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A third-year student reads aloud to several captivated Fig pupils.
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 are 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.
Be sure to check your mailboxes, and return the agreements at your earliest convenience. 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
February is a short month and we do not think it prudent to release students for an additional day to make up conferences. Teachers have been compensated for the conference day and have been given permission to schedule conference make-ups in the way that works best with their own schedules and plans over the next two-and-a-half weeks. You should have received a new schedule from classroom teachers.
We realize this means that some of you who have multiple children will be less likely to have the convenience of fitting all conferences into the same day. It also means, that depending on the scheduled time, there may not be free child care available during your conference. Maybe next year the weather will cooperate?—WMS Head of School Mary Schneider
The Juniper class went to the Burke Museum on a field trip at the end of January. They had a chance to learn about all kinds of different features of the natural world. The Maple classroom cooked and learned about Lunar New Year last week. See more photos in this week's gallery→
Next Thursday, Feb. 16 is a favorite day of the school year, as we welcome Grandparents & Special Friends to visit EC and Lower El classrooms, and then to the Science Fair for Upper El & Secondary students.
Your EC child's teacher either already has, or will soon be, notifying you about the time for your child's guests to visit. Lower Elementary classes will welcome guests between 1:30-2:30 p.m. The Science Fair will be set up in the EL Club House in Bldg. 2, North Creek, for viewing between 1:15-2:45 p.m. More details to come.
Tour ID lab and aquaponics while you're here on Feb. 16. We're also excited to open the Innovation Design Lab and the aquaponics lab for tours and demonstrations during the Science Fair & Grandparents' & Special Friend's Day.
Volunteers needed on that day: two volunteers for the Woodinville campus and three to four volunteers for the North Creek campus, to help guide visitors and answer questions. Please sign up on MyVolunteerPage.
We are pleased to announce a schoolwide Talent Show, June 13, 6 p.m., at the Woodinville Alliance Church (across from our Woodinville campus). Any WMS student or teacher is eligible to present a song or talent under 5 minutes long. Details for online signup to be announced.
There are two different audition dates: Thursday, March 9, right after school (3:30-4:30 p.m.) in the EL Club House, and Friday, March 24, from 3:30-6 p.m. All interested performers must plan to perform at one of these two auditions. Auditions will be by appointment—arrive quietly 10 minutes prior to audition, and plan to leave promptly afterward. We will help students go to and from afterschool care in Bldg. 1.
A grand piano is available, and performing individuals and groups are encouraged to start right away.
Students are required to attend the two rehearsal sessions in order to perform. These rehearsals will be on Thursday, April 27, from 3:30-5:30 p.m., and Friday, May 19, from 3:30-5:30 p.m. At rehearsals, students will receive suggestions for focusing and polishing their performances, to receive final approval for a top-quality experience!
The required Dress Rehearsal (in costume, or dress as you will on June 13) will be on Monday, June 12, 4:30-6:30 p.m., at the Woodinville Alliance Church. For more information, contact Dee Sales.
We are excited about this Talent Show—please come be a part of it this year!—Talent Show Committee—Dee Sales, Theresa Kirby and Jillian Dickson
Online yearbook ordering closes on Feb. 28. Personalization is only available in this online sale.
Please remember that you are solely responsible for correctly entering and proofreading the order.
Order during the online sale to save on a standard yearbook: the online prices have not gone up for the past two years. When the online sale ends, the standard yearbook price rises to $35.
For more information, contact Communications Director Claire Tuohy-Morgan.
Both the Upper El girls (10-8) and the Upper El boys (39-30) won their basketball games last Saturday.
After our first WMS Open Space this morning, we are even more eager to invite you—WMS parents, guardians, staff, whomever is available—to come to the North Creek campus for coffee and conversation on Wednesday mornings. Feel free to drop in to the Elementary Club House Conference Room anytime between 8:45 (or drop-off time) until 10 a.m. We don't have an agenda, and you can talk about anything. This will be a way to get better acquainted, support each other and talk about things that matter to you.
One question was how best to talk to your child about race. This link from Brightly, “How to talk to kids about race”, offers books and resources that may help. You may also want to watch “The Double-Edged Sword,” a TEDx talk video by Derrik Gay, Ph.D., an internationally recognized consultant on diversity, inclusion and global citizenship. And finally this week, from KING5, “If my parents only knew what it's like to be bullied in 2017”.
If there is a time for WMS Open Space that would work better for our community, please let us know. Thank you to the parents we met this morning!
Register for Midwinter Break camp by Feb. 15. Midwinter Break camp runs from Tuesday, Feb. 21 through Friday, Feb. 24. (Monday, Feb. 20, is the Presidents' Day holiday, when both campuses are closed.)
Come see the future of organic agriculture at the aquaponics facility at WMS. Tours offered Wednesday morning after drop off by Thom Walker of Northwest Aquaponix. Meet Dorothy Chien, the lead volunteer at the front desk. The plants and fish are waiting. For more information, contact Dorothy Chien.
Thank you to all of our volunteers for the week of Jan. 29-Feb. 4: Sarah Kennedy and Run Yang, Library support; Maggie Larimer-Atkins, Friday Helper; Dorothy Chien, Jamie Holland and Jessie Conley, aquaponics program; Vijaya Nirmala, for Math Corrections; Elizabeth Canning, Lisa Flannery and Susan Keller for correcting vocabulary; Rachel Mekanik, Reading Parent; Charanya Srinivisan, White Board updating, NC; Padmavathy Bhamidipati, Art Project Helper; Debra Ridling, for assembling and labeling Music Together packets; and Mahek Chhugani, Namrata Bhardwaj and Paula Ruedebusch, for bringing items to class.
Parent volunteer yearbook producer Carli McSorley is seeking photos of WMS students and activities for the annual yearbook. If you would like to provide some photos, you may bring in a thumb drive, email them or send a link to an online gallery. To do so, or for more information, contact Communications Director Claire Tuohy-Morgan.
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.