Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Oct. 3, 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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Register for the Fall Festival set for Oct. 13
Join us for the WMS Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., on the North Creek campus. This year’s event includes many new activities as well as several all-time favorites. Enjoy the fun with a petting zoo, participatory demos of our award-winning Music Together program for toddler and EC families, a Halloween costume swap (bring your old costumes to participate; we’ll donate what’s left behind), food trucks, a pumpkin-carving contest and activity zone for older kids, a gutter regatta, pumpkin putt putt golf, a cakewalk, temporary tattoos and a variety of carnival games and prizes. We welcome you, your friends and family to join us as we celebrate the fall season together!
Please register in advance through 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, for food and discounted wristbands.
As this is not a fundraiser, all proceeds from wristband sales and food sales go toward covering the cost of the event.
Volunteers and materials needed
The Fall Festival Committee is seeking a large number of volunteers for the day of the event to help with set-up and tear-down, overseeing activities and lending us some pop-up tents in case of inclement weather.
We are also asking for 35 cake and 35 cupcake donations of at least one DOZEN each for the cakewalk, to arrive on Friday, Oct. 12.
If you are available to help with this event, please visit the online spreadsheet listed in the Grapevine email to browse outstanding needs and sign up where available.
Street Scrambling for teacher time
By Cypress faculty intern/Orienteering Coach Marissa Roecks
On a recent Sunday, team Bigfoot (secondary students Katie, Zoe, Taylor, Meera and I) did a Street Scramble in Fremont: 4.1 miles, 34 flights of stairs worth of climb. 80 minutes. BOOM. Bigfoot rules.
Honorable mention goes to Coco, who was unable to join us. We are excited to welcome her to our WMS orienteering team this season!
Our plan and run keepers account of our route are satisfyingly synchronized. Unlike most types of orienteering, in a street scramble, you have a short window to make a plan prior to a mass start.
Students planned and navigated to every checkpoint and earned third place for their category, with two first-timers in the group!
Thank you to Cheri Sibthorp for providing transportation for the adventure, we had a blast. Or, as Taylor said, “It actually was more fun than I expected.”
(Marissa offered the street scramble as a Teacher Time item at the May 2018 Spring Gala.) See the runners with a Fremont landmark in the photo gallery.→
Hawthorn feels the beat
Music teacher CeCe Leavitt leads students from the Hawthorn class in a drumming lesson on Oct. 3. See another photo on the Lower El program page.→
AMS photographer’s suggestions for Oct. 5
Thank you for your responses in returning 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 to use in their promotional materials, and for their new website.
AMS marketing director Jeff Covello asks that students and teachers who will be photographed:
- Wear a conservative amount of jewelry (too much “bling” can be distracting).
- Do not wear clothing with licensed characters.
- Do not wear clothing with logos (including WMS logos).
- Wear hoods, hats and outdoor jackets only when outdoors.
- Dress in solid colors, if possible.
- Best not to wear white shirts (they can impact the lighting in the shot).
These guidelines will help the photographer to take the best, most usable and versatile photos.
Kids’ Night Out is back on Friday, Oct. 5
Registration closes at 5 p.m., Oct. 4 for Kids’ Night Out (KNO), so be sure you are signed up! KNO is open only to WMS students, and there is a limit to how many students may sign up. They cannot accept drop-ins.
Kids’ Night Out (KNO) is a babysitting event hosted by the Middle School, typically every month. KNO was created in order to raise money for our end-of-year trip. The first KNO of the year is going to be on Friday, Oct. 5, and the theme is Halloween. KNOs run from 5-9 p.m., and your children will participate in activities and games, have dinner, and watch a movie. We will be watching “Hotel Transylvania,” a fun and funny animated movie that is rated PG. “Spooky Buddies” will also be playing for those children only ready for G-rated movies. Children must be in Kindergarten or higher in order to be eligible to come. You can sign up on Camp Brain. The fee for KNO is $22 for the first child, $15 for the second, and $9 for each additional child. Pizza is offered for dinner, and costs $3 a slice. We look forward to seeing you.—Coco Mcleod and Meera Kohli, KNO managers
Middle School students have been working on Environmental Science labs. Last week, these three students studied “How to Clean Up an Oil Spill.” See more photos in the gallery→.
See your child the Montessori way
This school year we are again offering a complimentary parent education course, “Seeing Your Child the Montessori Way,” geared towards parents, grandparents or caregivers, with children Toddler to Lower Elementary age. Once you register for the workshop you will receive the weekly “Kids Talk” newsletter with great tips on child-rearing. Through the course you can learn at your own pace and once you have completed all sessions you will receive a certificate of completion valid for 10 volunteer hours and a complimentary book written by Maren Schmidt, “Building Cathedrals Not Walls.” Try it, you’ll like it, and you just may find a few new parenting tools in the process, along with a better understanding of what Montessori is all about! Here is the link to enroll. It is also posted in ParentsWeb.
Sample a lesson with this handout about helping children learn to apologize.
- 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.
- • AMS photographer at WMS
- Oct. 6
- • Volleyball game, Northshore YMCA, 1:25 p.m.
- Oct. 8
- • Coffee with Sunita, Woodinville campus, 8:50 a.m.
- • Soccer scrimmage CANCELED, practice will be held
- • Staff training, CPR/BBP, 4 p.m.
- Oct. 9
- • Annual Giving classroom rep training, 6 p.m.
- Oct. 10
- • Registration closes for Oct. 12 camp—NO DROP-INS
- • Coffee with Sunita, North Creek campus, 8:30 a.m.
Help supervise at gymnastics
We are seeking adult volunteers to help supervise our Lower El students while they are in PE classes at Northshore Gymnastics. Volunteers would meet the classes at the gym on either Tuesdays, from 1-2:45 p.m., or Wednesdays, from 10:40-11:45 a.m. All volunteers working directly with children must have completed the WMS volunteer training. Volunteer for this on our volunteer portal.
Train to volunteer
If you haven’t taken the volunteer training, Director of Admissions Julie Schwarz is offering two more sessions:
- Friday, Oct. 19, 9 a.m., NC campus, BOT Meeting Rm., Building 2
- Friday, Oct. 26, 9 a.m., WV campus, East Building
Help your child be on time for school
We are experiencing a lot of late arrivals in the morning. Please be aware that car line ends, and the school day begins, at 8:45 a.m. After that you must park your car and walk your child into school (or to class if Early Childhood).
Teachers or assistants will meet cars in the car line 10 minutes before class begins and 15 minutes after class ends at 3:15 p.m. Being on time matters for your child; being late interrupts the flow of their day.
If you are not using the car line you must park and walk any Early Childhood or Elementary children into the building rather than dropping them off in the parking lot. Children should be accompanied through the parking lot by an adult. Do not let them run from the car to the building or vice versa without you. Remind them not to play in landscaped beds or among parked cars.
All school faculty in-service on Oct. 12
Please note that there is NO SCHOOL FOR ALL STUDENTS on Friday, Oct. 12. In addition to this being an all-school in-service day, it is also EC and Toddler conference day.
All-day camp is offered for Toddlers through Elementary for those who have registered and prepaid by Oct. 10. We cannot accommodate any drop-in campers, as staffing is set based on those registrations.
This session’s theme, “All About Fall,” features activities for the season. EC camp space is limited to 25 students.
We will also provide complimentary separate short-term supervision for children while their parents are attending conferences.
Admissions Open House is Oct. 27
Spread the word: on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., WMS will hold the first Open House/Program Preview of this admissions season, at the North Creek campus. 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.
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.