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Woodinville Montessori School Weekly Newsletter, Oct. 19, 2016

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Learn how to spot and stop bullying on Oct. 25

You're invited to a special workshop on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 6-8 p.m., Understanding and Addressing Bullying: A Parent Workshop, with Robin Wallace Wright, at the North Creek campus. Geared especially toward ages 9 and up.

Robin Wallace-Wright has 13 years of experience as an educator. She specializes in teaching youth and parents about bullying, healthy relationships, sexuality and effective communication. Robin has facilitated hundreds of workshops empowering students, teachers, parents and families to have the “Wright” conversations. Parents will come away from this two-hour workshop with knowledge and practical tools they can use with their children to prevent or stop bullying. You will learn what behaviors and conditions constitute bullying, the different types of bullying, how to tell if your child is a target or a bully and the dos and don'ts of what to say and do as parents.

Register and reserve complimentary child care here.

WMS Soccer plays first interscholastic scrimmage

Soccer scrimmage

By Nicholas J. and Victor J., seventh grade; photo by Katie S., sixth grade

In our first scrimmage soccer game in WMS history, we lost 2-4. But that does not mean that the soccer team was sad. We asked kids on our team how they handled the loss, “Ya know, I didn't really consider the loss because this was our first game, we even got two goals and what really matters is the experience and all get a chance to play this great game,” says team goalie Nick O.

“It was a very fun experience for us all,” says team midfielder, Nicholas J. “Sure we lost, but we were still happy about the game. Mainly because me and Max G. scored two goals with the help of our teammates taking care of defence and in front with us.”

Our team consists of 5th-8th-graders. In the first of the two halves of the game our opponents scored four goals against us. During the first half, we were still getting used to the opponents and their way of attack. By the second half, we understood their way of attack better. This way we were able to score two goals on them. Carlos Valencia the coach: “I liked the fact that our players didn't feel intimidated by the opponent's size. They were simply huge.”

“It felt like a game that actually mattered unlike the games we played at school,” stated Team Goalie Victor J., Victor being a main goalie all the time at PE soccer games because no one else wants to. Victor has been a goalie since he was 9 years old, and it is his favorite position to play and nothing else.

Some kids on our team had never played soccer so this was a fun experience seeing them learn and grow.

See more photos in the gallery.→

WMS Fund shows 34% participation

WMS Fund

As of Oct. 19, 95 families have made a gift or pledge for an all-school participation rate of 34%. Thank you for your support!

We are pleased to announce the Jorgensen family has made a $5,000 pledge to The WMS Fund, making them members of the Maria Montessori Society. The Jorgensen's gift, which is a result of sharing a strong financial year for their family with the school, is a challenge gift to the community. We are seeking five families to match the gift in combined giving to The WMS Fund and/or “Fund A Need” at the 2017 WMS Spring Gala.

Will you help us leverage more good fortune for WMS from the Jorgensen's generous pledge?

Thank you Bill, Jean and Kevin!

Every gift, large and small, truly matters in reaching our community goal. Thank you!—Director of Development Guy Tobin

Help us span the gap. Did you know that when the Board of Trustees prepares the annual budget they aim to keep tuition as affordable as possible? The WMS Fund helps make up the difference between the actual cost of educational programming and what is covered by tuition. As a nonprofit organization, the goal of WMS is to spend all the money on the kids and the school; there is no “left over” or profit bucket. Every year the monies are invested in the students, either through upgrading the facility, investing in the teachers or classroom materials. Thus, fundraising is required to “fill the gap.” What is the gap? About $200,000. The WMS Fund fills a big portion of this shortfall.—Melanie Wright, mother of Finley (Elm) and Piper (Apple)

Coming soon—WMS Innovation & Design Lab!


Because of the generosity of the WMS community, WMS has been given the financial resources to open a dedicated physical space equipped with new technologies, tools and resources to further support WMS curriculum and project-based learning. This year our new space will host the Middle School STEM elective, afterschool electives, club opportunities, and students and classrooms for select projects. The ID lab will also support WMS classrooms by creating classroom STEM materials and activities. Bryce Aktepy has happily stepped into the role of part-time coordinator of the space and is working on long-term planning and program development. Watch for an official launch announcement and future open house opportunities!

Thanks to your donations, WMS has already been able to purchase a 3D printer, CO2 laser cutter/engraving machine, Snap Circuits kits, OZOBOTS (small robotics), CUBELETS (modular robotics), Lego Mindstorms kits, Cricut craft cutting machine, hand tools, storage solutions and soldering stations.—Bryce Aktepy

Lost and foundLost and found

Caught doing good

The Lost & Found has never looked so good, thank to Maria Arroyave, who transformed the long-neglected corner once harboring a coat tree and an overflowing wicker basket, into an attractive and functional space. Now you and your children should be able to see your found items and claim them. (Who knew there were that many coats—nice ones, too—stuffed into the tall wicker hamper!) If you see something here that belongs to you, please claim it.