Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Dec. 06, 2017
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WMHS Seniors applied to their top choice colleges, and now we wait!
Our Woodinville Montessori High School seniors have been working overtime to meet college application deadlines and earn spots in the upcoming freshman class at their top choice schools. With a solid foundation of support from the high school faculty and staff they have been applying to schools all across the country, including highly selective STEM schools, colleges throughout sunny California and of course, local powerhouse University of Washington. Now that many of the early applications have been submitted, the waiting game has begun, with inboxes and mailboxes being checked with new-found regularity! All our best wishes for much success as our seniors watch for decisions in the coming weeks.—College Counselor Jill O’Keefe
FA sponsors Winter Gingerbread Festival this Saturday, Dec. 9
The Winter Gingerbread Festival, sponsored by the Family Alliance, is this Saturday, Dec. 9, from 10 a.m.-1 p.m., in Elementary Club House, first floor of Building 2 at North Creek (the two-story WMHS building). Only a few gingerbread decorating kits remain, so please register soon if you would like to reserve a kit for Saturday’s festival. We are still seeking volunteers for setup from 8:30-10 a.m., during the 11 a.m.-1 p.m. hours and for cleanup from 1-2 p.m. If you are available to help, please contact Keri Sliger. Thank you in advance for your service.
Gingerbread house kits cost $15 each. 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.
Thank you for attending Family Alliance meeting
We want to thank everyone who was able to attend the Family Alliance meeting last week. It was a real treat to have Sunita Pailoor present her background and the organizational structure within WMS. Our next meeting is scheduled for Jan. 25, 2018, so be sure to check the Grapevine for more details about timing and agenda in the coming weeks. We look forward to seeing you at the next meeting!—FA President Shilpa D.
ID Lab provides tools and help for Island Journals
Sixth-year students made covers for their Island Project Journals in the ID Lab last week. The lab is seeing the first of its Island Projects. Last year students used many tools there to complete their topographical models and other items for their projects. See more photos on this week’s Upper El page.→
Thank you to our devoted volunteers
We can do so much more for our students because of our dedicated volunteers. Thank you to the following volunteers who have logged hours in November:
Amber Russell, Friday Helper, TSA Luncheon, Reading Parent; Anita Ko, miscellaneous; Beatrice Bock, TSA; Brianne Morello, Teacher Staff Appreciation Luncheon; Charanya Srinivasan, miscellaneous, reading parent; Chris Merryman, TSA; Darcy Hardy, Gala Planning, Room Parent.
Dawn Simpson, miscellaneous unspecified hours; Donatella Thomson, "Stone Soup" Harvest Meal Helper; Ellen Beecroft, food prep for Thanksgiving feast; Frances Ju, miscellaneous/unspecified, TSA; Gayle Kwon, miscellaneous/unspecified, TSA; Holly O’Connor, Lego Robotics Club Parent Volunteer; James Lundgren, Art Project Helper - Year round, Room Parent, Thanksgiving Feast, Tour Assistant.
Jane Raker, TSA; Jessica Felt, Reading Parent, Room Parent, TSA; Jessica Lund, miscellaneous/unspecified, TSA; Jessica Ng, North Creek Front Desk Volunteer Assistant, TSA; Jialu Yan, TSA; Jianing Xu, Cataloging New Books; Julie Adams, TSA; Kim Baggett, TSA; Kristin Kopp, miscellaneous/unspecified, TSA Week 2017-18; Laksha Bohra, in class activity - Thanksgiving Feast - Set up, TSA Week; Meg Morgan, Annual Fund (The WMS Fund) Volunteer Time, Room Parent.
Melissa Benua, food prep for Thanksgiving Feast; Mengfei Xu, TSA; Merril Lundgren, Parent Volunteer, TSA; Mohammed Mehkri, Annual Giving Room Representative; Nina Weber, food prep for Thanksgiving feast, Reading Parent, TSA, Tour Assistant; Olof Hellman, Annual Giving Room Representative 2017-18, General Board Work.
Pat Seidl, Map Coordinator; Preston Stiefel, bring flowers to class, logging hours, TSA; Priyanka Khandhar, TSA; Qiong Yang, TSA; Rachel Mekanik, Reading Parent, TSA; Rachel Xu, miscellaneous/unspecified; Robert Merriman, Annual Giving Room Representative, North Creek Front Desk Volunteer Assistant.
