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Woodinville Montessori High School biology students study the structure of DNA, as they collaborate on building models of strands of DNA. See more photos from the class on the Secondary page.→
We are thrilled to congratulate all three of our high school seniors, Emery, Isabel and Ivy, who have all been accepted to colleges of their choices and who have all been offered academic scholarships of at least $25,000 per year! And they are still waiting to hear from a couple of colleges.
Be sure to register now for the final Open House of the year set for Jan. 7, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Come hear from students, parents and faculty on how WMS inspires deep learning, preparing students ages 18 months to 18 years for college and for life. Open House is a great experience for both prospective and current families looking at the next program level, so be sure to invite your friends and neighbors! Volunteers are still needed for this event. Find details on MyVolunteerPage.
We are also hosting a school-day preview of the Secondary Program on Jan. 25. This special event is designed for both parents and students to observe and participate, followed by coffee and conversation with Secondary Program Director Sunita Pailoor. Please email WMS Director of Admissions Keri Sliger to RSVP.
Sixth-year parents, your students will visit the Middle School soon—please look for details from your classroom teachers. And have you seen what's next in Montessori? Max and Naoko Koh, parents of Tane, Hemi, Troy and Brett were impressed by what they experienced while observing a WMHS class.
“Sharon Dunn is spoken of very highly within and outside the WMS community so we came to observe her High School Humanities class with a somewhat elevated expectation—or anticipation perhaps—although admittedly we didn't really know what to expect. We were simply blown away by the quality and depth of the classroom work and kept mentioning to each other how we wish we had had anything remotely resembling the class in our high school or even college education. What amazed us was the level of the students' intelligence and imagining. Seeing restless high schoolers magically transforming into these critical thinkers left us puzzled and electrified at the same time. It was inspirational!”
Did you hear the news? WMS is adopting a single-time, continual enrollment agreement. This change will benefit both families and staff, making it easier for families to continue their academic journeys and greatly reducing the time required to reissue agreements every year.
Please refer to the letter sent from Admissions Director Keri Sliger on Dec. 15 for the full announcement. Additional details will be sent in mid-January.
The annual family favorite, Crocs 'n' Crafts, takes place next Wednesday, Jan. 11, 5-7 p.m., at North Creek, Building 2, Club House.
The Family Alliance coordinates a fun evening of crafts (geared toward EC ages) and a special show by Son of Reptile Man designed to bring together students and parents for an extra-special evening of learning and play!
The Family Alliance needs volunteers for that day to help set up; help with crafts; and to clean up afterward. If you can help, please sign up on MyVolunteerPage.
—Photo from the 2015 event courtesy of Adam Brehm
Amazingly enough, it is time to start seriously planning for the WMS Spring Gala, which will be held on Friday, April 28, 2017. This is a volunteer-heavy event and is the largest and most well-attended school event of the year. It consists of a formal theme dinner, entertainment and an auction at the Inglewood Golf Club in Kenmore.
In addition to items and services donated by families at WMS, the auction includes special events that you can bid on to do with your child's teacher. Many of the auction items are available for bidding online in the weeks prior to the Gala, while some are only available for bidding at the Gala itself. For instance, EC parents can purchase items online that go directly into EC students' classrooms.
One of the primary fundraising vehicles for the school, proceeds go toward teacher and educational program enrichment. A Fund-A-Need, (also known as “Raise-the-Paddle”) is also part of the auction and these funds are restricted to the highest need(s) identified by the WMS administration and faculty.
Two years ago these funds helped build the new playground at the Bothell campus, and purchased new outdoor building blocks and water tables for the Woodinville campus. This year's Fund-A-Need will include additional enhancements to the Innovation & Design Lab (IDL), including teacher grants to incorporate more IDL offerings into their curriculum, as well as supporting the WMS commitment to environmental sustainability and green initiatives.
This year's Gala theme is “Bollywood,” which means you can break out your formal Indian wear! The Gala committee is actively looking for volunteers, especially volunteers who have knowledge of Bollywood movies and can help with planning the menu, the music and the decor.
This is one of the largest events of the year for volunteers and an easy way for families to earn their volunteer hours! Volunteer opportunities can be found on the school website, under the Contribute tab.—Stacy Tucker, FA Communications
Visit the tabs above for more photos and news. In the photo gallery, see five different interpretions of Vincent Van Gogh's “Starry Night.”
Save Saturday, Jan. 14, for the High School drama class's production of Arthur Miller's “The Crucible,” at 7 p.m. at Leota Jr. High School. A note for parents: this serious play does contain some language inappropriate for younger viewers.
Register for the Positive Discipline workshop with Chip DeLorenzo on Jan. 13.
Registration is open on our Camp Brain portal—look under Parent Engagement. Running from 6-8 p.m., the workshop will cost $10 per parent or $15 per couple, to help defray the cost of presenting this speaker. You can read more about it here.
Sign up for Dr. Laura Kastner's Jan. 24 workshop on tweens and teens.
Raising a happy and successful teenager is a challenge for any parent, even the most patient and wisest among us. Parenting adolescents requires all sorts of skills that few of us naturally possess.Laura Kastner, Ph.D., shares her insights in a workshop hosted by Woodinville Montessori School, “Wise-Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials For Raising Successful Tweens And Teens,” 7-9 p.m., Jan. 24, at the Woodinville Alliance Church, 13940 NE 166th St., Woodinville. Tickets are $20 per person or $30 per couple, to help defray costs.
In this workshop you'll learn how to tap your “wise mind” to calmly navigate even the stormiest of parenting moments. You'll learn how to preserve your loving relationship while encouraging progress towards the seven essentials of happy, healthy teens: Secure attachment to parents, Self-control, Academic success, Social thriving, Emotional flourishing, Strong character, Physical health.
With humor, wisdom and a deep understanding of the teenaged brain, Dr. Kastner, author of “Getting to Calm: Cool-Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens and Teens,” provides clear and useful tools for parents, giving them effective new ways to manage their own emotions in the heat of the moment with their teen while maintaining (and even gaining) closeness.
To register, please visit our Camp Brain portal, and look under PARENT ENGAGEMENT.
Welcome to Rupa Bhattacharjee, who joined us on Jan. 3, as a Program Assistant in the Douglas Fir class at North Creek.
Our Upper El basketball teams start playing games this Saturday, Jan. 7. Download the grades four through six schedule here.
Before Winter Break we notified NC parents of a possible case of mumps. We have learned that the State Health Dept. test results came back negative for mumps.
Also, please be aware that the flu is going around, and keep an eye out for symptoms.
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.