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.

[05/29/20]   Many thanks to South Carolina Aquarium and The Charleston Promise Neighborhood for an amazing virtual tour of the aquarium last night! We learned so many fascinating facts and enjoyed the video footage. ๐Ÿ ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿ๐Ÿฆ€๐ŸฆŽ๐Ÿฆ‘๐Ÿฆˆ๐Ÿฆ๐ŸŸ

JSM families! We hope to see you at the South Carolina Aquarium, virtually of course. Please check with your teacher for the Zoom password. See you tomorrow night! ๐Ÿ™๐Ÿฆˆ๐Ÿฆ€๐Ÿ ๐Ÿฆ‘๐ŸŸ๐Ÿ๐Ÿฆ๐Ÿข๐Ÿฆ‰

CPN's Virtual Family Night at the South Carolina Aquarium is tomorrow!๐Ÿ 

Chicora, James Simons, Mary Ford, and Sanders Clyde Elementary students and families:

Join the CPN team for a virtual experience under the sea with the South Carolina Aquarium! Their team has some awesome things lined up just for our students and we would love to see all of you in attendance!

Simply reach out to a teacher or other school staff member (or DM us at CPN) for the Zoom meeting link and password!

Don't forget your snorkels! Can't wait to see you there!

[05/18/20]   We are so pleased to share with all of our JSM families this year's virtual talent show. Many thanks to Ms. Martin for her hard work putting it all together.

We are so grateful for our partnership with Greenheart and all the opportunities they provide to CCSD students. Please consider supporting their annual Harvest Dinner next Thursday, 5/21. Due to current circumstances, it will be curbside pick-up only. Tickets can be purchased here:


Sustainable Art Lessons with Kit Loney of conNECKtedTOO | conNECKted TOO

Reminder that students can create a journal in 15 minutes at CoNECKtedtoo's art session:


[05/08/20]   Message from Ms. Kraft:

Ms. Kraft would like to thank all of the students who have been participating in the school wide Pen Pal Program. As of May 8th we have collected 205 letters! They will be archived and displayed as an artifact from this "pandemic period" to see how the children felt about it and all the fun things they did with their families as a result. If you are having a hard time getting stamps and envelopes, students can write a letter about what they have been doing, take a picture of their letter, and email it to Ms. Kraft and she will print it for the archive.

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Also, thank you to all of the families who have borrowed books from Ms. Kraft and returned them so she can wipe them down and give them to another family. If you would like more books, just email her as well! Keep Reading!!! Keep Writing!!! :)


James Simons Through the Decades

Please take some time to learn about our school ... through the decades!

docs.google.com James Simons Through the Decades


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Thank you James Simons educators, for all you do for our students! We love you and are grateful for your passion and dedication. โค๏ธ


Knock Knock Jokes from Mrs. Kraft

More funnies from Ms. Kraft!

Students, please check out this cool opportunity Friday, May 8th! ๐Ÿ“š

FRIDAY, MAY 8 at 2:00 EST โ€” Sustainable art Lessons with Kit Loney of @conNECKtedTOO ! All ages welcome, especially families with children getting restless during isolation. See details and list of materials below and click here to join:


Or Dial In:


Meeting ID: 953 7895 8977
Password: 420500


[04/28/20]   Kindergartners, go to the City of Charleston Police Department's page, tomorrow, Wednesday April 29th at 2pm for "Live Reading" from a few of our SRO's. Wave to Officer Fife, if you see her! ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿ“–๐Ÿ‘ฎโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ“š


Bailey: Fourth-graders have a lesson to teach the people trashing Charleston

Join me in congratulating our very own, Destinee. We are so proud of her and her winning essay. Keep Charleston Beautiful!

postandcourier.com As it turns out, Iโ€™ve found an ally in Elizabeth Calhoun, a fourth-grader at Buist Academy: We have both had it with the litterers who are trashing our neighborhoods and

[04/27/20]   Hello everyone! Here's a "punny" video from Ms. Kraft and her husband. Enjoy!

