Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, May 30, 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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Don’t miss the WMS Talent Show tonight
6-8 p.m., May 30
This year’s WMS Talent Show is not to be missed. Come listen to and watch our talented students from preschool through high school from 6-8 p.m., Wednesday, May 30, at the Woodinville Alliance Church.
FA End-of-Year Picnic is Friday
Come to the annual Family Alliance End-of-Year Picnic, 5 p.m., Friday, June 1, at Cottage Lake Park. Please note a big change this year: each family will bring your own picnic to enjoy, rather than a potluck dish. See you there!
Cement pavers and paper bag box kites
Elementary and EC campers had a “great time” in the combined ages camp on May 25, said Auxiliary Programs Director Theresa Kirby.
In the morning the campers created mosaic pavers with molds, cement and colored glass; in the afternoon they made box kites from paper bags.
Elementary and EC students were paired together for the projects. Here, an EL and an EC student choose the glass they will use in their pavers.
Theresa and Woodinville Campus Director Miki Shema decided to try combining the age groups because of low enrollment in both the EL and the EC camp last week.
“It was a big success, and we will try it again,” Theresa said. “It was good not having to cancel.”
Admin team welcomes new members and announces some staff changes
Registrar and Reception/Development Records Assistant Betsy Monroe will assume Pam Mach’s position effective June 1. Betsy has a B.A. in English and a California Secondary State Teaching Credential. After a long teaching career, she worked as a school registrar and administrator for the past year, and has held administrative positions in other businesses. We are grateful to Pam for her excellent work over these past four years, and wish her all the best in her desire to spend more time with her children and father.
Assistant to Director of Communications and Marketing Emily Irwin has joined us just weeks after receiving her B.A. in Communications (Media studies, journalism and public relations) from Boise State University. Emily grew up in the Everett area and attended Cascade High School.
Materials Manager Emily Strain is a graduate of Woodinville High School and has worked in a variety of administrative positions at Microsoft, Windemere Real Estate, T-Mobile, the Walt Disney Corporation and the Millennium Group before joining us to take charge of myriad details around inventory, ordering and supplies. She has taken over Jillian Dickson’s position since Jillian is now our Human Resources specialist.
Director of Admissions: Julie Schwarz has been named Director of Admissions.
Assistant to Director of Admissions Labiba Khan will become Julie’s assistant beginning next school year. Labiba is one of our very own WMS parents and holds a B.A. in Business Administration in Finance and Management, as well as an MBA from Seattle University. Labiba has extensive work experience in procurement and technical writing for several corporations and was looking for a more family-friendly work environment. She has taken Montessori courses at Edmonds Community College, which will be very helpful in this role.
Marissa Roecks, currently our Associate Director of Admissions, will be taking Montessori Elementary training this summer and moving back into the classroom next year.—Head of School Mary Schneider
Save June 7 for Secondary play
Secondary Drama presents “Perfect” by Alan Haenhel, on June 7, 7:30 p.m., at Leota Middle School Theatre, directed by Kylie McElrath. Please note that this play contains mature content and may not be suitable for young children.
Goodbye to a beloved class pet
“This morning our class frog was found deceased,” Maple teacher Tara Chandler wrote last week. “Many of us were very fond of Sweetie and some of us took this news hard. The children led a lovely ceremony honoring our pet. Some wrote notes, sang songs or spoke of the things they liked about Sweetie.”
Surveying the board
Cedar students play chess while their classmates look on.
ALL LIBRARY BOOKS ARE DUE FRIDAY, JUNE 1
- May 30
- • WMS Talent Show, 6-8 p.m., Woodinville Alliance Church;
- • North Creek campus New Family Preview Night, 6-7:30 p.m.
- June 1
- • LIBRARY BOOKS ARE DUE
- • Tuition insurance premiums due
- • Family Alliance End-of-Year All-School Picnic, 5 p.m., at Cottage Lake Park. Bring your own picnic basket and have a great time celebrating and socializing with other WMS families.
- June 2
- • Board of Trustees annual retreat, 9 a.m. (BOT members will receive the details)
- June 7
- • Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, 9 a.m., EL Club House, Bldg. 2, NC campus
- • Lower El Music Presentation, 4 p.m., EL Club House, Bldg. 2, NC campus
- • Secondary Play, 7:30 p.m., Leota Middle School
Students’ June 1 bake sale benefits ALS research
Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis (ALS) is a neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. We chose raising money for ALS because it affects some members of our community. That is why on June 1 we will be hosting a bake sale to raise money to help cure ALS.0>
We will be selling many yummy treats such as cupcakes, cookies, muffins and much more! Please stop by to help spread awareness of this horrid disease.—Sincerely, Jonnika K., Amalia H. and Lily S-R.
New trustees named
The WMS Board of Trustees has welcomed three new members—Karen Drapers, Sarah Gallagher and Benjamin Liles—and we will be telling you more about them in future posts.
Help decorate for high school graduation
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.
Lower Elementary musicians perform
Lower Elementary classes present what they have learned in music this year on June 7. Spruce and Juniper will perform at 4 p.m., and Willow and Magnolia will perform at 4:45 p.m., all in the Elementary Club House, first floor, Bldg. 2, North Creek campus.
Elementary Club House on June 7 will be held in the Birch classroom, Building 1.
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast is June 7
All volunteers are invited to the Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, June 7, 9 a.m., at the North Creek campus, in the space formerly occupied by Budding Genius, just inside the front lobby of Building 2.
Please RSVP to Keri Sliger, development director, by June 5. We look forward to thanking you for your volunteer work this school year!
Seeking empty bottles
If you have any clean, empty 1-liter or glass Coca-Cola bottles to donate, we would be happy to have them for Field Day games. Please bring them to the North Creek Front Office before June 18.
Club House offered on last day of school
June 21, the last day of the school year, is a half day, with students dismissed at noon. Club House will be available. Elementary and EC Club House will run from noon-6 p.m., and Toddler care will end at 5:30 p.m.
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.
News from the Family Alliance is updated on the second week of each month during the school year.