The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, March 6, 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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Upper EL trio engineers a recess ride


Three Upper Elementary girls dreamed up an idea for a recess activity: build a little vehicle they could ride on.

They took their idea to the program directors, who regretted that as proposed it wasn’t feasible. The girls graciously accepted the ruling.

But rather than abandon their idea, they went back to the drawing board with the directors’ suggestions, re-imagining, designing, evaluating, iterating and reiterating. They wrote up their improved, detailed proposal and put it on Elementary Program Director Nancy Kestek’s desk. Nancy was impressed, and the girls went into the ID Lab for materials and to build their project. When they’d finished they had a little “go-kart” complete with seatbelt and cushioned seating; and a line of schoolmates eager to test their invention.

As they tried it out on Tuesday, helmets and all, Nancy praised their initiative, ingenuity, creativity and use of STEM thinking to problem-solve their idea.

“That’s Montessori,” she said, adding that they are thinking about ways to make it event better. See more photos inside.→

Molly spells her way into the top eight

Spelling Bee

Congratulations to Molly Keller, Cedar class sixth-grader, who bested 82 competitors to be among the top eight spellers in the Snohomish-King County Regional Spelling Bee on March 2. The competition began with 90 students, and ended when the winner spelled “porphyry” to advance to the annual Scripps National Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C.

Molly’s correctly spelled words were: vivisection (Latin), precession (Latin), deaerate (Latin & Greek) and prana (Sanskrit). Her misspelled words were burelage (French) and incunabula (Latin).—Photos courtesy of the Keller family

See more photos from the day inside.→

Dogwood cooks


A parent volunteer guides a pair of Dogwood students as they learn some cooking on Feb. 26. Read a “Montessori Thoughts” column from the Maple class on the EC program page.→

Help us welcome our new families

The Admissions office is seeking current WMS families to serve as Parent Ambassadors and mentors for new families coming in for the 2019-2020 school year! Mentor families welcome new families to WMS by reaching out to them and serving as a resource as they enter their first year as part of the WMS community. The time commitment to be a mentor family is tailored to your schedule. If you would like to be a part of this warm and integral part of the welcoming process to WMS, or would like to learn more before making the commitment, please email the Admissions office.

Register for All About Growing Up!—Puberty Workshop

The All About Growing Up!—Puberty Workshop is set for March 28. Here are the details:

“It really helps to know how to answer their questions and validate their concerns.”

Be a WMS gala sponsor—or help find one

Be a part of sponsoring or finding a sponsor for “Around the World in 80 Days,” the WMS Gala at the Columbia Winery, Woodinville, 6:30 p.m., May 4.

No matter what your current occupation may be, you know someone whose business could use a wider audience. Plenty of realtors, lawyers, and other one-on-one service providers find the opportunity to sponsor a private-school gala to be a smart investment (and it’s a great cause, to boot). But also consider your friends who work side gigs and creative fields. What Rodan + Fields rep wouldn’t want to increase their network by a few hundred people?

Whoever you know, ask them if they’d like to sponsor the WMS gala. If they’re interested, send them our way. We’ll have a conversation and figure out what’s possible for their budget. Maybe they’d like to sponsor the dessert dash or wine wall, or maybe they’d like their name on the invitation.

Whatever their level of comfort may be, every business can find a home at the WMS gala.

Looking forward to hearing from you,

Gena Schirer and Alex LaFontaine

Upper El visits newspaper printing press

Printing facility

Upper Elementary students stare at the huge press at the Seattle Times’ North Creek Production Facility. They learned about how a modern newspaper is printed, processed and distributed during a March 6 field trip.

See more photos on the UE program page.→