Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Jan. 30, 2019
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Junior sees Washington’s Legislature at work
By WMHS College Counselor Jill O’Keefe
A WMHS junior inspired her peers to become engaged in government Friday as she shared her experiences as a Washington State Senate Page.
The Senate Page program is a selective program available to teens ages 14-16 who are interested in serving the state Legislature and experiencing state government up close.
Celebrate the Lunar New Year with WMS!
Celebrate: the Family Alliance hosts a Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday, Feb. 2, from 1-3 p.m., at the North Creek campus, moved to the new high school space, suite 250, upstairs on the north end of Building 2.
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.
Carp windsocks culminate Asian art studies
The Spruce class wrapped up its Asian art studies by creating colorful carp windsocks in the tradition of Japan’s Children’s Day. Read more on the Lower Elementary program page.→
Interlude during intersession
Snowshoeing at Gold Creek Pond was a highlight of last week’s Middle School intersession activities. Here, a student takes a few quiet moments to herself.
Intersession—formerly Immersion Week—gives the Secondary students opportunities to try some different learning experiences between quarters. The Middle and High School began third quarter on Jan. 28.
See more intersession photos inside.→
—Snowshoeing photos courtesy of Max Koh
Monitoring the region’s measles outbreak
WMS is monitoring the measles outbreak in Western Washington. If any measles cases have been identified in our area we will work with and follow Public Health advice and regulations. As per state law (included in our Parent Handbook, page 43), “In case of an outbreak of a vaccine-preventable disease in the school, we will be required to exclude all unimmunized children…”
If you have any questions or concerns, please consult your doctor. WMS cannot provide medical advice. Several online resources provide more information on measles:
- Public Health—King County’s Measles website, has posted measles fact sheets, in several different languages.
- The health department has also published this page on measles in child care facilities and schools
- WA Department of Health Measles Outbreak 2019
- CDC Pink book—Measles
Completed in the Pine classroom
Fencing demo piques student interest
The High School students were enthralled by a fencing demonstration at school on Friday.
WMHS explores various ideas for new elective offerings. Learning that a fencing school is opening a Bothell branch, we invited an instructor to visit.
The students learned a little fencing history and philosophy, and enjoyed watching one of their classmates try his hand at it.
- Jan. 31
- •Third-quarter pizza delivery begins. Ordering is closed for this quarter.
- •Admissions applications due
- •Yearbook online sales open
- •Parent University, Toddler Positive Discipline, 6-7:15 p.m.
- Feb. 1
- •WMS Spirit Pop-up shop, NC building 1 main lobby, before and after school (see below)
- Feb. 2
- •Lunar New Year Festival, sponsored by the Family Alliance, 1-3 p.m., in the future high school space, suite 250, Building 2, NC campus
- •Boys 7th-9th-grade basketball game, 4 p.m., Meridian Park Elementary School
- Feb. 5
- •Early Bird registration for mid-winter break camp closes
- •Elementary Progress reports go home
- •Teacher-Staff Appreciation luncheon, 11 a.m., both campuses
- Feb. 6
- •Registration for Feb. 8 camp closes
- Feb. 7
- •Basketball scrimmage
- •Family Alliance meeting CANCELED
- Feb. 8
- •NO SCHOOL, Conference Day, camp offered with prepaid reservation
Sign-ups for WMS Talent Show due by Feb. 14
Don’t forget that applications to perform in the 2019 WMS Talent Show are due by 5 p.m., Thursday, Feb. 14.
WMS students aged 4 years old and up, are eligible to perform. For more information, contact Theresa Kirby.
Help furnish WMHS’s new home
The High School seeks donations of furniture and used household items to help furnish their new home.
“Items we need are couches, comfy armchairs, coffee tables, bookcases, office furniture, cutlery, plates, cups and bowls,” says Secondary Program Director Carter McCoy.
For more information on donations, email Carter.
FA treats staff to luncheon on Feb. 5
The Family Alliance treats faculty and staff to lunch on Tuesday, Feb. 5, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. in the Art Plaza in Bldg. 1, North Creek, and in each of the WV building kitchens. Theme: International Cuisine and Family Recipes.
Teachers and staff are welcome to bring their own plates or containers to cut down on waste, and leftovers will be packed and available to take home after 3 p.m. the day of the luncheon, as well as the morning after the luncheon, in the kitchen that serves their building.
No February FA meeting
The Feb. 7 Family Alliance general assembly meeting is canceled, “But we hope to see members at the next scheduled meeting,” the leadership team says.
Yearbook sales open Jan. 31
Online sales of WMS yearbooks will begin on Jan. 31. Look for an email with ordering link and passcode tomorrow (Jan. 31) afternoon. The price will be $35 for a standard yearbook, and $38.50 for personalization and icons. As always, personalization will only be available for online orders.
Please contact Claire, Director of Communications and Marketing, with any questions.
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.
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.