Weekly Announcements - January 11, 2019

Happy New Year and Welcome Back to School!  We hope that you had a lovely holiday season and we are excited to begin the new term together! 

Please Join Us for Coffees About College:  No RSVP is necessary 
How Montessori Prepared Me for College 
Featuring Hank Portney & Olivia Viteznik, WFM 2013 Alumni  
Tuesday, January 15, 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. 
Art Room, First Floor  

Funding an Independent Education and Saving for College: 
Is it Really Possible? 
Featuring Peter D’Agati, Parent of Alden (Primary 2) and William (LE North) 
Thursday, January 24, 8:15 to 9:15 a.m. 
Art Room, First Floor  

It’s That Time of Year! 
Re-Enrollments for the 2019-2020 School Year are due  
Wednesday, January 30.  

We look forward to having your children with us again next year! 
Please click here to download Re-Enrollment Forms.

Parents of Half Day Primary Students:  Please Join Us for 
Open Friday for Primary Half Day Families 
Friday, January 18, 11:00 to 11:30 a.m. 
No RSVP is necessary.  Just drop in! 

Bring Your Parents to School Day for all WFM Families   
Saturday, January 26, 2019 – 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. 
Please click here to RSVP  

REMINDER:  NO Pizza Friday January 18 
Pizza Fridays Begin January 25 for Kindergarten, LE, UE and MS Students  
Kindergarten Families: Please watch your email inbox for details and registration 
Lower El, Upper El & Middle School Families: 
Please click here for details and registration  

Pink Tower Awards 2019  
Video submissions are now open! 
Submission deadline:  Monday, January 28, 2019 
Pink Tower Awards 2019 Ceremony - Friday, February 22, 2019 

We would love to welcome the younger members of your family to WFM! 
Please let us know IMMEDIATELY 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 here to apply.  

Happy New Year!  We are excited to be back to school for the Spring term!  

Chris Viteznik, Admissions & Communications Director 
Dave Potosnak, IT Manager 

Calendar Notes: 
Saturday, January 12 – Kindergarten Families Kinder Connect;  
          Toddler Families Montessori Morning;  
          Prospective Families Montessori Morning 
Friday, January 18 – Open Friday for Primary Half Day Families; 
          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 2019-2020 
Friday, January 25 – Pizza Fridays begin for Kinder, LE, UE, MS 
Saturday, January 26 – Bring Your Parents to School Day  
Wednesday, January 30 – Re-Enrollments for 2019-2020 due 
Sunday, February 3 – Super Bowl 
Tuesday, February 5 – Chinese New Year 
Wednesday, February 13, through Saturday, February 16 – MMUN 
Friday, February 15 – School Closed for Faculty Planning Day 
Monday, February 18 – School Closed for Presidents’ Day 
Friday, February 22 – Pink Tower Awards 2019 
Friday, March 1 – School Closed for NJMAC Conference 
Monday & Tuesday, March 4 & 5 – School Closed for Parent-Teacher Conferences 

Toddler 1 - January 11, 2019

Back to School!

The Toddler 1 students were delighted to return to school after the Winter Break and were overjoyed to see their teachers and friends again. Students were excited to explore many new materials while eagerly re-visiting some of their classroom favorites.


Toddler 2 - January 11, 2019

Bowling Bunnies

With the cold weather keeping us inside more often, we have created many new gross-motor activities to help the children nd a constructive outlet for their physical energy in the classroom. A particular favorite for the T2 students is the "bowling bunnies," a game that challenges them to knock over a set of stuffed rabbits by throwing bean bags at them. It has been a delight to observe them hone their aim, speed and dexterity through such a joyful game!

Bundle Up for the Cold

A new collage activity has caught the Toddler 2 students' interest in the Art area this week. They have enjoyed "dressing" a picture of a child by glueing warm winter clothes onto their body. In addition to the creative opportunities and ne-motor skills this material provides, it also stimulates language development by reinforcing vocabulary related to winter clothing and inviting the children to discuss their own experiences with bundling up for the cold.

Primary 1 - January 11, 2019

Welcome Back!

The students of Primary 1 were very excited to be back at school. After the break, they were happy to jump back into classroom materials.

Me Museum

The “Me museum” is one of the more popular activities in the Primary 1 classroom. This week a student was very excited to share her favorite artifacts and drawings with her classmates..

Winter is Here!

Students engaged in a discussion about the new season and what represents winter. They have been learning facts about snowflakes. They also enjoyed making their own snowflake out of magic model. Every one has six points and is unique based of what they have learned in class.

Primary 2 - January 11, 2019

Life Cycle of a Frog

The Montessori Cultural subject provides the students the opportunity to explore their physical world. In Primary 2, our Zoology learning is focused on the life cycle of a frog. The students used their creativity and produced their own frog life cycle after having a presentation.

Freedom of Choice

In accordance with Montessori principles students in the classroom are given the freedom to choose their work for the day. When a new work is introduced to the classroom, students are eager to practice and learn the new concept. This helps the students maximize their learning process.

Primary 2 Talking Points:

  • Life cycle of a frog

  • Freedom of choice

Primary 3 - January 11, 2019

New Year, New Science!

The Primary 3 students came back from the Winter break to find fresh new work on the Science shelf! They loved exploring all the new magnetic and non-magnetic lessons.

Non-Napper Activities - January 11, 2019

Welcome Winter!

This week in our non-napper session, the students talked about the winter season. They discussed the characteristics of the weather and the changes in nature. They also enjoyed reading the “Snowman’s story” and creating our own snowmen.


Kindergarten - January 11, 2019

STEM Update: Building a Sled

In STEM class this week, the Kindergarten students worked in large groups to build a sled, a person to fit in the sled and a ramp for the sled. Working in smaller sub-groups within a large group offered a new challenge for them. The groups tested their models and made modifications in order to achieve a successful end result.


Coding Class: Tangram Worksheet

This week in Coding class the Kindergartners reviewed decomposition and composition of a tangram worksheet. They were tasked with cutting it out into separate pieces and building it back together on a separate piece of construction paper.

Writing WorkShop

The students were excited to revisit creative writing concepts.

Lower Elementary East - January 11, 2019

Land & Water Forms

First year Lower Elementary East students had a lesson about land and water forms. They applied their knowledge to search for and then create models of land and water forms they found in Asia.

A Trip to Asia

This week, the Lower Elementary East class traveled across the world to explore Asia! They started with it’s geographical location and learned that not only is Asia the largest continent, but it has 48 countries and over half of the worlds population. They also read Asian folktales, made Asian shadow puppets and conducted their own research to learn more about the amazing cultural aspects of the continent.

Creating Book Covers

First and second year Lower Elementary East students learned about differentiating informational texts and narratives. After their lesson, they independently created their own book covers of both types of texts.

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