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Woodinville Montessori School Weekly Newsletter, Nov. 23, 2016

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Annual Thanksgiving feasts gather WMS community together

Food prep

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.→

Practice gratitude to make it a habit

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: and

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.

Student Teacher NightStudent Teacher Night

Students teach math on their special night

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.

Gingerbread Brunch aids WMHS student business

Gingerbread Brunch

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.

Just for fun: WMS students in holiday play

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.