W E D N E S D A Y  W E E K L Y
January 2, 2019
In this Issue

Upcoming Events

January 7

January 10
9:30 a.m. & 5 p.m.
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January 11
Deadline for WMS sibling applications

January 12
10 a.m.
Tell a friend!

January 17
8:30 a.m.

January 23
Information Night for Parents of Rising Primary (3-6) Students 
5-6 p.m.
Great Room

January 31
Bring Your Parent to Work Day
Class start time - 10 a.m.

WMS Birthday Celebration
10:15 a.m.

Happy New Year!
Message from
Head of School Lisa Lalama

Read more from Lisa on the Montessori Message blog.
A new year is upon us - welcome 2019! At WMS we begin each January reflecting on the previous four months of the school year in preparation for writing progress reports and conferencing with parents at the end of the month. It is truly a wonderful time to focus on each and every child in our classrooms, noting their strengths and opportunities for growth, and making adaptations to serve them as they continue on their pathway of learning.

January is also when we see tremendous growth in your children. They return from their winter break ready to work, though you may never hear them utter those words. Unlike the beginning of the new school year in September, students of all ages, toddlers through middle school, come back to school in January understanding the routine. They know what is expected, how things work and how to make the most of the opportunities they have as students at WMS. It happens every year and it is a joy to see.

We welcome you back for the remainder of the 2018-19 school year. It is because of you that our school continues to grow and thrive. We look forward to the months ahead working with you and your children, anticipating the learning and growth ahead. Happy 2019!

News & Notes News
financialaidFinancial Aid Deadline is Next Monday

The deadline to be considered for a first-round financial aid award is  Monday, January 7, 2019. The financial aid committee reviews applications in the order they are completed (including the submission of tax returns).  Financial aid applications completed after January 7 will be considered as funds allow. Financial aid grants are made for one year only so you must re-apply each school year.  

As a reminder:
  • We have shifted to a new financial aid application hosted by School & Student Services for the 2019-20 school year. 
  • When you start the application process, you will be asked for WMS's SSS code. It is 902045.
  • The SSS system does not include all of WMS's program options. Please include the name of your specific program choice (e.g., "Primary 5 full-day," "12-month Lower Elementary," etc.) in your comments under "Other Considerations" so that your application can be processed based on the correct tuition amount.
Please contact  Nancy Oddo  with any questions.

Don't Miss Out:  Sign Up for Winter/Spring After-School Enrichment Programs Today
Registration for  winter/spring after-school enrichment programs is still open! Take advantage of WMS's 2019 winter and spring enrichment lineup: upcoming classes include baking, basketball, creative movement, knitting, running club, steel drums, yoga and more. Specials are geared toward specific ages - check the  WMS website for more information and to  register online.

leaders Tomorrow's Leaders
For Leslie McSpadden (WMS '97), Montessori is All in the Family

Leslie as a sixth-grader in 1997 (left) and today
Leslie McSpadden recently passed the baton to a new generation of Montessorians in her family. Her daughter, Reagan, started in the Toddler Montessori program at Nardin Academy in Buffalo, New York, in the fall, and Leslie is thrilled to see her engaged in some of the lessons she can remember from her Montessori childhood.

"It's amazing how [children] start to develop the concept of critical thinking and time management so early on," she said. "I chose to enroll [Reagan] in Montessori because I've always believed in it and I wanted her to be somewhere she would be encouraged to explore and be independent."

While Leslie and her brother, Brad, were technically the first generation in her family to attend a Montessori school, her mother is former WMS teacher Arlene Wason. Arlene trained as a Montessori teacher while Leslie and Brad were WMS students and went  on to teach at WMS for 27 years.

Arlene continued teaching at WMS for 20 years after Leslie and Brad graduated, which helped Leslie carry so many lessons from her Montessori days into her middle and high school years and beyond.

"From the beginning at WMS, we were taught to think critically and to be creative problem solvers and manage our time effectively," she said. "I had a leg up on my peers that attended different grade schools because I knew how to be an effective time manager and a self-directed learner."

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

Please send submissions to wednesday-weekly@wmsde.org by 4:30 p.m. on the Friday prior  to the issue in which you wish to include your information. Content may be edited for length and style and may be held for a future issue due to space constraints.  

For more information, contact Noel Dietrich, Director of Advancement & Communications.

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