Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, May 15, 2019
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Thank you, Gala donors and volunteers!
By WMS Director of Development Keri Sliger; photo by Meera Kohli ‘23
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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
Jamie Holland—Marketing & Communications
Lindy Liles—Technology & Registration
Pooja Kohli, Maria Arroyave, Natasha Kasad & Lori Poliski—Décor
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
Vintage computers fascinate Lower El at 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.
Japanese classes go out for 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
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
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
- Please bring your own beverages.
- Lawn chairs, blankets, outdoor toys, etc., are great to have.
- FA will provide plates, napkins and utensils.
- May 15
- • Deadline for returning families to submit forms and online Reenrollment Packets
- • Last day to register for KNO
- • Woodinville New Family EC Preview Night, 6-7 p.m.
- • BOT mtg., BOT rm., 7 p.m.
- May 17
- • Kids’ Night Out, 5-9 p.m., Ginkgo
- May 22
- • Registration closes for May 24 EC & EL camp. The camp theme is “All About Reptiles.” The Reptile Man will give a presentation in Elementary Club House, and the EC campers will come over to watch.
- May 24
- • NO SCHOOL, faculty in-service day. EC & EL Camp available with reservation prepaid by May 22.
May 24 Toddler camp canceled
Due to low registrations we have canceled Toddler camp for May 24 (a faculty in-service day). We will have Early Childhood and Elementary camp.
Volunteer opportunity at WV
If you still need to complete your 20 hours of volunteering for the school year, we have an opportunity available.
- Insert colored slats into new 400-plus-foot chain link fence at Woodinville West
- Volunteers needed
- At least 3-4 people
- Time to complete
- 4-6 hours
- Facilities Manager Tim McQuery
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.
Embracing mindfulness in Aspen
We have been practicing mindfulness in class. Children crave attention and I want to give them the opportunity to learn the skill of paying attention in the present moment.
Importance of sensitive periods of child development
Maria Montessori’s focus on the sensitive periods of development was discovered empirically, meaning that she was able to prove their importance scientifically.
Learning about colors and shapes
The toddlers will have the opportunity to learn various shapes and colors/shades during May.
Kids’ Night Out sign-up ends today, May 15
Hello Parents! The next WMS Kids’ Night Out (KNO) is this week 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, and only those 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
Any alumni news to report?
We’re planning an early summer issue of Seasons, our online alumni newsletter. If you have any WMS alum news to share, or know of an alum who would, please contact Emily Irwin, Communications and Marketing Assistant.
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)
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