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Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Jan. 10, 2018

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Kindergarteners enjoy library time

Why Am I Me?

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

Alum panel

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.


Continuous Enrollment begins soon

Tasting the rain

A Douglas Fir class student enjoys the elements on a rainy day.

Important dates:

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.

Any questions? Please contact Associate Admissions Directors Marissa Roecks or Julie Schwarz.

MS basketball

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

Meg VenkatachalapathyJen Ward

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.

Come and join us to gain practical skills that you can put to use immediately! Register, and reserve child care, here.