The Grapevine

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

Wing Luke

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:

Any questions? Please contact Associate Admissions Directors Marissa Roecks or Julie Schwarz.

Happy Holidays!—WMS Admin Team

Gingerbread Festival was full of fun

FAUE Choir

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
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.