Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Feb. 14, 2018
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Upper El studies theater
Upper El students listen to an SCT instructor during a workshop exercise.
Seattle Children’s Theater visited the Cypress and Cedar classes on Tuesday to teach students more about theater and prepare them for seeing a performance of “The Little Prince” at the Children’s Theater on Wednesday. Activities encouraged careful observation, recall, listening and creative thinking, such as imagining alternate uses for simple everyday items (a colander as a helmet or hanging basket, for instance). See more photos of the workshops.→
Time to order yearbooks!
There is nothing like a printed, hard copy yearbook for your child’s WMS memories. Order your 2017-2018 yearbook from now through March 14. This year, seventh-grader Meera K. designed the cover. Shown here, back to front, it celebrates our 35th anniversary.
The book price has not gone up. The standard full-color, 64-page, saddle-bound book costs $33, and a personalized book costs $36. When the online sale ends, the standard yearbook price rises to $35. Personalization is only available during the online sale.
Personalization is one line of 29 characters, in foil. (The school name and year are already part of the yearbook cover design.)
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:
- Go to https://online-pay.memorybook.com/parent.
- Enter the pay code that was sent in the Grapevine letter, and that is also posted in ParentsWeb).
- The parent online pay page will appear. Confirm that it says Woodinville Montessori School, then choose:
- Grade: COMBOCLASS (to order for a grandparent, nanny, etc., choose OTHER; faculty and staff should choose STAFF)
- Teacher: (class name, such as Apple) (or OTHER or STAFF/FACULTY)
- Choose standard yearbook or personalized yearbook and follow the instructions.
- To order for more than one student, repeat these steps.
Please remember, especially if you are personalizing your yearbook, you are solely responsible for correctly entering and proofreading the order.
Parent volunteer Carli McSorley produces the yearbook. We also have some volunteer photographers helping out this year! For more information, contact Communications Director Claire Tuohy-Morgan.
Kids’ Night Out needs your help
Can you help chaperone for KNO? We’re seeking parents who can volunteer for Feb. 16. Without parent volunteers, the event may be canceled. 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.
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
Starts Feb. 27—Parenting With Love & Logic
Register, and reserve child care here for “Parenting with Love and Logic,” by Julianne Lu, every Tuesday, Feb. 27-March 27, 5-6:30 p.m., NC Campus, Bldg. 2 (19204 North Creek Parkway), Ginkgo classroom upstairs. Updated age range: for parents of toddlers through preschoolers; series price is $90 per person or $150 per couple. Free child care for children aged 3 & over while their parents attend the workshops. The series is open to the public.
Merit/STARS training is available up to 7.5 hours.
Show your love for WMS!
Happy Valentines week, a time of reflecting on all the things in our lives that bring us joy! If you have not made your Annual Giving contribution yet, it’s not too late. Annual Giving funds help support all the people and programs that you love at WMS. With 80% of WMS families having donated over $125,000 already, we are getting very close to reaching our goal of 100% participation, $150,000 raised. Please show your love for WMS and make your gift today! Make an online gift to WMS here.
Every gift matters. Double your giving power by applying for a donation match with your employer. Questions? Contact Director of Development Keri Sliger and thank you for bringing WMS so much joy!
Save May 4 for special gala
The WMS Spring Gala is coming, so be sure to mark your calendars and book your sitters for Friday, May 4. This is a grownup-only event and WMS will NOT be hosting a Kids’ Night Out this year. Read more about the gala preparation on the Family Alliance page.→
Eat out to 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), 425-892-7012, Tuesday hours-8 a.m.-9 p.m., www.thecommonscafe.com
Happy Valentine’s Day!
Spruce teacher Hillary Brestar shows some of her students how to make crowns of hearts. See more photos of Spruce’s Valentine’s Day festivities on the Lower El program page.→
- Feb. 14
- • Registration ends tonight for Midwinter Break Camp
- • Enrollment-confirming deposits of $750 will be posted in ParentsWeb accounts
- • Deadline to reserve your K-6th-grade child’s spot for Kids’ Night Out (KNO)
- Feb. 15
- • Development Committee mtg., 5:30 p.m.
- • BOT mtg., 7 p.m.
- Feb. 16
- • WMS Talent Show applications due to the front desk of either campus. For more information, email Director of Auxiliary Programs Theresa Kirby. The show is not until May 30.
- • For those with pre-registrations, Kids’ Night Out, 5-9 p.m., Ginkgo
- Feb. 19
- SCHOOL CLOSED FOR PRESIDENTS’ DAY HOLIDAY, no camp
- Feb. 20-23
- SCHOOL closed for Midwinter Break, camp available with prepaid reservations
See some photos of the girls seventh-through-ninth-grade basketball team in the gallery.→
Watch for child safety materials
Teachers will be providing parents with the “Parents’ Guide to Child Safety,” today and tomorrow. Please be alert and watch for it.
Toddler camp canceled
Due to lack of sign-ups, Midwinter Break Toddler Camp only is canceled.
Claim lost items by Friday
Claim your items from the North Creek campus lost-and-found area in Building 1 by this Friday, Feb. 16. Anything left will be donated next week.
Family Alliance sets big goals & welcomes you!Family Alliance now has its own Grapevine tab and page! Keep up with all the FA news and activities here.→
Register for summer camp.
See what fun your students aged 18 months through sixth-grade can have this summer during WMS Summer Camp. From swimmming, coding, baking, hiking and rockets for elementary, to learning about bears, dinosaurs and space and reading a favorite preschool author for EC, to all the joys of a toddler’s day, summer camp offers nine weeks of fun.
Beginning on June 26 and ending on Aug. 24, each camp week features a different theme so students have lots of variety.
Early Bird pricing ends on March 31.
Sign up for summer STEM week boot camp in ID Lab
Go to boot camp in the ID Lab! Are you interested in 3-D printing, Robotics or Circuits? Now is your opportunity to learn more. WMS students entering fifth through eighth grades, register now for this new boot camp, to be held Aug. 13-17, from 8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
Students will step into the WMS Innovation & Design Lab, with Bryce Aktepy, for a week of STEM. Each student will receive an introduction to the equipment and materials in the WMS ID Lab and learn how to safely operate each piece of equipment. Students will have the opportunity to expand their knowledge of 3-D printing, Robotics, Circuits, and much more, including a collaborative group project.
For more information, email Auxiliary Programs Director Theresa Kirby.
What to do in case of flu
We wanted to remind parents what to look for, and what to do if you suspect you or your child has the flu. The information provided here is from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).
Thank you for notifying us of the nature of your, or your child's, illness when reporting an absence. Please remember that we cannot give medical advice, and we encourage you to check with your own doctor if you have more questions about influenza.
- Feb. 14—Enrollment-confirming deposits of $750 will be posted in ParentsWeb accounts.
- Feb. 28—Tuition Assistance Applications are due. You must submit a new FAST application for tuition assistance each school year.
- March 1—the Enrollment-confirming deposit is due. This deposit is nonrefundable.
- 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.
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.
News from the Family Alliance is updated on the second week of each month during the school year.