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Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, April 4, 2018

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Learning about food and nutrition


Upper Elementary students learned how to prepare chili from scratch using whole foods and fresh ingredients. Two chefs from the Beecher’s Foundation visited on March 30 to conduct Pure Food Kids Workshops in both Cedar and Cypress. Free to all schools and commercial-free, they are “standards-aligned food education workshops.” They aim to raise awareness about how food companies market to children and what’s in the food that children eat, teach children to read nutrition labels and to cook and eat a “nourishing vegetable chili” made in class. The students learned to choose, evaluate and prepare the ingredients, and produced a tasty chili that featured tomatoes, onions, peppers, beans and corn.

See more photos on the Upper El page.→

WMS Gala May 4: Come one, come all, what to wear to a Venetian masquerade ball!


RSVPs are coming in steadily for the May 4 Gala and the seating charts located in the front offices at both campuses are filling with names—it appears our entire community is brimming with anticipation for the Gala and rightfully so. It will be a night to remember!

If this is your first WMS Gala or you wonder what to wear to the event, the Gala team is here to help. Please feel free to dress however makes you feel your best, smart casual to glittering sequins, and no, you don’t have to wear a mask. However, you can if you’d like to, and we find most guests tend to have a bit of fun with the theme.

Wanting to help our community get into the Venetian spirit, the Family Alliance will be hosting a mask-making event on Friday, April 27, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the North Creek campus. This free event is an opportunity to gather with fellow families and create masks to be worn at the Gala or just to inspire your attire. More details will be shared following spring break.

Be sure to purchase your tickets before April 15, to benefit from the early bird ticket pricing. You can also choose to sponsor a teacher or teachers, at the cost of $50 per ticket. Let’s show our staff how much we appreciate them!

More exciting details will be shared in the weeks to come, and starting tomorrow the Gala art projects will be displayed throughout campus. All classroom art projects will be auctioned off at the Gala during the silent auction portion of the event.

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

Classroom projects make gala extra special

Cedar project

Visitors to Special Friends’ Day on April 5 will be treated to the debut of the 2018 classroom art projects to be auctioned off to the highest bidders at the silent auction only at the WMS Gala.

In this photo, two students work on the Cedar class’s Native Northwest Plank Art, inspired by the art of the native people of the Northwest Coast.

The Cedar students designed, built and painted a matched pair of wall panels that can hang like a regular framed picture. They examined traditional art and paid homage with their own design of the sun and moon dichotomy, a common theme in many stories from the region. The students also chose to include a raven and an eagle, two common figures in many stories and in much of the art from which they drew. They constructed the panels out of cedar planks, painted them with tempera and sealed them with an acrylic spray.

See more photos of this and other classroom art projects in progress in the photo gallery.→

Secondary explores polyhedra

Platonic solids

Last week, students in the Secondary Geometry class built Platonic solids to prepare for a related project in the ID Lab. What are Platonic solids, you ask? Here’s an explanation.

See another photo in the gallery.→

Seen in Early Childhood, NC & WV

Elm classMaking pasta

Photo 1, Douglas Fir classroom, parent volunteer Donatella Thomson helped students in the EC Douglas Fir class make pasta from scratch on Tuesday. Photo 2, Elm classroom.

See more photos on the Early Childhood page.→


High school tours CDC in Atlanta

A pair of Ash students tries on special suits for dealing with diseases such as Ebola. The high school classes are in Atlanta, Georgia, this week; today they toured the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). See more photos in the gallery.→