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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.
On Jan. 24, Woodinville Montessori School presents Laura Kastner, Ph.D., in “Wise-Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials For Raising Successful Tweens And Teens.” The lecture is scheduled for 7-9 p.m, at the Woodinville Alliance Church, 13940 NE 166th St., Woodinville. Tickets are $20 per person or $30 per couple, to help defray costs.
To register, please visit our Camp Brain portal, and look under PARENT ENGAGEMENT.
If your student is moving up next year, or if you have friends with Secondary students seeking a new school, contact Admissions Director Keri Sliger to reserve your spot for our HS/MS Preview Open House, 9-11:30 a.m., Wednesday, Jan. 25. This morning session is a great way to observe and participate in actual classes, then have coffee with Secondary Program Director Sunita Pailoor. Come see the program that is impressing visitors and preparing students for college.
This Parent Engagement workshop with Joanna Thome Patten, Psy.D., is for parents of children of all ages; $15 per adult/$20 per couple for the two-day workshop, to help defray the cost of the speaker fee; NC2, Ginkgo Classroom, 7-8:30 p.m. Register in Camp Brain. We will offer complimentary child care.
Back by popular demand, Dr. Patten will present current information on childhood anxiety. She is a pediatric psychologist at Seattle Children's Hospital and also has a small practice in Woodinville. These workshops will help you learn about symptoms of childhood anxiety and some specific strategies for anxiety management. The workshops will include presentation, small group discussion and several interactive activities.
The Gala Committee invites you to attend planning meetings. The next meetings are set for Friday, Jan. 20 and Friday, Feb. 3, 9-10 a.m., in the Elementary Club House Conference Room in Building 2, North Creek campus.
The committee is 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.
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 to all of our volunteers for the week of Jan. 8-14: Vijaya Badya, for Math Corrections; Elizabeth Canning, Lisa Flannery, Susan Keller and Meg Morgan for correcting vocabulary; Rachel Mekanik, Reading Parent; Charanya Srinivisan, White Board updating, NC; Darcy Hardy for Crocs & Crafts; and Jillian Dickson and Jade Coolidge, for assisting with Admissions tours.
Parent volunteer yearbook producer Carli McSorley is seeking photos of WMS students and activities for the annual yearbook. If you would like to provide some photos, you may bring in a thumb drive, email them or send a link to an online gallery. To do so, or for more information, contact Communications Director Claire Tuohy-Morgan.
Kids Night Out, a fundraiser for the Secondary students' trips, is this Friday, Jan. 20. Signup sheets are posted at the front desks of both campuses. The cost is $20 for the first child, $10 for the second child and $7 for the third child. Please see the signup sheets for more details. Secondary Student Business plans and operates the KNO evenings.
Sign up for the Feb. 6 day camp by Jan. 23 and get the Early Bird discount. Feb. 6 is Conference Day, and there are no classes.
Registration is also open for Midwinter Break camp, which runs from Tuesday, Feb. 21 through Friday, Feb. 24. Auxiliary Program Director Theresa Kirby plans an active week for Elementary campers, including bowling and Elevation Sports.
Congratulations to the High School drama class and director Kaitlyn McElrath, who staged an outstanding production of Arthur Miller's “The Crucible,” last Saturday night. From the imaginative set to the remarkable acting, the performance earned rave reviews.
The final day to claim items from the North Creek lost-and-found is now Feb. 6. If you have lost something, please look for it now, and when you come to conferences on Feb. 6.
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.