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Parent Education

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WMS is a source of support and education for parents, as well as students. We believe that educating children requires partnership and trust among teachers, administrators and parents. With that in mind, we offer a variety of parent education opportunities throughout the year, including WMS’s program offerings, as well as discussion and education about other relevant and timely parenting topics. All parent education opportunities are open to the public, so you are welcome to bring a friend or spread the word.

2021-22 PARENT EDUCATION PROGRAMS

PARENTING UNPLUGGED  |  THURSDAYS 8:45 AM
Everyone Welcome! Bring a lawn chair! Parenting Unplugged is a casual-yet-informative, supportive-yet-fun way to gather with fellow WMS parents and dish on the ups and downs of parenting. We all know parenting can be as stressful as it is joyful, as challenging as it is rewarding. Whether our children are in YCC or Middle School, we parents need all the help we can get. It truly does take a village. Fortunately for us at WMS, we have one!

Parenting Unplugged is a safe place to gather, unwind and talk. Whether you come weekly or just once in a while, whether you speak up, or just listen, there is always much to gain. We also laugh a lot! Last year, the topics covered included everything from device time to discipline, from instilling values in our children to better communication strategies to adjusting to the new realities of the coronavirus.

“Parenting, Unplugged” will be facilitated by WMS mom and Martha Beck certified life coach, Tal Fagin. As a coach, Tal works with clients one-on-one and in group settings, helping others to pin-point and solve problems, and to devise and implement simple, time-tested strategies that help people live fuller, freer, more balanced and joyful lives.

PARENT BACK TO SCHOOL NIGHT | TUESDAY, 9.14.21 AT 6 PM
Back to School Night is an opportunity to see the classroom spaces, meet your child’s teachers and to hear specific plans for their upcoming year.


POSITIVE DISCIPLINE FOR PARENTS CLASS | WEDNESDAYS, 10.13.21–11.17.21 FROM 9 TO 10:30 AM
(sign-up required; required materials ($30) click here to purchase)

Many parents today feel like they have to push their children from a young age for them to be successful.  In this hands-on session, participants will practice using Positive Discipline tools to help parents from an encouraging, strengths-based perspective.  We will explore how to manage feelings, and the importance of modeling self care for our children.

INTERNET SAFETY PRESENTATION | FRIDAY, 10.1.21 AT 8:45 AM
Scott Driscoll from Internet Safety Concepts has addressed students and parents at WMS for over ten years. He will join us once again to talk about how to ensure that your child is using the internet safely.  While geared towards parents of Upper Elementary and Middle School parents, everyone is invited and welcome. Middle School students will have an opportunity to hear from Scott as well.

THE VOYAGE   |  SATURDAY, 10.30.21 FROM 8:30 AM–12:00 PM
(sign-up required)
The Voyage is a great way to learn more about the WMS curriculum and get your hands on our educational materials. For a half-day, you will play the role of a student, beginning at the YCC level and sequentially proceeding through Lower School, Lower and Upper Elementary and concluding as a Middle Schooler. All areas of the curriculum will be available. This experience is a very effective way to get a strong sense for our academic program. We encourage parents to attend The Voyage at least once during their children’s WMS careers.

YOGA & MINDFULNESS WITH SIRI HOFFMAN   |  TUESDAY, 11.30.21 FROM 8:45 TO 9:45 AM
Yoga at home does not have to be daunting, it does not need to be planned, and you do not have to have any yoga background to incorporate it at home with your children! 

In this wellness workshop, Siri will start with a short yoga practice for YOU to give you some time to reset your own body. She will then share ways to bring yoga into your home. These fun yoga tools will help you connect as a family and will help you teach your child body awareness and the ability to pause and reset when necessary. 

Siri Hoffman and her husband, Michael, have been part of the WMS community for 5 years with their daughter Svea (4th Year), Finn (2nd Year) and Liv (LS). She teaches and guides adults and children through conscious movement, yoga practice, breath work, affirmations, healthy eating, self-care, and the practice of simply paying attention.

