Woodinville Montessori School Weekly Newsletter, Sept. 6, 2017
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Welcome to the new school year
By Head of School Mary Schneider
Juniper third-years are ready to lead. See more photos on the Lower El program page.→
It was wonderful to see the classrooms again filled with busy children on Tuesday. We were sorry to mark the first day of school with indoor recess because of air quality and ash fall. The first week of school is a big transition time and children (and teachers) can use more outdoor time, not less! The good thing is that the smoke may have helped keep the temperatures lower.
Please take some time to review your Parent Handbook—there are several changes, including a restatement of the school and family commitments. We placed a directory of key staff members inside the front cover to make it easier to contact us. The summer changes in the Advancement Staff mean that there are several last minute changes in event plans and dates this year. We look forward to a strong partnership with you as we embark on another successful year of school. Please don't hesitate to contact us if you have questions. We are here to help.
Keep drop-off and pick-up traffic safe
To keep the drop-off and pick-up traffic moving and to increase safety, please remember these parking lot rules:
- Go slow—the speed limit is 5 mph.
- Look for the white directional arrows on the driveway and follow them.
- Place signs on your dashboard with your child's name and class.
- If you arrive early, turn off your engine.
- In the drop-off line, please pull all the way forward.
- Wait for your child's teacher to get to the car before you get your child out.
- Note that the one-way driving ends at the end of the EC Playground (around the back of Bldg. 1). The north half of our parking lot is two-way. We have tenants coming in and out and we need to stick to our lanes and go slow.
Thank you all for remembering these tips!
Save Oct. 7 & help plan Fall Festival
The Fall Festival is a special annual event at WMS, and a committee is meeting to ensure it is a big success. If you would like to help with preparation and planning, please contact Angela Kugler.
And please feel free to invite family and friends to join us that day for games, activities, food and fun, and to meet other WMS families.
Want to join a top orienteering team?
Registration is opening for the Washington Interscholastic Orienteering League (WIOL). Elementary students and older are eligible to join the WMS Orienteering team, under coach Marissa Roecks. WMS has a tradition of fielding top orienteering teams that compete in local, regional and national championship meets. The team competes every other Saturday.
WMS also offers orienteering as an after-school elective for first-graders and up, in addition to the team.
The WMS Middle School Orienteering Team took second place in the intermediate classification in the 2017 US Interscholastic and Intercollegiate Orienteering Championships in Sulphur Springs, Texas, during March 4-5. In addition, WMS students took second and third places as individual competitors.
We will have more details in next week's Grapevine, or for more information, please contact Marissa.
Students settle into school and into classrooms
In the first photos, new friends in the Douglas Fir class eat lunch together on the first day of school.
In the second photo, a rising Magnolia class student completes an activity during the new student visit day on Aug. 31 (for students who moved up or who are new to school).
- Wednesday, Sept. 6
- ALL Upper Elementary Parents: Orientation to Program Level, 7-8:30 p.m., NC.
- Thursday, Sept. 7
- ALL Lower Elementary Parents: Orientation to Program Level, 7-9 p.m., NC. Reserve complimentary child care for children aged 3 years and up. We cannot accommodate drop-ins.
- Friday, Sept.8
- Early Bird registration opens for Sept. 29 Conference Day Camp, for Toddlers, Early Childhood and Elementary.
- Saturday, Sept. 9
- Last day to register for fall athletics and/or electives.
- Monday, Sept. 11
- Family Alliance mtg., 9 a.m., Elementary Club House, North Creek Campus Bldg. 2
- Tuesday, Sept. 12
- EC (all North Creek, and Oak and Apple) Parents Classroom Community mtgs., 5 p.m., in your child's classroom. NC campus complimentary child care (enrolled EC students and older siblings);WV campus complimentary child care (enrolled EC students and older siblings).
- Wednesday, Sept. 13
- Volunteer training, Woodinville campus only, 9 a.m.
- EC (only Maple and Elm) Parents Classroom Community mtgs., 5 p.m., in your child's classroom; WV campus complimentary child care (enrolled EC students and older siblings).
- Fig class potluck, 5:30 p.m., classroom
- Volunteer training, North Creek campus only, 5:30 p.m.
- All-Secondary retreat, through Sept. 15
Printed calendars available by request
Printed calendars: As we did last year, we are only printing the standard booklet-style printed calendar on demand. If you would like a printed calendar, please email Director of Communications Claire Tuohy-Morgan.
Register for Electives & Athletics through Sept. 9
Did you know that we offer a full schedule of electives for Early Childhood students? Take a look at the brochures for each campus on our website, and to register, visit Campbrain. Saturday, Sept. 9, is the final day to register for both electives and athletics, offered for grades four through eight.
Change of LEL potluck venue
Please note that the Lower Elementary potluck on Sept. 15 will be held at the North Creek campus. It was originally set for Wilmot Park, but that play structure is under construction. Lower El will gather on the Elementary playground and the blacktop.
Please make these changes to Parent Handbook directory
After the Parent Handbook covers were printed we had some changes to the WMS directory that is on the inside of the front cover. Please change: the phone number for Woodinville Campus Director Miki Shema, to 425-420-9770; change Director of Development to Keri Sliger, 425-420-9725; and change Admissions Director to Associate Director of Admissions, Marissa Roecks, 425-420-9712. We apologize for the inconvenience.
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.