Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Oct. 31, 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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High School tries Odysseus for blinding of Cyclops
For their first-quarter final on “The Odyssey,” freshman and sophomore literature students tried Odysseus in a mock trial for the blinding of a Cyclops. The students dressed up for the trial, and each played a part.
From the Head of School: What Diversity means to WMS
By Sunita Pailoor, Head of School
When the news in the outside world seems to be focusing on differences amongst people, I want to reach out to you all and reaffirm our commitment to you. We are a community with a shared belief in Montessori education. We believe in Montessori education not only for its academics, but because it is a program/pedagogy that at its core, believes that students need to be educated in living peacefully with themselves, others and their environment. We believe that WMS supports a culture of respect and inclusion. Every single student at the school is precious to us because they are unique individuals and we value them for who they are at that moment in time. Our education actively teaches equity and social justice and we celebrate the fact that diversity has enriched us all. The outcome of our education is in our handbooks, but I will share relevant sections again.
ASPIRATIONS FOR EACH WMS GRADUATE
- Strongly held values including self-respect, respect for others, integrity, responsibility, compassion, and a commitment to service.
- Social and emotional skills including independence, resilience, perseverance, self-discipline, the ability to collaborate, and resolve conflict.
- Learning skills that support the ability to live in a world of constant change. These include flexibility, creative problem solving, critical thinking, intellectual curiosity, and the ability to evaluate accuracy of information.
- An understanding of positive and negative stereotyping, and the effects on human relations.
- The knowledge, skills, and confidence to advocate for an inclusive and equitable community.
- The awareness that all life is interdependent, and decisions must consider sustainability of the planet.
Thank you all for your choice of Montessori education, as together we are working towards a better future, one child at a time. The evidence of your support of the school is everywhere this year, from the Fall festival, to the Open House, to flowers in classrooms. You make this school community and we are grateful that you all chose Montessori for your children.
Annual Giving 2018-2019 update
This year’s Annual Giving Campaign has been all treats, no tricks, with 26 percent of our community having already made AG gifts or pledges. Together we have already raised $62,000! We couldn’t imagine a better way to begin the campaign—thank you.
Though these numbers are better than candy, there is still work to be done if we are going to meet our goal of 100 percent participation and a 10 percent increase over last year’s $135,000 raised. Remember, every gift matters, so please do not hesitate to donate, no matter your giving capability. We ask that every family make a meaningful gift, consistent with their means. Gifts range from $20-$5,000, with our desired average gift being $750.
Don’t forget all classrooms that reach 100 percent participation will receive a Menchie’s party preceding winter break!
Please give online, submit your pledge to any tuition box or submit your giving brochure to the front desk. Did you know that WMS also accepts gifts of stock? See the easy-to-follow instructions here.
MS students create board games on the Enlightenment
Some of the Middle School students decided to make board games as their final project for this quarter’s Social Studies class focused on the Age of Enlightenment. They had to create cards with true/false and situation questions based on what they’d learned about the Enlightenment, for example, “Would you rather?” or “If you were…what would you do?” Then they designed their own boards and drew up the rules for playing. See more photos→
Virtual reality wows WMHS
A ninth-grader watches with anticipation as Carter McCoy, Secondary Program Director, views the student’s Virtual Reality Museum of Greek and Roman artifacts.
“It was Secondary teacher Sharon Dunn’s first time in VR,” said parent David Blatner. “It was a great proof of concept that VR can be used as an educational tool. Note that all the software used was free for students.”
Photos courtesy of David Blatner. See more in this week’s gallery→.
School picture retake/makeup/sibling photo day is Nov. 2
This coming Friday, Nov. 2, is school picture retake/makeup/sibling photo day, at both campuses. All retakes are free, but you must return the complete photo packet, including all the photos except the class photo, when retakes are done.
Sibling photos: If your children are at the same campus you may opt to have sibling photos taken on retake day. Create your own package option or just pick a package. At North Creek, sign up with Shannon for sibling photos. For more information, please contact North Creek registrar Shannon Long or Woodinville registrar Betsy Monroe.
- Nov. 1
- • Secondary Intersession 1 begins
- • NO PIZZA DELIVERY ON THIS DAY
- Nov. 2
- • Picture Retake Day, both campuses
- Nov. 3
- • Orienteering with winter league 1, Lincoln Park
- • Volleyball game, 12:25-2:25 p.m., main gym east, Northshore YMCA
- Nov. 4
- • DAYLIGHT SAVING TIME ENDS, fall back one hour
- Nov. 5
- • Secondary quarter 2 begins
- • Coffee with Sunita at WV, 8:50 a.m.
- • Soccer scrimmage, 3:45 p.m.
- Nov. 6
- • Election Day—VOTE & return your ballot!
- Nov. 7
- • Coffee with Sunita, NC, 8:30 a.m.
Don’t miss Looking Forward Night on Nov. 8, 5-6 p.m.
Please save Thursday, Nov. 8, 5-6 p.m., at North Creek, for Looking Forward sessions for LE, UE, MS and HS. (This is a changed date from the printed calendar.)
Don’t miss this upcoming Looking Forward event—this is your chance to learn all about the next program level for your child! Our teachers and program directors will present an in-depth review of the curricula for Lower and Upper Elementary, as well as Middle and High School. Bring your questions and learn how WMS provides an outstanding education and experience for our students. Complimentary child care is available in our Club House spaces for both Early Childhood and Elementary. Please email admissions to reserve care. We hope to see you at the event!
Second quarter pizza orders open now, close Nov. 9
Secondary student business is ready to take your pizza orders for Nov. 29-Jan. 17. Orders for second quarter pizza must be received by 5 p.m., Nov. 9.
And remember, there is no pizza delivery on Nov. 1.
Thank you, dear volunteers!
The Admissions Department would like to give a heartfelt thank you to these parent volunteers who contribute their time and energy to weekly school tours and various other Admissions activities, including those who helped with the Oct. 27 Open House:
Abbas Kazmi, Ahmed Ali, Ahmed Gul, Alexa Boss, Amer Karim, Charisse Campos, Charlotte Comer, Faira Sullivan, Frances Ju, Jamie Holland, Jessica Felt, Kristin Duin, Kristina Green, Keerthylakshmi Somadasan, Kelly & Andrew Coates, Mayleen Ahmed, Melissa Benua, Mengfei Xu, Naoko Koh, Naomi Williams, Nina Weber, Norhan Saad, Rabia Gul, Taylor Felt, Qingmei Lin, Wendy Berry and Yingying Du.
Your presence truly makes a difference for our prospective families who visit WMS. We appreciate all of you very much!—Julie and Labiba
Family Alliance posts meeting minutes
Thank you to everyone who attended the Family Alliance All-School meeting last Thursday. If you were unable to attend, please look over the minutes here. The next All-School meeting is scheduled for Feb. 7, 2019, 3:30-4:30 p.m. at the Woodinville campus.—FA Executive Committee
Día de los Muertos photos
Yearbook cover design contest is here!
Students, time to prepare your designs for the 2018-2019 yearbook cover design contest. All proposed designs must be submitted to Director of Communications Claire Tuohy-Morgan by Nov. 21, just before Thanksgiving break.
There is no age limit on submissions this year, but designs must be appropriate for all program levels in the school. Read all the details here.
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.
News from the Family Alliance is updated on the second week of each month during the school year.