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September 2021

Mon
27

9:30-10:30am: Welcome Coffee (Hudson A & Hudson B)

Tue
28

1:15-2:15pm: Welcome Coffee (Duane 2PM, Duane 3PM, Duane 6PM)

Tue
28

5:00-5:45p: Zoom Parent Night (Hudson B, Hudson C, Hudson E)

Tue
28

6:00-6:45p: Zoom Parent Night (Hudson A)

Wed
29

5:00-5:45p: Zoom Parent Night (Hudson D & Hudson F)

Wed
29

6:00-6:45p: Zoom Parent Night (Hudson GH)

Wed
29

9:30-10:30am: Welcome Coffee (Hudson C & Hudson E)

Thu
30

9:30-10:30am: Welcome Coffee (Duane 4AM & Duane 6AM)

Fri
01

9:30-10:30am: Welcome Coffee (Hudson D & Hudson F)

Mon
04

9:30-10:30am: Welcome Coffee (Hudson GH)

Tue
05

1:15-2:15pm: Welcome Coffee (Duane 4PM & Duane 5PM)

Wed
06

6:00-6:45p: Zoom Parent Night (Duane 2AM & Duane 3AM)

Wed
06

7:00-7:45p: Zoom Parent Night (Duane 2PM & Duane 3PM)

Wed
06

9:30-10:30am: Welcome Coffee (Hudson 5AM)

Thu
07

6:00-6:45p: Zoom Parent Night (Duane 4AM, Duane 5 AM, Duane 6AM)

Thu
07

7:00-7:45p: Zoom Parent Night (Duane 4PM, Duane 5PM, Duane 6PM)

Thu
07

9:30-10:30am: Welcome Coffee (Duane 2AM & Duane 3AM)

Mon
11

INDIGENOUS PEOPLES’ DAY — School Closed

Thu-Fri
11-12

Parent/Teacher Conferences — School Closed for Children

Thu-Fri
25-26

THANKSGIVING RECESS — School Closed

Mon-Fri
20-31

WINTER RECESS — School Closed

Mon
03

WMS Reopens for Children and Staff

Mon
17

MARTIN LUTHER KING JR. DAY — School Closed

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

Mon
28

WMS Reopens for Children and Staff

Fri
15

Passover & Good Friday — School Closed

Thu-Fri
28-29

Parent/Teacher Conferences — School Closed for Children

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

Staying Vigilant: A Letter from Ronnie

Dear WMS Community,

We were saddened to hear that the NYC public schools will eliminate all physical presence beginning today, with no clear re-opening date. We understand some of the special issues a large system like new York’s faces, with over 1 million children to educate, many physical plants difficult to make safe in this pandemic era, as well as a somewhat arbitrary insistence that a 3% seven day infection rate would trigger closing.

As the American Academy of Pediatrics notes and we fully believe: “Children learn best when physically present in the classroom. But children get much more than academics at school. They also learn social and emotional skills at school, get healthy meals and exercise, mental health support and other services that cannot be easily replicated online.”

We are acutely aware of the enormous benefits of a child’s physical presence in school and believe, as important as it is for older children, it is even more critical for our young children. If an 11th grader does not learn algebra until the 12th grade, it is a loss but one that is probably reversible. But for our 2-5 year olds, just emerging from the family cocoon, their emotional and social growth can really be stymied if they are not able to physically interact with other children and adults who are not family.

In yesterday’s NYT, Aaron E. Carroll in an article entitled, “Are We Seriously Talking About Closing ‘Schools Again?” makes the following points:

  • “The playbook for keeping schools as safe as possible has been understood for many months. First, classrooms need to be less dense, so that students are sitting at least six feet apart at all times. Some classrooms may not be able to accommodate this, but there are often other school spaces that can be used for learning, like auditoriums and libraries.
  • Second, class start and end times need to be staggered so students aren’t bunched together in the halls. Likewise, schools need to make sure students eat apart, and certainly are not confined to one lunchroom.
  • Third, students need to be universally masked. Before anyone says that kids will refuse this, as a pediatrician and a father I can assure you that at some point in their lives, children also refuse to wear pants. They’ll learn.”

WMS is laser focused on providing a safe environment for our children and staff and has fully embraced the protocols Carroll writes about. In addition, we along with a number of other schools, have adopted rigorous testing and tracking procedures to head off any possible spread of the virus in the school community. And, as testing protocols improve, we are constantly checking to see if we can do better.

Please understand that while the physical presence of the children in school is so important, we would never, if pandemic conditions worsen, hesitate for one minute to go to all remote learning. We need our teachers to remain safe and to feel safe, as well as our school families. We do not believe that this unhappy point of closure has yet been reached, and will stay vigilant to keep us in school as long as possible.

With appreciation for each of you,

Ronnie

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