W E D N E S D A Y  W E E K L Y
April 8, 2015
In This Issue

Upcoming Events

April 9
Toddler Sing-a-Long
11 a.m., Great Room

April 10
The Journey
8:30 a.m.
Learn More

April 13-17
ERB Testing

April 14 & 15
Childfind Testing

April 18
WMS Auction

April 22
Earth Day

April 23
3-6 Concert
9:30 a.m., Great Room

April 27
Montessori Monday Open House
9:30 a.m.
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Message from 
Head of School Lisa A. Lalama 

This past weekend, many people celebrated a holiday and shared in traditions handed down through generations.

Some visited family and friends; others welcomed them into their homes. As my family and friends came together to share a holiday meal, we also shared the traditions of egg dyeing, hunting for hidden eggs and wishing each other well by embracing the tradition of cracking cascarones over each other's heads. If you were to see my family, you would think we are all a bit old to hang on to these traditions for there was not a child in sight.


What we all know, and what we strive to do in the wonderful environment of a Montessori classroom, is to honor the past, to embrace traditions and to provide experiences that provoke thought and wonder. These are things that we never outgrow. 

As your families begin a tradition, whether it is one handed down by generations or one you might begin this year, enjoy each moment. Relish in the wonder and joy your children are experiencing. It is through their eyes that we remember and consider all that is possible.

Happy spring!




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The Journey
Join us on The Journey - Friday (4/10) at 8:30 a.m.
Earn five co-op hours per family!


Have you been on The Journey yet this year? This Friday will be your last chance! Even if you attended The Journey during a previous school year, we encourage you to attend again and learn about new initiatives including our technology and STEAM programs.

During The Journey, you will: 

  • Personally experience the Montessori educational process and gain a better understanding of the teaching methods.
  • See first-hand how WMS prepares children for success in their educational journey (in middle school and beyond).
  • Learn how each three-year program level supports your child's development (toddler, 3-6, 6-9 and 9-12).
  • Open conversations with your child about classroom activities.
  • Be more prepared to describe the distinction of a Montessori education to friends and family.  

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Please register by noon on Thursday, April 9, to secure your space!

For more information, contact Theresa Conaty ([email protected]).

Register for
Spring After-School Soccer Shots

Wednesdays, seven weeks 

 (April 15-May 27)  

Ages 4-5 - from 3:30 until 4 p.m.

Ages 6-8 - from 4:15 until 4:45 p.m.

Register online or contact Cass Winner to sign up by April 10.
Tony Vacca Concert

Thank you to everyone who joined us for Thursday's concert with Tony Vacca and Senegalese dancer Abdou Saar! 

Visit our Facebook album for photos and check out this video of a performance by the staff/parents ensemble (recorded by fourth-grader Lydia Snyder). 

Do you have more photos and video to share? Please contact Noel Dietrich. Thanks!
Bidding on the Bayou Auction Gala - Saturday, April 18


The 2015 Bidding on the Bayou Auction Gala is only a week and a half away! Have you purchased your tickets yet? Remember, prices increase at the door.

The catalog is being finalized and includes a plethora of unique items such as beautiful jewelry, sports memorabilia, tickets and passes for museums and other fun family activities, vacations, fitness equipment, art, household items, one-of-a-kind classroom gifts and more!

Want to learn more about the auction and receive regular updates? Be sure to join our Bidding on the Bayou event on Facebook.


Tickets will be on sale next week in the lobby during pick-up and drop-off times.


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Bidding on the Bayou Auction Support 


It's all hands on deck!

Next week is the WMS auction and we need YOU.


Decorators, setter-uppers and hard workers are all welcome to come in anytime to chip in where you can. The Auction Committee will be on the job throughout the day on both Thursday, April 16, and Friday, April 17. Drop by the gym during the day to help out or sign up for a specific task. Earn Co-op hours while also helping the school raise funds for all of our amazing educational programs.


There are also a variety of tasks during the auction for which volunteers are needed. Check out the sign-up sheets on the Co-op Board or email [email protected].


See you at the auction!

Today's LearnersLearner
Organic Gardening & Sustainable Solutions
by 9-12 Lead Teachers Joanna Breger & Shelley Robyn

Upper elementary students are busy once again planting their vegetable garden. A visit from Matt Talley of the Food Bank of Delaware and Master Gardener Kristen Talley inspired students to consider the Food Bank and the people of Delaware when planting cool weather greens in the raised beds outside Room 10. On a recent visit to the Food Bank we toured the facility, including the kitchen where our produce will help train young people in the art of preparing food. Some greens are also distributed directly to households.

Throughout the fall and winter, students explored "How the World Works" through real-world investigations of current issues. Students had multiple opportunities to think critically about solutions and engage in problem-solving activities. We learned how to take part in sustainable solutions to current challenges. Organic gardening and sharing food with others are some of the ways we can contribute to our world. In May, five upper elementary students will participate in the Coming Together Conference sponsored by the Food Bank of Delaware, Brae's Brown Bags, and the Food Research and Action Center. This is the region's first anti-hunger conference for both students and adults. We are excited about this opportunity and look forward to sharing the experience with the WMS community. 
Tomorrow's LeadersLeaders
Alumni Spotlight: Giuliana de Grazia


View Giuliana's Resolution Project profile.

Giuliana de Grazia is a former Wilmington Montessori School student and current member of WMS's Advisory Board. While she was only at WMS for a short time, it made a lasting impression; she is now a Montessori teacher in New York City.


After attending WMS for her early years, Giuliana was enrolled in the Unionville-Chadds Ford School District through ninth grade, then attended the Groton School for the remainder of high school.

Next, Giuliana attended the University of St. Andrews in Scotland and majored in English Literature/Art History. She graduated with honors and went on to earn her Master of Arts degree from St. John's College in Annapolis.

After completing her M.A., Giuliana worked and volunteered at the Touchstones Discussion Project in Annapolis and worked with Anna Bernanke (wife of former Federal Reserve Chairman Ben Bernanke) to start a school. 

She then acquired her Primary Certification at the Institute for Advanced Montessori Studies in Maryland and was trained in the Feldenkrais Method. After completing her Montessori training, she worked at Brooksfield Montessori School as an assistant teacher and then Chesterbrook Montessori School as co-head before settling in New York City.

Giuliana currently teaches at West Side Montessori School in Manhattan and is finishing a master's degree in Early Childhood General and Special Education at Bank Street College. She volunteers as a guide for the Resolution Project (a non-profit dedicated to fostering youth leadership development around the world through collaborative social entrepreneurship) and is a field consultant for West Side's teacher education program.

Giuliana's experiences at WMS inspired her to become a Montessori teacher, and she takes many of the lessons she learned into her own classroom each day. She particularly enjoys sharing a small photo album she received at WMS. The album includes pictures of Giuliana as a Montessori student, and the children she teaches love seeing that when she was a child, she used the same materials they have in their classroom, did a walk around the sun on her birthday, and had friends and teachers she loved just as her students love her.

Giuliana's fondest memories of her time at WMS include being greeted at the door each morning, singing songs from Hawaii with her teacher Tissa Harrold Lewis and, of course, all of her wonderful friends and teachers.

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