Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, March 14, 2018
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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Seventeen sobering minutes
WMHS students had thought that their small numbers wouldn’t make a significant statement on National School Walkout Day to protest school gun violence. But when 10 a.m. rolled around on March 14, a group stood in the cold wind outside building 2, heads bowed in silence for and remembrance of the 17 Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School students and staff killed in a school shooting on Feb. 14. The solemn protest was moving and powerful.
Participation in the walkout was entirely up to the students. For 17 minutes, they spoke quietly and respectfully to each other as they expressed their feelings about guns and gun laws, social change and voting. Several WMS staff members joined them. Then, they went back into class.
Students who opted not to walk out were supervised in class, as always, and a large group of students is in New York this week for Montessori Model UN.
Fourth-grader wins all-school spelling bee
Congratulations to our all-school spelling bee winner, a fourth-grade student from the Cypress class! The primarily third-through-eighth-grade spellers and one first-grader competed into the 13th round and went through all the middle school words. Now our winner advances to the Regional Spelling Bee at Seattle University 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. Students qualified for the all-school bee by winning their classroom spelling bees.
Woodinville campus boasts new rock garden
Eva Peterson, mom of Kai, Apple, and her dad Thomas Miller, were instrumental in planning and carrying out a rock garden project at the Woodinville campus. Other members of the grounds improvement team included teacher Lisa Shin and Woodinville Campus Director Miki Shema. Funds for outdoor environment, including a boulder at the Woodinville campus, were raised at the 2016 spring auction. Various rocks were chosen at Clearview Nursery and Stone. After delivery, Eva and Thomas added the stepping stone design. This hardscaping replaced an original beloved cherry tree that was ultimately recommended for removal by an arborist. The new design should be low-maintenance while inspiring peaceful and imaginative thoughts.—Pam Mach
Middle School reps at Model UN
Our Middle School delegates to the Montessori Model United Nations arrived safely in New York City yesterday, and were on a field trip this morning.
UE & MS exhibit Science Fair projects
A fourth-year student from the Cedar class explains her science fair project to a visitor at the annual Upper Elementary and Middle School Science Fair on March 8. See more photos in the gallery.→
Seeking chaperones for KNO
Can you help chaperone for KNO? We’re seeking parents who can volunteer for March 30. Without parent volunteers, the event may be canceled. If you would like to help chaperone, please email Jillian or sign up on Better Impact.
Please register on CampBrain by Wednesday, March 28, to reserve your K-6th-grade child’s spot for Kids’ Night Out (KNO), March 30, 5-9 p.m., in the Gingko classroom at the North Creek campus, upstairs in the building where Elementary Club House is located. Pizza may be purchased for dinner; each slice costs $3. Registration is limited as we can no longer accommodate drop-ins. Payment will be accepted at the beginning or at the end of the event; the cost is $20 for the first child, $10 for the second, and $7 for any after that. All proceeds go to fund the Secondary’s end-of-the-year trips.
Every month, our dedicated Middle School and High School students plan, host and staff Kids’ Night Out, along with parent volunteers and WMS staff members as chaperones. We’ll have various activities, like coloring, face painting and more! The theme for this month’s event is “Super Hero” and we’ll be playing “The Incredibles”, rated PG. All students must have parent permission to watch the movie. Apple juice, crackers and carrots will be provided for snack, as well as popcorn during the movie.
If you would prefer that your child not see a movie, please indicate that during the registration on CampBrain and we will make sure they are in a separate room to talk, color or play games. All who attend must be age 5 or older.—Jared M. and Daniel B., Ginkgo
- March 14
- Last day to order a 2017-2018 yearbook!
- Continue to register for “All About Growing Up!” Puberty Workshop on March 29
- March 19
- Early Bird registration open through March 26 for spring break & April 16 camp
- March 20
- NEW: Volunteer Training, in the office of Associate Director of Admissions Marissa Roecks, 10:45-11:45 a.m.
- March 21
- Registration ends for March 23 camp
Please keep ill children home until they are well
Please do not send sick children back to school until they have fully recovered. They should be fever-free (no Tylenol) for 24 hours before returning, and have their energy back. Sending them back before then makes them susceptible to secondary infections and relapses. Someone asked a staff member if we aren’t sanitizing. We assure you that staff are sanitizing multiple times a day, but short of requiring a mask on every child, there are limitations on how much we can prevent the spread of illness.—Mary Schneider, Head of School, Woodinville Montessori School
Yearbook orders end March 14
Last day to order your 2017-2018 yearbook is 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.
Back by popular demand! All About Growing Up! Puberty Workshop
Register by March 27 to learn all about puberty in this fun, informative workshop on Thursday, March 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m. 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. Watch a short video, participate in interactive activities and ask questions. 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.
Fee: $45 family (child plus one or both parents; additional children $20 each).
Not too late to register for spring sports
Students, fourth through 10th grades, register here for spring co-ed volleyball, soccer and Ultimate Frisbee. Spring soccer scrimmages will be on March 22, April 19, April 26, May 10 and May 24, all at home; volleyball scrimmages will be on April 18, May 16 and May 21, all at Willows Prep. For more information, please contact Theresa Kirby, director of athletics.
Imagine our future—the WMS Commons!
We’re ready for the exciting next phase in our facilities master plan—the WMS Commons.
Please come share your ideas and visions for the design process. 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 light refreshments. RSVP and reserve complimentary child care here.
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 swimming, 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.
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