Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, May 29, 2019
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Sixth-graders share culminating projects at annual Island Night—all families invited
In photo, sixth-graders rehearse for tomorrow night, the annual Island Night performances and presentations.
Correction: All families are invited to Island Night on Thursday, May 30, at 6 p.m., in the EL Club House.
At Island Night the sixth-graders’ culminating projects bring together all that they have learned in geography, social studies and more.
As this is a capstone project for the UE, it is a great way to see what your student can look forward to in sixth grade.
Each sixth-grade student has spent the year planning and creating their own island, with its own geography, society, history, climate, biomes and culture. Each has designed the island’s topography by hand, then digitised the design in order to make a 3-D model composed of pieces laser cut in the ID Lab.
They have created and described cultures, complete with myths, songs, dances and traditional foods, and kept handmade Island Journals to document their projects. They have been diligently practicing.
On Thursday night they will perform in costume and exhibit their islands. So come, watch and be amazed at what the students have learned this year in Upper Elementary!
(And remember, if you have a child in Elementary Club House on May 30, they will be in Birch that afternoon.)
WMS recognized for green practices
WMS has achieved Level 3 Green School status. We received our official web icon today. You can read about the achievement, water conservation, on this page.
We have previously been recognized for energy conservation efforts (Level 2), and for waste reduction and recycling practices (Level 1).
Congratulations to WMS alum, orienteering coach and Cypress class Faculty Intern Marissa Roecks, for spearheading this project. Marissa gathered the research and wrote it up for the Green Schools Program.
Upper El showcases year’s learning in music
They drummed, they played recorders, they sang and they even danced a little, as the Upper Elementary presented their music showcase last Thursday.
Instrumental instructor André Thomas and singing instructor Cece Leavitt showed how their students were learning rhythm, two-part harmony and other musical skills. In this photo students perform “You can’t Stop the Beat.” See more photos on the Upper Elementary program page.→
May 24 campers enthralled by reptiles
The Reptile Zoo—or at least a few of its cooperative denizens—visited the EL Club House last Friday, as May 24 day campers enjoyed seeing them up close.
The EC campers joined the EL campers for the presentation. All the children were curious about the animals, even those few who were at first a little unsure about them. Campers 5 years old and older were allowed to gently touch the animals after the presentation.
They learned a lot about the reptiles, which ranged from a tortoise, a box turtle and three different types of snake, to an alligator and a lizard. Four campers were selected from volunteers to help hold an albino Burmese python (shown here with Theresa Kirby) along with three of the WMS adults.
An Oak student learns his letter sounds.
Featured on the program-level pages this week
- On the Secondary page, read how our junior and senior have been immersed all year in critical thinking seminars.→
- On the Lower El page, read how Montessori students learn and practice life skills all year long.→
- On the Early Childhood page, read this week’s EC Montessori Thoughts on being present “in the here and now.”→
- Thursday, May 30
- • Island Night, 6 p.m., EL Club House
- Friday, May 31
- • Upper El field trip
- Saturday, June 1
- • Volleyball game, 10 a.m., Bellevue Family YMCA, 14230 Bel-Red Rd, Bellevue
- • Soccer game, updated time: 11:30 a.m., Doug Allen Sportsfields, 19417 88th Ave NE, Bothell
- Monday, June 3
- • Secondary completion week, through June 7
- Thursday, June 6
- • All-School Talent Show, 6 p.m., Woodinville Alliance Church, 13940 NE 166th St, Woodinville
EL Club House meets in Birch on Thursday, May 30
Due to Island Night on May 30, Elementary Club House will meet in the Birch classroom on that Thursday. You will pick up your child from Birch, which is in Building 1, adjacent to the Cedar classroom.
Is there interest in a Girl Scout Brownie Troop at WMS?
Do you have a student who is entering second or third grade this fall, and is interested in being part of a Girl Scout Brownie Troop? Come join WMS mom, Shay Chapman, for an informational meeting on Wednesday, June 5, 8:45 a.m., just after dropoff, Bldg. 1 Lobby at the North Creek campus, to learn more! For more information, or if you are not able to make it to the meeting, you can send an email to Shay at: email@example.com. The Girl Scout Brownie Troop would meet once in the summer, and then regularly throughout the year from end of August to early June. The annual dues are $50, and there are scholarships available.
June 7 will be a busy day
On Friday, June 7, start the day from 8:30-9:30 a.m., with Volunteer Appreciation Day. Coffee will be served at both campuses outside the front office. All are welcome!
Then, be sure to RSVP for Ramadan Eid Festival here by June 7.
(The Eid event is 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. Complimentary food, activities and the company of other WMS families!)
Finally, attend the End-of-Year All-School Picnic on June 7, sponsored by FA, from 5-8 p.m., at Cottage Lake Park.
- Please bring a dish (enough for 10-12) according to the first letter of your last name:
- E-H—Side dishes
- I-M—Meat entrées
- N-R—Vegetarian entrées
- Please bring your own beverages.
- Lawn chairs, blankets, outdoor toys, etc., are great to have.
- FA will provide plates, napkins and utensils.
- Vegetarian, vegan, gluten-free, dairy-free, nut-free options will be available.
Croquet mallets, stick horses, anyone?
We are down to just a few more items needed for Field Day. If you can loan these, please contact Kaitlyn:
Croquet mallet (10)
Horse on stick, horse head attached to broom handle for pretend horse ride (10)
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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