Woodinville Montessori School Weekly Newsletter, March 1, 2017
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The WMS Innovation & Design Lab opens!
An EC student and his guest look at a flat map in the new ID Lab. In the lower left-hand corner you can see the 3-D cardboard model created from the map.
Woodinville Montessori School announces the opening of its long-awaited Innovation & Design Lab (ID Lab), where students can make, create, tinker, experiment, innovate and design. This addition not only expands students' options for creating, problem-solving and learning, but may also eventually provide opportunities for community use.
WMS has had the ideal space for the ID Lab, a large, empty lab that had been used for school odds and ends. But like some other portions of the former office building, until recently, it still lacked a special “E” occupancy permit for student use.
Now, after a three-year-long effort to make safety improvements above and beyond those required for adult use, WMS has received approval for student use of the whole building.
The 2016 school gala raised the money to equip the ID Lab with new technologies, tools and resources to further support WMS curriculum and project-based learning. Purchases included a 3-D printer, CO2 laser cutter/engraving machine, Snap Circuits kits, OZOBOTS (small robotics), CUBELETS (modular robotics), Lego Mindstorms kits, Cricut craft cutting machine, hand tools, storage and soldering stations.
The new space will host the Middle School STEM elective, afterschool electives, club opportunities and students and classrooms for select projects. The ID Lab will also support WMS classrooms by creating classroom STEM materials and activities.
Part-time ID Lab Coordinator Bryce Aktepy is working on long-term planning and program development, creating signage and guiding students with projects such as turning Island Night maps into 3-D models.
Visitors on Grandparents' and Special Friend's Day had the honor of being the first group to tour the ID Lab. Students and visitors were enthralled with the circuit kits, coding robot, 3-D maps made with the cutting machine and with signs and plaques that had been created.
The lab is still in its early stages with plenty of room for more tools, projects and creators. As the ID Lab grows, WMS will look for ways to also make it available as a community “maker space.”
Entertaining guests: we welcomed grandparents and special friends
Just before midwinter break we celebrated Grandparents' & Special Friend's Day at both campuses. Here an Aspen pupil demonstrates what she's learned. See more photos of the event in this issue's photo gallery→
Calling all WMS parents—we need YOU!
In a few short weeks WMS will be inviting students of all ages to join our wonderful school and would like the help of current parents and caregivers to help welcome our new families! As a member of the WMS Welcoming Committee you will not only be providing new families with a warm welcome into our rich, diverse community, but also helping them to navigate the day-to-day details of school life, form new relationships, become involved and settle comfortably into the school year routine.
Welcoming Committee duties may involve:
- Attending New Parent Welcome Night, May 4
- Acting as a Mentor Family to an incoming family with a student in the same program level as your own student
- Planning and/or hosting a program-level summer playdate
- Assisting in the creation and distribution of welcome materials
- Planning and promoting end-of-summer classroom potlucks and events
- Attending and participating in New Family Orientation
- Hosting the Welcome to School coffee in September 2017 (for all families to enjoy!)
- Designing and implementing a “Welcome New Students” lobby display
- Ideas are welcome, please share how you would like to be involved!
If you would like to become a member of the 2017-2018 Welcoming Committee, a commitment lasting from April 2017 through the Fall of 2018, please contact Admissions Director Keri Sliger, 425-420-9712.
Thank you for helping WMS continue to build an inclusive community where all are welcome and valued.
Be heard at WMS Open Space, Wednesday mornings
If you've hesitated to come to WMS Open Space on Wednesday mornings because you fear it will be only about the news or tough conversations, let us reassure you, we talk about whatever you want to talk about. And it's a drop-in event; stay for a few minutes or for the whole hour.
This morning, for example, we talked about:
- how to increase both parent volunteer and student participation in next school year's yearbook
- if parents can easily find contact information for staff
- using school-specific online services such as ParentsWeb, Canvas, Seesaw and MyVolunteerPage
- and lots of little things, such as reading about helping your child to have a growth, rather than a fixed, mindset; and how parents use the school calendars.
At Open Space you have over an hour of time to talk directly with Head of School Mary Schneider, another administrator and other parents, have a cup of coffee and maybe meet a new friend. Younger children are welcome. Come to the kitchen of Elementary Club House in Building 2 right after drop off, and stay until about 10 a.m.
