The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Sept. 19, 2018

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Rosh Hashana

Douglas Fir class learns about Rosh Hashanah

Early Childhood students in the Douglas Fir class look at a picture book about the Jewish New Year festival of Rosh Hashanah, which began at sundown on Sept. 9 and ended at sundown on Sept. 11. A Doug Fir parent visited the class last week to teach them about the holiday, and helped them cook some traditional Rosh Hashanah foods. See more photos on the EC program page.→

Cedar class

Learning looks like fun

A fourth-year Cedar student, studying volcanoes, responds to something teacher Matt Long has said.

Intl. Day of Peace bake sale aids Red Cross

By Arielle, Guen, Morgen, Grace and Gabbie

On Sept. 21, it’s International Peace Day. So to celebrate, a few Upper El students are going to hold a bake sale to help Red Cross give medications to countries in need. We will hold the bake sale on Friday, Sept. 21, outside the front door (of Building 1 at North Creek) and it will be from 3:00-4:30. Please help us contribute to Peace Day.

(The United Nations has designated Friday, Sept. 21 as the International Day of Peace, “a day devoted to strengthening the ideals of peace, both within and among all nations and peoples.” Montessori schools around the world note the day by singing the song “Light a Candle For Peace,” and by doing other special activities. WMS classes will participate in Sing Peace Around the World, a progressive event involving Montessori schools all over the globe. On past peace days, WMS classes have marked the day by joining hands and singing as they process through school, or in a circle, or by planting “pinwheels for peace.”)

Middle School Retreats to Fort Worden

Fort Worden

The Ginkgo class enjoyed a few days at Fort Worden last week, writing in journals, participating in team-building activities and exploring the beach and fort. See more photos on the Secondary site.→

Apply for 2019-20

If you are considering admission to WMS for a younger or older child in your family, now is the time to apply for the 2019-2020 school year. We are accepting applications for new students for all of our programs, from toddlers to high school. The priority application deadline is Jan. 31. To begin the online application, visit our website and you will see the “APPLY ONLINE” button. NOTE: currently enrolled children do not need to reapply. If you have any questions, please contact Director of Admissions Julie Schwarz.

Families must supervise their children on playground

Please be aware that if you allow your children to play on the playground either before or after school, you must remain at the playground to supervise them. Please do not leave your child unattended. Before school, students who are enrolled in Club House play outside until 8:30 a.m. Unsupervised children will be checked into Club House and before-care charges will accrue.

Lower Elementary picnic draws a crowd

Lower El picnic

Photos of Lower El picnic courtesy of Kristin Duin.

All five Lower Elementary classes convened at Cottage Lake Park last Friday evening for a “bring-your-own” picnic. Parents and teachers socialized, and the students played. See another photo on the Lower El program page.→

AMS photoshoot at WMS on Oct. 5

We are excited to let you know that a photographer from the American Montessori Society will be on the North Creek campus on Oct. 5. Each year AMS visits member schools to take photos for use in their promotional materials, and they also need lots of photos for their new website.

They will photograph only those students and staff with signed and returned AMS Photo Release Forms—even if you have already provided image permissions to WMS.

We have attached the photo release form to the Sept. 19 Grapevine email. It will also be posted in ParentsWeb. Please complete and return your form by Sept. 27 to the front desk in Building 1 or to Communications Director Claire Tuohy-Morgan in Building 2.

How to access the family directory

We discontinued our print directory several years ago, but you can find the school family directory on ParentsWeb:

  1. Log into ParentsWeb.
  2. Select your child.
  3. Select your child’s class from the dropdown (you can ignore the grade dropdown unless you are just seeking, for example, sixth-graders).
  4. A full class list should appear.
  5. But—it will only show physical addresses and phone numbers. To get email addresses you must click on the student or parent, and copy and paste the email address from the box that comes up. You may have to click the tabs for both parents to find a listed email address. There is no way to include the email addresses with the class lists, only by clicking individuals.
  6. Information on families who have opted out of part or all of the directory will not be listed, and school staff may not give out directory information on those who have opted out.

ALL parents and visitors must sign in during school day

Please note that all parents and visitors must sign in at the front lobby of Building 1 (the one-story building) and don a “Visitor” badge when entering the school buildings between 9 a.m.-3 p.m., unless you are dropping off or picking up your child. This includes attendance for volunteer commitments, coffees/meetings, birthday circles and other appointments. This is a standard practice used to account for all persons present in the buildings during fire drills and possible emergency evacuations. This procedure also applies to Building 2. Parents and visitors who will be spending time in Building 2, please report first to the front lobby of Building 1 to sign in and pick up a badge before proceeding to your commitment. Thank you for your compliance and understanding.