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The start of a new school is just around the corner.

Please take note of the important update sent to all parents by Director Jennifer Carriger. It is packed with critical information regarding school start dates and deadlines; RenWeb, our new online parent portal system; faculty and staff assignments; and special events.  Expanded information on all of these exciting developments will be shared in the days ahead….but for now, please take time to update your calendars and get ready to join us for our FIFTH decade of excellence and innovation in education!


Dear MMS Parents:

Thank you for being part of our school community!  We look forward to seeing you soon as Mountaineer Montessori School opens its doors for the 2017-2018 school year.   We are pleased to announce our 2017-2018 staff, who will provide a solid and supportive Montessori foundation for your children.

Our Primary program will continue in two classrooms, with students guided by Kathryn Rhoads and Samantha Van Den Berghe-Lynch. Kathryn will lead Primary I and will be assisted by Kristyn Anderson.  Samantha Van Den Berghe-Lynch will lead Primary II and will be assisted by Michelle Scarbrough.

Our Lower Elementary program will consist of two classrooms. Tara Fought and Nancy Johnston will continue to lead Lower Elementary I.  Becca Moore will return to guide Lower Elementary II, assisted by Alasha Al-Qudwah. Jason Winesburg and Juli Phillips are returning to lead Upper Elementary this year. Kristie Simmons will assist part-time in Upper Elementary and will also lead our morning plus program and provide a variety of office and classroom assistance throughout the school.

Our Middle School Program (at Unity of Kanawha Valley, 804 Myrtle Road) will be led by Bridgett Steveson.  Bridgett will be joined by Julie Margolis (math and PE) and Emily Capece (creative expression and writing workshop), as well as specialists Stan Bumgardner (West Virginia studies) and Colleen Anderson (writing workshop).

Karen Kelly returns to lead Montessori Plus this year.  Karen will be assisted by Maria León Kershner and Susie Newhouse.

Curriculum specialists will include Maria León Kershner, Spanish teacher, and Beth George, computer teacher.  Nancy Johnston will lead physical education classes and art classes and Darlene Spangler and Lindy Hoeft will provide Learning Support services.  Bernard DiGregorio will once again offer private-pay strings lessons to elementary-age students on Fridays. Please see Bernard’s letter for details.  Karen Morris will return as our Music Teacher and will be sending home information about her special enrichment class options.  We wish a fond farewell to Katie McFadden and Kate Laishley, who will not be returning to MMS this fall.  We thank each of them for their contributions to Mountaineer Montessori School and wish them all the best.

Be sure to attend our Ice Cream Social on Thursday, August 17 from 6:00-7:00 p.m. at Danner Meadow Park so that you can get acquainted and re-acquainted with all of our talented staff, MMS families, Board members and alumni.

Staff returns to the building on Wednesday, August 2.  If your child is new to MMS or moving up to a new classroom (primary to lower elementary and lower elementary to upper elementary), you will need to register for an orientation session for you and your child with his or her teacher.  This provides the opportunity to see the classroom, meet the teachers, and to have questions answered in a relaxed, informal manner.  Orientation sessions for Primary, Lower Elementary and Upper Elementary will be held on Friday, August 11.

All middle school students and parents (returning and new) should schedule an orientation session with Bridgett, Julie and Emily.  Middle school orientation sessions will take place on Thursday, August 10.

Class lists and instructions for registering for orientation sessions will be emailed by Thursday, August 4.

2017-2018 Student start dates will be as follows:



Arrival for all students at the main campus begins at 7:50 a.m.  Morning Friends will be dismissed at 11:50 a.m.  Extended Day and Elementary students will be dismissed at 2:50 p.m.  Middle school arrival begins at 8:00 a.m. with dismissal at 3:10 p.m.


The Plus Program will be available from the first day of classes.  Please contact the office before the first day of school in order to reserve a space in the program for your child.         Montessori Plus also accommodates students on a drop-in basis as space allows.   Please call at least a day ahead to reserve a spot.


Mountaineer Montessori School is excited to announce that our new school management system, RenWeb, is ready for our families to use. ParentsWeb, the private and secure parents’ portal, gives you access to many features, including attendance, school announcements, and school directories and forms.


To create your ParentsWeb account:


Once you have logged in, please access and complete/update the following forms through ParentsWeb.  All forms should be completed before August 14:

Parents Web also contains the following Resource Documents:


Visit our website at   It contains staff biographies, the school calendar, events calendar and other important information.  Our Facebook page and Twitter feed are updated regularly with school news and photos.  We will be communicating with the parent body primarily by e-mail, ParentsWeb and Constant Contact this year, so if you have not confirmed your current e-mail address, please contact Beth George at to do so.  If your e-mail address should change during the course of the school year, please let us know as soon as possible.   Please note that any information that is sent out via e-mail is important and may not be followed up with hard copies.  Our goal is to be as environmentally responsible as possible.

We are excited to be able to continue providing our families with a strong educational program at Mountaineer Montessori School.  Thank you to the MMS Board of Directors, families, and alumni, all of whom continue to provide enthusiastic and generous support.

Best wishes,

Jennifer Carriger