Run Yang, labeling books, adding copies; Sarah Kennedy, TSA; Scott Baker, Reading Parent; Sheila Strehle, Annual Giving Room Representative; Shyamala Iyer, in-class activity - Thanksgiving Feast, Reading Parent, Vocabulary Corrections; Vanita Dhingra, Thanksgiving Feast, Vijaya Nirmala, Classroom Helper; Venkata Ramaiah, Classroom Helper; Wendy Berry, North Creek Front Desk Volunteer Assistant; Xuan Xiao, labeling new books & making copies; Zijing Hui, bring homemade playdough to class, Thanksgiving Feast.
If you have not yet recorded your volunteer hours, log into our volunteer software to do so. And thank you all!
KNO registration ends today, Dec. 6
Please register by Wednesday, Dec. 6 on CampBrain to reserve your K-6th-grade child’s spot for Kids’ Night Out (KNO), Dec. 8, 5-9 p.m., in the Gingko classroom at the North Creek campus, upstairs in the building where Elementary Club House is located. Dinner will be provided as pizza, and each piece of pizza costs $3. 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 the Secondary’s end-of-the-year trips.
Every month, our dedicated Middle School and High School students plan, host and staff Kids’ Night Out, along with parent volunteers and WMS staff members as chaperones. 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.
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.—Meera K., Ginkgo
Can you help chaperone for KNO? They’re seeking parents who can volunteer for Dec. 8. If you can, please email Jillian.
Pogo offers carpool connecting app
Just a reminder that Woodinville Montessori School allows Pogo to offer its service to WMS families (see the exclusive code in your Grapevine email). Through the Pogo app, WMS families may opt in to discover other WMS families who live nearby, and connect to form carpools. Pogo says that only WMS parents and caregivers may join a WMS group.
The Pogo app is available for iOS and Android. Once you create an account (name, zip code and photo), you may search for Woodinville Montessori School groups and request to join any that are relevant to you, or start your own.
This independent service is not connected to WMS, and we are simply announcing its availability to any of our families who may be interested in choosing to participate. Any questions or feedback should be directed to Pogo support.
- Dec. 6
- Kids’ Night Out registration closes
- Dec. 7
- Volunteer training, 9 a.m., North Creek, Elementary Club House Conference Rm. Contact Marissa for more information.
- Dec. 8
- Kids’ Night Out (FOR THOSE REGISTERED BY DEC. 6), 5-9 p.m., Ginkgo, Bldg. 2, NC
- Dec. 9
- Winter Gingerbread Festival, 10 a.m. -1 p.m., EL CH, Bldg. 2, NC
- Dec. 11
- Early Bird registration opens for Jan. 12 camp
- Dec. 13
- Registration closes for Winter Break Camp
- Dec. 15
- Last day of school before Winter Break
- Dec. 18-Jan. 1
- Winter Break, NO SCHOOL, camp offered Dec. 18-22 with prepaid reservations
- Dec. 25-Jan. 1
- WMS closed for the second week of Winter Break (NO SCHOOL/NO CAMP)
Toddler Winter Break Camp on brink of cancellation
Are you counting on Toddler Winter Break Camp for Dec. 18-22? Please sign up ASAP, as Toddler camp will be canceled on Thursday, Dec. 7, if we do not reach the minimum number of registrations.
Elementary and Early Childhood camps are ON. Registration for EL and EC camps is open through Dec. 13.
Donate to Annual Giving 2017-2018
Don’t forget to make your gift to WMS Annual Giving by Dec. 31! All donors will receive an appreciation of our thanks and giving receipt in January 2018. Thank you again for your continued support of WMS. Questions? Contact Development Director Keri Sliger.
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.
Open houses, program previews in January
If you know of a prospective WMS family, invite them to sign up for a Secondary-only program preview on Jan. 9, 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. Or sign up for an all-school program preview/Open House on Jan. 11, from 6-8 p.m. Both programs begin in Building 2, North Creek, 19204 North Creek Parkway. For more information, contact Admissions.
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.
Don’t miss Beelish BOGO
Parents, please be sure to look for your December Beelish menu and special December coupon in the Tomorrow’s Child magazines that went home on Friday. The “buy one, get one free” coupon expires at the end of next week. If you can’t find your coupon, we have extras at the North Creek campus.
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.