arcos, Adria Rothfield, and Garoe del Coso, 4th Grade, along with Brielle Tirse, 5th Grade, all played in the game. They didn't win the game, but were runners-up in the tournament. They all received medals for their participation. Here is a photo of Oakley, Adria, and Garoe.
Congrats to our Alexander Spelling Bee Team, which tied for First Place this year as they competed against 21 other independent schools! The team is made up of five 5th Graders: Aaliyah Asghar, Armando Barlick, Joseph Candib, Lucas Schleifer, and Jack Barnes. They are shown in that order, from left to right, along with their Team Leader and the Language Arts Teacher, Mrs. Kahn, in the photo below. This is Alexander Montessori's 11th year participating in the ISSF Spelling Bee and each year, the Alexander Spelling Bee Team has brought home a trophy. In total, Alexander Montessori students have won seven First Place trophies, three Second Place trophies, and one Third Place trophy. Congratulations to the Alexander Montessori Spelling Bee Team!
On November 16th, our Preschoolers and their parents at our Old Cutler Road Campus carried donations of food across the street to St. Andrew's Church for those less fortunate. The cans of soup, loaves of bread, jars of peanut butter and jelly, and much more were used for Thanksgiving Baskets! Then on November 19th, students from the Red Road Campus brought their Thanksgiving Food Drive donations to the pantry of St. Augustine Church on the University of Miami Campus in Coral Gables. They toured the church and its kitchen, and got a taste of the difference they're making for this community. Peach Door students, from the Palmetto Bay Campus, walked their donations to the pantry at St. Thomas Lutheran-by-the-Sea.
Girl Scout Daisy Troop 1846 completed its first Leadership Journey Award by planting a sensory "touching" garden for the Alexander Community to enjoy at our Old Cutler Road Campus. The plants all have soft or interesting textures, including mimosa "tickle plants" that the girls raised from seeds. The troop members include Arya Punnen (Blue Door), Lilak Hidalgo (Blue Door), Aria Rivera Flores (Aqua Door), Fiona Aftimos Rubin (Aqua Door), Fatima Edoo (Aqua Door), Aviva Jerez (White Door), and Evelyn Totz (Red Door).
Fourth Grader Oakley McCarthy-Arcos's family in Chile discovered a handwritten memoir by Oakley's great great grandmother, Mara Márquez Digoy, which they turned into a book. Vivir Cada Minuto (Live Every Minute) had its launch party in Santiago, Chile last month. Oakley was asked to create an illustration for one chapter of the book. She drew a scene where her great grandmother was on a huge ocean liner traveling from Chile to Europe. She was a little girl at the time and didn't know what to do with her dirty laundry, so she concluded the best thing to do was to throw it out into the open ocean.
Parents were treated to a special tea time with Mrs. Beverley McGhee, Co-Founder of Alexander Montessori, while they shopped at the Holiday Bazaar. Mrs. McGhee brought out her wedding china and shared some lovely homemade sandwiches and treats!