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Some of the members of the WMS girls' fourth-sixth-grade basketball team on Saturday.—Photo courtesy of Carol Harshaw
Parents, players and coaches are happy after the first-ever appearances by the Woodinville Montessori School Upper Elementary basketball teams. In their debut games at the Northshore YMCA on Saturday, the fifth-sixth-grade boys' team lost a squeaker 28-32. The girls won both games, 20-12 and 20-10.
“They did so great,” says WMS athletics director Theresa Kirby. “They were all amazing! It's so exciting to be a part of the first-ever basketball teams at WMS!”
Come to a basketball game and cheer them on! You can find the schedule here.
After five meets, Annika M. '21 currently leads the School League Junior Varsity Girls Orienteering standings, while Zoe S. '23 is in third place, and the WMS JV Girls Team is second so far. In the Middle School Boys season standings, Victor J. '22 is in fourth place. The WMS boys team is in ninth place in the MS division.
The JV Girls Team won the JV division at the Winter Series School League meet in Steilacoom on Jan. 7, thanks to Zoe's individual second-place and Annika's fourth-place finish. Combining Victor's fourth-place finish with Nicholas J. '22's time, the WMS Middle School Boys Team came in 10th.
WMS traditionally fields very competitive teams in the Washington Interscholastic Orienteering League, winning a championship a few years ago. The season runs from Oct. 22 through Feb. 18, with three more meets this season. To learn more about the School League, visit this page.
Register for the Positive Discipline workshop with Chip DeLorenzo on Jan. 13.
Registration is open on our Camp Brain portal—look under Parent Engagement. Running from 6-8 p.m., the workshop will cost $10 per parent or $15 per couple, to help defray the cost of presenting this speaker. You can read more about it here.
Raising a happy and successful teenager is a challenge for any parent, even the most patient and wisest among us. Parenting adolescents requires all sorts of skills that few of us naturally possess.
Laura Kastner, Ph.D., shares her insights in a workshop hosted by Woodinville Montessori School, “Wise-Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials For Raising Successful Tweens And Teens,” 7-9 p.m., Jan. 24, at the Woodinville Alliance Church, 13940 NE 166th St., Woodinville. Tickets are $20 per person or $30 per couple, to help defray costs.
In this workshop you'll learn how to tap your “wise mind” to calmly navigate even the stormiest of parenting moments. You'll learn how to preserve your loving relationship while encouraging progress towards the seven essentials of happy, healthy teens: Secure attachment to parents, Self-control, Academic success, Social thriving, Emotional flourishing, Strong character, Physical health.
With humor, wisdom and a deep understanding of the teenaged brain, Dr. Kastner, author of “Getting to Calm: Cool-Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens and Teens,” provides clear and useful tools for parents, giving them effective new ways to manage their own emotions in the heat of the moment with their teen while maintaining (and even gaining) closeness.
To register, please visit our Camp Brain portal, and look under PARENT ENGAGEMENT.
Two WMS pupils helped Northwest Aquaponix owner Thom Walker harvest the first crop from our budding aquaponics lab. The five heads of lettuce will be available for our Kitchen Manager Jessica Sealana to use for snack for students and/or for staff.
Thank you to parent Dorothy Chien for assuming the role of lead volunteer. She is now working with Thom to create an instruction manual for volunteers. The manual will include feeding the fish, checking pH levels and troubleshooting.
The Gala Committee will begin seeking sponsorships and procurements for this year's event, set for April 28, at the Inglewood Golf Club, Kenmore. If you are eager to sponsor the gala, to donate an auction item or to begin collecting those sponsorships and donations, you will find the forms you need on our website.
Some ideas include vacation homes, condos, cabins, weekend resort or hotel stays; Northwest getaways; sports memorabilia and tickets; theater, symphony or ballet tickets; private tours of wineries, museums or cultural attractions; and fine wines. For more information, contact Darcy Hardy.
Save Saturday, Jan. 14, for the High School drama class's production of Arthur Miller's “The Crucible,” at 7 p.m. at Leota Jr. High School. A note for parents: this serious play does contain some language inappropriate for younger viewers.
Please claim your items from the North Creek Lost and Found. Anything remaining by Jan. 12 will be boxed up and donated.
The Gala Committee seeks up to 12 pupils between the ages of 6-12 years to learn a Bollywood dance on Thursdays, Feb 16-April 27, 3:30-4:30 p.m., in the North Creek Plaza. The capstone will be performing at the Spring Gala on April 28. There is no direct fee for the class, as a parent has volunteered to teach it; however, there will be a costume charge of about $30 (we will provide a link for you to directly purchase the costume). Please contact Darcy Hardy if your child is interested.
Thank you, indispensable volunteers: Jim Lundgren, for rotating the framed artwork between classrooms at both the campuses; Vijaya Nirmalak, for Math Corrections; Elizabeth Canning, Lisa Flannery and Susan Keller for correcting vocabulary; Jaquelene Makus, Friday Helper; Rachel Mekanik, Reading Parent; Bina Walker, Art Project Helper; and Jillian Dickson, for assisting with tours.
Thank you for bringing your generous spirits, welcoming smiles and thorough understanding of the WMS culture to the Jan. 7 Open House. Your participation was imperative in making the event both informative and inspiring for our many prospective families.
Parent volunteers: Jenifer Alyazdi, Brittney Cyr, Sabrina Moss, Jessica Roybal, Nathan Sniadecki and Carolina Elmufdi, Jianing Xu, David Blatner and Debbie Carlson, Jade Coolidge, Darcy Hardy, Jessica Lund, Jim and Merril Lundgren and Dawn Simpson.
Student panelists: Guen L., third grade; Adi M-S., third grade; Meera K., sixth grade; Ava L., fifth grade; River R., sixth grade; Valentina M., fifth grade; Kenna S., sixth grade; and Z., eighth grade.
Are you interested in becoming a Parent Ambassador or assisting with Admissions tours and events? Please contact Director of Admissions Keri Sliger.—Keri Sliger
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.