School Calendar - Upcoming Dates
November 27, 5:00: Fifth grade parent meeting about sixth grade math placement
November 30: 6th Grade Holiday Bazaar
December 6 & 7: Ice cream truck
December 12, 12:20: Early dismissal for grades 7 & 8 (day before exams)
December 13 & 14, 11:30: 
Early dismissal for grades 7 & 8 (exams)
December 17, 11:30: 
Early dismissal for grades 6, 7 & 8 (exams)
December 18, 12:20: 
Early dismissal for grades 6, 7 & 8 (exam correction day)
December 18: 
End of 2nd quarter
December 19: 
No school for kindergarteners
December 19, 9:00: 
Holiday Program. Class parties after program. Dismissal at approximately 10:30.
December 20 - January 2: Holiday Break. School resumes January 3.
Parents: Please scroll all the way down to see important Reminders, Grade-Specific News, Sports, and more.


NEW NEWS
Photos with Santa - Sign Up!
As part of the Holiday Bazaar sponsored by the 6th grade, Santa Claus will be visiting Mason Prep for festive photos with all the nice girls and boys. Pictures can be with siblings, friends, or even teachers. We will also have a photo booth with fun props for the older kids who think they are too big for Santa - is that even possible? The cost for each photograph is $5.00. Pictures will be distributed to your child the following week at school. Please fill out the form and return with payment by Thursday, November 29. Please make checks payable to Mason Prep.


Shop for the Holidays AND Support our School!
Doing some online shopping over the Thanksgiving break? Shop through Amazon Smile and raise money for our school - it's easy! Here's how to sign up for Amazon Smile:
1.) Click here (smile.amazon.com) to go to the Amazon Smile Website. Sign in using your Amazon account. 
2.) Type "Mason Prep PTO" in the charitable organization search box.
3.) From now on, do your shopping on Amazon as you normally do - just remember to start from the Amazon Smile address instead of the usual Amazon address. (You may find it useful to add https://smile.amazon.com as a bookmark/favorite in your browser so you remember to use this address.)
4.) Amazon will donate a portion of every purchase to our PTO!
If you have any questions, please contact Elaina England.

Make a Difference on #GivingTuesday!
On Tuesday, November 27, people from all over the world will be donating to their favorite charities as part of #GivingTuesday, a global philanthropic movement that follows Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday. We encourage you to participate--and you can even include the Mason Prep Foundation as part of your efforts to make a difference on this day of worldwide generosity. Donations to the Foundation help Mason Prep provide the best possible learning experience for our students by funding special initiatives that fall outside the school's operating budget. This year, we're seeking to raise critical funding for the school's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) programs, as well as needed facility enhancements. To show your support for Mason Prep on #GivingTuesday, simply give online here.

City Market Tree Lighting December 8 
Come see our 3rd and 4th graders sing at the City Market Tree Lighting on December 8 at 7:00 pm. Our students will sing for 10-15 minutes, and there may be a visit from Anna and Elsa from Disney's "Frozen!"

6th Grade Holiday Bazaar: Elf-Tastic Raffle Items 
The Holiday Bazaar raffle is going to rival Santa's workshop! Get ready to buy your tickets for a chance to win AirPods, $100 cash, movie tickets, LOL dolls, a giant teddy bear, and MORE! The Bazaar is Friday, November 30. All students will visit the bazaar, where they can purchase items handmade by the 6th graders. There will be gift items priced from $1-$5 for everyone on your list (even the furry ones!), baked goods, and the raffle. You can even get your gifts wrapped for $.50 (each)! All proceeds support the 6th grade field trip to Florida. This is Mason Prep's kickoff to the holiday season, and we can't wait!

Clothing Drive Coming Up for Lowcountry Orphan Relief

Our annual clothing drive to collect items for Lowcountry Orphan Relief is coming up December 10-14! You are invited to "Bring a Pair In the Size You Wear" (underwear). Gently used clothing and stuffed animals are welcome as well.

Reindeer Run Saturday, December 8
The Mason Prep Running Club invites all students and families (and dogs!) to join them in the Reindeer Run 5K race on Saturday, December 8, benefiting MUSC’s Children’s Hospital. Find more information and registrations instructions on theReindeer Run website (there is a discounted early runner rate available until November 24). 

A Huge Thanks! 
The PTO would like to extend a heartfelt thank you to everyone who purchased Chick-Fil-A biscuits on November 16. We sold out! The biscuits will be back early in 2019 by popular demand. Again, thank you - 100% of the money raised by the PTO goes directly to supporting our children and the school. For more information, please contact Elizabeth Mills.


REMINDERS
Help Welcome French Visitors to Mason Prep
French visitors are coming to Mason Prep (March 31 - April 6)! There are many wonderful opportunities to interact with the students and their teachers. You do not have to speak French to help. 
- Host students or a teacher in your home
- Chaperone and drive students to and from field trips around Charleston
- Help coordinate events for our visitors
Please contact Julia Royall if you would like to participate or have any questions.


GRADE-SPECIFIC NEWS
3rd and 4th Grades
City Market Tree Lighting December 8
We are looking forward to performing at the tree lighting! Please arrive by 6:50. We will sing (for 10-15 minutes) songs from the holiday program as well as some secular songs like "Silent Night" and "Jingle Bells." Don't forget to dress as a princess or a prince - we will be visited by Anna and Elsa from Disney's "Frozen!"

Kindergarten through 3rd Grade (reminder)
Developmental Basketball - Sign Up Forms Due Nov. 30
Mason Prep’s developmental basketball league teaches our young players and prepares them for the gradual advancement to the competitive level of play that begins in the fourth grade. Our developmental teams will have five practice days and one play day, with practices beginning on Sunday, January 6, and ending on February 10. For more information and to sign up, please download this letter. Sign-up forms are due November 30.

8th Grade (reminder)
Community Service Opportunity 
8th graders are invited to help the teachers supervise the K-2nd grade students in the lunchroom in the morning as part of their community service requirement. Find more information and a sign-up sheet here. Registrations are due by Tuesday, November 27.


SPORTS - SUPPORT THE
 KNIGHTS
The regular season for our 5th-8th grade teams in the Trident Basketball Association is scheduled to begin on Sunday, December 2. The TBA schedule should be available on the league website (tridentbasketball.com) on Wednesday, November 28.

Mason Preparatory School
56 Halsey Blvd Charleston, SC 29401
(843) 723-0664 (843) 723-1104