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October 2020

Tue
27

6:30-8:00p: Ongoing Schools — Past Parents Speak

Mon
02

8:00-9:00p: Riding Emotional Waves with Calm & Clarity

Part Two of a Six Part Virtual Series with Rachel Henes, former Director of Hallways. Now more than ever, parents need support to create emotionally healthy and resilient home environments. This workshop series provides parents with practical and applicable tools to skillfully manage stress and anxiety, become aware of biases and judgements, and gain clarity on their core parenting values. Using research-based mindful parenting practices, these workshops help parents move from automatic pilot to intentional ways of showing up in their families during this challenging time. The Zoom links will be sent to those who RSVP. Please RSVP using the links in the latest newsletter.

Mon-Fri
09-13

Duane Parent-Teacher Conferences

Mon-Fri
09-13

Online Parent-Teacher Conferences

Mon-Sun
09-29

Virtual WMS Book Fair

Fri
13

Hudson Parent-Teacher Conferences — NO SCHOOL for Hudson Children

Thu-Fri
26-27

Thanksgiving Recess

School Closed

Mon-Fri
21-01

Winter Recess

School Closed

Mon
04

WMS Reopens for Children and Staff

Mon
18

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day

School Closed

Mon
15

Presidents’ Day Holiday

School Closed

Tue
16

Staff Development Day

School Closed For Children

Mon-Fri
29-09

Spring Break

School Closed (Includes Good Friday & Passover)

Mon
12

School Reopens For Children And Staff

Mon
31

Memorial Day

School Closed

Fri
18

Last Day Of School For Children

Mon
28

First Day Of Summer Program

Mon
05

Independence Day Weekend

School Closed

Fri
06

Last Day Of Summer Program

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Letters from Ronnie

We’re Happy You’re On Board: A Letter from Ronnie

Dear WMS Community,

I want to welcome you all to our 45th year, to those returning, to those who are with us for the first time, and to those who are with us but from away.

We have thought hard and creatively about physically opening the school this fall, as opposed to being only online. In our decision-making and our planning we have been guided by and remain true to two critical and inter-twined priorities:

  • The school setting must be as safe as possible to prevent the incursion of COVID-19.
  • The school must offer our young children the opportunity to relate to other children, to learn tolerance and develop friendships and to explore the physical world, develop and hone curiosity and learn respect for others. Accomplishing these multi-faceted tasks on- line is extremely difficult. As humans, our evolutionary development has programmed us to need to be with others, not just observing them on a two dimensional screen.

In the past, I have used the analogy of sailing to describe the WMS experience. To be a good sailor, one has to know a great deal—about tides and currents, charts and navigation, wind patterns, electronics, engines, sail adjustment and on and on. And, in our school setting this corresponds to the extensive knowledge and experience of early childhood that we have developed over 45 years. Our teachers are superb, always hungry to learn, and involved in best early childhood practice.

But beyond all the knowledge a sailor has, gained through study and over years and years of experience, a good sailor must be adaptable, and able to deal with unforeseen circumstances. As sailors say, one can’t control the wind, but one must be able to adapt to its vagaries and its challenges-sudden calms, squalls, major storms.

For WMS, COVID-19 is one of those major storms to which we must adapt and we are doing so, constantly learning and improving our ability to keep the virus at bay as we move ahead to teach our wonderful children. Our teachers and administrators have been absolutely amazing in their dedication and commitment to getting the school up and running safely in this quixotic environment. As field conditions, governmental guidance, and best practices shifted, we have adapted and modified our plans and truly believe, now that we have actually opened, that we are as prepared as humanly possible to deal with the multitude of challenges we will face.

To return briefly to the nautical analogy, I may be the captain, but without steadfast teachers, administrators, support staff and a well-functioning Board of Trustees, the school might, as with a poorly crewed boat, flounder. But we remain strong and so very happy that you are all on board.

We stay safe and strong together,
Ronnie

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