Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, May 2, 2018
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The online auction closes May 3!
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.
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
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
Douglas Fir learns about Poland
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.
Parents inspired by short journey through Montessori
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?”
- May 3
- • ONLINE AUCTION CLOSES
- May 4
- • Annual spring gala, a Venetian Masquerade Ball, 6 p.m., Inglewood Golf Club
- • Early Bird registration opens for May 25 camp
- • Last day of Treehouse Donation Drive for Foster Children
- May 5
- • Spring volleyball begins! WMS plays, 10 a.m., at Canyon Park MS #2. See the schedule here (subject to change). WMS is team #3.
- May 6
- • Last day to RSVP for Ramadan experience
Please turn off engine while waiting
Please remember to turn off your vehicle engine when waiting to drop off or pick up your child. Help us do our part to reduce emissions drifting into our facilities and into the air.
Treehouse donation drive ends May 4
Thank you to everyone who has donated jeans and t-shirts to the Treehouse donation drive for foster children. There are only three days left in the drive. Please help us fill our bins by this Friday! Next week third-year students will take a trip to the Treehouse Wearhouse in Seattle to deliver donations and tour the store. We greatly appreciate your support to help make this year’s drive a success.
Thank you, gracious TSA volunteers!
The spring-themed Teacher-Staff Appreciation luncheon, the third and final event of the school year, was a huge success! Teachers and staff enjoyed a delicious spread of sandwiches, lasagna, fried chicken, salads, chocolates, desserts, coffee and assorted drinks. A heartfelt thank you to all of the parent volunteers (listed below) who helped make it possible. We appreciate you!
North Creek volunteers: Samradhni Jha, Dorothy Chien, Sarah Gallagher, Belinda Tiberio, Kaia Samson, Deepa Srinivasan, Steffanie Scriba, Renu Lalwani, Izzat Kazmi, Jessica Ng, Anita Ko, Andrea Karim, Brianne Morello, Sumahitha Parthasarathy, Meena Shukla, Joy Cruz, Stephanie Vanterpool, Frances Ju, Mansi Doshi, June Pereira, Prerana Deshmukh, Mengfei Xu, Mario Lozano, Merril Lundgren, Gayle Kwon, Erica Johnston, Anthony Johnston, Crista Hudson, Faira Sullivan, Jessie Conley and Labiba Khan.
Woodinville volunteers: Farheen Fathima, Deepa Srinivasan, Frances Ju, Sara Wiley, Aihua Zhanh, Jing He, Sowmya Srinivas, Kajal Jina, Lola and Amaan Kassamali, Janelle Friedrich, Megan Horita, Huan Lin, Jessie Conley, Christine Hernandez, Jessie Felt, Maya Farrar, Reena Suryavanshi, Sama Jha, Poonam Bora and Soonhee Kim.—Labiba Khan
Catch the early bird prices for May 25 camp
Early bird prices for the May 25 day camp begin on May 4 and end on May 11. May 25 is a faculty in-service day and there are no classes on that day for students. Register your toddler, EC or EL student now.
Calling KNO volunteer chaperones for May 18
Can you help chaperone for KNO? We’re seeking parents who can volunteer for May 18. Without parent volunteers, the event may be canceled. If you would like to help chaperone, please email Jillian or sign up on Better Impact.
Please register on CampBrain by Wednesday, May 16, to reserve your K-6th-grade child’s spot for Kids’ Night Out (KNO), May 18, 5-9 p.m., in the Gingko classroom at the North Creek campus, upstairs in the building where Elementary Club House is located. Pizza may be purchased for dinner. Each slice costs $3. Registration is limited as we can no longer accommodate drop-ins. Payment will be accepted at the beginning or at the end of the event; the cost is $20 for the first child, $10 for the second, and $7 for any after that. All proceeds go to fund the Secondary’s end-of-the-year trips.
Every month, our dedicated Middle School and High School students plan, host and staff Kids’ Night Out, along with parent volunteers and WMS staff members as chaperones. We’ll have various activities, like coloring, face painting and more! The theme for this month’s event is “Ocean” and we’ll be playing “Atlantis,”, rated PG. All students must have parent permission to watch the movie. Apple juice, crackers and carrots will be provided for snack, as well as popcorn during the movie.
If you would prefer that your child not see a movie, please indicate that during the registration on CampBrain and we will make sure they are in a separate room to talk, color or play games. All who attend must be age 5 or older.—Daniel B., Ginkgo
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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News from the Family Alliance is updated on the second week of each month during the school year.