Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Nov. 21, 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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Upper Elementary celebrates with annual Fall Feast: Students, teachers and their guests at today’s Upper Elementary Fall Feast enjoyed a skit about Thanksgiving. Besides being a joyful lunch, the annual Fall Feast gives the students a chance to practice grace and courtesy.
See more photos from the feast on the Upper Elementary program page.→
Seen in Lower El
In the top photo: a Magnolia student and an Elm student work together during the kindergarteners’ visits to Lower El on Tuesday.
Second photo: a Hawthorn student works quietly beside her teacher, on a peaceful Monday afternoon.
Annual Giving 2018-2019 heads into home stretch
One week left to give and we need you! Over 51 percent of our community members have now contributed to this year’s campaign but we are still shy of awarding any of our classrooms the highly anticipated 100 percent participation Menchie’s celebration. Please be the cherry on top and give, allowing your classroom to be a 100 percent participation class!
For those who have not yet given, or would like to give again and join us in standing together as a nation of givers, please make a donation on our school’s Facebook page next Tuesday, Nov. 27, #GivingTuesday. Then be sure to celebrate your participation in #GivingTuesday by sharing it on your own social media pages.
WMS is proud to be a part of this global celebration of giving, so save the date for Tuesday, Nov. 27. You can learn more at www.givingtuesday.org.—WMS Director of Development Keri Sliger
Experience Montessori through Journey & Discovery on Nov. 30 & Dec. 1
Register now for Journey & Discovery, set for Friday, Nov. 30, from 6-8:45 p.m., and Saturday, Dec. 1, from 9 a.m.-12:45 p.m. This is an opportunity for you to experience for yourself the Montessori education you’ve chosen for your children. We first held this special event last 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.
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.
Spotlight on teacher Sharon Dunn
Starting this week, the Grapevine will feature different staff members to give the Woodinville Montessori School community a closer look into our school at different grade levels. To suggest a staff member to highlight in an upcoming issue of the Grapevine, please email Claire Tuohy-Morgan, Communications & Marketing Director.
For the first feature, it only seemed appropriate to highlight Sharon Dunn, one of WMS’s longest-serving teachers. Sharon now works in the Secondary program after starting as an Upper Elementary teacher. Throughout her time at WMS, she has had the unique experience of watching the school expand both in regard to campus size and program levels. Sharon, who has a background in print journalism from Boston College, describes her time at WMS since starting in 1996. To learn more about Sharon’s educational and Montessori background, visit our Secondary faculty profiles page.—Emily Irwin, Assistant to the Director of Communications & Marketing
By Woodinville Montessori High School Teacher Sharon Dunn
I joined Woodinville Montessori School as an Upper Elementary teacher in 1996. Everything about the school felt profoundly different: I am a very urban person, originally from New York City, and WMS at that time felt almost more country than suburban. Woodinville as a city was much less developed; the land adjacent to the campus was not in use, traffic was decent, and neither Woodinville Wine Country nor UW Bothell existed. Read more.→
JSA club learns about politics and policy
The WMHS JSA members attended the 2018 Fall State Convention. Read all about it on the Secondary site.→
Rolling up a sushi breakfast
Secondary students in Japanese 1 classes with Atsuko Seckinger learned to make authentic sushi on Tuesday morning.→
- Nov. 21
- • Hopelink Food & Toy Drive is extended to Nov. 28!
- Nov. 22
- • Thanksgiving Day holiday, SCHOOL CLOSED, no camp
- Nov. 23
- • Thanksgiving Break, SCHOOL CLOSED, no camp
- Nov. 25
- • Second quarter pizza orders close
- Nov. 27
- • #GivingTuesday, Annual Giving campaign ends
- Nov. 28
- • Early Bird registration opens for Winter Break camp
- • Gala Kick-off Event, 6 p.m., à Maurice Cellars Tasting room, RSVP here
- Nov. 29
- • Toddler Parent University, “Health, nutrition, sleep and potty-training,” 6-7:15 p.m., Fig classroom
- Nov. 30
- • Train to volunteer in the classroom, 9 a.m., Admissions Office, Bldg. 1, NC, RSVP to Julie Schwarz
- • Journey & Discovery event, 6-8:45 p.m., meet in EL Club House, North Creek campus. Register here.
- Dec. 1
- • Completion of Journey & Discovery, 8:45 a.m.-12:45 p.m., continental breakfast, 8:45-9 a.m., EL CH
- • Orienteering Winter League 3, Shoreview Park/Shoreline Community College
One B-ball team may play…
We now have four players signed up for the boys 7th-9th-grade basketball team. Will a couple more players register to play? Register for basketball here.
Basketball for the girls and for the other age groups was canceled this winter due to below minimum sign-ups.
Kids’ Night Out is Dec. 7
Mark Dec. 7, 5-9 p.m., for Kids’ Night Out (KNO), a babysitting event for children in kindergarten or above, hosted by the Middle School to raise money for their end-of-year trip. There are activities and games, pizza and a movie. “Winter” is this month’s theme. Register on Camp Brain. The fee is $22 for the first child, $15 for the second and $9 for each additional child. Pizza costs $3 a slice..
Save Dec. 8 for WMS Winter Gingerbread Festival & Holiday Bazaar
Family Alliance hosts the Winter Gingerbread Festival & Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, Dec. 8, for all of our WMS families.
Online registration for gingerbread house kits is now open. Kits cost $7.50 each, and you may buy as many as you want. This year you may also order gluten-free gingerbread cookie kits for $2 per cookie. No kits will be sold at the event; treats and activities are complimentary. Individual vendors will manage their bazaar prices.
You will also be able to donate essential items to Babies of Homelessness. Watch for a list of items needed for their Holiday Adopt-A-Family campaign.
If you can volunteer for the event, or would like to be a bazaar vendor, please contact Christina Bernal. There is no cost to participate as a vendor.—WMS Family Alliance
Pizza orders close on Nov. 25
Place pizza orders for second quarter by Nov. 25. After the 25th, the next opportunity to order will be in January. Second quarter pizza deliveries begin on Nov. 29, 2018.
WMS Secondary Student Business offers pizza every Thursday to North Creek campus staff and students from 1st-12th grades.
Toddlers love annual Friendship Feast
The Toddlers learned about Thanksgiving this month, and celebrated last Friday with their own Fig Friendship Feast. See more photos on the Toddler program page.→
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.