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Woodinville Montessori School Weekly Newsletter, Jan. 4, 2017

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Understanding DNA structure

HS biology class

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.→

The whole senior class has been accepted to college

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.

Open House

Final all-school Open House of year on Saturday, Jan. 7

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!”

Continuous Enrollment is here

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.

Favorite family event Crocs 'n' Crafts is on Jan. 11

Crocs and Crafts 2015FA

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

The Spring Gala is on its way!

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

Lost and Found announcement: Please claim your items from the North Creek Lost and Found. Anything remaining by Jan. 12 will be boxed up and donated.