Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Nov. 29, 2017
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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Family Alliance welcomes you to Nov. 30 meeting
Please join us for the Family Alliance meeting on Thursday, Nov. 30, at 3:30 p.m., in Ginkgo East, upstairs in Building 2, at the North Creek campus. Associate Head of School Sunita Pailoor will be our guest speaker. Complimentary child care will be provided at both campuses for children ages 3 and over, so that it will be easy to attend after school.
Your new Family Alliance leaders—President Shilpa Devela, Vice President Amany Hasan and Secretary Victoria Castaneda—look forward to seeing you tomorrow.
Don’t miss it—families have fun together at Winter Gingerbread Festival
A parent and student decorating a gingerbread house during a past gingerbread event.
Register and pre-order gingerbread houses here for the Winter Gingerbread Festival, set for 10 a.m.-1 p.m., Dec. 9, in the Elementary Club House, Building 2, North Creek campus.
The Family Alliance invites your family to come get festive at the Winter Gingerbread Festival—all families are invited and welcome! In addition to decorating gingerbread houses (all house kits must be pre-ordered during registration), there will be holiday card-making, a holiday photo booth, a gift bazaar featuring small business owners and artists from the WMS community, warm drinks and treats and maybe a few additional surprises designed to get your family in the holiday spirit.
Gingerbread house kits cost $15 each, and families may order as many kits as they like. Please note that no kits will be sold at the event and that all other offered treats and activities will be complimentary. Bazaar prices will be managed by the individual vendors.
We look forward to celebrating with you!
If you would like to share your talents with our community and be a participating vendor in the holiday bazaar at the Gingerbread Festival please contact Reena Suryavanshi. There is no cost to participate.
If you would like to volunteer as a festival activity lead and/or a day-of volunteer, please contact Keri Sliger by Thursday, Nov. 30. This event will not be possible without parent participation. Thank you in advance for your contribution of time and holiday spirit.
Register now for Dec. 8 Kids’ Night Out
By Meera K., Ginkgo
Every month, our dedicated Middle School and High School students staff Kids’ Night Out, along with parent volunteers and WMS staff members as chaperones. We plan and host a Kids’ Night Out (or KNO) event for the students K-6th grade. On Dec. 8, 5-9 p.m., we will be hosting our next KNO. We’ll have various activities, like coloring, face-painting and more! The theme for this month’s event is “Winter,” and we’ll be playing the movies “Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer” (G) and “Rise of the Guardians” (PG). You may choose which movie your child watches. Apple juice, crackers and carrots will be provided for snack, as well as popcorn during the movie.
Please register by Dec. 6 on CampBrain to reserve your spot. Registration is limited and we can no longer accommodate drop-ins. Parents can pay at the beginning or at the end of the event; it is $20 for the first child, $10 for the second and $7 for any after that. All proceeds go to fund our end-of-the-year trip. KNO will be hosted in the Gingko classroom at the North Creek campus, upstairs in the building where Elementary Clubhouse is located. We hope to see you there! Dinner will be provided as pizza, and each piece of pizza costs $3.
All the movies we play are either G or PG-rated, and if you would prefer that your child not see a movie, send an email to Anisha or Dylan and we will make sure they are with the kids who prefer to simply talk, color or play games in a separate room. All who attend must be age 5 or older.
Annual Giving 2017-2018—over $100,000 raised!
Thank you, WMS, for being such wonderful examples of GIVERS. It’s because of you that we are able to provide the highest level of Montessori education to our students.
So far our community has raised $106,000 with matching, stock and employer payroll donations still arriving daily. All-school participation is at 73%, with three classrooms having reached 100% participation: Ginkgo, Juniper and Fig (way to go Figlets!). Again, none of this would have been possible without YOU.
Remember, all pledge payments are due by Dec. 31, and the school will be completely closed from Dec. 25 through Jan. 1, so we will not be able to process payments received then until after the new year. If you have not given yet, it’s not too late. Visit the WMS Annual Giving webpage to learn more.—Director of Development Keri Sliger
Thank you for donating to Hopelink
Upper Elementary students wore big smiles as they helped prepare donated food and toys for sending to Hopelink. The students were excited about the generosity shown by you, our families, during the annual Hopelink food and toy drive. See more photos in this week’s gallery.→
Aquaponics lab shows fruitful progress
The aquaponics lab, now under the direction of Bryce Aktepy, is yielding fresh tomatoes like these.
- Nov. 30
- Family Alliance meeting, 3:30 p.m., Ginkgo East, Bldg. 2, NC; complimentary child care available
- Dec. 4
- Early Bird registration closes for Winter Break camp
- Dec. 5
- Secondary-only program preview, 9-11 a.m., RSVP here.
- Full price for Winter Break camp, through Dec. 13
- Dec. 6
- Kids’ Night Out registration closes
- Dec. 8
- Kids’ Night Out, 5-9 p.m., Ginkgo, Bldg. 2, NC
- Dec. 9
- Winter Gingerbread Festival, 10 a.m. -1 p.m., EL CH, Bldg. 2, NC
Catching up with Elementary
Read what Upper Elementary students have been studying this month.→
Read some Lower Elementary student reflections about bats, and see more student teaching photos.→
Secondary students: will your design cover the yearbook?
All Secondary (grades 7-12) students are invited to submit designs for the 2017-2018 WMS yearbook. All submissions will be due to Communications Director Claire Tuohy-Morgan by Dec. 14. The theme is WMS, and the design must be appropriate and represent the WMS/WMHS experience for all grade levels. For the full details, see this flier.
Secondary-only program preview on Dec. 5
If you know of a prospective WMHS family, invite them to sign up for a Secondary-only program preview on Dec. 5, from 9-11 a.m. In lieu of an open house, this program allows families to observe regular classes, and then ask questions of the Secondary Program Director. For more information, contact Admissions.
Drama seeks some PVC pipes
Drama instructor Kylie McElrath is seeking some 1-½-inch PVC pipes for the WMS production of “Aesop’s Fables.” They can be varied lengths over 3-feet long; shorter sizes would be too small for the set.
Pieces may be dropped off at the North Creek front office and Kylie will collect them, or email her for more information. Thank you.
Oak class cooks and learns
Read how work helps children learn to concentrate.→
Save Jan. 4 for Laura Kastner talk
On Jan. 4, 7-8:30 p.m., at the North Creek campus, WMS once again welcomes Laura Kastner, Ph.D., to talk about “Cultivating Lifelong Strengths in Our Children, for Your Child’s Health, Well-Being and Success.” Open to the public, admission is $10 per person, or $15 for two, and we are offering complimentary child care for children 3 years old and up. Register here.
Every parent wants success for their child, but figuring out what strength (or weakness) to focus on—and how—can be very challenging. Drawing on content from her five books on children and adolescents, her clinical practices and her teaching in child psychiatry at the UW, Dr. Kastner will focus on the parent’s role in enhancing the child’s success. Read more about her here.
Seeking books for the holidays?
If you need some book suggestions for holiday gifts, or reading suggestions for the break or anytime, maybe this list will help: 37 Children’s Books that Crush Gender Stereotype.
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.