News from Woodland Hill Montessori School 

Coding at WHMS

Would you like to bring coding to WHMS? Woodland Hill parent Annmarie Lanesey of AlbanyCanCode is hosting a meeting at WHMS on Friday, March 16 at 3:15 p.m. to talk about ways to incorporate coding into classrooms. 

AlbanyCanCode is a non-profit organization that works to build a more inclusive and vibrant tech talent pipeline and tech sector workforce in the Capital Region. 

Annmarie will give an overview of the work that ACC is doing in schools across the region, and will be determining the interest level in doing something similar at WHMS either with the help of ACC, or independently.

WHMS Happenings

Opera Saratoga performed The Ugly Ducking for WHMS students on Thursday, March 8 as part of their Opera-to-Go in-school productions. T he Ugly Duckling is a whimsical retelling of Hans Christian Andersen's beloved fairy tale, which encourages young people to accept differences in other people. After the performance, they answered questions from the audience. 

Jessa performing in Italian.
Jessa performing in Italian.

WHMS Community Jam
The second annual WHMS Community Jam/Open Mic night took place on Sunday, March 4 at the Troy Kitchen. Fifteen members of the WHMS community performed. Thank you to Iggy Calabria for coordinating the event and for the Troy Kitchen for hosting it for us. We raised $240 for the school's music department.  


Upper El students recently visited the Baitun Nur Mosque (translates to House of Light) in Rotterdam to complete their study of the religion of Islam for their World Religions Project. Nahal, the young woman who toured the students around the mosque, explained that the facility is not only used as a place of prayer but for educational programming and social gatherings as well. There are even spaces to accommodate guests from out of town. Students also learned about the Islamic dress and Muslims around the world, and saw a demonstration of the various styles of wearing the "hijab" or headscarf. This variety reflects the great diversity of cultures that exist in Islam today. 

After their tour, the group had a review of the basics and origins of the Islamic faith by Dr. Rehman, the President and Imam of Baitun Nur. He explained the practice of fasting during the month of Ramadan in the Islamic calendar, the significance of facing to the east when making prayers and demonstrated the different prayer postures. They were also able to hear the Imam make the "Call to Prayer" or Adhan in Arabic.

The students were attentive, curious, respectful and full of great questions. They all enjoyed their visit to the mosque and were quite eager to share what they had learned with their classmates. The group did a wonderful job presenting their research to the class as well as sharing their individual projects.
This basket of musical instruments helps to refine the Toddler's sense of hearing. As they manipulate the different types of instruments, they hear the different sounds they make. Students can explore rhythm, movement and tempo.

Flower arranging is a practical life activity helps the Toddlers develop fine motor skills. The children have to delicately move the flowers from one vase to another. This work also incorporates the cognitive ability to sort the flowers by color.

Erin and Jessa's class began their study of the continent of Asia, beginning with China. 

Nieves teaches students in Stephanie and Nicole's class about pez - Spanish for fish. 

The WHMS Gala is six weeks away! We're excited about this year's live auction - we're including a trip to the Kennedy Space Center in Florida! The package includes airfare for two, two days at the Space Center, and three nights at the Hyatt Place Orlando/Universal. The high bidder can upgrade to include more family members.

The winner bidder chooses their time frame for the trip. (There are blackout dates for the airline. Airfare must be booked within one year from the date of purchase. Blackout dates: Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's weeks.)

Invitations to the Gala are being printed now and will be mailed next week. You may also purchase your tickets online

 WHMS Science Projects

For the first time in recent memory, the Science Fair at WHMS was cancelled due to snow. Instead the students spent the early part of the week displaying their projects for their classmates and fellow elementary students. 

Drug and Alcohol Dangers

On Wednesday, March 21, First Sergeant Tracy Mance from the Albany County Sheriff's Office will speak to our Middle School students about drug and alcohol use and dangers. With the high number of opioid deaths and the ongoing issue with alcohol use among teens, drunk driving and other drug use, it is important for our students to have knowledge so they can make better choices as they mature.

Parents are welcome to join us. The program will run from 8:45-9:45 a.m.

WHMS Book Discussion Group

The WHMS book club is heading into their third book. This month, the group will read The Narrative of Sojourner Truth

The discussions will take place on Monday, March 26, one at 1:30 p.m. and the other at 3:15 p.m. All are welcome!
International Favorites Cooking Workshop -- Travel to India

The cooking workshop that had been scheduled for February 11 has been rescheduled for Sunday, March 18. 

This workshop is for adults only, and registrations are still welcome! The cost of the class is $40, and includes a wine pairing. You can sign up here

Dates to Remember

Friday March 9
No School: Parent/Teacher Conferences 
Enrichment Available

Sunday, March 11
Daylight Saving Time Begins
Family Skate Night at Rollarama 4:00 p.m.

Monday, March 12
No School: Parent/Teacher Conferences 
Enrichment Available 

Tuesday, March 13
Volleyball game @ Brown School, 4 p.m.

Thursday, March 15
Gala committee meeting, 8:30 a.m

Friday, Marcy 16
Lower El Field Trip
Coding meeting, 3:15 p.m.
Mat Ball tournament, 6 p.m.

Sunday, March 18
Let's Get Cookin g: Travel to India class , 5 p.m.
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