Mrs. Hood: See you later alligator!

As the school year comes to a close, I find myself reflecting on the remarkable journey we’ve shared. This has been a year filled with laughter, discovery, and countless moments of wonder as we watched your children grow, explore, and learn. It’s hard to believe how much time has passed and how much your little ones have blossomed.

It’s been a privilege to witness your children’s first steps into independence, their eyes lighting up with curiosity and their hearts expanding with new friendships. Each day has been an adventure filled with joy and the purest expressions of childhood.

From the moment we began our mornings together, your children brought an energy and enthusiasm that made every day special. Whether it was mastering a new skill, discovering the magic in everyday objects, or simply sharing a giggle with a friend, their progress has been a testament to the power of exploration and the nurturing environment we strive to provide.

We’ve celebrated many milestones this year. The excitement of learning to pour their own water, the pride in completing a puzzle, the joy of storytime, and the contentment found in quiet moments of concentration. These seemingly small achievements are monumental steps in your child’s development, laying the foundation for a lifelong love of learning.

Our classroom has been a vibrant living space where your children feel safe, loved, and valued. They learned not just academic skills but important life lessons in empathy, patience, and respect. We have cherished each of their unique personalities and watched them form bonds with their peers, learning the give-and-take of social interactions.

To you, dear parents, I extend my deepest gratitude. Thank you for trusting us with your precious ones, for your support, and for being our partners in this journey. Your involvement and encouragement have been crucial in making this year so successful. We appreciate your dedication and the love you pour into your children’s lives.

As we part ways for the summer, I want to leave you with this thought: the progress your children have made this year is just the beginning. Their potential is boundless, and I am confident that they will continue to thrive and amaze you. Continue to nurture their curiosity, celebrate their achievements, and, most importantly, enjoy the beautiful journey of watching them grow.

Thank you for allowing Mollie and me to be a part of your child’s early education. It has been an honor and a joy. I wish you all a summer filled with sunshine, laughter, and cherished moments with your little ones.

Enjoy the pics from our two last birthday celebrations this week and the contrasting pictures of the first weeks and the last weeks of school of your child in our Toddler program!

With warmest regards,

Mrs. Hood and Ms. Mollie

Makerspace: Monthly Update

The Makerspace has been busy with all sorts of projects coming to fruition.

Lower El has finished up its knitting projects, turning balls of yarn into bags, pillows, scarves, and arm warmers. It has been such a wonderful experience watching everyone learn this new skill and bring their ambitious visions to the physical world.

Upper El has been busy expanding on their Robotics skills, spending a few classes working on musical robots. Using color sensors, they’ve created both linear and circular paths to produce notes. By adjusting the speed and spacing of the colored blocks, they can change the tune and tempo. Not shown in the video is an additional vehicle that passes over the line of colored blocks, providing further opportunities for adjustment and refinement.

The Kindergarteners’ and Middle Schoolers’ drawing-to-stuffed-animal project came to a wonderful conclusion as the middle schoolers presented their creations to the kindergarteners at their graduation ceremony. The Kindergarteners had been anticipating seeing their drawings come to life for weeks and were so thrilled to receive them.

These last few months have been filled with excitement and awe at what these students can imagine and create. I am continually surprised by their innovative solutions, ability to learn new skills, and dedication to doing well and helping each other. I’d like to thank everyone (students, parents, fellow teachers, and administration) for a truly wonderful last few months. Have a great summer!

This Week in Upper El

“Impermanence is the very essence of joy – the drop of bitterness that enables one to perceive the sweet.” -Myrtle Reed

And that’s a wrap! What an incredible year with a fantastic group of humans. Thank you for this week’s beautiful, heartfelt sentiments and generous gifts. My heart is full, and I feel very loved.

I am so blessed to have had the honor of working with these beautiful children. They are kind, responsible, and caring as individuals and as a group.

Throughout the year, this group of students has demonstrated their dedication, especially in the last month. They were determined to maximize their math lessons before summer break and, for some, before heading off to middle school. Each and every one of them should be immensely proud of their hard work and achievements.

I hope you have a wonderful summer! Please keep in touch!

With love,

Middle School: MS Trip & Farewell!

Well, Middle School Families, the 2023-24 year has come to an end. What a busy and memorable last week we had! From the trip last week to Spirit Week to the Farewell celebration, and then finally, commencement, it has been one for the books.

Last week, we traveled to Boston and had an amazing trip filled with activities. Traveling to Boston on the Amtrak was relaxing and quick. Once we arrived, we checked into our centrally located hotel and embarked on our three-day journey. Click here to view the trip photos: FWM 2024 Boston. Here is a list of all we did:

  • Museum of Science
  • Meals at Faneuil Hall
  • Shopping in Quincy Market
  • Ghosts & Graveyards Historic Tour
  • New England Aquarium
  • Boston Tea Party Historical Tour & Reenactment
  • Red Sox Game
  • Kayak Tour of the Charles River
  • Student-led Tour of the Freedom Trail

This week, in addition to Spirit Week, we began a new tradition for our graduating class: Farewell to the Class of 2024! This event was completely planned and run by the 6th and 7th  grade class. They read a speech they wrote, gave out awards, and recited a poem. Additionally, the 8th grade was surprised with a slideshow highlighting them over the years. Everyone ate cake and had a beautiful goodbye.

