James Simons Elementary

This is the official Facebook Fan Page for James Simons School: A Montessori Focus located in downtown Charleston, South Carolina.

Mission: James Simons School is a safe, inclusive and supportive public Montessori community. We inspire students to become confident, motivated and successful life-long learners.

We appreciate the love and kale! What a fun Wednesday it was.

ALL HAIL THE KALE! We had so much fun celebtrating our Harvest of the Month with delicious nut free Kale Pesto at our Sanders Clyde Elementary School & James Simons Elementary pop up stations, Kale and mixed green salads and Stono Park Elementary's wonder kale braised with sautee'd onion, garlic, pepper and a little chili powder. Thank you to The Green Heart Project for your help and support! South Carolina Farm to School #SCGROWN


10 Things Every Parent Should Know About Play | NAEYC

This week's article from Ms. Greene on the importance of play.


Our final Make and Take Literacy parenting event for this school year was a huge success! Many thanks to Ms. Bryant and Ms. Kraft for their dedication, preparation and love for literacy.

[02/03/20]   Want to tour James Simons Montessori?
Email [email protected]
Tour dates: Wed. 2/5 2/19 2/26
8:30 - 9:30 a.m.


PHOTOS: Star Wars Reads Day 2019 at Main Library


Charleston County Public Library

“She does what she does without fanfare, celebration, or notoriety, simply putting her hand out and doing the work that needs to be done. That reminds me so much of Cynthia."


The Healthy Basket Sign up by Tomorrow, Wednesday September 25th


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[09/19/19]   AFTERNOON DISMISSAL THURSDAY, 9/19. Huger Street is still closed. All cars entering campus to pick up students MUST enter through Moultire Street.Please be extra careful because our walkers and bike riders are also using this entrance.


The Mindful Seed

Parents, please consider this wonderful opportunity with your children.

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International Talk Like a Pirate Day: The Pirates of Charleston

Get ye to the library, ye scurvy dogs!

ccpl.org Hurd/St. Andrews Regional Library - Explore the Golden Age of Piracy with Charleston Pirate Tours! Discover the ties that Black Beard, Stede Bonnet and Anne Bonny had to the Lowcountry, and learn how piracy impacted Charleston. Following the presentation, kids get to go on a treasure hunt with an au...

Please take a minute to read our Media Release below:

The week of September 9-13, 2019 marked 100 years since
James Simons Elementary School opened its doors. A pivotal part of Charleston’s rich history, school leaders say James Simons has always been a place that represents hope, family, and community.

For example, it was one of the first schools in Charleston to desegregate. Five years ago, the first African-American children to desegregate a Charleston school, Oveta Glover and Barbara Ford Morrison returned to James Simons to officially dedicate the new building.

The new building was renovated to include the original, historical staircase that goes out to Moultrie Street, once again paying homage to the roots of James Simons.

Alumni and present students of James Simons alike have been very proud of the history there. This school has always honored the past while looking to the future.

To mark the centennial of James Simons, students, parents, teachers, and community members have planned several events to celebrate this historical milestone.

The school has recently partnered with conNECKtedTOO, a group of artists, educators, activists working with and for TINY Businesses, to create a spiraled mandala In the Whorl of Time, that is being showcased in the historical entrance
of the school.

The 1200 pieces have been created under the leadership of artist Sonia Osio and educator Pamella Gibbs. Students and educators have been working on these pieces for the past year. The individual mandalas were created by classes at James Simons as well as a school in Ecudaor and another school in Georgia. This collaborative effort came together to represent 1919-2019, the historical timeline of the school, race relationships, field trips to neighborhood TINY businesses by
the middle school entrepreneurship class, family stories, and wishes for the future.

“Our school’s history is something that should be celebrated and honored,” said Principal Chris Ryan. “School is a place where hope is fostered and dreams are realized. We have to see ourselves as part of something bigger than ourselves and
this exhibit gives us the opportunity to do so.”

James Simons is inviting families and community members into the school for tours during our regularly scheduled school tours on the first and third Wednesday of every month.

“In the Whorl of Time is an example of a vision being realized and is a gift to our school, our community, and most importantly to our students in so many ways,” Ryan added.

If you are interested in touring James Simons, please contact Michelle Kraft [email protected].

Additionally James Simons alumni will be invited as special guests to be interviewed by current students October 15-16, 2019. Interested alumni should contact Jennifer Savage [email protected].

The goal is to foster intergenerational conversations and to build community. Students will have the opportunity to create authentic informative writing samples as they capture first-hand accounts of their school’s history.

The Centennial Celebration will culminate in May with the performance James Simons Through the Decades by Lauren Martin and the school’s music students.

If you are interested in learning more about James Simons’s Centennial Celebration, check out We Are James Simons Centennial on Facebook.

For more information contact the Office of Strategy and Communications at (843) 937-6303.

The Charleston Promise Neighborhood

Parents! Just a reminder that you can still sign your children up for our Kidswell program!

Through Kidswell, your child will have access to on-campus healthcare both in-person and/or through telemedicine!

This service does not replace your child's healthcare provider, rather it gives students and parents a convenient and reliable way to access healthcare during school days!

You can sign up through the links below!

Please shoot us over a DM if you have any questions!

