W E D N E S D A Y  W E E K L Y
February 6, 2019
In this Issue
Tomorrow's Leaders:
Christy Weaver (WMS '97) 

Upcoming Events

February 7
9-12 Choir sings at University of Delaware basketball game
6 p.m. - doors open
7 p.m. - game time
University of Delaware - Bob Carpenter Center

February 15
Re-Enrollment Deadline

February 18
Mid-Winter Break - no classes;  pre-registered child care available (and swim day!) 

February 21
9-12 Talent Show
9:30 a.m. - Dress rehearsal
7 p.m. - Performance

February 27
Middle School Coffee House
9:30 a.m. - Dress rehearsal
6:30 p.m. - Performance
Great Room

February 28
Toddler Maker Faire
8:15-9 a.m.
Toddler Maker Studio

Message from
Head of School Lisa Lalama

Read more from Lisa on the Montessori Message blog.
Thank you to everyone who was able to join us at last week's first Bring Your Parent to Work Day. It was a great success. We enjoyed visiting each classroom and seeing all the parents and friends who were able to join us. That morning, we all joined together in the gym for a birthday assembly, honoring our school's 55th birthday. It is always fun to come together, sing the school song and enjoy the wonder of WMS. This year it was particularly meaningful as several former teachers and staff members, including our founding head of school, Marie Dugan, joined in the festivities. It is wonderful to spend time with others who have contributed their time and talent to WMS and continue to recall fond memories of their time here.

As a school we spend a great deal of time thinking about what we need to do today and tomorrow to ensure a meaningful experience for each of our current students. What we know, just as Dr. Montessori taught us, is that we could not be where we are today if it weren't for those who paved the way. Thank you to every person who has had a part in shaping WMS's history, making us who we are today and who we will be in the future.

News & Notes News
Re-enrollment Reminder

The  re-enrollment  deadline for the 2018-19 school year is next Friday, February 15 . Please submit your contract and deposit to secure your child's space for next year and avoid a $100 late fee. If you need help with the re-enrollment process, please email admissions@wmsde.org .

swimPresident's Day at the Pool

On Monday, February 18, the School's Out group (kindergarten and older) will head to the Greater Newark Boys and Girls Club pool for a day of swimming fun. It's a day School's Out regulars list among their favorites. If you need child care on February 18 (no WMS classes will be in session), sign up today ! Please have your child at school by 8:30 a.m. to ensure the bus can leave on time.
One More Day For the Parent Survey (Earn a Co-op Hour!)

If you have not done so already, please take a moment to fill out the 2018-19 parent survey. Responses will be accepted through tomorrow, Thursday, February 7.   

Co-op Opportunity: Each family may earn one hour of co-op time for completing this survey. Please take a screenshot of the "thank you" page that confirms your survey has been completed and include it with your  co-op submission.

Follow this link to take the survey now.  Please contact Noel Dietrich at   noel_dietrich@wmsde.org  if you have any questions or difficulty accessing the survey.
Next Week: WMS Celebrates Parents!

Next week is Parent Appreciation Week at WMS. Our students, teachers and staff are so grateful for all parents do to make our school successful, from chaperoning field trips to supporting our fundraising campaigns to pet care.  We appreciate your efforts every week of the year, but we'll take some special time next week to show you just how much you mean to us. Thank you for all you do!
Slow Down for Parking Lot Safety

For the safety of the children and adults who walk through our parking lot daily, please remember to observe the posted 8 1/3 mph speed limit in the WMS parking lot at all times. Even at times when the parking lot appears relatively empty or you're running late, it is important to stay alert and  observe safety rules. Thank you for keeping our children safe.  
leaders Tomorrow's Leaders
A Life at Sea is the Life for Christy Weaver (WMS '97)

As a WMS student, Christy lived for exploring the woods.

"My favorite Montessori memories were definitely exploring the creek and the woods," she said.  "I could have stayed down there forever."

Christy as a sixth-grader in 1996
Even as a child, Christy recognized she was destined to be close to nature. After spending many summers at the Jersey Shore, she grew interested in marine biology, and her plan to become a marine biologist stuck. When it came time to apply to college as a senior at Brandywine High School, Christy applied only to schools with reputable marine biology programs.

In the end, she decided to stay close to home, and enrolled in University of Delaware's (UD) marine biology program. But since graduating from UD, she has been everywhere but close to home. She landed her first job out of college as a sea turtle biologist with the National Park Service at the Canaveral National Seashore in Florida, where she studied nest productivity, loggerheads, green sea turtles, leatherbacks and hawksbill turtles.

"I then decided to explore and learn about the largest reef system in the world," she said.

That's right: Christy's next stop was Australia and the Great Barrier Reef. She enrolled at James Cook University in Townsville, Queensland, where she earned her master's degree in marine biology in 2009 . During this time, she also became certified as a dive instructor.

S he returned to North America from Australia to take a job in the Bahamas at the Bimini Biological Research Station, where she participated in a shark research project. She worked there for a year before transitioning to a series of jobs leading scuba diving expeditions and liveaboard programs (week-long diving trips aboard a sailboat) in Florida and the Caribbean.

Last year, Christy began working as captain of the Bahamas Aggressor, a liveaboard sailboat based out of Nassau, Bahamas.

"I run week-long dive trips in the Exumas, Eleuthera and Grand Bahama," she explained. "I have guests come on board on Saturday and they spend the entire week with me. They eat, sleep, dive and repeat. We offer five dives a day, and we are everything: a floating hotel, a dive platform and a restaurant."

Christy has explored sea life in many exotic destinations around the world, from the Galapagos Islands in Ecuador to Iceland to Turks and Caicos. Her favorite?

"Bimini is by far the best place in the world. The wildlife there is magic!" she said. "On any given day you can swim with dolphins, sharks, sea turtles and stingrays."

As she looks back on the path that led her to her current life at sea, she values the role WMS played in getting her there.

"Montessori shaped me completely," she said. "I found my love of nature at [WMS]. The opportunities [WMS] gave me to learn on my own time and not have such a structured approach to everything was exactly what I needed. I could not be more grateful."

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

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