W E D N E S D A Y  W E E K L Y
April 10, 2019
In this Issue
Today's Learners:
Toddlers connect with backyard birds

Upcoming Events

April 11
Primary Maker Faire
8-8:45 a.m.
Primary Maker Studio

April 12 
Deadline to take the Great Schools Clean Streams pledge - commit to throw your grease in the trash and help us win!

April 13
Buy tickets in advance and save!  

April 17
9:30 a.m. & 5 p.m.

7 p.m.
Great Room

April 18
Elementary Maker Morning
7:45-8:30 a.m.
Elementary Maker Studio

Primary Spring Concert - "Jungle Beat"
9:30 a.m.

April 19
Good Friday
No school or child care

April 22
Easter Monday

The Importance of Play for Adults
Message from the WMS Staff

Psychiatrist Stuart Brown, founder of The National Institute for Play and author of the book " Play ," believes "Play energizes us and enlivens us. It eases our burdens. It renews our natural sense of optimism and opens us up to new possibilities."
At WMS, the staff spends a good deal of time thinking about play - its importance, what distinguishes play from work and the role that play takes in the development of the child's intellect and spirit. We know, as Montessori said herself, "Play is the work of the child."
At WMS, we believe play matters for children. What we do not speak of frequently enough is the importance play holds in the life of adults. Everyone - adults and children alike - benefits from taking a break from the day-to-day routine. Indulging a bit of whimsy, dress-up, or tomfoolery now and then is as restorative for adults as it is for children.
The annual WMS Auction and Gala provides a great opportunity for the adults in the school community to play, to relax and to connect with one another - and all for a good cause, as the auction proceeds directly benefit WMS students. 
This year's auction theme is "Music Through the Ages." Attendees are encouraged to dress as their favorite musician or wear an outfit inspired by their favorite era of music. The possibilities are endless - as elaborate or as simple as you can manage. Think sequined jacket or tie-dyed t-shirt and everything in between.
Please join us on Saturday, April 13, from 7 to 10 p.m. for an unforgettable evening of music, dancing, bidding and refreshments. It's your chance to support the students at WMS and play!

News & Notes News
auctionAuction & Gala This Saturday!

This Saturday, April 13, is the 2019 WMS Auction & Gala!  We hope to see you there donning your most musically inspired outfits for our 2019 theme, Music Through the Ages. 

If you haven't done so, purchase your tickets online for the live auction (through tomorrow, April 11 at 5 p.m.)
  • You may also purchase auction tickets in the WMS lobby before and after school through Friday morning. 
  • Purchase tickets for the 50/50 raffle in the WMS lobby or on auction night (you don't need to be present to win).
  • Be fashionable: dress as your favorite musician, or wear an outfit inspired by your favorite era of music.
  • Visit our auction page to preview selected auction items or stop by the WMS lobby, where many auction items are already on display.   
  • Share your auction night photos using #wmsauction2019.
Have a question?  Email auction@wmsde.org .

Q&A With Head of School for a Day Jacob Politis

On Wednesday, March 20, fifth-grader Jacob Politis took over Lisa Lalama's duties for the day as WMS Head of School. Securing this coveted position is just one of the many auction items up for grabs at this Saturday's annual auction. We sat down with Jacob to get his reflections on the day.

Wednesday Weekly: What was the most fun part of the day?
Jacob Politis: All of it, but my favorite would be the business office.  We looked at prices for cutting the grass and salting and plowing snow and compared the two, and that was really fun for me.  I was able to use the calculator that prints out the paper - I've always wanted to use one of those.  I liked seeing how the checks were written and how the bills were paid. [Over a lunch of mozzarella sticks] m e and Lisa had really good conversation and she's a very good person to talk to.

WW : What was the most challenging part of the day?
JPMaking decisions - I am very indecisive and that is something the head of school has to do and I knew I would not be good at making those decisions.  Me and [Lisa] were talking about if you had a million to spend, what would be the highest priority, and I found that really tough to do.

WW: What is your advice for future student heads of school?
JP: One, t o come prepared, and two, expect very fun things and to explore places you have not been [such as the business office, staff lounge and conference room].

