Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Oct. 10, 2018
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Come to the Fall Festival on Oct. 13
Imagine your family’s faces here! Students create new face board
Students designed and created this new photo face board from an original drawing. After parent Mike Shultz built the board, they did all the rest of the work. See a photo of the original drawing in the gallery.→
It’s not too late to join us for the WMS Fall Festival on Saturday, Oct. 13 from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., on the North Creek campus! Here are a few final reminders about this Saturday’s event:
We still need 30 volunteers
We are still in need of about 30 volunteers to help make sure the activities run smoothly. If you can spare an hour and a half or more, please sign up for a remaining slot at the link in your Grapevine email, or email Angela and she’ll sign you up for the most-needed positions.
How to drop off cake and/or cupcake donations
If you offered to donate a cake or cupcakes for the Cake Walk game—please drop your donations off on Thursday or Friday morning in the front office of Building 1.
New this year!
This year, we are hosting a self-serve costume swap, so if you have costumes you’d like to trade or give away, please bring them with you. You can pick up a costume, leave a costume, and all costumes remaining at the end of the event will be donated to a local charity.
We will be hosting a pumpkin-carving contest for the first time this year. Participants are limited to the first 20 who sign up. Participants may work in teams, but all participants must have a Fall Festival wristband. Sign-up sheets are in the Middle School and High School classrooms this week and will be at the booth on the day of the event. All participants may carve their pumpkins at any time during the event and will need to have pumpkins carved by 1:45 p.m. for judging. Prizes range from a $50 Amazon gift card to $10 Amazon gift card for the top three pumpkin carvings.
A new photo cut-out: Credit goes to Ian for the original design; Katie for being the project leader and indispensable in translating the paper design onto the board, and providing direction throughout the painting process; and Kenna, Violet and Meera for painting. We think kids of all ages will be drawn to this festive and colorful board and will have fun putting their faces through it!
Pre- and on-site registrations
Finally, it’s not too late to register for the event. If you register prior to 11:30 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 11, you can still get advanced wristband prices and save $5 apiece. Otherwise, we will take walk-ins on the day of the event, so join us if you can!
As this is not a fundraiser, all proceeds from wristband sales and food sales go toward covering the cost of the event.
Creativity has a home in ID Lab
A pair of Middle School students works together to solder parts in the ID Lab. While the activity was set up for the AMS photographer on Oct. 5, it was a real activity, which produced a working LED light bulb. Read and see more on the Secondary site.
WMS volunteer portal is offline for improvements
You spoke, we listened! Due to helpful feedback our team was able to have a productive face-to-face meeting with the developers of the WMS volunteer portal. The portal is now under construction and will be relaunching soon with all the bugs corrected and new features added. We appreciate your patience and your continued volunteer efforts! For the time being, please sign up for all volunteer opportunities through your classroom teachers or room parents, and keep track of your service hours as you’ll be able to record them into the portal after it relaunches.—Director of Development Keri Sliger
FA opens limited logo gear sale at Fall Festival
Weather the Winter in Woodinville Wear, exclusive, limited edition WMS spirit wear, only available until Nov. 2, 2018. Offered by the Family Alliance, this is different from, and in addition to, our online logo gear store. Proceeds will benefit programs at WMS.
Visit the logo gear booth at the Fall Festival, at North Creek on Oct. 13. Please join Woodinville Montessori School in showing and sharing our school colors and school pride. We’ve got great clothing and gifts for all members of the community, from toddler wear through adult. Whether it’s a single shirt for your student, matching shirts for the whole family, gifts for faraway relatives, a scarf, hat, flannel loungers for Kid’s Night Out or a stainless mug, there’s an opportunity to wear and share our colors with pride.
Thank you for your support of the school, we’re eager to see all the WMS pride.
Basketball registration opens
WMS Basketball registration opens soon. We are hoping to field four teams:
- Girls, grades 4-6
- Girls, grades 7-10
- Boys, grades 4-6
- Boys, grades 7-10
Practice days are still to be determined, but they will begin in the week of Nov. 26. Games will begin on Dec. 8, and the season will end March 9.
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.
Help beautify Parr Creek on Oct. 20
The city of Bothell is seeking volunteers of all ages for 9 a.m.-noon, Saturday, Oct. 20, at Parr Creek between Northshore YMCA and WMS, to spread mulch around the young plants beside Parr Creek.
Children under age 14 must have adult supervision. Dress for the weather and wear sturdy shoes. The city will provide gloves, buckets, coffee and refreshments. You can sign up here.
- Oct. 10
- • Registration closes for Oct. 12 camp—NO DROP-INS
- Oct. 11
- • CANCELED: Parent Education with Developing Minds; this may be rescheduled for later in the year.
- Oct. 12
- • NO SCHOOL FOR ALL STUDENTS, Faculty in-service day
- • Toddler & EC conference day
- Oct. 13
- • Orienteering WIOL training
- • Fall Festival, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., North Creek campus
- • Volleyball game, 1:25 p.m., Northshore YMCA, main gym east
- Oct. 16
- • UE field trip
- Oct. 17
- • BOT mg., 7 p.m., Board Room
Civics refresher: voting in the Nov. 6 general election
Preparing to fulfill your civic duty and vote in the general election on Nov. 6? The Washington Secretary of State’s website offers this timeline:
- Through Oct. 13—State Voters’ Pamphlets are mailed to every household in Washington state
- Oct. 19—Start of 18-day voting period (through Election Day). Deadline for ballots to be mailed out and Accessible Voting Units (AVUs) are available at voting centers. County Elections Departments may mail ballots before this date. Expect delivery of your ballot no later than Oct. 25.
- Oct. 29—Deadline for in-person new Washington state voter registration
- Nov. 6—General Election—Drop boxes close promptly at 8 p.m.
We need your help to supervise gymnastics
We are seeking adult volunteers to help supervise our Lower El students while they are in PE classes at Northshore Gymnastics, on Wednesdays, from 10:40-11:45 a.m. All volunteers working directly with children must have completed the WMS volunteer training. Contact Theresa Kirby if you can help.
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.
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
Stevens offers free season passes for fifth-graders
Stevens Pass is offering FREE 2018-2019 season passes to Washington state's fifth graders. For more information, visit their website.
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.