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May 14, 2014
Meerkat Milers!
Above: Just a few of the runners and volunteers who participated in the Delaware Relay Marathon on Mother's Day. A big thank you to WMS moms Becky Davey and Becky Laster for their hard work and leadership, which made this event a tremendous success!
Message from Head of School Lisa Lalama 


On Mother's Day, seven teams of eight runners ran the relay at the Delaware Marathon. It was a sight to behold. There were children as young as 6, running with parents, staff, alumni and friends of WMS. The day before, nearly 30 WMS elementary students ran in the Delaware Marathon Running Festival's 1.2-mile fun run. 


Teamwork best describes this effort - from the teamwork needed to enter our teams in the race, to the folks cheering the Meerkat Milers on, to the people running the water station and those who ran a little over a 5K (some of them more than once). As each person handed off the belt to the next teammate, the announcer greeted them with, "Here comes another Montessori Meerkat Miler." What a sense of camaraderie, accomplishment and belonging. Who wouldn't want to be a part of this team? 


Thank you to every person involved in making this happen. It was a great day to be a Meerkat Miler and a member of the WMS community.  Go Meerkats!  




Mark Your Calendar
Now- May 23
Student Art Show - Lobby and Hallway 
Now through May 15

Barn Sale & Silent Auction in the lobby - closes tomorrow (Thursday) at 3:30 p.m.  Bids are being accepted on-site, but if you are unable to be at WMS on Thursday afternoon and want to place a bid, you may call Lori Oberly at 475-0555.

15Private Tours of 9-12 French Monuments Exhibit - 10:25-11:50 - Great Room (Display remains open through May 30)
Home School Project Fair - 1-4  p.m. - Great Room - Support local home-schooling families and students from WMS's Home School Enrichment Program by viewing their projects. 
Admissions Open House - 9:30 a.m. - Tell a friend!
23Elementary Field Day - Volunteers needed! 
26Memorial Day - No school or child-care.
309-12 Concert - 9:30 a.m. & 7 p.m. in the Gym
Classroom News
The Dirt on Dirt 
by 3-6 Teacher Betsy Haas (Room 13)    


To celebrate Earth Day, Room 13, along with Room 11, opened up a dig site on the Pod Playground. We gave the children a lesson on the proper names of the tools we would be using and how to use them safely. The children seemed so eager and excited to use real child-sized garden tools, such as a metal shovel, hoe and rake. Since the opening of the dig site, all of the preschool and 3-6 children have been enjoying digging in the dirt, finding worms and identifying various insects. 


A lot of research has been done on why digging in the dirt is so beneficial for young children. Richard Louv, author of the book, Last Child in the Woods: Saving our Children from Nature-Deficit Disorder, states that "Spending time in nature reduces stress, while other studies show that contact with the natural world significantly reduces symptoms of attention-deficit disorder in children as young as five . . . Numerous studies document the benefits to students from school grounds that are ecologically diverse and include free play areas, habitats for wildlife, walking trails, and gardens." That sounds a lot like our amazing outdoor environment here at WMS!

We are also hoping to create a mud kitchen for the children to use. The possibilities are endless while playing in the mud. Dirt and other gifts from nature such as monkey balls, sticks and pine cones are low-cost and provide hours of entertainment! Dr. Mary Ruebush, immunologist and author of Why Dirt is Good: Five Ways to Make Germs Your Friends says, "Let your child be a child. Dirt is good. If your child isn't coming home dirty every day, they're not doing their job. They're not building their immunological army." We are not doing our job as teachers and parents if we are not providing the tools and encouraging the children to use their imaginations and get dirty!  


When was the last time you played in the dirt? Don't make dirt a four-letter word!

Desert Biome 
by Room 16 (5-7s)

As part of our North American continent studies, Room 16 chose to study the desert biome in greater depth this spring and create a three-dimensional representation of the Sonoran Desert located in the southwest region of the United States.  


In March, we visited the Delaware Museum of Natural History to learn about deserts around the world and observe how the museum created a 3D desert biome as one of their permanent exhibits. Each child then chose an animal or plant from the Sonoran desert to research. With the support of art teacher Laurie Muhlbauer, the children painted and stuffed a 3D model of their animal or plant. They also painted an evening sunset background for the desert as we saw done at the Natural History Museum.  The result is our own "Natural History Museum" creation of the Sonoran Desert.  Please stop by and visit our desert located just outside the Great Room.

Co-op Corner

Upcoming Co-op Opportunities  co-op

Do you need Co-op hours? Help is needed with the following school events and tasks:

  • Elementary Field Day on Friday, May 23 (8 a.m. - noon) and Preschool Field Day on June 4 (8:30-11:30 a.m.)
  • Spring Concert Crew from May 27 through May 30. Support Mary Kate and the 9-12 students with the preparations for the Spring Concert (scheduled according to your availability).
  • Graduation Preparations on June 5. Help is requested with one or all of the following: decorating, set-up, purchasing/making refreshments and/or clean up
  • Spring Gardening/Campus clean-up - Weeding a designated garden area on the WMS grounds.
  • End-of-the-year Assistance - Help is requested with cleaning and organizing as classrooms are closed for the summer.

For additional information, please check the Co-op Bulletin Boards or contact Laurie Orsic at 302-475-0555 or [email protected].


Year-End Reminder

Has your family completed its co-op obligation? Please remember, the yearly co-op obligation is 30 hours per family, and we are quickly approaching the end of the year. It is vital that parents submit their hours either on paper (available at the Co-op bulletin boards) or online.

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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.