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Woodinville Montessori School Weekly Newsletter, Jan. 18, 2017

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Parents of adolescents, don't miss this special evening with Laura Kastner, Ph.D.

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.

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 read more about the talk, visit our website.

To register, please visit our Camp Brain portal, and look under PARENT ENGAGEMENT.

Visit and participate in our MS & HS programs, Jan. 25

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.


HOME-GROWN SNACK: Last week you saw the lettuce being harvested from the aquaponics lab, this week you see the beautiful fresh salad that Kitchen Manager Jessica Sealana made for snack.

Learn tips to manage your child's anxiety, Feb. 1 & 8

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.

Help plan gala at upcoming meetings

Spring Gala

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.

Does your Elementary pupil love to dance?

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 our volunteers!

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.

Do you have photos for the yearbook?

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.