In addition to
Head of School for a Day, other WMS experiences on the auction block this Saturday include: 
  • Morning with Maintenance - Spend a morning learning what goes on behind the scenes at WMS with our facilities team, Chuck, Paul and Emmy.
  • PE Teacher for a Day - Join WMS PE teacher Jill Hallissey for the day to plan and teach PE lessons and get a behind-the-scenes look at equipment management.
meetingWe Need Your Vote: WMS Annual Meeting Next Wednesday

We hope you will join us for the WMS Annual Meeting next Wednesday, April 17, at 7 p.m. in the Great Room.  The WMS Board hosts this annual meeting to provide an opportunity for parents, guardians, staff and community members to hear directly from board members.  
In preparation for the 2019 Annual Meeting, the board has nominated four candidates to serve for a three-year term:  Richard Gulino, Ann Hriciga Lisa Hastings-Sheppard  and  Stephanie Simms . Their term will extend until the 2022 Annual Meeting.  Whether or not you plan to attend the Annual Meeting, we invite all parents to vote by signing and returning the linked ballot  (on page 2). Ballots are also available in the front lobby.

Middle School Art in DAIS Art Show at Tower Hill

Stop by Tower Hill School later this month for the Delaware Association of Independent Schools (DAIS) Art Show, which showcases artwork by some of our middle school students

Join the artists for a special reception hosted by Tower Hill on April 16 from 4-6 p.m., or stop by to view the exhibit, which will be on display  in the Tower Hill Founders' Gallery from April 17 to 24 during school hours (8 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.).

Public Workshop - Wilmington Montessori Safe Routes to School

When: Thursday, April 18, 4-7 p.m.
Where: Buzz Ware Village Center, 2119 The Highway, Arden, DE 19810

WMS encourages members of our community to attend an upcoming presentation from the Delaware Department of Transportation (DelDOT) about the design for pedestrian improvements in Ardentown at the intersection of Sconset Road and Harvey Road. This intersection connects WMS to the Ardentown neighborhood. 
The purpose of the presentation is to provide an opportunity for the public to review and discuss the plan for the proposed improvements and provide input prior to the project submission to DelDOT for design funding. Attendees will have an opportunity to review display materials and provide comments to DelDOT representatives.
All those interested are invited to attend the presentation on April 18 or to express their views in writing, giving reasons for support of or in opposition to the proposed project. Comments will be received during the workshop or can be mailed to DelDOT Community Relations, P.O. Box 778, Dover, DE 19903, or sent via email to dotpr@state.de.us.

Assistant Head of School Laurie Orsic's Absence

You might notice that our Assistant Head of School Laurie Orsic has not been in school this week. She fell and fractured her knee. Though she has tried mightily to return to work, her doctor has insisted that she remain immobile for a few weeks at a minimum.  

She is eager to return to WMS as soon as possible. In the meantime, she will be answering emails, participating in meetings by phone  and working remotely as much as she can manage comfortably. If you need immediate assistance please reach out to Lisa Lalama or Sarah Williams. If you are working with Laurie on a project or need to ask her a question feel free to email her and she will get back to you as soon as possible. Thank you for your understanding and support as she continues to heal. We will let you know when she is able to return to WMS. 

leaders Today's Learners
Toddlers Connect with Nature in Their Own Backyard

With spring's return, backyard birds have re-emerged. In Toddler Room 3, students are becoming avid birdwatchers. They regularly spot woodpeckers, robins, cardinals, mourning doves (or "good morning doves," as some students say), chickadees and goldfinches - some of the bird species they see gathering at the bird feeders that hang outside their classroom windows. 

Room 3's current study of backyard birds follows their winter focus on birds of prey. But Toddler lead teacher Lauren Harris has noticed her young students show greater interest in the backyard birds because they see them so frequently outside the classroom.

"Because it's up close and personal, they really connect with it," Lauren said. 

To reinforce their familiarity with the birds, they sing songs about them at morning circle time, use a bird guidebook organized by color to match the birds to their pictures and create backyard bird art projects. Additionally, they develop math skills by counting birds and nests, and hone fine motor skills by filling the bird feeders.

Pictures line the Room 3 window sills to help toddlers learn the different bird species, and it hasn't taken long for them to become experts.  "They can even identify the male from the female woodpecker," Lauren said. 

Observing these backyard birds in their natural habitat is one way Toddler teachers are helping grow toddlers' love and appreciation for nature.

"It connects them to nature and helps them develop respect for the earth and a passion to take care of the earth," Lauren said.

The Wednesday Weekly shares WMS news and events that are relevant to the families in our community.  

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