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


Marie Dugan, Interim Head of School

Happy 50th Birthday, WMS!


Annual Fund Drive begins Tuesday!  

Next week we will open our annual fund with some happy events in celebration of our school's 50th anniversary school year. The events begin on Tuesday morning, November 12. The fun continues for two weeks. The annual fund drive is chaired by two of our parents, Suzanne Jones and Sharon Miller. Everyone will find a letter from them and a donation envelope on your child's locker at the end of the day tomorrow. Our goal is 100% participation. 


The annual fund supports our school programs including daily operations, helps to keep tuition rates  as low as possible, supports teachers and staff salaries and benefits, and allows us to make improvements in many areas, including toddler and preschool playgrounds, technology, and STEM and arts programs.


There will be some surprises when you arrive every morning. Board and staff members will be in the lobby to greet you, and there will be entertainment and other surprises of many kinds.


Next week also includes classroom celebrations marking our 50th day of school. That date is Thursday, November 14. Students will be counting and bringing their collections of 50 of something. Who knows what that will be? They will share their choices with their classmates.  I plan to bring 50 one-dollar bills for the annual campaign in honor of our children.


Enjoy the fun! And happy birthday, Wilmington Montessori School!

Marie's Signature   

Photo by 9-12 student Lauren Aussprung
Message from the 9-12 students 
by Shannon Surbrook Bowers 

The 9-12s greatly thank you for supporting us with the DelawareCAN project.  If we had done it ourselves, we would have gotten almost nowhere.  Everyone has been so helpful to us and people in need.  Everyone should feel proud of what they've done.  It doesn't matter how much you donated, it just matters that you did.  Every box and can counts. 


All the food was transported to the Delaware Food Bank and will be distributed to hungry families in Delaware.  We all think you should know that as a school we won first place for the "bounty award" in the youth division.  That means that we collected the most food (1,853 pounds)! We also won first place in "Best in Show" and second place for "people's choice" in our division.  Thanks again to everyone for all that you did to support us and those in need.


Shannon and the 9-12 community
Mark Your Calendars


7Parent/Staff vs. Student Soccer - 3:30 p.m.
Soccer Field

8WMS Dance Party - 6-8 p.m.
Learn More  

11The Journey
This event is FULL! Please contact to register for a future session!  

145-7 Transition Morning (for current preschool parents) - 9 a.m. 
Begins in the Lobby
More Info on Transition Mornings

189-12 Transition Morning (for current 7-9 parents) - 9 a.m.
Begins in the Lobby 
More Info on Transition Mornings

19Preschool Transition Morning (for current toddler parents) - 9:30 a.m.
Begins in the Lobby 
More Info on Transition Mornings

207-9 Transition Morning (for current 5-7 parents) - 9 a.m.
Begins in the Lobby 
 More Info on Transition Mornings

25Montessori Monday - Admissions - 9:30 a.m.
Tell a friend! 

26Grandfriends' Day - 8 a.m.
27School Closed 
Pre-registered child-care available

28 & 29No school - Happy Thanksgiving!
No child-care - Building Closed 
STEM in Room 16 - Agricultural Engineering
This month, 5-7 students in Room 16 are engaged in an engineering project centered on the field of agriculture. They have explored the role of insects in the natural system of pollination and Integrated Pest Management (IPM). This week, the children tested the effectiveness of various materials for picking up and transferring "pollen." They will use the results of their experiments to design, build and test their own hand pollinators on various flower models.
Parent Education
TransitionTransition Mornings... Starting next week!

What's Next? Have you ever wondered what the next program level will be like for your child at WMS? 

Come in and experience it!

Visit a next level classroom so you can see for yourself what lies ahead for your child. Observe a class in session where children are working and teachers are giving lessons; ask questions about your child's transition to the next program level. Along with the teachers, Director of Educational Programs Liz Madden, Head of School Marie Dugan, Assistant Head of School Lisa Lalama, and Admissions Officer Theresa Conaty will be on-hand to answer any questions you might have. 

We highly recommend that all of our families attend a transition morning, particularly if your child will be moving up next year.


November 14, 9 a.m. - 5-7 Transition Morning
November 18, 9 a.m. - 9-12 Transition Morning
November 19, 9:30 a.m. - Preschool Transition Morning
November 20, 9 a.m. - 7-9 Transition Morning

Please register in advance so we can plan accordingly! 


Transition Morning Registration


Note: If you cannot attend the transition morning for your child's age-level, please contact to schedule a transition visit at another time!

News & Notes
Buy your ticket from a friendly fifth-grader in the lobby before or after school!
Dance Party - Friday!

It's time to get your groove on! On Friday, November 8, from 6 to 8 p.m., members of the fifth-grade class will be hosting their annual Dance Party. This fundraiser supports the class of 2015 as they prepare for their sixth-grade trip next year. The sixth-grade trip is an amazing adventure to NYC and the Global Citizenship Action Project (GCAP) conference.

Dance partyThe Dance Party costs $10 per person and $35 for a family of four. The price includes pizza, dessert, great music and lots of fun. There is a special dance area for students 5 and younger. There will be raffles prizes too!  Come out and support the fifth-graders while having a great time with friends.


On Grandfriends' Day, we invite these people to spend a fun-filled morning at WMS and experience a glimpse into your child's daily school life. Attendees will enjoy refreshments, activities with students, a special musical performance and more!


Invitations will be sent home with children this week. These can be personalized by your child and mailed to grandfriends!



8:15-9 a.m.       Registration in the lobby

8:30-10 a.m.     Elementary classrooms open to grandfriends for visits

9-10 a.m.          Preschool and Toddler  classrooms open to grandfriends for visits

10-11 a.m.        Reception in the Great Room including refreshments, music and more!


RSVP: Visit or call 302-475-0555. (Parents, feel free to RSVP on behalf of your grandfriends!)


Take Only Photographs,

Steal Only Time


Leave Only Footprints


Please respect and care for the WMS campus greenscape.


Do study the plants, looking closely at flowers, leaves, seed pods and more that have naturally fallen to the ground or still rest on the plants.


Leave flowers, greenery, seed pods and more on the plants, bushes and trees.


Walk around the picnic tables, rather than on them.


Walk around the beautiful trees, do not climb the trees.


Clean up trash before you say goodbye.


Thank you for walking lightly on the Earth.


Don't forget to walk the trail to our stage in the woods!

Family Fun at the Delaware Art Museum

Sunday, November 10, noon-3:30 p.m. 

Explore America through paintings and sculptures featured in American Moderns, 1910-1960: From O'Keeffe to Rockwell. Stop by the Museum for art projects, family tours and a special musical performance by Pyxis, the museum's ensemble-in-residence (featuring WMS mom Meredith Amado).

For more information, visit

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