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 email@example.com. We hope to see you there!
Hot air balloon entertains Apple & Elm
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
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
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.
Please watch your children on all parts of the playground, and no tree-climbing
- Wednesday, Sept. 27
- Registration closes for Sept. 29 Camp
- 6 p.m.—Secondary Potluck
- Thursday, Sept. 28
- 8:45-9:45 a.m., Parent Ambassador information session, North Creek
- 5:30 p.m., Potlucks, Maple & Oak
- Friday, Sept. 29
- NO SCHOOL, CONFERENCE DAY, camp offered with prepaid registration
- Early Bird registration closes, Oct. 13 Camp
- Saturday, Sept. 30
- Full price registration for Oct. 13 camp through Oct. 11
- Tuesday, Oct. 3
- 4:30 p.m.—Parent Ambassador Program information session, North Creek
- WMS Admission tours begin
- Thursday, Oct. 5
- Volunteer training, 8:30 a.m., North Creek
You're invited to be a part of Parent Ambassadors
WMS is developing a new parent ambassador program, and your voice is important. All WMS families are invited to join us at an information session on one of the following dates:
- Thursday, Sept. 28, 8:45-9:45 a.m., Birch classroom, NC
- Tuesday, Oct. 3, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Birch classroom, NC
Register by Sept. 28 to taste food from new lunch delivery service
Beelish lunch delivery is coming soon to Woodinville Montessori School’s campuses.
WMS families are invited to a free tasting event in the Building 2 Club House Conference Room at the North Creek campus on Tuesday, Oct. 3 from 3:30-4:15 p.m. Parents must accompany their students at the tasting.
A complete kids meal would cost $7 plus tax, and a large/adult meal would cost $8.50 plus tax. Organic milk, organic chocolate milk and almond milk will also be available for $1.50-$2. Extra sides may be added (yogurt parfait, cheese cubes, muffins, etc.) for $2 each.
For more information and to register for the event, go to www.beelish.com/wms. Registration closes Thursday, Sept. 28.
No Peach delivery to WMS
Peach lunch delivery to WMS is not an option this school year. A representative tells us that they are “no longer able to accommodate delivery for your location at this time.” The company stopped delivering lunch to WMS in late June, but we had not been notified of future service.
More volunteer training sessions set
By request we have set up additional volunteer training sessions: Oct. 5, 8:30-9:30 a.m. and Oct. 12, 4:30-5:30 p.m. For more information or to RSVP for a session, please contact Associate Director of Admissions Marissa Roecks.
Sign up for Orienteering team by Oct. 14
If your Elementary through High School student would be interested in an outdoor sport that combines map reading and navigation skills with racing, there is still time to sign up for the Orienteering Team before the first meet. Contact Athletics Director Theresa Kirby; sign-ups after Oct. 14 incur a late fee. For more information about orienteering, please contact orienteering coach Marissa Roecks.
Program wisdom, photos & highlights
“Seeing Your Child the Montessori Way” offered again this year
Wondering how best to support your child’s learning? How to use Montessori ideas and principles to maximize your child’s overall development? How to create a Montessori environment at home?
Learn how to do these things and more in the online, on-demand program, “Seeing Your Child the Montessori Way.” We offer this course to our families at no additional cost to you through our private annual subscription. You will find the private link to sign up in ParentsWeb, under Announcements. Or, if you signed up last year, but didn’t finish, you may continue this year.
Parents of seniors note FAFSA opens
Parents of seniors—the FAFSA application opens on Oct. 1. If you did not receive an email about this from our college counselor Jill O’Keefe, and would like more information, please contact her.
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.