OXFORD, Miss. (AP) - The Plein Air Montessori School, now located in Taylor inside the Plein Air development, will move to Oxford at the end of May.
The new location is actually a previous Montessori school location that was built in 2000 in front of the Twelve Oaks subdivision off College Hill Road.
“As our school continues to grow, we’ve become urgently compelled to expand while continuing to meet the needs of the families we serve,” said Karyn Jankowski, head of the Montessori School. “It is in response to these needs that we have chosen to relocate to Oxford.”
Campbell McCool, developer of the Plein Air project, said while he regrets the school’s decision to move to Oxford, he supports the facility’s plan to better serve its students.
“We wish them nothing but the best and I’m sure this will be a good move for them,” McCool said. “We will miss hearing all the kids every day.”
Campbell said he had offered the school a development plan to build a bigger location to house its students, but a move to Oxford was set for the convenience of families.
“I would like to sincerely thank the Plein Air neighborhood and the town of Taylor for their continuous support and hospitality,” Jankowski said. “We have thoroughly enjoyed our time there and will miss the peaceful, picturesque setting it has provided.”
Along with the new location, Montessori will also get a new name. The Plein Air Montessori School will now be called the Magnolia Montessori School.
“The new name was chosen because of its historical significance to our state and because of the attributes the magnolia traditionally represents that philosophically relates to our school and educational method, which is strength, beauty and a love of nature,” Jankowski said.
The school will open June 9 for summer classes that run through July. They have also extended hours for the fall semester in which children will be able to participate in different enrichment options for each age group.
“Careful consideration was given to extending our students’ school hours, and we’re happy to be able to offer the option for extracurricular such as art, foreign language and sustainability as part of their extended school day, something we’ve been unable to offer in the past due to limited space,” Jankowski said.
Several upcoming events have been planned for the school to educate the community about the Montessori way and to raise funds for the school.
Montessori will hold “A Montessori Journey” at its Plein Air location on March 27 for those who would like to know more about Montessori education.
“We’re fortunate and excited to have both trained and experienced Montessori teachers in each classroom,” Jankowski said. “All of our teachers are trained in the Montessori way of education. Our elementary teacher has six years of classroom experience, our assistants to infancy (3-year-olds) have 10 years of Montessori experience and our primary teacher (3 to 6-year-olds) has 14 years of classroom experience.”
The school will also debut its “Spring into Auction” at the Powerhouse Community Arts Center on April 11. The event, which organizers plan to hold annually, will feature live bands, local food, drinks and a live and silent auction.
Jankowski said she hopes the move will benefit Montessori families and allow the school to welcome new members to its more convenient location.
“In keeping with our mission and the intention to reach as many families as possible who desire a Montessori education for their children, we hope the new location will make our school more accessible to more families,” Jankowski said.
Information from: Oxford Eagle, https://www.oxfordeagle.com
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