The Grapevine

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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Rock climbing

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.

Annual Giving is off to a great start

Student donors

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

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.

See more photos.→

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:

  1. develop a memorable tagline for marketing materials and
  2. 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

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.→