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December 19, 2012
Special Holiday Edition

Annual Fund Reminder


As 2012 draws to a close, we thank each of you for your support during the past 12 months. Wilmington Montessori School has come a long way in a short time, and we look forward to another year of growth and joyful learning as we prepare to celebrate our 50th anniversary during the 2013-14 school year!

To those who have already contributed to our 2012-13 Annual Fund, THANK YOU. Your gift truly makes a difference. If you made a pledge during our Annual Fund Drive, remember that if you can transform your pledge into a gift now, WMS will put your donation to good use for our students and teachers during this school year. 

If you haven't contributed yet, please make your year-end gift today. Simply visit to support WMS's financial aid program, teacher/staff salaries and benefits, enhancements to our technology and science curricula, and more. WMS values each and every donation from our families, alumni and friends, so please join our community of giving now.  


Finally, WMS is pleased to announce you can now pledge your United Way contribution to our financial aid program! When filling out your United Way of Delaware Pledge Form, write "Wilmington Montessori School, 1400 Harvey Road, Wilmington, DE 19810" and/or code number 12795 in the Specific Care area. 


From all of us at WMS, happy New Year to you and yours!

WMS students to perform in Nutcracker with First State Ballet this weekend 


Renee Amado
Renee Amado performs in the Nutcracker

Dharini Simon from Room 10 and Renee Amado from Room 12 will perform in the Nutcracker this weekend. On Friday night, Saturday afternoon and evening, and Sunday afternoon, Delaware's only professional dance company, First State Ballet, will join forces with members of the Delaware Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Renee's father David Amado) for a beautiful production of this Christmas classic.

Lavish costumes, beautiful sets, live music and great dancing by WMS's very own, all on the stage of Wilmington's beautiful Grand Opera House, will make this an unforgettable event!  


Where: Grand Opera House
818 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE 

Friday, December 21 @ 7 p.m. 
Saturday, December 22 @ 2 and 7 p.m. 
Sunday, December 23 @ 2 p.m.


Purchase Tickets: 1-800-37-GRAND or

Poetry Slam!


Poetry Slam

Students in the 9-12 program have spent the past few months learning about different forms of poetry and where ideas come from. Each student created a book of their final poems that included free verse, color poems, odes and a presidential poem based on research they did earlier this year. Only one poem from each collection was allowed to rhyme. At yesterday's Poetry Slam, each poet read his or her poems, followed by a question and answer session.  


When asked how they found inspiration and ideas for their works, fifth-grader Lauren Jones explained some of the lessons they had.

"We learned about Twenty Actions," she said. "We each made a list of 20 actions and then chose one to focus on and write about."  


In a lesson called "Where Writing Hides," students learned to look for ideas in unexpected places.  Fifth-grader Annabelle Damude put this lesson to use while working on poetry at the outdoor stage in October. She found inspiration in the leaves of autumn and created a poem entitled "Leaves Come Back to Earth."  Sixth-grader Dharini Simon used the lesson on querencia (a place you care about most) to write about her hometown of Atlanta.


One thing that all the students agreed on was how drastically their poems improved through the revision process. Each poem went through many revisions. Students had peer conferences and learned to give and take constructive feedback.  

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WMS Volunteer Day 
at the Food Bank of Delaware


Did you and your family donate to WMS's holiday food drive? Now, you can see how your donations are put to use at the Food Bank of Delaware through this unique volunteer opportunity!


When: January 5, 2013, 9 a.m. - noon

Food Bank of Delaware


Who: Parents and children ages 7 and older.


What:  Depending on the work-flow and needs of the organization on that particular Saturday, the tasks might include the following:


Backpack:  Volunteers will pack the food kits for our backpack program, which sends four meals per kit to children in need on weekends. 


Senior Nutrition Program:  Volunteers pack 30-pound meal boxes, which are distributed to 2,400 seniors each month as a supplemental nutrition assistance program. 


Donated Product sorting: Volunteers sort through bins, totes and containers of donated products from community food drives (like the Food Drive WMS completed) and retailer donations.  Volunteers organize products based on integrity of the packaging, date and product type.


How: Click here to register. Once signed up, you will receive a follow-up email with directions on how to complete your registration on the Food Bank of Delaware's website. Limited spaces are available, so remember to register your family today!


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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.