Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, May 22, 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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Board of Trustees says goodbye and hello
The WMS Board of Trustees said goodbye to one long-time member, and hello to two more at their regular meeting on May 15.
Mike Shultz, a board member since 2013, ends his seven-year service in June. He has been actively involved with the Finance, Facilities and Strategic Planning committees. He and Deborah are mom and dad to Kenna in Middle School and Ian in Upper Elementary.
The board thanked Mike for his thoughtful contributions to the business of the board and the school, and Head of School Sunita Pailoor presented him with a Tibetan singing bowl, often used in Montessori classrooms as a meditation aid. Mike recalled his board experiences, and offered some advice to the board and school.
Attending their first BOT meeting were Susan Locke and Amer Karim. Both will join the board in June 2019.
Amer has had four years of active volunteering at WMS. He and Andrea have two children here, Aza in Early Childhood and Arden in Lower Elementary. As the child of diplomats, Amer has lived around the world. His experiences as a student in different educational systems convinced him of the importance of emphasizing critical thinking in education and being a world citizen, two qualities he has found are integral to the Montessori system. Amer is currently a management consultant with ISOutsource and is highly skilled in Information Systems and Strategic Planning.
Susan is Bellevue Montessori School’s director. Introduced to Montessori through her daughter’s experience at Northwest Montessori in Seattle, Susan received her Primary certification from the Montessori Institute NW in Portland and a M.Ed. from Loyola University. Susan was a Head Montessori Teacher for 18 years on Mercer Island before moving into administration with LePort Schools in California. She is passionate about the Montessori method and will bring her prodigious skills to the WMS board. Her voice will help ensure the continuity of our Montessori program and support our mission to provide a strong Montessori education to our children’s children. Susan is a native of Seattle.
The board previously approved second three-year terms for Jim Harb, Max Koh and Matt Perran, and elected their officer slate. Officers for the 2019-2020 school year are President Kim Shaffer, Co-Vice-Presidents Benjamin Liles and Jenifer Alyazdi, Treasurer Max Koh and Secretary Sarah Gallagher, all current parents.
Also presently serving on the board are Paige Armentrout, Karen Drapers, Melanie Hassler, Olof Hellman, Pooja Kohli and Tom Warren. You can read more on our website about the board members, the board and how to get involved.
Is the process diffusion or osmosis?
In the photo: Middle School students weigh an egg that has been immersed in salt water for several days.
Learning about the processes of diffusion and osmosis, Middle School science students experimented with eggs in solutions. They soaked raw eggs in vinegar for four or five days to dissolve the shells, leaving the egg encased in only the semi-permeable membrane. Then the eggs were soaked in solution—a different solution for each pair of lab partners—for several more days. Some of the solutions were salt water, molasses, corn syrup, dishwasher detergent and fresh water.
On Wednesday the class removed their eggs from their solutions to see what had happened to them; did they gain or lose weight as the solution sought equilibrium? How had the membrane changed? Were changes due to diffusion or osmosis?
Solving a big puzzle in Douglas Fir
Layers of the Rainforest Puzzle:
“We’re going to finish the whole thing!”
“Ya, we’ll never, ever give up!”
These two worked through the puzzle and came up with putting the last piece in together.—Ally Noble, Douglas Fir Class teacher
Designing and building a tower
In the photo: a Juniper student displays his tower built of Kapla bricks.
Some Juniper students have been exploring creating all kinds of structures with Kapla planks, which are designed to be stable and to allow for the building of lintels, roofs and floors in ways that traditional blocks are not.
Still seeking some Field Day items
Thank you to all who are lending items to us for Field Day, coming up on June 19. The list of needs is rapidly shrinking! If you are able to lend any of these items, please contact Kaitlyn:
Donut boxes (40)
Croquet mallet (10)
Horse on stick, horse head attached to broom handle for pretend horse ride (10)
- 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. Due to low registrations we have canceled Toddler camp for May 24 (a faculty in-service day).
- May 23
- • Upper EL Music Showcase, EL Club House, 3:45-5 p.m. Read more about it on the UE page.
- May 24
- • NO SCHOOL, faculty in-service day. EC & EL Camp available with reservation prepaid by May 22.
- May 27
- • NO SCHOOL, Memorial Day Holiday, no camp
- May 30
- • Island Night, 6 p.m., EL Club House (due to space concerns, this is limited to sixth-grade families)
EL Club House meets in Birch on May 23 & 30
Due to the UE Music Showcase on May 23, and Island Night on May 30, Elementary Club House will meet in the Birch classroom on those two Thursdays. You will pick up your child from Birch, which is in Building 1, adjacent to the Cedar classroom.
Volunteer Appreciation Day
Join us for coffee on Friday, June 7, from 8:30-9:30 a.m., for Volunteer Appreciation Day. Coffee will be served at both campuses outside the front office. All are welcome!
Save June 7 for the picnic
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.
RSVP for Eid by June 7
We would like to share this festive day with the WMS community, 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. 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.—Family Alliance, Ramadan/Eid Committee
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.
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