Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Jan. 9, 2019
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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Apple studies 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 email@example.com.
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
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
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.
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!
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: www.woodinvillemontessori.org/calendar.
- Jan. 9
- ••BOT mtg., 7 p.m., BOT Mtg. Rm., Building 2, NC campus
- Jan. 10
- ••All kindergarten families, learn more about the Lower Elementary Program, 3:30-4:15 p.m., North Creek Building 1 Plaza. Please contact Admissions if you plan to attend, and if you will need child care. Complimentary child care is provided for children who are not signed up for Club House.
- ••Admissions Open House program for prospective families, 6-8 p.m., NC campus
- Jan. 11
- ••Registration closes for spring electives. From Brazilian movement and yoga to coding and making, there are a variety of fun after-school enrichment activities for your child. You can read the electives brochure here.
- ••Upper El field trip
- Jan. 12
- ••Woodinville campus-specific Admissions Open House, 10-11:30 a.m.
- ••Orienteering Winter League #5, Fort Steilacoom
- ••Boys 7th-9th-grade basketball, 12:30 p.m., Northshore YMCA main gym
- Jan. 14
- ••Secondary completion week begins
- Jan. 15
- ••Boys 7th-9th-grade basketball scrimmage away at Heritage Christian Academy, 19527 104th Ave. NE, Bothell, WA 98011
- Jan. 16
- ••Registration closes for Jan. 18 day camp
- Jan. 17
- ••Parent University—Positive Discipline workshop with Chip DeLorenzo, 4-6 p.m., Ginkgo classroom, Building 2, North Creek campus.
Open houses this week
On Jan. 10, from 6-8 p.m., please join us upstairs in Building 2, North Creek campus, for a student panel, questions and school tours. This is our final scheduled all-school open house for this admissions season.
On Jan. 12, from 10-11:30 a.m., visit the Woodinville campus to learn more about that campus and its programs from pre-K through K. Register here for a tour or open house, and help us spread the word!
Tech audit survey is still open
Woodinville Montessori School is working with a consultant, JB Fitzpatrick of BluFish, LLC, to help create a cohesive plan for our use of technology both in classrooms and in administration, and including hardware, software, connectivity and service. JB has drafted a survey as an aid to focus our efforts. Please help us by using the link below to take the survey. The survey should take less than 10 minutes; all responses go directly to the consultant. Please feel free to add comments at the end of the survey. We value your input, even if your knowledge of or interaction with the technology at WMS is limited.
Thank you in advance for your participation. Follow this link to the Tech audit survey.
Register for Jan. 17 Positive Discipline workshop
Save Thursday, Jan. 17, 4-6 p.m., Ginkgo classroom, Building 2, North Creek campus, for Chip DeLorenzo, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, Montessori educator and administrator, for a Positive Discipline for Montessori Parents workshop.
The workshop costs $10 for one person and $15 for two. Free child care for enrolled WMS students and siblings 3 years or older, and babies in arms are welcome.
Register to observe your child’s next program level
Here are the links to reserve your spot for a classroom observation:
Lower Elementary observation (for current kindergarteners)
Upper Elementary observation (for current third-graders)
Middle School observation (for current sixth-graders)
Questions? Please contact Director of Admissions Julie Schwarz.
Bowl & skate on Jan. 19
On Saturday, Jan. 19, from noon-3 p.m., the Family Alliance is organizing an informal family outing at the Lynnwood Bowl and Skate. Organize bowling groups and/or practice your roller skating. Bowling is $8.50 per person for use of a lane from noon-2 p.m., plus $4.50 shoe rental. Roller skating is $9 per person from noon-3 p.m. and includes skate rental. The Bowl and Skate has a cafe onsite with a full menu. We look forward to seeing you all there.
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.