Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, May 16, 2018
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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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.
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.”
Remember, WMS offers Tuition Insurance
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
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.
ALL LIBRARY BOOKS ARE DUE FRIDAY, JUNE 1
- May 16
- Registration continues for May 25 camp
- BOT meeting, 6:30 p.m.
- May 17
- Island Night, UE, 6:30 p.m. (EL CH moves to Birch on this day)
- May 18
- KNO, 5-9 p.m., for those who have pre-registered by May 16
- May 23
- Last day to register for May 25 camp
- Woodinville campus New Family Preview Night, 6-7:30 p.m.
- May 24
- Canceled: Family Alliance mtg.
- Moved to June 7: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast
- May 25
- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS, faculty inservice day, CAMP SUBJECT TO MORE ENROLLMENT
EL CH in Birch May 17
Due to set-up for Island Night, Elementary Club House will be held in the Birch classroom on Thursday, May 17.
LOW ENROLLMENT MAY CANCEL MAY 25 CAMP
If you are planning to enroll your child in the day camp for May 25, please register ASAP. The May 25 camp has low enrollment at all levels, and may be canceled for all—Toddler, EC and EL.
May 25 is a faculty day, and there are no classes for students.
Help us decorate to celebrate our high school grads
We’re seeking some enthusiastic volunteers! Help decorate the Elementary Club House for the June 16 Woodinville Montessori High School Commencement ceremony and the Plaza for the reception afterward.
We need four to five helpers for each—do both or just one area. Volunteers must be available to set up before the ceremony on Saturday, June 16 (we may begin on Friday, June 15, after school). To take part in making this a very special event, please contact Jessica Sealana, culinary events manager.
No May Family Alliance meeting
With the gala and Ramadan event just completed, the Family Alliance is taking a break—the May 24 meeting is canceled.
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast date change
We have moved the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast to June 7 (from the original date of May 24). We’ll tell you more as June 7 nears.
MEIPN seeks housing for teacher this summer
Can you host a teacher who will be training in the MEIPN program at WMS this summer? Nora, an assistant teacher at Samish Woods Montessori in Bellingham, is on a budget and is looking for a free place, in or close to Woodinville, to stay during the week from June 24-Aug. 24, while she works toward her Elementary certification. She will be in class every day from 8 a.m.-5 p.m., leave for Bellingham every Friday evening and return on Sunday nights. “I am 34, a non-smoker, friendly, responsible, clean and quiet,” Nora says. If you can offer Nora a place to stay, please email Diana at MEIPN.
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News from the Family Alliance is updated on the second week of each month during the school year.