W E D N E S D A Y  W E E K L Y
February 11, 2015
In This Issue

Upcoming Events
February 13
All-Staff Professional Day
No school. Pre-registered child-care is available.

February 16
Mid-Winter Break
No school. Pre-registered child-care is available.

February 17
9-12 Transition Morning (for parents of current third-graders), 9 a.m.
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February 18
3-6 Transition Morning (for toddler parents), 9:30 a.m.
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Annual Meeting
7 p.m., Great Room

February 19
6-9 Transition Morning (for parents of current kindergartners & 5-7 students), 9 a.m. 
Register Now 
February 23
Montessori Monday (Admissions)
Tell a friend!

February 24
6-9 Information Night/Dinner (for parents/students entering the 6-9 Program next year)
5-6 p.m. in the Great Room/Maker Space
RSVP to Theresa 

Want to show your WMS spirit and let other families know about our school?
Do you live in a location with lots of traffic? Contact Theresa to get your own WMS yard sign!
9-12 students showcase their musical talent while performing the national anthem at last night's University of Delaware basketball game. More photos on Facebook.
 Message from Head of School 
Lisa A. Lalama 


For more of Lisa's writing, check out the Montessori Message blog.


It has now been one year since I became the Head of School at WMS. This has given me pause; it is a time for reflection. The year has affirmed much of what I knew to be true. WMS is one of the finest independent Montessori schools in the country, offering a Montessori curriculum, alignment with national standards and a strong social curriculum for children. More than that, WMS is home to so many. We have students and families who have been a part of the school for more than 50 years and delight in keeping in touch, learning how we have embraced change and enjoying the comfort of knowing our commitment to our mission has remained constant.  


With reflection also comes a time to look forward and consider the future. Most of you are familiar with our Strategic Plan and recognize some of the work we have already done that reflects that plan: three new Maker Studios, a beautiful natural Toddler playground, and a technology program that is supporting our students and teachers as they explore learning incorporating technology with other tools already at their disposal.

As we move forward, we will continue to grow and make changes that prepare our students for future learning experiences. Longwood Foundation has offered us a challenge that we are working hard to meet. Our goal is to integrate the arts more fully into our students' learning at WMS and not simply to reserve arts education to specials classes. This will take the strong support of our community and will allow our teachers and students to grow in ways we cannot even imagine today. It will support the existing curriculum as well as prepare each child for the challenges they will face in the future. It will promote 21st-century skills such as creativity, innovation and curiosity just to name a few.


Our staff began this school year considering what it meant to possess a growth mindset. They continue to learn, to work and to help children understand that most basic abilities can be developed; we are all works in progress. Our rich history and strong foundation guide us as we move toward a future that reflects our past and leads us solidly into the next 50 years. 





News & NotesNews
Annual Meeting - February 18 at 7 p.m. 

The Wilmington Montessori School Board of Directors invites the WMS community to its annual meeting next Wednesday, February 18, at 7 p.m. Come hear about the Board's work during the past year, progress toward strategic plan initiatives and plans for the future. Come away informed and energized about Wilmington Montessori School. Board election results will also be announced. Any parents who did not receive a ballot by email should request one at the front desk. 

It's time to jam in your PJs!

The dance party is here again!

On Friday, February 27, the fifth-grade class will host their second fundraiser of the year. Our fundraisers support our sixth grade trip to NYC and the Global Citizenship Action Project.

The dance party is a wonderful event for all ages and is a bargain at just $10 per person. The event will run from 6 to 8 p.m. in the gym and includes pizza, salad, dessert and drinks.

There will also be raffle baskets so bring some extra dollars. The theme is "Pajama Dance Party," so please wear your most comfortable PJs and be ready to get down on the dance floor. We hope to see you there!

- The fifth-grade class

Elevator Closed for Maintenance Next Week

To ensure the safety of our families and staff, WMS's elevator will be closed for maintenance next week. Staff will be available to assist with strollers or other items that need to be transported to and from our lower level. We apologize for the inconvenience!


Last Chance to "Recycle What You Used to Wear to Help Save Animals in Despair"


WMS alumni Ariel Shweiki and Isabel Snyder, who now attend the Program for Rigor and Innovation in Education (PRIED), have been collecting clothing to raise funds in support of the Philadelphia Zoo's UNLESS Project. Tomorrow is the last day to bring your donations to the bin in our front lobby. The students and staff of the PRIED program thank you for your support!

WMS Book Club: Simplicity Parenting

WMS mom Hunter Clarke-Fields will be leading a book club on Simplicity Parenting by Kim John Payne. The club will meet on Thursdays from 9 to 10 a.m. in Room 7 from February 19 through March 19.

Book Summary:

Today's busier, faster society is waging an undeclared war on childhood. With too much stuff, too many choices and too little time, children can become anxious, have trouble with friends and school, or even be diagnosed with behavioral problems. Now internationally renowned family consultant Kim John Payne helps parents reclaim for their children the space and freedom that all kids need for their attention to deepen and their individuality to flourish. Simplicity Parenting offers inspiration, ideas and a blueprint for change.

Co-op Cornerco-op
Happy Parent Appreciation Week! 

It's Parent Appreciation Week at WMS, our annual week to take special notice of all that the WMS parents do for the children and staff. All around the school, there are displays and tributes to the hard work done by parents every day. We hope you have a chance to stop and read them. Whether it is cleaning a classroom, baking for the Bakers Brigade, working on the biggest fundraiser of the year - the school auction - or taking care of a garden bed on the school grounds, we appreciate the time, energy, passion and expertise parents bring to their volunteer hours and commitments.


Thank you from the WMS staff and students!

Today's LearnersLearner
Students Prepare for Visit from Acclaimed Percussionist
Aaron Walker of the Delaware Institute for Arts in Education (DIAE) began working with WMS elementary students in music class this week in preparation for percussionist Tony Vacca's visit in March. The students are learning about African culture, music and story-telling through interactive lessons. This artist-in-residency program is made possible through a grant from Delaware Division of the Arts (DDOA).
On Monday, Sangay Miller, a West African storyteller from Liberia, shared stories, songs and dance with elementary students.
Tomorrow's LeadersLeaders
Alumni Pizza Party

On Friday night, more than 40 WMS alumni/past students gathered in the Great Room for our annual Alumni Pizza Party. At the same time, more than 20 alumni parents met at Stanley's. Both groups enjoyed a wonderful evening of catching up with old friends and finding out what's new at WMS. We love how eager these groups are to come "home" to WMS each year! Visit our Facebook page to see more photos from Friday night!



Want to share alumni news? Contact Lori Oberly or email [email protected].
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