Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, April 25, 2018
LEARN self-respect, compassion and commitment to community | GROW academically, socially, emotionally, creatively and intellectually | BECOME world citizens who have a voice and make a difference.
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EC marks Earth Day
EC classes at both campuses, including Elm & Apple at Woodinville, celebrated Earth Day last weekend by cleaning up their playgrounds, weeding and planting flowers. Thank you to all the wonderful parent volunteers who helped students and teachers beautify these spaces.—Photo courtesy of Kristin Duin
Gala is May 4—online auction is open!
Though the Gala is not until 6 p.m., May 4, you don’t have to wait to start benefitting the school! Bid right now on a variety of fun and unique items and experiences in the online auction. How about three months of bagpipe or Scottish drumming, all or part of a stage, a dozen custom t-shirts, coveted Teacher Time and/or a portion of a faculty-staff lounge redesign? Those are just a few of the surprises you’ll find when you bid online. The online auction closes on Thursday, May 3.
With the gala a mere week away purchase your tickets now! Ticket sales close on Tuesday, May 1. You won’t want to miss this special event.
- Family-Friendly Venetian Mask Making
Friday, April 27, 3:30-6:30 p.m.
North Creek Elementary Club House
- Family Alliance invites you to get into the spirit of this year’s Gala! Come make your mask for the WMS Venetian Masquerade Ball and let your kids create their own masks as well. This is a FREE event sponsored by the Family Alliance. Come socialize and create some art with the kids before you drop them off at Kids’ Night Out, or come in after KNO drop-off and spend some kid-free time on your creation.
“Sideways Stories” caps EL drama elective
The Elementary Drama Elective performed “Sideways Stories” on April 20, at the North Creek campus. Kaitlyn & Kylie McElrath lead the elective. John Olive adapted Louis Sachar’s book for the stage.
Kindergarteners discuss a better world
By WMS Librarian Emily Schlieman
April’s virtue in the Kindergarteners’ Leadership Club curriculum is tolerance, which started off as a big and unfamiliar word for many. With our story and discussion, the meaning became more clear, with the big takeaway being how each and every one of us can make the world a better place, starting in our community. They were able to explain back to me that tolerance means accepting people who are different and still being their friend.
The story we read was “Come With Me,” written by Holly M. McGhee and illustrated by Pascal LeMaître. It is about a young girl who is frightened by the news telling of anger and hatred in the world, but learns with her mother and father that by being brave, gentle, strong, and kind, she can make the world a better place. The story culminates with individuals, young and old, from the young girl’s community working on a colorful chalk mural. Many of the kindergartners said this was their favorite page in the book.
At the end of the story, the students thought of other ways to make the world a better place: by being kind and respectful, sharing with and helping others, greeting people, decorating the world, and making the world “golden,” which were all very nice thoughts to come away with.
RSVP by May 6 for multicultural feast
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, ANYTIME between 5-8 p.m., in the Elementary Club House, Building 2, North Creek campus. Please RSVP by May 6.
Volunteerism is topic for April 26 FA meeting
Join the Family Alliance to discuss volunteerism in 2018-2019, on Thursday, April 26, 3:30 p.m., EL Club House Conference Room Bldg. 2, North Creek. Complimentary child care for children ages 3 & up at both campuses. Join the conference call at 1-669-900-6833, meeting ID, 489 566 495. For more information, contact the FA.
FA Mariner group ticket offer ends 9 a.m., April 27
The Social Committee is delighted to inform WMS parents that our families have already committed—in one day—to 37 tickets to the Mariners game on June 17, 1:10 p.m., versus the Red Sox! Many of you understandably would like to know where the seats are, which we can’t know until we buy the tickets. To ensure that we’re able to get the best possible block of seats, we are going to purchase the block of tickets on April 27. If you know you want to buy tickets, please contact Stacy Tucker at firstname.lastname@example.org no later than this Friday, April 27, at 9 a.m. This should give most of us a chance to coordinate our schedules with our families and friends and commit to the date.
We realize that there may be families who are interested, but won’t be able to commit by Friday. If families decide to request seats after 9 a.m., April 27, we will start a list for a second block of seats for the game. Thanks very much, and please contact Stacy Tucker with any questions!—Stacy Tucker
- April 25
- Kids’ Night Out, must pre-register by this day;
- Upper El Overnight through April 27
- April 26
- Family Alliance meeting, 3:30 p.m., North Creek EL Club House Conference Rm., Bldg. 2
- April 27
- Kids’ Night Out, 5-9 p.m., if pre-registered by April 25;
- Journey & Discovery (note time: 6-8:15 p.m.), first half (pre-registration required);
- Venetian Mask-Making, 3:30-6:30 p.m., EL CH, drop in
- April 28
- Journey & Discovery (note time: 8:45 a.m.-noon), second half
- May 1
- TSA lunches, WV & NC;
- Online Reenrollment opens; supplemental medical forms sent this week;
- Gala ticket sales close
WMS nap mats: NO toxic chemicals
A recent story on NPR sparked some concern about the safety of nap mats. Please note that the mats we use for toddler and EC, Angeles brand, are clear and free from toxic chemicals. EC Program Director Judy Samudovsky confirmed this on April 24. Judy provided this link from the Center for Environmental Health which shows Angeles brand as being free from the chemicals.
Treehouse Donation Drive for Foster Children continues
By Alex & Addi, third-year students
The Treehouse drive has started! Please keep donating jeans and t-shirts to foster children in need. Please only donate new and very gently used clothes. Remember that we’re donating for ages 2-18 years old. The Treehouse drive is going to end on May 4 so donate now for children in need. When you donate, the bins will be at the front of the North Creek campus and in each building of the Woodinville campus. Please donate more and much more. Thank you for donating to the Treehouse drive.
KNO needs your help
Grownups, Kids’ Night Out needs your help. If you can volunteer to help chaperone at KNO, from 5-9 p.m., April 27, in Ginkgo, NC campus, please contact Jillian Dickson. Thank you.
In our excitement about our successful Admissions season, we made a mistake. Please note that we presently have 383 students—not families—enrolling for the 2018-2019 school year.
Online Reenrollment opening soon
Online Reenrollment through ParentsWeb is just around the corner. In accordance with state law, and to keep all medical and emergency information current, all families must complete the Online Reenrollment Packet by our deadline of May 15. Please watch for two emails coming from your registrars next week with instructions on how to access your student’s packet and to complete your supplemental medical forms.
Montessori Thoughts—children carry peace in their hearts
By Laura Webb, Magnolia teacher
“While attending the American Montessori Society conference in Denver, I had the opportunity to participate in the March for Our Lives. It was a powerful moment driven by the youth in our country. Young children and young adults can effect change because their worldview is still pure, void of any bias. They represent good and carry peace naturally within their hearts…” Read the whole article on the Lower El program page.→
TSA Lunch on May 1 features a spring time/picnic theme
WMS families, our third and final Teacher and Staff Appreciation (TSA) Luncheon of the school year is right around the corner! The theme is “Spring and Picnic Recipes.” It will be held on Tuesday, May 1. If you would like more information, and to participate in this event, please use the Sign-Up Genius link for your campus/classroom provided below:
The teachers and staff greatly appreciated all of the efforts for the previous two luncheons this year. Thank you for your help in making this event successful as well!
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.
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