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End-of-Year Transitions

The end of the school year is a time that families often look to with great excitement and anticipation. The summer months might offer more time spent together, with special plans or traditions reserved for warmer months, or simply a more relaxed schedule. Many families also look forward to their child moving on to a […]

What Happens at WSMS Summer Camp?

We are pleased to share that WSMS Summer Camp 2018 will be held in our main building. All children will have use of our full facilities, including the gym, roof and classrooms. We are busy planning and are looking forward to sharing wonderful experiences with your children! Summer camp is staffed by WSMS teachers, allowing us […]

Expansion of the Twos Program for 2018-2019

We are thrilled to announce the expansion of our Twos program for the 2018-19 school year. West Side Montessori School has been successful in acquiring additional space in the neighborhood at 302 West 91st Street, the Annunciation Greek Orthodox Church space formerly home to La Escuelita. We will begin a total renovation project this spring and look forward to sharing updates […]

An Evening of Crafts & Dinner for LAP Families

At 5:30 p.m. last Wednesday, families of children in LAP (Late Afternoon Program) were beginning to fill the lobby as excitement was building in the 2E and 2W classrooms. Children beamed as they individually welcomed each of their families and escorted them up to the gym. A few flights of stairs later, a wonderful array […]

Gross Motor Development: What it is and why it’s important

By Robyn Mernick, WSMS Teacher You have likely heard the phrase “gross motor development” mentioned during your child’s parent teacher conferences, in a classroom newsletter; by your pediatrician or on a developmental checklist. Perhaps you’ve nodded along, understanding it to be an important aspect of your child’s experience in school and beyond, though remained unsure […]

Family Classroom Visits: Developing Respect for Differences

Teachers are eager for families to share their family traditions with the WSMS community. We’d like to offer our children real examples of how their community celebrates holidays and cultural events. Hearing from friends and family gives all children windows into unique experiences other than their own. The more perspective sharing we offer children, the more […]