Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Jan. 10, 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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Kindergarteners enjoy library time
By WMS Librarian Emily Schlieman
The virtue of the month for the Kindergarteners has been self-control, and we discussed this virtue during library time, and how it connects to peaceful reflection and asking big questions. We discussed that when we have a quiet body, our minds can explore and reflect on ourselves and the world. The story that illustrated this was “Why Am I Me?” by Paige Britt, which is a richly illustrated book with simple, yet profound dialogue inside the minds of two children on a big city subway. We took time on each page to explore the colorful images and take further meaning from how the words associated with all parts of the picture.
In asking the students questions, we broached topics such as the differences and similarities among all of us, constellations and empathy, which showed in the characters’ interest in the diverse people around them. I enjoyed hearing what the Kindergartners thought about the interesting image on the cover (where the two faces of our protagonists overlap in the middle), and their interaction with all the pages of “Why Am I Me?”.
Alums say WMHS prepared them for college
Alums Ivy MacDuff '17 and Emery Armentrout '17 were unequivocal: WMS prepared them for college classes and socialization, and the college advisory program guided and served them well. The grads, along with senior Anisha '18 and alum Kevin Snyder (who attended through junior high before WMHS was completed), talked on Jan. 3 about their experiences so far, college applications and preparation at WMHS.
“It helped how rigorous the classes were here,” Ivy said. Now a Willamette University freshman, she added, “A lot of classes feel very similar (to here), the class work didn't overwhelm me. It was a smooth transition to reach a very high level of rigour.”
Emery was surprised to find that one of the texts assigned for his first-year experience course at Trinity University in Texas was a book that they had already completed at WMHS.
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Continuous Enrollment begins soon
A Douglas Fir class student enjoys the elements on a rainy day.
- 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.
Remember, you must submit a new FAST application for tuition assistance each school year. 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.
BASKETBALL HAS BEGUN! Coach Jordan Listo talks with his 7th-9th grade players during the YMCA League’s first game last weekend. See the full schedules for all the teams.
Kids’ Night Out seeks parent volunteers
Almost every month, the middle and high school host Kids’ Night Out events, from 5-9 p.m., on a Friday. We have crafts, activities, a movie and snacks, and everyone always has a great time. Our next KNO is Jan. 26, and we are looking for two parent volunteers. Keep in mind that these hours do count as volunteer hours, which can be a good opportunity for parents looking for hours in the evening rather than during the work day. Interested parents should sign up through the volunteer portal. We sincerely hope to get the two needed volunteers, as unfortunately, if we do not, we will need to cancel this event.—Anisha
Introducing new Aspen class faculty
The week before break, Aspen class teacher Chun-Yi informed us of the need to step away from teaching for awhile to attend to family. As of Jan. 2, Jen Ward is lead teacher of Aspen in the morning, and Meg Venkatachalapathy is lead in the afternoon. The same Aspen assistants continue.
Jen (pictured in white sweater) is our Early Childhood floater teacher and she has subbed in Aspen several times recently. She took her Montessori Training at Hayward College in California and worked at Fountainhead Montessori in California for several years before moving to Washington state where she has continued to work as a floater or assistant. She is only available to work part-time.
Meg (pictured in turquoise shirt) is a parent here, and spent last summer working on the MEIPN Early Childhood training. She is a “Montessori kid” who grew up spending lots of time in her mother’s schools, including Marymoor Montessori. After spending several years following her university graduation in a position that arranged foster care for refugee and immigrant families, she decided to return to her Montessori roots. Meg will also continue in Apple in the morning, then finish the afternoon in Aspen.
New parent education opportunities
Our next series of workshops is “Parenting with Love and Logic,” by Julianne Lu, which will be held every Tuesday from Feb. 27-March 27, from 5-6:30 p.m., at the North Creek Campus, Bldg. 2 (19204 North Creek Parkway), upstairs in the Ginkgo classroom.
The programs are geared toward all ages, from preschool through teens. The cost for the whole series is $90 per person or $150 per couple, and we are offering free child care for children aged 3 & over while their parents attend the workshops. The series is open to the public.