English Enrollment Form:


Spanish Enrollment Form:


[09/16/19]   REMINDER: Early Release Day this Friday, Sept. 20th.
Dismissal at 12:55.

So excited about this art exhibit and the beautiful partnerships and historical events is represents. ❤️

“In The Whorl Of Time”
Join #conNECKtedTOO and artist Sonia Osio, and educator Pamella Gibbs tomorrow to view the unveiling of”In The Whorl Of Time”

[09/10/19]   PTO Parent Night is this Wednesday, 9/11 from 5:30-6:45.
Hope to see you all there (here)!

Check out this exciting news!

It's a Centennial Celebration!
James Simons will be celebrating 100 years this school year and has tons of festivities planned for the week of September 9th - 14th!
The school has recently partnered with conNECKtedTOO, a group of artists, educators, activists working with and for TINY Businesses, to create a spiraled mandala “In the Whorl of Time”, that will be showcased in the historical entrance of the school. The 1200 pieces have been created under the leadership of artist Sonia Osio and educator Pamella Gibbs. They represent 1919-2019, the historical timeline of the school and race relationships, fieltrips to neighborhood TINY businesses by the middle school entrepreneurship class, family stories and wishes for the future.
Alumni will be invited as special guests to be interviewed by current students with all interviews preserved at the Library of Congress via Story Corps.
The school is inviting families and community members into the school for tours and hopes to end the week with a block party showcasing all of our community partners.

Welcome back to school, students! We had a fabulous day with you and are looking forward to a great year ahead. Below are just some of the "First Day" smiles we saw today!

We Are James Simons - Centennial Celebration 1919-2019

Calling all parents, students and alumni . . . please share our centennial celebration page with friends and family! Hoping to find former students from James Simons through the decades. We look forward to hearing your James Simons stories in our survey.


8th grade promotion ceremony. We will miss them so much!

Primary Bridging ceremony. Such a special time at James Simons....

Inspiring field trip to the Halsey yesterday with Mrs. Beeson’s class. The Garden of Dark and Light is inspired by Charleston.

Charlie hugs and so much sun! Great day at the Riverdogs today for our excellent second grade readers!

Reminder, no school and Kaleidoscope is closed on Memorial Day, May 27, 2019.

More pics from the Accelerated Reader trip! Complete with a dolphin tour and lunch at Taco Boy on Folly!

Amazing dolphin tour today with the AR kiddos! Thanks Mrs. Jump for all you do!!

Come join us for our Volunteer Breakfast on 5/21/19 from 7:30am-9:30am. It is always a great time to recognize those who help us so much!

[05/08/19]   Upper Elementary Field Day is 5/24/19.

The time has come. SC State Testing is upon us, and we will begin this Thursday 5/9/19 first thing in the morning. Please make sure your child gets to school on time, gets plenty of rest, and gets a great breakfast. Let's set our students up for success!

Hope everyone is ready to come out and volunteer in the James Simons Native Plant garden day! See you this Sunday at 10!

[05/02/19]   Family movie night is 5/10/19. The cost is $5. Come join us!

WCIV | ABC News 4

This is the view from above showing teachers and supporters gathered in Columbia for Wednesday's education reform rally. The crowd is estimated at 10,000 people. #AllOutMay1
🎥: S.C. Dept. of Public Safety

[05/01/19]   Look for progress reports to come home tomorrow, 5/2/19.

Thank you to all who came out to support our Multi-Cultural night! Here are some pics from the event.


3 new photos by Amy Treneff

Great night celebrating James Simons Elementary and raising funds!


[04/17/19]   Reminder Spring Weekend is coming up soon. No School for Students 4/19/19 and 4/22/19. Kaleidoscope will be open.

[04/15/19]   Spirit Day at Home Team BBQ is this Thursday, 4/18/19. Come support our school!

[04/11/19]   JSE Multi-Cultural Festival is April 17th from 5:30PM to 7:30PM. Come join us. :-)


The Montessori Teacher Experience

We are so proud of the hard work put into this beautiful video and even happier to share it with all of you.

This is "The Montessori Teacher Experience" by Palmetto Coast Media on Vimeo, the home for high quality videos and the people who love them.

[04/09/19]   Parenting Partners is 5pm-7pm this Wed. 4/10/19.

[04/04/19]   Dental Access is this Friday, April 5th.

[04/03/19]   Report Cards come home this Thursday!

[04/02/19]   Parenting Partners tomorrow.
Wednesday, April 3,

South Carolina Department of Education

The Nutrition Services Department in the Charleston County School District invited Chef GioVanni Richardson, founder of "A Taste of Gullah," into the kitchen at James Simons Elementary to connect curriculum to the cafeteria during Black History Month.

On February 28, 2019 students enjoyed a Gullah cuisine menu of okra gumbo, all meat pilau, rutabagas with greens, southern succotash, mandazi, and fresh fruit.

Learn more ⬇️ on how the CCSD Nutrition Services Department is connecting curriculum to the cafeteria:


[03/21/19]   Reminder Friday, 3/22/19, we dismiss at 1:00pm. Early Dismissal for Spring Break.

[03/20/19]   Spring Break is March 25th-March 29th! Enjoy!

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James Simons Fall Picnic
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741 King St
Charleston, SC

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