The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, May 16, 2018

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Congratulations, National Merit Scholar!


Congratulations to Anisha Chutani, Woodinville Montessori High School senior, who has won a $2,500 National Merit Scholarship! She was named a Finalist in February, and has been waiting to hear whether she would receive a scholarship.

Only 2,500 Merit Scholar designees were chosen from a talent pool of over 15,000 outstanding Finalists in the 2018 National Merit Scholarship Program. National Merit $2,500 Scholarship winners are the Finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

Anisha will attend the University of Washington’s School of Engineering, into which both she and classmate May Hong were directly admitted. They are WMHS’s second graduating class, and will graduate on June 16.

FARamadan Experience

First Ramadan Experience! is a success

The Ramadan Experience Event Committee (from left to right): Labiba Khan, Amany Hasan, Izzat Kazmi, Diana Beydoun, Farheen Fathima, Andrea Karim and (not pictured) Maii Tarek.

The Ramadan Experience! event took place this past Saturday, marking a festive beginning to the upcoming month of Ramadan. There were over 100 guests in attendance who got to enjoy a delicious multicultural feast and participate in various crafts and activities.

A very special thank you goes to the WMS administration and staff, clean-up helpers after the event, and to the guests who made it a celebratory evening for all. A link to photos from the event is included in your Grapevine email.—By Amany Hasan, Family Alliance

“Thank you to all the members of our community who raised our awareness and appreciation of the meaning of Ramadan,” said Head of School Mary Schneider. “Their generosity and kindness in preparing such a beautiful and elaborate feast was remarkable, but they didn’t stop there. They prepared decorations, children’s activities, a book corner, and a picture display. The beautiful clothing we saw and warm welcome received made this a moment I will always treasure in the history of the school.”

See some photos on the Family Alliance page.→

Remember, WMS offers Tuition Insurance

Spring volleyball is underway

Spring volleyball

The WMS coed spring volleyball team in a recent game.—Courtesy of Vipul Kohli, see more photos in the gallery

WMS offers tuition insurance for families called “Protect My Tuition” through Hanover Insurance. The object of tuition insurance is to protect the family against paying tuition if enrollment at the school is interrupted, for a variety of reasons. The premium is 2.02 percent of each student’s annual tuition. If you are interested please read the insurance brochure that can be found in ParentsWeb. If you are a returning family who had tuition insurance last year and did not request a change, your ParentsWeb account will have charges for tuition insurance for the 2018-2019 academic year. If you did not have insurance previously, but wish to enroll for the coming year, please contact Bogda. If you are an incoming family, we will charge you according to the choice made on the enrollment agreement.

Please note that all tuition insurance premiums must be paid by June 1. If you do not pay the posted premium, we will assume that you have changed your mind and do not want tuition insurance.

If you have any questions, please contact CFO Tricie Hunter, 425-420-9730.

We have added to Student Support Team

By Mary Schneider, WMS Head of School

Jennifer McDonaldTiffany Kingsley

We’ve contracted with our neighboring clinic, Developing Minds, in Bothell to add on-site counseling services to our Student Support Team. The part-time job will be split between two therapists, Tiffany Kingsley, LMHCA (pictured in white shirt) and Jennifer McDonald.

They have scheduled time in the mornings at each campus at every level. They will be here to support faculty and provide short-term intervention services to children experiencing behavioral, social, mental or emotional challenges that cannot be addressed in the normal course of classroom teaching. If you have any questions, please contact me or your program director.

Jennifer’s bio isn’t available yet, but Tiffany Kingsley specializes in treating depression, anxiety, behavioral challenges, mood disorders, trauma, PTSD and attention deficit/hyperactive disorders in children ages 4-12. You can read all about Tiffany on the Developing Minds website.

Register or volunteer for KNO on May 18

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.

If you can help chaperone for KNO, they’re seeking parents who can volunteer for May 18. Please email Jillian or sign up on Better Impact.