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Make the Gingerbread Brunch your family's annual holiday tradition with a hearty breakfast, decorating a storybook-style gingerbread house, socializing with other WMS families and having fun together. The brunch is this Saturday, Dec. 10, at the North Creek Campus. The event helps Secondary Business earn some money for its end-of-year trips.
Breakfast begins at 9 a.m., and decorating begins at 9:30 a.m. Brunch for adults and children over 10 is $15, and for children 10 and under, $6. A gingerbread house costs an additional $20. Brunch registration closes tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 8. Register and purchase your brunch and your gingerbread house on Camp Brain.
Spanish teacher Carlos Valencia answers a Middle School student's question during a Spanish vocabulary exercise. See more photos on the Secondary program page.→
A WMHS junior waits to flip pumpkin pancakes during a health class on nutritional cooking last week. The students all helped make the meal, which also included citrus fruits, mangoes and strawberries and smoothies. See more photos in this week's photo gallery.→
Thanks to the generosity of our families and staff, the Upper El students were able to donate 1,083 pounds of food and 258 pounds of clothes and toys to Hopelink. Your donations will help provide a happier holiday season for those who are in need.
The Upper Elementary classes sponsor the annual Hopelink drive each November. The photos show some of the students carrying donations to the WMS bus for delivery to the organization.
Thank you to the almost 100 unique volunteers who have helped out in so many wonderful ways at WMS this school year. We really appreciate you recording your hours in Better Impact. Log into ParentsWeb; under Announcements click on Volunteer Here and then click on Volunteer Opportunities. (You can also reach this link through the website homepage—Go to Contribute and choose MyVolunteerPage from the menu.) If you have never logged into the system, contact Guy Tobin for your user name and password. Guy can give you a tutorial on using the system. Once logged in, go to the “Hours” tab, and if you don't see your activity, also select “Inactive” activities. If still not found, enter hours under category “Hours Logging/Recording, Miscellaneous, Unscheduled.”
If you are, or know, a WMS alum, past-parent or former staff member, please save Dec. 20, from 6:30-8 p.m., for the WMS Alumni Holiday Party.
Bring your family to the North Creek Campus for an evening of decorating cookies and reminiscing! We'll have plenty of cookies and frosting for all ages, along with light appetizers and hot cocoa! And don't miss the Ugly Holiday Sweater Contest as part of the fun!
Get a special sneak peak of the Innovation & Design Lab and the Aquaponix system.
We emailed Paperless Post invitations. If you did not receive one, or if you know an alum who did not receive an invitation, please contact Alumni Coordinator Julie Schwarz.
And please share your news with us! We are now planning an issue of the alumni “Seasons” newsletter, and would love to be able to tell the WMS community what you are doing. Please contact Alumni Coordinator Julie Schwarz.
For level-specific content, don't miss the new program-level pages, which you may access from the menu above: T (Toddler), EC (Early Childhood), LE (Lower Elementary), UE (Upper Elementary) and SEC (Secondary).
This week in T: Montessori Thoughts on learning independence→
This week in EC: Montessori Thoughts on problem-solving.→
This week in LE: Montessori Thoughts on the Festival of Lights→
This week in UE: Upper El photos→
This week in SEC: Working on Spanish vocabulary→
If you will need camp for Toddlers through Elementary during Dec. 19-23, please sign up as soon as possible.
Family Alliance meetings that are on the calendar for 2 p.m. are all moving to 9 a.m., with the hope that more will attend morning meetings.
Children's headphones risk: If you own or may be planning to buy headphones this holiday season, this story in the New York Times cautions parents about the possibility of damage to hearing.
Get neighborly: Seattle's child offers some tips for building community.
Thank you for correcting Secondary vocabulary books every week: John Rogers; for correcting vocabulary Susan Keller, Meg Morgan, Elizabeth Canning and Lisa Flannery; for updating White Boards: Charanya Srinivisan; for correcting math: Venkata Ramaiah and Vijaya Nirmala. Admission Tour Assistants Darcy Hardy, Sabrina Moss and Jillian Dickson; Friday Helper: Sabrina Moss; Art Project Helper, Padmavathy Bhamidipati; Front Desk Help, NC: Hayley Ellis; and for bringing flowers and play dough to class: Robert Merriman.
The Douglas Fir class is seeking a volunteer to help map the global classroom community. The volunteer will help connect each student's family's heritage on the map outside of the classroom. The task requires attention to detail and being comfortable working with small pins and fine thread. Contact Director of Development Guy Tobin, 425-420-9725.
We will hold another Open House for Early Childhood through High School programs on Jan. 7, from 9:30-11:30 a.m. Additionally, we will hold a second school-day Open House for Secondary only on Jan. 25. If you know of friends or family who might be interested in attending the Jan. 7 open house, please share this visit registration link with them. For the Jan. 25 event, please contact Admissions Director Keri Sliger.
Registration is open for the Positive Discipline workshop on Jan. 13 with Chip DeLorenzo. Running from 6-8 p.m., the workshop will cost $10 per parent or $15 per couple, to help defray the cost of presenting this speaker. Parent education on positive discipline was the most-requested subject on our summer parent engagement survey.
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.