The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Jan. 16, 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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Meet the Woodinville Montessori Ravens!

Raven basketball

Meet the WMS Ravens! The boys seventh-ninth-grade basketball team is the first of our sports teams to wear the name.

The raven is a very fitting mascot for WMS for several reasons. Among the smartest of birds, ravens are adept thinkers and problem-solvers—just like Montessori students, and North Creek is a favorite roosting area for their smaller cousins, the crows, who flock here in the evenings.

We’ll unveil the mascot logo for spring athletics. Watch the Ravens in Northshore YMCA League play every Saturday, as well as scrimmaging with Heritage Christian on various weekdays, shown on the calendar.

See more basketball photos inside.→

WMHS plays “SeussOdyssey” on Jan. 23

Seuss Odyssey

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.

Douglas Fir studies families and diversity

Family work

From the January Douglas Fir newsletter, Ally Noble

A Douglas Fir student composes a family group.

We are all part of a family. Families are configured in different ways with many factors affecting them, and no one structure is better than another. All types of families love and care for each other. It has been very sweet to see the children’s organic responses to the family photos that are hanging in the classroom…More on the EC program page.→

Kindergarten Library Time

By WMS Librarian Emily Schlieman

This month for Kindergarten Library Time, we talked about December’s virtue, self-control, which looks like peaceful, quiet bodies and allows for meaningful thoughts or reflection. To illustrate this, I read the book, “Why Am I Me?” by Paige Britt, which delves into self-reflection and follows two independent characters whose paths intersect beautifully at the end.

The students showed a true appreciation of the unique artwork in the book, pointing out small pieces of newsprint covered by thick, colorful brush strokes on each page and giving meaning to splatters of paint they noticed. When asked their favorite part of the book, the almost unanimous answer was, “The newspaper!” but there was also a thoughtful comment of appreciation for all of the “inspiration” from reading and looking closely at “Why Am I Me?”.

You’re invited to see WMHS’s new home

All WMS parents are invited to an informal “Housewarming Party” for the new High School space, on Wednesday, Jan. 30, from 3-4 p.m. Stop by, drop in, check out the space and have a snack and beverage. Both Secondary Director Carter McCoy and Head of School Sunita Pailoor will be there to talk about the space and future plans for it.

“We would also like to ask the community for furniture and used household items to help us furnish our new home,” Carter says. “Items we need are couches, comfy armchairs, coffee tables, bookcases, office furniture, cutlery, plates, cups and bowls.”

For more information on donations, email Carter.

MS students show immigration stories

Immigration projects

Middle School students’ culminating immigration projects were built upon interviews with family members to learn as much as possible about their personal immigration and emigration stories. More on the Secondary site.—High School Humanities teacher Sharon Dunn

Forensics project: “Dollhouses of Death”

Maybe the name is grim, but the Dollhouse of Death project culminates the first semester science elective, a course in forensics for 9th-12th-graders.

More on the Secondary siteHigh School Humanities teacher Sharon Dunn.

Take the night off on Jan. 25

Hello Parents! Our next Kid’s Night Out (KNO) is coming up on Jan. 25. KNO is only open to WMS students, and students who are in kindergarten or higher will be eligible to attend. We cannot accept drop-ins.

Kid’s Night Out is held on one Friday night nearly every month. Upper school students created KNO in order to raise money for our end-of-year trip. The upcoming KNO will be Safari-themed and will run from 5-9 p.m. Activities and games will be provided, including balloon animals being made for children, and face paint. We will be watching “Madagascar,” which is rated PG, and “The Lion King,” a G-rated movie for younger children. You can sign up on Camp Brain from Jan. 14-23. The fee for KNO is $22 for the first child, $15 for the second, and $9 per additional child. For dinner, pizza will be offered at $3 a slice. We look forward to seeing you on the 25th!—Coco McLeod and Meera Kohli, KNO managers

Lunar New Year

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with WMS!

Save the date: the Family Alliance hosts a Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 1-3 p.m. (please note that this is a different date and time than originally on the school calendar), at the North Creek campus Club House. Activities for the whole family include calligraphy, traditional art work, tea culture, making dumplings, finger food for purchase, traditional instrumental performance and a photo booth. Sign up to volunteer at the link included in your Grapevine email.

Place third-quarter pizza orders now

Order third-quarter pizza lunches through Jan. 28. Pizza may be ordered for Elementary through High School students.

These orders run from Jan. 31 through March 28. A change this quarter: please write your child’s name, classroom and “pizza” in the memo line of your check.

Please remember: there is NO PIZZA ON JAN. 24, which is during the Secondary intersession.