The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Jan. 23, 2019

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WMHS performs “SeussOdyssey” on Jan. 23

Seuss Odyssey

Upper El watched dress rehearsal

See photos from this morning’s dress rehearsal on the Secondary site. →

At 6:30 p.m., Jan. 23, see the WMHS drama class present “The SeussOdyssey,” with 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.

Student of Month

Chamber honors senior as Student of Month

Congratulations to senior Nancy, who was named the Woodinville Chamber of Commerce Student of the Month for Woodinville Montessori High School. She received her award at a luncheon at Chateau Ste. Michele on Jan. 17.

KNO sign-up closes Jan. 24!

Haven't signed up for Kids’ Night Out? No worries, you can register through 5 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 24. KNO offers child-sitting, pizza, activities and a movie this Friday, Jan. 25, 5-9 p.m., Ginkgo, Building 2, NC. KNO is open only to WMS students kindergarten-age or up. Students must be preregistered; we cannot accept drop-ins.

Typing Club

Third-years begin Typing Club

A Magnolia student works on a keyboarding lesson during Typing Club in the tech lab, a new activity for third-year students.

See another photo on the LE program page.→

Upper Elementary practices recorder pieces

Recorder class

Upper El students play under the direction of André Thomas in recorder class in December.

Read about the class on the UE page.→

Freshman builds an interactive Gulag

Interactive gulag

Ninth-grader Daniel last week presented his interactive Gulag, modeled in 3-D using Unity. His classmates were able to join his program and move about. (As the photos are optimized to show the screens, the students aren't very clear.) See more photos inside.→

Doug Fir

An EC student shows off the “orange jelly fungus” growing on playground logs.

Overheard on the playground: 5-year-old: “Look at the jelly fungus, it’s growing bigger!”
4-year-old: “I know, but look at these little ones. They’re going to die; people are walking on them.”
5-year-old: “Why? Touch it!”
4-year-old: “You have to be gentle, it’s delicate!”

Students take turns touching the “orange jelly fungus” and then run off down the playground.—Douglas Fir Teacher Ally Noble

BOT seeking new Trustees

Have you ever been curious about the WMS Board of Trustees? The Board of Trustees actively promotes and supports the school’s mission. Trustees are knowledgeable about the school’s vision, mission and strategic initiatives. Trustees are not involved in management, personnel or curricular issues. The Board has five working committees: Committee on Trustees (HR), Fund Development, Strategic Planning, Finance and Audit.

We are now recruiting new Trustees who will work in support of our strategic initiatives and mission. We seek candidates with expertise in fundraising/development, finance, facilities management, construction planning, strategic planning, human resources or law. We especially seek people with business acumen and high-level strategic thinking skills. Trustees typically serve for one to two three-year terms. If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact Melanie Hassler at

We have a screening and interview process to match your skills with our needs, and we would love to hear from you!—Melanie Hassler, WMS BOT Secretary

Save May 4 for Gala 2019

WMS Gala & Auction 2019, Saturday, May 4, 6:30 p.m., Columbia Winery, Woodinville

Gala season has officially arrived and there will be lots of exciting details to share each week, as well as many opportunities to get involved and join the fun! Wanting to ensure that you don’t miss a single detail, the Gala Committee will be sending out a newsletter and important updates each Thursday. Please be sure to look for your weekly Gala newsletter as well as following the fun on all of WMS’s social media pages.

On Jan. 24, the first edition will be shared, be sure to check your in-box. Currently the Gala Committee is seeking Live Auction donations, committee and day-of volunteers, and sponsors to help cover the cost of the event, allowing for all funds raised to directly support our school.

Questions? Want to learn more? Contact Gala Co-Chairs Gena Schirer and Alex Lafontaine at—Director of Development Keri Sliger

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.