Parent Resources

ToursLa Crescent Montessori & STEM School is a public charter school option for parents and students in our area.  Looking to have your son or daughter attend? See our Admissions page for details.  Below parents and prospective parents can learn about:

  • Upcoming Events
  • Recommended Reading
  • A Year at La Crescent Montessori & STEM School
  • In the News!
  • Parent Volunteer Opportunities
  • School Supply Lists

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Parents for Student Success

Parents at La Crescent Montessori & STEM School are involved. When teachers, parents, and students work together, it provides the most enriching personal growth experience for students along with a rigorous academic program.  Parent involvement supports the foundations of a Montessori education,  and through our involvement we are  modeling community service for our children.  The partnership between families and school offers many opportunities for parents to be involved in any way they are able.  We believe parents have a great deal to offer through their knowledge, skills, time, and resources.  A list of the ways in which parents can become involved is at the end of this page.


Upcoming Events

2017-18 School Calendar

November 22-24, 2017 – No School, Thanksgiving Vacation

December 25-29, 2017 – No School, Winter Vacation

January 1, 2018 – No School, Winter Vacation

January 19, 2018 – No School, Staff Development

February 19, 2017 – No School, Staff Workday

March 2, 2018 – No School, Staff Workday

March 12-16, 2018 – No School, Spring Break

March 23, 2018 – No School, Staff Development

March 30, 2018 – No School, Spring Observance

May 28, 2018 – No School, Memorial Day

June 5, 2018 – Last Day of School





Recommended Reading

2017-18 AP Family Handbook  This handbook is designed for families with students in the Adolescent Program. This handbook is in addition to the Family Handbook.

Books by Maria Montessori

The Montessori Method

The Absorbent Mind

Secret of Childhood

Formation of Man

Discovery of the Child

Books About the Montessori Method

A Parent’s Guide to the Montessori Classroom by Aline D. Wolf

How to Raise an Amazing Child the Montessori Way by Tim Seldin and Vanessa Davies

Montessori Madness: A Parent to Parent Argument for Montessori Education by Trevor Eissler

Montessori Insights for Parents of Young Children: Applying Montessori Principles in the Home by Aline D. Wolf

Montessori: A Modern Approach by Paula Polk Lillard

Montessori Way: An Education for Life by Tim Seldin

Children of the Universe by Michael Duffy and D’Neil Duffy


A Year at La Crescent Montessori & STEM School

We partner with La Crescent-Hokah school district for busing, and therefore follow their district calendar.  Each year has new and exciting events, but there are some things that can be expected.  Prior to the start of school, there will be an orientation night for family to come and drop-off their school supplies, see the classrooms, chat with teachers, and meet other families.  Throughout the year, the Adolescent Program puts on “Coffee and Scram” events roughly one Friday morning a month.  We have a catalog sales fundraiser in the fall to raise money for classroom materials.  We strive to select vendors that reflect our respect for the environment and support artisans.  Parent-teacher conferences are held in November.  In January, we have our annual meeting and election for any open school board seats.  March brings our annual Chili and Chocolate Event.  March will be the second set of parent-teacher conferences.  Every-other year students perform in an all-school play, integrating students of every age.  In May, we hold our annual Environmental Art Fair.  At the end of the year, parents are invited for our “Bridging Ceremony,” in which students who will enter a new classroom walk the bridge to their new teacher.  All students attend and participate in this ceremony.

Our Facebook page allows visitors and prospective families to follow events and announcements from our school!  We also post pictures of our classrooms, staff, and special events!  Prospective parents may also wish to have a personal tour to see our school, ask questions, and gain a better understanding of a Montessori & STEM education.  To schedule a tour of our free, public charter school, contact our office!


Parent Volunteer Opportunities

There are many ways in which parents can be involved at La Crescent Montessori & STEM School!  All parents are automatically a member of Parents for Student Success, which helps in aligning willing parents to areas of need.  Here are areas in which help is always welcome!

  • Help a struggling reader
  • Serve on a committee or taskforce (Public Relations, Facilities, Technology, Curriculum, Personnel, Finance, Policy or Playground)
  • Serve on the Board of Directors
  • Assist with field trips
  • Supervise lunch and recess
  • Help our Children’s House and Elementary I students on baking/cooking days
  • Volunteer at our annual fundraisers
  • See our fundraising page for more ways to help our school!

Staff Information and School Supply Lists

Children’s House Teacher: Melissa Johnson

Children’s House School Supply List

E1 Teacher: Samantha Thelemann

E1 School Supply List

E2 Teacher: Ashleigh Bartz

E2 School Supply List

AP Teachers: Tami Holtslander, Kate Garfin, Taylor Gruzska, Zachary Kilpatrick

AP School Supply List

Special Education Teacher:  Edward Hoskin & Monica Botwinski-Murray


Stephanie Wehman – Head of School:

Tammy Stremcha – Director of Operations:


Please contact the school for any questions, concerns or complaints at 507-895-4054 or at