W E D N E S D A Y  W E E K L Y
March 20, 2019
In this Issue
Today's Learners:
Middle-Schoolers use tech tools to create board games

Upcoming Events

March 22
Staff Professional Day - no classes or child care

Warm up your bidding arms!

March 25-29*
*no Saturday access March 23 and 30

April 1-5
Spirit Week

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 5
Online auction ends

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

April 8-12
ERB Testing
Grades 3-8

April 13
Tickets on sale now!

April 17
Admissions Open House
9:30 a.m. & 5 p.m.

Do You Have the WMS Spirit?
Message from
Head of School Lisa Lalama

Read more from Lisa on the Montessori Message blog.
Next week is spring break, when we'll enjoy some time away from school as the days begin to lengthen. When we return on April 1, it will be time for our annual WMS Spirit Week, which is sponsored by the sixth-graders. 

Spirit Week raises money for an organization chosen as a result of the sixth-graders' participation in the Global Citizenship Action Project (GCAP). GCAP (which sixth-grader Maya Connelly wrote about in November) raises awareness about people throughout the world who may not have access to education, clean water, adequate housing or jobs, or live safely in their communities. After learning about a number of  non-governmental organizations (NGOs)  that work throughout the world to try to bring these basic human needs to all people, the GCAP attendees choose to support one of these organizations. Last October our WMS sixth-graders, along with over 200 Montessori students from around the world, decided to raise money for  Save the Rain . This group works to teach water-starved communities in East Africa to use rain as a sustainable water supply. Read more about Save the Rain's work and our Spirit Week schedule in the sixth-graders' article below.

We hope that you enjoy the break ahead and come back prepared to see the children enjoying some great fun as they work to support Save the Rain's worthy cause. We'll see you on April 1 - if we can recognize you with your mismatched clothes and crazy hair!

News & Notes News
Get Ready for Spirit Week 2019!
A Message from the WMS Sixth-Grade Class

During the week of April 1 , WMS will celebrate Spirit Week - a week the whole school can participate in daily activities to raise awareness and funds for a nonprofit organization.

Last fall, the schools that attended GCAP in New York decided to support Save the Rain - an organization that collects rain water for communities that don't have easy access to clean water. By providing schools with the ability to harvest rain on site, students no longer need to forfeit their learning time in search of water. Every additional year of school a child receives will raise his or her learning potential by 10%.

spiritThis year's Spirit Week theme days include:
  • Monday, April 1: Clash Day/Crazy Hair Day             
  • Tuesday, April 2: Favorite Book Character Day
  • Wednesday, April 3: PJ/Stuffed Animal Day 
  • Thursday, April 4: Twin Day
  • Friday, April 5: Spirit Day (spirit wear is on sale in the lobby!)
We suggest a $5 donation for Save the Rain. There will be containers near each classroom and in the lobby to deposit the funds. It only takes $15 dollars to supply one child with clean water for the rest of his or her life, and future generations! Thank you - your donations are appreciated!

auctionOnline Auction Begins and Auction & Gala Tickets on Sale This Week!

We're less than a month away from our  2019 Auction & Gala: Music Through the Ages . We hope to see you there on April 13! Tickets are on sale TODAY! You may purchase tickets online through April 11 or in the school lobby the week of April 8. 
The live auction will take place April 13 at WMS, but the  online auction begins this Friday, March 22, and will stay open for bidding through April 5.  

Visit our Facebook page to preview selected auction items as they become available.  Have a question? Want to donate a gift? Email auction@wmsde.org   or  donate a gift online.

All proceeds from the auction go directly to support our students and our programs. 

Tick Season Precautions

With the warmer weather approaching, everyone wants to be out and about, and that includes ticks. This spring and summer, WMS is taking steps to reduce the risk of our students acquiring ticks or any of the illnesses they can spread. These include:
  • Spraying tick "hot spots" (which will be marked with caution signs).
  • Educating teachers and staff about how to spot ticks.
  • Setting up a visual barrier (cones) at the edge of the elementary playground to make everyone aware they're entering "tick territory."
  • Checking in with the nurse after outdoor field trips and walks through the woods.
  If you have any questions, please email Nurse Lisa .

ERB Testing Information Session - April 4, 8:45 a.m.

During the week of April 8, students in third through eighth grades will take Educational Records Bureau (ERB) standardized testing. Third-graders will take their tests using pencils and paper, while students in grades 4 and up will take their tests online (new this year).

On April 4 at 8:45 a.m., please join us in the Learning Commons for a special ERB coffee morning, when Lisa Lalama, Laurie Orsic and Rose Feehan will address questions about ERB testing, discuss  ways we prepare WMS students for their testing experiences and review details about the test administration process. 

Reminder: Running Club Starts April 1

As we head into spring break next week, remember Montessori Running Club begins Monday, April 1 - the Monday we return to school - and runs from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Kindergartners run on Mondays, while participants in grades 1 and up run Mondays and Wednesdays.
Running club volunteer wanted: We are looking for a volunteer to help (and earn co-op hours) with our kindergartners on Mondays. If you can help, please contact Tracey Gable.

leaders Today's Learners
Middle-Schoolers Master New Technologies Through Board Games

Middle-schooler Samantha Bargren presents her board game protoype
This winter in technology class, the middle-schoolers have been working on mastering some of the new technology tools - the 3D printers and the laser cutter - our school acquired last summer. Their challenge: to design board games and bring them to life using these new tools. 

Drawing on topics they've independently researched - from the Great Pyramids to the Civil Rights Movement to Broadway musicals - the middle-schoolers developed proposals for their games. They had to think through the many steps involved in designing a board game. For example, w hat does the  game play look like? Will players roll dice, use cards, role play? Will players play as individuals or can they play in teams? 

Additionally, their games must be educational. "The user should walk away having learned about that topic," said Technology Coach Rose Feehan.

Students created prototypes of their games and presented them to a panel of their peers to help with further revisions and enhancements. Next they began creating their game boards and pieces with the 3D printer and laser cutter.

"The goal is for them to master technologies - to troubleshoot them and create materials from scratch using these tools," Rose said.

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

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