The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Nov. 15, 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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HALF-DAY Wednesday, Nov. 22

Wednesday, Nov. 22, is a half-day teacher inservice. STUDENTS WILL BE DISMISSED AT NOON, and may be picked up in the usual dismissal car line.

Any student who needs child care is welcome to stay for Club House. There is no extra charge for families who are prepaying monthly. Other families will be charged the drop-in rate. Please tell your student’s classroom teacher by Tuesday, Nov. 21, if your child is staying for Club House.

Creating a mural

Students learn art history and technique

Elementary students of art teacher Carol Roorbach complete sections of paintings in the style of artists Vincent Van Gogh, Georges Seurat, Joan Miró and Gustav Klimt. The assembled sections created four separate murals for the east wall of the plaza in Building 1 at North Creek. See more photos in the gallery.→

WMS Soccer having fun & improving

WMS Soccer

Photo courtesy of Carli McSorley

The WMS Soccer team of fourth-through-eighth-grade boys and girls won all but one of their scrimmages this fall! They finished with a 6-1 win on Nov. 8.

“The game was great,” says coach Carlos Valencia.

Playing from the midfield, Jeffrey had two “beautiful” assists and Victor, Nicholas, Nathan and Molly “really stood up as leaders.” The team is improving, and playing “with intensity and sharper sense,” Carlos adds.

Nicholas, Nathan, Molly, Hayden and Skylar all scored. And while the fall scrimmages are over for this year, coed soccer returns this spring.

The WMS Volleyball team remains undefeated going into its last fall game, at 12:30 p.m., Nov. 18, at the NSY Main Gym West Court. Coed volleyball will also be offered again in the spring.

Congratulations to Juniper at 100%!

Annual Giving

“It is the heart that does the giving; the fingers only let go.”—Nigerian saying

By Director of Development Keri Sliger
Congratulations to the Juniper class, the second classroom to reach 100% participation in this year’s Annual Giving campaign—enjoy your Menchie’s frozen yogurt party! The mighty Fig classroom, made up of WMS’s youngest students, ages 18-36 months, are currently at 93% participation and the Willow classroom is not too far behind the 90% participation mark.

The generosity that our community has shown over the last five weeks has been inspiring. Gifts of all sizes have been donated from families with students of all ages. If you have not had an opportunity to give yet, it is not too late. Give online (third-party site with transaction fee), complete a pledge form located at the front desk of either campus or contact Development Director Keri Sliger to confirm your payroll deduction or stock donation. Also, don’t forget to apply for a giving match through your employer. Visit the Annual Giving page for more details, or ask your AG Room Representative for assistance. To reach our fiscal goal we need 100% of our families to remember #whyigive and donate today. Thank you!

Save Dec. 9 for WMS Winter Gingerbread Festival

Save Dec. 9, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., for the WMS Winter Gingerbread Festival. Decorating cookies or gingerbread houses is a treasured WMS tradition, which Family Alliance will host this year. We need your help as parent volunteers to oversee the following festival activities: making holiday cards, photo booth and food/beverage. We are also seeking WMS small business owners to come sell their goods or services at the holiday bazaar portion of the event; please contact Reena Suryavanshi by Wednesday, Nov. 22. There is no cost to participate.

If you would like to volunteer on the day, and/or to lead a festival activity, please contact Keri Sliger by Thursday, Nov. 30. This event will not be possible without parent participation. Thank you in advance for your contribution of time and holiday spirit.

Registration and gingerbread house preorders will open next Wednesday, Nov. 22. This festival is a community event; the majority of activities will be offered at no cost. Gingerbread houses are $15 per house (kit) and all bazaar vendors will set their own prices for items they offer.

Still time to complete Internal Marketing survey

If you haven’t yet completed the WMS internal marketing committee’s survey, it is still open. The committee is collaborating with WMS community members to understand their experience of the school, and would love parent feedback in a survey that should take no more than 3-5 minutes. The goals are to:

  1. develop a memorable tagline for marketing materials and
  2. refresh communication used to describe the school.

Your feedback is essential to ensuring that the resulting materials reflect the unique experience of being part of WMS. Please see the survey link here.—Chris Barrows, chair, internal marketing committee