W E D N E S D A Y  W E E K L Y
November 12, 2014
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Upcoming Events


THIS WEEK!
Annual Fund Drive

November 13
Admissions Open House
9:30 a.m., Tell a friend!

November 14

What's Next?
Message from Head of School Lisa A. Lalama

 

Beginning next Tuesday, November 18, Wilmington Montessori School will offer a series of three Transition Mornings. These mornings are designed for families whose children are moving between levels in the school: Early Childhood (moving from the toddler to the 3-6 program), Lower Elementary (moving from the 3-6 or 5-7 programs to 6-9) and Upper Elementary (moving from 6-9 to 9-12). This is your chance to learn about the next step in the education of your child. 

 

A Montessori education views children as eager to learn and capable of learning in a thoughtfully prepared learning environment. It values all aspects of children, their social, emotional, cognitive and physical growth. As students move through each level at WMS, they are greeted with the familiar and challenged to move on to lessons using new materials. While these materials are new to the children, they simultaneously exhibit similarity to materials used previously. 

 

A foundation of our social and emotional curriculum is the  Responsive Classroom approach to classroom management. It focuses on developing a classroom culture of respect, independence and collaboration, all fundamental to a Montessori education. The Montessori lessons and materials used as the basis of our academic curriculum are expanded to include other practices in education such as reading and writing workshops, investigations in mathematics, and incorporating the latest in STEM education in our study of science. Please join us for Transition Mornings. We look forward to sharing even more of what makes WMS a great place for continuing to develop the love of learning in your children.

 

 

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 #WMS100reasons - Why do YOU love WMS?

 



News & Notesnews
Parking Lot Safety Reminders

The safety of our children is always a
top priority at WMS. With this in mind, we would like to  remind everyone about
important safety practices we all need to
remember while coming and going to school.

Practice cell phone safety. Please refrain
from using a cell phone while driving in the
WMS parking lot. It is a busy place during
drop off and pick up with lots of little people
around.

Always use an abundance of caution. Drive slowly, stay alert and yield to pedestrians. If you see someone waiting to cross the lot, please stop and allow him or her to do so.

Look both ways! As it gets darker earlier
and everyone is in a hurry to get home,
please take the time to look both ways (even on a green light) before entering the Harvey Road intersection.

Thank you for helping us keep our children, families and staff safe!
Annual Fund Drive

Don't forgot to stop by the lobby this week in the mornings for coffee and music at the Annual Fund Drive table. We also encourage you to come share your #WMS100reasons for loving WMS!

 

Thank you for your support of the 2014-15 Annual Fund!

 

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Dance party
COME DANCE WITH US!
by Fifth-grader Marissa Lane 

  

The fifth grade class is hosting a dance party, this Friday, November 14, from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gym.  This event is a fundraiser for the fifth graders as they prepare for their sixth-grade trip to NYC next year for the annual Global Citizenship Action Project (GCAP).  

 

Your ticket includes dinner (pizza and salads), dancing and dessert.  We will also have a few raffle prizes!  Come check out the fun, enjoy time with friends and don't worry about dinner.  We've got you covered.  

 

This event is fun for all ages!  There is a special rug area for children 5 and under.

 

 

 
grandfriends
WMS Celebrates Our Grandfriends - November 25, 2014


Grandfriends are special people in our children's lives - aunts and uncles, family friends, grandmothers and grandfathers, and even great-grandparents. On November 25, this group is invited to spend a fun-filled morning at WMS and experience a glimpse into the daily school life of their grandchildren (or other friends). Attendees will enjoy refreshments, activities with students, a special musical performance and more. RSVP today!

Event Schedule:
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!

Grandfriends' Day Invitations 

Grandfriends' Day invitations were distributed by classroom teachers at conferences and by way of classroom mail. These invitations can be personalized and mailed to your child's grandfriends. Click here to download/print and electronic version. Thanks for your help in spreading the word about this annual celebration of grandparents and special friends. If for some reason you did not receive invitations for your child, we have extras - please see or email Laurie Orsic at [email protected]

 

Homeroom Parent Meeting - Two Chances to attend!

 

Homeroom Parent Representatives (HRPs) are invited to attend a quick information meeting on Thursday, November 20 at either 11:15 a.m. or 2:15 p.m. in the Parent Work Room located in Room 7. Please contact Laurie Orsic to RSVP and for additional information. 

