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March 12, 2014

Message from Head of School Lisa Lalama 


Our clocks have jumped ahead an hour bringing us longer days. With these changes (and, hopefully, better weather!) come thoughts of enjoying the outdoors, having a bit more freedom to wander and play. As adults, we often get caught up in our "to-do lists," moving from one task to another; it is endless. Children have lists as well. Sometimes it is challenging to see the benefit of the items on their lists. Why is it important to gather sticks to build a fairy house? Why do all of the stuffed animals need to be scattered throughout the kitchen for a pretend tea party? Is there really a need to go outside again and run aimlessly through the yard? As it turns out, the answer is a resounding yes.


As Maria Montessori said in The Absorbent Mind, "Play is the work of the child." It is through play that children are able to explore what is possible. Stuart Brown defines play as "an open-ended experience initiated by children that involves pretense, rough-and-tumble activity or the spontaneous use of real objects for creative activity." Providing items that have multiple uses allows children to discover alternate uses for an object and create meaning. These are precisely the skills that promote thinking, creativity, and innovation and ultimately lead to academic success. This helps children imagine themselves as adults and how they might manage their future lives.


Encouraging play and making room for it during the school day are important aspects of your children's lives at WMS. From the youngest children to the oldest, unstructured time is built into their days. Recess is valued. They are given the freedom to explore their world and determine how they fit in it. It is through this trial and error and playfulness that children learn how the world works. It helps them form relationships and learn how to connect with others. It allows them to imagine. Play is important. I encourage you to take some time this spring to notice your children playing, imagining and wondering about all the world holds.


Mark Your Calendar
12Rocky Bluewinkle Visit (for Rocky's Reading Challenge) - 10 a.m. - Great Room
9-12 Talent Show - WMS Gym 
Dress rehearsal - 9:30 a.m. 
Evening performance - 7 p.m.
First State Ballet (Artists in Residence) Performance - 10:30 a.m. - Great Room - Join us!
17Artist-in-residence workshops with Alex Shaw (Elementary) - 9 a.m. - noon
21Alex Shaw (Artist in Residence) performance - 1:30 p.m. - Great Room - Join us!
Spring Break - No school - Pre-registered child-care and mini-camps only  - Learn more and register for Spring Break programs at WMS. 


Full March Calendar


3Standardized Testing & Classroom-Based Assessment Workshop - 8:45 a.m.
4 & 10Childfind Testing - This screening, provided by the Brandywine School District's Project Childfind, is to identify children who are eligible to enter kindergarten (turning 5 years of age by August 31, 2014) who may have special learning abilities or needs. Forms were sent home on March 6 to eligible students. Questions? Contact Theresa Conaty.  
7Montessori Monday (Admissions) - 9:30 a.m. - Tell a friend!
7-11 ERB Testing
Classroom News

Heifer International Read to Feed Program Reaches Across Disciplines and Oceans to Feed the Hungry 

This winter, Wilmington Montessori School's 5-7 and 7-9 students worked together to raise a total of $2273.50 for Heifer International through the Read to Feed program.

Heifer International is a nonprofit organization that works to end world hunger and save the earth through the gift of farm animals and training. Instead of providing families in need with a non-renewable source of food, Heifer International provides a "living loan" of an animal and extensive training in animal care, community development, and earth-friendly farming practices. 

As many of our WMS projects do, this project spanned disciplinary areas including cultural studies, language, community service and mathematics. When all of the money was collected, the students worked together to calculate the total amount raised, then held a meeting to discuss how the funds would be allocated. Here's what they selected: 

Life-Changing Animals
The group purchased a goat, heifer, camel, water buffalo, llama, sheep, pig, fish, rabbits, honeybees, ducks, chicks, geese and an animal welfare kit.

Provide Basic Needs
Students decided to purchase fresh water pumps, a family nutrition kit and building materials for shelter.

Support Sustainable Farming
Water irrigation pumps, as well as plants and seeds for harvesting, were selected.
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News & Notes
Spring Break Mini-Camps  

Don't forget to register for Spring Break mini-camps for your 6- to 10-year-old! LEGO Amusement Park and Fun With Books will run for half days on March 25-27, then again in April for the public school spring break.

Learn More or Register 

Join the WMS Running Club 
Second- through sixth-graders are invited to join the WMS Running Club, which will practice on Tuesdays and Thursdays starting next week (March 18) until the Delaware Running Festival (May 10). (There will be no practice during Spring Break.)

Participants will improve their cardiovascular and muscular endurance through fun running activities including sprints, relays and longer runs. Goals include running/walking at least three miles, committing to at least 30 minutes of physical activity per day, learning to make good nutritional choices and building a life-long love of running!
For more information, contact Adrianna Wall or pick up a registration form in the lobby!
PJ Bingo Thank You

The 9-12 students want to thank the WMS community for supporting their PJ Bingo fundraiser that took place on February 28 in the Great Room. 

The fifth-graders raised $2327.75 for their trip to NYC next year.  Each October, the sixth-graders travel to New York to participate in the Global Citizenship Action Project (GCAP). 

GCAP is a global citizenship program designed as a professional conference for students. Montessori middle-schoolers from all over the United States, Canada and elsewhere gather annually in New York City to hear from speakers on a variety of global issues, tour the United Nations and visit a permanent mission to the UN. The aim of the program is to inspire young people to learn what they can do to become better educated and more productive global citizens.

Thank you for supporting our efforts to continue attending this amazing conference!
Musical Notes from Mary Kate

Talent Show - Ballet Talent Show

Please join us for our annual talent show this Thursday (March 13) at 9:30 a.m. (dress rehearsal) or 7 p.m. The WMS talent show is a lively performance by the students of the 9-12 program at which each child has the opportunity to demonstrate his or her talents and/or participate as part of the stage crew, sound or lighting teams.


New York Philharmonic Music Education Website 

Check out the New York Philharmonic's music education website for kids at It is an interactive resource for learning about the orchestra and offers fun and educational musical games as well.  We have been using it in class, and the children really enjoy it!

New Philharmonic Music Ed Orchestration Station
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