Lamplighter News-August 13th, 2018

Welcome to Lamplighter Montessori School for the 2018-2019 school year. We are all so excited to reconnect with our returning friends and, also, to learn about our new students joining us this year. The summer has been busy building our new MakerSpace. In fact, we have our first visiting artist from Youngblood Studio ( teaching the Upper and Lower Elementary class on August 23rd at 8:45am. The Youngblood Studio team will help us get our Scarecrow started to enter in Lichterman Nature Center's 10th Annual Scarecrow contest, discuss careers in art, and share progress on their current projects. We can't wait to work together on this fun Fall project together!

Parent Orientation

Parent Orientation is August 23rd, 6:30p-8:00p. Attendance is mandatory for all families. This is when you learn about the classroom routine, get better acquainted with your child's teacher, meet other families, and ask questions. Please mark your calendar now. Childcare will be provided!


We are using REMIND as our new parent/school communication tool. Be on the lookout for our "Test" texts, e-mails, calls, and alerts as we set it up over the next two weeks. This is how you will receive all school newsletter communication, urgent and emergency alerts, and weather related school closing advisories. 

Transparent Classroom

We are in the process of onboarding Transparent Classroom, an on-line record keeping, classroom planning, and student progress documentation system. With the many intuitive features, teachers will be able to share photos of learning milestones and daily progress, as well as show a more robust timeline of student achievement. We appreciate your patience while we input key curriculu information and student demographics. Please be on the look-out for an e-mail inviting you to join Transparent Classroom. There, it will walk you through the steps of customizing how you want progress to be shared with you. 

Our staff has grown over the summer!!

  • Lamplighter will offer Orff Music classes this year with certified Orff instructor, Marie Cory, M.M. Many of you might already know her from Kindermusik classes last year. With both her undergraduate and Masters degree in Music, she is eager to work with our students and take our music program to the next level! She is also offering a Toddler Music club after school.
  • Allison Renner, M.LIS, is our new MakerSpace teacher, Librarian, and Social Media Manager. She is that talented! Ms. Renner has her Masters in Library Sciences, has worked as a Librarian in the school system and public library, dabbles in professional photography, is an accomplished graphic designer, and is the Young Adult Blog manager for the American Library Association! She has experience starting MakerSpaces for youth and has even written a STEM curriculum for a library system in Texas. Suffice it to say, she is ready to launch our new MakerSpace!
  • We welcome Mrs. Hoxie as a new Lead Toddler teacher. She has her Toddler Montessori certification and has been teaching for over 13 years. She adds so much joy, patience, and knowledge of child development to our team and we are immensely grateful to have her aboard.
  • Noor Pyarali is our new Early Childhood intern with Mrs. Ligia. Many of you may already know her from assisting in the classroom last year. Now, she is brimming with fresh ideas and a heightened love of Montessori straight out of training this summer. We welcome her contributions and amazingly calm presence in the classroom.
  • Ms. Farris will assist Mrs. Haynes in Upper Elementary. She attended the entire program (through middle school) at Maria Montessori School, has an in-depth and first-hand understanding of Montessori teaching, and her mother is also a Montessori teacher! Her love of Montessori runs deep and she is ready to launch her career as a Montessori teacher with us and we are grateful to have her on our team!
  • Mrs. Perkins is now co-teaching with Mrs. Brandon, bringing her expertise in reading development, love for Montessori, and K-8th teaching license. She taught for over 20 years at Harding Academy and is looking forward to applying her infinite wisdom in the Lower Elementary classroom.
  • Ms. Fly will teach with Mrs. Panjwani this year in the Toddler environment. She was so wonderful as a Summer Camp counselor, we had to hire her! She has her degree in Early Childhood education, has taught for 3 yrs at Lipman Montessori School, and was a pre-school Lead teacher. She has a new love for working with Toddlers and can't wait to go for training next summer.
  • Last, but not least, Mrs. Applegate is our ultra-organized Compliance Coordinator who is embracing this new position with the professionalism and dedication that the role demands. We are thrilled to have her expertise in the front office!

Please feel free to contact the front office with any questions, 901.751.2000 

Astrid French
Head of School