Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Sept. 12, 2018
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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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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
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.
- Sept. 13
- • Middle School Retreat, through Sept. 14
- • Volunteer training session, Woodinville East, 4:30 p.m.
- Sept. 14
- • North Creek Picture Day 1: Fig, Juniper, Aspen, Dogwood, Willow, Magnolia
- • North Creek Opening Ceremony, 11:45 a.m.
- • All Lower El picnic, 5:30 p.m., Cottage Lake Park
- • Pine & Douglas Fir Class potlucks, 5:30 p.m.
- • Early Bird signup for Sept. 28 camp CLOSES
- Sept. 17
- • North Creek Picture Day 2: Hawthorn, Douglas Fir, Spruce, Pine, Cedar, Cypress, Ginkgo, Ash
- • Fall athletics begin after school (electives begin on Sept. 24)
- • Specialists begin
- Sept. 18
- • Parent Ambassador training, NC, 9 a.m.
- • Volunteer training, NC, 4:30 p.m.
- Sept. 19
- • Woodinville Picture Day, all classes
- • Parent Ambassador training, 2:30 p.m., NC
- • “The Teenage Brain,” Parent Education event, 4:30-6 p.m., Ginkgo classroom, Bldg. 2, NC
- • Board of Trustees mtg., 7 p.m., Board Rm., Bldg. 2, NC
Thank you for your car-line help
Thank you, drivers for delaying lining up at North Creek until 3:12 p.m. And those who are going inside to meet your child at the classroom, please park in the lot, and enter and exit through the front lobby.
We are still getting to know your cars, so please continue to use your placards with your child’s name and class.
North Creek pick up for Cedar, Cypress, Aspen and Hawthorn: please enter the parking lot from either the middle or north entrance—do not use the south entrance.
Please keep to the right while waiting in line so that exiting cars have room to pass on the left.
Pizza days return on Sept. 20
Secondary Business will again offer pizza by the slice to first through 12th grades beginning on Thursday, Sept. 20. This year you will place your orders online. We will announce the link to the form as soon as it’s live.
More September volunteer training sessions added
September volunteer training continues at both campuses. You may attend a training session at North Creek either on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 4:30 p.m.; or Monday, Sept. 24, 9 a.m. Both will be held in the new Board of Trustees Meeting Room, first floor, Building 2. Just walk down the main hallway until you reach the wall decorated with the peace cranes, turn the corner and the new BOT room is on the left.
Or, attend a volunteer training session on Thursday, Sept. 20, 9 a.m., or Wednesday, Sept. 26, 4:30 p.m., in the lobby of Woodinville campus East.
Become a WMS Parent Ambassador!
If you are passionate about WMS and want to share your enthusiasm with prospective families or even our surrounding communities, then we have the perfect volunteer opportunity for you! Admissions is seeking Parent Ambassadors to join us as we begin our season of tours and building community connections. We are looking for Tour Guides, Parent Connectors and External Marketers. To learn more, contact Julie Schwarz, Director of Admissions, or come to one of our information sessions next week at the North Creek Campus, BOT Meeting Room on Tuesday, Sept. 18, 9 a.m., or Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2:30 p.m. We look forward to connecting with you!
Wear your WMS pride—new online spiritwear store opens
We have a new online, on-demand spiritwear store managed by K12clothing.com. K12clothing.com allows orders of just one item at a time (or many) and accepts a variety of payment methods. Order t-shirts and/or sweatshirts from the site they have set up for WMS, and have them delivered directly to you—no need to wait for an annual sale.
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.
News from the Family Alliance is updated on the second week of each month during the school year.