“Gummy, will you read me a book?” My grandson asked with a beaming smile.  As most grandchildren do, he knew that a smile and bright eyes would invite me into his world to participate in bedtime storytelling.

As I sat on the edge of his bed and began reading, I couldn’t...

You may have noticed something new in the signatures you see at the end of an email from someone at school. No, I’m not talking about the beautiful new Wellan logo (though that is a work of art). I’m talking about pronouns. 

These identifying pronouns in our school emai...

To Shakespeare, or not to Shakespeare, that is the question. In my opinion, the answer is always, “Absolutely Shakespeare!” 

There tends to be a preconceived notion that Shakespeare is too intellectual to be enjoyable. His plays are bogged down with outdated words that...

Do you know how to talk to your child about where babies are before they are born?  Are you comfortable answering questions about private body parts? What about broaching the subject of sex and sexual decision making?  These are topics that often make parents, and teac...

The first six weeks of school can often be trying times, as students navigate the world of new and established friendships while at the same time adjusting back to the daily routines of life at school. Though multi-age classrooms provide Montessori students with relati...

As seen in the 2018–2019 Wellan Year in Review

“I got an 87% on the Pink Tower!” Sounds absurd, right? What might that even mean? How would such a percentage score help a student understand what has yet to be learned? 

In a Montessori learning environ...

As the days have turned into weeks, our youngest students have become increasingly comfortable with the school environment and classroom routines. This progress is quite impressive given that in the grand scheme of things, the school year is still a relatively new expe...

May 2019 marked an important milestone in the history of our school. The Board of Trustees unanimously voted to adopt a new school name as part of a larger re-branding strategy to more fully and accurately convey the value the school offers to students and families. As...

The 6th grade year at NMS is full of opportunities for leadership, personal growth, and collaboration. While continuing with the academically rigorous Montessori curriculum, our 6th grade students also take on a yearlong independent research project and work together t...

Recently all faculty and staff attended a professional development session with certified human sexuality educator of 30 years, Deborah Roffman. We discussed the spiral curriculum that takes place over many years, and how it begins with our youngest students as they st...

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