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Artists in Residence at St. Francis of Assisi (Great Programs for Creative Kids)

from the SFA website:

Middle School Artists-in-Residence

Each trimester, students in 6th, 7th, and 8th grades have the opportunity to study an area of visual arts under the guidance of an expert. Read about our instructors on this page, and see the students’ work showcased below.


Cartooning and Drawing: Mike Ricigliano

The course will engage students in the art of cartooning and humorous illustration, touching on editorial and sports cartooning, comic strips, magazine cartooning, and greeting card art and writing. (and other silly stuff) . The hope is that students will have fun expressing themselves artistically in the class, no matter what their drawing style is.  We will study other cartoonists and draw facial expressions, comic action, caricatures, whimsical creatures, and each other. We will also learn a little about cartoon writing and the business of being creative.Mike Ricigliano is a freelance newspaper, magazine and greeting card cartoonist who has drawn funny images for a living since 1975. His sports cartoons appear weekly in the Baltimore Sun. He also does a Daily Cartoon Trivia Feature (“Ricig’s Toon Trivia” ) online on GoComics.com. Ricig and his family have lived across the park from St. Francis since 1985. His cartoon work has appeared in many publications including USA Today, Cracked Magazine and the NY Times  (AND, most importantly,  many St. Francis activity flyers!) 

 Art History: Nicole Selhorst


Art has acted throughout the ages as a visual representation of history and culture.  We will have an opportunity to look at a few time periods in the history of art in our time together, focusing on the essential concept of how technology has changed the way humans encounter and represent their world.  Students will encounter and discuss notable artworks, and will also create their own art in response to the traditions they are studying.Nicole Selhorst is an educator with 15 years of diverse teaching experience. In addition to a passion for
educating children, Nicole also brings a strong entrepreneurial spirit to SFA. Guided by her experience in opening Red Canoe Bookstore Café, Nicole is embracing a vision of arts and humanities at SFA while aligning with the principles of an IB candidacy. In addition to teaching Art History, Nicole can be found encouraging visitors to SFA for Open Houses and visiting days.

Guitar:  Chris Dunn


 Skills addressed in class and through online homework practice: Fretboard Knowledge, Music Reading, Tab Reading, Chord/Scale Shapes, Ensemble Playing, Solo Pieces, Composing Music/Improvising
Chris Dunn, a classical guitarist, is a graduate of the Peabody Institute and has performed in multiple chamber music settings and solo performances in the United States and Costa Rica.  Since 2012, he has been bringing guitar instruction into classrooms in Baltimore through his “Face to Face Guitar” program, an innovative model which blends classroom instruction with online review and practice.
Check out all that St. Francis has to offer at the Tuesday Talk with the Pr1ncipal on December 10th.


Learning Principles of Independence at Greenspring Montessori



“The greatest sign of success for a teacher…is to be able to say, ‘The children are now working as if I did not exist.’”

– Maria Montessori

The Montessori classroom is set up to facilitate hands-on learning, extended periods of concentration, and collaborative experiences. While students become deeply involved with their work, the guide may be working with one or two children at a time, presenting a new lesson, or quietly observing the class at work. Rather than depend on an adult for guidance or validation, Montessori children tackle difficult challenges and mentor one another. The Montessori materials themselves are designed to incorporate this concept of independence. Most of them include a built-in “control of error,” so that children are not dependent upon adults for answers. Instead, the children’s engagement with the materials enables self-learning.

Montessori Flyer




Greenspring Montessori School
10807 Tony Drive
Lutherville-Timonium, MD 21093
(410) 321-8555
[email protected]

A School Designed to “Follow the Child”- Greenspring Montessori


For over 50 years, Greenspring Montessori School has built a tradition of serving children implementing the educational philosophy of Dr. Maria Montessori, an Italian physician and pioneer in child development who observed that children have a innate aptitude and desire for acquiring knowledge about their world.Montessori’s approach of “following the child” is at the root of our philosophy at Greenspring Montessori School.  Stop by for a visit to see what they’re all about.


A NEW LOOK AT THE SFA SCHOOL YEAR- Notes from the staff



Recently Principal Rebecca Malone was asked to work up an article about the school year at St. Francis of Assisi School.  ‘Piece of cake’ thought the staff.  It is typically a tally of new additions, old loves, and a real sense of collaboration on our new programs such as the International Baccalaureate and the 1:1 ipad initiative in Middle School.  And not just collaboration in the school, but with our community members, too.  So we sat down to begin work on this newsletter with a very specific focus: all highlights of the school year.  We began by looking over photos that would best illustrate these highlights.  Photos of Stem Club, the Race for Education, the MLK prayer service, our new ipads…so many wonderful photos, and so many wonderful moments.  We had a great afternoon over coffee perusing them and saying “Oh! This one” and “We have to have that one!” and, “Oh! This one, too!”  But as we collected and marked them for inclusion we realized that the true highlight of the school year is our students.  Fresh, inquisitive, eager.  Thoughtful and reflective.  Passionate, hardworking and curious about the world… And looking at their shining faces we fall in love all over again.  As we start a new year each one of these students adds to our school life and experience.  This year, as with all school years, will include both innovation and continuity.

And so we proudly present the greatest SFA Highlight of this new school year: our children.


St. Francis of Assisi School
3617 Harford Road
Baltimore MD 21218
Phone 410-467-1683
Fax 410-467-9449


Mapping Baltimore’s Inequalities


If you’re a data nerd, you could get lost in the New York Times data maps of the 2010 census information. Sometimes a good map can reveal information more vividly and directly than a paragraph of text — take, for instance, the image showing the change in median household income over the past decade. It’s a clear picture on the block-by-block level of which neighborhoods are winning (Hampden; Charles Village), and which are collapsing (Remington, Waverly, Reservoir Hill). But that’s not the whole story.