When parents start Love and Logic early in their children’s lives, they dramatically up the odds that the teenage years will be fun instead of frantic. They also create kids who’ll begin school ready to learn, instead of ready to drive their teachers batty.
- Show your tots that whining and arguing does not pay
- Put an end to misbehavior in public
- Smooth-out mornings and bedtimes
- Calm sibling bickering and battling
- Take the battle out of meal times, tooth brushing, bathing, etc.
- Make potty training fun
- Teach respect, responsibility and self-discipline
Come and join us to gain practical skills that you can put to use immediately! Register, and reserve child care, here.
- Jan. 10, 2018
- •Registration closes for Jan. 12 camp. ELEMENTARY CAMP IS FULL; Toddler camp is canceled.
- •BOT mtg., 7 p.m.
- Jan. 11
- •K-12 program preview/open house, 6-8 p.m., NC
- Jan. 12
- •NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS--Faculty in-service day. Camp offered with prepaid reservations.
- •Kids’ Night Out registration for Jan. 26, opens
- Jan. 13
- Electives registration closes
- Jan. 15
- Martin Luther King Jr. Day holiday, SCHOOL CLOSED
- Jan. 16
- •Early Bird registration opens for Feb. 5 camp, and runs through Jan. 23
- •HS & MS Exams begin (note corrected date)
Who’s playing this weekend?
Keep up with WMS Winter Basketball! View all the game schedules here.
All-School Open House on Jan. 11
Our last program preview open house of this admissions season takes place from 6-8 p.m., Jan. 11. Come and hear from a student panel, visit program levels, ask questions and talk with teachers. The program begins in Building 2, North Creek, 19204 North Creek Parkway. Please register here. For more information, contact Admissions.
Next Teacher-Staff Appreciation Lunch is on Feb. 7
It’s almost time for the winter Teacher-Staff Appreciation luncheon! TSA luncheons are a wonderful opportunity for our community to say “thank you” to our hard-working faculty and staff. We will hold the winter luncheon on Wednesday, Feb. 7, at both campuses. If you would like to participate in this very popular (and much-appreciated) event, please contact TSA coordinators Farheen Fathima at Woodinville and Labiba Khan at North Creek, or look for details in upcoming Grapevine issues. A Signup Genius link for this event will be sent out on Jan. 29. Thank you!—Director of Development Keri Sliger
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.
Woodinville campus lunch service to stop
The week of Jan. 16 will be the last week for the Lunch Ladies to deliver lunch to the Woodinville campus, as the numbers of orders there are just too low.
Numbers of orders at the North Creek campus continue to rise. Please be sure to carefully select your classroom from the dropdown menu when you order. If you don’t, the order defaults to the Apple classroom, and lunch will be delivered to Woodinville. If you have not yet registered for Lunch Ladies, please refer back to your Grapevine email for the password.
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.
Heads up for “Angst” on Feb. 8
Save Feb. 8 to see “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety,” a movie that we have previously presented. This year it will be at Soundview School (more details to follow).
“Angst” is a documentary that looks at anxiety, its causes and effects, and what we can do about it. It features interviews with kids and young adults who suffer or have suffered from anxiety, and what they’ve learned. The film also includes experts charged with helping people manage their anxiety and those who focus on researching its causes and sociological effects, while offering tools and resources that provide hope. The project will explore a conversation about anxiety from a peer-to-peer standpoint that is intimate, honest and accessible.
Listen to Montessori webinars
Register for complimentary webinars: Have you been interested in learning more about Montessori and supporting Montessori education at home? If so, you might be interested in this series of Montessori Family Alliance webinars offered for free to our families.
Coming up on Jan. 16, at 10 a.m., is “Why Stay in Montessori: A Parent-to-Parent Chat.” Each of our families is entitled to one full access membership in the Montessori Family Alliance for one year. If you have not yet signed up for yours, please visit this link and follow the instructions. If you have any problem signing up, please contact Claire.
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.