Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Oct. 11, 2017
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WMS Soccer hosts first home scrimmage
Our co-ed soccer team hosted its first home scrimmage on Oct. 10, won by Willows Prep, 6-3. The team of fourth-through-eighth-graders played with spirit, cheered on by schoolmates, parents and staff, and the Elementary Club House students watched from the stands, practicing good sportsmanship. The team plays its next scrimmage at home on Oct. 23, versus Heritage Christian. Photo courtesy of Carli McSorley; see more photos in the gallery.→
Come out to the Northshore YMCA on Saturday, Oct. 14, at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. to cheer on the WMS volleyball team in their opening games of the season.
Thank you for a fantastic Fall Festival!
Father and son experience the chickens and rabbits at the petting zoo held during the Fall Festival. See more photos in this week’s gallery→.
WMS thanks Angela Kugler for her leadership of this great event!
Dear WMS Families,
Thank you to the 300-plus guests who made it out to Saturday’s Fall Festival. It was such a treat to see so many families from both campuses enjoying the weather, games, and each other. I could not have asked for a better day.
An event of this size can only happen with the help of a small army of volunteers. I am so appreciative of everyone who donated cakes and cupcakes, who helped with advanced planning and who volunteered their time in both big and small ways throughout the day. The coming together of this event was a great example of WMS’s community at its finest.
In particular, there are a number of volunteers and staff that I’d like to acknowledge for going above and beyond to help with the event. In no particular order, I’d like to give a huge thanks to:
- Robert Merriman, Pat Seidl, Andre Howard and Russell Murphy for coming out early to knock in all of the stakes for the 5K and set up the course. You were an amazing team and finished in record time because of your organized approach!
- Dan Sibthorp who took care of all of the 5K set-up on-campus, setting up the Cider/Water station and helping out along the course.
- The entire 5K course chaperones, including Russell Murphy, Solongo Murphy, Jim Harp, Amy Fujimoto, Robert Merriman, Dan Sibthorp, Andre Howard, Vickie Castaneda, and Andy Chien who did an amazing job of watching out for participants, sweeping the area for safety, and efficiently cleaning up the course at the end.
- The entire set-up and break down crews, especially Chris Destro and those who set up and broke down the photo booth and art wall!
- And all of our activity volunteers. There are too many to list here, but your time and willingness to have fun and jump in however was needed was greatly appreciated!
Additionally, there are a number of staff members who also helped tremendously in the preparation and execution of this event. I’d like to thank:
- Tim McQuery, who heads up WMS’s Facilities and who helped prepare a ton of equipment and needs in advance to help our event run smoothly, from trash cans to cones to iPads, electrical cords, the PA system, keys, storage, tables, chairs, you name it! Tim was a huge help and was so gracious about knowing that he would return to a mess on Monday.
- Keri Sliger and Claire Tuohy-Morgan for their support of this Family Alliance event. They helped get the word out, coordinate needs among staff, communicate between campuses, and pitched in wherever we could use help. Keri’s help was also paramount in getting volunteers, seeking donations, contributing great ideas to the event, such as the ID Lab and student musicians, setting up and breaking down on the day of the event, and offering help wherever it was needed.
- Bryce Aktepy for singlehandedly creating, preparing for, and executing a fun and inspiring ID Lab activity for the first time at a Fall Festival.
- Ari Kemis for making the many copies, handling all of the random drop-offs, flyers, and sign-up sheets at the front desk, and for taking photos throughout the day.
Finally, I’d like to give a huge thanks to Lindy Liles, the past Fall Festival Chair, who helped co-organize and support me along the way and who walked me through the entire event from start to finish. Without the work of her and others like Darcy Hardy, who helped pave the way during past Fall Festivals, it would not have been nearly as great.
It’s never too early to start planning for next year. If you have any feedback for me or the other event organizers and/or would like to volunteer for next year’s event, please share your thoughts through this online survey, or email me at email@example.com.
With much appreciation,
Eat pizza and kick off Annual Giving on Oct. 17
Join WMS for a night of food, fun and prizes on Tuesday, Oct. 17. Let's celebrate the kickoff to this year’s Annual Giving campaign and celebrate all the reasons #whyigive to WMS. Please RSVP so we can ensure timely and quality service. Registration will be limited to 150 attendees at 5:30 p.m. No-host dinner—see menu options & pricing at www.thepizzacoop.com. The Pizza Coop is located at 13317 NE 175th St., Woodinville.
