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October 10, 2012
Marie's Message 

 An Exciting Week at WMS:  Trevor Eissler and the Annual Fund Drive Kick-off 

Trevor Eissler Banners
There is much excitement at WMS this week! Everyone feels it. The Giving Tree that greets us as we walk through the front doors offers a welcome to next week, when our Annual Fund Drive opens.  

Expect surprises and fun as you drop-off and pick-up your children throughout this in-house campaign that comes to a close on Halloween Day. The tree will fill with colorful leaves, decorated by the children and staff, including names of donors. I plan to hang my own leaf early Monday morning, proud to be able to support our important operating fund to help reach goal of $100,000 and 100% participation.

Paula Szkotak, this year's Annual Fund Chair, has worked with a team of parents and staff to create an exciting festival for all of us, as we move into the next two weeks. Every day, board members, parent volunteers, administrative, support and teaching staff will welcome you to the school, sharing information about the Annual Fund. You may also be greeted by musical guests and other entertainment! Enjoy the fun!   


Tomorrow night, we will welcome Trevor Eissler to our school. We are expecting at least 175 attendees from our community and beyond!

The event starts at 7 p.m. Come early and consider carpooling; our parking lot may be filled to capacity. Staff are planning to park off-site to make room for visitors. Trevor is a pilot and parent of three children who love their Montessori school in Texas. He is a one-man traveling advocate for Montessori education. His goal, like many of us, is to bring Montessori education to the forefront at the national level. He is also a story-teller, strong supporter of teachers, and an idea man who thinks way out of the box in order to reach parents and media all over the country.

Please join us. You can learn more or register online at  Child-care is available, but we ask that you contact us by 6 p.m. tonight so we can staff accordingly - email or call to sign up. Trevor's books will be on sale at the event ($10 for "Montessori Madness!" and $15 for his children's books). Our fifth-graders will be selling them and snacks to help support their trip to the United Nations next year. 

Many of our children decorated the huge signs that you see in the lobby: "WELCOME TREVOR EISSLER!" He will smile when he sees it!!!

WMS Annual Fund Drive 2012-13 
Goal: 100% Participation and $100,000
October 15-31

The Annual Fund Drive supports Wilmington Montessori School's operating budget,
which contributes to:

Teacher/staff salaries & benefits
Professional development
Enhancements to technology/science programming
An amazing Montessori Education for your child!
To contribute, fill out your Giving Envelope (you'll find it on your child's locker tomorrow),
 or donate online at

Want to get involved with the Annual Fund?  We still need enthusiastic volunteers to help out during drop-off and pick-up times!  We will provide necessary training/talking points.  Click here to sign-up.  
Goodbye Summer, Hello Fall! by Room 16
Tree by Paityn Farrow, Room 16
Drawing by Paityn Farrow, 1st Grade, Rm 16 


Goodbye summer
, Hello fall!


Goodbye swimming and water play.

Hello jumping in a pile of leaves.

Goodbye beach and summer vacation.

Hello apple and pumpkin picking.

Goodbye sno-cones and water ice.

Hello s'mores with friends.

Goodbye fireworks.

Hello Halloween and Thanksgiving.

Hello fall!
  Goodbye summer.


Mark Your Calendars

11          Montessori: It's About 
              Making Connections 
              (or "E.T. Phone home") 
              presented by Trevor Eissler
              Register online
              7 p.m. in the Gym 
12          Follow the Child:               
              Prenting Class begins
              9-10:30 a.m. 
               Tell a friend!


15          Montessori Monday - 
              9:30 a.m., meet in 
              the lobby. 
              Tell a friend!
              Learn more  


16          Concert/Nature Walk 
              with Clem Bowen
              3:30 p.m. 
              WMS woods & outdoor stage
              All are welcome!

19          WMS Family Night at
              Ramsey's Farm
              5:30-8 p.m. 
              View event on Facebook 
 22-26     WMS Book Fair  
              Great Room

24          Book Fair - Family Night
              6:30-8:30 p.m.
              Gym & Great Room
              Please note that the date  
              on the original events  
              calendar, 10/25, was  
26 & 29   School-Wide Parent
              No classes.
              Child care is available.
              Sign up online.

30          Parents vs. students soccer
              3:30 p.m. on the soccer field

31          Halloween Parade
              In the Gym

* Child care is available for this event at $10 per child.
Advance registration (of at least 24 hours) is required so staffing can be planned accordingly. 

Contact to sign up.  
Parent Education
followthechildWilmington Montessori School presents: Follow the Child: Parenting Class - for you and your child!

Birth to 2 years

9-10:30 a.m.

Fridays, October 12, 19 and November 2, 9 & 16

Cost: $100


Family Information FormRegister today - class fees due upon registration.


This weekly class offers moms, dads, grandparents and other caretakers mutual support and guidance in the beginning months of their child's life. Sara Grant, an Infant/Toddler Montessori teacher and mother of two, brings her many years of experience and observations to assist with the challenges of parenting and help parents enjoy the wonders of connecting their little one to the world around them. 


Set in an authentic Infant/Toddler Montessori classroom, this class will focus on nutrition, developing healthy eating habits, discipline, nursing and every-day life with your infant and toddler.  Meet other parents of infants and toddlers and enjoy lively discussions while your little one keeps busy in the classroom, prepared specifically for them at their stage of development.


Sara, who is also completing her doula certification training, will bring to life the Montessori Method through a wide range of enriching, hands-on activities in a fun environment for you and your child to explore.     

"So much happens in the first 18 months of your child's life!" Sara says. "I look forward to helping you apply Montessori principles at home to make the most of the most amazing stage of your child's development."


