Weekly Announcements - April 20, 2018

Schedule Change:  NO Parent Coffee on Tuesday, April 24

Spring School Pictures:  Monday, April 30 through Thursday, May 3
Portraits, candids and class group pictures will be taken of all students

Mon., April 30:  Primary 1 & Primary 3 (portraits & class groups)
Tues., May 1:  Toddler 1, Toddler 2 & Primary 2 (portraits, class groups, Kinder group)
Wed., May 2:  Candids, Lower & Upper Campuses
Thurs., May 3:  Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary & Middle School
                        (portraits, class groups, Graduate group)

Don't Miss Summer Camp 2018!
July 2 - August 10, 2018
Toddlers:  Reaching for Independence
Primary:  Hopscotch Around the World
Please click here for details about each program and to register.

ŸŸŸŸŸŸŸŸPlease Save the Date!  2018 End of Year Celebration & Graduation
Wednesday, May 30, 6:30 - 10:00 p.m.

White Eagle Hall, Jersey City
We invite All WFM Families to Join Us!  Enjoy a Buffet, Dancing, Cash Bar,
Student Performances, Student Art Work and More!  More details and reservation information to follow soon!

Wednesday, May 30, School will close at 3:15 p.m. prior to the Celebration/Graduation
NO Extended Day; No AfterSchool

Upper School Families:  4 Missing Aladdin Scripts
Please help your child check his or her belongings, and please return any scripts to the school immediately for return to MTI, the licensing company.  Thank you!

The Safety of Our Children is Top Priority!
If you drop off Upper School students in the mornings,
please make sure they cross safely at designated crosswalks.
We have witnessed too many close calls when adults
drop off children mid-block on busy mornings!

Waterfront School Foundation Updates
Congratulations to WFM students and staff for magical Aladdin performances.
We were dazzled and look forward to next year’s performance!

Earth Day – Sunday, April 22
Liberty Science Center – Weekend of the Young Child Earth Day Activities

Scroll to the bottom of the page for Earth Day activities

As 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: 

Sunday, April 22 Earth Day
Monday, April 30, through Thursday, May 3 – School Pictures:
          portraits, candids and class groups
Tuesday, May 8 – Parent Coffee
Wednesday, May 9 – Primary 3 Spring Play
Thursday, May 10 – Primary 2 Spring Play; MS Spring Trip
Friday, May 11 – Primary 1 Spring Play
Tuesday, May 22 – Parent Coffee, last of year
Thursday, May 24 – Lower School Piano & Violin Performance
Friday, May 25 School Closes at 3:15 p.m.; No Extended Day or
Monday, May 28 – School Closed: Memorial Day holiday
Tuesday, May 29 – NJSO/NJPAC Field Trip, Kinder – Gr. 3
Tuesday, May 29 through Thursday, May 31 – Student Art Exhibit
Wednesday, May 30 – 2018 End of Year Celebration & Graduation;
      SCHOOL CLOSES 3:15 p.m.; No AfterSchool activities
Tuesday, June 5 Upper School Concert at York Street (tentative)
Tuesday, June 12 Last Day of School


Toddler 1 - April 20, 2018

Sponge Activity

These Toddler 1 students gave their full attention to a new sponge squeezing activity.  This Practical Life work draws in the students’ focus as they transfer water from one bowl to another using a large sponge.  Water work of this kind can keep a young child completely engaged for long, peaceful periods while also helping to strengthen hand muscles and sharpen observational skills.

Spring is Here

The Toddler 1 students continue to welcome Spring into the classroom with more plant and flower related activities. Weaving fabric flowers through the small holes of a colander provides a fun opportunity to refine fine motor abilities.  The children also love to admire the beauty of the pansies as they build their floral arrangements.

Leaf Polishing

A new leaf polishing activity is available in the Toddler 1 classroom.  After the happy discovery that a flower was shooting up inside one of our indoor plants, these budding gardeners were excited to help the plant continue to grow.  The children used their most careful hands to spray the leaves and delicately wash them with a small cloth or cotton ball.  There is also a tiny magnifying glass to observe the plant or check for any spots that still need attention. This is a beautiful way for the Toddlers to feel responsible in the care of their environment and appreciate the simplicity of nature.

