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Woodinville Montessori School Weekly Newsletter, June 7, 2017

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Crow Canyon

Middle School digs history

The Middle School students’ marker experience for this year was a trip to the Crow Canyon Archaelogical Center in Colorado. Read more about it, and see a slideshow of some of the photos on the Secondary blog.

Annual picnic celebrates end of year

Family AllianceAll School Picnic

Early Childhood friends share the slide at Cottage Lake Park, at the Family Alliance All-school End-of-Year Picnic. The annual potluck-and-play event last Friday evening was fun and well-attended.—Photo courtesy of Brittney Cyr

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, and earn volunteer hours at the same time, please contact Director of Development Guy Tobin.

Board of Trustees welcomes new member

Pooja Kohli

The WMS Board of Trustees is happy to announce that Pooja Kohli joined the WMS board on June 1. Pooja is a longtime and very active volunteer at WMS and a firm believer in Montessori methods and philosophy. She has two daughters who began their WMS schooling in EC, and are now in Upper El and Lower El. Pooja holds a M.A. and a B.A. in Psychology from University of Madras, and she enjoys reading, traveling and outdoor activities with her family.

We say goodbye to Fiona Haynes who is stepping down after six years as a valued Trustee. We are truly grateful to Fiona for her wisdom and hard work and wish her all the best in her future endeavors.—BOT Secretary Melanie Hassler

Party recognizes WMS Athletics pioneers

Athletics party

WMS’s athletics pioneers listen as Athletics Director Theresa Kirby congratulates them and awards certificates at a party last Thursday afternoon.

Congratulations to all of the students who made our first year in middle-grades athletics so successful. The program offered soccer and volleyball in the fall, basketball in the winter, and volleyball and soccer in the spring. Upper El, MS and HS students also competed in our traditional sport of orienteering, and had another very successful season.

Congratulations and thank you to coaches Emily Schlieman, Jessica Sealana and Carlos Valencia, and to AD Theresa Kirby for creating, managing and producing the program. We’ll announce the 2017-2018 athletics program closer to the start of the upcoming school year. See a pair of photos in the gallery.→

Welcome 64 new students who start in fall

With the current school year coming to a close, the Admissions team thought it would be fun to provide you, our valued community, with a snapshot of this year’s admission process. The 2016-2017 admission season came with many new features, including us, your new Admissions team, the implementation of Ravenna, WMS’s new online application program and a thorough assessment and screening process for every applicant. These changes empowered the Admissions Committee in making thoughtful, productive and timely admission decisions. We are welcoming 64 new students to WMS in September, including five new Secondary students, and applications are still arriving each week. We are excited for the newest and the longest-standing members of our rich, unique Montessori community to meet each other.

The Toddler Program and North Creek Early Childhood Program are now both full, with active waitlists. A few placements remain open at our beloved Woodinville campus. Please feel free to direct all prospective families to Director of Admissions Keri Sliger.

Currently we are seeking MENTOR FAMILIES to pair with our newly accepted families. WMS families, we need your help, your warm welcome and experience! Please contact Keri if you are interested in fulfilling this important role.

Thank you to all the faculty, staff, student ambassadors and parent volunteers for helping to make this such a successful admissions season!—Sincerely, Director of Admissions Keri Sliger and Assistant Director of Admissions Julie Schwarz

“Kidnapped”! Ginkgo surprises sixth grade

Middle School

Seventh and eighth-graders grin as they rush out to “kidnap” rising sixth-graders to welcome them to WMHS. This is the second year the Ginkgo class has surprised sixth-graders who are staying at WMS for middle school.

Last Friday, with the cooperation of the sixth-grade teachers, the MS students “invaded” the Cedar and Cypress classes, blindfolded the sixth-graders and led them up to the Ginkgo classroom for a welcoming lunch. See more photos in the photo gallery.→