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The Benefits of an All-Boys Education at Gilman School



Boys will be boys. That old line is usually thrown around whenever we find our young men involved with stick fighting, horse play, creepy-crawly collecting, and other not-quite-gentlemanly behavior. But what if, instead, it referred to young men actively pursuing their own intellectual, creative, and athletic interests? What if it referred to boys being encouraged to follow their own passions, while being supported by a community of friends and faculty on that journey? That’s pretty much what it means at Gilman School, where an all-boys learning environment helps young men (from kindergarten all the way to high school) develop into men of substance, ready to contribute to their community and to the larger world. Of course, this kind of supportive environment can also happen in co-educational settings, but the folks at  Gilman have a happily realistic understanding of some of the unavoidable pitfalls of a co-ed environment. A single-sex environment, according to Jodi Pluznik of Gilman, “allows boys to explore interests and passions without fear of embarrassment or the social pressures that a co-ed environment may present. An adolescent might be way more likely to sing and dance in Spanish class in a room full of other guys.” If you’ve ever had the pleasure of meeting an adolescent boy, you probably know how true this statement is.

The Montessori School Has a New Name


Montessori students doing Montessori-type work.In August, the Montessori School and Emerson Farm Middle School joined forces and changed their names to become one school named Greenspring Montessori School.

Community members decided to change the name because they want the school to better identify with its Lutherville neighborhood, at the intersection of Falls and Greenspring Roads, across from Green Spring Station. The change also unites the school’s programs, which serve students 18 months old through grade 8.

Montessori students doing Montessori-type work.The new name underlines the principles of the Montessori education philosophy, says veteran Assistant Head of School Shari Wolf. “We wanted to highlight the vibrant atmosphere of growth and purpose we see in each of our students – and we’re lucky that a name that so perfectly embodies the school also better connects us to our community!”

Head of School, Tamara Sheesley Balis added, “Greenspring Montessori School is a new name for a dynamic and strong school community that stands on the shoulders of every volunteer, teacher and student who has come before us.  This is a celebration of who we are now, with great respect for all that came before us.”


Under Ms. Balis’s leadership, the school has made major upgrades to the school’s historic buildings and grounds, implemented a new dual-language Preschool Program (which will transition into a Spanish Immersion Program in fall 2014), renewed its commitment to faculty development, increased campus security, and more. The innovations allow the school to better leverage its greatest strengths:  its close-knit community and committed faculty and staff.

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For the past 52 years, Greenspring Montessori School’s students have enjoyed the benefits of learning in a way that builds innovation, deep understanding of mathematics and language, self-motivation, conflict resolution, concentration, and retaining joy in new discoveries throughout life. The Montessori method of education has helped alumni succeed as they move on to top area high schools and later on in their careers.


The Greenspring Montessori School is proud to use a method that has nurtured some of the most influential minds of the last century. Many of the founders of the world’s most innovative companies started with a Montessori education, including Larry Page and Sergey Brin of Google, Jimmy Wales of Wikipedia, and Jeff Bezos of Amazon.com.  Many others who have shaped the modern world also attended Montessori Schools, including authors like Anne Frank and Gabriel García Márquez, computer programmers like Will Wright (creator of The Sims), media giants like Katherine Graham of The Washington Post, musicians like Beyoncé and Yo Yo Ma, and tens of thousands of other successful Montessori alumni around the world.
The name change to Greenspring Montessori School is one step in the school’s plan to become a greater presence in the Baltimore community.


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Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093
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WPM Real Estate Management cordially invites you to a Happy Hour to introduce 101 Ellwood Lofts and Apartments.

Please join us for great food, drinks and a chance to tour this unique community. All members and guests are invited, so please bring your coworkers, friends and prospective residents for this event.

Please kindly RSVP by Wednesday, October 9th, to [email protected].


FEATURED HOT LISTING: Bolton Hill Townhome Shows City Living at its Best


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Open House & Homecoming Weekend at St. Francis of Assisi School

from the SFA website:

Not just an Open House, not just a

Homecoming, but a community

celebration weekend!


Schedule of Activities
Friday October 4:  Feast of Saint Francis

  •    11:00 School Mass—all are welcome

Saturday, October 5

  • All morning: home soccer games in Herring Run Park

  • 10:00 Blessing of Pets

  • 11:00 onward: Food vendors at SFA—grab a yummy lunch!

  • 12:00 – 3:00: ADMISSIONS OPEN HOUSE for 2014-15

  • 12:00 Alumni Soccer Game

Sunday, October 6

  • 9:30 Parish Mass with special student participation

  • 3:00 Monarch Butterfly Garden Celebration

  • 4:00 String Quartet Concert in the church



Wedding Hair and Makeup Fabulousness from Up Dos for I Dos



If it’s true that little girls dream of their perfect wedding—the dress, the bouquet, the Prince Charming (or whoever)—then they’re likely also dreaming of their perfect wedding hairdo. If you’ve ever gushed over a friend or relative’s exquisite wedding photos, it was likely due in no small part to the hair. A truly fabulous wedding up ’do creates the illusion of effortless, natural beauty  (like those Art Nouveau portraits of women with impossibly long, thick, and sensually curling locks). But the vast majority of us don’t have hair that just naturally forms itself into French braid crowns entwined with flowers, which means that the next best thing is to get the look by being fully primped by true hair artists—those who specialize not just in beautiful hairdos, but in wedding hairdos. As in, “the day I’m going to remember for the rest of my life” hairdos. And who to turn to for such an occasion? Well, if you’re looking for amazing hair, perfect make-up, fabulous service that travels to you, and a ton of different artists to choose from, the local choice is—and sorry, but we love the name—Up Dos for I Dos.