Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, June 19, 2019
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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Nancy graduates in warm, joyful ceremony
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
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.
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.
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.
WMHS students enjoy trip to Ashland
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
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!
- 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Fall Festival is a volunteer-led event, so we are hoping to have a chair to continue this yearly tradition.
- Thursday, June 20
- • EL Field Day, 1 p.m.
- Friday, June 21
- • Last day of school! Full day.
- • Maple & Oak Moving Up, noon-1 p.m.
- • Eighth-grade Moving Up, 12:30 p.m.
- • Crossing the Bridge/Closing Ceremony, 2 p.m.
- Tuesday, June 25
- First day of WMS Summer Camp Session 1, for those who have registered
One more Grapevine to come
The school year’s final Grapevine will be posted in the first week of July. It will feature photos from the closing days and other news.
NC closing ceremony begins at 2 p.m. Friday
North Creek families, we encourage you to come to the traditional WMS Closing/Crossing the Bridge Ceremony on the sports field on Friday, June 21. We will start promptly at 2 p.m. Families and staff are welcome to stand and watch from behind the students.
After the third-year students perform the closing ceremony, rising students will cross the bridge by level.
All students will return to class after the ceremony for their final circles, and to pick up their belongings. We invite families to stay and chat until dismissal.
Summer camp starts Tuesday
If your student is already registered for session 1 of WMS Summer Camp, please note that it does not start until Tuesday, June 25.
Registration for session 1 is closed, but you may register for sessions 2-9 on Camp Brain. Registrations will close on Wednesdays the week before each session; registration for session 2 will close on June 26.
Session 2 will run for four days: July 1-3 and July 5. Camp—and all of WMS—will be closed on Thursday, July 4, for the Independence Day holiday.
Secondary students impress with Japanese projects
Above, ninth-grader Yvonne Feng’s illustrated story, “Grandpa Swan.”
By Japanese language teacher Atsuko Seckinger
The Japanese classes had a Japanese Presentation Day on June 6. All students from Japanese 1 and 1a classes sang a Japanese song. Additionally, the Japanese 1 class displayed their own original Japanese children’s folktales they wrote, as well as their calligraphy, and the Japanese 1a class students displayed their handmade origami figures. They also served Japanese influenced “Kawaii” food. Modern Japanese culture has an obsession with all things “cute,” including its food culture. They were very creative and made really cute looking food!
See U EL book report projects
Cedar and Cypress classes recently presented their book reports. See some of their multimedia projects on the Upper Elementary program page.→
Thank you for your Field Day loans!
Elementary Field Day is Thursday, June 20, and coordinator Kaitlyn McElrath wants to thank the following persons, who loaned all of her wish list:
Jessica Ng and John Liao for making the caber toss materials and foot launchers; Mayleen Ahmed for getting inflatable stick horses; Julie Adams for lending a stick horse; Valentina for lending stick horses; Kiseki for lending croquet and bocce ball; Carolina Elmufdi for donut boxes; Lindy Carter for a fake cow to lasso; Andrea Karim for donating stick horses; Lucia for lending stuffed animals; Charisse Campos for lending croquet; Morgan for lending rubber ducks; Cedar students (especially Tyler, Zach, Stephen, Ryden and Grant for assembling donut boxes).
Thank you for loans of karaoke equipment!
Thank you to Brianne Morello and Aliva Satapathy for loaning your karaoke equipment to the high school students today as they welcomed the incoming ninth-graders.
And thank you to everyone who so graciously responded to the request.
NC, please claim your abandoned items
North Creek families, please come look at the lost and found collection in the Building 1 lobby. All of Elementary Club House lost and found is consolidated here now, too. All will be donated if they are not claimed by the end of school.
Any alumni news to report?
We’re planning an early summer issue of Seasons, our online alumni newsletter. If you have any WMS alum news to share, or know of an alum who would, please contact Emily Irwin, Communications and Marketing Assistant.
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.