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December 4, 2013
Marie's Message    
Weekly news and notes from Head of School Marie Dugan 



Marie Dugan, Interim Head of School

Welcome back! I hope all of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving break. I enjoyed time with my family and now look forward to spending the next two and a half weeks with my WMS family as we prepare for winter break through celebrations including tomorrow night's Holiday Cultural Potluck, our 5-9 holiday concert and so much more. 


When I looked at the WMS Facebook page over Thanksgiving break, I witnessed an amazing discussion about why our families, staff and alumni are grateful for WMS. Alumna Alexis Szkotak thanked WMS for "giving me friends, great teachers, education, and a true, genuine love of learning!" WMS mom Kathryn Marriott shared the following: "My 17-month-old in Lauren Harris's class started saying 'please' this week when asking for things...I'm so grateful that his time spent away from our nest is under the guidance of such caring and loving educators. We are so blessed to be part of such a well-rounded, wholesome community." Join the conversation on Facebook!


A Five-Star School

This golden anniversary year is an exciting time for WMS. We are proud to be at the forefront, not only of Montessori education but also of the new educational paradigm, preparing children to be the creative, compassionate and innovative leaders of tomorrow. The Delaware Department of Education has recognized us as a model early childhood institution, awarding us with a Five-Star Designation through the Delaware Stars for Early Success Quality Rating and Improvement System. We are the only Montessori school to receive this honor.


As more and more families learn about the leading-edge education WMS provides, our enrollment continues to grow - we now have 234 students and are actively planning for the 2014-15 school year. Lisa and I are working closely with the teachers and staff on the school's strategic plan, which includes enhancements to our programs in technology and the arts. In everything we do, WMS remains at the forefront of quality education and steadfast in its focus on fostering independence and academic excellence that creates high-level thinking.


Marie's Signature   

A Much-Kneaded Lesson

What do you get when you combine flour, salt, water, yeast, sugar and water? 

A loaf of bread - food for the hungry - and a STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) lesson!


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Financial Aid Applications for Current Families due January 15

FAST logo With re-enrollment just around the corner, now's the time to apply for financial aid. As always, our returning families receive highest priority for both enrollment spaces and financial aid. Beginning today, we are accepting applications for financial aid. Current WMS families who apply through our online process and qualify for financial assistance will be notified before the re-enrollment deadline. Even if you are currently receiving financial aid, it is important to re-apply using Independent School Management's confidential and unbiased online FAST program.


More Information & Full Application Instructions

Important Reminders
Lockdown Drill   
All current WMS parents should have received a message this Monday regarding tomorrow's school-wide lockdown drill. If you didn't receive this message, please contact Noel

We remind any parents in the building at the time of the drill to follow staff instructions and model calm behavior. Thank you for helping us keep WMS safe!
Holiday Cultural Potluck Dinner - Tomorrow
Thursday, December 5, 5-7 p.m.
Planning to attend the Holiday Cultural Potluck tomorrow evening?  Please register by noon tomorrow if you haven't already done so. Co-op opportunities are still available!
WMS Family Skating Party 
Saturday, December 14, 3:15 p.m.

Have you signed up for the WMS Family Skating Party or are you available to volunteer to assist with this event? Don't miss this winter favorite!
Coming this December...
Holiday Cultural Potluck - 5-7 p.m. Learn more and RSVP today
Montessori Monday - Admissions - 9:30 a.m. - Tell a friend! 
Home-School Enrichment Program Open House - 10 a.m. - Learn more and tell a friend! 
WMS Skating Party - 3:15-5:15 p.m. - Skating Club of Wilmington - Learn More 
5-9 Holiday Concert - 9:30 a.m. - Gym 
Winter Break - No school or child-care

The Wednesday Weekly shares WMS news and events that are relevant to the families in our community.  Please send submissions to by 4:30 p.m. on the Friday prior to the issue in which you wish to include your information.  Content may be edited for length and style and may be held for a future issue due to space constraints.  For more information, contact Noel Dietrich, Communications Officer.
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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.