The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Oct. 17, 2018

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You may have seen them outside each week playing games. Maybe it was hopping from one piece of paper to the next. Or trying to lower a tent pole simultaneously. Or even flipping a tarp they are all standing on.

What are they doing? Read all about it on the Secondary site.→

Thank you to all for a wonderful Fall Festival!

Fall Festival

An EL student concentrates on keeping that egg in the spoon as she navigates the obstacle course at the Fall Festival on Oct. 13—Photo courtesy of Carli McSorley. See more photos in the gallery.→

Dear WMS Community:
Thank you to the 300-plus guests who made it out to Saturday’s Fall Festival. It was such a wonderful experience to see so many families and staff from both campuses enjoying the activities, the company, the food and the weather. 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. To that end, I’d like to share my deep gratitude to the many people who helped make this event happen, including staff such as Keri Sliger, Claire Tuohy-Morgan, Tim McQuery, Shannon Long, Labiba Khan, Theresa Kirby and Tricie Hunter for their support of this event. I’d also like to thank Amany Hasan and the Family Alliance Leadership, and the plethora of parent volunteers who helped me with everything from choosing activities to initiating and donating new activities, to sourcing pumpkins and food trucks, and everything in between.

I’d also like to share a huge thanks to everyone who helped me set up and tear down the event, Jeremy Eastman who helped lead set-up, everyone who volunteered their time to cover activities and the many parents who helped with advanced planning.

Thank you to those who donated cakes and cupcakes and to those of you who volunteered your time in both big and small ways throughout the day! And finally, a huge thank you to Lindy Liles, who just can’t seem to extract herself completely from this event! I so appreciate Lindy’s and Ben Liles’ help with the back-end support and prep.

The coming together of this event was a great example of WMS’s community at its finest, and it was a pleasure to be a part of this celebration. If you had fun and are interested in helping to plan next year’s Fall Festival, please let me or the Family Alliance know. We’re looking for next year’s chair!

Congratulations to our pumpkin-carving winners—first: Meera Kohli & Katie Snyder—grade 8; second: Ava Long (WMS alumni); third: Kingston Baggett—Early Childhood.

With much appreciation,
Angela Kugler
Fall Festival Chair

Admissions Open House is Oct. 27

Can you volunteer on Oct. 27?

The Admissions office is still looking for parent volunteers for the all-levels Open House event for prospective families on Saturday, Oct. 27. The event is from 9:30-11:30 a.m. We would need parent volunteers to help set up before, and and to clean up after the event, as well as for the duration of the event. You can either choose to stay for the entire time or for some part of the event. If you are interested in this volunteer activity, please email the Admissions office. Thank you!

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. If your child will be moving up to the next program level for 2019-2020, this is a great opportunity to learn more about the continuing programs and curriculum at WMS. RSVP to Admissions if you will attend, or feel free to drop in that morning. The program begins promptly at 9:30 a.m. 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.

Dine and kick off annual giving campaign

WMS Family Dinner

Let’s celebrate the kickoff to this year’s Annual Giving campaign. Come and join WMS for a night of food, fun and prizes. Please let us know if you can come and register HERE. NO HOST DINNER; visit for the menu. Bring your AG Donation pledge form to be entered into a special raffle.

Help advise the WMS Board of Trustees

Have you ever been curious about the WMS Board of Trustees? The Board of Trustees actively promotes and supports the school’s mission. They are knowledgeable about the school’s goals, operations and issues. Trustees are not involved in management, personnel or curricular issues. The Board has seven working committees: Committee on Trustees (HR), Fund Development, Strategic Planning, Finance, Facilities and Audit.

We regularly engage advisers to assist the board in support of our strategic initiatives and mission. We seek advisers with expertise in development, finance, facilities planning, strategic planning or law. Currently, we are looking for those with deep experience in construction, project management, finance fundraising, leadership and human resources. Advisers serve for various time periods depending on the specific need.

If you are interested in becoming involved, please contact Melanie Hassler. We have a screening and interview process to match your skills with our needs, and we would love to hear from you!

Exploring Montessori philosophy—a new feature

Beauty of Montessori Science Curriculum

Tree of Life

By Lower Elementary Program Director Nancy Kestek
People often ask, “What do you do for science in the elementary classes?” While this seems like a simple question, the answer from a Montessori perspective tends to be rather long. First, science is a big umbrella covering life science, physical science and earth science, and each of those categories in turn covers many, many areas. Then there are subject areas such as environmental science or engineering that are interdisciplinary and examine the interconnections across subject areas. This understanding of interconnections is a key component of Montessori education. Read more on the Lower Elementary program page.→


Lower and Upper El collaborate on mural

The Elementary students are working on a mural in the style of Japanese artist Yayoi Kusama. Read more about it on the UE program page.→

Show your WMS pride with custom spiritwear!

You saw the samples for our new WMS spiritwear line at Fall Festival and the enthusiasm couldn’t be greater! Wanting our entire community to be able to show their WMS pride while out around town we decided to offer a limited run of customizable, fashionable WMS spiritwear. Order forms will go home in backpacks this Friday and will also be available at the front desk, and options range from tees and sweatshirts, to water bottles, hats, blankets, and yes, even something special for your doggie. All items may be personalized.

Return your completed order form and check to the front desk of either campus by Oct. 31. Remember, this is a limited run, so please act fast. An added bonus, all proceeds will benefit WMS. Thank you for supporting our school!