Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Nov. 1, 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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Looking Forward sessions on Nov. 8
A Cedar fourth-grade student takes notes during an Upper El field trip to the Burke Museum last week.
“The people are amazing, the subjects are amazing, the amount of camaraderie and warmth and the relationships that you forge with people here are just fantastic,”
“I’m excited to write my flora and fauna paper for island!”
“I am excited to be a third-year buddy. I want to try to finish all of the lower elementary math.”
Imagine what your rising student will look forward to next school year. Attend the Looking Forward presentation (LE, UE or MS) appropriate for your child’s next program level, at North Creek, from 5-6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 8. The sessions are geared toward families of children who will move up to first grade, fourth-grade or seventh-grade in fall 2018. Elementary meets in Building 1 (rooms TBA) and Middle School meets in Building 2, Ginkgo classroom upstairs.
Volleyball is undefeated, soccer wins
A WMS soccer player aims for the ball in a recent game.—Photo courtesy of Carli McSorley
The WMS Volleyball team remains undefeated, winning both its games again last Saturday. The coed team also took in a UW vs. UCLA volleyball game last weekend.
The coed WMS soccer team has won its last two games, led by seventh-grader Jeffrey’s multiple goals.
Secondary students thank donors with cookies in car lines
“Thank you for being a part of our school!”
—Nathan, seventh grade
By Director of Development Keri Sliger
Last Friday, the philanthropy-minded Secondary students gathered to show thankfulness the “old fashioned way,” by handing out cookies and waving handmade signs to the parents in the afternoon car line. These student leaders are aware of just how much your Annual Giving donations mean to the school (and to our students!) and appreciate all our parents do to support WMS.
We couldn’t agree more—40% of families have already donated, helping us to raise $60,000 so far. A great start to this year’s Annual Giving campaign, but there is still work to be done if we are going to meet our goal of 100% participation and $150,000 raised. Remember, EVERY gift matters, so please do not hesitate to donate, no matter your giving capability. You can make a donation online (a third-party site with transaction fee) or submit your giving brochure to the front desk. Did you know that WMS also accepts gifts of stock?
If you choose to give securities to Woodinville Montessori School, here are a few general guidelines:
- A gift of appreciated stock may have beneficial tax consequences for you. Please consult a tax specialist to determine how this might affect you.
- If the fair market value at the time of the gift is more than $500, you will need to fill out Internal Revenue Service Form 8283—Noncash Charitable Contributions form and submit it to Woodinville Montessori School. Woodinville Montessori School will acknowledge receipt of the gift on this form and return it to you so that you may comply with all IRS regulations. Woodinville Montessori School’s Tax ID# is 91-1212740.
- If you have the stock certificates in your possession, send the unendorsed stock certificates and a signed stock power (available from your broker) in separate envelopes to Woodinville Montessori School. The gift is complete as of the postmark date of the later envelope.
- Woodinville Montessori School works with Meaghan McKenzie at Wedbush to receive and sell donated securities. Please contact Meaghan E. McKenzie at 206-623-2051 or Meaghan.McKenzie@wedbush.com to make your gift of stock, then be sure to alert Director of Development Keri Sliger of the anticipated transfer.
Already made your Annual Giving Donation? You can continue to support WMS each day, through an activity you’re most likely already doing—shopping on Amazon. Enroll in Amazon smile—at no charge to you—and WMS will receive .05% of your purchase total each time you shop. You can easily link your existing Amazon account, so no need to update your account information. Truly, it’s simple to do and you’re helping WMS each and every time you shop! To date Amazon has donated over $62 million through the Amazon Smile program.
To support charity, always shop at smile.amazon.com. Learn about AmazonSmile.
Elementary Halloween party is a favorite WMS tradition
Coco Chanel on the left, and a Titanic passenger on the right—brought ghostly bygone elegance to the WMS halls for Halloween. The annual Elementary Halloween party featured games, crafts, activities, a haunted maze hosted by the Upper El students, plenty of healthful and fun snacks provided by parents, and of course, lots of colorful, original costumes.—Photo courtesy of Carli McSorley
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.
- Nov. 2
- •TSA lunches, WV & NC
- •Secondary Immersion Day
- Nov. 3
- •Secondary Immersion Day
- Nov. 4
- •Coed volleyball at 11:30 a.m. at Northshore Y Main Gym West Court
- Nov. 6
- •Secondary Cycle 2 begins
- Nov. 7
- •For prospective families: Secondary-only program preview open house, 9-11 a.m., Building 2, North Creek, register here
- •Soccer scrimmage, home vs. Willows Prep
- Nov. 8
- •Soccer scrimmage, AWAY, vs. Heritage Christian
- •Looking Forward to Lower Elementary Night, 5 p.m., North Creek, Building 1
- •Looking Forward to Upper Elementary Night, 5 p.m., North Creek, Building 1
- •Looking Forward to Middle School Night, 5 p.m., North Creek, Ginkgo classroom, Building 2
- Nov. 9
- •Hopelink Food & Toy Drive begins, through Nov. 22
- •CANCELED Family Alliance meeting, 9 a.m. (Meeting has been rescheduled for Nov. 30, 3:30 p.m.)
Save Nov. 17 for Student Teaching Night!
The wonderful and popular Student Teaching Night is set for Friday, Nov. 17. Elementary and Middle School classes all start at 6:30 p.m. LE ends at 7:30 p.m., and UE and MS end at 7:45 p.m. Early Childhood times vary, so please check with your child’s classroom teachers. If time allows, after visiting your child’s classroom, parents are welcome to visit LE, UE and MS classrooms and receive lessons from students at those levels.
Tell friends & family about Secondary preview open house on Nov. 7
Prospective students and parents can experience some classes, tour the school, and ask questions at a Secondary-only program preview open house from 9-11 a.m., Nov. 7. To register, visit our website.
Spelling Bee returns in February
Students in first through eighth grades will be sharpening up their spelling skills for the National Spelling Bee, with class bees held from Feb. 6-9. Last year’s first time in the competition was a fun experience for WMS students. The WMS Bee will be on March 2, and the winner of that contest will advance to the regional bee in Seattle on March 25. Watch the Grapevine and your class newsletters for more information.
Thank you, volunteers!
Thank you to all these Annual Giving Room Reps: Paige T Armentrout, Olof Hellman, Shyamala Iyer, CHI, Andrea Chin, Steffanie Scriba, Meg Morgan, Jean Schneider, Melanie Gilroy Wright, Mario Lozano, Taylor Felt, Robert Merriman and Nan Li, Labiba Khan, Bina Walker, Mohammed Mehkei, Sheila Strehle and Naomi Williams.
Help kick off Gala planning on Nov. 14
The WMS Spring Gala Committee will kick off preparations for the big annual fundraiser at a special event from 6-8 p.m., Nov. 14. The committee will announce this year’s theme, and sign up volunteers. All WMS families are invited and welcomed to help plan this event. Watch for more details about the meeting.
Internal Marketing surveys parents
Have you provided feedback to the WMS internal marketing committee? The short survey can be found 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.