Woodinville Montessori School Weekly Newsletter, June 14, 2017
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Douglas Fir tries Lebanese dance
An Early Childhood parent taught her child’s Douglas Fir class some Lebanese dances last week. Draped in scarves and bangles, pupils and teachers all had a great time. See more photos on the EC program page.→
School is out on Thursday, June 15
Thursday, June 15, is the final day of the school year! Here are events for the North Creek campus:
- Upper Elementary sixth-grade Moving Up ceremony runs from 12:45-1:30 p.m., in the Plaza (indoors, happening rain or shine).
- Middle School eighth-grade Moving Up, noon-1 p.m., in Ginkgo and East Bldg. 2 (indoors, happening rain or shine).
- Depending on the weather: kindergarten through 12th-grade “crossing the bridge” ceremony begins at 2 p.m.
- If the weather is not too bad, we will hold a modified, briefer version of the ceremony.
- If the weather is too bad, we will cancel this ceremony.
- If we must cancel, we will send a ParentAlert text by noon on Thursday, June 15.
- This all-campus event does not replace your classroom Moving Up ceremonies.
We will operate on normal hours on the last day of school.
Senior thesis presentations impressive in scope and delivery
Seniors Emery Armentrout, Isabel Canning and Ivy MacDuff showed their impressive speaking, researching and writing skills on Tuesday, as each presented a senior thesis. Isabel’s thesis is entitled “ ‘I Know You, I Know Your Names’—Understanding Ancient Egypt through the Story of Hieroglyphs;” Emery’s thesis is titled “Hardship in the Hollow: An Examination of the Issues Facing Appalachia;” and Ivy’s thesis is entitled “The Current U.S. Immigration Situation: The Issues, the History, and Why it Matters.” See some photos and find the links to their papers on the Secondary program page.→
Bravo to our Talent Show performers
WMS students from EC to HS displayed their talents in the annual All-School Talent Show on June 13.
“Kudos to our Talent Show performers!” says Dee Sales, WMS Talent Show Chair. “The Talent Show was amazing last night thanks to all our very talented young musicians and gymnastics performers and dancers! If you missed it, you must plan to come next year. Keep working on those skills, and plan to participate next year. A special thank you to Theresa Kirby and Kaitlyn McElrath for all their work on this show.”
“A big thank you to Dee who resurrected the Talent Show and envisioned the current process culminating in a wonderful opportunity for students to share their musical interests and talents,” says Elementary Program Director Nancy Kestek. See more photos in the gallery.→
LE shows off music learning
The Lower Elementary classes demonstrated in a presentation last Thursday the music, movement, voice and ear training they have had this year in Music Together with CeCe Leavitt. They sang, danced (as in this Irish jig) and played rhythm instruments. See photos on the Lower El program page.→
Welcome to the Maria Montessori Society
WMS welcomes the following as Members of the Maria Montessori Society in recognition of combined financial support of $5,000 or more to The WMS Fund and Bollywood Spring Gala & Auction during the 2016-2017 school year:
Jenifer and Ali Alyazdi
Randy and Melanie Hassler
Lindy and Ben Liles
Jean and William Jorgensen
Amy and Kazu Kibuishi
Judy and Matt Perran
Mary and Peter Schneider
Kim and Will Shaffer
Kanisha and David Speyrer
Thank you for your generosity to WMS!
Montessori Model United Nations returns in 2017-2018 school year
In the 2017-2018 school year, Secondary faculty member Sharon Elise Dunn will again lead a club of dedicated students to participate in the Montessori Model United Nations (MMUN) in New York City. MMUN will continue to be an optional, paid club. We have, though, made a few changes for next year:
- It will be open only to seventh and eighth-graders. WMS administration and faculty agree that the complex and very serious nature of the topics students are expected to research and address are better suited to MS students. (Don’t worry, Upper El folks: this gives you something to look forward to!)
- Starting to meet early in the year gives students and parents more time to think about fundraising.
- (Think about possibilities, e.g., babysitting jobs, pet care, etc.)
- While we have not set the final schedule, we plan to hold shorter, more frequent meetings, perhaps from about 7:50-8:25 a.m., three days a week. Our goal is to provide better continuity and more opportunity to prepare for the topics, especially through contextual work with current events, geography, etc.
- Meeting more often and not on Fridays also improves the possibility of building stronger connections within the club and reducing the stress of creating deliverables on short notice.
- Because the New York City experience of MMUN alone is very hectic, with a packed schedule, we will aim to leave for New York the day before the conference and depart the day after.
- This would allow our group to see a little of the city, reduce jet lag, register early and be present for opening ceremonies and to do more meaningful sightseeing after the conference ends and still make a reasonably timed return flight home.
The MMUN officials have elected to schedule two NYC conference sessions instead of one to reduce crowding and improve the experience. They are also creating a smoother registration process and a better managed United Nations session.
We look forward to another exciting experience in school and in New York in 2017-2018.
- Thursday, June 15
- WEATHER PERMITTING—North Creek campus K-12 (Bridge ceremony) Moving Up, 2 p.m.
- (Elementary Club House will be in Birch on June 15, due to an event on that day.)
- Friday, June 16
- First day of summer 2017 vacation!
- Faculty cleanup day
- Monday, June 19
- Faculty cleanup day
- Tuesday, June 20
- Summer Camp Session 1 begins
- Faculty cleanup day
- Wednesday, June 21
- Final Grapevine newsletter of the school year
- Looking ahead to fall
Thursday, Aug. 31
- New student & new parent visits
- Tuesday, Sept. 5
- First day of the 2017-2018 school year
Summer camp starts next week—June 20!
Summer camp starts on Tuesday, June 20, and at this time, the sessions are almost full! Camps are open to WMS students aged Toddler through Upper EL. 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.
Communications schedule for summer
I will post the final Grapevine newsletter of the summer on June 21. This wrap-up edition will include coverage of the ceremonies and other events happening over this next week.
Scheduled summer communications: mid-July, all-school email; mid-August, all-school email; Aug. 30, first Grapevine newsletter of the 2017-2018 school year. Remember, you can always check on the online calendar here.
Make an impact in Family Alliance
Would you like to get a little more involved in the Family Alliance beginning in the fall? We’d sure like to hear from you if you see yourself making a bigger impact on building community and helping ensure the success of events large and small in 2017-2018. All skill levels are welcome and a role can be crafted around your availability.
Thank you to all of our 2016-2017 volunteers
Thank you Charanya Srinivasan for diligently maintaining the whiteboards at NC during the school year. Thank you Reading Parents Jaquelene Makus and David Reinikka.
“Maintain the whiteboards at NC or Woodinville next year,” you say? Both positions are currently open, and it is a great way to maintain consistent hours each week. The time really adds up.
Thank you to the hundreds of parents and friends who donated thousands of hours to WMS this school year, each one of us—teachers, staff, board members and students—benefitted from your generosity of time. We hope your experiences volunteering were as meaningful to you as they have been to us.
If you have not logged all your volunteer hours on better impact, please do so by the end of June.
If you work for a company such as Microsoft that matches volunteer hours with funds, please do apply for those. It really makes a difference!—Guy Tobin, Director of Development
Thank you to Northshore Gymnastics
Thank you to Northshore Gymnastics Center in Woodinville for loaning us some equipment for Field Day.
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