The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Jan. 3, 2018

LEARN self-respect, compassion and commitment to community | GROW academically, socially, emotionally, creatively and intellectually | BECOME world citizens who have a voice and make a difference.

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Hear Laura Kastner on cultivating strengths in our children, Jan. 4

Laura Kastner, PhD

Thursday, Jan. 4, 7-8:30 p.m., at the North Creek campus, Bldg. 2, Ginkgo classroom (upstairs), WMS once again welcomes Laura Kastner, Ph.D., to talk about “Cultivating Lifelong Strengths in Our Children, for Your Child’s Health, Well-Being and Success.” Open to the public, admission is $10 per person, or $15 for two, and we are offering complimentary child care for children 3 years old and up. Register here.

Every parent wants success for their child, but figuring out what strength (or weakness) to focus on—and how—can be very challenging. Drawing on content from her five books on children and adolescents, her clinical practices and her teaching in child psychiatry at the UW, Dr. Kastner will focus on the parent’s role in enhancing the child’s success. Read more about her here.

2017-18 yearbook cover design chosen

Yearbook cover

Seventh-grader Meera K’s. design has been chosen for the cover of the 2017-2018 yearbook, shown in the photo back-to-front. This is the second year that we have asked for student art submissions for the cover, and we were excited to receive five unique and original designs, all of which will be included inside the yearbook. Thank you to all who submitted designs.

Yearbook ordering will begin on Jan. 31, and as in the past several years, all yearbook sales will be online.

Reminders about Continuous Enrollment for 2018-2019 school year

Enrolling a sibling? Apply now!

Important dates:

Remember, under the Continuous Enrollment Agreement, you will not need to submit yearly intent forms, parent commitment pledges or any enrollment contracts for next year.

If you are continuing your enrollment with WMS and have no changes to your EC program schedule, payment plan, tuition assistance or tuition insurance, you will not need to submit a survey.

Returning students—parents, simply submit your enrollment confirming deposit (applies to April 1 tuition payment) before March 1 to secure your space for next year.

Any questions? Please contact Associate Admissions Directors Marissa Roecks or Julie Schwarz.

Apply now for Tuition Assistance

Did you know that WMS awarded over $519,444 in outright grants for tuition assistance for this school year?

FAST applications for Tuition Assistance opened on Jan. 1. Visit this page for the FAST button, and for more information about the tuition assistance process.

Happy New Year from the Development Office

Maple class

A Maple class student carefully constructed this marvel in the week before Winter Break!

See some photos from the Douglas Fir class on the EC-level page.→

Reflecting on the culture of philanthropy here at WMS, I am overwhelmed with amazement and gratitude.

Amazement at the accomplishments made by our volunteers in all of 2017. Over 3,000 volunteer hours served (and logged) including five beautiful, delicious Teacher Staff Appreciation lunches served, one record-breaking Bollywood Gala & Auction held, over 100 new families welcomed and mentored by 17 Room Parents and 40-plus parent ambassadors, countless Reading Buddies hours logged, over $120,000 (and counting) raised in this fall’s Annual Giving campaign, led by 17 dedicated AG Room Representatives, six Family Alliance all-school events and festivals held, one new Lego® Robotics team started, numerous Early Childhood families and faculty working together to re-vamp the NC playground, and countless other acts of service completed everyday around our campuses.

Gratitude for our dedicated volunteers who make these generous contributions of time and talents regardless of challenging schedules, competing obligations and children to parent!

The world has indeed changed and lately it seems that every day we are confronted with disasters and violence. Helping to grow the seeds of compassion, contribution and philanthropy is not only an example of how the WMS community is actively living our mission, it is an example of how together we are all fully invested in our students and the people they will become. As we like to say, WMS students are prepared for college and prepared for life.

To all of you who made it happen, gave of yourselves, thank you. May 2018 bring to all health, peace, growth and JOY!—Warmly, Director of Development Keri Sliger

Want to learn more about contributing to WMS? Be sure to check out the Contribute section of the WMS website. End-of-year tax receipts for all donations made to WMS in 2017 will be sent in mid-January.