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Woodinville Montessori School Weekly Newsletter, Feb. 1, 2017

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Happy Lunar New Year!

A pair of Upper El students help Kitchen Manager (aka creative mastermind) Jessica Sealana decorate the entrance hall of Building 1 at North Creek for Lunar New Year.

See more photos in this week's photo gallery.→

Continuous Enrollment Packets in mailboxes on Feb. 8

As you know, WMS is adopting a single-time, continuous enrollment agreement this year. On Feb. 8, each family will receive its Continuous Enrollment Agreement and Parent Commitment Pledge that will serve as your agreement throughout the rest of your student's tenure at WMS.

Enrollment agreements will be due (corrected date) Feb. 17, with a 10% tuition deposit due on or before April 1 for Secondary and Elementary students. A 10% tuition deposit is due on or before May 1 for Early Childhood and Toddler students. Tuition Assistance FAST applications are due Feb. 28. You can apply for Tuition Assistance on the Tuition Assistance page of the WMS website.

If your plans for the 2017-2018 school year do not include WMS, or if you are a current Early Childhood family wanting to increase your schedule, please contact Director of Admissions Keri Sliger.

We are pleased to be able to provide this easy, seamless process for you and your family to continue your rich, unique Montessori education at WMS.—Keri Sliger

Upper El concert

Upper Elementary students perform

Upper El students play their recorders in Monday afternoon's concert. Thank you to all the parents and families who attended.

Online sales underway for 2016-2017 yearbook


Order your 2016-2017 WMS student yearbook online now through Feb. 28. A standard yearbook costs $33, and a personalized yearbook costs $36.50. Personalization is only available during this online sale. When the online sale ends, the standard yearbook price rises to $35.

Personalization is one line of 29 characters, in silver foil. (The school name and year are already part of the yearbook cover design.)

This year, the full-color printed book features a beautiful hardbound cover (back, spine and front shown in the photo) designed by two of our Ginkgo students, Amelia and Katrina. Parent volunteer Carli McSorley produces the yearbook.

We aim to include every WMS student in at least two photos. Each class, from Toddler through High School, will have two dedicated pages, including class photo, student photos and class candids. The book will also include activities, faculty/staff photos and more. Stop by the front desk to see a copy of last year's book.

How to order your yearbook:

Please remember, especially if you are personalizing your yearbook, you are solely responsible for correctly entering and proofreading the order.

For more information, contact Communications Director Claire Tuohy-Morgan.

Plan your date night—next Kids' Night Out is Feb. 17!

Kids' Night Out (KNO) is a one of the ways that Secondary students raise money for their trips. The next KNO is on Feb. 17. All take place in Ginkgo from 6-10 p.m. (except for April 28, which lasts from 4:30-11 p.m. so that parents may attend the Spring Gala). Middle and High School students, one staff member and two parent chaperones supervise.

Children should eat dinner before they arrive, because only a snack is served. KNO costs $20 for the first child, $10 for the second child and $7 for each subsequent child. Children must be toilet-trained, but otherwise children aged EC to Upper El are welcome.

Each KNO is organized around a theme, such as winter, superheroes, the ocean or space, with activities and a movie. The first two hours feature themed activities and crafts, such as musical chairs, fake snowball fights, coloring or face paint. They serve a snack such as carrot sticks, crackers, cheesesticks and juice, at about 8 p.m. For the final two hours they watch a movie fitting the theme, such as “The Incredibles,” “The Lego Movie” or “Finding Nemo.” Signup sheets will be available at the front desks.

Thank you to our volunteers!

Thank you to all of our volunteers for the week of Jan. 21-28: Sarah Kennedy, Brianne Morello and Run Yang, Library support; Jacuelene Makus, Friday Helper; Dorothy Chien and Paula Ruedebusch, aquaponics program; Vijaya Nirmala, for Math Corrections; Elizabeth Canning, Lisa Flannery, Susan Keller and Merril Lundgren for correcting vocabulary; Rachel Mekanik, Reading Parent; Charanya Srinivisan, White Board updating, NC; Amber Russell, Cooking Project Helper; and Charisse Campos and Jillian Dickson, for assisting with Admissions tours.