The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, March 20, 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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Hawthorn is treated to a special dance

Colombian dancing

Mother and daughter demonstrate a Colombian dance for the Hawthorn class on March 15. Hawthorn welcomed parents Pablo and Maria, who taught the class a little about Colombia, enthralling them with stories of a rainbow river, seasonless years, brightly colored plants and animals, and even poisonous frogs. See more photos on the inside page.→

Our 2019 senior makes us proud

With the May 1 college decision day already on the horizon, we would like to celebrate the success of WMHS senior Nancy Wang’s college admissions results so far.

During her junior year Nancy worked hard in the WMHS College Counseling class to identify schools across the country that would help her achieve her academic goals. Ultimately, she submitted 18 applications to colleges and universities across four states. She chose to apply to seven public schools in Washington and California, as well as 11 private schools in Massachusetts, Oregon, Washington and California.

While admissions decisions are still rolling in, Nancy has already received a staggering 12 acceptances from 13 schools. Six of those offers also included much-coveted merit aid—a rare achievement for an international applicant. In total, schools all along the West Coast have offered her over $500,000 in merit aid. Nancy, we couldn’t be more proud of what you have accomplished!

Nancy is now faced with the challenge of deciding which of her wonderful options she will pursue. We promise to update you once that decision has been made.

Middle School Model United Nations begins

MMUN 2019

Middle School student delegates are attending the Montessori Model United Nations in New York City. While visiting the Tenement Museum they noticed a lot of activity in the area. Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and New York City Mayor Bill Di Blasio were in a nearby building, unveiling their proposed immigration bill, so there were many police in the area for security.

“We were wondering why,” says teacher Sharon Dunn. “Then we learned: the advantage of asking questions!”

Upper Elementary digs into nature

North Creek Forest

Upper Elementary students learned about the forest, conservation, water quality, stewardship and trees, and planted native plants, while on a service learning field trip with Friends of the North Creek Forest. The weather on March 19 was ideal for the walk to, and the work in, Bothell’s North Creek Forest. More photos inside.→


KNO returns to “Neverland” on March 29

Hello Parents! The next WMS Kid’s Night Out (KNO) is just over one week away, set for Friday, March 29. Places fill up fast, so make sure to sign up ASAP! We cannot accept drop-ins. Remember that KNO is only open to WMS students who are in ear2554_ kindergarten or higher.

Kid’s Night Out is usually held once a month, on a Friday night. Upper school students created KNO in order to raise money for our end-of-year trip. When your children attend KNO, they get to participate in activities and games, like face-paint and a movie, while you also get the night off. The upcoming KNO will be “Neverland”-themed and will run from 5-9 p.m. We will be watching “Pan,” which is rated PG, and “Return to Neverland” a G-rated movie for younger children. You can sign up here, on Camp Brain. The fee for KNO is $22 for the first child, $15 for the second, and $9 for any additional child(ren). For dinner, pizza will be offered at $3 a slice. We look forward to seeing you on the 29th!—Coco McLeod and Meera Kohli, KNO managers

Buy Early Bird WMS Gala tickets by April 18


Visit the gala website right now and grab your $100 tickets for Around the World in 80 Days, Woodinville Montessori School’s Annual Benefit Gala & Auction.

The gala is on May 4, 2019, 6:30 p.m., at the Columbia Winery, Woodinville.

We’ll take you around the world in an elegant evening while raising money for outdoor education at WMS. Tickets are $125 after April 18!

Keep up the search for awesome auction items and sponsorships, too! See the WMS website for auction forms; and email us if you want to sponsor.

Catching up on a century of news


The UE Cypress class examines a commemorative issue of 100 years of the Seattle Times during a field trip to the printing facility on March 15.

2017 WMHS grad earns summer fellowship

Congratulations to Emery Armentrout, WMHS ‘17, who has been named a 2019 Field Fellow by Trinity University’s East Asian Studies (EAST) Program Center for International Engagement!

This summer, Emery will attend the Ecological Civilization in China study abroad program, held on the modern campus of United International College in Zhuhai, China. He will study with Chinese students, conduct research and prepare an in-depth project on some aspect of Ecological Civilization in China.

According to the Trinity website, “Trinity’s unique EAST program is a multifaceted program that prepares students for life in the Pacific century. Through a combination of language training, in-country experiences, internships, and formal exchange programs, EAST grooms future leaders in business, government, science, and education to be comfortable and confident in the global environment.”

Emery, who first began studying Chinese less than two years ago at Trinity, has decided to double-major in Chinese and English.