The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, May 30, 2018

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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.

All school picnic is June 1

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!

Making pavers

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.”

See more photos in the gallery.→

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.


Communications Assistant

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

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.

Maple class

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.