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January 2022

Tue-Fri
18-21

NYC CARES COAT DRIVE

Wed
19

8:00-9:15p: Mindful Parenting During Times of Collective Stress with Rachel Henes

Thu
17

9:30-10:45a: Riding Emotional Waves with Calm & Compassion with Rachel Henes

Mon
21

PRESIDENTS’ DAY — School Closed

Tue
22

Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day — School Closed

Wed
23

Staff Development Day — School Closed for Children

Mon-Fri
14-25

SPRING BREAK — School Closed

Wed
16

8:00-9:15p: “Is This Normal?” Understanding Perfectionism and Pressure in Parenting with Rachel Henes

Mon
28

WMS Reopens for Children and Staff

Fri
15

Passover & Good Friday — School Closed

Wed
20

9:30 -10:45a: Why Did They Do That? Responding to Challenging Behaviors with Compassion with Rachel Henes

Thu-Fri
28-29

Parent/Teacher Conferences — School Closed for Children

Wed
18

8:00-9:15p: Change Starts At Home: Parenting for a More Just World with Rachel Henes

Mon
30

MEMORIAL DAY — School Closed

Tue
14

Last Day of School for Children

Fri
17

Last Day of School for Staff

Mon
27

First Day of Summer Program

Mon
04

INDEPENDENCE DAY — Summer Camp Closed

Fri
05

Last Day of Summer Program

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Letters from Ronnie

Experiencing Change: A Letter from Ronnie

Dear WMS Community,

The days keep getting two minutes and 8 seconds darker but we know that after the winter solstice this will reverse and sunlight will increase by that same amount. It is one change that helps to regulate our lives and we tend to forget that these changes are predictable. We as a school community have been experiencing change through our 46 years and we believe, as Greek philosopher Heraclitus said, “Nothing endures but change.” It was true 20 centuries ago and it is still true for our beloved WMS.

An obvious change is the pandemic which has altered our social interactions, affected the physical makeup of the school, negatively impacted enrollment, and led to substantial changes in our health and safety protocols. A terrific change for the good is the hiring of a full-time nurse for the first time. We also want you to know about personnel changes of importance. Maria Fraser has returned from maternity leave and we are so happy to have her back. Lizelle Canque, who filled her role so competently and lovingly, will remain with us as Educational Coordinator. Another change is a welcome to Lee Harman who comes to us as they are finishing their role as Interim Assistant to Head of School at Packer and starting Monday as my new Assistant.

And, of course, I will step down as Head of School at the end of this school year (click here to read my retirement letter) although I will continue for another year to work with Lauren on Ex-missions. Carrie Kries (click here to read the announcement), who will be replacing me, has an extensive background in early childhood education and Montessori practice and will, I am sure, be a strong and compassionate leader to guide WMS into the second half of its first century.

Nothing endures but change.

With Appreciation,

Ronnie

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