Today's LearnersLearner


 

The Sixth-Grade Capstone Experience: 

The Global Citizenship Action Project (GCAP)

by Assistant Head of School Laurie Orsic
 

The Wilmington Montessori School mission statement declares that:

 

We empower children to be knowledgeable and responsible contributors to the global community.

 

How does WMS empower children to contribute to the global community? It's a tall order, to be sure. From the toddlers to the sixth-graders, the WMS social curriculum incrementally assists children in understanding the crucial social skills needed to be collaborators and problem-solvers. First the children learn how to care for their classmates and teachers. As they grow, they come to care for the larger community - their school, their region and the world.

 

Having studied extensively what Montessori called "The Fundamental Needs of People," WMS sixth-graders are increasingly aware of the challenges people face when their needs are not met. Their keen sense of fairness nudges them to ask big questions about themselves and the world: How can I help the world to be a better place? How can I make the world a fairer place? What is my place in the world? In an effort to help them begin to answer these questions, each year the 9-12 teachers accompany the students on a very special trip to New York City for a remarkable program called the Global Citizenship Action Project (GCAP). Once there, they join forces with Montessori students from all over the United States to study a wide range of topics related to the challenges people are facing the world over.

 

GCAP provides a forum for spokespeople from a variety of non-profits to describe their respective organizations' visions and operations. This year, the inspirational program included representatives from Feeding America, Save the Rain, Vision for Children and by Children, and several other impressive and accomplished non-profits. The WMS students, conferring with mostly middle school students from states such as Colorado, Florida and California, weighed the strengths of each presentation. On the third day, all of the students voted and chose one group to support throughout the coming year; this year, they selected Save the Rain.

 

The WMS students also toured the United Nations and visited a mission to the U.N. - The Permanent Mission of Egypt - along with students from Florida and Ohio. The students learned about the role the UN plays in seeking solutions to the very same problems they had been wrestling with in the GCAP hotel conference room; they asked about the Egyptian educational system, the availability of healthcare and the struggle for a fair distribution of wealth among Egyptian citizens. 

 

At the conclusion of their adventures in the Big Apple, it was clear; the WMS sixth-grade students were forever changed - by the people they met, the ideas they considered and the new perspective they gained about the world and their place in it. They stand empowered and ready to contribute. Look out world - here they come.
 

Tomorrow's LeadersLeaders
Elora Stack, Class of 2002, Reflects on Lessons Learned at WMS
 

Two weeks ago, we introduced you to Elora Stack and her work with Flo and Lily Miniscloux on the fingerprint vine guest book created for WMS's  50th Anniversary Celebration. Elora's connection to WMS began 20 years ago, when she first started at the school in 1994. After graduating from WMS in 2002, she went on to attend IHM and then Padua. Elora attended college at Marist College in Poughkeepsie, N.Y., and received her Bachelor of Arts in Journalism with a minor in Photography. While in college, she volunteered for Invisible Children and helped lobby for the LRA Northern Uganda Recovery Act, which was signed into law by President Obama in May 2010. She has had her hand in humanitarian efforts ever since. After graduating, she got a job as a studio manager and photographer for Coco B. Sweet Photography Inc., in Beacon, N.Y..

 

She has many fond memories from her time her at WMS. Her favorite class was art with Laurie Muhlbauer. She enjoyed working with different materials, and being able to set her own schedule to finish her work and projects on time. She also clearly remembers doing her school work at the table with their class pet, Corny the corn snake, in her shirt pocket.

 

When reflecting on her time at WMS, Elora loved the hands-on learning experience. "It teaches you the why and how of everything," she said

She also appreciated the way in which WMS teachers helped her become more independent at each age level.

"I believe that having to monitor yourself and manage your own time is a great life skill that I have used at every stage in my life, from college to my career as an adult," Elora explained. "It is important to learn to be independent, and WMS does that in a very nurturing and supportive way." 

Elora said that WMS's small, diverse classrooms encouraged understanding and kindness among all of the students. "It meant that you were friends with everyone, most of the time. This helped students be more accepting of others who are different from them, whether they had different likes and dislikes, were from a different culture, etc. In this day, it is so rare to find people who do not pass judgment, but I believe it is important to be welcoming to all, to be understanding, and to support everyone you come across in life, and WMS teaches that."


We want to know what our alumni are up to, and we would love to hear from our alumni parents as well. How did WMS impact your life or your child's life? Do you have any old photos or news to share? Please send any and all info to [email protected]

 

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