The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, March 7, 2018

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Imagine our future—the WMS Commons!


We’re ready for the exciting next phase in our facilities master plan—the WMS Commons.

WMS has needed a large, multipurpose indoor space for years, and we’re eager to get the long process underway. Just imagine a place for plays, concerts, celebrations, graduations, assemblies, all-school meetings, workshops—and active students.

The common space is an integral part of the WMS Master Plan. The plan, which guides the school’s growth, has had years of comprehensive thought. Bassetti Architects led those planning meetings, and we’re happy to welcome them back for this planning process. We took our first step toward the project this winter with a geotech evaluation of the proposed site.

We would love for you to share your ideas and visions for the design process. To that end, Lorne McConachie of Bassetti will lead a planning charrette on March 27, 4:30-6 p.m., Ginkgo classroom, Bldg. 2, North Creek campus. We’ll provide complimentary child care and light refreshments.

All WMS families will receive an invitation to the charrette through Paperless Post over the next few days. Please RSVP through the invitation. We’re looking forward to seeing you there.

Spring soccer and volleyball scrimmages set—who wants to play?


Basketball season is over, and these girls had a great time playing.

WMS AD Theresa Kirby is setting up spring soccer and volleyball scrimmages, but so far, none of the teams has enough players! Students, fourth through 10th grades, we need you for these soccer scrimmages: March 22, April 19, April 26, May 10 and May 24, all at home; and/or for these volleyball scrimmages: April 18, May 16 and May 21, all at Willows Prep.

Register here for spring co-ed volleyball, soccer and Ultimate Frisbee. For more information, please contact Theresa, director of athletics. See more photos in the gallery

Upper El science classes see end of fish life cycle


Last week Upper Elementary science students studied fish anatomy through the harvesting of tilapia from the aquaponics lab. The students helped catch the fish, prepare them for the classes to examine, dissected them and recorded their findings, and applied paint to make fish impression paintings. See more photos on the Upper El program page.→

Science Fair, spelling bee wrap up week

All WMS families are welcome to visit the Upper El and Middle School Science Fair, beginning at 1:15 p.m., Thursday, March 8, in the EL Club House, Building 2, North Creek. The student scientists will present a wide variety of imaginative experiments. This is an opportunity to see the students’ high quality work and methods of inquiry.

Winners of the classroom spelling bees for grades 3-8 will face off in the All-School Spelling Bee at 9 a.m., Friday, March 9, in EL Club House. The winner of that bee advances to the Regional Spelling Bee at Town Hall Seattle, on March 25. The winner of the regional bee and one parent or chaperone will travel to Washington, D.C., for the Scripps National Spelling Bee in May.

Back by popular demand! All About Growing Up! Puberty Workshop

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 setting boundaries are also covered. Come learn how to best support and guide your child as they begin their journey toward adulthood.

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 takeaways for both parents and kids. Well worth it.”

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

WMS dines out for community & school

Thank you to all the WMS families and staff who dined out at The Commons last Tuesday, Feb. 27. The day began with a community-building coffee led by Development Director Keri Sliger and ended with our families eating over $1,000 in delicious meals, proceeds of which will be donated to WMS programs.

With such enthusiasm surrounding this event we hope to offer a number of dine out opportunities in the months to come. If you have a local restaurant that you would like us to partner with, please contact Keri Sliger, and thank you for your participation!

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’s Gala will be a very special evening indeed, honoring our 35th anniversary, Montessori’s Italian heritage and our founder Mary Schneider and her commitment to making Montessori education accessible for all. In addition to a fabulous party, exciting live auction and many surprises throughout the evening, we will be raising our paddles in support of Tuition Assistance. Everyone 21 and over is invited and this event is not to be missed! Invitations will be sent soon and all the need-to-know details will be shared in coming weeks (what to wear, how to choose your table, the flow of the event—everything!). In the meantime, please BOOK YOUR SITTER. Keeping the late-night well-being of the students in mind, Kids’ Night Out will NOT be offered this year.

Need a sitter? Check out Seattle Nanny Network is generously partnering with WMS for this special night, ensuring that all grownups are able to attend, while your children are lovingly and expertly cared for. They are even donating a portion of the proceeds back to WMS. Thank you, Seattle Nanny Network!

Questions? Looking to volunteer at the Gala? Contact our Gala Co-Chairs Gena Schirer and Darcy Hardy at