Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Feb. 26, 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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Senior is National Merit Finalist
Congratulations to senior Anisha Chutani, who has been named a National Merit Scholarship Finalist! She is Woodinville Montessori High School’s first Finalist. She received her Certificate of Merit at a special presentation before the high school and middle school on Feb. 16. Read more about it on the Secondary site.
WMS prepares for HOS transition, hires next Secondary director
Sunita Pailoor and Mary Schneider are preparing for the Head of School transition set for July 1. Watch for information to come on celebrations for Mary.
As we announced on Feb. 16, after 35 years of founding, growing, guiding and leading Woodinville Montessori School, Mary Schneider is stepping down as Head of School on June 30.
“For many of us, Mary has been not only the head of school, but also the history, vision and voice of this wonderful school community,” said President of the Board of Trustees Kim Shaffer. “I am happy to say that she is leaving WMS in wonderful shape with so many exciting possibilities for the next 35 years.”
The board unanimously voted to promote Associate Head of School and long-time WMS teacher Sunita Pailoor, to head of school starting on July 1. Sunita has also been the Director of the Secondary Program since 2016.
Now we are excited to announce that we have hired an experienced Montessori-credentialed Secondary teacher, Carter McCoy, to become our next director of middle and high school. He holds two bachelor's degrees, one in political science and one in history from the College of Charleston. He earned a Master of International Relations and Asian Politics from the University of Queensland, a Montessori Teaching Credential for ages 12-18 and a Master of Education in Montessori Integrative Learning from Endicott College.
Carter has Northwest roots, and is happy to be moving back to the Northwest, and excited at the prospect of supporting the growth of Montessori Secondary. He starts work July 1.
For seven years he was part of the leadership and teaching team that established and grew the Alsion Montessori Middle and High School in California. Before discovering Montessori he served as an instructor at Camp Nor’Wester, as Coordinator of Outdoor Education and Maritime Instructor at the Ocean Institute in Dana Pt., Calif., and as program director for the Junior Statesmen Foundation in California.
Mary noted that she will miss being a part of the school’s promising future.
“I am so grateful to have spent these 35 years pursuing work that I simply love, while constantly being challenged to learn and do new things,” she said. “Sunita’s knowledge and her commitment to our school mission and vision is a major element in my decision to do this. Her understanding of what it takes to create and support quality, authentic, full-age-spectrum Montessori programs is rare. It gives me comfort and confidence that the work we have started will continue in the same direction.”
You can read the full announcement letters from Mary and Kim here.
Time to order a yearbook
Order your 2017-2018 yearbook from now through March 14. Place all orders online. Enter the school pay code that is noted in the weekly Grapevine announcement email, and posted under Announcements in ParentsWeb.
The standard full-color, 64-page, saddle-bound book still costs $33, and a personalized (one line of 29 characters, in foil) book costs $36. After the online sale, the standard yearbook price rises to $35. Personalization is only available during the online sale. If ordering personalization, remember the school name and year are already part of the yearbook cover design.
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.
Save May 4 for 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.→
EC campers roll out the dough
An Early Childhood camper takes his turn at rolling out pizza dough. On one day of EC Midwinter Break Camp the children made pizza under Dolly’s direction.
Physics and philosophy at WMHS
Studying transverse waves
Senior physics students built a wave out of duct tape, gummy bears and wooden skewers. They used the wave to study various properties of transverse waves.
Ash students have guest instructor
Before midwinter break, the high school classes were treated to a special seminar by a father of one of our students. Here Professor Qin Wang leads the seminar on Confucianism and Ethics in Chinese Culture. See more photos in the gallery.→
- Feb. 27
- •MS ITBS testing through March 2
- •Eat Out to do Good, The Commons, all day
- •Parenting With Love & Logic, first session of series, 5 p.m., must preregister
- March 1
- •Family Alliance mtg., 3:30 p.m., Bldg. 2 EL CH Conf. Rm., NC campus
- March 2
- •Last day of MS ITBS testing
- •Early Bird registration opens for March 23 camp
SPRING SPORTS SIGNUPS ARE NOW OPEN!
Registration is open for spring sports. This spring, WMS will play co-ed volleyball and soccer through the YMCA, and Ultimate Frisbee! Fourth through ninth and 10th grades may play. For more information, please contact Theresa Kirby, director of athletics.
Come to Family Alliance meeting on March 1
Do you have questions, suggestions or feedback? Join the Family Alliance executive committee for a Q & A session this Thursday, March 1, at 3:30 p.m. in the Elementary Club House conference room, Building 2 at the North Creek campus. Complimentary child care at both campuses for children ages 3 and up.
Eat out, help out, Feb. 27
On Tuesday, Feb. 27, The Commons in Woodinville will donate 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
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. For more information, email Auxiliary Programs Director Theresa Kirby.
Complete TA applications, confirm enrollment
- 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. Enrollment-confirming deposits of $750 are posted in ParentsWeb accounts.
- 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.
Parenting With Love & Logic starts Feb. 27
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. 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.
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.