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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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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.

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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.


Happy Birthday Linens & Lingerie!



Today Baltimore shop Linens & Lingerie turns 30! That’s a long time for a small shop tucked away in Ruxton to stay in business. (Although it’s no wonder; it is a local gem!) In honor of the occasion, we re-publish an “Insider” we posted on the store last November.  Congratulations to our friends at Linens & Lingerie. – The Eds.

Inside Baltimore’s Linens & Lingerie

Originally published November 9, 2012 –

Linens & Lingerie‘s straightforward name belies the stylish sophistication that awaits within: bespoke linen, pretty lingerie, smocked dresses for little girls, cashmere throws, monogrammed towels and more fill the shelves. This is no Bed, Bath and Beyond: the distinctive products promise decadent comfort not found in a strip mall chain.

The central source behind all the panache? One Baltimore family who has owned and operated the shop for nearly 30 years with a certain kind of Baltimore graciousness that mixes equal parts good manners and good taste. One can almost see the polished silver that will sit atop the hemmed-stitched table linens they sell and visualize the mahogany four-poster bed the monogrammed comforters will snugly embrace.

Southerner Elizabeth Franke first opened the store in 1983 after her husband died — she didn’t want to be a “lunch lady” her daughter says — and long after the kids had graduated from Gilman, Garrison and Bryn Mawr. She modeled the shop after Gattle’s in Palm Beach and Hannah’s, a fine linen store that used to be on Howard Street. Her daughter Blair has run the shop for nearly a decade, carrying on a genetic predisposition for refined elegance.

The special occasion table linens standout, ranging from beautiful white linen and damask for the holidays to colorful everyday washable cotton (napkins to go with, too, of course). There’s still time to order tablecloths for holiday dinners.

Thick and luxurious bath towels — the monogrammed ones are my favorite –and special order bed linens from lines like Matouk (including the chic Lulu DK line) add a personal touch.