The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Jan. 9, 2019

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Apple studies Africa

Studying Africa

A student in the Apple class identifies these animals that live in Africa. The class is studying the continent of Africa.

Read more and see more photos on the EC program page. The page also features an interesting curriculum piece about the Seven Senses from the January Pine class newsletter.→

Some staffing changes announced

From Head of School Sunita Pailoor

WMS families, I wanted to personally tell you about some changes in staffing at the Learning Lab and at the EC level.

We welcome Jianing Xu onboard as a substitute teacher for toddler and early childhood and program assistant in the afternoon Club House. Jianing is a WMS parent working on her early childhood certification through Lake Washington Institute of Technology. We are happy to have Jianing join our staff.

Annelise Grobler, who was a part-time learning lab support staff member, decided to accept a position at Evergreen Hospital. She will be missed. We are fortunate that alumna Kylie McElrath, who is currently a drama teacher and an auxiliary program assistant, decided to step into this position as it was in line with her future plans.

Hayley Ellis has also decided to leave her part-time Speech and Language Pathologist position here to focus on family. Hayley, fortunately for us, is still a committed parent and volunteer here at WMS.


New substitute teacher and program assistant Jianing Xu, and new Secondary art teacher Amy Camber.

Please contact me if you have any questions or concerns, at

In addition, we welcome Amy Camber, who has joined us as the middle and high school art teacher. Amy has a bachelor’s degree in studio art from Macalester College, and a master’s degree in art education from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago.

WMHS plays “Seuss Odyssey” on Jan. 23

Seuss Odyssey

Keep 6:30 p.m., Jan. 23, open for the WMHS drama class performance of “The SeussOdyssey,” acted out through puppets that the students have themselves created and learned to use.

Narrator 1 and 2 guide your literary journey, as Homer’s Odyssey is told in the style of Dr. Seuss. Hear the singing Cyclops (“Oh the sights you can spy with only one eye!”), watch the slaughter of the suitors acted out with puppets, and the sorceress Circe serve up crew members with a side of green eggs. Don Zolidis wrote the funny, fast-moving adaptation of the classic epic.

Tickets are available at the door (the Brightwater Center), and will cost $2 each or $5 for families. Children 3 and under are admitted free. Director Kylie McElrath notes that the play includes some “mild suggestiveness,” and is aimed at a PG-13 audience.

King County shows WMS how to go green

Go Green assembly

Lower El students represented different kinds of recyclables during a Jan. 4 King County “Go Green” assembly. The assembly promoted the “4 Rs—Rethink, Reduce, Reuse, Recycle.” See more inside.→

Students of Japanese try calligraphy


High School Japanese 1 students learned some calligraphy last week.

“I really liked the calligraphy project because it offered a unique insight into Japanese culture and history,” one student said.

Read more of their comments and see more photos on the Secondary site.→

High School Voices: read what they write

High School Voices features a new piece this week.

Read a short story by Zach, “Of Nobler Ways,” at this direct link.

And read and see so much more here.→

WMHS grads talk college with MS/HS


Ivy, May, Anisha and Emery answer questions from students on Jan. 3.

By College Counselor Jill O’Keefe

What a treat to hear from our group of WMHS graduates!

Alumni Emery Armentrout ‘17, Anisha Chutani ‘18, Ivy MacDuff ‘17 and May Hong ‘18 joined the high school and eighth-grade students last week to give some peer-to-peer insights into college life and college admissions, as well as their transition from our small community to a large academic environment.

After the student chat, parents also dropped in to hear from our panel.

The conversation topics ranged from academic issues, surviving the dining hall, the campus social scene and of course, living with a roommate. The quote of the day goes to Emery, who shared with us his observation that “college is not a sit-com” when discussing his positive experiences living with a roommate. Thank you to all our alumni for taking time from winter break and studies to spend an afternoon with us!

See more photos inside.→

Calendar reminder

Please remember that school will be held on Jan. 11 and Jan. 14.

On Jan. 18, there is NO SCHOOL due to a faculty in-service day. Camp is offered with prepaid reservations.

On Jan. 21, there is NO SCHOOL, NO CAMP and SCHOOL IS CLOSED for the Martin Luther King Day holiday.

The most up-to-date school calendar is here: