Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Jan. 23, 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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WMHS performs “SeussOdyssey” on Jan. 23
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.
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.
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.
Upper Elementary practices recorder pieces
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
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.→
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com.—Director of Development Keri Sliger
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.
- Jan. 23
- •“The SeussOdyssey,” 6:30 p.m., Brightwater Center
- Jan. 24
- •NO PIZZA today (Secondary intersession)
- •For families of third-graders: UE level chat with Sunita, 3:30-4:15 p.m., Cypress classroom.
- Jan. 25
- •Early Bird registration closes for Feb. 8 camp
- •Kids’ Night Out with prepaid reservation, 5-9 p.m., Ginkgo, Building 2, NC
- •Semester ends
- Jan. 26
- •Orienteering Winter League #6, Fort Ebey State Park
- •Boys basketball, 11:30 a.m., Northshore YMCA main gym
- Jan. 28
- •Woodinville campus Coffee with Sunita, 2:45 p.m.
- •Last day to order pizza for third quarter
- •Secondary third quarter begins
- •Spring after-school electives begin
- Jan. 29
- •Early Bird registration opens, mid-winter break camp
- Jan. 30
- •North Creek Coffee with Sunita, 8:30-9:30 a.m.
- •Housewarming for new WMHS space, 3-4 p.m.
- Jan. 31
- •Admissions applications due
- •Yearbook online sales open
- •Parent University, Toddler Positive Discipline, 6-7:15 p.m.
Third-quarter pizza orders close Jan. 28
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.
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.
Sign up to help with TSA luncheon on Feb. 5
WMS Families, our second Teacher and Staff Appreciation (TSA) Luncheon of the year is right around the corner! The theme is “International Cuisine and Family Recipes” and it will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 5, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. If you would like to participate in this very popular (and much appreciated) event, please use the Sign-Up Genius link applicable to your child’s classroom provided below. There are more details included in the links below.
North Creek campus sign-ups are filled—thank you!
Thank you for your help in making this event successful!—Teacher Staff Appreciation Committee
Register to observe your child’s next program level
Here are the links to reserve your spot for a classroom observation:
Lower Elementary observation (for current kindergarteners)
Upper Elementary observation (for current third-graders)
Middle School observation (for current sixth-graders)
Questions? Please contact Director of Admissions Julie Schwarz.
Enrollment change form helps us plan
Current parents, if you are considering withdrawing, or have decided to withdraw, your student from WMS at the end of the 2018-2019 school year, please respond with this form. It will help us plan for the coming school year.
Please also use this form to notify us of any requests to change your child’s EC schedule. If you have any questions about the change notification, please contact Admissions Director Julie Schwarz.
Apply to perform at the WMS Talent Show
The date is still TBA, but the WMS Talent Show will be here before we know it, and applications to perform are due by 5 p.m., Feb. 1. WMS students aged 4 years old and up, it’s time to get your act together. We’ll announce the performance date as soon as we have it.For more information, contact Theresa Kirby.
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.