The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, May 1, 2019

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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Senior will go to California for college

Senior Decision Day

Nancy holds a box of doughnuts in the shape of an “O, x, y” (Oxy), and in the school’s black and orange colors.

Congratulations to senior Nancy Wang, who announced to the Ash class on May 1 that she will enter Occidental College (“Oxy”) in Los Angeles, Calif., this fall.

She told her schoolmates, teachers and well-wishers at WMHS’s annual Senior Decision Day reveal, that she chose the private liberal arts school (fewer than 2,200 students) for its strong theater program. She was also impressed by the student body’s diversity and general kindness.

Nancy cautioned the students not to apply to too many colleges, as she believes she did. Each required individual essays, and non-refundable application fees. As it turned out, she needn’t have worried.

Nancy was accepted by:
Boston University
Emerson College
Occidental College
Chapman University
University of Redlands
St. Mary’s College of California
University of California at Davis
University of California at Irvine
University of California at Merced

See more photos on the Secondary page.→

GalaWV sensory trail

The Gala is this coming Saturday, 6:30 p.m., May 4, at Columbia Winery in Woodinville. But you can start bidding on, and buying, some items in the online auction now. Here are just a few of the “fund a need” items requested by teachers, available to buy from the online site—you’ll want to hurry, because some items are already sold out:

If you have procrastinated about buying your tickets, ticket sales close at midnight tonight, May 1. (In photo: a sensory trail, available to purchase online for the Woodinville campus.)

T & EC families and teachers dig in on Earth Day

Earth Day

From the Woodinville campus to the Bothell campus, Early Childhood and Toddler families, students and teachers dug, hammered, drilled, pruned and planted as they marked Earth Day on April 27.

Among their accomplishments: The Maple and Oak families weeded and created a new sandbox space for the west playground; Apple families (in photo) built and filled planter boxes, raked, weeded and planted at their Earth Day Garden Party; and North Creek EC and Toddler families cleaned up, weeded, planted and beautified their playgrounds at their Earth Day Gardening Event.

Thank you to all of our hardworking volunteers. See more photos inside.

See Montessori in a new way through Journey & Discovery, May 17-18

See your Montessori classrooms from the students’ perspective, when you sign up for Journey & Discovery. Set for Friday, May 17, 6-8:45 p.m. and Saturday, May 18, 8:45 a.m.-1 p.m., this very special, immersive event is free. There is NO child care (but you may want to sign up for Kids’ Night Out that Friday). Registration runs through Friday, May 10.

In Journey & Discovery, each program level works together to present an experience that encourages participation and sparks curiosity. You will interact together with other parents in the classroom environment, exploring materials and experimenting with various activities.

You must be able to attend both Friday night and Saturday morning sessions. The head of school and program directors lead the journey.

For more information about Journey & Discovery, contact parent engagement coordinator Bert Herrlinger.

Douglas Fir samples Ethiopian dishes

Ethiopian food

Early Childhood students in the Douglas Fir class learned a little bit about Ethiopia, Ethiopian Easter and popular Ethiopian foods last week as parents Habtamu Feyessa and Etsegenet Simachew visited their daughter’s classroom to talk about Ethiopian culture. The students also had a chance to sample some traditional dishes. See more photos on the EC program page.→

Upper Elementary experiences Mt. Rainier

Mt. Rainier overnight

Upper Elementary students relaxed in the evenings during their Mt. Rainier outdoor education overnight last week. After all, what is an outdoor trip without campfires, skits and s’mores?

The students experienced a range of mountain weather as they hiked, snowshoed, conducted observations about flora and fauna and bonded as classmates.

UE students visit three different environmental centers during their three-year program. See more photos on the UE program page.→