Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Feb. 27, 2019
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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Sixth-grader wins third WMS Spelling Bee
The contestants in WMS’s third annual Spelling Bee—Lower and Upper Elementary and Middle School winners of their classroom bees—wait for the contest to begin. See more photos of the bee inside.→
WMS sixth-year student Molly Keller won our third annual Elementary through MS spelling bee on Feb. 15. In echoes of last year, Molly and second-grader Sameen Khan battled to the very end, going for several “final” rounds, before Molly won.
Molly’s win qualified her to compete in the Snohomish-King County Regional Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 2, in Bellevue. The regional spelling bee will see 90 students from schools throughout those counties compete to advance to the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. Unfortunately there is limited space for the audience this year, so seats are limited to guests of the contestants.
Congratulations, Molly, and best wishes in the regionals!
Apple class enjoyed the snow, too
Sure, you can tire of the snow, but never of photos of our students in the snow! Here the Apple class enjoys the snow on one of our school days. See more photos on the EC program page.→
Ks show they know what respect means
By WMS Librarian Emily Schlieman
During Library Time this month, the kindergartners discussed the meaning of respect as well as to whom and what they show respect. They immediately shared the idea that we should respect everyone, and when asked if we should show respect to living and non-living things, they thought for a moment, then said, yes! They gave examples of non-living things we should treat respectfully, like books, water, and our homes.
The story I read to them is called “Lovely,” by Jess Hong, which illustrates respect by looking at people’s differences in a positive light. They were respectful and curious while looking at all the pictures of people who looked and dressed differently in the book, and demonstrated empathy and understanding of their differences. The lesson we ultimately came away with was that diversity is lovely.
Thank you, generous FA TSA volunteers
A huge thank you to all of the parent volunteers who helped make our second Family Alliance Teacher Staff Appreciation (TSA) Luncheon a success at both campuses!
The theme was International Cuisine and Family Recipes. Thank you for bringing delicious dishes, beautiful flowers and treat bags and for setting up and cleaning up:
At North Creek: Pooja Katti, Adam Lord, Angela Kugler, Anita Ko, June Pereira, Chris Merryman, Nicole Skone, Jessica Felt, Namita Telang, Shyamala Iyer, Neha Shah, Jenn Horenstein, Mengfei Xu, Tasneem Bhinderwala, Heba Abouhediba, Andrea Karim, Shanta Boddapati, Yaarit Ran, Laila Kabani Koradia, Wangqi Qiu, Frances Ju, Gayle Kwon, Meena Shukla, Crista Hudson, Jessie Conley, Faira Sullivan, Sandy Ratcliff, Mayleen Ahmed and Mansi Doshi.
At Woodinville, Apple and Elm: Shilpa Gopaliyer, Anjala Pujara, Christine Hernandez, Amanda Freerksen, Maggie Sun, Jaskiran Gill, Anjal Pujara, Cheryl Tsalapatanis, Molly Hartney, Sowmya Srinivas, Renae Kochel, Lola Kassamali, Brooke Stewart, Jing He.
At Woodinville, Oak and Maple: Ada Kwok, Padma Bhamidipati, Reena Suryavanshi, Rosa Brannen, Jialu Yan, Lindsay Nason, Maya Farrar, Sabina Livadariu, Anasuya Kulkarni, Huilin Liu, Eva Chen, Qingmei Lin, Jennifer Wiley and Farheen Fathima.—TSA Committee, Labiba Khan, chair; Faira Sullivan and Woodinville Liaison Farheen Fathima
Students enjoyed lively Midwinter Break Camp
Making bird feeders with peanut butter, seeds and cones was one of the fun activities during Elementary Midwinter Break Camp.
Back by popular demand! All About Growing Up!—Puberty Workshop set for March 28
Learn all about puberty in this fun, informative workshop: from body changes to mood swings to crushes. All About Growing Up is a two-hour workshop for parents, guardians, and their 9-11-year-old children. (Girls and boys are separated during the workshop.)
