Woodinville Montessori School Weekly Newsletter, May 24, 2017
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Thank you, dear volunteers!
Please join us for lunch at noon on Thursday, May 25, in the Elementary Club House at the North Creek campus, for our annual Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon.
This event is for volunteers at both the Woodinville and North Creek campuses. If you have volunteered for WMS this year, please come, whether or not you have RSVPed.
Parent volunteers make so many things possible at WMS, volunteers such as Carolyn Trinh, a Douglas Fir class parent, who taught the class how to make Vietnamese spring rolls on Monday. The class is studying Asia. See more photos in the gallery.→
Prepare to picnic with WMS on June 2
It’s hard to believe, but the all-school family End-of-Year Picnic is a week away! Join the WMS community on Friday, June 2, from 5-8 p.m., to socialize, toss beach balls and Frisbees and share potluck. No need to RSVP, just come on over to Cottage Lake Park, 18801 NE Woodinville Duvall Rd., Woodinville, WA 98072.
- Potluck assignments (please bring beverages, plates and utensils for your own family, and a dish to share to serve 12 persons):
- last name starts with A—E: main dish
- last name starts with F—R: dessert
- last name starts with S—Z: salad or side dish
And please note:
- If your family has particular dietary restrictions or specific food preferences, we recommend that you bring a picnic-style meal for your family.
- Mark vegan dishes as such.
- Try to reduce waste and use fewer disposable items.
- Carpool if you can. Parking is limited.
- Bring blankets or chairs to sit on.
- Bring Frisbees, balls or other activities.
- The Family Alliance organizes the picnic, and always appreciates your help in setting up or cleaning up. If you can help with setup or cleanup, please email Darcy Hardy.
A simple machine allows a useful skill
Cedar class students recently learned about simple machines by using a small wedge and a lightweight sledge hammer to split rounds of wood. Cedar intern Taylor Westphal demonstrated how to use the tools, started the splits and helped and supervised the exercise.
Volleyball team gets into team spirit
The WMS coed volleyball team captain energizes the team as they listen to co-coach Jessica Sealana. Again this week, the Northshore YMCA has updated some of the volleyball games, so please refer to this schedule if you plan to go to a game.—Photo courtesy of Bob Renz
Master calligrapher shares his art
Jianquan Cao, a famous Chinese calligrapher in his 70s who was visiting the Seattle area, came to WMS last week and thrilled everyone with his beautiful work. In this photo, Head of School Mary Schneider helps display the hanging he created for WMS. The calligraphy spells out Woodinville Montessori School.
Thank you to Oak and Maple parent Kaige Zhang-Gantz, for organizing the very special visit. The artist wanted to share Chinese culture and the beauty of Chinese calligraphy, and offered calligraphy performances for free to communities in the area.
Would you like a well-loved playhouse?
WMS is giving away three playhouses that have served their time at school. If you would like to have one, please email Facilities Manager Tim McQuery before Tuesday, May 30. If no one wants them we will dispose of them on that day. You must arrange to pick them up. See photos in the gallery.→
Yearbook orders have arrived!
Our 2016-2017 yearbook, featuring original watercolor artwork by eighth-graders Amelia and Katrina, and produced through months of hard work by parent volunteer Carli McSorley, has arrived. If you ordered and paid for a yearbook—whether online or with a hard copy form at school—it has been marked with your child’s name, and set aside. Yearbooks for the Woodinville campus will be taken there on May 25 for pickup at your convenience.
At the North Creek campus, you or your student may stop by to pick up a yearbook any time after 1 p.m., Thursday, May 25, in the Communications (Claire’s) office.
After all the purchased yearbooks have been distributed to those who ordered them, we will have some extras available for purchase, for $35 apiece. Please contact Claire Tuohy-Morgan.
- May 24
- Registration closes for May 26 Toddler & EC camp
- May 25
- Open Space at Woodinville campus, 8:45 a.m., final for the school year
- Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, noon, EL Club House, Bldg. 2, North Creek
- May 26
- NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS, Faculty In-Service Day, camp offered with prepaid reservation
- May 27
- WMS volleyball, see the newest schedule here
- May 29
- SCHOOL CLOSED, MEMORIAL DAY HOLIDAY
- May 30
- Last week for specialists begins
- Secondary Cycle 4 Completion Week begins
SEC—“Why is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women”, see how our high school students use critical thinking skills
All library books due June 1
Juniors and seniors will talk about gender equity in tech
Our 11th and 12th-grade students will be making a presentation to and having a conversation with adults working in the tech industries, at 2 p.m., Wednesday, June 7. The students read and analyzed an article in The Atlantic, “Why is Silicon Valley So Awful to Women,” that addresses the issue of workplace gender attitudes and equity in tech. You can read their paper here. If you are interested in attending the discussion on June 7, please contact Sharon Dunn or Sunita Pailoor.
Save June 8 for Lower El music!
Come hear the Lower Elementary classes present the music they have been learning this year. June 8 is the date to save, and the time is TBA. The first two classes will begin at 4 p.m., but which classes those will be, and at what time the second presentation will begin, is not set.
(Elementary Club House will be in Birch on June 8 & on June 15, due to events on those days.)
Elementary May 26 camp canceled
We have canceled Elementary day camp on May 26, due to low registration. May 26 is a Faculty In-service Day, and there is no school for students. Toddler and EC camps for May 26 are on.
Summer camp countdown: four weeks
Summer camp weeks are filling up fast! Be sure to register your children now for the summer camp sessions they want, since camp begins on June 20. Camps are open to WMS students aged Toddler through Upper EL, and at this time, all camps are a go. Register your child for the camp level matching the program they will attend in the fall. Read the camp brochures here, or go directly to Camp Brain to register. For more information, please contact Elementary Camp Director Theresa Kirby, EC Camp Director Lea Aemisegger or Toddler Camp Director Judy Samudovsky.
Thank you to last week’s volunteers
Thank you to these volunteers for May 13-May 19: Jacquelene Makus, Friday helper; Rachel Mekanik and Jessica Royball, reading parents; Rachel Pelto, front desk helper.
We need you—help lead Family Alliance & earn volunteer hours
Did you have a great time at the spring gala? Would you like to help plan and run events like that? Or the Fall Festival? And earn volunteer hours for the time spent?
The Family Alliance is seeking WMS parent volunteers for open officer positions for the upcoming school year. If you would like to help the FA, please contact Director of Development Guy Tobin.
For boys who love to sing
The Northwest Boychoir will hold auditions for boys who love to sing on Saturday, June 3, or at a time convenient for you. Classes for new members begin in September 2017. Boys who will enter 1st-4th grades in the Fall are invited to sign up to audition, and no previous music training is needed. Auditions and rehearsals take place at the University Heights Center in Seattle. To schedule an audition appointment or for more information, call 206-524-3234 or visit www.nwboychoir.org.
Welcome to the Grapevine newsletter. The Grapevine is published every Wednesday afternoon during regular school weeks. We welcome your submissions of photos and articles that are about or directly relevant to WMS students, subject to approval by the Director of Communications and Marketing. All submissions are due by 4:30 p.m., Mondays. We do not accept advertising.