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WLS Office Newsletter 2.4.22
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Late Start Day on Feb. 9
Just a reminder that there is a late start day on Wed., Feb. 9. School will start at 11:25 am and buses will run 2 hours later than their regular times. There are limited spaces in our Kids Club for drop-in care that morning. If you are interested, please contact the office.

February Hot Lunch Orders
Reminder that the revised February hot lunch menu for Feb. 14-28 is due by Tuesday, Feb. 8.

Meet the Staff

Ever wondered who is sending you an email? Wish you could put a name with a face? For the next few newsletters, we will feature our staff. This month, meet our Office team.

Deana Siekmann, Shireen Mahabadi and Lisa Mostov are our office team. Deana has been at WLS for 20 years, first as a special education teacher and now as the Director. Shireen Mahabadi has been at WLS for 16 years. She organizes all of us and keeps day-to-day operations running smoothly.  Lisa Mostov has been at WLS for 11 years.  She joined the lower elementary teaching team before her current position as Assistant Director. 

“One test of the correctness of educational procedure is the happiness of the child.”  -Maria Montessori

WLS Parent Education
PACER Workshops Study Wise, Study Well; Maximizing Learning with Study Tools and Strategies 

Tools to Help Your Child De-Stress Date: Thursday, February 10, 2022  Time: 6:30 PM - 7:30 PM
Learn about tools that can help your child deal with stressors related to school, friends, and life. This information is relevant for all children, as well as those with a mental health diagnosis.
Location: Online Web Streaming     Register for this workshop

"Personal Reading" Parent Event will allow for you to read an article at your leisure without the pressure to show up for any event, in-person or virtual. Here is an article for reflection.  It speaks to both teachers and parents! - When We Get Mad at Children.

Annual Meeting
The World Learner School Annual Meeting is set for Tuesday, March 15, 2022 beginning at 7:00 pm.  We are currently planning for an in-person meeting but will know more in the coming weeks.  

This meeting is very important to our school as we will be reviewing and taking action on bylaw changes, electing directors to serve on the Board and discussing major topics relevant to our school.

Please make plans to attend this important event and watch for details in the coming weeks.  It is imperative that a quorum of the membership be present at the meeting to conduct the business of the Board.

WLS Board of Directors
Please consider serving on the WLS Board of Directors for a two-year term beginning July 2022- June 2024.  Attached is some information about the position and a candidate form. 

The WLS Community will vote at the Annual Meeting on Tuesday March 15, 2022 at 7 pm.  Candidate bios will be published on Friday 3.11.22.

We need YOU to help with the governance of World Learner School!

Tips for Reading #2-22, February is “I Love to Read Month”
February 2022 Edition
Notes from Susan Olson, Reading Interventionist

February celebrates “I Love to Read Month.” Schedule local library time to revisit old favorite books and explore the latest book releases. Libraries feature newly released children, teen and adult fiction and nonfiction in easy to find locations. On a recent weekly visit to Chanhassen Library I perused the children’s new book nonfiction section, finding these gems:

Crow Bar: The Smartest Bird in the World, by Jean Craighead George (Julie of the Wolves author), Luke George and Twig George. Published in November, 2021, the book takes a look at our intelligent bird friend, the crow.

Tracing Tortoise: A Mission to Save a Galopagos Giant, by Kate Messner. Published in October of 2021, the book reviews the lives of those massive turtles in Galapagos Island.

Begin With a Bee, by Liza Ketchum, Jacqueline Briggs Marin and Phyllis Root. Published in June of 2021, the life of a honey bee’s impact on the environment is shared. “It all begins with a bee…”

Animals to the Rescue! Amazing True Stories from Around the World by Sandra Markle. Published in November of 2021, the book looks at animals working with humans around the world.

Library visit suggestions:
-Schedule weekly or every-other week visits to the library.
-Make sure your student signs up for his/her own library card, if he/she hasn’t already!
-Give each student a library book bag to carry finds for check-out. Use the book bag to store/keep books to avoid that library book under the bed or in the dog-house search. Also helps avoid damages to the books.
-Suggest your student record the books he/she has read, giving a rating of yes or no to: I would recommend this book; list connections to other books; recording quotes or photos that were memorable. 
-List other books to look for next time you visit the library -- don’t forget to stop by the new books exhibits!
-Host a weekly “What I’m reading” dinner discussion.

Pick Up at End of Day
If you have a change to your child's pick up or bus schedule, please call or email the office by noon to notify us about the change that day. 

2021-2022 Employment Opportunities at WLS
WLS is hiring for a number of positions for our 2021-2022 team.  We are ESPECIALLY SEARCHING FOR SUBSTITUTE STAFF AND TEACHERS. 
**To acquire a short-term substitute teaching license in MN, individuals must have a bachelor’s degree in any field.  Here is additional guidance on that process.
If interested in applying, please contact Deana at dsiekmann@wlschaska.org.  Share with your network too!

Student Spotlight
If you know of special achievements of WLS students or alumni, please send information to Deana for inclusion in this ongoing Office Newsletter feature.  We love to celebrate our student successes!  
 


WLS PTO

What is it? Who are we? The WLS PTO is the Parent Teacher Organization. If you are a parent or a teacher then you are a member of the PTO! The leadership team is made up of parents just like you! Our mission is to build community, support the staff and students, and raise money to help provide what the students and staff need for a wonderful Montessori education. We meet the second Monday of every month from 7:00-8:30 in the Multi-Purpose Room. Come join us! We would love to see you!



Back to the Shindig is March 19
The PTO is tuning up the Delorean for our trip back to the Shindig coming up next month! We need your help, your donations, and your contributions to keep the PTO's financial commitment to our school. Deana sent out this Shindig FAQ earlier in the week -- great for those new to WLS. Part of last year's Fund-a-Need was creative seating for our classrooms. Here are some photos of your Shindig dollars in action! 



PTO on Facebook

Join our Facebook private group just for parents of WLS. It's a great resource to stay connected to our community and see the latest news, volunteer opportunities, events, and Shindig information. 
https://www.facebook.com/worldlearnerschoolpto

Amazon Smile
Did you know every time you order from Amazon a certain percentage of your purchase could be donated to World Learner School? It's easy! Download the Amazon Smile app, select World Learner School as your charity, then order all your Amazon orders through Amazon Smile. Thank you for supporting WLS! 

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