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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

Journey & Discovery takes you through experience of Montessori

Sign up now for Journey & Discovery, April 27 (note time change: 6-8:15 p.m.), and April 28 (note time change: 8:45 a.m.-noon). Space is limited to the first 25 parents/guardians to sign up, and they will be given preference; but we will take names for a waiting list after the spaces are filled.

The event is free. There is NO child care.

Journey and Discovery is an opportunity for you to experience for yourself the Montessori education you’ve chosen for your children.

Don’t miss this chance to see Montessori in action. It is not like the traditional open house where parents come in to observe a child’s work, but a hands-on experience for you to interact together in the classroom environment exploring materials and experimenting with various activities.

This gives you a better understanding of what your child does throughout the day. Each level works together to present an experience for parents that encourages participation and sparks curiosity.

Participants must be able to attend both Friday night, from 6:30-9 p.m., and Saturday morning from 9-noon. The head of school leads the journey, serving as the discussion facilitator, tour guide and time manager.

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.

See more ultimate photos in the gallery.→

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

See more photos in the gallery.→

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.