The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Feb. 26, 2018

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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:

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 the date for the gala

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

EC camp

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.

Guest seminar

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.→