Montessori for Now, Learning for Life


Speaker Rob Keys
Tuesday, February 27, 6:30 p.m.

The noted author of Follow the Child: The Basics, Misconceptions and the Underlying Lessons of a Montessori Education, will speak about the long-term value of a Montessori education in children’s lives. 

Click here to RSVP.

Weekly Announcements - February 23, 2018

Last Call for these Upcoming Events!

Speaker Rob Keys – Tuesday, February 27, 6:30 p.m.  Montessori for Now, Learning for LifeThe noted author of Follow the Child: The Basics, Misconceptions and the Underlying Lessons of a Montessori Education, will speak about the long-term value of a Montessori education in children’s lives.  Click here to RSVP.

Stop Motion Animation Studio, Saturday, March 3 – 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
and 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. 
Fundraiser for Middle School Spring Trip.  Deadline is Wednesday, February 28.  Click below for information and to register:
11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
1:30 to 3:30 p.m.


The School will be closed on Friday, March 2, for our staff to attend the Annual NJMAC Conference.

The school will remain closed on Monday, March 5, and Tuesday, March 6,          for Parent Teacher Conferences.

If you have not scheduled a conference with your child's teachers,
please contact Ms. Jessica immediately.  We will be glad to help you.

Please note that on Parent-Teacher Conference days:

  • AfterSchool classes will continue as scheduled on conference days, Monday and Tuesday.  (NO AfterSchool classes on Friday.)  
  • All-day childcare will be provided for registered Before/After Care students only.
  • Parents may bring students to school during their conference times.
  • Middle School students are expected to attend their conferences along with their parents.
  • If parents are attending conferences at both campuses and plan to bring students during conference times, please be aware that all Toddler and Primary students (including Kindergarteners) must remain at the Lower School campus (first floor) where we are properly staffed to care for younger children.

We will see you at your
Parent-Teacher Conferences.

Please Save the Date: WFM Annual Musical
Sunday, April 15

2 shows
Watch for ticket sales!
Don't miss this amazing event!

For Upper Campus Parents:
Snacks:  We have hungry students!
If your child stays after school in either AfterCare or AfterSchool classes, please send a substantial snack with your child to enjoy at the end of the day.  

Dismissal Changes:  If your child will leave earlier, later or with a different person than usual, please contact the office by phone or email to let us know the arrangements.  We need to be informed about these changes from a parent rather than from a child.  
We appreciate your cooperation!

Don’t Miss Our Young WFM Authors at Their First Book Signing!
Ravi Struck and Josh Weisman, WFM Middle School students, co-authored the newly published book, Pirates of the Seven Seas!  They will sign copies of their book locally at
Word Bookstore, 123 Newark Avenue, Jersey City, on April 8 at 3:00 p.m. 

Please come out to support our young authors!

Waterfront School Foundation Updates

  • Eat Read Shop
    WSF Eat, Read, Shop initiatives kick off this upcoming Monday, February 26, with our Tea School Days Fundraiser.  Learn more about this and our other initiatives here.
  • Coffee & Conversation with WSF - Tuesday February 27, 8:15 a.m, WFM Art Room
    Stop in to say hi and grab a cup of coffee on your way to work OR stay a while and chat over coffee with fellow parents!

ŸŸŸŸŸŸŸŸŸŸAs always, we are glad to have your family as part of our WFM community! 

Chris Viteznik, Admissions & Communications Director
Dave Potosnak, IT Manager

Calendar Notes: 

Tuesday, February 27 - Speaker: Rob Keys
Friday, March 2 – School closed for NJMAC Conference
Saturday, March 3 – Stop Motion Animation Studio fundraiser
Monday & Tuesday, March 5 & 6 – Parent Teacher Conferences ;
          WSF Book Fair
Friday, March 9 – Open Friday for LE & UE
Sunday, March 11 – Daylight Savings Time begins
Monday, March 19, through Friday, March 30 – Spring Break
Monday, April 2 - School resumes; Musical Intensive Rehearsals
          for Aladdin begin in Upper School
Tuesday, April 3 - Parent Coffee
Saturday, April 7 - Parent Work Day for Aladdin Musical
Week of Monday April 9 - Musical Intensive Rehearsals continue
Saturday April 14 - Tech and Dress Rehearsals for Aladdin
Sunday April 15 - Two performances of Aladdin
Monday April 16 - School Closed for Faculty Planning Day
Sunday April 22 - Earth Day






Toddler 1 - February 23, 2018

Scissor Skills

A popular new piece of work in the Toddler 1 classroom is cutting paper strips with spring-loaded safety scissors.  This challenging work requires eye-hand coordination, hand strength and coordination of several fine motor skills.  With a pair of child-appropriate scissors, a bowl and a supply of thin pieces of construction paper, many Toddlers will happily spend fifteen minutes or more carefully cutting the paper strips into pieces.  They find great satisfaction in this work and the resulting pieces can later be used to make collages or other art projects.

