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Woodinville Montessori School Weekly Newsletter, Jan. 11, 2017

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WMS basketball begins its first season

Upper El girls basketball

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.

Orienteering teams are off and running

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.

Don't miss the Positive Discipline workshop on Jan. 13

Register for the Positive Discipline workshop with Chip DeLorenzo on Jan. 13.

Registration is open on our Camp Brain portallook 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.

Laura Kastner Ph.D., talks about Wise-Minded Parenting of adolescents on Jan. 24

Laura Kastner

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.

Student helpers harvest first crop from aquaponics lab

Lettuce harvest

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.

See more photos of the lab in the photo gallery

Spring Gala

Gala procurement to begin

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.