May 15, 2019
Teacher Appreciation Week Thank You
WMS's teachers and staff thank all the amazing WMS parents and friends for the incredible gestures, including flowers, notes, classroom door decorations, snacks, lunch and more, you offered last week in honor of Teacher Appreciation Week. We are lucky to have your children to teach and nurture, and parents like you who care so much about our great school.
End-of-Year Reminder: Submit Your Co-op Hours
With just three weeks left in the 2018-19 school year, we're beginning to tally co-op hours. If you haven't submitted your co-op hours, please do so today via the  co-op report form

If you need additional hours to fulfill your 25-hour requirement or have questions, please email
Trash as Art: Middle-Schoolers Find Beauty in Unwanted Objects
Last fall, the middle school students combed the WMS woods and grounds for trash. They were on a dual-purpose mission to clean up our campus and identify objects that could be turned into art. After producing artwork for the Pacem in Terris exhibit in September, a classroom mural and the DAIS art exhibit this spring, the middle-schoolers have been putting the finishing touches on their recycled art pieces this month.

As middle school art teacher Lisa Surbrook explained, the students’ challenge was “trying to make things out of trash and finding art and beauty in unwanted items.”

Eighth-graders Lydia and Addie teamed up to create bugs using bottle caps, nails, bolts, beads, an old pendant and even a nutshell. A repurposed oatmeal container became the bugs’ “home.”

Seventh-grader Samantha R. used old thread spools and bottle caps to spell her initials against a painted rainbow backdrop, creating a sculpture representative of her support for the LGBT community.

Arynn and Samantha B. worked together to create a sculpture using a wooden disc, an old softball, a metal ladle and broken glass bottle pieces, while Angelica and Ella made a shadow box-inspired animal scene using a shoe box, bottle caps and jar lids. Inside their box, they placed a polar bear, which they made from a deodorant stick cap, and a snow leopard fashioned out of a lip balm cap and a plastic bottle top.

Will, Logan and Jack collaborated on the largest sculpture - a rocket ship assembled from toy car tires, a steering wheel and a basketball. They will mount their final piece on a full-size tire surrounded by painted orange wood to show the rocket blasting off.

Get a closer look at the middle-schoolers’ trash art projects, among other artwork, later this month during the middle school art exhibit, which begins May 28.
Third-Grader Sophia Silverman Sews Pet Rescue Bandanas
Last October, Lower Elementary student Sophia Silverman and her family adopted Chancy, a rescue dog, through Fur Ever Paws Dog Rescue. Sophia learned Chancy was rescued from a high kill shelter in Alabama, and decided she wanted to help Fur Ever Paws in its rescue mission.

"When I heard [Chancy] could have been killed, I wanted to do something to help," Sophia said.

So she founded Pretty Paws, a custom-design pet bandana business. Using her sewing skills (she's been taking sewing lessons since she was 7), Sophia began creating custom bandanas out of fabric squares for family and friends. She donates half the proceeds of her sales to Fur Ever Paws and uses the other half to cover her costs. So far Sophia has received 13 orders and is hard at work at her sewing machine in her spare time.
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