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Woodinville Montessori School Weekly Newsletter, March 8, 2017

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WMS Middle School takes second at national orienteering championships!

WMS national championships

WMS had a great showing at the 2017 US Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Orienteering Championships in Sulphur Springs, Texas, last weekend, March 4-5.

WMS's team of Annika, Victor and Zoe came in second for middle school (intermediate) overall. Individually, Zoe, Cedar, came in second and Annika, Ginkgo, came in third. Also competing were a couple of our alums, Audrey and Kai, and WMS dad, Kevin. Congratulations to all! Find the overall standings for the season here.—Photo courtesy of Polly Ann Najarian

See a photo of the trophy in the photo gallery.→

Seventh-grader advances to regional spelling contest

Spelling Bee

In the photo, our three final round competitors listen to Elementary Program Director Nancy Kestek, as their schoolmates look on.

“Quarantine” was the winning word, after 18 rounds, in the March 3 All-School Spelling Bee. Kudos to all the participants, who handled themselves with grace under pressure, and put on an exciting exhibition for the Elementary and Middle School students, parents and staff. The final round competitors were Claire, Ginkgo; Molly, Cedar; and Tane, Cypress. As the winner, Claire now advances to the Regional Spelling Bee at Town Hall Seattle, March 19. 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, with expenses paid by Town Hall Seattle.

See more spelling bee photos in the gallery.→

The Annual Gala Auction is only a few weeks away!

Gala invitation

Registration will soon be open for one of the favorite events of the year, our Annual WMS Gala Auction on April 28! We have some fantastic items that are going to be up for bid this year, such as the popular Lopez Island getaway donated by WMS' very own CFO Tricie Hunter, and an original artwork by professional artist (and WMS parent) Valencia Carrol, with a $450 gift certificate for classes at the Gage Art Institute!

This wonderful event helps to raise money for improvements to the programs at Woodinville Montessori, such as the Innovation and Design Lab, solar monitoring equipment for our new solar panels at the Woodinville campus, and the scholarship fund to ensure that many young minds can have access to our wonderful curriculum. This year we will be giving away five tickets to the gala; parents' names will be entered into the drawing for all actively enrolled students, and this ticket can either be kept or donated to a teacher or family in need.

The theme this year will be Bollywood, and keeping with the glamour that is resonant of India's biggest film industry, we invite you to dress accordingly in festive formalwear of sarees and kurtas, or in your choice of festive wear (casual business attire, or whatever you feel comfortable wearing). There are many local options to purchase or rent, if you do not already have one in your closet, such as Sakkhi Style at Crossroads, Colors of Redmond in Redmond, or Designer’s Den, Ensemble, or Khoobsurat Boutique in Bothell (please note that some require an appointment). Some online options are,, or We also hope to have a saree seminar scheduled soon to answer questions or provide some fashion tips. More updates are coming soon; this year's event is sure to be spectacular!—Dawn, Darcy, and Jenifer

WMS successfully wraps up our first basketball season

Girls Basketball

Our Upper Elementary-aged basketball teams ended their fun and successful first season last Saturday. The WMS boys won their game, 39-20. The girls lost their first game 16-26, but had a come-from-behind win in the second game, and won 30-26.

Registration opens for spring sports, volleyball & soccer

Let's carry the excitement of WMS Athletics through the spring! Coed Spring Volleyball runs from April 24-June 10. We have opted to play in the YMCA league, which means our teams will get to play games on Saturdays, from May 6-June 10.

The Y league is divided into coed teams for grades 5-9 (Monday practices 4-5 p.m.) The registration cost includes a WMS Volleyball shirt.

And Coed Soccer is back for the spring! From April 18-June 8, Coed Soccer will meet on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 3:30-4:30 on field 1. We are hoping to have a few scrimmages during the season; more information to come.

The cost is $185 for each sport. If your child has not played sports yet this year, an athletic policy and a medical release form will be emailed to you after your registration is received. Parent and child must sign. Register in Campbrain.

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.

Save with 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.

Secondary art

Secondary art: hearts on strings

Charlene Freeman gave her Secondary art students dowels, string, glue, a heart-shaped punch and colored paper, and they showed her all the things they could create. See more of their creations on the Secondary page.→

Secondary students, staff and alums, save May 25 for the semi-formal dinner!

Mark Thursday, May 25, 6:30 p.m., for the traditional semi-formal dinner for the Ash and Ginkgo classes and their staff and alumni. It will be held at the Rosewood Room, 720 238th Street SE, Bothell, WA 98021, in Country Village.

Register through Campbrain. The cost is $52.50, with confidential financial aid for current students upon request (talk to Sharon, Alaine or Kelly). For more information, or questions about the menu, please contact Cynthia MacDuff.