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November 2022

Wed
30

November Mug & Muffin

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

 

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Mon
12

Rachel Henes Parent Workshop (Virtual)

Change Starts at Home: Parenting for a More Just World

 

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Mon-Mon
19-02

Winter Recess - School Closed

Tue
03

WMS Reopens for Children

Mon
16

Martin Luther King Jr Day - School Closed

Tue
17

January Mug & Muffin (AM)

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

 

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Wed
18

January Mug & Muffin (PM)

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

 

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Mon-Mon
23-27

City Harvest Food Drive

Tue
14

February Mug & Muffin (AM)

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

 

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Wed
15

February Mug & Muffin (PM)

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

 

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Wed
15

Rachel Henes Parent Workshop

Mindful Parenting: Riding Emotional Waves with Calm & Compassion

 

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

 

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Mon
20

President Day - School Closed

Tue
21

Faculty & Staff Appreciation Day - School Closed

Wed
22

Staff Development Day - School Closed

Thu-Thu
09-09

WMS Gala & Auction

City Winery

Tue
14

March Mug & Muffin (AM)

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

 

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Tue
14

Rachel Henes Parent Workshop (Virtual)

Grappling with Achievement Culture: How to Raise Emotionally Healthy Kids in High-Achieving Settings

 

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

Wed
15

March Mug & Muffin (PM)

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

 

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Mon-Fri
20-31

Spring Break - School Closed

Mon
03

WMS Reopens for Children

Fri
07

Good Friday - School Closed

Tue
11

Rachel Henes Parent Workshop (Virtual)

Beyond Stereotypes: Understanding Gender, Socialization & Development

 

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

Thu-Thu
20-21

Parent Teacher Conferences - School Closed for Children

Mon-Fri
24-28

Room to Grow Book & Toy Drive

Tue
25

April Mug & Muffin (AM)

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

 

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Wed
26

April Mug & Muffin (PM)

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

 

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Tue-Thu
09-12

WMS Art Show

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

Tue
23

May Mug & Muffin (AM)

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

 

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Wed
24

May Mug & Muffin (PM)

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

 

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Mon
29

Memorial Day - School Closed

Sat
03

WMS Street Fair

Fri
16

Last Day of School for Children

Mon
26

First Day of WMS Summer Program

Tue
04

Independence Day - School Closed

Fri
28

Last Day of WMS Summer Program

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Letters from Ronnie, WMS Founder

On Preschool: A Letter from Ronnie

A recent article on the NPR website raised the interesting and somewhat frightening possibility that Pre-K was not all that it was cracked up to be. The article (A top researcher says it’s time to rethink our entire approach to preschool) discussed a study by very well-respected academics at Vanderbilt University. The study was done in Tennessee among 2,990 low income children who applied to free, public pre-kindergarten programs. Some were admitted by lottery, and others were rejected, creating, as the academics pointed out, “the closest thing you can get in the real world to a randomized, controlled trial – the gold standard in showing causality in science.”

Both groups of children were followed all the way through sixth grade. At the end of their first year, the children who went to pre-K scored higher on school readiness, as expected. But after the third grade, they were doing worse than the control group. And at the end of sixth grade, they were doing even worse.

So what was going on here? One possible answer is that there are Pre-K programs AND Pre-K programs, and they are not all alike. In the Tennessee study, these were all low-income children and there was apparently some belief that this group needed more formal instruction to prepare them for the tasks and challenges of higher grades of school, like drilling kids on basic skills, worksheets for tracing letters and numbers, having a teacher giving ten minute lectures to a whole class of 25 kids who are expected to sit on their hands and listen.

And then the buildings in which the Pre-K classes took place were not designed with just young children in mind. Some had desks lined up in the old-fashioned way (yes, I remember mine being bolted to the floor) and in some schools, the bathrooms were very far away. These environments were neither supportive nor welcoming to toddlers and preschoolers.

As one of the researchers said, “one of the biases that I hadn’t examined in myself is the idea that poor children need a different sort of pre-preparation than do children of higher-income families”. This distinction between lower and higher income families is unreasonable and makes the point, once again, that a Pre-K program serves its clientele best when it is physically designed for young children, is play-based and encourages individual exploration, the model whole-heartedly embraced by WMS.

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