Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Feb. 7, 2018
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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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
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.
WMS alum returns to intern at WMHS
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 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 email@example.com.—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
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.
- Show your tots that whining and arguing does not pay
- Put an end to misbehavior in public
- Smooth-out mornings and bedtimes
- Calm sibling bickering and battling
- Take the battle out of meal times, toothbrushing, bathing, etc.
- Make potty training fun
- Teach respect, responsibility and self-discipline
Come and join us to gain practical skills that you can put to use immediately. Register, and reserve child care, here.
A Spruce student works intently on a map of the United States.
FA treats teachers and staff to 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!
- Feb. 7
- Register now through Feb. 14 for Midwinter Break Camp
- Feb. 8
- Film screening, “Angst: Raising Awareness Around Anxiety,” Soundview School, free, 6-8 p.m. RSVP here. Woodinville Montessori School is co-sponsoring the screening with Soundview. “Angst” is a documentary that looks at anxiety, its causes and effects, and what we can do about it. Best for middle-school-aged students and up.
- Feb. 9
- NEW: Volunteer training, 9-10 a.m., Marissa Roecks’ office
- Feb. 16
- Kids’ Night Out, 5-9 p.m., Ginkgo
High school students tackle topic of injustice
WMHS Humanities students recently researched, and wrote essays on, some of the nation’s history of injustice due to racism, including lynching. You can read some of the essays, teacher Sharon Dunn’s introduction and even view the assignment on the Secondary site.
The racial injustice essays are the first in our new category of Deep Dives, longer pieces than you might usually find in a blog format.
Sign up for the WMS Talent Show by Feb. 16!
Student applications are due by Feb. 16 for the WMS Talent Show. The committee has changed the process a bit this year. Each act will submit an application and then they will be invited to the required progress check-ins, the dress rehearsal on May 29 and of course, the show on May 30. All ages and talents—singing, dancing, playing an instrument, telling jokes, etc.—are welcome and encouraged, whether you’re a solo or group act. Acts must be between 1-3 minutes long, no more than two acts total per entrant.
Turn in this Talent Show application by Feb. 16. Place the completed application in the box provided at the front desk of either campus. For more information, email Director of Auxiliary Programs Theresa Kirby.
A Week of Fun planned for EL Midwinter Break camp
Jump into a week of fun, Elementary Midwinter Break Campers! Tour Boehm’s Candy on Tuesday, discover a science day at Pacific Science Center on Wednesday, jump at Elevated Sports on Thursday, and finish the week off at Redmond School of Glass on Friday. Every day offers a different activity. Remember to dress for the weather and bring a sack lunch. Register on Camp Brain.
Basketball 7th-9th scrimmages coming up
Our 7th-9th-grade basketball teams will play scrimmages at Willows Prep on Feb. 14 (girls) and 13 (boys). It will be the second scrimmage for this girls team, as the YMCA League does not offer basketball for girls in these grades. The YMCA League schedules are here. They are subject to frequent change—check the schedules on Friday or Saturday to be up to date.
- Feb. 14—Enrollment-confirming deposits of $750 will be posted in ParentsWeb accounts.
- March 1—the Enrollment-confirming deposit is due. This deposit is nonrefundable.
- Feb. 28—Tuition Assistance Applications are due. A new FAST application for tuition assistance must be submitted each school year. Visit this page for the FAST button, and for more information about the tuition assistance process.
- April 1—the balance of first tuition payment is due. This is nonrefundable.
The total of the two nonrefundable payments above equals 10 percent of tuition.
Returning students—parents, simply submit your enrollment-confirming deposit (which is applied toward the April 1 tuition payment) before March 1 to secure your space for next year. No paperwork or forms are required! Any questions? Please contact Associate Admissions Directors Marissa Roecks or Julie Schwarz.
Staff change announcement
Kristin Kopp, previously morning Early Childhood Club House assistant and Pine classroom assistant, has left her position to focus on completion of her K-12 state teacher certification and a new career path in support of her interests. We wish Kristin the best in all her future endeavours—and she remains on our substitute assistant list for classroom coverage as needed.
Check lost and found before it is donated
The lost and found area in Building 1 at North Creek is overfull and overwhelming. Please check for your or your child’s items. Anything left at Midwinter Break will be donated.
Eat out, help out, Feb. 27
On Tuesday, (note new date) Feb. 27, The Commons in Woodinville will be donating 10% of proceeds made that day from WMS diners back to our school. Breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee and even takeout—it all counts! So mark your calendar, grab some of your fellow school families, and head to The Commons for food, community and fun. Eat out to help out!
Join Development Director Keri Sliger for coffee and conversation that morning at 9 a.m. Come ask questions about the WMS community, getting involved or just to say hello! Please contact Keri Sliger if you would like to join the 9 a.m. Commons coffee hour so she can ensure that a large enough space is reserved.
If you are planning to eat dinner there, reservations are strongly recommended, especially for groups of six or more.
- The Commons
- 14481 Woodinville-Redmond Road NE (Woodinville, 98072)
- Tuesday hours-8 a.m.-9 p.m.
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