We signed a lease! And it has us feeling like this:
We are leasing the shopfront at 1451 S. 1st. in Old Louisville. We are so eager to move in, but first we are waiting to gain access to it while it undergoes $10,000 of remodeling to make it perfect for welcoming children. We plan to have an open house on site once renovations are complete. We are planning on early August for the open house, with the school being ready for its first day with children on Tuesday, September 5 (fingers crossed that all goes according to plan!).
Until then, we are happy to meet with you in person by visiting your home or finding you out in the world at a place of your choosing (like a park or coffeeshop), to discuss our school, Montessori in general, and the Wildflower school network. We can also meet in our temporary office in Old Louisville. If you're interested in a visit, please let us know what works for you! We are generally available 9-5 weekdays, but we can also accommodate weekend and evening hours if that works best for you.
In the meantime, please feel free to explore the website as well as our Magnolia Montessori virtual information session. It contains most of the information we shared with families at our recent orientation and information session. Please explore the linked presentation and contact us with follow-up questions as you like!
If you are ready to apply, please fill out the application questionnaire on our website. Once you've done that and we've received it via our website, we will contact you with enrollment paperwork!
Thank you all so much for your interest in our school. We look forward to continuing to deepen our connections with you.
Clare, Sam, and Whitney
Hello Magnolia Families!
Thank you for introducing yourselves to us over the last few weeks via Facebook, our website, and in person at events like Springfest and the Flea Off Market. We have so enjoyed putting faces with names and we cannot wait to invite you into our school space!
We know that some of you are anxiously waiting for an update about Magnolia Montessori, and we want to keep you in the loop about our work. In short, a lot has shifted in recent weeks. We were intent on landing a home for a school in Old Louisville, but two prospective locations fell through after tough negotiations. We are disappointed about this, but we know our budget, and in order to keep Magnolia accessible to every family in the neighborhood, we have to find a home that is beautiful, functional, and affordable.
We continued to work incessantly on our search, and with the help of our lovely community, we have three new prospective locations, two of which are not in Old Louisville. One is in Butchertown and the other is in the Highlands. We have spent the past week negotiating with landlords and inviting licensing agencies to each space, to make sure they fit state and local requirements for our needs. We knew that adding "Administrator" to our resumes would be a lot of work, but we never knew we would learn so much about the Health Department, Building Codes, and various plumbing regulations! Suffice it to say, we are fast becoming experts at commercial real estate and small business startup. ;)
With all that we've learned from licensing officials, it seems we still have three very good options for our school, each bringing different, unique strengths to the table. We hope to make a decision by the end of the week after our final licensing visits and plumbing estimates come through. Please keep your fingers crossed for an optimal resolution as we hone in on our home!
More than anything, in our search for a school home, we have been reminded that much of Montessori is a process, not a product. Just as we strive to foster an environment for children that emphasizes process as the venue for real learning, we must remember that building a school is also a process. We are learning how to adapt, amend, and appreciate each other along the way (as well as to be adamant and open about our needs and desires). We also appreciate all of the loving kindness we have felt from parents and friends in the community. We have felt the support, and we know you are eager to hear from us. Every inquiring email reminds us that we are part of a community who is thinking about us and cheering us on.
To all the families waiting to see us again and meet our space, we have planned an Open House/Orientation for July 6, from 5:30-7pm. We intend to hold the orientation in our new space--where ever that may be. The orientation will be parents only (so we can have your fullest attention; leave the children at home for this one, please). We will cover an introduction to Montessori, the Wildflower network and principles, and our own Magnolia Montessori School in theory and reality. We are sending each and every family we have spoken to an invite to the event and we hope you will join us! Please RSVP here if you plan to attend, and we will update you on the location as soon as we have it confirmed!
At this point, we plan on opening in line with JCPS calendar, but it is possible that an unforeseen obstacle may push back our start date slightly. Thanks again for your patience and enthusiasm.
Whitney, Clare and Sam
Please follow us on Instagram and Facebook and subscribe to our events there!
Hi y'all! Thank you so much for all the interest you've been showing in our site! Hopefully you like what you see. Perhaps you've even filled out a contact form on our website. Yay! One little thing, though: we ran into some technical difficulties with our domain for a few days (from Monday to Thursday, May 8-11) and might not have received your form. So:
If you attempted to submit a contact form on our website this week, please re-submit it, or simply send us an email at all(at)magnolia-montessori.org or message us on our Facebook page.
Come see us at Old Louisville Springfest on May 19th through 21st. We will be tabling to share information about our program, as well as meet and greet families in our neighborhood.
Check out our Facebook event and let us know you will come!
Magnolia Montessori is inspired by the principles of the Wildflower network, including the commitment to a shopfront school. Our concept is to have a school that is nestled in the heart of Old Louisville, where we live and serve.
We are pursuing two spaces in Old Louisville that we fully believe in as beautiful spaces that will serve our community as a home away from home. We don't know yet which site will be ours ultimately, but as soon as we know we will let interested families and the public know!
We are as eager as you are to share photos and give tours of our new school. Follow us on Facebook and here on the website to find out as soon as we do!
The folks at Magnolia Montessori have been working for months to get our program up and running. We have been imagining what our school looks like and are doing our best to set up an environment that meets or exceeds our ideals. We have a lot of hopes. We want Magnolia to be a place like no other in Louisville.
We want it to be a nest in the neighborhood where young children can come to thrive. We want it to be a haven for parents, who are present because they need quality care for their young ones, but also desire a supportive learning community of peers to dive into the Montessori life style. We want a work environment for teachers that meets their needs too. One that will support their passion for continued research and practice, while enhancing their fullness in general instead of taxing their ability to give. We want our school to be a beacon of light in the community--one that makes children and their role more visible and important. We want our neighbors to know who we are because of the good we do and the relationships we build.
We look forward to meeting all the families and little ones that will be in our program next year. We can't wait to hear how you'll be involved. We have a lot of work to do! We will keep you updated.