Commencement was another memorable event. Graduates and teacher read speeches highlighting the experiences of the graduating class over their time at Fraser Woods. Tears were shed, diplomas were distributed, and it was a lovely evening overall. Click here to see Commencement 2024 Photos

We hope everyone has a beautiful summer. Look out rising 7th and 8th graders for summer materials including Humanities reading requirements.

Thank you to the Middle School Families. Your unwavering support throughout the year makes everything run smoothly. We make a great team.

Until next year,

Michelle & Zak

Ms. Marissa: In June I Saw A Charming Group…

…Of roses all begin to droop

I pepped them up with chicken soup!

Sprinkle once,

Sprinkle twice,

Sprinkle chicken soup with rice!

Well, another year has gone by! Each and every child has grown so much right before our eyes, and we consider ourselves so lucky to have watched it all happen. We ended our last work cycle of the year watching Carole King’s rendition of Maurice Sendak’s Chicken Soup With Rice, which we have been reading and learning all year long!

The children were overjoyed to see all the drawings animated and were singing along to the words!

Thank you for a wonderful first year at FWM.

Have a wonderful summer,

Marissa & Sue

Mrs. Wilson: The Ending of a Beautiful Year!

As we reach the end of another year in our classroom, it’s a time for reflection and celebration. Watching your little ones explore and discover the world around them has been a true Montessori journey filled with wonder and growth.

Just like Maria Montessori envisioned, our time together has followed the natural rhythm of development, guided by the principle of “follow the child.” Each moment has been an opportunity for your child to engage with materials, follow their interests, and cultivate a love for learning that will last a lifetime.

We’ve seen their independence blossom, their concentration deepen, and their sense of belonging within our Montessori community strengthen. They’ve embraced challenges with courage and approached each new experience with a sense of wonder and curiosity.

As we prepare to say goodbye for now, let’s treasure the memories we’ve created together and honor the growth we’ve witnessed in each child. May the foundation laid in our Montessori classroom continue to nurture their natural love for learning and guide them on their journey of self-discovery.

Thank you for entrusting us with your child’s Montessori education. Wishing you all a summer filled with exploration, discovery, and joyful moments with your little ones

Much Love,

Cynthia and Sara

Mrs. Lopes: Whose Child Is This?

Continuing with a long-standing FWM tradition, our Kindergarten friends began working on their number rolls early in September and had the opportunity to unroll them on Wednesday.  It is always a much-anticipated event that brings great joy to everyone. Each year, several middle school students will stop by and say, “I remember doing this, and I still have my number roll!”

Thank you to all for the generous end of year class gift!  Mrs. Hema and I feel so grateful to have such a supportive and kind community in our classroom.

The end of each school year is always an emotional time filled with wonder and pride at all that we have accomplished and how much each child has grown. To our Kindergarten students, those moving on, and their families, we wish you all the success you have worked so hard for. You will always hold a special place in our hearts, and we sincerely hope you will keep in touch throughout the years. To our returning students and families, we can’t wait to hear all about your summer and to experience the 2024-25 school year together. We wish all of you a summer filled with peace, love, happiness, and the chance to make beautiful memories. Enjoy the time with your loved ones, and may you all have a chance to relax and enjoy a calmer time of year. Thank you for sharing your children with us, and thank you for all the behind-the-scenes help that made our year so much smoother!

We leave you with a poem that resonates deeply with us every single year.

Whose Child Is This?      

“Whose child is this?” I asked one day
Seeing a little one out at play.
“Mine,” said the parent with a tender smile.
“Mine to keep a little while
To bathe his hands and comb his hair
To tell him what he is to wear
To prepare him that he may always be good
And each day do the things he should.”

“Whose child is this?” I asked again
As the door opened and someone came in.
“Mine,” said the teacher with the same tender smile.
“Mine, to keep just for a little while
To teach him how to be gentle and kind
To train and direct his dear little mind
To help him live by every rule
And get the best he can from school.”

“Whose child is this?” I ask once more
Just as the little one entered the door.
“Ours,” said the parent and the teacher as they smiled
And each took the hand of the little child.
“Ours to love and train together
Ours this blessed task forever.”

–Author Unknown

With much love,

Amanda & Hema

Mrs. Sargeant: Summer is here!

I guess it’s true what they say, “Time flies when you’re having fun.” What an incredible school year we have had with your children. Thank you! We feel so lucky to have spent our days with such an incredible bunch of kids. They have kept us on our toes, made us laugh, and reminded us how fortunate we are to be a part of their first school experience. The transformation in toddlers is so amazing to witness during the course of the school year. 

It has been a busy week. The squirrels continue to eat from our birdfeeder. We witnessed what appeared to be a squirrel squabble over which squirrel was going to eat their lunch first. It is fun to watch the children’s reactions. Some children were concerned that the squirrels would take all the food from the birds. Others watched in awe, observing the squirrels’ every move. And others belly-laughed in delight as they observed. We really have so much fun!

We celebrated our friend Emma’s upcoming big move to Germany. The children learned that her family will take an airplane to their new home. We looked at photographs of Germany, and we ate pretzel bites (cupcakes, too). We told the children that when they miss their friends this summer, that they could draw pictures for them and ask their parents to send them, either by text, email, or mail. 

We also celebrated the last week of school by enjoying some orange cake pops that our friend Oscar so thoughtfully shared with all of us!

Another huge highlight of our week was that Margot became a big sister! We were all so thrilled to hear her news! Congratulations, and welcome to the world, sweet baby!

This is it, the last weekly update for this school year. Have a wonderful summer. Enjoy it because time really does fly! See you soon.

Peace & love, Christine & Lizette