The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, March 28, 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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Hominid skulls

Name that skull! Ash studies hominids

The high school biology class matched hominid skulls (models) with their characteristics as part of their evolution unit.

See another photo in the photo gallery.→

WMS Gala website live—see class art display on Special Friends’ Day April 5


Be sure to check your mailboxes as Gala invitations should be arriving TODAY! We are so excited watching this year’s theme come to life and hope our entire community can join us at the beautiful Inglewood Golf Club for a delicious Italian meal and unforgettable evening. The Gala website is live, giving you the ability to purchase tickets online, as well as participate in the online auction (debuting a few weeks prior to the Gala) to bid on exciting items and opportunities, including Teacher Time experiences.

What is Teacher Time, you ask? Teacher Time experiences are a WMS tradition, and highly sought-after auction items. The winner of each will enjoy a unique, memorable outing or activity with their favorite teacher or staff member. Some examples of Teacher Time experiences are a trip to the zoo, a movie screening event, blacklight bowling and even a “make your own music video” experience. Thank you to all the WMS teachers and staff who donate their time to these wonderful experiences! More details about Teacher Time offerings will be shared in the weeks to come.

The big day is May 4, the theme a Venetian Masquerade Ball, which allows a vast swath of classroom creativity around the art our students are producing specifically for the auction. A preview of the art will be on display starting April 5 for Special Friends’ Day, and all classroom art will be auctioned off in a silent auction leading up to the gala.

We hope you will join us as we celebrate WMS’s 35th anniversary; the auction is an opportunity to support school programs and our substantial Tuition Assistance Program. Why tuition assistance? WMS 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.

If you need a sitter for the event, the Seattle Nanny Network, Inc., has offered to waive the booking and membership fees for the evening. You will still be responsible for paying your sitter directly, and certain restrictions apply. Visit or email with questions.

Learn more and purchase gala tickets on the WMS Gala website.—Director of Development Keri Sliger

Magnolia creates in the ID Lab

ID Lab

The Magnolia class second-year students went into the ID Lab on March 16 to create their own spinning tops. ID Lab Coordinator Bryce Aktepy works with the students and ensures they know how to safely use the tools and the lab in general.

See more photos of them on the Lower El program page.→

Ginkgo tests reactions in fizz-pop lesson


Middle school students bubbled with interest in the “fizz-pop lab” last week. Under Alaine Davis’ supervision the class tested different substances together, and watched the chemical reactions. See more photos in the photo gallery.→

Aquarium field trip round two showcases marine wonders


Upper Elementary classes have been able to watch and even touch some of the amazing animals and fish at the Seattle Aquarium during field trips on March 14 and March 21. (Half of each class went on each day.) Here, students on the second field trip view an octopus.

See more photos from March 21 on the Upper El program page.→

Charrette was inspiring

We were pleased to welcome parents and staff to the charrette for the WMS Commons on March 27. Lorne McConachie of Bassetti Architects provided perspective on ideas from the WMS Master Plan, and facilitated brainstorming about the possible uses for, inclusions and placing of a common space for all age groups at the North Creek campus.

Thank you to all who attended and provided your inspiring ideas. We’ll keep you updated on further developments!


Catching up with Dogwood

Concentrating on the bigger picture, a Dogwood student paints.

See more photos on the EC program page.→