July 10, 2019
Get Deals on Prime Day and Support WMS

Shop Amazon's Prime Days for deals on July 15 and 16 and help raise money for WMS. When you shop at Amazon through the  link, at least 6% of your purchase will go to WMS. If you shop through this link, you will also have the option to designate WMS as your beneficiary for the AmazonSmile program (which provides the school with an additional 0.5% per purchase)! Thank you in advance for taking the time to use WMS's special URL to access! 
STEAM Playtime in the Peace Park for Prospective Families

If you have friends or family with toddlers and preschoolers, please spread the word: on Wednesday, July 17, from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. , STEAM Coach Paula Sharpe will be hosting free summer fun for kids ages 2 through 5 in the WMS Peace Park. Children will enjoy building with LEGO bricks, exploring water tables, catching bubbles and other fun STEAM activities.

Please ask your friends or family members to RSVP to if they would like to attend.
Camp Electives: Offering Freedom of Choice
Now in their third year at Camp Montessori, electives have emerged as a fan favorite among elementary-age campers. Open to Tigers, Meerkats and Dragons, e lectives run every Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday afternoon from 2:15 to 3:15 p.m. and offer small-group adventures around a specific topic or skill.

So far, this summer's electives have included archery, abstract art, creek explorers, field games and yoga, among other activities. Photography, board games, crime scene investigation and basketball are among the electives that will be featured in the weeks ahead.

"Electives allow every child a chance to choose an activity that they want to do during an afternoon at camp," said counselor and electives coordinator Alexis Szkotak (WMS '12). "They can choose from a variety of activities that they may have done before and enjoyed or something new that sounds interesting."

For the older camp groups, gaining the freedom of choice that electives allow is a rite of passage. Kangaroos look forward to moving up to become Tigers so they can experience electives, and Tigers eagerly await a chance to become Meerkats so they can choose from electives like archery that are only open to Meerkats and Dragons.

Electives also encourage campers to interact with children in different age groups. Last week, the yoga elective group included campers ranging from our youngest Tigers (entering first grade in the fall) to our oldest Dragons (entering high school).

"[Electives] bring camp as a whole closer together because campers are meeting new faces every week - either because they are new to camp or in a different age group," Alexis said.

As a bonus, counselors also look forward to electives, because they can choose the activities they would like to host and often draw from hobbies they pursue outside of camp.

"[Campers and counselors] come to expect electives and get excited when their favorites come back again," Alexis said.
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