The Grapevine

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

Forensics poster

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.

Read more on the Upper Elementary program page

UE students present history projects on Native America

History projects

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.

See more photos on the Upper Elementary program page

Experience Montessori through Journey & Discovery on Nov. 30 & Dec. 1

Save Friday evening, Nov. 30 and Saturday morning, Dec. 1 for Journey & Discovery. We first held this special event in April, and it proved deeply moving and meaningful for those who attended.

The event is free. There is NO child care. Look for times and a registration link next week.

Journey and Discovery is an opportunity for you to experience for yourself the Montessori education you’ve chosen for your children.

Don’t miss this chance to see Montessori in action. It is not like the traditional open house where parents come in to observe a child’s work, but a hands-on experience for you to interact together in the classroom environment exploring materials and experimenting with various activities.

This gives you a better understanding of what your child does throughout the day. Each level works together to present an experience for parents that encourages participation and sparks curiosity.

Participants must be able to attend both Friday night and Saturday morning sessions. The head of school leads the journey, serving as the discussion facilitator, tour guide and time manager.


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

See another photo in the gallery.→