We invite Families & Friends of our Upper School Piano, Guitar & Violin Students
to join us for our Fall Concert on
Monday, December 10 at 6:30 p.m. at The York Street Project.
Toddler Families & Friends: Please Join Us for the Toddler Music Performance
on Tuesday, December 11 at 8:50 a.m.
WFM STEM Fair
Saturday, December 15 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Kindergarten - Lower Elem. - Upper Elem. - Middle School
students will participate. If your child will be unable to attend, please send a note to firstname.lastname@example.org. All families are invited to see the exhibits!
Nimbus Dance Works Jersey City Nutcracker
Our Grade 3 students are in the cast and will perform for the public on
Sunday, December 16, at 1:00 p.m.
Please click herefor more information and to purchase tickets!
Primary Families & Friends: Please Save the Date!
Primary Nutcracker Performances
Monday, December 17, 8:50 a.m. – Primary 2 Nutcracker
Tuesday, December 18, 8:50 a.m. – Primary 1 Nutcracker
Wednesday, Dec. 19, 8:50 a.m. – Primary 3 Nutcracker
We would love to welcome the younger members of your family to WFM!
Please let us know as soon as possible if you are interested in having your other children attend our school. You may apply via our online application and include "sibling" in the Other Information section. Siblings of current students are
granted priority in admission as long as the student sibling continues
to be registered at WFM. We invite you to click hereto apply.
New Jersey State Law requires all students under five years old as of October 1, 2018, who are attending school in New Jersey to receive the influenza vaccine before December 31, 2018. If your child is required to have this vaccine, please provide proof of his or her flu vaccination for our records. If we do not have proof that he or she has received the vaccine, we must exclude the child from school until he or she receives it.
As always, we are glad to have your family as part of our school!
Chris Viteznik, Admissions & Communications Director
Dave Potosnak, IT Manager
Monday, December 10 – Upper School Fall Concert
Tuesday, December 11 – Toddler Music performance; Nimbus Nutcracker
field trip for Grades 1, 2, 4, 5 (Grade 3 performs)
Friday, December 14 – Lower & Upper Elementary Open Friday
Saturday, December 15 – WFM STEM Fair
Monday, December 17 – Primary 2 Nutcracker
Tuesday, December 18 – Primary 1 Nutcracker
Wednesday, Dec. 19 – Primary 3 Nutcracker
Friday, December 21 – 3:15 p.m. Close for All Students - No AfterCare
Monday, December 24 through Friday, January 4 – School Closed for
Tuesday, December 25 – Christmas Day
Wednesday, December 26 – Kwanzaa begins
Monday, December 31 – New Year's Eve
Tuesday, January 1, 2019 – New Year's Day
Monday, January 7 – School resumes
Friday, January 18 – Early Close 1:00 p.m. for Faculty Planning Afternoon
Monday, January 21 – School Closed for MLK Jr. Day
Wednesday, January 23 – Last day to submit applications for 2019-2020Saturday, January 26 – Bring Your Parents to School Day
Wednesday, January 30 – Re-Enrollments for 2019-2020 due
The Kindness Jar
The Toddler 1 class has been excited to participate in the new Kindness Jar project, part of the school's "15 Years, 15 Hours" community service program. After reading Mary Murphy's sweet and simple book "How Kind!" and discussing the idea of kindness at circle time, the students began to notice kind acts taking place around them throughout the day. Whenever a child noticed an act of kindness (such as a classmate assisting a friend with their work, or helping to clean up a spill), they choose to write a kindness note. With a little help from a teacher, they write down the kind behavior they observed and drop the note in the Kindness Jar. During circle time at the end of the week, we share the kindness notes together, giving the children the opportunity to acknowledge and appreciate the many ways in which we care for each other in the classroom community.
Open-ended, process oriented activities are an important part of the Toddler Art curriculum. This week, students used a salad spinner, paper plates and small paint bottles to create “spin art”. Students used their strength and coordination to crank the handle of the salad spinner, and then marveled at their wonderful creations.
A New Manipulative Material
The Toddler 1 students gave their full attention to a new Manipulative material, a basket full of colorful shapes to link together. This work requires tremendous hand strength and coordination to connect the shapes and the students work with great determination to do so. Some children try to connect as many as they can to one link, while others may choose to sort the pieces by shape or color.
