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Woodinville Montessori School Weekly Newsletter, Sept. 13, 2017

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Opening ceremony

Students from Elementary and Secondary ended the Opening Ceremony with a tunnel.

Sixth-years officially open school

The sixth-year students from Cedar and Cypress officially opened the 2017-2018 school year with a brief Opening Ceremony attended by Elementary and Secondary on the sports field last Friday.

In the opening ceremony, each of the sixth-years represented an element—air, fire, water and earth—and recited stanzas of “The Four Elements,” adapted from The Spiral Dance. After the ceremony they formed a human tunnel for all the Elementary and Secondary students to go through. See more photos in the gallery.→

Still life with Secondary art

Secondary art

The Secondary students had their first art class of the year at instructor Charlene Freeman's new Cloud 9 Art Studio in downtown Bothell. They watched a video on “reading art” by analyzing the Arnolfini Portrait (a 1434 oil painting on oak panel by the Early Netherlandish painter Jan van Eyck) and then each student set up their own still life to draw and watercolor.

See more photos on the Secondary page.→

Save Oct. 7 & help plan Fall Festival

Fall FestivalPumpkins

Students with painted pumpkins and balloon animals at the 2016 Fall Festival.—Photo courtesy of Carli McSorley

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.

News from the Development Office

Development Director

From Director of Development Keri Sliger

Do you work for Expedia? Each September Expedia generously double matches its employees' charitable donations! This generosity not only allows employees to increase their giving, but also greatly benefits the not-for-profit organizations they choose to support.

While our Annual Giving (AG) campaign technically does not begin until late October, you CAN make your Annual Giving gift now. If you are an Expedia employer, please don't hesitate to make your Annual Giving gift today! Give online and then be sure to send your gift receipt to your employer by the end of September.

Second only to tuition, Annual Giving is the school's greatest unrestricted revenue source, supporting critical areas in the budget. Annual Giving supports daily operations like faculty and staff salaries and benefits, curricular supplies, academic programs, professional development, facilities maintenance, new technology, tuition assistance and extracurricular programs. Thanks to your generosity, last year we raised more than $110,000!

This year, our 35th as a school, we are reflecting on all the reasons “Why We Give” and asking our community—families, trustees, staff, alumni and community supporters—to help us raise $150,000 by Dec. 31. All donors are appreciated and recognized in the Woodinville Montessori School Annual Report. Leadership Circle, Partnership Circle and Maria Montessori Society donors are also recognized at a reception held each spring.

Are you interested in volunteering with this year's Annual Giving campaign or supporting the Spring Gala? Contact Development Director Keri Sliger.

Upper El builds community and makes student class rules

Community building

Cedar and Cypress held their annual Upper El Community Building Day at Cottage Lake Park last Thursday. They took part in team-building activities, ate lunch together and then spent time writing student-driven class rules in small groups.

See more photos on the Upper El page.→