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Woodinville Montessori School Weekly Newsletter, Nov. 2, 2016

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Halloween party is Elementary tradition

In photo—An Upper Elementary student between activities at the Halloween party.

The Elementary students had a great time at their annual Halloween celebration, held last Friday, with the Upper El classes creating a haunted house for the Lower El students, and food, games and activities in the Plaza and the classrooms. See more photos in this week's gallery.→

School Picture Retake Day is Nov. 8

If your student did not have a photo taken, or if your student's photo is incorrect in some way, Picture Retake Day is next Tuesday, Nov. 8, on this schedule:

You may also have sibling photos taken on that day. If your student's photo was taken, but you did not receive a packet, please let us know; and if a student had a photo taken, but did not purchase a package, you may order photos from the photographer. You may also order more photos if needed.

All retakes are free of charge, but to have a photo retaken, you must return the complete photo packet, including all the photos except the class photo, when retakes are done. If you have any questions, please contact NC Registrar Arianna Kemis, or WV Registrar Pam Mach.

“Looking Forward” to Elementary and Secondary, Nov. 9

In photo: MS and Upper El geometry and algebra students take part in Math Enrichment, using pattern blocks and clues to solve a puzzle together.

Join us at 6 p.m., Wednesday, Nov. 9, for program previews of both our Secondary (Middle and High School) program and our Elementary program. Come a little early to socialize and have refreshments from 5:30-6 p.m. These two sessions will be held at the same time, but separately, at North Creek.

Have you wondered how your child will benefit from the Secondary or Elementary programs at Woodinville Montessori School? Then you won't want to miss these presentations, which will provide overviews of your child's next program, and explain how it builds on the foundation of social and academic skills your child is developing at his or her current level.

You'll hear how key differences between the levels support children's next developmental level, as they explore the curriculum in deeper and more abstract ways through an array of new learning experiences and curriculum areas.

Ginkgo goes all in on WMS Fund, wins party!

Thank you, and congratulations to, the Ginkgo class, which reached 100%—all 27 families—participating in The WMS Fund!

Today the All-School contributions are at 63% toward our goal of 75%-plus. It is not too late to contribute.

Ginkgo got off to a fast start and kept the momentum up during the month of October. Thank you to class rep Kevin Mihata for his unique and effective storytelling. Ginkgo families learned that Kevin once asked Kris Kristofferson for money and had a “rock” holding down the start button on the family clothes dryer (a problem-solving lesson for his son Kai). It also illustrated one of the reasons WMS asks for support beyond tuition—that families, and schools too, don't always know when something important will need to be replaced. Enjoy your Menchie's party, Ginkgo students!

Honorable mention goes to Cedar at 88% so far, and Magnolia at 76%.

Give online here, or drop off or send a check made out to Woodinville Montessori School (The WMS Fund) today!

Would you like to join the Jorgensen Family as members of The Maria Montessori Society? Contact Development Director Guy Tobin at 425-420-9725 to find out how.

Save Jan. 13 and 24 for some very special speakers

When we surveyed our families this summer, we asked what sorts of parent engagement events you might want to attend. Positive discipline and parenting teenagers were clear winners, so we have planned some special workshops on each. Please mark these dates on your calendar now.

Positive discipline: on Jan. 13, from 6-8 p.m, we will host Chip DeLorenzo, a Certified Positive Discipline Trainer and Montessori educator and administrator for over 20 years. Chip is the Head of School at the Damariscotta Montessori School.

Learn about the time-tested philosophy of discipline used by Montessori teachers all over the world. This workshop will introduce you to methods to help:

Bring the joy back into parenting! This two-hour workshop is for parents who are looking for long-term parenting skills that will encourage their children to think for themselves, become more responsible and have greater respect for themselves and others. The workshop is based on the best-selling “Positive Discipline” books by Jane Nelsen, Ed.D. and will introduce parents to tools that get to the core of misbehavior, and invite cooperation.

Parenting teens: on Jan. 24, we are proud to host Laura Kastner, Ph.D., for “Wise-Minded Parenting: 7 Essentials for raising successful tweens and teens”.

Raising a happy and successful teenager is a challenge for any parent, even the most patient and wisest among us. Parenting adolescents requires all sorts of skills that most of us don't naturally possess. In this workshop you'll learn how to tap your “wise mind” to calmly navigate even the stormiest of parenting moments. You'll learn how to preserve your loving relationship while encouraging progress towards the seven essentials of happy, healthy teens: Secure attachment to parents, Self-control, Academic success, Social thriving, Emotional flourishing, Strong character, Physical health.

With humor, wisdom and a deep understanding of the teenaged brain, Dr. Kastner, author of “Getting to Calm: Cool-Headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens and Teens,” provides clear and useful tools for parents, giving them effective new ways to manage their own emotions in the heat of the moment with their teen while maintaining—and even gaining—closeness.

Please watch for details about ticket prices (to help defray costs of these presentations), locations and times, in the next two months.