Family Newsletter – 11/30/12

Nate Snow
This week’s Family Newsletter from Assistant Head of School Nate Snow!
Hi WMS Families,

I hope that everyone enjoyed a relaxing Thanksgiving holiday. I’d like to thank again all of you who hosted an international student over break.  It has been great to hear their stories of spending time with your families.  This is such a valuable experience for them and we very much appreciate that so many of you open up your homes to our students.  
Here is the schedule for this upcoming weekend!
We’ve jumped right into winter up here in the north country.  The ski areas are open, there is a dusting of snow covering the campus and many of the ski teams and groups have been out on the hill this week.  The above photo is the view looking over the WMS Farm this morning.  We have the first of many weekend ski trips this Sunday.  I noticed the sign up sheet today and it was already full!
This week is our interim sports week on campus.  While some of our winter sports teams use this time to begin practicing, many students have the opportunity to engage in a variety of different options between sports seasons.  Students are spending their afternoons building and launching rockets, learning the basics of jujitsu, rock climbing, trail building, and baking yummy goodies from scratch, among many other things.  There are some photos from these adventures on the school’s Picasa page.
Tonight we are hosting our second Cultural Event of the year, The Sister City Jazz Ambassadors, at 7pm.  In addition to their performance in the Great Hall, they are also hosting a music workshop for some of our students Friday afternoon.  On Saturday afternoon they are presenting a community conversation on Promoting Peace Through Music and hosting a jazz jam.  Both of these events are presented in collaboration with the Arts Alliance of Northern New Hampshire.  More information on the group and all of these events can be found on the WMS website.
Everyone’s favorite volunteer opportunity happens this Saturday, when eager WMS students join other volunteers in recreating parts of the book The Polar Express.  Everyone gets to dress up as an elf and help spread some Christmas magic to very excited children!  In a nod to what a wonderful community we have here, I noticed that this sign up sheet was also full as well!
It is certainly a busy time here on campus in the three week sprint between Thanksgiving and Christmas.  We start our new winter schedule (which includes an earlier weekday lights out time!) and winter sports.  We have a strong academic push, a cultural event, a student run coffee house, and our wonderful Holiday Celebration (among other things!).  We will do our best to keep you updated on all of these wonderful happenings (as I’m sure your children do as well), but please feel free to reach out and ask if you have any questions at all.
Have a great weekend!

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