Oct. 12, 2016
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WMS hosts pre-K—HS Open House, Sat., Oct. 15
Do you know someone seeking a school for their preschool-through-high school student? Come to our first Open House program preview of the season, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., on Oct. 15. This is a great way to learn more about the benefits of an authentic Montessori education, and why WMS is a recognized leader in the Northwest. Hear from faculty, staff and students about our programs that are fully accredited through NWAIS and AMS for children aged 18 months to 18 years. Designed for parents and caregivers. Complimentary child care is available for children ages 3-6. RSVP and reserve child care here.
EC Parent Ed Night bridges home & school
Early Childhood Parent Ed Night—Bridging Home & School, is set for two separate nights next week.
North Creek EC, and Maple and Apple classes, will meet in their classrooms on Tuesday, Oct. 18, 6 p.m. RSVP and reserve child care here.
Oak and Elm classes will meet in their classrooms on Wednesday, Oct. 19, 6 p.m. RSVP and reserve child care here.
A primary goal of the Montessori classroom is to give each child unlimited opportunities to develop her or his own capabilities. Every aspect of the child's experience at school is planned to minimize the need for adult help. Independent behavior is one of the best confidence builders a child can have as he goes through school and life. Join in the classroom discussion and share ideas on how to prepare your home to maximize opportunities for independence and how to set age-appropriate limits and expectations for your child.
Learn how to spot and stop bullying on Oct. 25
You're invited to a special workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 6-8 p.m., Understanding and Addressing Bullying: A Parent Workshop, with Robin Wallace Wright, at the North Creek campus.
Robin Wallace-Wright has 13 years of experience as an educator. She specializes in teaching youth and parents about bullying, healthy relationships, sexuality and effective communication. Robin has facilitated hundreds of workshops empowering students, teachers, parents and families to have the “Wright” conversations. Parents will come away from this two-hour workshop with knowledge and practical tools they can use with their children to prevent or stop bullying. You will learn what behaviors and conditions constitute bullying, the different types of bullying, how to tell if your child is a target or a bully and the dos and don'ts of what to say and do as parents.
The WMS Library welcomes your family
The WMS Library encourages all families to drop in, read and borrow books! Every student elementary age and higher already has a library account, but if your child is in Early Childhood and you would like to start borrowing books, please come by and create an account with Librarian Emily Schlieman. Although Lower Elementary students have a check-out limit of two books every week to read at school, they can come in with their parents to borrow more to read at home. Upper Elementary students have a limit of eight books that they are allowed to bring home.
Library books are not due until the end of the year, but please return any books that you have finished so they are available for others. Books to return can be placed on the wooden cart just inside the library across from Willow class. If there are lost books at the end of the school year, Emily will send home a notice and a charge. If you have any questions, feel free to email firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy reading!—Emily Schlieman, librarian
Montessori Thoughts from the Cedar class newsletter
By Teresa Lee & Taylor Westphal
“The real preparation for education is a study of one's self. The training of the teacher who is to help life is something far more than the learning of ideas. It includes the training of character, it is a preparation of the spirit.”—Maria Montessori, The Absorbent Mind
A sure cornerstone of the Montessori Method is the well-prepared adult. The preparation not only includes a deep knowledge of the child's development, but also a paradigm shift of the role of the adult, requiring humility and an open heart. It involves both a practical preparation as well as a spiritual preparation. As teachers in today's world, we are constantly being challenged to identify our own failings and misgivings. In order to view each child with dignity, we try to leave negativity at the door, not projecting any of our own expectations. When we enter the environment with open eyes, eager to observe what is true, we can evolve with the needs of the child, serving his or her developing spirit. The Montessori Method has surely helped us become better people as there is constant reflecting not only on our teaching practices, but also on our actions and values. This level of self-realization requires a work of the soul. It is indeed a radical process of self-development.
Montessori teachers are eager to continue in this work of preparation, with the hope that we will be educators who are humble and willing servants. Also, we would be citizens of the world, who are eager to love and honor those around us. We are truly humbled by this opportunity.
