Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Oct. 25, 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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Scaling the heights
A Lower Elementary student makes his way up during rock climbing at the YMCA, part of the PE program at WMS.See more photos in the gallery.→
TECHquilibrium talk tomorrow, Oct. 26
Her lecture is “fantastic,” say rave reviews from schools around the area. Don’t miss Emily Cherkin of the Hallowell Todaro Center here at WMS, Oct. 26.
- What: TECHquilibrium: Finding Balance With Screen Time and Family Time
- Where: Upstairs (Ginkgo classroom) in Building 2, North Creek campus, 19102 North Creek Parkway, Bothell
- When: Thursday, Oct. 26, from 5:30-6:30 p.m.
- technological changes over time
- current research about screens & brain development
- examine how your family uses technology
- “Tech-positive”—technology is here to stay, & has much good to offer
- resources & tools to support parents seeking balance.
- How: Register here. Reservations for child care (only for children 3 and over) will close at noon on Oct. 26.
Annual Giving is off to a great start
These Ginkgo students are our first student donors to the 2017 Annual Giving fund! Thank you, students, for your contributions, and your investment in your WMS education.
“Giving is what allowed WMS to become what it is today, and giving is what will continue to allow us to fulfill our future visions of what it can still become.”—Mary Schneider, WMS Founder and Head of School
This year’s Annual Giving campaign is off to a great start. After only one week we have already received gifts of all sizes from over 33 percent of our families, 60 percent of our faculty & staff, and 100 percent of our Board of Trustees. Thank you to our early donors for showing your support of our school’s mission, values, and most importantly our STUDENTS!
Don’t forget, the classroom that reaches 100 percent participation first will win a class trip to Menchie’s (or an in-class party for Early Childhood/Toddler classes). Gingko is currently in the lead, but the Juniper class is hot on their heels. Be sure to turn your pledges or gift payments into either front office or give online soon if you want to nab this coveted prize from the Ginkgo class! (Please note that the online giving link leads to a third-party site, and a transaction fee.)
In addition to standard donation methods, you can also give gifts of stock (contact Keri Sliger for details), choose payroll deductions, and through recurring monthly credit card payments. All gifts are eligible to receive a match from participating employers. Not sure if your employer will match your donation (doubling your giving power!), contact your Human Resources Department or contact Keri Sliger.
Thank you for participating in the 2017-2018 Annual Giving Campaign! 100 percent participation, $150,000 greater. —Director of Development Keri Sliger, #whyigive
Juniper hosts kindergarten art walk
Kindergarten students from North Creek visited the Juniper class last week for an art walk. The Lower El students had written their own stories and made 3-D artworks illustrating a character or symbol from the story. The kindergarteners visited each student to view their artwork and hear their story.
Internal Marketing surveys parents
The WMS internal marketing committee is collaborating with WMS community members to understand their experience of the school, and would love parent feedback in a survey that should take no more than 3-5 minutes. The goals are to:
- develop a memorable tagline for marketing materials and
- refresh communication used to describe the school.
Your feedback is essential to ensuring that the resulting materials reflect the unique experience of being part of WMS. Please see the survey link here.—Chris Barrows, chair, internal marketing committee
Did you visit Geometry City?
Geometry City teaches and reinforces geometry concepts in a very real way. The Cypress class began working on Geometry City at the start of this school year. Students worked in teams to review geometry concepts and create cities using those concepts. The cities and the students’ descriptions of their projects were on display around school for several weeks.
“I like Geometry City because I get to build stuff to make my own city,” Skylar said.—From the Cypress class newsletter
If you missed it, you can see more photos on the Upper El program page.→
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. 25
- Soccer scrimmage, home vs. Brighton Academy
- Register for Kids’ Night Out by midnight
- Oct. 26
- TECHquilibrium, 5:30 p.m., register here.
- High school exams through Nov. 1
- Oct. 27
- Kids’ Night Out (no drop-ins)
- Oct. 28
- Admissions Open House, all levels, 9:30-11:30 a.m., register here.
- Oct. 30
- MS exams, through Nov. 1
- Oct. 31
- Afternoon: Historical Halloween for Elementary students
- Nov. 1
- School picture retake/make-up day, North Creek & WV
Can you volunteer for Open House?
We really need more volunteers to help out for Open House this Saturday, Oct. 28:
Welcome guests at Building 2 entrances: 9-9:45 a.m. (three people)
Register guests at the check-in table: first shift—9-10 a.m., second shift—10-11 a.m. (four people)
Participate in the campus tours for Early Childhood, Elementary and Secondary groups beginning at 10:10 a.m. (four people)
We appreciate our volunteers!
Thank you to parent volunteer Megan Fass, for spending hours cleaning, organizing, and straightening craft materials in the Secondary Creation Station (art space). It looks so much better already!
Invite friends and family to Open House on morning of Oct. 28
An Open House program is a great way to get an introduction to our school. Visitors hear from students and staff, tour the school, and ask questions. To register, visit our website.
Signups available to help with Nov. 2 Teacher Staff Appreciation lunch
The first Teacher Staff Appreciation (TSA) event of the school year is on Nov. 2. The theme is “Fall Favorites.” If you would like to participate in this very popular (and much-appreciated) event, please use the Sign-Up Genius link provided below for your campus or class:
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.
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.