Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Sept. 26, 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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UEL soccer, volleyball players needed
With many of our Middle School athletes opting to play ultimate Frisbee this fall, the coed soccer and volleyball teams have plenty of spots to fill, especially for Upper Elementary students, as well as Middle School students.
Director of Athletics Theresa Kirby has arranged several soccer scrimmages with other schools for this fall, and volleyball is played at the Northshore YMCA. WMS volleyball and soccer are open to students in fourth through ninth grades. Ultimate, offered for grades six through eight, will compete in the Fall Seattle League.
Our recreational no-cut team sports opportunities for boys and girls continue to grow, as we enter our third year of offering athletics. To sign up for soccer or volleyball, email or call Theresa Kirby, at 425-420-9734.
Toddlers develop motor skills
A toddler practices fastening a security chain on the Locks and Switches Board, in the Fig class. See another Figlet at work on the Toddler program page.→
Do you need a nap mat?
We need to replace 16 nap mats, and are making them available to you for free, first-come, first-served. Per licensing regulations, if the vinyl cover has even the tiniest tear, we must replace the mat. These mats, purchased in 2014, are useable for tumbling, camping, yoga, etc. They are solid, dense, flame retardant foam covered with a heavy-duty, heat-sealed vinyl that is durable, easy to sanitize and waterproof. They measure 48 inches long by 24 inches wide by 2 inches thick. If you would like to see one or pick one up, please email Judy Samudovsky, director of Toddler & EC Programs for North Creek.
Save Oct. 13 for the Fall Festival!
Please save the date for our annual WMS Fall Festival, on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. This is a social event hosted by the Family Alliance for the WMS community to come together and have FUN. This year’s event includes a petting zoo, pumpkin-decorating, a pumpkin-carving contest, an experience from the ID Lab, gutter races, apple cider, food trucks (Hot Revolution Donuts, Yummy Box and Inferno Dogs), an obstacle course, carnival games and more.
We welcome you, your friends and family to join us as we celebrate the fall season together! We will post the registration link on the WMS home page on Friday, Sept. 28.
Lining up for cookies and a cause
Upper Elementary students worked their bake sale last Friday. The students held a bake sale to help the Red Cross provide medications to countries in need. It was the students’ way to mark the UN’s International Day of Peace on Sept. 21.
Admissions Open House is Oct. 27
In the photo: a Magnolia student works on Stamp Game Addition. Read about Lower Elementary philosophy on the LE program page.→
Tell your family and friends with school-age children that on Oct. 27, WMS will hold the first Open House/Program Preview of this admissions season. The Saturday session runs from 9:30-11:30 a.m., at the North Creek campus. They may register for the open house on Ravenna.
Prospective families and students will hear from a student panel, tour the school, ask questions and learn more about our programs for toddlers through high school.
WMS tours for prospective families begin on Oct. 1. They may also register for a tour at the same link.
If you are considering applying to WMS for your student’s sibling, apply now for the 2019-2020 school year. We are accepting applications for new students for all of our programs. 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.
AMS photo shoot at WMS on Oct. 5
Thank you to those who turned in completed image permission forms for the American Montessori Society photo shoot at North Creek on Oct. 5. There is still time to turn one in, and we would love to have them. AMS will take photos for use in their promotional materials, and 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 Grapevine email. It is also posted in ParentsWeb. Please complete and return your form as soon as possible to the front desk in Building 1 or to Communications Director Claire Tuohy-Morgan in Building 2.
- Sept. 27
- • FA Teacher-Staff Appreciation event, both campuses
- • (NO Family Alliance meeting—it was on the calendars)
- • Oak & Maple class potlucks, 5:30 p.m.
- • Soccer scrimmage, home vs. Willows Prep, 3:45 p.m.
- Sept. 28
- • NO SCHOOL FOR ALL STUDENTS, faculty in-service day, conferences for Elementary only; camp offered
- • Last day for early bird discount for Oct. 12 camp
- Oct. 1
- • Admission tours begin
- Oct. 4
- • Soccer scrimmage, home vs. Willows Prep, 3:45 p.m.
- • Parent volunteer training, 6-7 p.m., BOT meeting room, North Creek
- Oct. 5
- NEW DATE:Kids’ Night Out, 5-9 p.m., Ginkgo classroom. Register on Camp Brain.
Volunteers needed THIS Thursday, Sept. 27
The Fall Festival team is looking for one to two volunteers to help prep and distribute flyers to all classrooms—both campuses—tomorrow, Sept. 27. Duties include copying, cutting and distribution, and need to be completed by end of day on Sept. 27. If you are available to help, please email Director of Development Keri Sliger.
All school faculty in-service on Sept. 28
Please note that there is NO SCHOOL FOR ALL STUDENTS on Friday, Sept. 28. Camp is offered for those who have registered and prepaid by Sept. 26. In addition to this being an all-school in-service day, it is also Elementary conference day.
The same is true for Oct. 12—it is an all-school faculty in-service day, meaning NO SCHOOL FOR ALL STUDENTS, but it is also Toddler and EC conferences.
First quarter pizza orders close on Oct. 1
All new pizza orders for this quarter must be placed and paid by 4 p.m., Oct. 1
Secondary Business sells pizza by the slice to first through 12th-graders to pay for some of their extracurricular activities, and to learn some business skills. Place your orders online and remit payment to the black mesh wall pocket marked “Student Business” that is hanging in the front lobby of Building 1. After Monday, orders will close until second quarter, and will reopen in the fourth week of October. See a photo in the gallery.→
We’re working out the bugs on the volunteer site
Please excuse our “technical dust!” We have heard from a number of our valued volunteers, you, about the bugs currently making the portal less user-friendly than desired. We hear your concerns and have a team devoted to correcting these all in the coming week. We thank you for your patience and your continued commitment to volunteering! If you are experiencing difficulties with the portal, please track your contributed hours to be uploaded once our “technical dust” has cleared. Updates will be shared in the Grapevine next week.
Wear your WMS pride—new online spiritwear store open
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.