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Woodinville Montessori School Weekly Newsletter, March 22, 2017

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WMS student gets to fourth round in King/Sno. Regional Spelling Bee

Regional Spelling Bee

Big kudos to Claire, our school spelling bee winner! The seventh-grader was one of 18 students (out of 90) who made it to the fourth round in the King/Snohomish County Regional Spelling Bee on Sunday.

It was a long afternoon for the contestants and families, with the bee lasting from 1-5 p.m. Not only did she make it into the next-to-final round, but Claire was the last person to spell in each round, since the students were lined up according to alphabetical spelling by school name. Here's how her afternoon went:

Round 1, 90 spellers
Correctly spells caribou
Round 2, 80 spellers
Correctly spells shrieval
Round 3, 44 spellers
Correctly spells brevet
Round 4, 18 spellers
Claire retires on craquelure
Round 5, three spellers
This final round determined the winner who goes on to the National Spelling Bee.

Ginkgo learns what makes animals tick

Seventh and eighth-grade biology students examined the wonders of anatomy on Tuesday, as groups of two and three dissected small preserved animals varying from a fish, a squid and a large snake to a rat, a pigeon and a toad.

Students gamely tackled the assignment, made discoveries and asked questions. See more photos on the Secondary-level page.→

WMS Gala Auction will burst with color

Spring Gala 2017

The WMS Gala Auction on April 28 will be very colorful this year! To get in the spirit with even more color, some parents have generously offered to loan Indian outfits for men and women; there will be various selections of styles, sizes and colors to choose from! We encourage you to come to the Club House Conference room next Tuesday, March 28, after morning drop off, to check out the beautiful selection of garments. There is no obligation to wear one, however, please come and take a look if it sounds interesting! Parents there will explain what the clothing options are and how to wear each piece.

Sign up here. (Please note that on March 28, there will NOT be an afternoon signup for borrowers, just the morning time slot.)

On April 26, 9-11 a.m., and on April 27, 3-5 p.m., WMS will host an artist to provide a small mehndi henna tattoo (lasts for a few days) for those who would like it for the gala. Please use this link to sign up for a 15-minute time slot if you are interested. We ask you to consider making a $15 donation at the time of service to help cover the cost.

Registration will be open within the next week. Early Bird signup before April 14 will be $85, rising to $100 on April 15. A Kids' Night out from 4:30-11 p.m. will allow you to enjoy the evening while your little ones are entertained with fun activities.

Congratulations to this week's winner of the free gala ticket, the Million (third grade) family. Some of the other wonderful auction items up on the block this year include Golf for four at Inglewood Golf Club, or a lovely stay at the Ocean View home at Seabrook for four nights! Be sure to get the opportunity for some of these wonderful luxuries, and to help our school provide the best education for our students.—Gala Committee

St. Patrick's Day

Guest speaker talks about Ireland

Upper El students were eager to try a few Irish dance steps on Friday. They were treated to a St. Patrick's Day visit from Susan Keller, who spoke about the history and culture of Ireland, and with her Upper El daughter (who played the harp), demonstrated some Irish dance steps. See more photos in this week's photo gallery.→

Ash class returns from trip to eastern US

Ash trip

Ash class students, teachers and chaperones returned from their trip to New York City and Washington, D.C., with new knowledge and memories of extraordinary experiences and good times together, including, as here, sharing meals at many different restaurants. They toured art, history and cultural museums, saw a Broadway show and sang for their tour group on the stage of the Apollo Theater, to name a few activities.

Last spring the high school classes traveled to Chicago. See more photos on the Secondary page.→

We learn from you at Open Space

Thank you to the parents who joined us for WMS Open Space on Wednesday. We answered questions, such as why were Forest Groups discontinued (different levels of enjoyment among student age groups), talked about the use of the Seesaw app across program levels, and other communications and notification platforms; frequency of field and overnight trips; and even socialized a tiny bit. Drop in and provide feedback, ask questions and/or express an opinion, from about 8:45-10 a.m. each Wednesday. Please tell us if an afternoon before pickup would work better for you.