Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Dec. 13, 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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Upper El tours Wing Luke & Chinatown/International District
Upper Elementary students learned about immigration in the U.S. and enjoyed a historical tour of Chinatown/ International District on Dec. 12, along with a visit to the Wing Luke Museum of the Asian Pacific American Experience.
The International Special Review District is a historic district in Seattle containing the Seattle Chinatown National Register Historic District. A group of early 1900s buildings comprise the ID, the center of the city’s diverse Asian American community. See more photos on the Upper Elementary page.→
Flowers enjoy second chance
A pair of Elm students enjoy a flower works with bouquets that have been given a second chance. Thank you to Benita Walker of the Oak class, who has arranged with Trader Joe’s to receive flowers that they would otherwise throw out. We appreciate her time and resourcefulness!
WMS LEGO Robotics elective competes
The Hydro Hawks, aka WMS LEGO Robotics team, competed in the 2017/2018 FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) Challenge on Dec. 10 at Ballard High School. The competition was the big finale for the fall elective, which was guided by coaches Jeni Lancaster and Greg and Holly O’Conner. The theme for the season was HYDRO DYNAMICS. Read more about it inside.→
Continuous Enrollment reminders for 2018-2019 school year
Enrolling a sibling? Apply now!
Remember the move to a Continuous Enrollment Agreement? We are coming up on year two of phasing in the process. Here’s what to expect:
- Paperwork reduction
- No need to submit those yearly intent forms, parent commitment pledges nor any enrollment contracts for next year. Hooray!
- What to expect
- You will receive a letter in mid-January that explains any changes to tuition amounts and gives you a link to an online survey where you can communicate any changes in your enrollment status or payment plan. Survey responses due by Jan. 31, 2018.
- No changes?
- No worries! If you are continuing your enrollment with WMS and have no changes to your EC program schedule, payment plan, tuition assistance or tuition insurance, you will not need to submit a survey. Hooray!
- Secure spot?
- For returning students you simply need to submit your enrollment confirming deposit (applies to April 1 tuition payment) before March 1 to secure your space for next year. That's it!
Here’s a heads-up for important dates:
- Jan. 12—Letter from the Head of School and the Board President
- Jan. 31—Change Survey due date
- Feb. 14—Enrollment confirming deposits of $750 posted in ParentsWeb accounts.
- Feb. 28—Tuition Assistance Applications due.
- March 1—Enrollment confirming deposits due.
- April 1—Balance of first tuition payment due.
Happy Holidays!—WMS Admin Team
Gingerbread Festival was full of fun
Thank you to everyone who attended the Winter Gingerbread Festival on Dec. 9. It was such a treat to see so many families from both campuses gathering to celebrate the holidays together with crafts, carols and of course, gingerbread house decorating. A few highlights of this year’s event was the addition of the WMS Holiday Bazaar, featuring talented vendors from our community, and a surprise performance by members of the Upper Elementary Choir (in photo), led by music teacher Cece Leavitt. New traditions that we hope to continue and grow in the years to come. See more photos in this week’s gallery.→
All-school events are such a wonderful way for our community to come together, celebrate and build lasting friendships and memories. We are so thankful for the Family Alliance and the many parent and staff volunteers who dedicate their time to make these special events possible. This event was no different—a small army of volunteers worked merrily together, going above and beyond to help with the event. In no particular order, we’d like to thank:
- Festival coordinators
- Dawn Simpson, Photo Booth Designer
- Vickie Castaneda, Gingerbread Decorating
- Emily Conbere, Card-making Station
- Jessica Sealana, Food & Beverage
- Reena Suryavanshi, Holiday Bazaar
- Cecelia Leavitt, Choral Instructor
- Chris Devela, Event Logistics
- Vickie Castaneda, Gingerbread Decorating
- Holiday Bazaar Vendors
- Misty Frantz
- Pam Mach
- Sandi C. Nagata
- Alan Pearson
- Eva Peterson
- Dashel Raker
- Reena Suryavanshi
- Day-of Volunteers
- Jenifer Alyazdi
- Sarah Alyazdi
- The Devela Family
- Molly Hartney
- Molly Keys
- Angela Kugler
- Heather & Zoey Lackmeyer
- Jessica & Gwen Lund
- Carli McSorley
- Sunita Pailoor
- The Raker Family
- Susan Richter
- Marissa Roecks
- Julie Schwarz
- Sheila Strehle
- Sivapriya & Varunika Takkilapati
- Stephen Vanterpool
- Rachel Xu
- …and the many others who jumped in and lent a hand! Thank you!
Question? Ideas for next year? Please contact Development Director Keri Sliger.
- Dec. 13
- Registration closes for Winter Break Camp (EL & EC only; Toddler camp canceled)
- Dec. 14
- Volunteer training, 4:30-5:30 p.m., North Creek, Bldg. 2 (two-storey building northwest of main building)
- 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. 19
- Registration opens for spring electives on CampBrain
- Dec. 25-Jan. 1
- WMS closed for the second week of Winter Break (NO SCHOOL/NO CAMP)
- Jan. 1, 2018
- New Year’s Day holiday, NO SCHOOL/NO CAMP
- FAST Applications open, midnight
- Jan. 2
- School resumes
Volunteer training session just added to Dec. 14
If you still need to have WMS volunteer training, we have added another session on Thursday, Dec. 14, 4:30-5:30 p.m., in the Elementary Club House Conference Rm., North Creek, Bldg. 2 (two-storey building northwest of main building). Club House is located on the first level. For more information, please contact Marissa Roecks, associate director of Admissions.
Alums will talk about college with current students
Right after the new year, our high school teachers and college counselor Jill O’Keefe are planning to hold a Q & A with our recent WMHS grads and the current eighth-grade class to talk about college planning and the transition to college.
The discussions will be held in Ash East, Bldg. 2, North Creek at 3:35 p.m. on either Wednesday, Jan. 3 or Thursday, Jan. 4. The presention will last from about 40 minutes to an hour. Watch for announcements to come with the specifics.
Donate to Annual Giving by Dec. 31
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 Jan. 2018. Thank you again for your continued support of WMS. Questions? Contact Development Director Keri Sliger.
Open houses, program previews in Jan.
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.
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.