Upper El and MS students put on Science Fair
Grandparents' & Special Friend's Day is also the day that Upper Elementary and Middle School students present their Science Projects to the school, family and guests. See more photos of Upper Elementary projects and photos of MS projects on the program-level pages
Few openings remain for 2017 WMS Talent Show auditions
As of March 1, only six audition spots remain for the schoolwide 2017 WMS Talent Show. Links to sign up online for either March 9 or March 24 auditions are posted under “Announcements” in ParentsWeb, because the auditions are not open to the public.
All interested performers must plan to perform at one of these two auditions.
The talent show takes place on June 13, 6 p.m., at the Woodinville Alliance Church. Any current WMS student or teacher may perform a song or talent under 5 minutes long.
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
Save money, get the Early Bird discount for WMS Summer Camp
Early Bird (EB) registration for WMS Summer Camp is now open only through March 31. Regular (Reg) rates apply beginning on April 1.
Program directors have planned some great activities to entertain and educate your Toddlers through Upper Elementary students this summer. Visit the WMS Camps page to view the brochure PDFs. They are also printed and available in the lobbies and Club Houses at both campuses.
- Wednesday, March 1
- EC Parent Ed Night—Positive Discipline
- Saturday, March 4
- Boys Basketball, 2 p.m., Kokanee Elementary School
- Girls Basketball, 2:30 p.m., Northshore YMCA &
- Girls Basketball, 3:30 p.m., Northshore YMCA
- Monday-Thursday, March 6-9
- Secondary ITBS
- Wednesday, March 8
- Registration closes for the March 10 Camp
- HS and Montessori Model UN students leave for trips
- WMS Open Space, EL CH kitchen, Bldg. 2, NC, 8:45 a.m.
- Thursday, March 9
- All-School FA mtg., Bldg. 2 CH Conference Rm., 9 a.m.
- Contracts issued to returning Tuition Assistance families
- Secondary applicants notified of admission decisions
- Friday, March 10
- NO SCHOOL, faculty in-service day, camp offered
NO SCHOOL March 10, sign up for camp now
There is no school on Friday, March 10, a faculty in-service day. But there is camp for those who register and pre-pay at this link.
The theme for EC camp that day is “What's a Circuit?” Staying on campus, campers will explore and play with various electrical circuits, including snap circuits and squishy circuits. Arts and crafts, story time, outside play and other group activities are all planned as well.
Elementary campers will go to the Paint and Party studio in Woodinville and enjoy their time painting ceramics. Weather permitting, they will go to a local park to eat lunch and play outside for the rest of the day.
Thank you, volunteers!
Thank you to these volunteers for the week of Feb. 18-15: Jamie Holland and Paula Ruedebusch, Aquaponics; Susan Keller, correcting vocabulary; Vijaya Nirmala, correcting math; Charanya Srinivisan, updating North Creek white boards; Glena Wren, NC front desk and Rachel Mekanick, reading parent.
Thank you for trees
Thank you to Tricie and Ross Hunter for donating the trees now planted in the western border along the North Creek playground.
Learning to making amends, from Chip DeLorenzo
“Errors divide men, but their correction is a means of union. It becomes a matter of general interest to correct errors wherever they may be found. The error itself becomes interesting. It becomes a link, and is certainly a bond of fellowship between human beings. It helps especially to bring harmony between children and adults. To detect some small error in a grown-up person does not produce lack of respect in the child or a loss of dignity in the grownup. The error becomes impersonal and is then amenable to control. In this way, small things lead to great.” (Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind, Page 250- 251)
To help your child learn to make amends, you might be interested in this article from Chip DeLorenzo's Developing Capable Children March newsletter, “Making Amends: The Three Rs of Recovery”.
Seeking a bagpipe player!
Upper Elementary seeks a volunteer to play the bagpipes to accompany a Scottish highland dancing demonstration for Island Night, Thursday, May 18. Ideally, this person could also attend a few rehearsals prior to the event. If you are interested or know someone who may be interested, please email Kaitlyn.
Register for Savvy Parents Safe Kids workshop
Buy tickets and reserve complimentary child care here for the Savvy Parents Safe Kids Workshop, March 21, from 7-8:30 p.m., at North Creek. The workshop is appropriate for parents of children of all ages.
Parents will learn practical, simple strategies and techniques to keep safety a part of their regular conversation. Tickets, to help defray the cost of the speaker fee, are $10 per adult, $15 for two adults.
Do you have photos for the yearbook?
Parent volunteer yearbook producer Carli McSorley is seeking photos of WMS students and activities for the annual yearbook. If you would like to provide some photos, you may bring in a thumb drive, email them or send a link to an online gallery. To do so, or for more information, contact Communications Director Claire Tuohy-Morgan.
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.