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Woodinville Montessori School Weekly Newsletter, March 15, 2017

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High school travelers undeterred by snow

HS in DC

A man of the world: our intrepid senior guy enjoys the sights in Washington, D.C., with his Ash classmates. Though teacher Sharon Dunn reported that the unexpected snowstorm had slowed them down a bit, the WMHS group simply adjusted its plans. “We are having a fine trip,” she said.—Photo courtesy of David Blatner

See more photos of the trip to New York City and Washington on this week's Secondary-level page.→

Don't miss Savvy Parents Safe Kids workshop on Tuesday, March 21

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.

Due to overwhelming parent interest, we have brought back Kim Estes to talk further about personal and social media safety. The Savvy Parents Safe Kids Workshop is designed for parents to gain the confidence needed to talk personal and social media safety with their children and to set appropriate family rules. 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.

WMS Middle School-age students experience Montessori Model UN


Kudos to our delegation to the Montessori Model UN, which convened in New York City last weekend. View a video and hear audio from their presentations on our website, and see additional photos in the photo gallery and on this week's Secondary page. Thank you to David Fujimoto for this photo and the video on the homepage.→

Staff members fresh from AMS conference

AMS Conference

Thank you to all our generous supporters whose donations at galas provide professional development funds. Several of our faculty and program directors attended the AMS 2017 Beyond Borders Conference in San Diego, Calif., March 9-12. Among 4,000 fellow Montessorians they learned about new Montessori alliances and new ways to engage students and families.

Valuable opportunities such as these help us serve our families with the most up-to-date teaching methods, informed by new research, and new resources.

WMS Gala Auction registration opens soon

Spring Gala 2017

The Annual WMS Gala Auction on April 28 is only a few short weeks away, and registration will be opening up next week. There is room for everyone to attend this lovely event at the Inglewood Golf Club, be sure to join the fun!

Congratulations to Femi (Spruce), our first winner of the free gala ticket! Some of the other great items that will be up for auction are a returning favorite of four tickets to the ballet, and an exciting new item—an African Dinner for 10 at your home—food, wine, plates, glasses, all brought to you with this fully catered multicourse dinner. We will also have the fun secret selection of magnificent wines.

For those of you wanting to dress with the theme of Bollywood, there will be others also in Indian apparel; however please do feel free to dress in whatever you are most comfortable wearing. We cannot wait to see you all there!—Gala Committee Dawn Simpson, Darcy Hardy and Jenifer Alyazdi

Greek myth

Upper El acts out Greek myths

Students in Cedar on Monday acted out the Greek myths they have been studying, portraying sailors turned into dolphins and river nymphs into cows, Narcissus falling in love with his image and Echo consigned to an eternity of repeating the last sounds she hears. They performed for their classmates and third-year Lower El students. Here, Poseidon and Athena prepare to compete for Athens. See more photos in this week's photo gallery.→

(We'll have photos of Cypress' skits next week.)

The life of pi—WMS marks Pi Day 2017

Pi Day 2017Pi Day 2017

Students had pi and pie on their minds this week! In 2009, Congress designated March 14 as National Pi Day. Besides marking the day by eating pie and doing pi-related math activities in the Ginkgo class, students also memorized long strings of digits. Upper El student Cat memorized 101 digits of pi, and classmate Zoe memorized 112.

North Creek EC Club House undergoing metamorphosis

EC murals

Kitchen Manager (AKA Creativity Queen) Jessica Sealana is transforming the North Creek EC Club House with a series of wall murals depicting the life cycle of a butterfly. She hopes the preschool and kindergarten pupils see how they are also growing and emerging from their cocoons.