The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School Weekly Newsletter, Sept. 27, 2017

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Register & buy Fall Festival tickets

By Fall Festival Chair Angela Kugler

Registration is open for the WMS Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 7, from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. This is an annual social event hosted by the Family Alliance for students and families to have fun together. This year's event includes a 5K run/walk, a petting zoo, pumpkin decorating, amazing balloon artists, apple cider, food trucks (Daddy's Donuts, the Grilled Cheese Experience, and Inferno Dogs), an obstacle course, carnival games, an experience from the ID Lab, and more! We welcome you, your friends and family to join us as we celebrate the fall season together!

The event is completely funded through wristband purchases and a portion of food sales. Because of that, we prefer that you register in advance online by Sept. 29, but will accept online registrations through Oct. 6, and on-site registrations the day of the event. The more the merrier!

Thanks to Amy Kibuishi for designing Fall Festival coloring flyers, which are available at the front desks of both campuses. Students are encouraged to color and return them to help us to beautifully advertise the upcoming Fall Festival.

Finally, volunteers are greatly needed to help with the event through making cakewalk donations, setting up and running activities. A sign-up sheet for the Fall Festival is now available online through the Volunteer link on the WMS website. You may also review a sign-up sheet at the front desks of both campuses or at club house. Check out the many opportunities and sign up for any and all interests. Feel free to sign up for more than one slot, as we will need many volunteers throughout the event. We appreciate your support in delivering this fun family event for our community. Please email any questions to We hope to see you there!

Hot air balloon entertains Apple & Elm

Apple and Elm picnic

Apple and Elm classes were treated to some iconic Woodinville balloon fun during their picnic last Friday evening. “We thought they were going to land in Cottage Lake Park, which would have been super fun,” said Kristin Duin, “But they landed across the street—still pretty cool!” Thank you to Kristin for the photo, too.

Parent-child classes return Oct. 17

Registration is now open in Camp Brain for parent-child classes for parents and caregivers and their infants from newborn to 3 years on Tuesdays, 10-11:30 a.m. Former Fig co-teacher Theresa Heiden will lead the classes in the Toddler Auxiliary Room at North Creek.

The cost is $160 for eight classes running from Oct. 17-Dec. 12 (no class during Thanksgiving week).

Parents and caregivers of young children may connect and find support from others. Each week Theresa provides a prepared environment with Montessori activities to support young children's needs for movement, concentration, language and independence, as well as tips for implementing these ideas in your own home. Toddler-prepared group snack and circle time together will end each class.

Secondary students learn CPR

Secondary CPR

A pair of eight-grade boys practices CPR on a dummy. Ash (HS) and Ginkgo (MS), the Secondary classes, learned CPR last Friday. See more photos and read about it on the Secondary site.→

Save Oct. 17 for Annual Giving kickoff pizza dinner

By Director of Development Keri Sliger

This year we are celebrating WMS’s 35th year of school—35 years of providing an authentic Montessori education to children of all ages. Annual Giving is just around the corner and we can’t think of a better way to reflect on all the reasons we love WMS and connect with one another. We want to see 100 percent of our great community participate and that starts with pizza. Join us for the AG Kickoff Dinner at the Pizza Coop on (correction) Tuesday, Oct. 17, at 5:30 p.m. Bring your entire family for a no-host pizza dinner (each family will be responsible for their own food/beverage purchases), friends, fun prizes and a lot of WMS spirit. The Pizza Coop is located in downtown Woodinville, locally owned, family friendly and offers vegetarian and gluten-free menu selections. Please save the date now!

Expedia employee match ends Sept. 30

If you work for Expedia do not forget to make your Annual Giving donation by Sept. 30 to obtain your employer match. 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 you choose to support. Ask yourself why giving to WMS is important to you, make your gift online, and then be sure to submit your donation receipt to Expedia giving by Sept. 30.—Keri Sliger

Throughout the year WMS will be highlighting various employer matching programs.Your Annual Giving Room Representatives will also provide you with a complete list of employer matching programs with which WMS partners. Questions? Contact Development Director Keri Sliger.

Volunteering opportunities are updated and now available online

The WMS volunteer database is now up and running with new opportunities for the 2017-2018 school year. Please visit today to sign up to volunteer and to track your volunteer hours. Did you know having a plenitude of tracked volunteer hours helps us demonstrate the health of the school when applying for grants, major gifts and reaccreditation? Thank you for tracking your hours.

If you have a volunteer opportunity to post please complete a Volunteer Opportunity Form following the directions on the web page, and submit to the Development Office. Thank you.—Keri Sliger

Willow students share their gifts with their classmates

Sharing gifts

The Willow class went outside to share gifts of movement and activity with each other last week. They rode and shared bikes and scooters, read, drew with sidewalk chalk and played games—including chess.

See more photos in the gallery.→