Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, March 21, 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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Middle School students consider global issues at Montessori Model UN
These Ginkgo students arrived home on Sunday after a five-day trip to New York City for the Montessori Model United Nations and some sightseeing. The MMUN club for seventh and eighth-graders has been meeting since Sept. 21. Montessori Model United Nations is a program created for students to learn about global issues and to further develop their ideas of justice, morality and reason. WMS is proud to offer our students a chance to participate in this program.
This is the second year that WMS has participated in the program. See more photos in the photo gallery.→
WMS Gala: A Venetian Masquerade Ball
Invitations go out this Friday for the biggest event of the year, the Spring Gala! Mark your calendars for May 4, book your sitters and grab your Venetian mask for a night of art, food, music, incredible auction items and fun. The evening will be a celebration of our school’s rich history and an opportunity to support school programs and our substantial Tuition Assistance Program.
Why tuition assistance? Woodinville Montessori School believes that a broad range of families—from diverse socio-economic, cultural and ethnic backgrounds—benefits the entire community and is essential to the academic success, social and emotional growth and development of our students. Since our inception 35 years ago, tuition assistance has been a deeply held value and a pillar of our mission. Our founder and retiring Head of School Mary Schneider has worked tirelessly to ensure that exceptional Montessori education is accessible for every child, regardless of their financial constraints.
Learn more and purchase tickets at the WMS Gala website debuting soon!—Director of Development Keri Sliger
All About Growing Up! May be canceled
Have you registered for the All About Growing Up! Puberty Workshop? It may be canceled due to low registrations. This family-oriented workshop has been very popular in past years, providing a safe, comfortable environment to learn and talk about puberty, from body changes to mood swings to crushes.
Everyone goes through it, so why not get some help in talking about it?
The two-hour workshop is for parents, guardians and their 9-11-year-old-children, with girls and boys in separate sessions. Facilitated by professional educator Robin Wallace-Wright of The Wright Conversations, the evening includes a short video, interactive activities and opportunities for Q & A. 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.
- Date: Thursday, March 29, 5:30-7:30 p.m.
- Fee: $45 family (child plus one or both parents; additional children $20 each)
- Register here by March 27.
Have you noticed the bright world map now covering the wall of the elementary Spanish classroom at North Creek? The multicolored wall print is only one of the changes to the design of the classroom since winter break—and it’s all thanks to one WMS family.
Adriana Bohn, mother of Bruce (Aspen class) and Luna (Fig class), and her family, donated funds to redesign the room and contributed hours of personal time on and offsite to decorating and setting up the new foreign language space...
We love our volunteers!
WMS parents have been very busy around the campuses this week, preparing for the Spring Gala, acting as Reading Parents, working on the yearbook, assisting with classroom projects and helping to beautify our outdoor space, to name just a few great acts of service. Thank you to ALL our generous volunteers including: Amany Hasan, Eva Peterson, Corinne Guerrero, Carli and Jason McSorley, Jessica Felt and Charanya Srinivasan. Your contributions of time and talent continuously help us to put our best foot forward—the great school that we are!—Director of Development Keri Sliger
Upper El classes immersed in aquarium
Upper Elementary classes went to the Seattle Aquarium for field trips on March 14 and March 21, learning about all kids of sea life and enjoying lunch on the pier. Half of each class went on each day, so that they were in mixed groups. This photo was from the first field trip.
Seen in Early Childhood classes
Early Childhood students at both campuses are serious about their works, like this pair of Aspen students.
- March 21
- • Registration ends for March 23 EC & EL camps (Toddler camp is canceled)
- March 22
- • AMS Annual Conference through March 25
- March 23
- • NO SCHOOL, faculty in-service day, camp offered with prepaid reservation
- March 26
- • Last day for Early Bird registration for spring break & April 16 camps
- March 27
- • Community charrette for the WMS Commons, 4:30-6 p.m., Bldg. 2, NC; RSVP and reserve child care here
- • Last day to register for All About Growing Up! Puberty workshop
NO TODDLER CAMP ON MARCH 23
Due to low enrollment the March 23 Toddler (only) camp has been canceled. EC and EL camp are on.
Help us celebrate Mary!
Do you have some especially fond memories starring our Head of School Mary Schneider that you would love to share? We would love to hear them! We’re collecting stories to honor Mary before she steps down on June 30. Please send your stories to Claire Tuohy-Morgan, communications director, by May 31.
RSVP now—WMS Commons planning charrette is less than a week away
RSVP and reserve child care here to attend the design process charrette for the WMS Commons on March 27, 4:30-6 p.m., Bldg. 2, North Creek campus. We’ll provide complimentary child care and light refreshments.
Robots in the ID Lab on April 16
Wondering what to do with your sixth-graders and up on April 16, the faculty in-service day? Sign them up for a camp day of STEM. Students will step into the Innovation & Design Lab, with Bryce Aktepy. Each student will receive an introduction to the equipment and materials in the WMS ID Lab and learn how to safely operate each one. Students will have the opportunity to build a robot. Sign up now, space is limited!
And of course we are offering day camp for Toddlers through Upper El for Spring Break and April 16. Visit Camp Brain to register for the STEM course and/or day camp.
Spring sports begin
Spring athletics began this week, with soccer and ultimate frisbee practices. The first spring soccer scrimmage is set for March 22, at home. Other games are scheduled for April 19, April 26, May 10 and May 24, all at home. Volleyball begins in early April, when we have access to the YMCA gym. Scrimmages will be on April 18, May 16 and May 21, all at Willows Prep. Students fourth through 10th grades can still sign up to play! For more information, please contact Theresa Kirby, director of athletics.
Seeking KNO chaperones
Can you help chaperone for Kids’ Night Out (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 KNO, March 30, 5-9 p.m., in the Gingko classroom, North Creek.
Summer camp Early Bird price ends March 31
Register for summer camp through Camp Brain. The early bird pricing ends on March 31. Find the Elementary camp brochure here; the Early Childhood camp brochure here; and the Toddler brochure here. Or simply go straight to registration on Camp Brain.
Did you forget to order a yearbook?
Online ordering and personalization are no longer available, but you can still order a standard yearbook for your child. To order a yearbook, please contact Communications Director Claire Tuohy-Morgan. Yearbooks are $35 apiece. You may pay cash for the exact amount, or make checks out to WMS and note "Yearbook" in the memo line.
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.
News from the Family Alliance is updated on the second week of each month during the school year.