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February 6, 2013
Marie's Message    
Weekly news and notes from Head of School Marie Dugan 


Important survey coming out today - please complete and return to ISM

Every parent in the school will be receiving an anonymous survey this week as part of our Strategic Planning process. Please complete it and send it back to Independent School Management (ISM). ISM is a Wilmington educational consulting firm that is helping us plan WMS's future. As a WMS parent, your thoughts and suggestions for the school are important. This is an easy survey that will help guide us through the next three years. 


Everyone at WMS is involved in this work: students, teachers, administrators, board members and parents. The planning focus is on  Montessori excellence in our programs, financial stability, enrichment, leadership and overall stability of WMS. All surveys are being sent today. Please let us know if you have questions or do not receive the email (be sure to check your spam folders). Your feedback is truly valued and anonymity is guaranteed.


The Board will share a Strategic Plan report at the Annual Meeting of the school on the evening of March 20. We look forward to your participation and attendance.


Every day I am grateful for being with all of you at WMS as we enjoy each of your children. Our community is special in so many ways. Whenever someone asks me what is different here, I respond that it is the close community that we have developed, a unique cooperative bond between us that no other school has. Thank you for being part of it and for your always enthusiastic support. 

Re-enrollment Reminder

The 2013-14 school year promises to be a very special one at WMS.  We truly hope all of our families will return to join us for our 50th anniverary.  Re-enrollment paperwork has been mailed to current WMS families and is due on March 1.  If you did not receive yours, please contact Theresa Conaty.


It is important that we receive your paperwork as soon as possible, as much of our school's planning for the coming year, including teacher contracts, depends upon our enrollment.  If you have questions, please contact Head of School Marie Dugan

Mark Your Calendars


          Class Pictures

                  Great Room     

                  PTO Meeting
                  9 a.m. 

11              Montessori Monday -

                  Tell a friend! 
                  More on admissions events


15              All-Staff Professional Day
                  No school.  
                  **No child care.**


18              Mid-Winter Break
                  No school.
                  Child care open.
                  Please register in advance.


22              Follow the Child 
                  Program Begins
                  9 a.m. 


28              Dads' Day
                  Starting with classroom visits at
                  drop-off time.
                  Details TBA



1                Re-enrollment Deadline                                   for the 2013-14 school year!


                  PJ Bingo (hosted by the 9-12s)  
                  6 p.m.
                  More information 


4                Montessori Monday - Admissions

                  Tell a friend! 
                  More on admissions events 

7                9-12 Talent Show 
                  7 p.m., Gym 

11              The Journey
                  8:30 a.m. - noon, meet in the lobby 
                  to reserve your space. 


20               WMS Annual Meeting
                   7 p.m., Great Room 

25-28          Spring Break
                  No school. Child care available.   
                  Register in advance.
29                Spring Break - Good Friday
                   School and child care closed.

1                 Spring Break - Easter Monday
                   No school. Child care available.                            Register in advance. 

Sixth-grader attends Presidential Inauguration with family


The Garvin family had (almost) front-row seats at President Obama's Inauguration Ceremony.


While other WMS families were enjoying a relaxing long weekend in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day, sixth-grader Dylan Garvin went on a trip with his family that he described as "the coolest thing I've ever done."


While he had visited our nation's capital before, Dylan's recent trip to Washington, D.C., was one of historical significance - an experience only a rare few are part of. He and his parents had the unique opportunity to take part in the festivities surrounding President Barack Obama's Inauguration. 


The weekend's highlight was the ceremony at which Obama was sworn in for his second term as President of the United States. As family friends, Vice President Joe Biden secured seats for the Garvins that were just behind the U.S. Marine Band. "We were really close and could see everything," Dylan said. "I was standing right there - it was amazing." 


That night, the Garvins attended the Inaugural Ball, followed by the Bidens' after-party at the Naval Conservatory. Dylan also got to take part in the Martin Luther King Day of Service at the D.C. Armory, where he watched Vice President Joe Biden speak, and then joined volunteers to assemble 100,000 care kits for deployed U.S. service members, wounded warriors and veterans. He even was lucky enough to score a coveted invitation to Saturday's Kids' Inaugural Concert, a star-studded event that honors America's military families and featured musicians like Usher, Mindless Behavior, Far East Movement, cast members from the show "Glee" and Dylan's favorite performer of the evening Katy Perry.

"I thought it was incredible," Dylan told the Associated Press in an article about the concert. "It's a great way to celebrate." 


