Weekly Announcements - December 15, 2017

ŸŸŸŸŸREMINDER:

Tuesday, December 19, the School Will Close at 3:15 p.m.

There will be no Extended Day care and no AfterSchool activities that day.
The school will remain closed through Tuesday, January 2, 2018, for Winter Break.

We will see you back at school on Wednesday, January 3, 2018.
We hope you enjoy your holiday!

"About My School" Video Contest: Pink Tower Awards
Click here for more information about our Video Contest, open to all students! 

 Waterfront School Foundation Updates

  • No Coffee & Conversation with WSF this Tuesday (12/19) - We will resume WSF coffee and conversation in the new year. 
  • Save the Date: Paint and Sip 1/11 - Please save the evening of Thursday, January 11th for our annual Paint and Sip event at Art E Vino in Hoboken. Details to follow. 
  • Save the Date: Members' Meeting 1/25 - WSF will hold an annual members meeting on January 25th at 6:30p.  All members are encouraged to attend to learn more about WSF initiatives. 
  • Thank you!!! - Your generosity has not gone unnoticed! We truly appreciate all of your support in the York St. drive as well as the teacher gifts. Thanks for making each initiative a huge success.  

ŸŸŸŸŸAs always, we are glad to have your family as part of our Waterfront Montessori community!

Christine Viteznik, Admissions & Communications Director
Dave Potosnak, IT Manager
parents@waterfrontmontessori.com

Calendar Notes:

Tuesday, December 19 – Last day before Winter Break (School closes 3:15 p.m.;
      No Extended Day care/ No AfterSchool
Wednesday, January 3 – School resumes
Monday, January 8 – About My School Video Contest Submissions Due
Tuesday, January 9 – WFM Parent Coffee
Wednesday, January 10 – Last WFM Open House for prospective families
Friday, January 12 – School closed for Faculty Planning Day
Monday, January 15 – School closed for Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Wednesday, January 17 – Last day to accept applications for 2018-2019
Saturday, January 20 – Bring Your Parents to School Day
Tuesday, January 23 – WFM Parent Coffee
Wednesday, January 24 – Re-Enrollments due
Tuesday, January 30 – Moving Up Night for WFM Parents (adults only)

Toddler 1 - December 15, 2017

Toddler 1 Conversation Starters

The Toddler 1 students were lucky enough to attend the dress rehearsals for the Primary classes' performance of The Nutcracker.  The children were completely captivated and had a wonderful time cheering on their older friends.


Preparing for the Holiday Show

The Toddler 1 students were busy preparing for their holiday show!  They were hard at work learning songs, practicing with Ms. Cristina and Ms. Rose and making special headbands to wear for the performance.  On the big day, each and every child was brave enough to stand in front of a very large audience.  Thank you to our class families for attending the show!


Collage Activities

In the Toddler 1 class, a new collage activity reinforces the children’s knowledge of three basic geometric shapes: the circle, the square and the triangle.  First, the child takes a piece of construction paper displaying outlines of the three shapes.  Next, he or she must sort through a bowl of mixed foam shapes to decide where they belong on the collage.  Then, the child glues the small shapes to the corresponding larger shapes, matching circle to circle, triangle to triangle and square to square. This activity solidifies the children’s ability to recognize and sort these geometric shapes.


"S" Sounds

A new letter debuted on the Toddler 1 initial sound tray this week. The students were interested to explore many familiar objects that all begin with ‘s', such as snowman, sponge, star and strawberry.  By seeing the objects paired with the appropriate Sandpaper Letter, the students begin to associate the letter with its corresponding phonetic sound.  This lesson also encourages them to listen carefully to the phonetic components of words.

Toddler 2 - December 15, 2017

The Holiday Performance

It was a busy Tuesday in Toddler 2!  The children were bursting with excitement to share their favorite songs with family and friends during their holiday performance.  After the show, they were full of pride in their accomplishment and many of them wore their star crowns happily for the rest of the day.  Later in the morning, they were the audience for the dress rehearsal of Primary 3's Nutcracker performance. They were delighted to see siblings and friends and thoroughly enjoyed watching their Primary friends perform.

Primary 1 - December 15, 2017

Christmas in the Philippines

A Primary 1 parent shared a presentation about Christmas in the Philippines.  The students learned about holiday traditions and painted their own Capiz Shell Mini-Lanterns.


New Works in Practical Life

This week a variety of new Practical Life works were added to the Primary 1 shelves.  The students were excited to explore each activity while further developing their skills.


Happy Hanukkah

Ms. Nanuli shared a presentation about the Jewish holiday of Hanukkah with the Primary 1 class.  The students learned about customs of the holiday and wove their own stars to create holiday cards.

Primary 2 - December 15, 2017

Holiday Crafts

The Primary 2 students enjoyed making holiday crafts for Hanukkah, Kwanzaa and Christmas.


Me Museum

This week’s Primary 2 Me Museum presenter was delighted to confidently show his classmates  some things that are special to him.


Hanukkah Presentation

Parents of a Primary 2 student joined the class to share a presentation about Hanukkah.  As part of the visit they read a book about the celebration and taught the students how to play the dreidel game.

Kindergarten - December 15, 2017

STEM: Catapults

In this week’s STEM class, the Kindergarteners designed and built their own catapults.  They rotated through a number of different targets in the classroom trying to hit the bull’s-eyes.


Coding Loops

In this weeks coding class the Kindergarten students worked independently to create their own loops.  They developed their own patterns in their loops using different commands such as jump, twirl, stomp and hop.  They cut and pasted the pattern of actions on to small strips to create their own dances.


Writing Narratives

During their Empowering Writers workshop, the Kindergarteners broke into small groups to review narrative writing concepts such as character, problem and solution.  They also worked on vocabulary building and illustrated the beginning, middle and end of a story.

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