Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Nov. 14, 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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Rising students sample the next grade level
Upper Elementary, Middle and High School students welcomed rising third, sixth and eighth-year students to their classes last Friday. The younger students had a chance to participate in learning and activities along with the older students and get a feel for the environments in their next levels. See more photos in this week’s gallery.→
Annual Giving—Countdown to #GivingTuesday has begun!
Thank you to all our generous donors and families! Your participation in Annual Giving shows the community that we are partners in educating children. The money we raise in this campaign gives the school the ability to improve student experience at WMS. Please help us reach 100 percent and have a meaningful #GivingTuesday.—Sunita Pailoor, Head of School
We are only two weeks from the end of this year’s Annual Giving campaign, which will wrap up on #GivingTuesday, Nov. 27. What is #GivingTuesday, you ask? A global movement, #GivingTuesday unites countries around the world by sharing our capacity to care for and empower one another. Read more→.
Secondary hallways speak of wisdom
This poster shows the “7 S’s of Crime Scene Investigation.”
The walls of WMHS’s long upstairs hallway, so empty in summer, are now vibrant exhibit spaces for High School and Middle School student work. With visual components a part of every quarter’s assignments, the walls teem with student wisdom.
At the Secondary level, as in Elementary, Early Childhood and Toddler communities, Montessori education reflects interdisciplinary learning, a feature of what Dr. Maria Montessori termed “Cosmic Education.” The works on the walls are one way for students to share their acquisition of information and ideas.
No matter what age or level you, Grapevine constituents, are in, please feel free to come upstairs to Secondary’s home, walk down our halls, see our students’ work across the curriculum—and send us any questions or thoughts you might have.—Sharon Dunn
On the Secondary site, read more and see the work of Ash and Ginkgo students, from multiple classes, that is on display.→
Glitter: a hazard—a research paper
Researched by Molly Keller, sixth-year student
So many people love glitter. It is used in art, clothes, festive activities, and many more things. All the time it gets washed and thrown away, but where does it go?
Glitter is plastic. Every year over eight metric tons of plastic will make its way into the oceans. Plastic debris in the oceans kills over 100 million marine animals each year. The animals take plastic and glitter into their bodies and most animals cannot digest it. When they eat too much plastic debris, they eventually die. Plastics take a long time to completely decompose. On average, a plastic water bottle takes over 450 years to completely decompose. In a landfill, most plastic items can take up to 1000 years to completely decompose. These are a few of the reasons why scientists and environmentalists don’t like all the plastic and glitter in the ocean.
UE students present history projects on Native America
Upper Elementary students worked hard to prepare for their history presentations on Nov. 2. Each student chose a Native American tribe to research, including both the physical and spiritual fundamental needs of the tribe. They ended the project with a final paper or book, handwritten in cursive, and two visuals. All of the UE students had to set out their final work and present their knowledge to other students.
WMHS community meetings challenge teams
Each week high school students take part in interactive team challenges during outdoor community meetings. In this game, non-speaking, blindfolded team members are guided by partners who can only give verbal directions.
The quest: find and pick up the red bandanna. The challenge: neither step on nor violate the plane space of any of the plates scattered throughout the competition area.—Sharon Dunn
- Nov. 14
- • BOT mtg., 7 p.m., BOT mtg. rm., Bldg. 2
- Nov. 15
- • Volunteer training, 2:30 p.m., Admissions Office, Bldg. 1, North Creek campus
- • No host MS/HS parent dinner, Pizza Coop, 7-9 p.m.
- Nov. 16
- • Student Teaching Night, all levels—EC 5-6 p.m.; LE 6-7 p.m.; UE, 6-7:15 p.m.; MS & HS, 6-7:30 p.m., in your child’s classroom
- Nov. 17
- • Orienteering winter league #2, Hamlin Park
- Nov. 19
- • Coffee with Sunita, 8:50 a.m., Woodinville campus
- Nov. 20
Gala kick-off event, 6 p.m.(Moved to Nov. 28)
- Nov. 21
- • Hopelink Food & Toy Drive ends
- • Coffee with Sunita, 8:30 a.m., NC
- • Thanksgiving/harvest feasts (by program level or classroom)
- Nov. 22
- • Thanksgiving Day holiday, SCHOOL CLOSED, no camp
- Nov. 23
- • Thanksgiving Break, SCHOOL CLOSED, no camp
No WMS basketball? Last call for signups
Unless more students sign up for WMS basketball, it will be cancelled this Friday. At this time, we have only two registrations per team. Students from fourth through ninth grades are eligible to play. Register for basketball here.
Save Nov. 28 to kick off the spring gala!
Believe it or not, it’s almost time to launch our planning for the 2019 WMS Spring Gala. The kickoff event is Wednesday, Nov. 28, 6 p.m., at àMaurice Cellars Tasting room. Watch for an RSVP email this week.
Order your gingerbread kit
Family Alliance invites your family to come get festive at the Winter Gingerbread Festival & Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 8. All families are invited and welcome!
Gingerbread house kits cost $7.50 each, and you may buy as many as you want. New this year, you may also order gluten-free gingerbread cookie kits, for $2 per cookie. Online registration for the kits is open now. No kits will be sold at the event and treats and activities are complimentary. Individual vendors will manage their bazaar prices.
This will also be an opportunity to donate essential items to Babies of Homelessness. Watch in coming weeks for a list of items needed for their Holiday Adopt-A-Family campaign.
The FA still needs volunteers (the event is only possible with your help!) and bazaar vendors. Please contact Christina Bernal. There is no cost to participate as a vendor.—WMS Family Alliance
Meet and socialize with MS & HS parents Nov. 15
Parents of sixth-12th-graders, join Middle and High School parent Carli McSorley for a no-host dinner at Pizza Coop in Woodinville on Thursday, Nov. 15, from 7-9 p.m. You will have a chance to meet parents of other secondary students and talk about the secondary program.
Yearbook cover design contest ends on Nov. 21
Students, all proposed designs for the 2018-2019 yearbook cover design contest 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.
Train to volunteer
If you want to complete volunteer training, we are offering two more sessions this month.
- Thursday, Nov. 15, 2:30 p.m., Admissions Office, Bldg. 1, North Creek campus
- Friday, Nov. 30, 9 a.m., Admissions Office, Bldg. 1, NC
Please RSVP to Julie Schwarz, Admissions Director.
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.