The WFS community spent time over the last week reflecting and recognizing the life and work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Lower school students sat in silent reflection as they watched our annual kindergarten peace march. Some of the kindergarteners' inspirational messages included, "Help Ech Uther (Help Each Other)," "Kar For Ech Uvor (Care for Each Other)," and "Giv a Complumient (Give a Compliment)," and "Upolougiz (Apologize)." The lower school community then gathered for Meeting for Worship.
"Make a career of humanity. Commit yourself to the noble struggle for equal rights. You will make a better person of yourself, a greater nation of your country, and a finer world to live in.” Middle school students used this MLK quote as the basis of their discussion after watching a video about change makers in their midst––from peers to faculty members––who have made a positive difference in the lives of others.
Upper school students listened to the inspirational words of Dr. Aaron Bass, CEO of Eastside Charter School in Wilmington. They then engaged in small group discussions focused on various social justice topics, including anti-semitism, gun violence, and racial justice. Students gathered information about their social justice topic and then took action, brainstorming ways that we can work toward change as a school community.
Fifth graders had a great adventure in New York City! They visited the Tenement Museum where they learned more about the immigrant and migrant experience, enjoyed lunch at Madison Square Park, and then went to the National Museum of Mathematics where they participated in activities to illuminate the joy of math!
From preschoolers to fifth graders, our lower school students had a blast this week at their Field Days! They played soccer, ran through obstacle courses, practiced their archery skills, and stayed cool with plenty of water games!
Lower school students again participated in Big Bang of the Books, a reading club shared across WFS, Tatnall, and Tower Hill that includes more than 170 students! The year culminates with a fun spring gathering where students participate in challenges, and this year they got to Zoom with author Gordon Korman, who wrote "The Fort," which was voted favorite book by the students.
Congratulations to our 7th and 8th grade band and choir members who traveled to Hershey Park for the Music in the Parks Festival, where they received a first place, superior rating for band and a first place, excellent rating for choir!
The middle school Asian Affinity Group traveled to the lower school to read stories to students that highlighted Asian history or protagonists. Lower school students loved meeting the middle school students, listening to the stories, and learning more about Asian heritage.
Members of the Eco Team met with representatives from Practical Energy Solutions, who had recently completed an energy audit and assessment at WFS, to review their recommendations on how as a school we can improve lighting and internal loads, plumbing and hot water use, our HVAC systems, and increase our solar energy potential. The Eco Team will use these findings to help implement energy solutions across the school.
One of the favorite traditions of senior year at WFS is time spent with first grade buddies. Juniors got a jumpstart on this before the school year ends, meeting with their buddies (current kindergarteners) and having a blast! They can't wait to spend more time together next year.