W E D N E S D A Y  W E E K L Y
Bi-Weekly Summer Issue - August 24, 2016
In this Issue


Upcoming Events
  
August 25
New Family Reception 
5:30 p.m. in the Peace Park

Back-to-School Picnic
6 p.m. in the Peace Park
Learn More
 
August 28
Visit the WMS table between noon & 7 p.m.

August 29-September 1
No child-care - back-to-school professional days

September 2
Building Closed
 
September 3
Arden Fair
10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Visit our WMS table!

September 5
Building Closed

September 6
First Day of School 

Message from 
Cass Winner, Director Extended Day & Camp Programs
Cass Winner

When I was a child, my town had a Fourth of July celebration every year. The heart of it was the parade - for which I spent hours wrapping my bicycle with red, white and blue crepe paper and streamers - but there was also a series of athletic events. There were potato sack races, three-legged races, egg-on-spoon races, and other silly games. My mother tells me that the town in which she grew up a generation earlier had a virtually identical event. These brought together neighbors and strangers, Democrats and Republicans, people of all ages, and made us all laugh and cheer together. 
 
The same things happen in camp. The children may not have political affiliations, but they come from different schools, different neighborhoods, and different kinds of families. At camp, they learn, play, and laugh together. When they struggle, friends help them. When they struggle with friends, the counselors help them. It is all like a three-legged race, except that everyone wins. We fall together, we get up together, and we cross the finish line together.
 
On Thursday, we will hold the camp carnival, an annual tradition that the oldest campers plan and implement for the younger campers. It's a time for all of us to celebrate old and new friendships, laugh together, and try a new game or two. After the carnival, we'll lower the Camp Montessori flag and then we'll savor every "last..." the last swim in the pool, the last snack, the last Morning Meeting, the last handshake. Then in the dead of winter, we'll daydream of summer and count the days until we're together again.


 
 
News & NotesNews
WMS Library: From Library to Learning Commons
 
 
"Printed books still play a critical role in supporting learners...Students and teachers no longer need a library simply for access. Instead they require a place that encourages participatory learning and allows for co-construction of understanding from a variety of sources. In other words, instead of being an archive, libraries are becoming a learning commons."
 
During the past few years, we have been studying the ways in which students, parents and staff utilize the library at WMS. As one of the most comfortable and welcoming spaces in our school, and a space that is used by more people than any single classroom, the library is a vital component of the school. 
 
Libraries today are quite different from what they were when WMS was built. We now have many ways to access the information that was previously designated to books and shelves in our homes and public or school libraries. We carry books on our electronic devices. We google questions and quickly locate information needed to support our work, questions or points of view. Maps in various forms are at our fingertips. Libraries are no longer there simply to house books and information. Libraries exist as hubs for learning, sharing, collaborating and creating.
 
With all of that in mind, and through careful and thoughtful research, you will see some changes in how WMS's updated library functions. First of all, the library will be open all day including before and after school. As you enter the library, you are free to browse the collection, find a chair to relax, check your email or read your news feed, read (to yourself or a child), collaborate with others and check out a book using our new database. You will also find items from our Maker (STEAM) Studios housed in the library on a rotating basis. These items will shift throughout the year and will be available for your exploration. In addition, there will be events and meetings held in this space throughout the year. As part of the extension of the Maker Studio and technology initiative, the library now houses a video production room complete with a green screen. Finally, you will find various offerings of story-times, author visits, reading aloud to our four-legged friends, and our older students reading to younger students. Stay tuned for a listing of these events.

As you can see, though things are shifting, the space will remain as it has been - a vital comfortable and heavily utilized space at WMS. Please take some time to familiarize yourself with the library and its new role as our learning hub. We look forward to your feedback as you get to know this resource that belongs to the entire community, the WMS Learning Commons...formerly known as the library.
School Store - Special Close-Out Bargains

The WMS School Store will be open for a special close-out sale during tomorrow night's Back-to-School Picnic, as well as during classroom visits (September 1 from 10-11 a.m.)! Many items will be discounted to clear out space as we prepare to re-launch the store for the 2016-17 school year. Cash, checks (to Wilmington Montessori School) and credit cards will be accepted. Get ready to show your WMS spirit for the first day of school!
Back-to-School Family Picnic
TOMORROW - Thursday, August 25, 6-7 p.m. in the WMS Peace Park
 
Don't miss WMS's first community event of the year. Meet your child's teachers, classmates and other WMS families and staff and explore our campus and playgrounds.

Bring your own dinner or purchase food from one of our fabulous food trucks - Mama Mia Food Truck (serving Italian cuisine), Kapow Food Truck (featuring a blend of Thai, Korean and Hawaiian flavors) and Dino's Ice Cream & Water Ice Truck

We also recommend bringing a blanket to sit on in the Peace Park, as picnic table seating will be extremely limited. 

Visit www.wmsde.org to check for a cancellation notice in case of inclement weather. 

Note to New Families: Join us for our New Family Reception, starting at 5:30 p.m. on the day of the picnic. Please RSVP to Lori Oberly
 
Message from Nurses Paige & Yvonne Regarding Magnus Health
 
We are so grateful to those parents who completed all Magnus Health requirements by the July 1 deadline and, more recently, to those who have responded to our calls during the past two weeks as we prepare for the 2016-17 school year.

It is imperative that we have up-to-date emergency contact information, physical and immunization records, as well as all the other required forms, updated in Magnus prior to the first day of school.

These forms are required for attendance at WMS and help us to better serve you and your child.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact us at nurse@wmsde.org.
 
Thank you,
 
WMS School Nurses

Today's LearnersLearner
Summer Fun with a Purpose
by Cass Winner, Director of Extended Day & Camp Programs
 
This week in the Meerkat camp group - rising third- and fourth-graders - the theme was "Scientists." They discussed the kind of jobs that scientists can do, sharing ideas about what these jobs had in common and what kinds of scientific inquiry we all engage in every day.  
 
Presented with two chemical agents and a question, the campers made predictions about what would happen when these two agents came together. Immediately, three of the campers who had attended Alyssa's Chemistry specialty camp earlier in the summer expressed their enthusiasm about this process and asked whether they could lead the experiment.
 
Alyssa watched with delight as those children demonstrated that they not only remembered how to structure an experiment; they also understood why. They taught the other children how to structure and record their predictions and then how to record their observations of what actually happened. Those campers then led the discussion of acids, bases and the pH scale, surprising Alyssa with not just their grasp of the subject matter but their joy in helping their friends to understand it.  
 
One of our goals in camp is to provide leadership opportunities for young people. We do this through our volunteer and junior counselor programs, but also in the camp groups, where, as in a Montessori school classroom, children who are older or more knowledgeable about a subject are encouraged to coach and support newer learners. This process develops important social and communications skills, bonds the community more closely together, and deepens the leader's own understanding. Camp is all about this: summer fun with a  purpose!
Tomorrow's Leadersleaders
You're Invited
1-4 p.m.
Wilmington Montessori School
1400 Harvey Road
Wilmington, DE 19810
Come catch up with old friends at WMS's homecoming celebration, featuring a soccer game coached by special guests, food, giveaways and more!
 
All are welcome! Please RSVP at www.wmsde.org/homecoming.
To see who else is coming and receive event updates, visit our official Facebook event page. For more information, contact alumni@wmsde.org.
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