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May 16, 2019

Meet a Magnolia Teacher

The faculty and staff of Magnolia School continues to grow and we are pleased to introduce Jennifer Thompson, who will be teaching 4th grade. 

Mrs. Thompson attended Sewanee: The University of the South where she earned a Bachelor of Arts in English and the University of Houston where she earned a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction - Reading and Language Arts Education. She taught English and Reading/Writing Development at St. Pius X High School. Most recently, Mrs. Thompson taught English at Frassati Catholic High School. At Frassati, she also served as Department Chair for the English department and as a mentor for new teachers. For several years, Mrs. Thompson periodically worked from home as an online test scorer and scored several written sections of the SAT as well as reading and writing sections for state standardized tests across the country at the elementary and high school levels. She is excited to return to the elementary classroom as she began her career teaching various subjects to second, fifth, and sixth grade students at Holy Ghost School.

Mrs. Thompson has a passion for teaching as well as reading, DIY home projects, gardening, baking, and spending time with her wonderful husband and five children.

Magnolia Formation  

5 Tips for an Authentically Beautiful and Restful Summer  

Summer is very nearly here and we would like to take some time this week to help you plan for an intentional, life-giving summer. The Houston heat often seems to quickly melt away our best laid plans for peaceful, fulfilling summer days. Here are 5 tips to help you and your family have a happy and rejuvenating summer break.

1. Have a plan in place for nourishing reading for the whole family. Summer is the perfect time to catch up on that stack of books you have been meaning to finish. Work with each member of the family to create a reading list that includes a balance of both entertaining and informative titles.

2. Spend quality time with friends and extended family. Consider setting aside one specific day of the week to spend time with others outside of your own family. Perhaps an open invitation for a friends and family potluck dinner is something that could be worked into your weekly summer schedule.

3. Take a break from technology. If you are finding yourself feeling uneasy about some aspects of your family’s use of technology, set aside some time to establish (or recommit to) boundaries for screens and devices.  

4. Maintain a routine. While a strict daily schedule might not be necessary over the summer, a simple daily routine can help ensure peace and harmony at home. Don’t forget to factor in time for reading! 

5. Look for ways to serve others. All of us are called to make a sincere gift of ourselves by caring for our neighbors. Challenge your family to come up with a couple of service projects for the summer to help those in need.  

Meet a Board Member 

Magnolia School has been abundantly blessed by many talented women who understand our mission to offer an authentically beautiful education for girls. Several of these women serve on our Board of Directors and we are pleased to introduce Sofia Fonseca Niño.

Sofia is the Founder of KYO Consulting Inc. With more than 20 years of experience in strategic services (Workplace Strategy, Programming and People Engagement for architectural projects), she brings a unique insight into the needs facing corporations and institutions, helping them to align their mission with their real estate, facilities, and workplace portfolios. She is currently working with Spotify, Marathon Oil and HP to align their new buildings with the values of the company. She is also an adjunct professor at the University of Houston Gerald D. Hines College of Architecture and Design.

Sofia received a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Design from the University of Houston and a Master of Architecture from Harvard University and is currently seeking a certification on Business Strategy for Artificial Intelligence from MIT. 

Admissions News

The Admissions Office is busy with new applicants and inquiries every week!  Thank you for sharing the Magnolia School story with your friends. It is a joy to meet so many families and their daughters who understand the mission of the school and are excited to be a part of it.



Magnolia continues to accept applications and the Admissions Committee will render decisions based on availability in the desired grade of entry.

While several of our grades are near capacity, we will continue to accept applications and the Admissions Committee will render decisions based on availability in the desired grade of entry.



Applicants for grades that are at capacity will be placed in a wait pool once they have completed the admissions process. Wait pools allow us to offer admission to a prospective student should a vacancy occur in the desired grade of entry.


If you have any questions about your application or the admissions process, please contact Claire Pelletier at (281) 786-4000 or We are eager to help you navigate the admissions process.



Please join us and invite your friends to the upcoming Magnolia School Presentation on Wednesday, May 29th, 8pm at 1311 Caudle, Houston, TX 77055.  This is a great opportunity for families to learn more about Magnolia and to meet the Head of School, Annamarie Omanga as she shares the vision and philosophy unique to Magnolia School. This informal setting allows you to ask any questions you might have about the school.  Please RSVP on our website or send an email to If you are a Facebook user, please consider liking our page to receive news, events, and updates.  We look forward to meeting you!

Art Niche 

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