The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Sept. 12, 2018

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High school retreats to Nature Bridge

In this photo, high school students study river flow at Nature Bridge during their annual beginning-of-the-school year retreat. They spent three full days at the Olympic Peninsula environmental education center.

At Nature Bridge, students develop inquiry-based science skills while hiking nearby peaks, exploring in canoes, investigating tidepools, and analyzing old growth forests. See more photos on the Secondary site.→

Students, get ready to smile—school picture days are coming!

School picture days will be Sept. 14, 17 and 19. All students will be photographed for school records and the yearbook.

You are not obligated to purchase photos. But if you do order photos, your child must bring the packet to class that day. All orders must be prepaid, and every student must have their own envelope.

If your child is absent that day, save Nov. 2 for retakes at both campuses. Sibling photos will also be taken on Nov. 2, and the children must be at the same campus.

Here are the dates and class times for both campuses.

North Creek—Friday, Sept. 14
Toddler, 8:45 a.m.
Juniper, 9:25 a.m.
Aspen, 9:50 a.m.
Dogwood, 10:15 a.m.
Willow, 10:40 a.m.
Magnolia, 11:05 a.m.
North Creek—Monday, Sept. 17
Hawthorn, 8:45 a.m.
Douglas Fir, 9:10 a.m.
Spruce, 9;35 a.m.
Pine, 10 a.m.
Cedar, 10:25 a.m.
Cypress, 10:50 a.m.
Ginkgo, 11:15 a.m.
Ash, 11:40 a.m.
Woodinville campus, Wednesday, Sept. 19
Apple, 9:10 a.m.
Maple, 9:35 a.m.
Elm, 10:15 a.m.
Oak, 10:40 a.m.

If your child did not bring home an order packet, or it has been misplaced, you may print out this School Photo Order Envelope and send it to school with your student. Here is the price list.

New volunteer portal is live for posting and claiming tasks


Announcing the new WMS volunteer portal—now live—making it easy to connect, gather and contribute.

At its heart, WMS’s culture of philanthropy is built on the spirit of volunteerism. Volunteers—current parents, grandparents, parents of alumni, alumni and friends—are involved in every classroom, event and fundraiser. Volunteers get to know other people in our community. We learn from each other, and we grow together to build a stronger Woodinville Montessori School community for all. Our new online volunteer software should make it easy for all families to contribute 20-plus volunteer hours each year, regardless of schedule or interest.

View the various video tutorials to learn how to post a volunteer opportunity and sign up to volunteer and to record your contributed volunteer hours. The volunteer portal also offers your personal volunteering dashboard, showing you how many hours you have contributed so far this school year, listing your upcoming volunteer commitments and alerting you of “hot opportunities” (where help is needed immediately!) occurring each day.

The Volunteer Portal is just live to our entire community starting today, so do not worry if you do not see ample volunteer opportunities right away. In the coming weeks, faculty, Room Parents and the Family Alliance will be adding needed volunteer opportunities, so check back often.

The site is linked from the main website, under the CONTRIBUTE dropdown.

Additional features, designed to enhance your volunteering experience, will continued to be added, including text reminders and PDF versions of the tutorials.

For general questions regarding volunteerism at Woodinville Montessori School please contact and happy volunteering!—Director of Development Keri Sliger

Learn about the teenage brain on Sept. 19

Parents of Secondary and Upper Elementary students especially, please attend an all-school Parent Education program on The Teenage Brain on Wednesday, Sept. 19, 4:30-6 p.m., in the Ginkgo classroom in Building 2. Counselors from Developing Minds will give an in-depth overview of the changes that are taking place in your young person’s brain at this crucial time in their lives. (After-school activities and Club House will be open that afternoon as usual; Club House during the session will be complimentary for parents who attend the session.)

Thank you for the bright & cheerful new staff lounge

New staff lounge

Thanks to you, our generous donors, WMS staff has a beautiful new lounge in North Creek Building 1 for lunch and breaks. Parent Melanie Wright headed the effort, working with the Faculty Social Committee (with input from all faculty) to draft a wish list and design. WMS donors raised $2,500 at last spring’s gala and auction, and Melanie executed the design.

Donors raised an additional $1,000 for the multi-purpose room at Woodinville. That project is underway, and we will show you the results when it’s done!

See more photos of the staff lounge in the gallery.→

Here are some tips for using the library

By WMS Librarian Emily Schlieman

If you have dropped by the school library this school year, you might have noticed some changes! The library also has updated some policies to share with new and returning families.

School library books are just for students to use in school, starting in kindergarten when they begin monthly library times. Students will only begin bringing school library books home when they are in Upper Elementary. Families are still welcome to read in the library before or after school, but the books should be left in the library afterward for students to use during the school day.

We do have parent resources available to borrow in the Building 2 conference room. The green check-out folder is on the bookshelf for you to write down your name and the book’s barcode in order to borrow any of those books.