The Grapevine

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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Happy Thanksgiving, WMS community

I am grateful to be a part of this community, and I hope all of our families have a chance to enjoy time together over the holiday.—Best Wishes, Head of School Sunita Pailoor

Fall Feast

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.

See more photos on the Lower Elementary program page.→

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—WMS Director of Development Keri Sliger

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

Maple Student Teaching

A Maple student teaches during Student Teaching Night on Nov. 16. See more photos on the EC page.

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

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.→

Making sushi

Rolling up a sushi breakfast

Secondary students in Japanese 1 classes with Atsuko Seckinger learned to make authentic sushi on Tuesday morning.→