The Grapevine

Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Dec. 5, 2018

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Gingerbread Festival

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

Douglas Fir 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

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.

Read all about their competition here.

Ginkgo artists win cover design contest

WMS yearbook front coverWMS yearbook back cover

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 art

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.→