Toddler 1 Conversation Starters:

  • Continued observing beans and watered seedlings!
  • Celebrated Earth Day with a class parent
  • Favorite Songs: Good Morning, Dear Earth; Five Little Ducks

Toddler 2 - April 20, 2018

Collaborative Art

The Toddler 2 students have been hard at work on a special collaborative Art project this week!  On Tuesday, each child took a turn to paint a portion of the large canvas with a color of their choice.  They were so proud of their work that many of them returned to the canvas throughout the morning to point out "their" section to their friends.

Painting Mittens

On Wednesday, the Toddler 2 children returned to their project to add another layer of texture and dimension to their work.  Using bubble wrap shaped into what the students quickly dubbed "painting mittens," they stamped on even more layers of colorful paint.  It was a delight to see them work collaboratively on a project they were so proud of!

Third Day of the Art Project

On the third day of their ongoing collaborative art project, the Toddler 2 students laid a pattern of crisscrossing tape lines across their colorful painting.

Covering the Color

The Toddler 2 children then enthusiastically painted over the entire canvas with black paint.  They worked with meticulous care to make sure that not a speck of color remained visible!

The Finished Product

After days of joyful effort, the Toddler 2 children were delighted to see the results of their hard work.  As the tape was peeled off the canvas, they were excited to see their colorful "train tracks" emerge.  It was a wonderful end to a very happy experience!

Primary 1 - April 20, 2018

Life Cycle of a Bird

This week Primary 1 explored the life cycle of a bird.  They learned about the anatomy of a bird and were able to arrange the sequence of steps of an egg hatching.

Me Museum

A Primary 1 student combined his birthday celebration with his Me Museum presentation.
He shared a favorite book and spoke about a dream catcher he made.  He also presented his favorite artwork to the class.

Talking points about Primary 1 Work

  • Parts of a bird
  • How an egg hatches

Primary 2 - April 20, 2018

A Montessori Birthday

A second year Primary 2 student shared his birthday celebration with the class. He shared his piano recital video, a trophy and many other facts about what he likes and his activities. He also brought a fun craft activity about space, a favorite topic of his.

Practical Life Activities

The Primary 2 students worked with a variety of different Practical Life activities.  The work in this area of the classroom fosters independence, concentration, coordination and sense of order and is popular with the students.

Me Museum

A Kindergartener shared her favorite things with her Primary 2 classmates.  She talked about her family, piano lessons, favorite books and more, and her friends enjoyed getting to know more about her.

Volcano Experiment

A Kindergarten student brought a Science experiment to share with the Primary 2 class: She demonstrated how to make volcano lava. 

Talking points about Primary 2 work

  • Earth Day
  • Growing vegetables
  • Volcanoes
  • Space
  • Weather

Primary 3 - April 20, 2018

Pattern Creation

Using concentric shapes is a great way for Primary 3 students to practice pattern creation and size discrimination simultaneously.


Rescuing Sea Creatures

In a continuation of their experiment on the stages of water, the Primary 3 students used a variety of materials (salt, warm water, tools) in order to rescue “frozen” sea creatures.

Talking points about Primary 3 work

  • Solar System
  • Class Play: Bear Snores On

Kindergarten - April 20, 2018


As part of their Empowering Writers Workshop, the Kindergarteners continued to practice descriptive language using riddles.  They created a “gift box” and then wrote a description of something they chose, hidden in the box.

STEM Update: Bridge Building

This week in STEM class, the Kindergarteners were tasked with creating a bridge to connect two objects together for safe passage.  Using only some metal clips and craft sticks, they came up with some awesome ideas!

Lower Elementary East - April 20, 2018

Reading Analysis

As part of their Language curriculum, the second year Lower Elementary East students were introduced to reading analysis. The materials they use for this work aid in the process of abstraction and help to foster deeper thinking skills.


Botany Studies

First year Lower Elementary East students continued their Botany studies with a presentation about stems.  They learned to name, identify and understand each part of a stem and its function.  They followed the lesson with a fun science experiment using flowers and food coloring!

Lower Elementary North - April 20, 2018


The first year Lower Elementary North students worked together to explore reptiles and their characteristics.

Play Ball!

The third year Lower Elementary North students had a blast playing baseball during Physical Education class with Coach Zach!

Back to Work

The Lower Elementary North students were eager to continue their work and jumped right back into work time after their two weeks of intensive rehearsals for our productions of Aladdin.

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