W E D N E S D A Y  W E E K L Y
March 13, 2019
In this Issue
Today's Learners:
6-9 students travel back in time using green screens

Upcoming Events

March 20
Board Visitation Day

March 22
Staff Professional Day - no classes or child care

March 25-29

April 1-5
Spirit Week
Monday : Mismatched Crazy Hair Day
Tuesday : Favorite Book or Movie Character Day
Wednesday : PJ & Stuffed Animal Day
Thursday : Twin Day
Friday : Spirit Day

April 4
ERB Testing Information Session and Coffee Morning
8:40 a.m.
Learning Commons

Toddler Sing-Along
11-11:30 a.m.
Great Room

April 8-12
ERB Testing
Grades 3-8

Board Visitation Day
Message from
Head of School Lisa Lalama

Read more from Lisa on the Montessori Message blog.
WMS is a non-profit organization governed by a board of directors. Our board members include current and alumni parents who volunteer their time to work on behalf of WMS today and in the future. Their job is to look well ahead and determine how to best position the school to sustain itself while focusing on the school's mission and goals, along with the strategy to meet those goals.

Each year we invite the WMS Board of Directors and others who have supported our school as members of our advisory board to spend the morning visiting WMS. Next Wednesday, our board members will see our classrooms in operation and enjoy a glimpse into daily life at WMS. This day gives them great satisfaction, as they see firsthand how their work connects to the daily operation of WMS. You might think our board members know everything that happens each day in our school. However, that is not their job. They entrust that work to the dedicated WMS staff. In 1964,  the WMS Board of Directors, staff and community founded our school, and today, we continue to work together to ensure it remains dedicated to the same Montessori principles. With the board's oversight, the daily work of our staff, and ongoing support from parents and our community, we are WMS!

News & Notes News
First Place Win for WMS Middle School Odyssey of the Mind Team

Congratulations to our middle school  Odyssey of The Mind  team members (and coaches) for their first place win in the Division II "Hide in Plain Sight" category at last weekend's qualifying tournament in Felton. They will compete in the state tournament on March 30 in Dover.

Sign Up for Spring Break Camp

Spring break is only a week and a half away. If you need child care for your WMS student the week of March 25, our Spring Break Camp has you covered. To help us better determine our staffing needs, please sign up today if you have not already.

This year's elementary age group will  be designing and building a mock country: the United State of Montessori. Students will work together to decide all aspects of this new state, from weather and terrain to community, schools, jobs, homes and more.
Don't Miss Out: Register for Camp by March 31 for 10% Multi-week Discount

Signs of spring are finally popping up, which means summer will be here before we know it. Don't miss your chance to save 10% on Camp Montessori tuition: register by March 31 for five or more weeks of camp (combined family total - e.g., two campers x three weeks of camp = six weeks totaland you'll qualify for the discount. 

Visit the camp website   or contact  Tracey Gable    to learn more!

leaders Today's Learners
Lower Elementary Students Travel Through the Green Screen Time Machine

Lower Elementary students are traveling back in time. Way, way, way back to the time of the Big Bang. 

Drawing inspiration from a video project second-grader Oliver Poland created based on the book "The Time Machine" by H.G. Wells, the 6-9 students are using green screen technology to tell the stories of the  Great Lessons as adventures in time travel. As they imagined what it would be like to live through the Big Bang and the ages of dinosaurs and early humans, their stories took on lives of their own. 

Students used TouchCast on iPads to record their Great Lesson time machine videos, and found images on the web to insert as green screen backdrops.  Along the way, they also honed their creative skills. Lead 6-9 teachers Melissa Connelly and Carol Lettich coached students in acting - working on facial and vocal expression - and script writing for their video projects.  

6-9 Green Screen Recording
Students record their videos against a green backdrop outside the Lower Elementary classroom

The students have been putting the finishing touches on their videos this week and screened them for their classmates in the Great Room today. View one group's finished product below.

Green Screen Time Machine Final Cut
One group's Green Screen Time Machine final cut

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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