Magic Lantern's Program
FULL-DAY CLASSROOM: Monday through Friday, 8:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m. The morning curriculum begins at 9:00 (drop-off between 8:00 and 9:00), and the afternoon program ends at 4:30 (pick up between 4:30 and 5:00). The morning routine emphasizes Montessori work and outdoor play and includes a morning snack and lunch. The afternoon is built around our creative arts program (art, music and imaginative play) with quiet/nap time and a snack.
HALF-DAY CLASSROOM: The morning session includes lunch and is 8:30–1:00; the afternoon session is 1:00–5:00. Both are Monday through Friday with Montessori-based curriculum.
We strive to provide an appropriate, healthy diet centered on whole, organic foods. We are a vegetarian school; ample protein is offered in the form of beans, legumes, dairy products and whole grains. Refined sugars are avoided. Children help prepare their snacks and lunches each day, and are asked not to bring food from home into the classroom. We can accommodate specific food allergies, including instituting a nut-free school policy if necessary.
The staff includes Nancy Donato (Director), Connie Ostrowski (Lead Montessori Teacher for the full-day classroom), Reshonna Booker (Lead Montessori Teacher for the half-day classroom), Emily Nagel (Lead Creative Arts Teacher for the full-day classroom), Rebekah Jurgensen (Lead Creative Arts Teacher for half-day classroom), Joela Maggio (Chef & Cooking Teacher), Mercedez Meadows and Augustus Marshall (Assistant Teachers in full-day classroom), Monica Martinez and Bria Locke (Assistant Teachers in half day classroom), and Jana Vitols (Music Teacher).
Magic Lantern operates an 11-month program, September through July. We plan two breaks each year: two weeks at the end of December/beginning of January, and one week in April. Holidays generally follow the Seattle Public Schools schedule. Download the 2016-2017 calendar.
Emergencies or Unscheduled Closures
If the Seattle Public School System closes schools due to snow or inclement weather, Magic Lantern will close as well. If there is an emergency during the school day, parents will be called. School closure information can be found on the Seattle Public Schools website.