The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Oct. 24, 2018

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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Coding for plants around campus


Cedar students work on a botany project in the ID Lab.

A group of Upper El students are integrating botany research with technology and creating in the ID Lab. They are making wooden plaques to identify various plants around campus. The plaques will incorporate QR codes which will lead to a page on our school website. That page will feature the students’ description and picture of each plant. Their project has been in the works since last spring. We’ll let you know when it launches!

See more photos in the gallery

Admissions Open House is Oct. 27

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.

Exploring Montessori philosophy

Beauty of Montessori Science Curriculum


Part II

By Lower Elementary Program Director Nancy Kestek

To share a philosophical view of the Montessori approach to science and history; that is, how the study of human history is built upon and interwoven with the foundational understanding of current scientific research, is very different than trying to explain it in concrete terms.

Beginning with the universe’s creation, the Earth’s formation and life’s evolution, the learning in science melds with the study of history with ever-deepening interconnections and integration of concepts.

Read more on the Lower Elementary program page.→

ANNUAL GIVING 2018-1019 | Imagine if…

Annual Giving

“Imagine if we all gave, we all contributed. Together anything is possible.”—Sunita Pailoor, Head of School

This year’s Annual Giving campaign is off to a great start. The campaign has just begun and we have already received over $30,000 in gifts of all sizes from our generous families, staff and Board of Trustees. Thank you to our early donors for showing your support of our school’s mission, values, and most importantly, our students!

A big thank you to all those who were able to attend last evening’s Annual Giving Kickoff Dinner at the Beardslee Public House. The feeling of community was evident and the enthusiasm contagious! A big thank you to WMS parent Shay Chapman for outfitting all our raffle winners in beautiful WMS spirit wear (which you can order until Oct. 31. See backpack flyers for details or visit the front desk). While the season of Annual Giving is filled with fun and gratitude, it is also a time of education. This year the AG team is making extra efforts to educate our community about the importance of 100 percent participation and where exactly the funds raised go. Be sure to read the Grapevine and your classroom AG emails each week for all the details.

Don’t forget each and every classroom that reaches 100 percent participation this year will be invited to participate in a massive Menchie’s party to be held prior to the winter break. Be sure to return your pledges or gift payments to a tuition box or give online to ensure your class can join this coveted event.

In addition to standard donation methods, you can also give gifts of stock (contact Keri Sliger for details) or payroll deductions from your employer. All gifts are eligible to receive a match from participating employers. Not sure if your employer will match your donation (doubling your giving power!)? Check here.

Thank you for participating in the 2018-2019 Annual Giving Campaign—you are inspiration leading to action!—Development Director Keri Sliger

We hope you enjoy this video created by WMS alum Vera Drapers.

Exploring goodness: deep thinking for juniors and seniors


The 11th-12th grades: An extended opportunity to explore complex material and strengthen critical thinking—

By WMHS teacher Sharon Dunn

In the first quarter of 11th-12th grade Social Studies, we initiate a year-long process of deep learning about an often over- or ill-used term and concept, leadership. The process begins with some premises: first, that one must learn to lead oneself in order to lead anyone else, and second, the greater value of leadership lies in providing meaningful interactions. We begin by grappling with Study Guide questions designed to stretch the mind: What do we know? What do we think we know? What’s the difference? How do we know we know?

Read more about this fascinating seminar on the Secondary site→.


Puppetry takes the stage

High school students taking the drama elective get used to manipulating puppets to prepare for this year’s production, “Seussodyssey,” which features puppetry, their own designs and mixed media. Read more and see more photos on the Secondary site.→

Contribute to Día de los Muertos altar

Day of Dead

In the photo: the Día de los Muertos altar that Alexa set up last year.

Again this year, Spanish teacher Alexa Boss will set up a Día de los Muertos altar in Building 1 at North Creek. Our whole school community is invited to contribute to it.

Alexa’s classes will study the Mexican holiday called the Day of the Dead/ El Día de los Muertos. It is a celebration, remembrance and honoring of friends and family members who have died. Rather than a sad or scary time, it is a happy and contemplative time.

Families traditionally build an altar to honor the dead, adorning it with marigolds, ornate sugar skulls, bread of the dead, photographs and favorite food, drink and belongings of loved ones. Altars are created in families’ homes and in cemeteries where loved ones are buried.

Alexa plans to set up the altar on Oct. 29. Please feel free to send in a copy of a photograph or a drawing of someone your family would like to remember and celebrate, whether that is a person or a pet. Please label everything so that it may be returned to you.

“I know that talking about death can be emotional,” Alexa says. “If there are any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.”

EL holds Halloween party on Oct. 31

On Halloween, Oct. 31, from 1:20-2:45 p.m., Elementary students will hold their traditional Halloween Party. Each classroom hosts an activity, and there are snacks in the plaza. WMS encourages children to have costumes related to books, stories or historical figures. Please no masks, weapons or scary costumes. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher.

At WMS we do not dress in costumes at the Early Childhood or Toddler levels for Halloween. Please be sure to leave all costumes and costume pieces at home. Halloween can be a confusing and frightening holiday for young children and we want to make sure all students feel comfortable. Thank you for your understanding.