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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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
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: http://wms.campbrainregistration.com. 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.
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.
- Oct. 19
- Great American Shakeout World Earthquake readiness day
- MOVED TO THIS DAY: Board of Trustees mtg., 6:30 p.m.
- Oct. 20
- “Education for Life—A Parent Education Evening,” register here.
- Oct. 21
- Volleyball, games at 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m., NSY Main Gym West Court
- Oct. 23
- Soccer scrimmage, home vs. Heritage Christian
- Oct. 25
- Soccer scrimmage, home vs. Brighton Academy
- Oct. 26
- TECHquilibrium, 5:30 p.m., register here.
- Oct. 27
- Kids’ Night Out
- Oct. 28
- Admissions Open House, all levels, 9:30-11:30 a.m., register here.
Register for basketball now
Registration opens today for winter basketball. We will offer one girls team for grades 4-6, and two boys teams for grades 5-6 and 7-9. The season will run Nov. 25-March 3. We will again have games through the YMCA and possible scrimmages with private schools in the area.
Volleyball teams win
The volleyball team won both its games last weekend, 2-0 and 3-2.
Thank you, volunteers!
Thank you to Apple parent Eva Peterson, who did some garden bed cleanup at the Woodinville campus and presented design ideas for East building landscaping. Her proactivity is appreciated!
Thank you to our Fall Festival sponsors
Thank you to these businesses that sponsored our Fall Festival: Home Depot, Cash & Carry and Haggen. We are very grateful.
Beelish signups begin on Oct. 20
Beelish expects to begin delivering lunches to WMS on Oct. 30. They will open registrations to families on Oct. 20. Beelish is not affiliated with WMS. Families will work directly with Beelish to order and pay for cold lunches at either of our campuses every day. Once the food is delivered to campus, WMS will distribute the lunches to the students who placed orders. We will send an all-school email with instructions when registration opens.
Know your WMS Trustees
Do you know Paige? Paige Armentrout is a member of the WMS Board of Trustees. Read a little about her on this BOT profile.
Can you help with pizza day?
Please contact Jillian Dickson if you can volunteer to help on Pizza Day on Nov. 2, when the sixth-graders and Secondary students will not be available.
Northwest Boychoir holds auditions
The Northwest Boychoir is holding auditions for boys who love to sing on Saturday, Nov. 4, or at a time convenient for you. Classes for new members begin in January 2018. Boys who are currently in first through fourth grades are invited to sign up to audition, and no previous music training is needed. For over 40 years, the Northwest Boychoir has trained young singers to be fully skilled musicians and perform in professional settings with confidence.
Auditions and rehearsals take place at the University Heights Center in Seattle. The Northwest Boychoir is proud to be an inclusive and equitable organization and is firmly committed to assisting families with financial aid. To schedule an audition appointment or for more information, call 206-524-3234 or nwboychoir.org.
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.