Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, March 13, 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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WMHS now has room to stretch out
In the photo, Woodinville Montessori High School teacher Sharon Dunn talks with a student in a portion of the spacious new High School area.
Over midwinter break the High School moved into the northwest Building 2 space that was previously leased to Alder Biopharmaceuticals. The move across the upper hallway gives the High School program room to grow and to create a separate identity from the Middle School.
Students and staff have only begun to decorate and fill the space, so it will change and be improved over time. The large open area—which the school has used several times for concerts, and the recent spelling bee—is ringed with smaller classrooms, a small breakfast bar area, a kitchen, restrooms and offices.
One more week to 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.”
Fun success: Lunar New Year Festival 2019
Editor’s note: The Lunar New Year Festival was on Feb. 2. I apologize that due to the snow days upheaval, this story was delayed.—CTM
The WMS Family Alliance celebrated with a Lunar New Year Festival for the first time this year! The Lunar Festival Committee (a part of Family Alliance) worked hard for over two months to select activities, recruit volunteers and work out all of the details that go into creating a festive and fun event for WMS families. Our volunteers contributed their time and effort towards designing and posting fliers, taking care of the set-up and clean-up of the event, bringing books to share with the attendees, capturing beautiful pictures, managing activity booths, and sharing a Tea Cultural and Pipa performance
The Lunar Festival Committee could not have made this event a success without the support of Family Alliance, event volunteers, parents and school staff.
The WMS family thanks its volunteers: Kaige Zhang, Yingying Du, Ada Kwok, Andrea Karim, Dee Narayanan, Huan Lin, Huilin Liu, Jialu Yan, Johanna Desai-White, Mansi Doshi, Mengfei Xu, Miao Qi, Nan Li, Qingmei Lin, Run Yang, Sunny Wu, Travis Kochel, Wenchao Li, Xuan Xiao, Yichun Chen, Yuanxuan Liu and Yvonne Feng.
We are extremely grateful that our children are a part of this beautiful and diverse environment at WMS that nurtures them to be peaceful and knowledgeable citizens of the world. With that, we would like to thank the WMS staff for their help with the event: Claire Tuohy-Morgan, Emily Irwin, Jared Walls, Labiba Khan, Shannon Long, Sunita Pailoor and Tim McQuery.
We would love to hear any ideas or suggestions for this event, and look forward to another festival next year!—The Lunar New Year Festival Committee Chairs—Yingying Du and Kaige Zhang
Event photos by Sunny Wu and Jialu Yan. See more photos inside.→
Learning about electromagnets
Upper Elementary classes have been learning about electromagnets in science.
Examining some interesting specimens
Middle School biology students examine the contents floating in various specimen jars as they complete an assignment.
Pizza payment adjustments coming
Secondary Student Business is auditing its pizza orders for first, second and third quarters, and will be making any needed adjustments for over-or-under-payments.
- March 15
- Admission decisions sent to applicants
- March 18
- Early Bird registration open for Spring Break Camp
- March 20
- BOT mtg., 7 p.m., BOT Rm., Building 2, NC
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.
HELP! North Creek lost-and-found is piling up
Please look for your students’ lost items in the North Creek front lobby lost-and-found. Registrar Shannon Long says that if it’s out of control by Spring Break, items will be donated. Be sure to check the bin by April 5.
NO inservice day on March 22
Due to snow days, March 22 (which was an in-service day) is now a regular student attendance day. Find the revised one-page calendar here.
Summer camp Early Bird sign-up ends March 29
Summer camp Early Bird registration is open through March 29, with regular prices starting on March 30. Read the camp brochures here. Session 1 begins on Tuesday, June 25. For more information, contact Director of Auxiliary Programs & Athletics Theresa Kirby.
Help welcome new families
The Admissions office seeks current WMS families to serve as Parent Ambassadors and mentors for families who will be new in the 2019-2020 school year! Mentor families welcome new families to WMS, 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.
Order a standard yearbook
You can still order a standard yearbook directly from WMS. Download the order 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. Please contact Claire with any questions.
Submit photos for yearbook
If you have taken WMS-related photos, please share them with us 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.
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.