Dylan is no stranger to political events - his parents met while working for then-Senator Joe Biden, and his father currently serves as Administrator for the EPA's Mid-Atlantic Region (some of you might remember him from his visit to WMS for last year's Earth Day festivities). Because of his family's friendship with the Bidens, Dylan also had the once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to travel to Chicago to spend election night 2012 with the Bidens, another experience that Dylan described as "amazing."


After all of these unique opportunities to see U.S. politics in action, Dylan tells us that he may have political aspirations of his own. He discussed running for governor first, then possibly President of the United States (as well as being a professional baseball player).

All of us at WMS look forward to seeing what's next for this bright and outgoing 12-year-old!


The Garvin family at the Inaugural Ball
Day of Service at the Armory
Dylan dons his University of Delaware Joe Flacco jersey while assembling care packages for U.S. service members, wounded warriors and veterans.
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, February 22 through March 22

Cost: $100

Registration deadline is February 15 - class fees due upon registration.


Parent-child 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 this amazing stage of your child's development."


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


Register Now Button  


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


Encouraging Our Children Toward Independence 

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


How encouraging is your discipline style?  There are 3 styles of discipline:  


  1. Giving orders, where the parent has the power and is controlling and strict
  2. Giving in, where the child has the power and the parent is pleasing and permissive
  3. Giving choices, where the power is shared and the parent and child are both respected 


Discipline can only be encouraging when a parent is firm and kind, teaching the child how to take responsibility for his or her actions. Firmness comes from establishing limits and house rules based on the needs of the family and the community. Kindness is expressed by demonstrating mutual respect and sharing what will happen when the child tests the limits. 


Consistency teaches and builds trust. Following through with natural or logical consequences (not punishment) allows the child a choice. When they decide to ignore the rules, they learn they can handle the outcome and decide what they can do differently the next time.  


To contact Yvonne for more information about this and other parenting topics, contact

News & Notes
Rummage Sale Update
Rummage Sale Toys
A first look at our amazing selection of toys!
Two of our downstairs classrooms are quickly filling with treasures that will be sold at the 2013 Junque 'n' Treasures Rummage Sale on Saturday, April 27.  Please drop your items off in the bins outside Room 24 or in the front lobby area. Donations are tax-deductible - visit the front desk to request a donation form. Join our Rummage Sale event page on Facebook for news and updates!

Rummage picks of the week:
Treasures for musicians and more beautiful jewelry!
Musical Instruments for Rummage Sale
BingoPJ Bingo donations now being accepted
Each year, students in the 9-12 Program organize a PJ Bingo Night to raise funds for the annual sixth-grade trip to New York City. PJ Bingo is a popular school-wide event that includes bingo, raffles, prizes and pizza. This year's Bingo party will be held at 6 p.m. on March 1, so don't forget to mark your calendar. Details about ticket sales will be shared soon.
The 9-12s have started to collect prize donations. Please place anything you wish to donate (toys, games, etc.) in the tote bag between Rooms 9 & 10.
The students thank you in advance for your generosity! 
Delaware Marathon
Calling all runners - raise funds for WMS at the Delaware Marathon

Thinking about participating in the 2013 Delaware Marathon Running Festival on May 12? The WMS PTO is organizing relay teams to run in support of WMS. The Delaware Marathon Relay breaks down the course for four- and eight-person teams (running roughly a 10k or a 5k, respectively), and makes the event a lot more fun. Meanwhile, your friends and family will be so inspired when they hear you're running, they're sure to want to help your relay team raise money for the school. 

Experienced runners, new runners and older students are welcome, so get your team together and register today!  

Mid-Winter Break elementary child care swimming party

On February 18, the Elementary child care group will head to the Greater Newark Boys' & Girls' Club for an early afternoon swim party! 

What better way to beat the mid-winter blues?  Pre-registration is necessary, and there will be a $5 field trip fee.


Children do not need to know how to swim-there are shallow areas, and staff will be in the pool (and lifeguards on duty).

For more information or to register, contact Cass Winner.
Flu shots still available

Decided you'd like a flu shot for yourself or your children?  Not sure where to go?     

Dr. Richman, the doctor who comes to WMS each fall to administer flu shots, still has some available, especially pediatric doses. 


He is willing to give the shots to WMS families in his office if you call and make an appointment. 

You do not need to be a patient of his or register with his practice. He is located just down Harvey Road near Stanley's. 

If you are interested, you can call his office directly at 302-475-8860.


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Our Mission

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.