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Before Halloween, Magnolia and Juniper first-year students participated in an Act of Service at a local senior center. The children visited with the residents and worked with them to make a Halloween craft. It was the first field trip of the year for students who are new to Lower El and look forward to many more exciting trips throughout the year!—Magnolia teachers LeeAnn Brown & Laura Webb
We're ready for the annual Hopelink Food and Toy Drive, running from Nov. 10-23. This Upper Elementary tradition provides a longed-for gift to a child or teen who would otherwise have a very disappointing holiday; food for families who struggle to put necessities on the table; and a message of hope and caring at a time of increased need and stress for our less fortunate neighbors.
You will find collection bins such as that in the photo at both the Woodinville and North Creek campuses. We encourage you to participate as a family, with your children helping to choose items to donate, to practice giving. We are so fortunate, and this is a wonderful way to share our abundance and show our gratitude.
In photo: Club House students playing basketball outside last year. Do your students want to play basketball? They can play indoors, too, as part of the Y League!
Register your student for basketball and carry the excitement of WMS Athletics through the winter!
As part of the YMCA league, our teams will get to play games, on Saturdays, from January through March.
The Y league is divided into girls teams for grades 4-6 (Wednesday practices); boys teams for grades 5-6 and 7-9 (Monday practices.) Practices will be held from Nov.28-March 6.
Thank you to all the parents who participated in Everyday Hero Teacher Staff Appreciation on Nov. 3. We really appreciate all your help in making this event super amazing!—Linh Garg, North Creek TSA Chair
Made decorations: Jessica Sealana; helped with setting up Spanish room and decorate: Kanisha Speyrer and Sabrina Moss; helped set up food: Annie Felise; helped with kitchen cleanup: Merril Lundgren, Dorothy Chien, Yena Lee, Kanisha Speyrer and Sabrina Moss; brought flowers: Brianne Morello, Meena Shukla and Jade Coolidge; brought meat appetizers: Gretchen Mikulsky, Angela Kugler, Sonika Saini; brought vegetarian appetizers: Family Burkhart, Gayle Kwon, Johnny Mann, Jerome Jouliatos, Diana Beydoun, Jessie Conley; brought meat entrée: Brianne Morello, Maggie Atkins, Emiko Urata, Takumi Ono, Frances Ju; brought vegetarian entrée: Jessica Sealana, Michelle Cowan, Michael Hess, Megan Fass, Crista Hudson; brought meat soups: Sarah McGuire, Gretchen Mikulsky, Paula Ruedebusch, Dawn Simpson; brought vegetarian soups: Maggie Atkins, Kanisha Speyrer, Sabrina Moss, Shyamala Lyer; mixed salad: Sonika Saini, Kanisha Speyrer, Carolina Elmufdi, Lan Hus, Belinda Tiberio; brought desserts: Naoko Koh, Brianne Morello, Laura Bailey, Merril Lundgren, Michael Hess, Diana Beydoun, Kelly Coates, Robert Merriman; brought beverages: Michelle Gehlsen, Family Burkhart, Mario Lozano, Madhu Rebbana and Mengfei Xu.
The TSA event was a huge success at the Woodinville campus. Parents really embraced the “Favorite Autumn” dish theme and made some yummy food for the the teachers and staff to enjoy.—Thank you! Natasha Mundroina, Woodinville TSA Chair
The following parents from Maple, Oak, Elm and Apple participated: Labiba Khan, Anwesha Banerjee, Lydia Gantz, Reena Suryavanshi, Jessica Felt, Amber Russell, Maya Farrar, Jessie Conley, Charlotte Comer, Frances Ju, Sara Wiley, Sarah Kennedy, Melanie Wright, Michelle Byer and Aihua Zhang.
Be sure to sign up for our new lunch delivery program through Peach, because it starts on Monday, Nov. 14. We are piloting the program at North Creek. There is no minimum order for accounts, and you are not obligated to order everyday.
When you sign up on the Peach website, the dropdown menu will give you the North Creek campus, with the different classrooms in parentheses. In order to sign up for more than one person, change your location in the dropdown and save that menu link. You can save the menu for each classroom and order online into that classroom. f you receive a screen that says “We don't deliver to your building yet,” that should update by tomorrow, Thursday.
Peach will deliver lunches from a different restaurant everyday, with no delivery fees and no tips. Students' families and staff members will be able to order lunches before 10:30 a.m. each Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Smaller lunches suitable for children (and smaller appetites) will be $6, and there will always be a meat option and a vegetarian option.
A third option each week will be a larger lunch for students or adults with bigger appetites, and will cost $10.
To celebrate the launch and introduce you to the service, Peach is hosting a “sneak peek” by delivering $3 lunches on M/W/F on the week of Nov. 14 for everyone who signs up for their children. Sign up through the link below, and you won't have to worry about packing lunch anymore.
For level-specific content, don't miss the new program-level pages, which you may access from the menu above: T (Toddler), EC (Early Childhood), LE (Lower Elementary), UE (Upper Elementary) and SEC (Secondary).
Please join us this Thursday, Nov. 10, for a Family Alliance meeting. The Family Alliance cultivates the growth and development of the Woodinville Montessori community, and all parents are automatically members. Here are the details:
We look forward to seeing you there!
Congratulations to 43 third, fourth and fifth-graders who were officially named Student Ambassadors after completing a four-week (one recess per week) training session. This year's Ambassadors will help with Admission tours, speak at Open Houses, act as Student Buddies for visiting students, submit “Why I love WMS” articles for the Grapevine, and more.
Thank you to our WMS Fund donors. We are at 67% of families participating as of today. You can help us reach our goal of 75% by giving online here.
Thank you from Ginkgo to Carli McSorley and Sergei Javadoff, who supervised a bike ride for middle school students during their immersion week. The students had a great time and the weather was perfect.
And thanks to Susan Howard for donating a coffee table to the Ginkgo classroom. It's perfect for students' chess games!
Thank you to Patty Burns, grandmother of an Apple student, who planted flowers in Woodinville's patio pots; and thank you to Ellen Beecroft, who made playdough for Club House.
Thank you, volunteers for the past week—Reading Parents: Merril Lundgren and Sabrina Moss; for correcting vocabulary: Susan Keller, Xiaoguang Li,Lisa Flannery and Elizabeth Canning; for updating White Boards: Richy Nguyen; for Front Desk Assistance: Hayley Ellis; for assisting with Admissions tours: Charisse Campos and Stacy Tucker; for bringing flowers and playdough to class: Robert Merriman; and for volunteering for The WMS Fund: Olof Hellman, Matt Perran, Jim Harb, Paige Armentrout, Melanie Wright, Charisse Campos, Kevin Mihata, Carolyn Trinh, Andrea Chin, Steffanie Scriba, Labiba Khan, Khetiwe Chitewere, Max Koh, Amy Kibuishi, Amina Khan, Dawn Simpson, Dorothy Chien, Brooke Reed, Linh Garg and Jean Schneider.
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.