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.
Her talk will focus on technological changes over time and current research about screens and brain development, and will challenge parents to look at how technology is used in their families. Emily is “tech-positive” and recognizes that technology is here to stay, and has much good to offer. As with most things in life, it is about finding a balance, and Emily will offer parents resources and tools to support them as they seek this balance.
In order to defray expenses of presenting this speaker, the cost will be $20 for one person, and $30 for two adults to attend.
Register here. Complimentary child care will also be available for children 3 years old and older while their parents attend the lecture.
Kids’ Night Out and Secondary Business need your volunteer help!
The first Kids’ Night Out of the school year is scheduled for Oct. 27, but Secondary Business supervisor Jillian Dickson really needs three parent volunteers to sign up to help from 5-9 p.m. Parents of students of all program levels are welcome to volunteer to 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. Jillian also needs as many volunteers as possible for Pizza Day on Nov. 2, when the sixth-graders and Secondary students will not be available.
WMS NUMBERS FUN FACT
Of the 355 students who are eligible for after-school electives and/or athletics (enrollment minus 14 toddlers), 60.5% are registered to participate.
Be sure to visit the program level tabs in the menu above—you will be impressed by the thoughtfulness and preparation of your children’s teachers, and learn more about Montessori, too.
- Wednesday, Oct. 11
- Registration closes for Oct. 13 camp.
- Thursday, Oct. 12
- Volunteer training, 4:30 p.m., NC
- Friday, Oct. 13
- NO SCHOOL, Faculty in-service day, camp offered with pre-registration
- Saturday, Oct. 14
- WMS Volleyball games, 11:30 a.m. & 12:30 p.m., NSY
- Tuesday, Oct. 17
- Annual Giving Kickoff no-host Pizza Dinner, 5:30 p.m., the Pizza Coop, Woodinville
- Thursday, Oct. 19
- Great American Shakeout World Earthquake readiness day
- MOVED TO THIS DAY: Board of Trustees mtg., 7 p.m.
Parking lot repairs set for Oct. 13
We are scheduled for completion of some parking lot repairs this Friday, Oct. 13, affecting the south end of the parking lot.
Those coming to WMS this Friday must use either the middle or the north entrance. Facilities will have the affected south end of the lot blocked off first thing in the morning. You are free to park anywhere that is not blocked off. All spaces directly next to Building 2 will be available for parking. The repairs will take most of the day.
Thank you in advance for your patience.—WMS Facilities Manager Tim McQuery
Know your WMS Trustees
Do you know David? David Blatner is a member of the WMS Board of Trustees and a co-vice president. Read a little bit about David on his BOT profile.
Thank you for beautification
Thank you to parent Maria Arroyave, who created a lovely book corner space with a mat and beautiful butterfly pillows for EC Club House. The children are enjoying using the space, and the staff members are enjoying its beauty!
Train on Oct. 12 to be a classroom volunteer
You can attend a volunteer training session on Oct. 12, 4:30-5:30 p.m. There is NO free child care for this afternoon session. For more information or to RSVP for a session, please contact Associate Director of Admissions Marissa Roecks.
Activate your free family membership to Montessori website
As part of WMS’s subscription to Tomorrow’s Child, from the Montessori Foundation, each of our families is entitled to one free family membership to the Montessori Family Alliance website, with all of its content. This includes articles and videos to help you learn more about Montessori. Visit this link to follow the instructions for activating your free membership.
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.
“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. Set for Friday, Oct. 20, 7-9 p.m., at Hotel Deca in Seattle, space is limited, so register here. Dr. Hughes will provide insight on current brain research on how a Montessori education establishes a foundation for ongoing success in life.
Help classrooms & spread word about Montessori
Do you need to buy a gift for a toddler or young child? If so, you can finish some shopping, help spread Montessori education and help WMS earn credit toward classroom materials, all at the same time.
From now through Dec. 31, every time you place a qualifying Montessori Services order from their “For Small Hands” catalog or website, our school can earn credit.
Anyone—grandparents, friends, school supporters and family members—can credit the school, by entering WMS’s customer number 121730 when placing the order. WMS will earn 10 percent of the merchandise total for orders over $25, or 15 percent for orders over $500.
Toddler and EC families will receive catalogs, and we will have extras at the reception desks. You can also place orders by phone at 1-888-513-3998, or at www.ForSmallHands.com.
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.