Ms. Kraft's "Punny" Video


Story Time With The Citadel | Krause Center for Leadership and Ethics | The Citadel

Students, looking for a good story? Please check out The Citadel's Story-time website project.

krausecenter.citadel.edu The mission of Story Time With The Citadel is to share the joy of reading, even when we can not be together in a classroom. There is nothing more fun than reading a good book together. These students, staff, and friends of the Citadel have picked some of their favorites to read (some are even โ€ฆ


Art & Creativity

Arts and culture activities for home.

buffalostateschoolawayfromschool.com Art History


The University of Florida Lastinger Center

Parents, we know how difficult social distancing and school closure is for you. Here are some resources. Please reach out if you need anything.

lastinger.center.ufl.edu Online learning is very different from being in the classroom. These resources will help you tackle your classload while learning at home.


Reading Around the Bases - Message from Chris Singleton

2nd Graders, this video is for YOU from The Riverdogs!

Message from Chris Singleton, RiverDogs Director of Community Outreach.


Create online photo collages

Many thanks to all the staff members who participated in today's at-home-fire-drill!

photocollage.com Create online photo collages for free. Add photos without uploading. Arrange them into a free-form collage or use one of the many templates. Save and share your collages online, or use them as your Facebook or Twitter header. No registration needed. Works on iOS and Android tablets and phones and in...


"Don't Give Up On Me" Andy Grammer ft. PS22 Chorus

Hang in there kiddos, we know staying home is difficult, but we're not giving up on you!

http://facebook.com/ps22chorus http://instagram/theps22chorus http://ps22chorus.blogspot.com http://twitter.com/ps22chorus PS22 Chorus kids always like to em...

[04/13/20]   Please note the change in todayโ€™s meal distribution:
Grab & Go meals will be available from 1 - 3 today. No AM WiFi buses.
Stay safe everyone!


Get Back Up Again.mp4

Students, here is a surprise video from your special area teachers. We all love and miss you. Have an amazing spring break!



Families, yesterday was Census Day 2020. Please make sure everyone is counted! More info . . .

census.gov Six of the 10 counties with the largest population gains this decade were in Texas โ€” Harris, Tarrant, Bexar, Dallas, Collin, and Travis.



Former 'Reading Rainbow' host LeVar Burton to livestream readings for people stuck at home

Reading and a rainbow all in one! ๐ŸŒˆ ๐Ÿ“š

thehill.com โ€œYou have my blanket permission for any of my stories Levar,โ€ Gaiman responded. Gaiman has published six short story collections in addition to the 13 novels he has written or co-written.

James Simons Montessori is proving that SEL can even happen remotely! We send healthy food ideas, Book Bags to families, photos of our furry friends, daily writing prompts for staff and even started a Pen Pal program! โค๏ธ๐Ÿ‡๐Ÿ“š๐Ÿถ๐Ÿ“– #SELinCCSD #WeAreMontessori


How To Make 5 EASY Paper Airplanes that FLY FAR | PPO

Post your videos kids!

5 PAPER AIRPLANES ANYONE CAN MAKE Fly World Record distances with these paper airplanes, try them all out and comment below what your favorite plane is! Whet...

[03/26/20]   James Simons families, tomorrow, Friday, March 27th, will be your last opportunity to pick up additional work and technology. Please drive through the car loop drop-off line between 9 - 11 a.m. and remain in your car. For specific questions, email your child's teacher(s).

Parents, please note that beginning Monday, March 30th, Grab and Go Meals will only be available Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays.

Please see below for meal service updates starting on Monday, March 30. Spread the word!

Charleston County School District

Keep looking for daily emails from your teachers. Weโ€™ve got this, James Simons family. Reach out if you need anything. โค๏ธโค๏ธโค๏ธ

Governor Henry McMaster and South Carolina Superintendent of Education Molly Spearman today released the following joint statement announcing that South Carolinaโ€™s schools will remain closed for the duration of the month of April:

โ€œAt this time, students, parents, and families should plan for South Carolinaโ€™s schools to remain closed through the month of April. Our dedicated teachers and school administrators have done a tremendous job in making it possible for our students to learn at home. We understand that the prospect of schools remaining closed for an extended period of time places stress and strain on parents and children. Rest assured, if there is any way to safely open our schools earlier, we will do that, but schools must remain closed to protect the health and safety of South Carolinians.โ€


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Videos (show all)

Ms. Kraft's "Punny" Video
James Simons Fall Picnic
International Peace Day @ James Simons





741 King St
Charleston, SC

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Tuesday 07:30 - 15:30
Wednesday 07:30 - 15:30
Thursday 07:30 - 15:30
Friday 07:30 - 15:30
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