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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Re-Introducing Jaya Blakeslee: Duane Street’s Administrative Coordinator

Jaya Blakeslee is our beloved Administrative Coordinator at the Duane Street site. With years of experience and the greatest personality, Jaya is the point-person for all things Duane. You can contact her at duanefrontdesk@wms-nyc.org. Jaya is one of the reasons WMS is such a special place and we invite you to learn a little more about her!

What do you do at WMS?
I am the Administrative Coordinator at the Duane Street location.  I facilitate communication between teachers and parents, maintain all student files, and place orders for school supplies. I also work closely with Nurse Cheryl to track illnesses and absences and with Heather and Carrie to keep Duane St running smoothly.

Where did you grow up? What was your childhood like?
I grew up on an 80 acre interfaith community in Florida. My fondest memories are running around and playing games outside, swimming in our pond, trips to the beach and also learning at a young age the importance of taking care of others.

How did you end up joining the WMS community?
In 2013 I was working as a Family Assistant at Bank Street Head Start. My friend actually saw the job posting and thought of me. I quickly submitted my resume and as luck would have it, the next day Ronnie called me and the rest is history.

What’s your favorite thing about WMS?
The community!  The faculty, staff, parents, and the children all contribute to the remarkable learning environment that is WMS.  However, one of the greatest joys of my job is that I get to witness the amazing growth of each child from that first day of school to the last day of the year.

What’s the best memory you have from when you were in preschool?
We had our own Montessori preschool in our community.  I was fortunate to go to school with the same group of friends that I grew up with.  We did a lot of dramatic play, art and cooking projects and one of my favorite days was Mud Pie Day.

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