PARENT EDUCATION: MONTESSORI FOR CAREGIVERS    |  TUESDAY, 12.14.21 AT 8:45 AM
Aligning what happens at home with what children are experiencing in their classrooms allows for much needed consistency. Joline Douglas, WMS Young Children’s Community teacher, will present a brief overview of the toddler plane of development. She will then introduce Montessori activities that are easy to create and incorporate into a child’s day. Finally she will allow time to brainstorm the Montessori solution to childcare questions.

MINDFUL LANGUAGE WITH SIRI HOFFMAN   |  WEDNESDAY, 1.12.22 FROM 8:45 TO 9:45 AM
Language is powerful. And powerful language can be simple, and full of compassion and empathy. What is even more powerful is MINDFUL LANGUAGE, especially with our children and at home. Mindful language is simply having an awareness to intentionally CHOOSE the words we use and to consider the impact they have on others. 

In this wellness workshop, Siri will begin by inviting participants to discuss communication challenges that we all may have with our children at home. She will then discuss some very simple and impactful ways to use language and mindfulness exercises to create clear communication between parents and children. This practice will help children feel empowered by what is communicated to them, and will also introduce them to the concept of mindful language as well. 

Mindful language is an evolving practice, and when we can include our children in the practice, we can learn and evolve together as a family. 

Siri Hoffman and her husband, Michael, have been part of the WMS community for 5 years with their daughter Svea (4th Year), Finn (2nd Year) and Liv (LS). She teaches and guides adults and children through conscious movement, yoga practice, breath work, affirmations, healthy eating, self-care, and the practice of simply paying attention.

LEVEL INFORMATION NIGHTS
 MIDDLE SCHOOL INFO NIGHT   |  TUESDAY, 1.11.22 AT 7 PM
 LOWER ELEMENTARY INFO NIGHT   | WEDNESDAY, 1.12.22 AT 7 PM
 LOWER SCHOOL INFO NIGHT   |  WEDNESDAY, 1.19.22 AT 7 PM
 UPPER ELEMENTARY INFO NIGHT   |  THURSDAY, 1.20.22 AT 7 PM

(sign-up required)

The purpose of Information Nights is to present our approach to teaching at each level and to help you, as parents, feel comfortable as you preview materials and learn about your child’s next step at WMS. The presentations are made by the teachers. Parents are strongly encouraged to attend the meeting if they have a child moving up, but anyone is welcome and encouraged to come to any and all of the sessions. These are a great way to see what lies ahead for your child, and to understand more about the continuity of a WMS education.

PARENT EDUCATION: MONTESSORI MATH FROM YCC TO MIDDLE SCHOOL
WEDNESDAY, 1.26.22 AT 8:45 AM
Join Kerry Dorton, Director of Education and long-time WMS math teacher for a quick and enlightening overview of Montessori math from YCC to MS.  Past participants of this talk have walked away amazed at what their children are learning and often with a new feeling about math themselves. Seeing the curriculum from a bird’s eye view offers parents the opportunity to understand the power of the Montessori method more deeply.

CPR FOR PARENTS  |  WEDNESDAY, 2.9.22 FROM 9 AM–2 PM
POSITIVE DISCIPLINE FOR PARENTS CLASS | WEDNESDAYS, 10.13.21–11.17.21 FROM 9 TO 10:30 AM
(sign-up required; $90 per person)

The training includes adult, child and infant CPR and how to use the AED. The Heimlich Maneuver is also reviewed. It’s a 2 year certification.

PARENT EDUCATION: LEARNING TO READ AT WMS  |  TUESDAY, 04.07.22 AT 8:45 AM
Martha Readyoff (long-time LE teacher and current Learning Support Tutor) will present a talk on reading at WMS.  Supporting your child as they learn to read can be both exciting and stressful.  From the moveable alphabet of Lower School to grammar boxes in Lower Elementary, there are many materials and activities that are used to help students as they learn to read.  If you’re interested in gaining a better understanding of how WMS approaches reading, please join Martha and Pat for this discussion.