This workshop is open to families outside the WMS community so please tell a friend! 


Questions? Please contact or call 302-475-0555.   

Register Now Button  

Encouraging Our Children Toward Independence 

Weekly Parenting Tips
by Certified Parent Educator (and WMS Great-Grandmother) Yvonne Nass



How often do we say to a child: "Don't do that," "You're too little," or "Watch out - you'll fall?" 

We think all of these phrases keep our child safe. But what we don't realize is that perhaps our child is ready for a new experience, and our response can be discouraging all because we are afraid he or she will get hurt.

Let's look at how to encourage new skills. Instead of using a "Don't," re-frame it as a "do." For example, "Don't jump on the sofa" can turn into "Do jump on the floor." "You're too little" can turn into "Let me see what you can do." "Watch out - you'll fall" might mean we are afraid, so share the rule around the new activity and move close enough to see how far the child will go.

Have faith that your child knows just how much he or she is ready to do at his or her particular stage of development. 

Many scraped knees have taught many lessons. 

Co-op Corner

The Parent Partnership Organization & Co-op 

As autumn leaves brighten our fall days, Wilmington Montessori School is experiencing some 
beautiful changes too. In the past, some WMS families worked alone at co-op jobs that felt unrewarding. Yet our WMS parents have lots of energy and talents that they want to share with WMS.  


We are excited that the newly formed Parent Partnership Organization (PPO) will be helping to offer more opportunities to get involved.  Thanks to Kerry Shweiki and Meredith Amado, parent partnership at WMS is evolving. If you have been following WMS news, Kerry and Meredith have started the school's first Parent Partnership Organization and more than 50 families attended the first set of meetings last week!  Kerry and Meredith describe the PPO as a group where WMS parents can come together with their ideas, and get involved here at school in rewarding ways.  While co-op hours will be earned through PPO-coordinated activities, Kerry and Meredith want parents to focus on the joy of being part of an energetic, engaged family-school community, rather than counting their co-op hours.  "Hours happen easily when you find a project you want to do," Kerry says.


One of the first PPO projects is assisting with WMS Night at Ramsey's Farm on October 19.  There are a lot of activities for families that night beginning at 5:30 p.m.  The PPO will be setting up tables with snacks as a gathering place for WMS families.  If you want to help or can bring a snack item, sign up on the co-op board at school.


As always, if you have questions or comments about co-op, please email us at  We love to hear from you!

News & Notes
ClemClem Bowen Nature Walk & Free Concert - October 16 at 3:30 p.m.

Clem Bowen with Preschool Campers
You've heard your toddlers and preschoolers talk about Clem Bowen's creative songs, stories and outdoor adventures...  

Now, you and your child can join Clem and other WMS families for a free nature walk and concert after school!  The concert on the outdoor stage begins at 3:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 16, followed by a nature walk in the beautiful WMS woods.  

Seating by the stage is limited, so we suggest bringing lawn chairs or a picnic blanket to comfortably enjoy the concert with your child! 

Toddlers WMS to open new toddler classroom!


WMS is growing! With so much interest in the Toddler program, we are close to opening a fourth toddler classroom to a new group of children between the ages of 12 months and 3 years! Know someone who may need a spot?

Contact Spaces are limited. 

BookfairComing Soon... the WMS Book Fair! 

Wilmington Montessori School's annual Scholastic Book Fair will be held Monday, October 22 through Friday, October 26.  The hours of the fair are:


  • Monday, October 22 - 2:30-4 p.m.
  • Tuesday, October 23  - 8:30 a.m. - noon and 2:30-4 p.m.
  • Wednesday, October 24 - 8:30 a.m. - noon, 2:30-4 p.m. and 6:30-8:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 25 - 8:30 a.m. - noon and 2:30-4 p.m.
  • Friday, October 26  - 8:30-10:30 a.m.

To help your child find the best books, all elementary students will visit the Book Fair during class time

 and will be allowed to purchase books during that visit. We also encourage you to look over the attached list of featured books with your child. If you cannot attend, you may use the Book List order form and send it back to school with your child or visit our online Book Fair starting on October 17.  

Scholastic Book Fair Logo

Our Family Night event will be Wednesday, October 24, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.  Your family can shop together, participate in activities and enjoy refreshments. There will be several crafts and games for all ages. This year, kids can dress up as super heroes and can win prizes for best costumes. There will also be pizza for sale in the gym. We also invite you to stop by the Classroom Wish List display while visiting our Book Fair. We are busy building up each classroom library and adding new titles. Help add books to our classroom shelves by purchasing books and donating them to your child's class.

This year, we again have the opportunity to bring more books to our students and cl
assrooms. We call it One for Books. Look for the collection jars at the cash register tables in the Great Room and the gym near the food during Family Night. All of the money collected goes directly to purchasing more books for WMS. In addition, Scholastic Book Fairs will match the One for Books dollars you raise with a donation of up to one million books to three non-profit organizations devoted to improving reading skills among children: Kids in Distressed Situations Inc., National Center or Family Literacy and the Marine Toys for Tots Foundation.  

We appreciate your dedication to creating lifelong readers. See you at our Book Fair!


Co-op volunteers are still needed for this event.  Check out the sign-up page and volunteer for specific days and times that work for you!

Start gathering your Junque 'n' Treasures...    

... for our Spring 2013 Rummage Sale!  

More information coming soon!  For now, check out our donation requirements at

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Wilmington Montessori School is a collaborative learning community rooted in Montessori principles, inspiring the joyful discovery of self and a passion for learning and independent thinking. We empower children to be knowledgeable and responsible contributors to the global community.