Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, May 1, 2019
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Senior will go to California for college
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
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:
- Aspen Needs a KidKraft Activity Table with Board
- WMS needs a set of dodgeballs
- Dogwood needs a simple machine set
- Juniper needs window coverings
- Spruce needs a Rock Cycle Mat set
- Cedar needs a microscope
- Athletics needs a volleyball net
- WMS needs gym mats
- UE needs a Geography Sandbox Table
- The school needs canopy tents
- Early Childhood needs a horizontal ladder
- Magnolia needs a Time Line Ribbon
- and more…
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
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
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
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.→
- Through May 10
- • Treehouse Drive
- May 3
- • Early Bird registration open, May 24 camp
- May 4
- • WMS Soccer game, 11:30 a.m., Doug Allen Sportsfields, 19417 88th Ave NE, Bothell
- • WMS Volleyball game, 1:30 p.m., Northshore YMCA
- • Spring Gala/Auction, 6:30 p.m., Columbia Winery, 14030 NE 145th St., Woodinville; buy tickets here.
- May 6
- • Teacher Appreciation Week
- • Soccer scrimmage, 3:45 p.m.
- • Coffee with Sunita at Woodinville, 5 p.m.
- May 8
- • Coffee with Sunita at North Creek, 8:30 a.m.
- • North Creek New Family EC Preview Night, 6 p.m.
Reenrollment process begins today, May 1
Returning Families—collection of required supplemental forms and the online portion of reenrollment for the 2019-2020 school year begins today! Please check your emails today for two emails from WMS:
- Email with attached supplemental forms that are required for reenrolled students and will need to be returned to the Registrars, and
- an email that will be a prompt to start the online portion of reenrollment.
Take home volunteer project
If you’ve been waiting for a volunteer project that you can complete from home, here it is! We need a volunteer to label the “Tomorrow’s Child” magazines and prepare them for distribution to our families. If you’re interested, please email Communications Assistant Emily Irwin.
Year’s last FA mtg., May 9
Family Alliance will host its final general assembly meeting on Thursday, May 9 at 3:30 p.m. in the North Creek boardroom. We will recap this year’s events, take feedback and plan for next school year.
Treehouse Drive Extended to May 10
By Yeslun & Shriya, third-year students
Welcome to WMS. This is information about the Treehouse drive that the third-year students are hosting. This year the foster children really need new or gently used clothes or costumes. The sizes they need are infants to teens. The Treehouse drive has been extended by one week and the ending is May 10. It would be very helpful if you could donate any clothes that you do not need or that have at least been gently used. The bins are located in the North Creek Campus in the front office and the North Creek Campus Elementary Club House and the Woodinville Campus. Please help the children in need!!! Thank you very much.
Soccer team wins first game
The WMS soccer team won its game last weekend, 5-3. Coach Carlos says the team is strong and they all work well together. Go Ravens!
Some essentials of Montessori Elementary
What are some essential elements of a Montessori Elementary classroom? Read from the April Juniper class newsletter.
Read more on the Lower El program page.→
Thank you, volunteers!
Thank you, families, for treating faculty and staff to wonderful lunches at both the North Creek and the Woodinville campuses for Teacher-Staff Appreciation on Tuesday. We are grateful. We will have the full list of people who contributed in next week’s Grapevine.
Admissions would like to thank the following mentor families, who will be welcoming new families joining WMS in 2019-2020: Abhijit Kundu, Amer Karim, Bobby Baggett, Camille Woolley, Charlotte Comer, Cheri Sibthorp, Cheryl Tsalapatanis, Iris Zemach, Kelly Coates, Kristin Duin, Kristina Green, Merril Lundgren, Nicole and Steve Skone, Pi Chartbanachai, Rabia Masood, Russell Murphy, Ryan and Carrie Murphy, Sama Jha, Susan Richter, Traci and Chris Weygandt.
Admissions would also like to give a huge thank you to Farhana Zubin and Mohammad Ahsan Ali for their help with additional welcome packages for new families coming to WMS in the fall. We are grateful to have such an amazing community of parents around us!
We truly appreciate your time and effort.
Welcome to the Grapevine newsletter. The Grapevine is published every Wednesday afternoon during regular school weeks. We welcome your submissions of photos and articles that are about or directly relevant to WMS students, subject to approval by the Director of Communications and Marketing. All submissions are due by 4:30 p.m., Mondays. We do not accept advertising.