The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, May 15, 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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Thank you, Gala donors and volunteers!

By WMS Director of Development Keri Sliger; photo by Meera Kohli ‘23

Fun at the Gala

Thank you again to everyone in our community who together raised over $170,000 (gross total) for our great school at the Gala on May 4! As employer matching gifts are received our total continues to grow. If your employer participates in a matching program, please be sure to submit your auction receipt soon. All cash donations, raise-the-paddle donations, and buy it now (for WMS) donations are applicable for an employer match.

This year over $8,000 was raised online for specific items benefiting both individual classrooms and all school programs. Another $6,000 was raised online for the coveted WMS Experiences (formerly known as Teacher Time). Thank you staff and faculty for donating your time and providing these unforgettable experiences for our students!

If you have yet to submit payment for your gala total, please deposit a check in any WMS tuition box, being sure to write “WMS Gala” in the memo line. You may also submit payment online using the link provided in your gala checkout email. Questions? Please contact

Last, please join me in thanking our incredible 2019 Gala Leadership Team. Countless hours were volunteered in efforts to make this year’s gala our best yet! Thank you all!

Gena Schirer & Alex Lafontaine—Gala Co-Chairs
Shilpa Devela—Procurement
Jamie Holland—Marketing & Communications
Lindy Liles—Technology & Registration
Pooja Kohli, Maria Arroyave, Natasha Kasad & Lori Poliski—Décor
Julie Adams—Volunteers
Farrah Aflague—Student Performance
Traci Fischer & Darcy Hardy—Dessert Dash
Ellery Charlson—Photo booth
Kaitlyn McElrath & Sixth-Grade Students—Raffle & Live Auction Support
Jessica Sealana—Seating Board Displays
Meera Kohli & Kenna Shultz—Student Event Photographers
Secondary Students—Musical Performance

See more photos inside.→

Vintage computers fascinate Lower El at museum

Living Computer Museum

In the photo, a Magnolia second-grade student helps design a museum floor plan for an Ozobot.

Lower El classes took a field trip to the Living Computers: Museum + Lab in Seattle on May 2. They were immersed in trying out all kinds of computers. They designed floor plans, played vintage computer games and used vintage software and computers in a simulated classroom, worked with BEAM and DASH robots and just generally had a great time.

See more photos on the Lower El program page.→

Japanese classes go out for lunch

Japanese lunch

Japanese language teacher Atsuko Seckinger took her Japanese 1 and 1a classes on a field trip to lunch at Izumi, a Japanese restaurant, on May 7.

“The students ordered their food in Japanese and experienced a taste of Japan!” Atsuko says.

“I had a great time at the Japanese restaurant, it was fun enjoying Japanese culture with friends and learning, too!”—Daniel, ninth grade

Read more student reactions to the lunch on the Secondary program page.→

Thank you for donating to Treehouse

By Evelyn and Sophia, third-year students

Thank you for donating to Treehouse. We have received over 400 donations of clothes. Our experience was exciting for our first time. The 3rd Year has been working very hard to collect donations. It’s been hard but very exciting. We’ve been counting donations for Tree House, making posters, giving speeches and our job is the last job. We have been writing this, our names are Sophia and Evelyn. This is important to us because foster kids need donations to help them. Next year you could be helping us with donations.

Foster kids need all the help they can get. In Seattle the Treehouse Wearhouse is a place you can donate everyday when you go to Treehouse Wearhouse. You can still donate more than clothes. You can also give school supplies, toys, games, and books. You may donate PJs, stuffed animals, and blankets. You may donate clothes that have been barely used and in style such as dresses, t-shirts, hats, pants, shorts, gloves, jackets, snow shoes, and more. Please donate to Treehouse. Help kids in need, please tell your friends about Treehouse. Thank you!

Thank you to our TSA participants

WMS staff members love Teacher-Staff Appreciation luncheons, and we want to thank all the community members who brought food and decorations, set up, decorated, cleaned, organized or otherwise contributed to the April 30 luncheon:

North Creek campus—Mayleen Ahmed, Diana Beydoun, Aubrey Blosser, Shanta Boddapati, Kate Ceballos, Eunji Cho, Jessie Conley, Mansi Doshi, Daniela Ferreira, Shyamala Iyer, Crista Hudson, Anthony Johnston, Frances Ju, Sailaja Karthik, Susan Keller, Gayle Kwon, Sarah McGuire, Jessica Ng, Anasuya Pai, Meena Shukla, Braelynn Sinks, Nicole Skone, Camilla Woolley, Melanie Wright, Mengfei Xu and Faira Sullivan.

Woodinville Campus—Farheen Fathima, Shweta Gandhi, Li Ma, Melanie Wright, Sara Wiley, Dee Narayanan, Aihua Zhang, Lola Kassamali, Megan Horita, Jas Gill, Renae Kochel, Andrea Woods, Maya Farrar, Qingmei Lin, Sabina Livadariu, Lindsay Nason, Nisha Shah, Ada Kwok, Stephanie English, Lu Wang, Jinju Song and Saurin Shah. Thank you!

FA invites you to Eid Festival at WMS

Eid al-Fitr,” meaning “Festival of Breaking the Fast,” is the conclusion of the month of Ramadan. It is a time for joy, get-togethers and gift-giving.

Eid Festival

We would like to share this festive day with the WMS community, so come enjoy complimentary food, activities and the company of other WMS families!

Please RSVP here by June 7 so that we are able to plan accordingly. You are always welcome to just drop in if you do not RSVP.

We look forward to seeing you on Friday, June 14—anytime between 3:30-6:30 p.m. at the playground/blacktop area in front of Building 1 at the North Creek campus!—Family Alliance, Ramadan/Eid Committee

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. Please bring a dish (enough for 10-12).

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