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Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, May 9, 2018

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FARamadan Mubarak

Welcome to a Ramadan experience

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 here.

Thank you, generous gala donors

The Mary Jean Schneider Fund for Tuition Assistance was seeded for healthy growth with over $108,000 in generous donations last Friday night, at the WMS Venetian Masquerade Ball Gala.

Thank you for supporting the 2018 Woodinville Montessori School Spring Gala. The Venetian Masquerade Ball grossed a record-breaking $210,000 (and counting!) to support our school and our students. That total includes over $108,000 in paddles raised to support the Mary Jean Schneider Fund for Tuition Assistance.

If you donated to Raise-the-Paddle as an inaugural MJS Fund donor, please check with your employer to see if you qualify for a matching gift donation. Some matching companies include Boeing, Google and Microsoft.

This year we also welcomed more guests and alumni than ever before. We are grateful to our parents, families, faculty, staff, alums, friends and business partners who have donated their time, talents and treasures to support our school.

On behalf of our 2018 Gala Leadership, Gena Schirer, Darcy Hardy, Jenifer Alyazdi, Lindy and Ben Liles, Alex LaFontaine, Emily McLeod, Vicki Castaneda, Amanda Paull, Pooja Kohli and Julia Eagan, please accept our sincere gratitude for your generosity, and we look forward to your support of next year’s auction.—WMS Director of Development Keri Sliger

See some photos of student volunteers and staff in the gallery. →

HOS update on the commons and summer construction projects

By Head of School Mary Schneider
Wondering what’s going on with the commons project? We are in a holding pattern as we wait for the results of geo-tech studies conducted this spring. When we have them we will begin to meet with our architect to outline the broad scope and schedule for the design and construction process of this building.

In the meantime, the large number of strong applicants at the Lower El level caused us to jump into rapid response mode. We met with the architect and contractors to create and review plans to add a fifth Lower Elementary classroom by September. We hope to submit the request for permits to Bothell next week so that moving and construction may begin when school ends. The communications, admissions and development offices will move to building 2. We will convert those offices, along with the workroom and staff lounge, into classroom space.

We will take this opportunity to reconfigure the front lobby of building 1 to create more space and more visibility to our youngest customers. The technology lab and portions of the library will move to building 2. We will begin to occupy the lower northeast floor of building 2 with administrative offices, and we will create an interior corridor to unite that space with the south end of the building. No more walking outside to get to it! Finally, staff will get a new, larger lounge in Building 1, and the workroom will move to the current tech lab space in the center of the building. Next week we will introduce the faculty for the new classroom.

Save Thursday, May 17, for Island Night!

Island Night 2017

This trio of pseudo snake charmers performed in the 2017 Island Night.

If you’re a parent of a sixth-grader you KNOW that Thursday, May 17, is Island Night. But parents of younger WMS students, especially fourth-and fifth-graders, will also want to save May 17, beginning at 6:30 p.m., for Island Night, the very special annual sixth-grade culminating project. Sixth-grade students have been working all year on islands each has created using the lessons they have learned about cultures, geography, biomes and more. They will dance, drum, display their built projects and offer samples of food from their islands’ cultures. It is not to be missed.

Seeking KNO volunteers 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