Woodinville Montessori School Weekly Newsletter, March 15, 2017
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High school travelers undeterred by snow
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
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.
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
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
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
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
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
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.
- Wednesday, March 15
- Board of Trustees mtg.
- Thursday, March 16
- Toddler Parent Ed Night, positive discipline, 6 p.m.
- Friday, March 17
- T, EC, EL applicants notified of admission
- Monday, March 20
- Early Bird registration opens for Spring Break & April 17 camps
- New families Secondary contracts due
- Wednesday, March 22
- WMS Open Space, 8:45 a.m., NC
Spring sports begin in April
Sign up your fifth-through-eighth-grade student for spring coed YMCA volleyball, and coed soccer at North Creek, through March 31. 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.
Early Bird discount for WMS Summer Camp ends on March 31
Early Bird (EB) registration for WMS Summer Camp closes on March 31. Regular (Reg) rates apply beginning on April 1. Visit the WMS Camps page to view the brochures.
Join the Welcoming Committee
If you would like to become a member of the 2017-2018 Welcoming Committee, a commitment lasting from April 2017 through the Fall of 2018, please contact Admissions Director Keri Sliger, 425-420-9712.
Thank you, volunteers!
Thank you to these volunteers for the week of March 5-11: Jamie Holland, Aquaponics; Lisa Flannery, Susan Keller and Merril Lundgren, correcting vocabulary; Vijaya Nirmala, correcting math; Charanya Srinivisan, updating North Creek white boards; Glenda Wren and Janelle Friedrich, NC front desk; Rachel Mekanick, reading parent; and Padmavathy Bhamidipati, Art Project Helper.
Give us feedback at WMS Open Space
Though attendance is very low at WMS Open Space, we continue to be available for our families to drop in and talk for an hour each week. It's an opportunity for you to provide feedback, ask questions, or express an opinion. We meet from 8:45-10 a.m. each Wednesday, but we are happy to change that to accommodate you. Please let us know if an afternoon before pickup would work better for you.
Help your child adjust to DST
If your family has struggled with “springing ahead” this week, be assured you are not alone. Maybe this article in Seattle's Child, How to Prep Little Sleepers for Daylight Savings Time, will provide some useful tips, even after the fact!
See “Screenagers” in Shoreline
If you've already experienced the “Savvy Parents Safe Kids” workshop, why not catch “Screenagers—Growing Up in the Digital Age,” from 7-9 p.m., March 21, at the Shoreline Conference Center Auditorium, 18560 1st Ave. NE, Shoreline, WA 98155. This free, public screening also features speaker Sahara Pirie, Positive Discipline Educator, providing useful tools on how to set limits with your children in a positive way.
Woodinville Montessori School is a sponsoring school for this event, presented by the Pacific Northwest Montessori Association. Register here.
ADHD expert Hallowell returns to Seattle
Edward Hallowell, M.D., will be speaking in Seattle at Town Hall on March 27, focusing on teaching, school partnerships and interventions. A couple of our families who attended a similar talk last fall found it to be valuable. Tickets are $10. Visit www.hallowelltodarocenter.org to register and get more information.
Secondary students, staff and alums, save May 25!
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.
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.