Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, May 8, 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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Making environmental justice feel local
By WMHS teacher Sharon Dunn
In an effort to connect a large issue with a local site and purpose, we have advanced learning about the transformation of the UW Bothell wetlands, made a site visit there, and initiated communication with the Friends of the North Creek Forest (FoNCF).
While WMS students at several levels have visited the FoNCF site to carry out activities, we have adopted a different approach in the high school. The approach is to learn what we can about a site’s history and changes, relevant local planning and development issues, and its connection to fundamental environmental features and constraints.
While exploring the content of UW Bothell Professor Warren Gold’s detailed historical PowerPoint on the history of the UW wetlands, students were asked to recollect what they learned in 2018 about groundwater, aquifers, entry of pollutants, and issues of water distribution and retention.
Our community followed this up with a thoughtful site-walking tour led by Prof. Gold. This month, after some advance research about zoning and other issues, students will interview some members of the FoNCF Board; on June 18, they will spend time on the site.
Sign up for May 17 Kids’ Night Out
Hello Parents! The next WMS Kids’ Night Out (KNO) is two weeks away, on May 17. Registration will be closing on May 15, so make sure to sign up ASAP! We cannot accept drop-ins. Remember that KNO is only open to WMS students who are 5 years of age or older.
Kids’ Night Out is usually held once a month, on a Friday night. Upper school students created KNO in order to raise money for our end-of-year trip. When your child attends KNO, your kids get to participate in activities and games, like face-paint and a movie, while you also get the night off. The upcoming KNO will be superhero-themed and will run from 5-9 p.m. We will be watching “The Incredibles,” which is rated PG, and “Phineas And Ferb Mission Marvels,” a G-rated movie for younger children. You can sign up here, on Camp Brain. The fee for KNO is $22 for the first child, $15 for the second, and $9 for any additional child(ren). For dinner, pizza will be offered at $3 a slice. We look forward to seeing you on the 17th!—Brystol and Violet
Year’s last FA mtg. is May 9
Family Alliance will host its final general assembly meeting on Thursday, May 9 at 3:30 p.m. in the North Creek BOT Conference Rm., at the end of the first floor hallway in Bldg. 2. We will recap this year’s events, take feedback and plan for next school year.
There will be complimentary child care in EC and EL Club House for students whose parents are attending the FA meeting.
End-of-Year Picnic plans
WMS Family Alliance would like to invite all families to join the End-of-Year All-School Picnic on Friday, June 7, 5-8 p.m., at Cottage Lake Park. Your contribution is appreciated. Please follow these guidelines and bring your own drink!
- Please bring a dish according to the first letter of your last name:
- E-H—Side dishes
- I-M—Meat entrees
- N-R—Vegetarian entrees
Learn about Ramadan in North Creek book display
Monday, May 6, was the first day of Ramadan. The Family Alliance Ramadan/Eid committee has set up a display of books at the school entryway at North Creek campus. It is available this week. You are welcome to grab a book or two to share with your classroom. Please make sure to return all books before May 10. Read more about Ramadan here.
Special thanks to Jessica Sealana for setting up the display!—WMS Family Alliance Ramadan/Eid Committee
Early Childhood class studies all things bird-related
An Apple student matches the bird with its egg in this work.
The Apple class became fascinated with birds as they learned about peacocks during their study of Asia.
“The children had so many questions about birds that as a class, we decided to embark on a study of birds,” says teacher Jody Sagawa. “We all have become ornithologists!”
Read more and see more photos on the EC program page.→
Teachers create geography sandbox, UE tries it out
Cedar teacher Taylor Westphal and ID Lab coordinator Bryce Aktepy built a large sandbox table for geography lessons and sensory work during recess.
On Tuesday, the Upper El students tried it out, observing how water creates pathways through sand—just as rivers do through land masses. Taylor also recorded it.
“In order to make it usable for the geography lessons using water, it has a somewhat fragile plastic liner,” Taylor says. “Bryce will help me make some permanent signs soon, but the rule will be ‘sands and hands only’ in the table. Sticks, large rocks, toys and feet will all damage the table, and the sand should stay in the box.”
If you are on the playground with your child, please help us keep this usable for a long time, and help care for it like any material at school. See more on the UE program page.→
WMS community, you are amazing! We are so grateful for your Gala participation and support and for all your tireless volunteering. Thank you for that, and for entrusting us with the education of your children. We will have Gala figures and photos in next week’s issue.
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- May 9
- • Family Alliance mtg., BOT Conference Rm., Bldg. 2, 3:30-4:30 p.m.
- May 10
- • Last day for Treehouse drive
- • Closing day for Early Bird Registration for May 24 day camp; the May 24 camp day will be “All About Reptiles.” The Reptile Man will give a presentation in Elementary Club House, and the EC campers will come over to watch!
- May 11
- • New Trustee training, 11 a.m-3 p.m.
- • WMS Soccer game, Doug Allen Sportsfields, 19417 88th Ave NE, Bothell, 12:30 p.m.
- • WMS Volleyball game, 1:30 p.m., Northshore YMCA
- May 14
- • Volleyball scrimmage, Willows Prep, 3:45 p.m.
- May 15
- • Deadline for returning families to submit forms and online Reenrollment Packets
- • Woodinville New Family EC Preview Night, 6-7 p.m.
- May 17
- • Kids’ Night Out, 5-9 p.m., Ginkgo
Journey & Discovery rescheduled for Sept. 27-28
Due to low registration, we are cancelling the Journey & Discovery planned for next week. Because we believe it to be an enjoyable, enriching experience, we have rescheduled it for Sept. 27-28. If you signed up, we hope you will save the date for September. If you didn’t sign up we would love to hear why, as we plan the next experience. Please email Bert Herrlinger, Parent Engagement Coordinator, with any feedback.
We’re seeking some Field Day items
Field day is coming up next month, and we are starting to gather items. We are looking for some help from the WMS community. Below is our wishlist. In parentheses is the total amount needed. If you are able to lend any of these items for field day, even if it’s one duck or two stuffed animals, please contact Kaitlyn:
Rubber ducks (28)
Donut boxes (40)
Croquet mallet (10)
Horse on stick, horse head attached to broom handle for pretend horse ride (10)
Safari (elephant, giraffe, lion...) stuffed animals about the size of a beanie baby for a parachute game (7)
Return reenrollment materials by May 15
Returning families— required supplemental forms and the online portion of reenrollment for the 2019-2020 school year must be submitted by May 15! Please check for two emails sent from WMS on May 1:
- 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.
Treehouse Drive ends 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.
TSA notes Teacher Appreciation Week
This week of May 6-10 is Teacher Appreciation Week, and you and your child have a wonderful opportunity to show appreciation for your teacher(s). We would like to encourage you to ask your child to make a card, write a poem or create a drawing to bring in to the teachers this week. Get creative and have fun! It is always very thoughtful when parents also express their gratitude for teachers by sending a short note thanking them for caring for our children. We hope you all have a wonderful week!— Regards, the Teacher Staff Appreciation Committee
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