The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Oct. 18, 2017

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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Diwali in Pine

Happy Diwali!

Happy Diwali to our families and friends who are celebrating the holiday. On Monday parent volunteers showed the Pine class some traditional crafts and festive clothes and applied henna to little hands. See more photos in the gallery.→


ANNUAL GIVING IS HERE! 100% Participation, $150,000 Greater

This year’s Annual Giving campaign started in celebration as many in our community gathered for a family-style dinner last night at the Pizza Coop in Woodinville. Amidst a lot of laughter (and pizza!) the WMS families in attendance had an opportunity to hear why long-term members of our community choose to donate to the annual fund each year. Many chose to make their Annual Giving donation at the event and some of those generous donors left with some pretty great prizes in return. Thank you to WMS parent Carli McSorley and Head of School Mary Schneider for sharing your giving stories!

Over the next six weeks we will come together to celebrate WMS’s 35-year legacy, to reflect on all the reasons why we love WMS (#whyigive), and work to meet our Annual Giving goal of 100 percent participation and $150,000 raised.

Thank you to the WMS Board of Trustees (they have already contributed at the 100 percent level) and to the many teachers and staff who made their pledges or gifts before the campaign’s kickoff. Look for participation charts outside each classroom and don’t forget that the first classroom to reach 100 percent participation will receive a Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt party, compliments of the Fund Development Committee.

Second only to tuition, Annual Giving is the school’s greatest unrestricted revenue source, supporting critical areas in the budget. Your financial contribution supports an investment in the philosophies mentioned above. Your gift supports the people and enriches the programs that make us a great Montessori school. Simply put, Annual Giving is the difference between a good school and a great school.

Please GIVE today consistent with your means; give online (leads to our third-party donor software; transaction fee), complete the giving brochure you received in the mail—extra brochures are available in the front office of both campuses. Annual Giving donations are fully tax-deductible.

More exciting Annual Giving news to come, in the meantime, THANK YOU!—Director of Development Keri Sliger, #whyigive

Invite friends and neighbors to Open House program and tour on Oct. 28

High school biology

Biology students in the high school program study the effects of the enzyme catalase on various substances.

Do you know a family who is seeking a school for their child? Invite them to our first Open House of the admissions season, on Saturday, Oct. 28, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. They will hear from our student panelists and our teachers, tour the school and ask questions. This is also a good event to attend if your child is moving up to a new program level next year. We provide complimentary child care for children 3 years old and up while parents attend the sessions. For more information, and to register, visit our website.

Parents get a Kids’ Night Out on Oct. 27

By Daniel & Sachin, Ginkgo class

Every month, our dedicated Middle School and High School students staff Kids’ Night Out, along with two parent volunteers and one WMS staff member as chaperones. We plan and host a Kids’ Night Out (or KNO) event for the students ages 5 and up. On Oct. 27, 5-9 p.m., we will be hosting our spooky first KNO of the year! The theme for this month’s event is Halloween, we’ll have various activities, and be playing the movie “Wallace and Gromit” and “The Curse of the Were-Rabbit” rated G. Apple juice, crackers, and carrots will be provided for snack, as well as popcorn during the movie.

Sign-ups will be online at: Parents can pay by check or cash for the event; it is $20 for the first child, $10 for the second and $7 for any after that. All proceeds go to fund our end-of-the-year trip. KNO will be hosted in the Gingko classroom at the North Creek campus, upstairs in the building where Elementary Clubhouse is located. We hope to see you there! You will have the option of purchasing dinner for your child; each piece of pizza costs $3.

PLEASE NOTE: If you would prefer that your child not see the movie, we will make sure they are with the kids who prefer to simply talk, color, or play games in a separate room.

Making grammar sing—or at least walk

One of our clever third-year students created a book with characters explaining different parts of grammar—in the style of a Basher Book. Here’s the author with his first page, on articles.