Parent-Teacher Conference Sign Ups will be available
on Monday, October 15, at 5:00 a.m.
At that time you will receive an email with the class sign up links.
Upper Elementary and Middle School Parents and Middle School Students:
We invite you to join us for WFM's High School Open House on
Tuesday, October 16, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Representatives of top high schools will be on hand to meet our Middle School students and share information about their programs.
Please click here to RSVP.
Reminder: Primary Open Friday - October 19, 2:30 p.m.
We would love to welcome the younger members of your family to WFM!
If you are interested in having other children attend our school,
please 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 here to apply.
Please Mark Your Calendars: Fall School Pictures Coming Up
Monday, October 22: Toddler 1, Toddler 2, Primary 3
Tuesday, October 23: Primary 1, Primary 2
Wednesday, October 24:
Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary & Middle School
Reminder: School Closed
October 26 for a Faculty Planning Day and
October 29 & 30 for Parent-Teacher Conferences
If you have not already done so,please complete and send in
all of the forms for your child that were distributed
in the First Day Packages at the beginning of the school year.
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, October 15 – Parent-Teacher Conference Sign Ups begin
Tuesday, October 16 – WFM High School Open House
Friday, October 19 – Primary Open Friday
Monday - Wednesday, October 22-24 – Fall School Pictures
Friday, October 26 – School Closed for Faculty Planning Day
Monday & Tuesday, October 29 & 30 – School Closed for
Parent Teacher Conferences
Saturday, November 3 – WFM Open House for prospective families
Sunday, November 4 – Daylight Savings Time ends
Tuesday, November 6 – Early close 1:00 p.m. for Election Day;
Grab & Go Info Session for prospective families
Wednesday, November 7 – Diwali
Friday, November 9 – Lower & Upper Elementary Open Friday
Friday, November 16 – Primary Open Friday
Wednesday, November 21 – Early Close 12:00 p.m. Dismissal for all Students
Thursday & Friday, November 22 & 23 – School Closed for Thanksgiving
Saturday, December 1 – WFM Open House for prospective families
Monday, December 3 – Hanukkah begins
Thursday, December 6 – Lower School Concert (tentative)
Saturday, December 8 – WFM Science Fair
Monday, December 10 – Upper School Fall Concert
Tuesday, December 11 – Toddler Music performance
Friday, December 14 – Lower & Upper Elementary Open Friday
Monday, December 17 – Primary 2 Nutcracker - PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE
Tuesday, December 18 – Primary 1 Nutcracker - PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE
Wednesday, Dec. 19 – Primary 3 Nutcracker - PLEASE NOTE NEW DATE
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
Art is an integral part of the Toddler 1 classroom. While there are times when the class comes together for special projects for holidays or themes, the art area is always full of open-ended activities that the children can use independently any time they choose. For young children, the process of creating is often more meaningful than the finished product. It is an important time for exploration and discovery as they experiment with different mediums, as well as a wonderful way to invite moments of true peace and concentration.
The Toddler 1 students have been exploring with "dot" painting. The children are fascinated by the paint stampers and enjoy experimenting by pressing more firmly or lightly as they make patterns and designs.
A new collage material has also been in constant use by the Toddler 1 students. This work consists of a picture of a bare tree, a glue stick and a bowl full of colorful paper leaves. In addition to providing long, peaceful moments of focus, this work also brings concepts from the outside world into their immediate classroom environment. It is important for young children to feel this sense of connection to gain appreciation for their place in the world around them.
Like all subject areas in a Montessori classroom, the Toddler Math curriculum is flexible enough to accommodate a wide range of skill levels. From learning to identify basic numerals and geometric shapes to practicing simple addition, the Math materials adapt to meet each child at his or her current level of proficiency. Most toddlers spend a great deal of the school year exploring three key concepts: numeral recognition, an understanding of quantity, and finally the association between the two. Many young children can count by rote; however, a true understanding of quantity is a much more complex and challenging skill that can take months of practice to master. While the Math materials are frequently rotated and refreshed to maintain the students' interest, most activities continue to focus on these three concepts throughout the school year.
