WMS people

Update May 10, 2020

Greetings All,

I don’t know if I have ever experienced any other single day with as many changes in the weather! My porch was snow-covered, sun cleared, rain drenched, sun-dried, and snow-covered again at least four times over the course of the day! The tumultuous shifts reminded me a lot of the way many of us may have been feeling over the past few weeks–not knowing what to expect from one minute to the next. One thing you can count on is that WMS is here for you. 

May is Mental Health Month.  This national focus along with the circumstances of the pandemic have made social and emotional learning (SEL) a hot topic in schools.  I am proud to know the care and keeping of our families’ emotional well-being has always been at the core of what we do–it is intrinsic to who we are as a Montessori school.  We continue to add resources to help mitigate the impact COVID-19 has had on the health of our community. We’ve organized this collection of resources on our website to support the various members of our community during this crisis. The pandemic brings consequence to nearly every aspect of our daily lives, for guidance we’ve categorized resources by topic and need.

Linda and Val are also wonderful resources available to support anyone in the WMS community — students, family members, and staffulty. Linda Valletta, our school nurse (lvalletta@washingtonmontessori.org) and Valerie Cooper, our counseling intern (vcooper@washingtonmontessori.org) are here for you. You can count on Linda and Val to respect your wishes regarding privacy and communication, and encourage you to reach out for a referral for services, guidance on a medical issue, ideas for coping strategies, or just an empathetic ear.  Please feel free to contact them via email to make arrangements for a call/Zoom. Physical distancing requires us all to work harder to remain connected, and we invite our families to include WMS in their circles of support. 

We know how important the connection is we all share as part of the WMS community and we pledge to do everything in our power to maintain and strengthen these ties.  As part of this commitment, we have shifted the focus of our Emergency Response Task Force to future scenario planning for re-opening our campus.  The WMS admin team and our board of trustees’ task force will work diligently and collaboratively incorporating local, state, and national guidance over the next few weeks to ensure a healthy, safe, and educationally rich return to school in the fall. We will have several plans in place which we will be able to communicate to you all by the middle of June.  

In the meantime, know that we are here for you.  We are working for you. Regardless of how abnormal the new normal may be, there is comfort in knowing we will navigate it together with grace, courtesy, creativity, and courage.

With sincere gratitude for all you do and who you are,

Carney