Weekly Announcements - April 18, 2019

Reminder:  The School will be closed on Friday, April 19,
in observance of Good Friday.  
We hope you enjoy the long weekend!

Next Week:  Spring School Pictures - April 23 through 26
Schoolhouse Pictures will take individual portraits, candids and class groups.
Tuesday, April 23: Toddler 1, Toddler 2, Primary 3
Wednesday, April 24: Primary 1, Primary 2, Kindergarten group
Thursday, April 25: Candids in all classes
Friday, April 26: Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School, Graduate group

Open Friday for Full & Extended Day Primary Families
Friday, April 26 – 2:30 to 3:00 p.m.
 

Don’t Miss Montessori Math!
Saturday, May 4:  Montessori Math presentation, 9:00 to 11:00 a.m.
Child care will be provided.
Click here to RSVP

Primary Families:  Please Mark Your Calendars
for the Upcoming Primary Spring Plays
Wednesday, May 8: Primary 3
Thursday, May 9: Primary 
Friday, May 10: Primary 1 

Open Fridayfor Lower Elementary & Upper Elementary Families
Friday, May 10 – 2:30 to 3:00 p.m.

Please Save the Date for our Exciting Annual Family Event!
Wednesday, May 29: End of Year Celebration & Graduation
We hope your family can join us! 

Give Your Child an Amazing Summer at WFM Summer Camp!
June 27 – August 9, 2019
Toddlers:  reaching for Independence
Primary:  Beautiful Biomes – Flora, Fauna & Fun!
Click her for more information and to register:
https://www.waterfrontmontessori.com/summerprograms

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

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

Calendar Notes:  (Dates and events are subject to change)
Friday, April 19 – School closed for Good Friday; Passover begins
Sunday, April 21 – Easter
Monday, April 22 – Earth Day
Tuesday, April 23 through Friday, April 26 – School pictures (portraits, candids 
         and class groups)
Friday, April 26 – Full & Ext. Day Primary Open Friday
Thursday, May 2 – Middle School field trip to Brooklyn Museum (tentative)
Saturday, May 4 – Montessori Math presentation
Wednesday, May 8 – Primary 3 Spring play
Thursday, May 9 – Primary 2 Spring play
Friday, May 10 – Primary 1 Spring play; LE & UE Open Friday
Monday, May 13 – Grade 6 trip (tentative)
Friday, May 17 – Full & Ext. Day Primary Open Friday
Friday, May 24 – 3:15 p.m. Close for All Students (No Extended Day)
Monday, May 27 – School Closed for Memorial Day holiday
Tuesday, May 28 through Thursday, May 30 – Upper School Art Exhibit
Wednesday, May 29 – End of Year Celebration, 3:15 pm. Close for All Students
         (No Ext. Day)
Monday, June 3 – Spring Concert (tentative)
Tuesday, June 4 – Primary End of Year Picnic
Wednesday, June 5 – Toddler End of Year Picnic
Friday, June 7 – Upper School Spelling Bee Finals
Monday, June 10 – Upper School Talent Show, Middle School Graduation (at WFM)
Tuesday, June 11 – LE End of Year Picnic & Ice Cream Party;
         UE&MS Field Day & End of Year Picnic; LAST DAY of school year; 
         3:15 p.m. dismissal for All Students) No Ext. Day

Toddler 1 - April 18, 2019

Sprouts

This week, the Toddler 1 class began the process of attempting to sprout their own beans. Each child selected several beans, folded them in a paper towel, moistened them by spraying a water bottle and carefully sealed them in a bag. The bags were then placed in a window to absorb plenty of sunlight where we will continue to observe them each day!


Symmetrical Painting

The Toddler 1 students recently experimented with "symetrical painting". To do this, each child carefully squeezed drops of paint onto a paper before folding it in half. After attening it down and spreading their hands around the top of the paper, they opened it to reveal a new design. They marveled at how the paint looked the same on both sides of the paper and talked about what they thought each image looked like.

Toddler 2 - April 18, 2019

Nesting Eggs

The Toddler students have been eager to tackle the challenge of opening and closing a collection of nesting Easter eggs this week. This activity requires excellent fine motor skills, as well as patience, persistence, concentration and hand-eye coordination. It also encourages the additional skill of color sorting, as they match each colorful pompom to its corresponding small and large egg.


Exploring Seeds

The T2 class is celebrating spring by exploring how seeds grow into plants. This week, we discussed how every plant needs water, sunlight, and soil to grow. We started by setting up dry kidney beans in tiny "greenhouses" of damp paper towels inside of plastic bags, taped to the outside door to get plenty of sun. Over the next few days, we will watch our seeds carefully to see how they begin to sprout!

Primary 1 - April 18, 2019

African Culture

Primary 1 students continued learning about Africa’s culture. Ms. Yemi, from Primary 2, visited the class to share information about music, instruments and the representative outfits of different African regions. The students were excited to wear some of the traditional clothing, play instruments and dance.


Reptiles

Reptiles are favorite animals of the Primary 1 students. The older friends got creative making their own versions of snakes, iguanas and turtles. They also learned about how reptiles are different from other group of animals.

Primary 2 - April 18, 2019

Picasso

The Primary 2 students were excited to learn about the artist Picasso and his unique style. They even created their own portraits in Picasso’s style.


Language Work

The Primary 2 students used a variety of language materials, from learning sounds and phonograms to creating short stories.


A Class of Bunnies

The Primary 2 class parents shared a lovely Easter presentation with an Easter craft, bunnies and Easter eggs.


Birthday Celebration

A first year Primary 2 student celebrated his fourth birthday with his classmates and his family. He shared wonderful pictures of his younger days.

Kindergarten - April 18, 2019

Empowering Writers Workshop

As part of their Empowering Writers workshop, the Kindergarteners spent time thinking about how characters in a story use their five senses: They recognized what the characters saw, heard, felt, smelled and touched.


STEM Updates

In STEM class, the kindergarten students had fun designing and building bird feeders. All the designs had to incorporate a perch for the birds, a container to hold the bird seed, holes for the bird to access the seed and had to be mounted on a stand or able to be hung.

Lower Elementary North - April 18, 2019

Fraction Pictures

The second year Lower Elementary North students created fraction pictures. They will use these to start fraction addition by adding up all the pieces in the drawings.


Pin Map

Two third year students worked on the pin map of Asia. They used the globe and atlas to help them label the countries, cities and land and water forms located in Asia.

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