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The Upper Elementary classes ate together in the plaza, and also invited non-classroom staff to eat with them. See more photos of the festivities and the preparation in the gallery.→
By Head of School Mary Schneider
A habit of gratitude makes for happier, more content children and they are never too young to develop it. We have gratitude trees sprouting leaves of thanks from every child and staff member in the main lobby of North Creek, and in the classrooms at Woodinville. Many of those leaves mention parents and families. The Thanksgiving holiday is a perfect time to initiate a regular gratitude practice at home if you don't have one. It can be as simple as taking turns naming one thing you are thankful for before you start your meal or when tucking children in at night. This season is also a time to focus on giving to others. The school participates in the Hopelink Drive each fall to help children focus on the needs of others. The hope is that you involve your child in a trip to the store or pantry to select items to bring in for others. Another great tool to aid in the habit of giving is “Moonjars”. These specially-designed banks help children divide their money between categories of spending, saving and sharing. It is financial planning 101! Here are some resources:
We extend our great thanks to each and every one of you and our staff for all that you do to help WMS continue to be a special place to go to school.
“Alone we can do so little. Together we can do so much.”—Helen Keller.
Students become teachers, and their family members became students, on Student Teaching Night last Friday, Nov. 18. Elementary and Secondary students presented math lessons, while Early Childhood students led their parents through some of their favorite work.
Don't miss the Gingerbread Brunch, set for the morning of Dec. 10, at the North Creek Campus. This event was a big success in its first year last year. Secondary Business hosts the event to raise money for its end-of-year trips.
Brunch begins at 9 a.m., and decorating begins at 9:30 a.m., with everything wrapping up at noon. Brunch for adults and children over 10 is $15, and for children 10 and under, $6. The Gingerbread House costs an additional $20. You may purchase your brunch and your gingerbread house through Camp Brain.
As there will be no Friday Reminders email this week, here's a just-for-fun suggestion for the family that features some of our students. Thank you to Rachel Mekanik for this tip.
If you're looking for something entertaining to do with your children in the weeks to come, you might consider taking them to see “Twas the Night” at Studio East, the children's theater in Kirkland. Three WMS students have parts in the play!
Daisy (Ginkgo) is in Cast A. Her shows are at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on 11/26, 12/4 (no 5 p.m. show), 12/11 and 12/17.
Sisters Ainsley (Magnolia) and Remi (Juniper) are in Cast B. Their shows are at 11 a.m., 2 p.m. and 5 p.m. on 11/27, 12/3, 12/10 and 12/18.
As this is not a WMS event, please be sure to check their website for all the information—you can also find ticket details at this link.
For level-specific content, don't miss the new program-level pages, which you may access from the menu above: T (Toddler), EC (Early Childhood), LE (Lower Elementary), UE (Upper Elementary) and SEC (Secondary).
This week in T: Figlets' Harvest feast→
This week in EC: some EC activities.→
This week in LE: saying thanks and starting conversations→
This week in UE: speaker brings Egypt to life→
This week in SEC: job shadowing at Google→
We are excited to announce that our first 12th-graders are already receiving letters of acceptance to colleges, and offers of academic scholarships! Congratulations to those students and their families.
Want to know more about our Secondary program?
Then join us on Saturday, Dec. 3, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., for a Secondary-only Open House. Please register through this page, and invite friends and family who might be interested in our unique preparation for college and for life, to sign up.
Congratulations to Leslie Delorenzi, WMS Speech Language Pathologist and newly Certified Dyslexia Therapist. Leslie received notice of the new certification this morning. The International Dyslexia Association recently announced that it would start providing certification to individuals with training and experience working with students with dyslexia, Leslie says.
“This is a big step forward to providing students with dyslexia with effective instruction, and to their families to help guide them in finding therapists with the right qualifications to provide therapy for their child.”
Leslie's training as a Certified Academic Language Therapist qualified her for this certification.
We are grateful to all of our volunteers! Thank you to Reading Parent and Friday Helper Sabrina Moss; for correcting vocabulary Susan Keller, Xiaoguang Li,Lisa Flannery and Elizabeth Canning; for updating White Boards: Charanya Srinivisan; for Front Desk Assistance: Hayley Ellis; and for assisting with Admissions tours: Darcy Hardy.
We have extended our annual Hopelink Food and Toy Drive through Dec. 1.
You can provide a longed-for gift to a child or teen who would otherwise have a very disappointing holiday, and/or food for families who struggle to put necessities on the table, while sending a message of hope and caring at a time of increased need and stress for our less fortunate neighbors.
Find collection bins at your campus, and involve the whole family in choosing items to donate, to practice giving. Let's share our abundance.
As part of our school's emphasis on green practices, we're sharing with our families this link to a green holiday website.
We will be offering an Elementary elective in Mandarin Chinese this spring. The class will be on Mondays, from 3:30-4:30 p.m., through Sponge. Registration for spring electives opens on Dec. 19.
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.