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Woodinville Montessori School Weekly Newsletter, April 5, 2017

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Demonstrating the incredible edible cell

Edible cell

Middle School life science teacher Alaine Davis presents an “impressionistic lesson on the anatomy of a cell” to her class. She uses candy, pretzels and frosting to make up the edible cell. See more edible cell photos on this week's Secondary page.→

Come and enjoy the Poetry Walk on April 7

“Poetry is an act of peace.”—Pablo Neruda

On Friday, April 7, come to the North Creek campus from 5-6:30 p.m., and see all the acts of peace your students have written, at the All-School Poetry Walk. Works from the Woodinville classes will be displayed here, too.

Families visit all the classrooms at their own paces, viewing different styles of poetry in each. This fun evening also provides an opportunity to see what the students do in the various program levels. The Lower Elementary classes have written poetry relating to their studies of continents, for instance. The Upper Elementary classes' poetry will be decorated with paper art made possible with the laser cutter in the new Innovation & Design Lab.

Register now for WMS Auction Gala—Early Bird ends on April 15Mittza Kids

Register for the WMS Auction Gala by April 14 at the Early Bird price of $85 per person. On April 15 the price rises to $100.

We will be hosting another Saree Swap this Friday from 2-4 p.m. in the North Creek Club House for those of you looking to borrow some festive apparel. But of course, please wear what you prefer, as there will be a wide variety of attire for the evening! Additionally a new activity that is available this year is that you can sit with your favorite WMS parents. The pick-your-table seating requests are now up in the lobbies of both campuses.

Congratulations to this week's winner of the free gala ticket, the family of seventh grader Jerry! Some of the other wonderful auction items up for bid this year are a Wine Party with 50 of your closest friends, and an amazing Live Auction item of a custom dress by Mittza Kids (example in photo). Your child will participate in the design and creation of their own custom dress (size 3-14), and will receive a starter sewing kit. The online Auction will be going live on April 14.

Signup sheets will be available at the front desk of each campus for Kids' Night Out, so that you can relax and enjoy the evening at the gala (4:30-11 p.m.) The price (still to be announced) will be higher since it's a longer evening, and dinner (cheese pizza) will be served. They must be toilet-trained, but otherwise children aged EC to Upper El are welcome. Spring Gala 2017

There are still a couple spots open for temporary mehndi henna tattoos on April 26 from 9-11 a.m., and April 27, from 3-5 p.m. Please sign up for a 15-minute time slot here if you are interested. We ask you to consider making a $15 donation at the time of service to help cover the cost.—Gala Committee

Building our culture of service

The WMS community is showing its true colors as we have now passed the 2,000 volunteer-hour mark for the school year. Thank you very much to the 191 unique volunteers who have played an integral part in enriching all aspects of WMS and showing in a very personal way that being involved changes everything. Bravo!

When WMS is able to show high levels of volunteerism it builds a strong case for support with foundations and corporations for grant requests, as well as better terms for the school with financial institutions.

For those of you with unrecorded volunteer hours, please record them at

Please contact me for assistance at: 425-420-9725; or stop by my office in Building 1 NC.—Guy Tobin, Director of Development

Woodinville campus retirements and hiring announced

Last week we announced to the Woodinville campus that two of our community will retire this year. Janis Hummel, beloved Oak teacher, will retire at the end of this year. We have hired Aneta Lasek-Czerwonka to take over her classroom next year. Aneta has an AMS credential and eight years of Montessori Early Childhood teaching experience, and an MA in Linguistics and Polish Literature, from Poland. Aneta also teaches for the Montessori Education Institute of the Pacific Northwest (MEIPN), currently overseeing the Sensorial course for the Early Childhood training.

Aneta has observed and taught a sample lesson in the Oak classroom, totally charming the students. Later this spring we will arrange for a get-together so that returning parents and students can get to know her.

Woodinville EC & Camps Director Lea Aemisegger will also retire at the end of June. Lea wants to travel, visit family on the other side of the country, garden and catch up on her reading.

“I want to thank each and every one of you for your gift of friendship and guidance throughout these past (almost) eight years,” Lea says. “I am deeply grateful for the opportunity to have worked alongside so many amazing and talented people, and I go with a full heart and cherished memories.”

We will celebrate Lea's and Janis's long years of service at the end of the year, so watch for details. We have posted Lea's job.

MS class explores new activities during Completion Week

MS Immersion Week

The Middle School immersed itself in a variety of new activities during MS Completion Week last week. In this photo students build with dominoes at the Musem of Pop Culture (MoPOP, formerly the EMP). See more photos in this week's photo gallery.→