Spring Break is soon! Monday, March 20th - Friday, March 31st

Spring Break is soon! Monday, March 20th - Friday, March 31st

Spring Break is soon! Monday, March 20th - Friday, March 31st

April 2023


WMS Reopens for Children


Good Friday - School Closed


Rachel Henes Parent Workshop (Virtual)

Beyond Stereotypes: Understanding Gender, Socialization & Development


Time: 8.00 p.m. Sign up via newsletter.


Parent Teacher Conferences - School Closed for Children


Room to Grow Book & Toy Drive


April Mug & Muffin (AM)

Location: 134 Duane St. Time: 9.15 - 10.15 a.m.


All welcome. Meet with Carrie & Heather to discuss parenting. Sign up via the newsletter


WMS Art Show

55 Hudson St. More details to follow in the weekly newsletter.


May Mug & Muffin (PM)

Location: 55 Hudson St. Time: 1.15 - 2.15 p.m.


All welcome. Meet with Carrie & Maria to discuss parenting. Sign up via the newsletter


Memorial Day - School Closed


WMS Street Fair


Last Day of School for Children


First Day of WMS Summer Program


Independence Day - School Closed


Last Day of WMS Summer Program

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Letters from Ronnie, WMS Founder

Much Work To Do: A Letter from Ronnie

Dear WMS Community,

First, I want to thank you for your sweet notes, hugs, “Congratulations”, and wishes for the future after my announcement that I will be retiring as Head of School. (read here). While the school is in great shape and we remain strong, there is much work to do as we move ahead through what we hope will be the waning pandemic together.

The events of the past year have made it as clear as it has ever been that racism, racial prejudice, and racial injustice are continuing issues for our society. For us, as a community dedicated to the education of young children, they pose the daunting questions of how our kids perceive race and what, if anything, we can do to guide them to a more open and accepting view of racial differences.

I have come across a scholarly article written more than a decade ago that attempts to answer some of these questions in a very sensitive and extremely helpful way. The article, written by Erin N. Winkler, is entitled “Children Are Not Colorblind: How Young Children Learn Race.” We strongly recommend that you read the entire article here.

Here is a very brief summary of some of its findings:

  • It is a myth that young children are colorblind. “Research clearly shows that children not only recognize race from a very young age (as early as six months) but also develop racial biases by age three to five that do not necessarily resemble the racial attitudes of adults in their lives.”
  • “Numerous studies have shown that children’s racial beliefs are not significantly or reliably to those of their parents. Children are motivated to learn and conform to the broader cultural and social norms that will help them function in society. So children collect information from the world around them to actively construct their own beliefs. While children are able to categorize a person according to race, they are often not able to categorize a person by multiple dimensions at once.” So race can be a defining characteristic for young children, as important as gender.
  • “In a variety of studies, white children rarely exhibit anything other than a pro-white bias, while children of color as young as five years old show evidence of being aware of and negatively impacted by stereotypes about their racial group.”
  • “When adults think that very young children do not notice or cannot understand race and racism, they avoid talking about it with their children in a meaningful way. This silence about race does not keep children from noticing race and developing racial biases and prejudices.”
  • As a result, it is critically important that you talk to your young children about race, racial differences and even racial inequality and racism. As Winkler says: “Let go of the notion that you are ‘putting ideas in their heads’ by talking about race. Avoiding conversations about race only encourage prevalent stereotype to remain unchanged.”
  • Some specific advice: “Don’t encourage children to believe that negative racial talk or discriminatory action is the conduct of only ‘sick’ individuals or that it indicates a peculiar character flaw. Talk about the fact that the social world we live in is often unfair to people of color simply because they are people of color and that persisting racial-ethnic inequalities are unjust and morally wrong. Make it clear that racial-ethnic prejudice and discrimination are part of a larger society that needs reform and not just something that individuals do.”

If you do approach discussions with your kids following this advice, I think you will be surprised at how detailed and even sophisticated your children’s understanding about race might be. Our classroom and studio teachers continue to be sensitive to children’s words and ideas about their perceived identities and their questions about difference and sameness. We welcome discussion and hope you will bring your thoughts about this topic to us.

Thank you,


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