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
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
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!
- Jan. 12—Letter from the Head of School and the Board President that explains any changes to tuition amounts and gives you a link to an online survey where you can communicate any changes in your enrollment status or payment plan.
- Jan. 31—Change Survey responses due
- Feb. 14—Enrollment confirming deposits of $750 posted in ParentsWeb accounts.
- Feb. 28—Tuition Assistance Applications due.
- March 1—Enrollment confirming deposits due.
- April 1—Balance of first tuition payment due.
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.
Apply now for Tuition Assistance
Did you know that WMS awarded over $519,444 in outright grants for tuition assistance for this school year?
- To families with annual household incomes within the range of $15,000-$225,000.
- Grants ranged from $1,500-$19,400.
- Grants averaged $8,900.
- These grants paid anywhere from 9%-94% of a student’s annual tuition.
- On average, the grants paid 59% of a student’s tuition.
- 17.6% of students received awards.
- 62 students received awards.
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
A Maple class student carefully constructed this marvel in the week before Winter Break!
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.
- Jan. 3, 2018
- •Early Bird registration closes for Jan. 12 Camp
- Jan. 4
- •Full price registration for Jan. 12 camp (through Jan. 10)
- •Laura Kastner, PhD, “Cultivating Lifelong Strengths in Our Children,” North Creek, Bldg. 2 (two-storey building northwest of main building), 7-8:30 p.m.
- Jan. 8
- •Secondary exams begin
- Jan. 9
- •Family Alliance mtg., 9 a.m., NC Bldg. 2, EL Club House Conference Rm.
- •Secondary-level program preview/open house, 9-11 a.m., Bldg. 2, NC
- Jan. 10
- •Registration closes for Jan. 12 camp
- •BOT mtg., 7 p.m.
- Jan. 11
- •K-12 program preview/open house, 6-8 p.m., NC
Open houses Jan. 9 & 11
Both programs begin in Building 2, North Creek, 19204 North Creek Parkway. For more information, contact Admissions.
Alums talk to students and parents about college
Thank you to alums Ivy MacDuff '17, Emery Armentrout '17 and Kevin Snyder (who attended through junior high before WMHS was completed), and senior Anisha Chutani '18. The three alums, now in college, and Anisha, now going through the application process, spent over an hour talking about their experiences so far, college applications and preparation at WMHS today (Jan. 3). College counselor Jill O'Keefe facilitated the Q & A for students and families who were able to attend. We hope to repeat this session with our alums each year. We’ll have pictures and a write-up in next week’s Grapevine.
Annual report now posted
If you’ve been waiting to read it, the WMS Annual Report for 2016-2017 is now posted on our website as a PDF magazine. Families will also be receiving printed copies of the report. If you have any questions about it, please contact Director of Development Keri Sliger.
Register for electives now
Registration for spring electives is open now through Jan. 13 (an extension from the original calendar date) on CampBrain. Please note that some electives such as Elementary Drawing, Soccer Club, Chess Wizards and Coding With Kids, are already full—registration is first-come first served. You may view the brochures here. Spring electives begin on Jan. 29.
Lunch Ladies now serving WMS/WMHS
The new school lunch program, Lunch Ladies Catering, is up and running, with 30 lunch orders for the North Creek campus today, a good start. Please remember that we will need to have a minimum registration of 20 families at Woodinville to sustain the program at that campus.
Order lunches for January 2018. Lunches are offered Monday through Wednesday, for $4.65 plus tax. There are a variety of hot and cold items each day, a large size of any of the items for an additional $1.25, and a la carte items such as extra fruit, cookies, brownies, water and juice for an additional $1. Order each week, month or day by 8 p.m. for the next day. For more information, contact Lunch Ladies Catering at 425-444-9573 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Check out the new home page video!
We have updated the home page video with some new footage. We hope that you will take a few moments to view it, and to enjoy what our 2017 graduates had to say about WMS.
Welcome to the Grapevine newsletter. The Grapevine is published every Wednesday afternoon during regular school weeks. We welcome your submissions of photos and articles that are about or directly relevant to WMS students, subject to approval by the Director of Communications and Marketing. All submissions are due by 4:30 p.m., Mondays. We do not accept advertising.