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December 18, 2013

Marie's Message    
Weekly news and notes from Head of School Marie Dugan 



Marie Dugan, Interim Head of School

Holiday Wishes


On behalf of our entire staff, I wish all of you a joyful and relaxing holiday! Thank you for all you have done for the school this year - from classroom support to enhancing our campus and facilities to helping us run so many memorable events. Our co-op/parent partnership program is alive and well, thanks to all of you and to Laurie Orsic, the coordinator of our volunteer program. We look back on 2013 with pride. It has been a time of transition for all of us. Our board members have worked closely to complete the Strategic Plan and Core Values. Special thanks to them and to our entire staff for making 2013 such a successful year!


We look forward to the new year when Lisa Lalama becomes our Head of School on February 1. Lisa and I have been working together closely for six months. I am pleased to be here full-time through January 31. Many have asked me whether I will continue to be involved with the school. I assure you that I am not going far. I will stay in close touch with WMS. You will see me on a regular basis. January will be full of planning for our 50th Anniversary Celebration on February 8. Please plan to be with us that evening. Formal invitations will be distributed soon after the holidays. You can chat with some of the many friends who will be joining us on our Facebook event page. We are also looking for historic WMS photos to use in decorations at the celebration. Please send any photos you have, particularly those from prior to 1990, to or post them on the Facebook page.


Happy holidays and best wishes for 2014!


Marie's Signature   

Community Service
Students "Read to Feed" with Heifer International Service Project 
Inspired by what she learned about Heifer International, 5-7 student Sage Miller drew the picture above on Friday.
There's no better way to celebrate the holiday season than by giving to those who are less fortunate. 

With this in mind, students in WMS's 5-7 and 7-9 classes began WMS's latest large-scale community service project last Friday - Heifer International's "Read to Feed" program.
Music & The Arts
 Coming on Friday, December 20... 
Join us at 9:30 a.m. in the gym for our annual 5-9 concert!
All are welcome for a morning of music and winter holiday cheer! Invite your friends and family.  
Check out our video preview!

WMS Student to Perform in First State Ballet Production of the Nutcracker


Renee Amado and Sarah Breger pose together at rehearsal.

This weekend, four members of the WMS community will join our 2013-14 Artists in Residence, First State Ballet Theatre, in a performance of the Nutcracker at the Grand Opera House.


9-12 students Renee Amado and Sarah Breger, room 14's Addie Laster, and 2013 graduate Dharini Simon will join Delaware's only professional dance company in a beautiful production of this Christmas classic.

Where: Grand Opera House

818 N. Market Street
Wilmington, DE 


Saturday, December 21 @ 2 and 7 p.m. 

Sunday, December 22 @ 2 p.m.


Purchase Tickets: 1-800-37-GRAND or

News & Notes
Cold Weather Reminders


At WMS, we love to enjoy winter weather through sledding and other snow activities. 

For cold weather safety, we remind parents to send their students to school with appropriate (and carefully labeled) winter gear (winter coat, hat, gloves), as well as snow pants and boots for the days on which there is snow on the ground.
Coming this January: Parent Education

"Mean Girls in the Classroom Why it Happens, What it Looks Like and How to Deal with It"

Presented by Certified Parent Educator Yvonne Nass


January 14 at 7 p.m.



School Store - Open This Friday for Holiday Sales

Looking for a last-minute holiday gift for your child? The WMS School Store will be open in the lobby this Friday with the following hours:


Morning - 8-9:30 a.m.

Afternoon - 2:30-5 p.m.


A new shipment will be arriving including 50th anniversary gear in a variety of sizes! Questions? Email

Photography Club Show & Reception - 4:30-5:15 p.m. - Stop by to see the work our talented students have been doing with alumni parent and professional photographer Heather Siple.    
5-9 Holiday Concert - 9:30 a.m. - Gym 
Winter Break - No school or child-care

1Winter Break - No school or child-care
2-3Winter Break - Pre-registered child-care available
6Montessori Monday Open House
(Admissions) - 9:30 a.m. - Tell a friend!
10Alumni Pizza Party - 6:30-8 p.m. - Great Room - Learn More/Register
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