W E D N E S D A Y  W E E K L Y
February 17, 2016
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Upcoming Events

February 17
Annual Meeting
7 p.m. in the Great Room
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February 18
Transition Morning for Parents of Rising 6-9 Students
9 a.m. 
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February 25
Dads' Day
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February 29
Parent Education Webinar: Montessori in the Home
7:30 p.m., online
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March 1
Re-enrollment Deadline for 2016-17 School Year
Please Note: Children must be re-enrolled by this date to secure their seats for next year. After this deadline, new families will be accepted into WMS and programs may fill up. 

Message from Head of School
Lisa A. Lalama
Read more from Lisa on our Montessori Message blog.
There are many things to celebrate in the month of February: presidents, groundhogs, Cupid and, of course, WMS parents! You may have noticed the "WMS Parents Rock" banner in the front of our building. Each year at this time, we celebrate you, the parents who are such an important part of our community.

Parents are the child's first teachers; they know more about their children than anyone else could possibly know. At WMS, it is through our connection with parents that we learn more about the children in our classrooms. WMS is unique in that it was founded by a group of parents and has a long-standing tradition of having a parent co-op. The commitment parents make to the school has served us well and is a huge differentiator between WMS and other schools. Parents come into the school each day to drop off and pick up their children. They meet other parents and get to know the teachers and other staff members who interact with their children. They learn more about their children's school day and why the Montessori classroom is so special. Through all of this, they also support WMS in so many ways: leading school events, baking treats to be served at events, working in the gardens, creating a wonderful auction each spring, and supporting work in the classrooms by sharing their interests or making materials to be used by the students. In these ways and so many more, WMS parents enhance the life of the school.

We appreciate the hard work WMS parents do, and we enjoy the collaborative nature of our work with you and your families. Thank you for helping to make WMS such a wonderful school for all of us. You rock!


Co-op Cornercoop
Dads' Day - Thursday, February 25

Dads' Day is next  week! This annual event gives dads (and other special friends) a chance to visit their students' classrooms and participate in class activities and lessons. It is always a day the students look forward to and dads enjoy. Classroom visitations begin at the start of the school day and continue until 10 a.m. Refreshments will be served and a brief student presentation will follow.

If you are interested in helping with Dads' Day, please sign up on the co-op board, stop by Lori Oberly's office or email 
Co-op Hours Count - A Mid-Year Check

Have you already fulfilled your Co-op hours? Have you submitted them? Do you have a plan for completing your hours before the end of the school year? These are all important questions to ask as we begin the second half of the year.
There are several upcoming events for which help is needed: Dads' Day, Moms' Day, the Auction and Delaware Relay Marathon are just a few examples. There are also smaller tasks for which volunteers are needed. The WMS staff strive to help everyone avoid coming to the end of the year with zero Co-op hours to report, because fulfilling your family's Co-op contract creates a stronger community and also translates into more savings for your family in June. 
If for some reason, you have not found a Co-op volunteer job, please contact Co-op Coordinator Lori Oberly as soon as possible. There are many Co-op tasks waiting to be fulfilled and your help is always appreciated. You may also contact Lori if you would like to know the total number of Co-op hours your family has submitted to date. Please email co-op@wmsde.org for more information.
News & NotesNews
TONIGHT at 7 p.m.

Wilmington Montessori School's Board of Directors will host its Annual Meeting tonight at 7 p.m. in the Great Room.

The Annual Meeting is an opportunity for WMS families, staff and other interested community members to hear directly from the board. Members of Wilmington Montessori School Inc. (current parents, Advisory Board and Board Members) will have the opportunity to elect/re-elect Board Members at the meeting.

If you have any questions about the meeting or elections, please contact WMS_BoD@wmsde.org

We hope you will join us tonight!

Webinar: Montessori in the Home
Monday, February 29 at 7:30 p.m.
Join us to find out how easy it is to bring Montessori ideas into your home. During this 30-minute webinar, you will receive suggestions for creating an environment at home for your child to gain skills in independence, coordination, concentration and a sense of order. You will also learn about the importance of setting limits, giving your child reasonable consequences, and making choices that will empower your child to feel like a responsible and important family member. 

This webinar will be led by Early Childhood Education Director Sarah Williams and Lead Primary (3-6) Teacher (and parent of two Montessori children) Betsy Haas. 

Note: Because this workshop is offered online, it is important to register in advance so that you can receive your login information and test your system prior to the start of the webinar.
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Today's LearnersLearner
Transitions: From Toddler to Primary... and Beyond
by Lead Toddler Teacher Lauren Harris
Spring is a time of transition. As new life, bright colors and warm weather start to emerge, you may begin to think about an important transition for your child - the move to the Primary (3-6) Program. Although change can be scary and overwhelming, it is important to remember the many skills and qualities that your child has developed in the toddler program that will help him or her to make a smooth transition.  
As a 2.5- to 3-year-old in a Pre-Primary (toddler) environment, there are opportunities to guide and lead the younger children. The older toddler also acts as a model for appropriate behavior, transitioning through the routine and careful handling of materials. These moments develop confidence and a self-assurance that will help them to explore a new classroom environment and make new social connections. 
Another factor that helps a toddler transition to the 3-6 Program is the cohesiveness in curriculum. There is an overlap in materials between the two levels, which helps the child find familiarity in a new environment. Along with familiar materials, the classrooms are set up in a similar fashion with the same curricular areas. Although the shelves have more materials, the areas will be familiar to the transitioning 3-year-old. The child will be able to transfer objects in Practical Life, manipulate knobbed cylinders in the Sensorial area, and count and sort items in the Math area, just as they could at the Pre-Primary level. 
The teachers at both levels work closely together to provide a smooth transition for each child. We look at the range of ages as well as at the breakdown of boys and girls within each group all to determine where children will be best placed. We also talk to the children about the transition and visit the Primary classrooms for short periods of time in the spring.   
This exciting transition can bring lots of questions, as will the transitions your child will experience during his or her later years at WMS. Whether your child is moving into the Primary Program or the 9-12 Program, we encourage you to talk with your teacher about your child's move to the next level and how to work as a team to prepare for the transition. Support from parents and teachers combined with the strong foundation that your child has gained in his or her current program will help provide a smooth passage to the next level of his or her Montessori education. 
Tomorrow's Leadersleaders
Flo Miniscloux, WMS '02, has been named Director of Production Services at Extraordinary Events.
Extraordinary Events Recognizes WMS Alum as Leader
Congratulations to Flo Miniscloux, WMS class of 2002, for being named Director of Production Services at Extraordinary Events! Flo joined EE in November 2011 as a receptionist and has moved quickly up through the ranks into this leadership position.

Flo has received national recognition for her production and coordination skills working closely with international Fortune 500 clients including Howard Hughes Corporation and BMW. She has also worked with internationally recognized celebrities, such as Steven Spielberg, George Lucas, Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger and the Dalai Lama. In her new position, Flo Miniscloux will be managing EE's production department. 
Flo as a WMS student.
According to EE's President, Andrea Michaels, "Flo has proven herself to be an exceptional producer and has grown into a management role where she truly shines. We at EE look forward to her continued success as she creates new paths for the company and leads our team with some amazing opportunities."
Read more about Flo, her career path and her time at WMS.
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