Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Dec. 5, 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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Gingerbread Festival & Holiday Bazaar, Saturday, Dec. 8
The annual WMS Gingerbread Festival & Holiday Bazaar returns this Saturday, Dec. 8. This is a fun family event featuring gingerbread decorating, along with other holiday-themed activities and music and a bazaar with vendors from the WMS community. The Family Alliance is sponsoring the event.
It’s not too late to reserve your gingerbread house or gluten-free cookie kits here.
WMS spirit wear will be for sale. And don’t forget to bring items for Babies of Homelessness!
Celebrating light—Douglas Fir learns about Hanukkah
Making this crown of light representing Hanukkah candles was one of the activities that students in the Douglas Fir class took part in today, as they learned about Hanukkah. They also heard stories, spun dreidels and tops and ate latkes. Read about how to support your child during the winter break and see more photos on the EC program page.→
Save Jan. 17 for Positive Discipline workshop
Bring the joy back into parenting! On Thursday, Jan. 17, 4-6 p.m., Building 2, North Creek campus, we bring back Chip DeLorenzo, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, Montessori educator and administrator, to hold another Positive Discipline for Montessori Parents workshop.
This two-hour workshop is for parents who are looking for long-term parenting skills that will encourage their children aged 3 through adolescence to think for themselves, become more responsible and have greater respect for themselves and others. The workshop is based on the bestselling “Positive Discipline” books by Jane Nelsen, Ed.D. It will introduce parents to tools that get to the core of misbehavior, and that invite cooperation.
With over 20 years of experience, Chip is the head of school at the Damariscotta Montessori School. The workshop will cost $10 for one person and $15 for two. Free child care is available only for enrolled WMS students and their siblings aged 3 years or older, but babies in arms are welcome.
Register through Camp Brain. Child care will be in the Elementary Club House at North Creek, and the workshop will be upstairs in the Ginkgo classroom.
Chess Wizards.—photo courtesy of Amy Itkin.
Elementary students are chess wizards!
Congratulations on a great competition to three Elementary students who competed together at the Chess Wizards Tournament hosted by Facebook on Dec. 1.
At the Facebook headquarters in Seattle, they competed as individuals and as a Woodinville Montessori School Team.
Ginkgo artists win cover design contest
Thank you to all of our talented artists from EC through MS who submitted designs to the 2018-2019 yearbook cover design contest. Ginkgo student Aina Hellman’s winning design (far right) will be on the book’s front cover. Ginkgo student Katie Snyder’s design will be on the back cover.
We received six beautiful designs for consideration, making the final decision a very tough one. All submissions will be published inside the yearbook, and will be credited. Online yearbook sales will open on Jan. 31.
Ash class leads teachers in discussion
The Ash (high school) class led a discussion in Tuesday’s faculty meeting, asking “What are some ways visual arts impact society?” Here teachers Lyla Irvine, Laura Webb and Taylor Westphal talk, as “Pieces of Dreams” by saxophonist Stanley Turrentine, plays in the background. See another photo in the gallery→.
Lower El students create collages
Lower Elementary students were intent on their art projects in the plaza on Wednesday. They are beginning paint and collage pieces of trees in winter. See another photo and read about the upcoming Festivals of Light on the Lower Elementary program page.→
- Dec. 7
- • Kids’ Night Out, 5 p.m., register here.
- Dec. 8
- • Gingerbread Festival & Bazaar, 10 a.m., Building 2, North Creek campus, order gingerbread kit here.
- Dec. 10
- • Fall after-school electives end
- Dec. 12
- • BOT Mtg., 7 p.m., BOT room, Building 2, suite 125
- Dec. 13
- • Upper El-overnight presentation, 5 p.m., Cedar classroom
- Dec. 14
- • Upper El Field trip
On Dec. 13, learn about Upper El overnight
Upper Elementary parents and students, on Dec. 13, at 5 p.m. in the Cedar classroom, hear John Hayes, director of the Mt. Rainier Institute, describe the Upper El overnight coming in April. He’ll show a presentation, provide an overview of the program and will answer questions.
“It gives parents and students a better sense of what to expect, and offers an opportunity to answer questions directly,” says Upper Elementary Program Director Liz Hoyer.
High School Voices: the threat of rising CO2 emissions
This week we introduce some student writing on a topic that is important to the author. In future issues we will also have creative writing, opinion pieces and articles about happenings at school. And with the Washington Post reporting on Dec. 5 that global carbon emissions reached record-high levels in 2018, this is a very timely piece.
Read “CO2 Emissions Rising in 4 Years” by Katherine Lee, class of 2022, on the WMHS site.→
Winter Break camps are a go!
All three Winter Break camps—Elementary, Early Childhood and Toddler—have enough registrations to operate this year. Camp days are Dec. 19-21. Register for Winter Break camps here.
Winter basketball team is on
We will field a basketball team this winter, as enough boys in seventh through ninth grades have registered. Registration is still open for this team.
Lost-and-found will be donated before Winter Break
Anything left in the lost-and-found will be donated before Winter Break. So if your family is missing something, be sure to check your campus’s box. At North Creek, the lost-and-found trunk is just inside the front door of Building 1. As Shannon says, “It is exploding out of the trunk and even worse than a couple weeks ago!”
Parent Ambassadors—Why I volunteer at WMS
At WMS our valued volunteers are vital in all areas of the school. We are fortunate, and grateful for you. Why do so many of you choose to donate your time and efforts to WMS? Here are some thoughts from Naomi Richardson, whose children are in Cypress and Pine.
“I like getting to know staff and families. I see that there is always a need for a second set of hands, and I think when teachers and administration staff can see parents working alongside them that it boosts morale.
“I also feel blessed to have some time to be involved. I volunteered for the Annual Giving campaign because it’s a job I can do mostly from home. Also because I believe in the philanthropy of our great community.
“I volunteer to do garden work because having my hands in the dirt fills my soul. It’s also a little time with kids to share some little bits of gardening love.
“I enjoy volunteering with the admissions office and calling prospective families because I’m so pleased as a parent with WMS that I want to share my experiences and help guide other families choosing to invest in their children.”
Kids’ Night Out is Dec. 7
Mark Dec. 7, 5-9 p.m., for Kids’ Night Out (KNO), a babysitting event for enrolled children in kindergarten or above, hosted by the Middle School to raise money for their end-of-year trip. There are activities and games, pizza and a movie. “Winter” is this month’s theme. Register on Camp Brain. The fee is $22 for the first child, $15 for the second and $9 for each additional child. Pizza costs $3 a slice.
When registering for KNO, please look under your previous registration to find the new date.
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.