Talking Points for Toddler 1:
The Kindness Jar
Rehearsing for our special performance on December 11th
Songs Practiced in Class:
Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star
Uno, Dos, Tres Deditos
The Candle Song
The Bring Me Game
Recently, the Bring Me game has become a popular favorite among the Toddler 2 students. This Sensorial activity requires the child to choose a single Color Tablet and hunt around the classroom to collect objects that match its color. Some children are happy to find a single object before choosing a new color, while others are determined to collect every matching object in the classroom! The children use their keen perceptual abilities to seek out the objects in their environment, strengthen their focus and persistence by giving the activity their sustained attention, and sharpen their memories by putting everything back in the correct place when they finish.
Three Little Ducks
A new language activity builds on the Toddler 2 students' love of a favorite circle-time song, Three Little Ducks. The children are delighted to reenact the adventures of the mischievous ducklings who sneak away from their mother "over the hills and far away." This material also reinforces the concept of quantity as the students carefully count how many ducks are left after each verse. Everyone's favorite part, of course, is the happy ending where the ducklings are reunited with their mother!
The Primary 1 class was presented Hanukkah by both Ms. Nanuli and open of their classmates. Hanukkah is the Festival of Lights which lasts for 8 days. Each day a candle on a Menora is lit. The children created Hanukkah cards and participated in games such as the Dreidel Game and Hanukkah Dominoes.
In this weeks Me Museum, a student shared a map which showed all of the places he has traveled in the world. He also shared his favorite Halloween mask and photos of his cousins.
Magnetic and Non-Magnetic
In Science, the children are learning about magnetic and non-magnetic. They worked with different activities to further their understanding of the concept.
Students in Primary 2 are benefiting from the multi-age grouping that the Montessori environment offers. First and second year students watch as older children enjoy advanced, challenging work and this inspires them. They look to the older children for guidance and the older students are happy to provide it. This benefits both groups as the older children are developing their leadership and mentoring skills. The younger children always look forward to receive a lesson from the older one.
A Lower School teacher delighted the students in Primary 2 with a cultural presentation on Hanukkah. The students complemented this cultural lesson with various art work.
Float and Sink
Our students got a lesson on oat and sink . They enjoyed this hands on science experiment and were motivated to carry out this at their convenience.
Talking Points for Primary 2
Multi age grouping
Float and sink
Reading buddies is a wonderful way for the Kindergarten children to become comfortable with the children teachers and space in the upper school. This makes for an easier transition into rst grade.
In sensorial children have the freedom to explore colors and grade them from lightest to darkest. Although this work may seem simple it can be quite tricky.
Montessori Concrete Math materials make learning easy and loads of fun for children of all ages.
This week, Non-napper students were happy to study about evergreen trees, especially the conifers. They watched a video about the characteristics and uniqueness of these amazing trees. They also had the opportunity to match the leaves from conifer trees with their respective pictures.
Why are some pinecones open while others are closed? Scales of seed-bearing pine cones move in response to changes in humidity. When in a warm and dry environment, the pinecone opens up to release the cone's seeds. When damp or cold, the scales close. The students participated in an experiment and drew their observations.
A Closer Look
Using the microscope, the students were able to take a closer look at the seeds found inside the pinecones.
Students used small branches of conifer trees to paint and observe the different prints.
Coding Class Update : Deconstruction
In their Coding class this week, the Kindergarten students were introduced to the concept of deconstructing a picture into its parts.
As part of their Empowering Writers workshop, the Kindergarteners continued to work on their understanding of Beginning, Middle and End. They also began to work on personal narratives and character/problem/solution. They practiced these concepts through illustration and writing.
Heart & Circulatory System
Continuing their studies of the human body, the Kindergarten students were introduced to the heart and the circulatory system. Small groups collaborated on various hands-on activities and had the opportunity to present their work to the other groups at the end of the class.
All Lower Elementary East friends had Grammar lessons this week. First year students continued exploring common and proper nouns. Second and third year students learned about prepositions and how they act as a bridge between two phrases or noun families.
Hope House Donations
The Lower Elementary East students started going through their clothing donations to ensure they are in good condition and ready to be taken to the Hope House. They are so happy to see how generous people have been with their donations. They send thanks to all the students and families who donated!
STEM Fair Work
The Lower Elementary East students worked on a solar system project as part of their STEM Fair contribution.