W E D N E S D A Y  W E E K L Y
December 10, 2014
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Upcoming Events

December 11
School-wide Lockdown Drill
10:30 a.m.
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Pop-up Book Sale
2:30-4:30 in the Lobby
Read More 

December 19
5-9 Holiday Concert
9:30 a.m. in the Gym

December 22 & 23
Winter Break
Pre-registered child-care available.

December 24-January 1
Winter Break 
Building Closed - no school or child-care.

January 2
Professional Day
Pre-registered child-care available.

Message from 
Assistant Head of School
Laurie Orsic 

 

When I was a fourth-grade student in the "Butterfly" reading group, I read about an old-fashioned barn-raising for the very first time. The idea left an immediate and long-lasting impression. A community comes together to help build an all-important structure for one family and in the process the community itself is strengthened. The WMS Co-op program retains this old-fashioned spirit. Each year, WMS families support the students, classrooms and school in a variety of ways. The focus on shared tasks brings people together; enduring bonds are forged and everyone benefits. The children have a more vibrant school experience, and parents and teachers know they are providing a model of community service at its very best.
 

In the past two weeks, this barn-raising spirit surfaced during two important school-wide events. The first was Grandfriends' Day and the second was "A Celebration of Reading." The day before Grandfriends' Day, Priya Bhatia, the Co-op parent in charge, stood amazed looking at the bounty of baked goods prepared by so many parents. Delicious contributions came from far and wide. In addition, parents prepared invitations, provided coffee and juice, helped with hosting and even made it possible for grandfriends to have "family" portraits taken. The grandfriends could not have been more thrilled!


The following week, Co-op parents Melissa Hayman and Kim Giles and their merry band of volunteers created a memorable evening in celebration of reading. Old and new friends took time out for the thoughtful selection of the best books and found delight in a good story read aloud. Along the way, we all learned more about local author Connie Nye, WMS authors Albert Hutchful and Paula Sharpe, and Read Aloud Delaware.
 

A WMS barn-raising may not always entail the building of a wooden structure, but it does create a structure upon which the children in our care can thrive. It's an old idea made new, thanks to all of you. 

 



News & Notesnews
grandfriends
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Pop up Book Sale

 
 Lockdown Drilllockdown
Thursday, December 11

 

Safety WMS will hold a school-wide lockdown drill tomorrow (Thursday, December 11) at 10:30 a.m. The lockdown procedure is used in the unlikely event that there is a dangerous intruder inside our building.
 

You do not need to prepare your child for this drill. Classroom teachers have practiced the procedures with the children using age-appropriate language. For security purposes, we cannot publicize the full procedure of the drill, but we wanted to share the language we have used with the children in case it should come up at home:
 

Toddlers: At this age, children are unable to process the purpose of the drill, so information is kept to a minimum.  Teachers play a silent game that the children already know so they can be engaged while silently waiting.

All other students: Teachers explain to the children that we have lockdown drills just as we have fire drills. We practice different drills so we are prepared in case of any emergency. A lockdown is used in case someone comes into the school who is not allowed to be here and we need to be safe. It is unlikely that this will happen, but it is the teacher's job to keep everyone together, safe, out of view and quiet.


Children ages 7 and up are able to process this more than the younger students. For the older kids, we do our best to minimize any fear that may be attached to this drill. Teachers answer questions in a simple, clear-cut manner, sticking to the process of the drill itself, not the "what if" possibilities. This drill is about being prepared for anything - not about a specific threat.
 

Important note for visitors:

For the short time the school is in lockdown mode, outside doors will be locked and not accessible with keycards. Thank you in advance for your understanding of this minor inconvenience. If you happen to be in the school during the drill, please take shelter in the nearest office, classroom or other room immediately. It is important that you participate in the drill fully and serve as a positive role model to the children.
 

If you have any questions, please contact Nurse Paige or your classroom teacher. 

Did your child enjoy today's visit from First State Ballet Theatre? Today, our artists in residence performed selected scenes from The Nutcracker. Purchase your tickets to see the entire production through the URL or phone number below! Students receive 50% off!

Performers include sixth-grader Sarah Breger as well as past WMS students Dharini Simon and Renee Amado! Watch the WMS Facebook page for more photos from today!

 
 Shop and Raise Funds for WMS
Written & directed by WMS dad Gilles Auffret; starring Charlotte Davey
:Learn how to raise funds for WMS while shopping at Target or on Amazon.com through this short film starring 9-12 student Charlotte Davey. This film was written and directed by WMS dad Gilles Auffret. For more information, visit wmsde.org/shop4wms.
Co-op Cornerco-op
 
 A Simple Way to Earn Four Co-op Hours!
 

Are you available to help with Front Desk coverage on Saturday, December 20 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in exchange for four Co-op hours? This is a great way to earn hours while providing an important service to the school community. The Front Desk supervisor makes sure the school is open on Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; he/she also makes sure visitors sign in and out and may perform light office tasks, such as collating admissions packets.

 

Are you available to help? Please contact Lori Oberly at lori_oberly@wmsde.org for more information or to volunteer. Additional dates throughout the year are still open and waiting for volunteers. Please check the Co-op bulletin board across from the library to sign up.

Today's LearnersLearner
Paint the Town December
by Music Teacher Heather Wadler


 

It's hard to believe that WMS's 5-9 Winter Musical is just over a week away! The show, called "Paint the Town December," is about a group of children who go around to all of the stores in Graysville to paint the storefront windows all different colors to represent the many ways we celebrate the holidays in December!  For the last month or so, students from Rooms 17, 19, and 20, along with the kindergartners from Rooms 11, 15 and 16, have been coming into the music room to rehearse their songs and dances. Their excitement is contagious and we all cannot wait for the whole WMS community to see it! 

 

The performance will take place on December 19 at 9:30 a.m. in the Gym and is open to all WMS families and friends.

 

In preparation for this enormous celebration, students have been learning about some critical aspects of live theater! They have practiced projecting their voices so that the audience can hear their lines. They have discussed what it means to "memorize" lines and how to "improvise" if they forget a word or two. With our songs and dances, the children have learned what it is like to work as a team to make both a unified sound and create some cool formations, like their "tableaus."  A tableau is a word of French origin meaning "picture."  In many of the songs, a class might move to a tableau to hit their final pose or to sing as a stronger unit!

 

Check out some of Room 20's formations!

 

Elementary parents - here are just a few reminders for show day:

 

1. Students should come dressed in their costume on the day of the musical!

      Bottoms - Black bottoms, pants or skirt.  If skirt, wear tights!

      Shoes - Any dark shoe would work fine!

      Shirts - Shirts should be as solid-colored as possible! If the color is the dominant color in a pattern, that is fine, but please, no logos.

    o Room 17 and K's from Rooms 11, 15, 16 - red, green or white

    o Room 19 -  blue and yellow

    o Room 20A - pink, orange or purple

    o Room 20B - black, red or green
 

2. OK Video will be recording the performance! DVDs are available to purchase ONLINE at www.okvideode.com or you can pick up an order form in the lobby or at the performance! All forms can be returned in the Glass Box in the front lobby. 

 

Wishing everyone a happy, happy holiday!

Tomorrow's LeadersLeaders
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