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Woodinville Montessori School Weekly Newsletter, Feb. 8, 2017

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Reading to Toddlers

Reading gathers a crowd of toddlers

A third-year student reads aloud to several captivated Fig pupils.

Watch for your Continuous Enrollment Packets in mailboxes today, 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 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

Teachers will set up conference make-up appointments

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

In this week's photo gallery

Lunar New YearJuniper field trip

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

Save Feb. 16 for the Science Fair & Grandparents' & Special Friend's Day

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.

Start practicing—first audition for schoolwide Talent Show is set for March 9

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

How to order your 2016-2017 yearbook


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.