Facilitated by professional educator Robin Wallace-Wright of The Wright Conversations, this family-oriented workshop provides a safe, comfortable environment to learn and talk about puberty. The evening includes a short video, interactive activities and opportunities for Q&A. Healthy friendships and boundary-setting are also covered. Come learn how to best support and guide your child as they begin their journey toward adulthood.
- Thursday, March 28, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., in the Cedar classroom
- Fee: $45 family (child plus one or both parents; additional children $20 each)
- Register here by March 22.
Comments from previous workshops with Robin: “Such a helpful, informative workshop. Loved the ‘together’ activities with my daughter and the specific suggestions you gave on how to discuss topics.”
“Wonderful workshop that provides helpful take-aways for both parents and kids. Well worth it.”
“It really helps to know how to answer their questions and validate their concerns.”
- Feb. 28
- •Tuition Assistance applications and tax info through FAST due
- •Toddler Parent Education Night on Positive Discipline (make-up date) from 4-5:15 p.m.
- March 1
- •Continuous enrollment confirming deposits due
- March 2
- •Boys basketball game, 12:30 p.m., Northshore YMCA main gym
Register for athletics
Spring athletics registration is open. We are offering:
- Coed volleyball, grades 4-6, games through the YMCA
- Coed soccer, grades 4-6, games through the YMCA
- Coed Ultimate Frisbee, grades 6-9, through DiscNW League in Seattle
Apply for Tuition Assistance by Thursday, Feb. 28
Remember that Tuition Assistance applications are due by Feb. 28. You will find the FAST application on our website.
Thank you, volunteer
Thank you to volunteer Lindsay Nason for preparing all of our Tomorrow’s Child magazines for distribution!
Do you have photos for the yearbook?
If you have taken WMS-related photos, we would love to have them for the yearbook. We especially need photos of Club House, athletics (soccer, volleyball, basketball, frisbee), camps, electives, clubs and anything from EC or LE, especially field trips or special events.
Please contact Claire Tuohy-Morgan, communications director, to share a link to a cloud drive, email photos or bring photos on a USB drive.
Reenrollment process for current families
The $750 per student deposit is due by Friday, March 1. The deposit due is posted to your ParentsWeb account, and applies to the April 1 tuition payment. (If you apply for tuition assistance, your deposit amount and due date will be stated in your award letter to be sent out on March 8.)
Positive Discipline follow-up is March 7
EC Parents who attended Positive Discipline with Chip DeLorenzo on Jan. 17 are invited to a follow-up session to review, ask questions and share successes on March 7, 4-5 p.m., at NC campus. We will determine the room based on the RSVPs. Please RSVP to Bert Herrlinger or Miki Shema. Let us know how many will attend and whether you will need childcare.
High School seeks a few good items for its new home
The High School has moved into its new home and needs a few specific items: rugs, bookcases, floor and table lamps, glasses and mugs; and small shelving units for the restrooms. If you have extras lying around the house and want to donate them, please contact Secondary Program Director Carter McCoy. Thanks!
Snow make-up days
These are the days that will now be snow make-up days, so please update your calendar:
- March 22—was an in-service day, now it becomes a student attendance day
- April 15—was an in-service day, now it becomes a student attendance day
- June 20—was a half day, now it becomes a full day
- June 21—becomes a full day & is the last day of school
You can find the revised one-page calendar here.
Summer camp Early Bird registration open through March 29
Early Bird registration is open on Camp Brain for Toddler, EC and EL summer camps, and one week of STEM boot camp for fifth-through-eighth-graders. The discounted rate ends on March 29, with regular prices starting on March 30.
You’ll find all the camp brochures on our website. Camp session 1 begins on Tuesday, June 25. For more information about sports or camps, please contact Director of Auxiliary Programs & Athletics Theresa Kirby.
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.