Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, April 18, 2018
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WMS Gala is May 4: make a mask for the Venetian ball!
The Gala is only weeks away and tables are beginning to fill, so please be sure to purchase your tickets soon! Other exciting Gala news: the incredible, one-of-a-kind classroom art masterpieces (that are now decorating the halls of WMS) will be available for preview online starting this Friday, April 20. You can only bid on these priceless items during the silent auction at the May 4 Gala, from 6-7:30 p.m. We have a feeling that the competition will be fierce this year, so get ready to bring your best bidding game. Thank you to all the parents who had a hand in creating these works of art.
The online auction will open on April 20. Bid on a number of exciting auction items, including the highly coveted Teacher Time experiences, and buy-it-now items befitting WMS. This year’s top buy-it-now item is a new faculty & staff lounge for our hard-working teachers who currently only have a very small space to gather, eat or rejuvenate. We love our teachers and want to give them a beautiful, well-deserved space of their own! Our goal is to raise $10,000 for this important teacher lounge project, designed by WMS parent and interior designer Melanie Wright. Glimpse Melanie’s work here. Many thanks to Melanie and the WMS Social Committee for your hard work on this exciting project.
Finally, mark your calendars for Friday, April 27, from 3:30-6:30 p.m. The Family Alliance is hosting a free Venetian mask-making event to help get our community in the Venetian spirit. This is a family event, so parents don’t be shy, come, gather and create a mask for the big day on May 4. The event will be held in the Volunteer Conference Room, Elementary Club House, North Creek Campus.—Director of Development Keri Sliger
Join FA for SCT performance on Sunday
The Family Alliance Social Committee has organized an informal school event at the Seattle Children’s Theater at 2:30 p.m., on Sunday, April 22. The theater is showing the hilarious, all-ages musical “Naked Mole Rat Gets Dressed: The Rock Experience,” written by Mo Willems. Pacific Science Center is currently offering members a 20 percent discount on these tickets—if you are a member, you can access the discount on their website, and they also emailed members a direct link for the discount.
Interested parents can also join together to get a group discount. Per the theater website, the discount will vary depending on the size of the group, but a “group” must include at least 10 people.
We will also be getting lunch at the Seattle Center food court at 1 p.m. prior to the show, and would love to meet up with any other families. We look forward to seeing you on April 22!—Stacy Tucker
Admissions season a great success—welcome new families!
The admissions department had an amazing season with 78 new families and 305 returning families, including 82 students moving up to the next program level, resulting in 383 families enrolling for the 2018-2019 school year. Seven families were so excited to start with us, they couldn’t wait until September, and have already joined the WMS family! Weekly tours, numerous applications and many student visits all resulted in a dynamic and diverse group of new families eager to become part of the WMS community.
We are delighted to welcome our 78 new students spanning our curriculum from toddler to high school, and can’t wait to introduce them to you, our current families! In fact, a great way for you to connect with our newest community members is to sign up to be a Mentor Family. Your experience at WMS and willingness to welcome our newcomers is invaluable. If you would like to become a mentor, please contact either Julie Schwarz or Marissa Roecks, Associate Directors of Admissions. Families in all program levels are welcome to volunteer.
Thank you to all the faculty, staff, student ambassadors and parent ambassadors, for helping to make this such a successful admissions season!—Julie and Marissa
Athletics spring into action
Coach Jordan Listo gives his coed ultimate frisbee team some tips during a recent practice. This season is our first to offer ultimate frisbee.
Spring YMCA volleyball begins this week, and it is also a coed team.
Crazy Hair Day goes big and colorful
The day before Spring Break was Crazy Hair Day. Elementary and Early Childhood students arrived at school with pointy hair, tall hair, spray-colored hair and novelty toys and ribbons in their hair.—Crazy Hair Day photos courtesy of Carli McSorley
Summer camp is nearly full
Some sessions are full, and the rest are filling fast, so if your child plans to attend summer camp, please register through Camp Brain. If you would like to be placed on a waiting list for a session that is full, please email Auxiliary Programs Director Theresa Kirby. Find the Elementary camp brochure here; the Early Childhood camp brochure here; and the Toddler brochure here. Or simply go straight to registration on Camp Brain.
- April 18
- Board of Trustees meets, 7 p.m.
- April 20
- Elementary Drama Elective “Sideways Stories,” 6 p.m. performance
- April 21
- Secondary-only family social event, noon-3 p.m.
- April 23
- Treehouse Drive begins and runs through May 4
- April 25
- Kids’ Night Out, must pre-register by this day
- Upper El Overnight through April 27
- April 26
- Famly Alliance meeting, 9 a.m., North Creek EL Club House Conference Rm., Bldg. 2
- April 27
- Kids’ Night Out, if pre-registered by April 25
- Journey & Discovery (note time change: 6-8:15 p.m.), first half (pre-registration required)
- April 28
- Journey & Discovery (note time change: 8:45 a.m.-noon), second half
See Elementary Drama Elective play on April 20
Come see the Elementary Drama Elective perform “Sideways Stories” at 6 p.m., Friday, April 20, at the North Creek campus, Elementary Club House. The book by Louis Sachar has been adapted for the stage by John Olive.
Help us celebrate Mary—share your memories
We’re seeking your favorite memories of Head of School Mary Schneider to celebrate her role at WMS as she prepares to step down later this year. If you have memories to share, please contact Claire Tuohy-Morgan, communications director.
Secondary-only family social
All current WMS Secondary families are invited to a social event this Saturday, April 21, noon-3 p.m., at Blyth Park in Bothell. Parents Sheila Strehle and Carli McSorley are hosting the event, and have sent an evite to all the secondary parents. For more information, contact Carli or Sheila.
Treehouse Donation Drive for Foster Children starts Monday, April 23
By Dyuti K. & Gabby D.
Hi Families! We are third graders who are a part of the Treehouse donation drive for foster children. You may donate from April 23-May 4. You have two weeks to donate. The donation bins at the Woodinville Campus will be in both buildings. At the North Creek Campus, the bins are at the Front Lobby. Our goal is to get as many t-shirts and jeans as we can. The Treehouse donation drive needs t-shirts and jeans for ages 2-18. We need them to be new or gently used. Please help foster children! Thank you for supporting the Treehouse donation drive for foster children.
Learn about Ramadan on May 12
You are invited to a Ramadan Experience! Join the Family Alliance for a fun and festive night to welcome the month of Ramadan. Ramadan is a special time of the year for Muslims all around the world. Come enjoy a complimentary multicultural feast, and fun activities for the whole family on Saturday, May 12, from 5-8 p.m. in the Elementary Club House, Building 2, North Creek campus. Please RSVP by May 6.
Next TSA Lunch is Tuesday, May 1
It’s almost time for the third and final Teacher-Staff Appreciation luncheon for the school year. A Signup Genius link for this event will be sent out via Room Parents on April 23.
EC classes plan Earth Day garden cleanup
Our Early Childhood classes will celebrate Earth Day this Saturday, April 21, by beautifying the EC playgrounds at both campuses. EC families—remember to bring your gardening gloves, tools and even your spare plants. The volunteers will work at the North Creek campus from 10 a.m.-noon, and the Woodinville campus from 1-3 p.m.
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