January 11, 2019
Welcome to this edition of The Westminster Weekly, where you will learn about what's been happening recently at Westminster School! We welcome story suggestions from parents, students, teachers, and alumni. Please email your news to Mrs. Nancy Schuler .
Mark Your Calendars
Upcoming Events

January 14-18
Dimes-4-Drama Collection

January 15
Open House for Prospective Families

January 16
Bake Sale
3rd Grade FT to Newseum

January 17
Piano/Guitar Showcase

January 21
School Closed-MLK Day
School News
Builders Club Winter Clothing Drive
The Builders Club is collecting winter clothing to benefit Northern Virginia Family Services. All size clothing is welcome! Please label bags or boxes "NVFS Clothing Drive" and bring all donations to the gym by January 28. Thank you in advance!
Winter Music Program
The Winter Music Program theme of winter majesty was delightfully voiced by the entire school community on December 20. Directed by the talented Mr. Locke, each grade, the Junior Chorus, and the Griffin Chorale lofted songs of love, peace, and the delights of winter. The children's joy in performing and their vocal accomplishments showed the love and care with which they had been prepared. Also dazzling the audience were renditions of challenging classical pieces by Westminster's student orchestra, under the spirited direction of Ms. Crespo. The final number ("O, Fortuna" from  Carmina Burana) , performed by the combined orchestra and upper-school singers, united all hearts in a glorious musical tribute to the season. Please click on the videos below for a sampling and visit our YouTube Channel to see each grade's performance.
It's A Wonderful Night!
The fairly new tradition of "It's a Wonderful Night!" has quickly become a popular event at Westminster School. The maintenance staff always does such a beautiful job decorating the outside of the school and this gives the community a chance to appreciate it! This year, it was a bit rainy, but we still had a wonderful evening by the fire and under the colonnade, enjoying hot cider, hot chocolate, hot dogs and cookies. The younger children spent much of their time in the theater making winter-themed crafts. Thank you to the entire administrative team who came together to make this event possible for our families!
Cookie Party Fun
What comes around just once a year . . . dressed in lots of red and green . . . abundant with seasonal songs and lots of sweet treats? It's the Cookie Party, of course! On December 21, students in preschool through 8th grade celebrated the season with delicious cookies and treats provided by their parents, and songs shared with their school mates. Hosted by the ever-jovial Mr. Glover, with special appearances by the 8th grade "Santa's Brigade," the Cookie Party once again sent joyous children off for the much anticipated winter break full of love and good cheer.
Word of the Week

noun   ​ /ˌʌl.trə.krep.ɪˈdeə.ri.ən/ US ​ /ˌʌl.trə.krep.ɪˈder.i.ən/


Someone who has no  special   knowledge  of a  subject  but who  expresses  an opinion  about it:
"I  avoid   commenting  on  football  for  fear  of being called an ultracrepidarian."


The meaning of this word comes from a story in antiquity, in which the famed Greek painter  Apelles  one day heard a   cobbler  cr iticizing the way he had rendered a foot in a painting. Apelles then said to the shoemaker something very cutting and witty about how he shouldn’t presume to judge beyond his station. The exact remark has, unfortunately, been lost in time, but since the Latin phrase ultra crepidam means “beyond the sole,” we may imagine that Appeles used this, or something similar, in his rebuke. Hence, an ultracrepidarian is one who, as a shoemaker might, goes “beyond the sole,” and offers advice on matters they perhaps should leave alone.

The fatal dowry has been cobbled sure, by some purblind ultracrepidarian. 
—Thomas Lovell Beddoes, letter to Thomas F. Kelsall, 11 Jan., 1825
Food for Thought
It's a new year! What a great chance to make a fresh start!
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