The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Nov. 28, 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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Annual Student Teaching Night: Middle School students teach during Student Teaching Night, held on Nov. 16.—photo courtesy of Carli McSorley. See more photos in the gallery.→

Journey & Discovery registration closes Thursday, Nov. 29

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. Registration will close at 10 a.m., Thursday, Nov. 29 (updated date).

Don’t miss this rare opportunity to experience for yourself the Montessori education you’ve chosen for your children. The event is free. There is NO child care.

This is a hands-on experience for you to interact together in the classroom environment, exploring materials and experimenting with various activities. You will leave with 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.

You 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.

EC & EL social-emotional learning expands

As you know, social-emotional learning is a big part of what teachers do with students in class. It ranges from group lessons on core virtues from Michelle Borba’s book “Building Moral Intelligence,” and peace work that includes identifying emotions, calming, mindfulness and conflict resolution strategies, to individual coaching and instruction as needed throughout the day.

Beginning in December, Jennifer from Developing Minds will be extending those lessons in Early Childhood and Elementary classes with some small group lessons each week. She will focus on similar topics, as well as flexible thinking, making mistakes, overcoming our inner critics and showing compassion at school and at home.—Nancy Kestek

Thank you for your AG donations!

By Director of Development Keri Sliger

Annual Giving raised $112,000 and the giving continues. Thank you, WMS, for being such wonderful examples of givers. Because of you we are able to provide the highest level of Montessori education to our students.

So far our community has raised $112,000, with matching, stock and employer payroll donations still arriving daily. All-school participation is at 75 percent, with two classrooms reaching 100 percent participation—way to go, Ginkgo and Juniper students and families! Again, none of this would have been possible without you!

Remember, all pledge payments are due by Dec. 31, and if you have not given yet, it’s not too late. Visit the WMS Annual Giving web page to learn more.

Kindergarten leaders enjoy Library Time

By Librarian Emily Schlieman

November was the second month of Kindergarten Library Time and the guiding virtue for our story time and discussion was conscience and making responsible and respectful choices. We read the book, “What if Everybody Did That?” by Ellen Javernick and discussed positive and negative consequences to actions, which were humorously depicted in the book’s illustrations.

Before the students were released to browse and select their two books to take back to their classrooms, we reviewed how to independently choose appropriate reading level books and free-choice books. In order to determine that a book was at their reading level, some students suggested sounding out words and looking at the pictures to get clues about the story, and also to see what color reader bin their book is in. As far as selecting a free-choice book, the students said they could look in both the fiction and non-fiction rooms, confidently recalling these terms from their first library visit. They are well on their way toward learning their way around the library and becoming more independent library users.

Gingerbread Festival

Gingerbread festival is coming soon

Order your gingerbread house or cookie kits here.