How we notify you if weather causes schedule changes
When weather causes schedule changes for our campuses, please be aware that you may receive multiple notifications: a direct message from WMS, and if you subscribe to FlashAlert, a message from that service.
ParentAlert: WMS will message you via ParentAlert if we decide to close school, start late or dismiss early.
FlashAlert Newswire: this service submits concise announcements from schools to local broadcasters, and you can also sign up to receive their direct messages. Here are some common messages for Woodinville Montessori School that may appear in TV crawl lines and FlashAlert notifications:
- Closed—means no classes, no day care, no after-school elective classes and all meetings are canceled.
- Opening at 10 a.m.—means ALL classes start at 10 a.m., including secondary and a.m. half-day preschool/kindergarten classes. There is NO a.m. day care.
- All afternoon/evening activities canceled—means arrange to pick up your child at 3:15 p.m.; no after-school day care, no after-school electives, no after-school sports, no after-school or evening meetings.
ParentAlert messages sent to your phones from WMS may include additional information to that above.
You should always use your own judgment about whether to come to school when road conditions in your own area are bad. Visit our website for more detailed information on our emergency preparedness plans.
A pond in paper
For your serene enjoyment: Middle School students created this origami frog pond.
- Oct. 12
- Registration for Oct. 14 day camp closes
- Oct. 13
- Toddler Parent Ed Night—Promoting Independence at Home, 6 p.m., NC Plaza
- Oct. 14
- NO SCHOOL, Faculty In-service Day, camp available with prepaid reservation
- Oct. 15
- Open House for pre-K through High School, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
- Oct. 18
- EC Parent Education Night—Bridging Home & School—North Creek, Maple & Apple only, 6 p.m.
- Oct. 19
- EC Parent Education Night—Bridging Home & School—Oak & Elm only, 6 p.m.
PLEASE DRIVE SLOWLY IN THE PARKING LOT
We urge all our families, and those authorized to transport your children to and from school, to please drive very slowly and cautiously in the parking lot. Please watch out for children and adults.
Introducing program-level pages in the Grapevine
Now that we no longer post class newsletters on the public website, we needed a way to give everyone a glimpse of some of the curriculum, specialist and other program-level news within the newsletters. Still to come: each week we'll post some of that content on the new program-level pages, which you may access from the menu above: T (Toddler), EC (Early Childhood), LE (Lower Elementary), UE (Upper Elementary) and SEC (Secondary).
Sign up for EC & T camp by Oct. 12
Registration for the Oct. 14 day camp closes on Oct. 12. Oct. 14 is a Faculty In-service Day and there is no school for students. Camp is available only by prepaid reservation, which you can make at this link. (Elementary camp is full.)
October is the month to give to The WMS Fund
The WMS Fund is a vital part of covering the costs of offering the high quality programs that WMS offers at every level. Giving to The WMS Fund is your opportunity to express your support—and continue a legacy of generosity at WMS.
You can give online here, now.
Thank you to all of our volunteers & donors
Thank you this week to those who corrected vocabulary: Susan Keller, Xiaoguang Li, Lisa Flannery, Charanya Srinivasan and Elizabeth Canning; to those who corrected math: Merrill Lundgren and Run Yang; to Robert Merriman for bringing flowers and Play Doh to class; to front desk assistants Robert Merriman and Sabrina Moss; to Friday Helper Rachel Mekanik; to reading parent Sabrina Moss; for Art Project Help Padmavathy Bhamidipati and for helping with the Fall Festival Benjamin Lyles and Serban Tatu.
Thank you to these volunteers who have helped out at the Woodinville campus: inflating playground balls, Sun-Hee Lee, Clara Ling, Anasuya Pai and Lalit Jina; helping with posters, Maya Farrar and Nathan Wright; maintaining flower beds, Max and Naoko Koh; and applying labels to CDs and books, Renu Lalwani.
Thank you to the Conley family for donating a like-new couch and matching loveseat to Ginkgo. The students are loving them!
You are all greatly appreciated!
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.