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.
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.
- Date: Thursday, March 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- Fee: $45 family (child plus one or both parents; additional children $20 each)
- Register here by March 27.
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 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 https://seattlenanny.com. 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
- March 7
- Registration open for “All About Growing Up!” Puberty Workshop on March 29
- March 8
- Tuition Assistance Award letters mailed
- March 9
- Early Bird registration closes for March 23 camp
- March 10
- Full price registration through March 21, for March 23 camp
- March 11
- Daylight Savings Time begins, spring forward one hour
Be a star—show your WMS pride with Rock Art
Spring is around the corner, which means it’s time to decorate the local parks and gardens with #wms-wmhs rock art! If you painted a WMS rock at this year’s Fall Festival please stop by the front office of Building 1 at the North Creek campus to collect your art work. Please take only the rock(s) with your name and/or artwork displayed. Rocks will be available throughout the remainder of the week.
Next KNO is March 30
Registration is now open in Camp Brain for the next Kids’ Night Out, March 30.
Summer camp Early Bird price ends on March 31
See what fun your students aged 18 months through sixth-grade can have this summer during WMS Summer Camp. From swimmming, coding, baking, hiking and rockets for elementary, to learning about bears, dinosaurs and space and reading a favorite preschool author for EC, to all the joys of a toddler’s day, summer camp offers nine weeks of fun.
Beginning on June 26 and ending on Aug. 24, each camp week features a different theme so students have lots of variety.
Early Bird pricing ends on March 31.
Sign up for summer STEM week boot camp in ID Lab
Go to boot camp in the ID Lab! Are you interested in 3-D printing, Robotics or Circuits? Now is your opportunity to learn more. WMS students entering fifth through eighth grades, register now for this new boot camp, to be held Aug. 13-17, from 8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m. For more information, email Auxiliary Programs Director Theresa Kirby.
Links we like
How can you best support your adolescent/teen/young adult? This article from the Wall Street Journal offers some tips on What Teens Need Most From Their Parents.
Yearbook orders close on March 14
Order your 2017-2018 yearbook from now through March 14. Place all orders online. Enter the school pay code that is noted in the weekly Grapevine announcement email, and posted under Announcements in ParentsWeb.
The standard full-color, 64-page, saddle-bound book still costs $33, and a personalized (one line of 29 characters, in foil) book costs $36. After the online sale, the standard yearbook price rises to $35. Personalization is only available during the online sale. If ordering personalization, remember the school name and year are already part of the yearbook cover design.
How to order your yearbook:
- Go to parent pay site.
- Enter the pay code that was sent in the Grapevine letter, and that is also posted in ParentsWeb).
- The parent online pay page will appear. Confirm that it says Woodinville Montessori School, then choose:
- Grade: COMBOCLASS (to order for a grandparent, nanny, etc., choose OTHER; faculty and staff should choose STAFF)
- Teacher: (class name, such as Apple) (or OTHER or STAFF/FACULTY)
- Choose standard yearbook or personalized yearbook and follow the instructions.
- To order for more than one student, repeat these steps.
Please remember, especially if you are personalizing your yearbook, you are solely responsible for correctly entering and proofreading the order.
Parent volunteer Carli McSorley produces the yearbook. We also have some volunteer photographers helping out this year! 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.
News from the Family Alliance is updated on the second week of each month during the school year.