The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Oct. 4, 2017

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Fall Festival is this Saturday, Oct. 7!

Dear WMS Families,

The Fall Festival is this Saturday, Oct. 7, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., at the North Creek campus. A huge thanks to everyone who has already volunteered for the festival! We are still seeking volunteers for a few more slots and particularly for the 5K. Please check out the Google doc (link is in ParentsWeb and in the Grapevine email) for a list of remaining openings and to confirm your volunteer sign-up. There is a tab for cakewalk donations as well as a tab for specific volunteer activities and time slots.

If you are donating a cake/cupcakes for the cake walk, please drop off your donations this Friday at the North Creek campus around drop-off or pick-up times. There will be directional signs to the Science Lab in Building #2, where we will be storing the donations overnight.

Fall festival pumpkins

If your plans change and you can now join us for the festivities, we will be accepting Fall Festival registrations through Friday online, and in person on Saturday. We look forward to a fun and festive day with you.—Best, Angela Kugler

Thank you to parent Amy Kibuishi for designing the festival posters, and for all the cheerful fall pumpkins decorating North Creek Building 1.

Fresh, nutritious lunches delivered daily to school beginning in late October

Beelish lunch

Students went back for seconds and thirds of the turkey banh mi and whole grain crackers on Tuesday, as many Woodinville Montessori School families sampled a variety of meals from the upcoming Beelish menu. Beelish will use the tasters’ feedback to help plan meals for the school.

Beelish is expected to begin delivering lunches to WMS’s campuses the week of Oct. 23. Orders must be received by noon the previous Tuesday—in this case by Oct. 17.

You can see sample menus here of the meals prepared fresh daily by FareStart’s chefs.

A complete kids meal will cost $7 plus tax, and a large/adult meal (25 percent larger) will 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.

According to their website, meals are prepared with fresh, whole, unprocessed foods. FareStart uses only organic yogurt, organic seasonal and local produce when available and organic cage-free eggs; natural hormone-free cheese; free-range, hormone-free chicken and nitrate and nitrite-free meals. Recipes include kid-friendly foods designed and tested for students’ palates, and there is a daily vegetarian option. (Though the meals include no nuts, pork or seafood, and they take “great care to keep these separate,” Beelish says the kitchen is not allergen-free.)

FareStart delivers the lunches to school just before lunch time. The meals are individually packaged in fully compostable containers (except for milk containers, which are recyclable), and organized by classroom.

We’ll have more information for you by next week. See more photos in the gallery.

Introducing our new Coordinator of Learning Support Services


Jordan Listo joined us as Coordinator of Learning Support Services for WMS on Sept. 29. Jordan earned his bachelor’s degree at the University of Washington, and has provided learning support to students for the past four years at Lindamood Bell. In addition to working directly with students, Jordan became an evaluator and then a developer of individual lesson plans. He was then promoted to site manager, requiring him to supervise and train other instructors and provide progress updates to parents at summer programs in Seattle, Tacoma and Illinois. His most recent position was as a center manager in California. Jordan is happy to be back in the Northwest and looking forward to having more direct contact with students again. We are pleased to have someone to coordinate the work of the Learning Support Faculty Mentors and Student Support Team.

Leslie DeLorenzi’s last day with us will be Oct 6. We appreciate all of Leslie’s good work, and wish her good luck in her next endeavors. We are interviewing for a part-time Speech and Language professional to fill the need for those services.

Kick off Annual Giving with pizza and friends on Oct. 17

Celebrate WMS’s 35th year of providing an authentic Montessori education. 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. Help us reach 100 percent participation on Anngual Giving—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 locally-owned, family-friendly Pizza Coop in downtown Woodinville offers vegetarian and gluten-free menu items. Please save the date now!—Director of Development Keri Sliger

Learn how to balance screen and family time on Oct. 26

Don’t miss “TECHquilibrium: Finding Balance with Screen Time and Family Time,” with Emily Cherkin, of The Hallowell Todaro Center, on Oct. 26, from 5:30-6:30 p.m., at the North Creek campus.

This workshop addresses the impact of unrestricted screen time on learning and attention, screen addiction, cyberbullying, personal safety and other related topics. In order to defray expenses of presenting this speaker, the cost will be $20 for one person, and $30 for two adults to attend.

Registration will open this weekend.

Save Oct. 20 for “Education for Life—A Parent Education Evening”

Register for this free lecture, “Education for Life—A Parent Education Evening”, by Dr. Steve Hughes, Pediatric Neuropsychologist, sponsored by the Pacific Northwest Montessori Association. Dr. Hughes will provide insight on current brain research on how a Montessori education establishes a foundation for ongoing success in life.

This parent education event is Friday, Oct. 20, 7-9 p.m., at Hotel Deca in Seattle. Space is limited, so register here.

Around the world, education is at a crossroads. It turns out that the grades and test scores predict almost nothing about how well people do in their careers--and hiring managers know it. The most valuable employees are those who care about what they are doing, work naturally and spontaneously with others, anticipate obstacles and demonstrate authentic leadership. Most importantly, they are the kind of people who can be counted on to “look around, figure out what needs to be done, and do it.” Educators are discovering that conventional schooling isn't very good at fostering these skills, and efforts to “teach character” have met with limited success--maybe these skills aren't really at that “teachable.” So how can we help children grow a stronger, more creative, innovative, and capable brain? Developmental neuroscience research suggests important new directions for education, one anticipated by Maria Montessori over 100 years ago.

Help with Kids’ Night Out and help Secondary Business

Parents of students of all program levels are welcome to volunteer to help supervise Kids’ Night Out, the monthly (except for November) child care evening hosted by Secondary Business. For more information about it, and to sign up, please visit the WMS volunteer database, where additional volunteer opportunities are listed. If you have questions about Kids’ Night Out, please contact Jillian Dickson.

Apple students build together

Apple class

A pair of Apple classmates work together to build something at recess. The special wooden blocks were purchased a couple of years ago with some of the funds raised at the annual spring gala.