Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Jan. 17, 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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Middle School mastering quadrilaterals
Ginkgo geometry students have been working to master the concept of quadrilaterals, studying their forms and possibilities by creating them from a variety of materials. Here the students create similar quadrilaterals on the carpet with tape to learn about similarity transformations and scale factor; last week they made quadrilateral cookies. See photos of both activities in the photo gallery.→
Upper El hallways transformed into aquariums, forests and mountains
As the wolf howls, you can see the yellow eyes of its pack peering from the darkness of the den behind it.
The Upper Elementary classes are studying zoology and botany this school year, and as they integrate science with art and other subjects, the hallways leading to and past their classrooms have become passages through biomes.
Students have learned about some of the different types of invertebrates and their body systems. Working with a partner, they made diagrams about one type of invertebrate (such as mollusks or protozoa) with a few facts about how they function as a life form, to go with a piece of art where they constructed a creature of the type they studied. Now those 3-D projects are on the walls.
The students entitled the main hallway “Hydraqua Passage.” It is covered in dark blue paper to evoke the feeling of walking through two aquariums, and jellyfish made of paper plates and yarn hang from the ceilings. As you pass through the hall the biomes transition, with the walls framed by trees, and lined with leaves, savannahs, grasses and mountains made of tissue paper. And there is more to come—soon more papier maché animals such as this wolf will inhabit the open spaces.
EC student creates booklet for library
By Douglas Fir Teacher Ally Noble
After completing the “Parts of the Leaf” nomenclature card work, a pre-k student extended her work to make a book naming each part of the leaf. After completing the book, she said: “I wonder if I can put this book in the library so everyone can read about the leaf?”
I acknowledged her thoughtfulness in wanting to share what she learned and her hard work and told her she could put her book in our reading corner.
“No, not in here,” she said, “In the big library (pointing down the hall). For everyone to read.”
We walked down to the library with her book and she explained her idea to Emily, the librarian. Emily helped her make her idea into a plan. The student’s book, “Parts of the Leaf,” is now barcoded and on the school’s library shelf, available for checkout. You can find it in the student author section, next to the paperback picture books, on the back wall, bottom right.
Social Committee invites families to meet up at Elevated Sportz on Jan. 21
The Family Alliance Social Committee has organized an informal get-together for all WMS students at Elevated Sportz, 18311 Bothell Everett Hwy, suite 140, Bothell WA 98012, between 3-5 p.m. on Sunday, Jan. 21. Families will pay their own admission fees: $14 for 60 minutes or $24 for 2 hours for the trampolines alone, and $2 more if you include the kids’ climbing structures. There are climbing structures for toddlers to age 8, and the trampolines are open to anyone over age 3. Trampoline users must have bare feet or grip socks, and climbers must have socks or grip socks. There is also an optional laser maze available, and a full menu in the snack bar area. For more information, visit www.elevatedsportz.com.
Juniper enjoys its sweet reward
The Juniper class enjoyed a Menchies party last Thursday as a reward for reaching 100 percent participation in the Annual Giving campaign. Congratulations, Juniper, and thank you, Juniper families!
Learn to Parent With Love and Logic
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, toothbrushing, 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. 17
- •Early Bird registration for the Feb. 5 camp runs through Jan. 23
- Jan. 20
- Keep up with WMS winter basketball! View all the game schedules here.
- Jan. 22
- Secondary Cycle 2 Immersion Week begins
- Jan. 24
- Full price registration for Feb. 5 camp, now through Jan. 31
Learn ways for Finding Hope in Troubled Times
Register before Jan. 19 to get the early bird price of $80 for Finding Hope in Troubled Times, a workshop for parents and educators. The Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest (MEIPN) presents Kate Davies, MA, on Feb. 3, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., at Bastyr University. Now, more than ever, maintaining hope for the future is an essential task for everyone who cares for children. This workshop will explore how to find and foster a realistic, meaningful and grounded sense of hope for ourselves and for the next generation. The ticket price includes lunch. (The price goes up to $95 after Jan. 19.)
Order the spiritwear that you want, when you want
Now you can show your school pride in new official WMS and WMHS spiritwear. The online store for high school gear is at www.fieldhouse.com/WMHS, and the online Woodinville Montessori School store is at www.fieldhouse.com/wms. Each store is accessible from the other’s page.
These on-demand stores offer a wide variety of clothing items and accessories embroidered with our logos. While the item may be displayed in navy, orange or green, many are available in different colors—look for the colored swatches on the righthand side. You will choose the item that you want, choose from the color options and choose your logo option. You will order directly from that website and pay them directly, and they will ship your order to your address.
These are not fundraisers for WMS—just a way for our families to order the logo gear that you want, when you want it.
Art Walk—save Jan. 25
The annual all-school Art Walk is set for 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 25, at North Creek. Be sure to save the date!
Next TSA Lunch is 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
Continuous Enrollment reminders
- 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.
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.
Woodinville campus lunch service ends
This was the last week for the Lunch Ladies to deliver lunch to the Woodinville campus, as the numbers of orders there are just too low.
Save Feb. 8 for “Angst”
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.
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.