The Grapevine

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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Earth Day

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

See more photos on the EC program page.→

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.

A few places left in Journey & Discovery this weekend

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.

“Sideways Stories” caps EL drama elective

Sideways Stories

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.

See more photos in this week’s gallery.→

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.

FARamadan Mubarak

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 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