Woodinville Montessori School Weekly Newsletter, April 5, 2017
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Demonstrating the incredible 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 15
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.
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.
Please contact me for assistance at: 425-420-9725; firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.→
- April 7
- All-School Spring Poetry Walk, 5 p.m.
- EXTENDED: Early Bird signup ends for Summer Camp
- April 10-14
- Spring Break, NO SCHOOL, EC camp ONLY, with prepaid reservation
- April 17
- Faculty In-Service Day, NO SCHOOL, EC & EL camps with prepaid reservation
Elementary & Toddler Spring Break camps canceled
Due to low registrations, we have canceled both the Elementary and the Toddler Spring Break camps. We will hold Elementary camp on April 17 (in-service day). Auxiliary Program Director Theresa Kirby will contactd all families who registered to refund their money.
EC camp will be held as scheduled.
OPEN SPACE at Woodinville on April 6
Please join us at the Woodinville campus on Thursday, April 6, for a second session of “WMS Open Space.” Drop by the Club House, WV East building, from 8:45-10 a.m.
Summer Camp Early Bird prices end on April 7
In order to give our new families time to register, Early Bird (EB) registration for WMS Summer Camp will extend through April 7. Regular (Reg) rates will apply beginning on April 8. Current families, don't miss this chance to save money, if you plan to register. Visit the WMS Camps page to view the brochures.
Learn All About Growing Up on April 20
Parents of Upper Elementary and third-year students, join us for “All About Growing Up! Puberty Workshop” for children 9-11-years-old and one or both parents. Register at Camp Brain by April 18. On April 20, from 6-8 p.m., the workshop will cost $45 per family (child, plus one or both parents).
Thank you, volunteers!
Thank you to these volunteers for the week of March 25-April 1: Thanks to Ginkgo parents Lori Poliski and Carli McSorley for accompanying the class on our field trip to the Museum of Pop Culture in Seattle.
Thanks to Ginkgo mom Susan Howard for leading a felting activity during Middle School Completion Week.
Thank you to Barbara Barry for all the weeding, trimming and planting that she has done at the entrance to Building 2 and all the planter boxes, which will soon be full of colorful tulips!
Thank you to Jamie Holland and Paula Reudebusch, Aquaponics; Lisa Flannery, correcting vocabulary; Vijaya Nirmala, correcting math; Charanya Srinivisan, updating North Creek whiteboards; Glenda Wren, NC front desk; Darcy Hardy & Jessica Roybal, reading parent; Maggie Larimer Atkins, Friday Helper; and Jianing Xu, library support.
Thank you to Carli McSorley for continued dedication to producing the upcoming school yearbook.
Treehouse Drive starts April 24
The annual Treehouse donation drive runs from April 24-May 5. Organized by the third-year students, the donation drive, which benefits foster children from infants through teenagers, is an important annual event at WMS. Details to come in the next Grapevine.
Start the Chipotle Reading Incentive
Students aged K-6th-grade are eligible for the Chipotle Reading Incentive program, which rewards children who read at home for 15 minutes daily in April. Students who do will receive a coupon for a free child's meal at Chipotle.
- Throughout April, have your child read for 15 minutes each day, then color in the picture on this calendar for that day.
- Return the completed calendar to your child's teacher on Monday, May 1.
- Take the free child's meal reward to Chipotle's and enjoy!
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