The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, June 19, 2019

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Nancy graduates in warm, joyful ceremony

Graduation 2019

Our 2019 graduate, Nancy Wang, and some of her classmates following the commencement ceremony.

Woodinville Montessori High School senior Xinan (Nancy) Wang, class of 2019, is now a graduate. Nancy received her diploma during a brief, but heart-felt ceremony on June 17 attended by family, friends (including all the Middle and High School students), faculty and staff.

The ceremony capped a day that began with a senior breakfast for Nancy, her teachers and family, and a two-year sojourn at WMHS during which Nancy became a much-loved and integral part of the high school community. Her teachers teared up recalling how she has excelled at all her subjects—despite English being a second language for her—and her ability to make friends and to laugh.

Nancy’s classmates presented her with a fishbowl of personal notes and chocolate.

Head of School Sunita Pailoor presented Nancy with the Washington State Honors Award in recognition of outstanding academic achievement which ranks in the top 10 percent of the Washington state high school graduating class of 2019. She will matriculate at Occidental College in California in fall of 2019.

Eighth-grade student Jitu Ray played the cello before during and after the commencement ceremony, and freshman Daniel Blatner created a slideshow of Nancy from babyhood to the present.

Nancy’s graduation marks WMHS’s fourth commencement celebration, and the third from the completed four-year program. Though the graduating classes have been very small, their accomplishments have been big. All the graduates were admitted to the colleges and universities of their choice and many other colleges, and all have been offered merit scholarships from various schools.

Congratulations to Nancy, and all the best in the future! See more photos inside.→

Sharing recipes and honing skills in LE

Yogurt cake

The Hawthorn class baked several times last week, as students shared family recipes.

This student taught her classmates to follow a yogurt cake recipe that has been handed down through several generations of her grandmothers.

See another photo on the LE page.→

Words of wisdom

Moving up and sharing wisdom in EC

A hallmark of year’s final week

In the photo, Douglas Fir class Kindergarten Leaders prepare their “Words of Wisdom” to pass along to their classmates who are continuing in EC next year.

At North Creek and Woodinville, kindergarteners are moving up, many to first grade at WMS. Each Early Childhood class has its own cherished customs that help children mark the end of one stage and the beginning of the next.

See some recent EC photos on the program page.→

Pioneer Farms

Upper El sees how the pioneers lived

In the photo, an Upper El student learns how horseshoes are made.

In last week’s field trip to Pioneer Farms, the Cedar and Cypress classes learned about some skills that would be needed or desirable in daily life on the frontier.

They rode in wagons, learned to make rock art, to weave and embroider, prepare food with manual utensils, to wash clothes with a bucket and wringer, to shoot a bow-and-arrow facsimile and other skills.

See more photos on the UE program page.→

WMHS students enjoy trip to Ashland

Ashland trip

A WMHS student holds a Shakespeare action figure.

(Read the students’ reflections on the trip and the plays they saw.)→

By Sharon Dunn, WMHS teacher
It had been many years since the last WMS trip to Ashland, Ore., and we were excited to reintroduce this opportunity. Given the length of the bus trip (with stops, about 10 hours), the content of the plays, and the intensity of the experience, a journey to the Oregon Shakespeare Festival (OSF) seemed a better fit for high school than middle school, a feeling that was validated by our 2019 journey…(more on the Secondary program page)

Family Alliance Ramadan/Eid Committee presents another great event

FA Eid Committee

The Family Alliance Ramadan/Eid Committee is honored to have hosted its second annual Ramadan/Eid event at WMS! The Eid Festival took place on Friday, June 14, and accommodated over 80 students and 100 parents. Please see the link in your Grapevine email for photos from the event, courtesy of WMS parent Aurangzeb Khan.

We are especially grateful for all of the support from the WMS community and would like to take this opportunity to express our gratitude to the following WMS parents:

Andrea Chin and Paul Eng, Belinda Tiberio, Carolina Elmufdi, Charisse Campos, Gerald Cermak, Laureen Ng, Linh Garg, Mansi Doshi, Steffanie Scriba and Susan Papali.

We would also like to appreciate the following folks from the WMS administration team for their efforts: Sunita Pailoor, Tim McQuery, Jessica Sealana, Jared Walls, Claire Tuohy-Morgan, Emily Irwin and Emily Strain.

We look forward to sharing festivities with the WMS community in the next school year!

Family Alliance
Warm Regards,
Family Alliance—Ramadan/Eid Committee
Amany Hasan and Labiba Khan-Co-Chairs
Committee Members:
Andrea and Amer Karim
Diana and Rashid Beydoun
Izzat and Abbas Kazmi
Farheen Fathima and Mohammed Mekhri
Farhana Zabin and Mohammad Ali Ahsan
Mayleen Ahmed
Nermeen Hamed and Ahmed Ali
Norhan Saad and Hazem Hassan
Rabia and Ahmed Gul

Would you like to chair the Fall Festival for next school year?

Family Alliance is looking for a parent volunteer to chair our annual tradition of Fall Festival for the next school year! Fall Festival happens in early October and is a fantastic way of boosting the WMS community spirit. If this is something of interest to you, please send an email to Family Alliance at Fall Festival is a volunteer-led event, so we are hoping to have a chair to continue this yearly tradition.