Monarch Adventures in the Sam Houston National Forest
An intrepid group of 15 Magnolia middle school students along with three of their teachers left Houston on June 2nd for three days of adventure in the Sam Houston National Forest. There, the girls tackled basic necessities like pitching tents, building fires, and cooking over an open fire. Even after the initial practical considerations were taken care of, they continued to push themselves with physical challenges. They shared their talents by teaching others how to bait a hook, and many gained a sense of pride in catching their very first fish, quickly learning to distinguish the catfish from the bass. Studying maps and landmarks, the girls navigated hikes along the creek beds.
Beyond the physical challenges, the girls made discoveries that transformed the experience into one that was both edifying and restorative. Growing in virtue, the girls developed attitudes of service to others by waking up early to mix up the pancake batter for breakfast crew and start up the fire for sausage links. New friendships blossomed and old friends grew in their understanding of each other. Fierce loyalty and courage were on display as one 6th grader battled a horsefly in defense of her friends. Emotions ran the gamut from highly charged and competitive kickball and Rummikub, to quiet and contemplative painting projects, to peaceful reflection on the morning mist and the evening stars.
It is on trips like these that sanctification through the ordinary work of life can be seen so clearly and simply! We hold onto that lesson as we return to busier lives in the city, knowing we can always return to nature when we need a little reminder.
Summer Camps at Magnolia
We've had so much fun on campus doing Irish dance, creating beautiful art, cooking, and sharpening volleyball skills in our summer camps. There are two camps remaining for this summer: Home Arts and Pioneering. Limited spaces are available, so if you are interested in having your daughter join us, please sign up today!
Home Arts, July 6-10, grades 2-8 This week is all about learning how to take care of our homes and ourselves well. Girls will learn the beauty in taking good care of their homes, including tips on how to do the laundry efficiently and how to organize a closet. We will have fun as we master the art of entertaining at home, studying both simple and elegant recipes and learning how to set a lovely table. The week will also include sessions on personal care, explaining tips on wardrobe, hair, skin, and nails. Campers will emerge from this week suave and polished, ready for whatever else the summer has in store!
Pioneering, July 13-17, grades 2-8 Girls will learn about America’s pioneers and journey through history back to a simpler time. Girls will learn stories about pioneer families in America and participate in making hand dipped candles, pioneer-inspired toys and crafts such as rag dolls, corn husk dolls and flowers, stenciling, how to make hooked rugs, square dancing, and traditional folk songs. Each girl will receive a beautiful bonnet, help sew her own apron, and learn how to make old fashioned ice cream with fresh berries and pound cake at the end of the week! While not required, pioneering costumes are welcome.
June 26th is the feast of St. Josemaría Escrivá, the founder of Opus Dei. Opus Dei is a Personal Prelature of the Catholic Church, and the pastoral care of Magnolia School is entrusted to a priest of Opus Dei who serves as Chaplain. If you would like to learn more about St. Josemaría, please click here.
Magnolia School is Hiring!
We have several open positions for the 2020-2021 Academic Year and look forward to receiving resumes from qualified applicants. Please visit our website, https://www.magnoliaschool.org/careers, for details.
Magnolia Families Help to Beautify Campus
Several of our Magnolia families came together on a recent weekend to work on projects on our campus - beautifying the street ditches, planting Magnolia trees on both sides of the Magnolia sign on Long Point, and planting jasmine around the administration building.
In addition, several families are stepping up to take on other projects including building vegetable planters, improving our picnic table area, and creating new spaces for outdoor play.
We have several other projects in need of sponsorship including additional street beautification (ground cover and sod planting), perimeter fencing jasmine planting, and various outside sitting and play area beautification. Once the building's new drainage and gutters are in place, additional projects such as the front entrance and classroom facing building beautification can begin.
If you would like to donate to our fund for these types of projects, we would be most grateful! You can use the form linked here to make a secure donation.
We are always excited to welcome potential students and their parents who are interested in learning more about the beautiful impact of a Magnolia School education! With our Rolling Admissions policy, we continue to accept applications rendering decisions based on availability in the desired grade of entry. If the desired grade of entry is at capacity, you will be placed in a wait pool once the admissions process is completed. Wait pools allow us to offer admission to a prospective student should a vacancy occur. Please email email@example.com for more information.
We look forward to meeting you!
Meet a Magnolia School Teacher
We are pleased to announce that Mrs. Alexandra Thomas will be joining the Magnolia faculty to teach middle school math. Welcome, Mrs. Thomas!
Alexandra Thomas is a local Houstonian. She is a proud graduate of the University of St. Thomas with a B.A. in mathematics. After graduation, she taught high school freshmen and seniors at Cristo Rey Jesuit for several years. Later, Alexandra moved out of teaching to pursue work in the accounting field as an independent bookkeeper for small businesses. In her free time, she enjoys a good cup of coffee and playing board games with her family.