The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Feb. 7, 2018

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College skills

College success takes soft skills

A WMHS senior explains a slide in a presentation to the high school on Tuesday.

As part of the college guidance program, College Counselor Jill O’Keefe asks the students to identify the “soft” skills they have that should help them succeed in college. This senior was the first to make her presentation to her schoolmates. She spoke about her positive self-concept, a realistic self-assessment (which included areas in which she could improve), her community service, long-term goals, skills to overcome adversity/discrimination and her extracurricular knowledge.

Upper El sings, dances and plays at annual performance

UE music

Music specialist Cece Leavitt directs her singers during the Upper El music performance last Thursday. In addition to the singers, the drum and recorder students demonstrated what they have learned under the direction of music specialist André Thomas.

See more photos in the gallery.→

WMS alum returns to intern at WMHS

Alum and faculty

The high school had a special guest working with them in January, a former WMS student. We’re happy to include this piece from her in the Grapevine.

Hello, my name is Yula and I was an intern at the High School for three weeks in the beginning of January to learn what teachers do, to help me in deciding what I want to do in my future job.

Some may remember me from years ago. I attended WMS from second to sixth grade, after which we left heading back to Germany. I am now in 11th grade attending a school in Germany, which is called Herderschule Gießen. In Germany there are two mandatory internships each having to last at least two weeks. One in ninth grade, where I looked into the job of an orthopedic doctor, and the second one in 11th grade. We are supposed to learn about future job possibilities and help us decide in which field we want to work.

During my time at the High School I followed Sharon Dunn to her classes, Humanities, and learning the responsibilities a teacher has. I had the opportunity to hold a lesson on the topic of World War One, which I presented to the ninth and 10th-grade students. Teaching Montessori seems to be much more demanding but also more rewarding than teaching at a public school.

I am thankful for the chance to do this internship and have learned a lot from this experience, which I will take with me for the future and will help choose my future career path.

Save May 4 for this extra special gala

Save the date for the gala

Save-the-date postcards for the WMS Spring gala hit mailboxes this week. Be sure to check your mail and mark your calendars for Friday, May 4. This year’s gala will be extra special as we celebrate our 35th anniversary and pay tribute to the arts and our Montessori and Italian roots. The gala is an evening, adult-only event, held at the Inglewood Golf Club, so please reserve your babysitters now.

Amidst the fun, friends and food, there will be an exciting live auction and a short program, including a Raise-the-Paddle for tuition assistance. There will also be a special silent auction featuring the highly sought-after classroom art pieces.

Watch for weekly announcements highlighting exciting auction items, tips on how and why to attend the gala, and much more. You can also visit the WMS Spring Gala web page for details as we go along.

Volunteers are still needed. If you would like to help, please email us at—Sincerely, Gina Schirer & Darcy Hardy, WMS Spring Gala Co-Chairs

Can you help with Kids’ Night Out on Feb. 16?

Can you help chaperone for KNO? We’re seeking parents who can volunteer for Feb. 16. Without parent volunteers, the event may be cancelled. If you would like to help chaperone, please email Jillian or sign up on Better Impact.

Please register by Wednesday, Feb. 14, on CampBrain to reserve your K-6th-grade child’s spot for Kids’ Night Out (KNO), Feb. 16, 5-9 p.m., in the Gingko classroom at the North Creek campus, upstairs in the building where Elementary Club House is located. Pizza can be purchased for dinner; each slice costs $3. Registration is limited, as we can no longer accommodate drop-ins. Payment will be accepted at the beginning or at the end of the event; the cost is $20 for the first child, $10 for the second, and $7 for any after that. All proceeds go to fund the Secondary’s end-of-the-year trips.

Every month, our dedicated Middle School and High School students plan, host and staff Kids’ Night Out, along with parent volunteers and WMS staff members as chaperones. We’ll have various activities, like coloring, face painting and more! The theme for this month’s event is “Space” and we’ll be playing “Wall-E” rated G. All students must have parent permission to watch the movie. Apple juice, crackers and carrots will be provided for snack, as well as popcorn during the movie.

If you would prefer that your child not see a movie, please indicate that during the registration on CampBrain and we will make sure they are in a separate room to talk, color or play games. All who attend must be age 5 or older.—Jared M. and Daniel B., Ginkgo

Learn to parent with Love and Logic

Julianne LuLove and Logic

Our next series of workshops is “Parenting with Love and Logic,” by Julianne Lu, which will be held every Tuesday from Feb. 27-March 27, from 5-6:30 p.m., at the North Creek Campus, Bldg. 2 (19204 North Creek Parkway), upstairs in the Ginkgo classroom.

The programs are geared toward all ages, from preschool through teens. The cost for the whole series is $90 per person or $150 per couple, and we are offering free child care for children aged 3 & over while their parents attend the workshops. The series is open to the public.

When parents start Love and Logic early in their children’s lives, they dramatically up the odds that the teenage years will be fun instead of frantic. They also create kids who’ll begin school ready to learn, instead of ready to drive their teachers batty.

Come and join us to gain practical skills that you can put to use immediately. Register, and reserve child care, here.

Map work

Map skills

A Spruce student works intently on a map of the United States.

FA treats teachers and staff to lunch

TSA lunchTSA lunch

Thank you to our dedicated Family Alliance and wonderful parents who treated us to international and family favorites dishes. Teacher-Staff Appreciation lunches were held at both the Woodinville campus (shown here) and the North Creek campus. We truly appreciate you!