The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Oct. 31, 2018

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High School tries Odysseus for blinding of Cyclops

Mock trial

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.

More on the Secondary site.→

From the Head of School: What Diversity means to WMS

Head of School

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.


Nothing like a fall walk for EC

Douglas Fir

The Douglas Fir class enjoys a fall walk. More on the EC page.→

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

Board games

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.