The Clothespin Material

The new clothespin work has been a popular material from the Practical Life shelf in the Toddler 1 classroom.  This work requires great focus as the students figure out how to open and close the pins with enough control to place them along the edge of a bowl.  As they happily repeat this activity again and again until they are satisfied, the Toddlers are also sharpening their fine motor skills and strengthening the muscles in their hands.

Focusing on a Sequence

The Toddler 1 students have been taking good care of a much loved baby doll.  Baby washing is a new Practical Life activity that requires the children to follow a sequence of steps and find long stretches of peaceful focus.  This activity also allows them to develop empathy and practice being gentle as they carry out this exercise of daily life.

A Montessori Birthday

It was a special day in the Toddler 1 classroom when the children had the opportunity to celebrate a friend’s third birthday.  The students were delighted to see beautiful family photographs from each year of their friend’s life and hear stories about what makes their friend special and unique.


Toddler 2 - February 23, 2018

Matching Bugs

Toddler 2 students concentrated intently on their work, which was matching different colors of bugs to their corresponding squares on the card.  They refined their perceptual abilities through recognizing the matching colors and used their problem-solving skills to determine which bug belonged on which square.  The Sensorial skill of color matching is reinforced by a variety of different materials throughout the year, which change regularly in order to retain the students' interest.

Matching Numerals

Two central concepts in the Toddler Math curriculum are numeral recognition and learning to understand and reliably count quantities from one through 10.  Once these ideas have been established, students can then learn to match numerals with corresponding quantities of objects. Throughout the year, a variety of concrete materials help the children to internalize these important concepts.  These students are using counting "control" cards that display both the numerals and the quantities.

"Migrate, Hibernate, & Adapt"

This week, the Toddler 2 students were excited to explore some animals from cold habitats. Alongside "old friends" like polar bears and penguins are some less familiar animals such as a puffin, a beluga whale and a snow hare.  Many children have noticed that these animals are often white, like the snow, which has led to interesting discussions about how animals adapt to their unique environments.   A new book, "Migrate, Hibernate, and Adapt" introduces the Toddlers to the variety of ways that different types of animals survive the winter months.

Primary 1 - February 23, 2018

Me Museum

As this week’s Me Museum exhibit, a student presented his favorite book and brought pictures of his family to share with the class.

Chinese New Year

The Primary 1 students celebrated Chinese New Year with a presentation from one of their parents.  They participated in a dragon dance while playing instruments and even created their own dragon puppets with colored construction paper and chopsticks.

Exploring Work

Primary 1 students explored work in all areas of the classroom, both independently and collaboratively with friends.

Talking points about Primary 1 work

  • The significance of the color red in Chinese New Year
  • Presidents Day

Primary 2 - February 23, 2018

A Montessori Birthday

A second year Primary 2 student celebrated her fifth birthday by sharing photos from each year of her life and reading her favorite book with her classmates.

Chinese New Year

The Primary 2 students learned about Chinese New Year and created colorful masks, dragons and Chinese flags.

Practical Life Activities

The Primary 2 students were engaged in working on new activities in the Practical Life area of the classroom.  This work promotes hand-eye coordination, independence and focus.

Spanish Lessons

The Primary 2 students learned about different places in their community and enhanced their vocabulary by pretending to ordering food!

President's Day

The Primary 2 students read books and talked about what it means to be the president of a country and then they expressed what they would do if they were president.

Primary 3 - February 23, 2018

A Trip to Hawaii

Ms. Sarah shared a presentation about Hawaii with the Primary 3 students.  She talked about the islands that she visited and showed the students images of them.  She also provided books and activities related to Hawaii for independent follow up exploration.

Practical Life Areas

The Primary 3 students were engaged in developing their fine motor skills and independence through work in the Practical Life area of the classroom.

A Helping Hand

The Primary 3 students are encouraged to help each other, and during dismissal time friends often help each other get ready to leave.


Talking points about Primary 3 Work

  • Hawaii presentation
  • Presidents
  • New activity: Dish washing
  • Acts of kindness

Kindergarten - February 23, 2018

How are you Feeling?

The Kindergarten students were introduced to the concept of describing what feelings look like.  As part of their work, they created paper plate masks depicting various types of emotions.

STEM Class Update

In their STEM class, the Kindergarteners began their new challenge:  Create a functional foosball table!  They will complete and test their projects next week.

Lower Elementary East - February 23, 2018

Chinese New Year

A second year Lower Elementary East student and her mother shared a presentation about Chinese New Year with the class.  They learned about the customs and traditions of the holiday and many students were even able to participate in a traditional dragon dance or act as a drummer!  They followed up the presentation with a variety of crafts they worked on throughout the week.

Part of the Line

Third year Lower Elementary East students continued their study of Geometry with a lesson about "Parts of the Line".

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