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
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
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:
- For students 9-11 years old, and their parents
- Thursday, March 28, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Cedar classroom
- Fee: $45 family (child plus one or both parents; additional children $20 each)
- Register here by March 22.
“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
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.
- March 7
- EC Positive Discipline follow-up, 4-5 p.m., NC campus, room TBA depending on RSVPs. EC Parents who attended Positive Discipline with Chip DeLorenzo in January, review, ask questions and share successes. RSVP: Bert Herrlinger or Miki Shema. Tell us how many will attend and if you will need child care.
- March 9
- Boys basketball game, 11:30 a.m., Northshore YMCA main gym
- March 10
- Daylight Savings Time begins, spring forward
- March 11
- Coffee with Sunita at Woodinville, 2:45 p.m.
- March 13
- Coffee with Sunita at North Creek, 8:30 a.m.
- Cypress class field trip
- March 15
- Admission decisions sent to applicants
NEW: One-page 2019-2020 family calendar
We have posted the 2019-2020 school year one-page family calendar on our website.
Please remember that all calendars are subject to change.
Ultimate ultimatum—more players needed for a team
March 8 is the deadline to register for spring athletics, and Ultimate needs more players to sign up, or WMS can’t field a team.
Volleyball and soccer are on, though we welcome more players. Spring athletics begin on March 25. Register here for:
- 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
Not too late to order a standard yearbook
If you missed placing your yearbook order online, never fear: you can still order a standard yearbook directly from WMS, not the online site, where sales closed last week.
You may download the WMS form from your ParentsWeb page. Visit the Resource Documents link, and the 2018-2019 yearbook purchase form is the top item under Newsletter Archives.
Because we limit yearbook sales to students’ families, the order form is not publicly posted.
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.
NO inservice day on March 22
Please update your calendars: due to our February snow, March 22 (which was an in-service day) is now it a regular student attendance day.
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.