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Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, May 2, 2018

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The online auction closes May 3!

Decision DayDecision Day

Seniors prepare to engineer bright futures

Congratulations to May and Anisha, the class of 2018, who will both matriculate into the University of Washington’s School of Engineering this fall!

They announced their choices at WMHS’s second annual Decision Day. The engineering school accepted both women directly into the program. Both are excited, looking forward to learning more, meeting new people and becoming involved in campus activities. And they are both glad to be staying close to home.

Anisha’s and May’s qualities and achievements were recognized by the colleges to which they applied. Of the 21 applications they submitted to schools in the US and Canada, 18 were accepted, and another was wait-listed. They applied to schools ranging from large public research universities to small liberal arts colleges.

Private schools offered them merit aid averaging $90,000 over four years, with total merit aid offers from all schools equaling $408,000 over four years.

The high school students and faculty and Head of School Mary Schneider attended the lunchtime party to hear the announcements, facilitated by WMS College Counselor Jill O’Keefe. The seniors also shared advice on the college application process.

“I am very proud of our seniors!” Jill said. “Their college applications were very successful overall and reflect the amount of hard work and commitment each of our students puts into their education.”

Gala time! Online auction closes May 3

Whether or not you are attending the Gala at 6 p.m., this Friday, May 4, remember that many items are available only in the online auction; and the online auction closes on Thursday, May 3. Most important: the gala proceeds go toward providing many of the programs we consider essential to the WMS experience.

Teacher Time can only be purchased online. How about Blacklight Bowling with Team Club House? Don your favorite white clothing for some spectacular glow-in-the-dark fun. Your child and one special guest will join our Club House supervisors Theresa, Emily, Kylie and Jessica for some extraordinary blacklight bowling at Tech City Bowl in Kirkland. After bowling two games, the young winners will enjoy some yummy grub in the Tech City Cafe. You don't want to miss out on this one-of-a-kind experience!

Or how about a Li’l Kickers Birthday Party? Or a custom history seminar, trips to the zoo, a family hiking and photography adventure, creating food art, a trip to the Pacific Science Center, a picnic and exploring, make your own music video, costume photo shoot, cooking, high tea, Mrs. Piggle Wiggle play, painting and pizza, city scavenger hunt, board games and snacks or Custom Cookie Party Favors (with Culinary Events Manager Jessica)?

There are too many fun and unique items to list, but you may view them all and preview the Gala-only items here.

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.

Two thumbs up for Camp Colman

Camp Colman

The Upper El classes learned about local animal and sea life, tried archery, canoeing, challenge and teambuilding activities, created crafts and put on skits in their annual overnight Environmental Outdoor Education trip last week. This year they stayed at YMCA Camp Colman. Located on the south Puget Sound shoreline on Case Inlet, it features over 100 densely forested acres and a protected saltwater lagoon. Thank you to our parent volunteer chaperones.—Photo courtesy of Bob Renz

See more photos on the Upper El page.→

Douglas Fir learns about Poland

Douglas Fir

Douglas Fir students were pleased to hear they would be able to try some foods from Poland and the Czech Republic, during a recent presentation on customs and the histories of those two nations by Club House staff member Zdenka Kaczynki.

See more photos on the EC program page.→

Parents inspired by short journey through Montessori

Montessori materials

Julie Schwarz is a WMS Associate Admissions Director, and has been a Montessori parent for 16 years, with two children. Yet after experiencing last weekend’s Journey & Discovery, she is feeling even more enthused about Montessori methods and their benefits to students.

“It was really inspiring,” Julie said. “Having the hands-on experience was so beneficial, to imagine it as your child would. You begin observing like an 18-month-old, it’s a nice progression.”

About a dozen parents registered for the two-part event, which began with appetizers and socializing on Friday evening, followed by a brief, heartfelt introduction to Montessori philosophy from Head of School Mary Schneider.

Then they moved into the classrooms, starting in the Toddler space. Either standing, or sitting on the floor, they silently observed the room, the environment and the materials, then wrote down their thoughts.

“In the Toddler space I felt comfort,” Julie said. “It was a safe, secure, nurturing place.”

They progressed through Early Childhood, and Lower and Upper Elementary, just observing and noticing. At the end of the evening the group shared their observations, but could not ask questions.

After a continental breakfast on Saturday morning they returned to the classrooms, where they could talk, touch the materials and participate as a child would. EC teacher Tara Cox taught Julie a lesson with the moveable alphabet of cursive letters, and Upper El teacher Rachel Ellis taught a math lesson.

“To engage with math as a concrete experience was eye-opening, and they build on these concepts from the beginning, in EC,” Julie said. “ I think that’s why math was so easy for Trevor (Julie’s older child).”

Though she already knew how the same Montessori materials are used, progressively, from EC through UE, it felt “different when you’re in it,” she said.

The event further confirmed her belief in WMS’s Montessori methods.

“You have all the freedom you need here in the classroom to explore. Imagine how different the world would be if everyone had this?”

This was WMS’s first Journey & Discovery event, and due to the positive reception from other parents as well, school officials plan to offer it again. Watch for announcements this fall.