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Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, March 14, 2018

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Seventeen sobering minutes

National Walkout

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

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.

See the winners and more photos in the gallery.→

Woodinville campus boasts new rock garden

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

Model UN

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.

Science Fair

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.→

Club House

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