These students are using the Sandpaper Numbers, a traditional Montessori material that introduces the numerals (0-9) and helps the children to learn to identify them. In addition to identifying the name of the numeral, the child develops a tactile memory of it shape as they trace the sandpaper outline. Later, when they begins to write numbers, they will retain a muscular memory of how it feels to make the shape of the numeral with their hand.
The Toddler 2 class counted using rubber ducks, a popular new piece of work in the Math area this past week. This activity contains a series of cards, each of which displays a numeral along with the corresponding number of empty spaces, and a basket full of small ducks. The children placed a duck on each space, thus learning to associate the numeral with the quantity it represents. The association of numeral with quantity is a challenging process, quite different from counting by rote, that will be a focus of the Math area throughout the year.
The Counting Game
Developing an understanding of quantity is a foundational skill for any type of Math work. This week, the students played the counting game, a playful and interactive activity that reinforces the ability to count objects and identify quantities up to 10.
Counting on Fall
During circle this week, we introduced a new counting activity. Everyone participated in counting a beautiful selection of fall objects such as colorful leaves, pinecones, and apples.
This week marked the beginning of the Primary 1 Me Museum exhibits. The students love to share some of their favorite things with their classmates, such as family photos, special books and small figures. These items are displayed in the classroom for the week and help students get to know each other better.
Each day a Primary 1 student takes a turn bringing home the sound basket. They choose five or six objects that begin with the assigned sound, bring them to school and share with their classmates.
As part of their Science curriculum, the Primary 1 students created their own color wheel using a guide to assist in mixing specific colors. This work required hand-eye coordination and fine motor skills in order to use the eye dropper and other tools.
The Primary 1 students continued their study of Dutch painter Piet Mondrian. Using a variety of mixed media, the Kindergarteners created their own renditions of his famous painting “Composition II”.
Sight words are words that young children are encouraged to memorize as a whole by sight, so that they can automatically recognize them without having to use any strategies to decode. This week some Kindergarteners enthusiastically practiced some sight words.
Living Vs. Non-Living
The Primary 2 students learned about Living and Non-Living things and shared many examples of these classifications found in their environment.
Some Primary 2 students were busy push-pinning the outlines of different objects. This exercise promotes and develops concentration, pencil grip and hand-eye coordination.
The water works are very popular activities in the Primary 2 Practical Life area. They vary from simple exercises to more complex ones and offer a fantastic foundation for further work.
Talking points about Primary 2 work:
I Spy game
Days of the Week
The Primary 3 students enjoyed a lesson about color gradation. They used blue and white to mix a variety of colors from darkest to lightest.
Activities like push-pinning contribute to the growth and success of the Primary 3 students in later works like tracing and labeling maps.
Making a Xylophone
The Primary 3 class experimented with the creation of a xylophone using different levels of colored water in glass vases. After they developed their final product, it was made available as a stationary work for students to explore.
In their Empowering Writers workshop, the Kindergarteners continued their study of expository and narrative writing. This week they illustrated their own book covers for each genre.
STEM Update: Exploring Shapes
Continuing with their exploration of geometric shapes in their STEM class, the Kindergarten students revisited the names and properties of the shapes before moving on to building these shapes using various materials.
Third year Lower Elementary East students presented their research projects about the Cnidaria of their choice after having a lesson about these fascinating invertebrates. (Cnidaria include many types of jellyfish and parasites.)
The first year Lower Elementary East students continued their Geometry study through the investigation of polygons. They noticed patterns, compared the shapes and discovered the etymology of the names, as well.
Guess How Much?
Second year Lower Elementary East students reviewed a money lesson and learned a trick for remembering quarter values up to a dollar. They also played the “Guess How Much” game.
Growing More and More
Each day the Botanists of the Lower Elementary East class take a closer look at their basil plant and notice some exciting changes!