News from Woodland Hill Montessori School 

Happy New Year! 

Photos by Jill Malouf

The WHMS Theater Club performed Annie on Friday, December 8 and Saturday, December 9. 

Congratulations to Sia on her fourth win at the WHMS Spelling Bee on December 11. She is shown here with librarian Ted Riese, the Bee coordinator. Sia will represent WHMS at the 2018 Capital Region Spelling Bee. Sia won her first year competing (4th grade) and her final year competing (8th grade). 

WHMS piano teacher Cathy Schane-Lydon is a descendant of New Zealand Māori. A few weeks ago, she showcased some artifacts to the Lower El students, including a sacred "talking stick" that has been with her family for five generations. She is returning it to New Zealand as part of a special ceremony; afterwards it will be put on display at a museum.

Students in Stephanie and Nicole's class were building snowmen this week.

Over holiday break, several UE and MS students volunteered to clean and re-condition books for the RED Bookshelf, which provides free books to children in Albany. After the trip to the RED Bookshelf, the students returned to WHMS and e njoyed maker projects with Leah Johnson. 

Students in Erin and Jessa's class created self-portraits.

Winter Concerts at WHMS

The Elementary and Middle School concert took place on Thursday, December 14, followed by the Violin and Primary concert on Friday, December 15.

The EL/MS concert featured violin students, Chamber Ensemble, School Band, Stomp, Gymnastics, and musical performances by Lower El, Upper El, and Middle School students.

Upper El performance.

Gymnastics performance
Gymnastics performance

Primary performance
Primary performance


Upcoming Events

Only two spots remain for parent-child class!
Lucas, right, playing football as a 6th grader in 2007.

WHMS alumnus Lucas Phayre-Gonzalez '10 was invited by Susan Kambrich to speak with the Lower El students about sportsmanship and teamwork. Lucas is a college student, actor, soccer player (Albany High and Sage College), and dancer. 

When asked about the keys to success on the stage and on the field, Lucas said it comes down to hard work, focus, and teamwork. 

Friends of WHMS news

Friends monthly meeting is on January 5 at 8:30 a.m. 

WHMS Family Skate Night, Sunday, January 14 at 4:30 p.m. 

We need volunteers for the Kindergarten Pinning Ceremony on Friday, January 19 at 8:30 a.m. Please email Friends if you are able to assist.

We also are in need of pizza volunteers. Please sign up on our website
Dates to Remember 

Friday, January 5
Friends of WHMS  meeting, 8:30 a.m.

Monday, January 8
Winter Extracurricular classes begin

Thursday, January 11
Toddler Moving Up Information Session, 8:45 p.m.
Diversity Committee meeting, 4:30 p.m.

Friday, January 12
Food Allergy meeting, 8:30 a.m.
Gala committee meeting, 8:30 a.m.
Upper El Fun Night, 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, January 14
WHMS Skate Night at Rollarama, 4:30 p.m.

Monday, January 15
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
No School
Enrichment is available

Wednesday, January 17
Anxiety workshop, 5:30 p.m.

Monday, January 22 
WHMS Book Club, 1:30 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. The Color Purple

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