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While most local schools took a snow day on Dec. 9, we simply started a little late and had both school and fun in the snow! Here the Maple class shows off its snowman. See more snow fun photos in this week's photo gallery.→
Parents have long expressed their wishes for a more efficient re-enrollment process with less paperwork, and we couldn't agree more! After thorough research, planning and preparation, Woodinville Montessori School is ready to join the many other independent schools that have successfully adopted a single-time, continual enrollment agreement. This change will benefit both families and staff, making it easier for families to continue their academic journeys and greatly reducing the time required in reissuing agreements every year.
Look for details from Admissions Director Keri Sliger tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 15, in your inbox.
The Woodinville Montessori School Board of Trustees has recently completed a significant refresh of the WMS Strategic Plan. We invite you to take a look here to see our strategy for the future of WMS.
Thank you to all the families who attended, and give a giant shout-out to the Secondary business students and volunteer helpers Jessica Sealana, Linda Browne, Mengfei Xu and Pranav Shaji for holding a very successful Gingerbread Brunch on Dec. 10. Together they cooked up a huge breakfast for all the students and families who came to socialize and create a gingerbread house for the holidays. The proceeds will go toward Secondary trips.—Photo of an Apple student decorating a gingerbread house, courtesy of Carli McSorley
WMS parents, your presence is needed! On Jan. 7 WMS will host the final Admissions all-school Open House of the year, and we are seeking friendly WMS parent volunteers. Your participation and volunteer presence will play a large role in the event's success—simply put, we couldn't do it without you!
A variety of volunteer opportunities will be available from 8:30-11:30 a.m. The event will begin at 9:30 a.m. Volunteer opportunities have been broken into three convenient shifts to help accommodate your busy schedules. Duties include setup, registration, tour guide (don't worry, an administrator will partner with you!) student panel support and cleanup.
Please sign up on MyVolunteerPage today, and feel free to reach out to me directly with questions. The more warm, welcoming faces, the better. Thank you in advance for supporting WMS and helping us share WHY Montessori is the best choice for so many lifelong learners.—Sincerely, WMS Director of Admissions Keri Sliger
Cypress teacher Jeni Lancaster guides an Upper El class through a lesson on mass and volume. See more photos in this week's photo gallery.→
A toddler carefully threads each pipe cleaner through a hole in the glass shaker, helping to sharpen fine motor skills and concentration.
This week in T: Student Reflections on the Thanksgiving Feast→
This week in EC: Montessori Thoughts on social graces.→
This week in LE: Montessori Thoughts on silence→
This week in UE: Student Reflections on Hopelink drive→
This week in SEC: What's new on the blog→
Save Saturday, Jan. 14, for the High School drama class's production of Arthur Miller's “The Crucible,” at 7 p.m. at Leota Jr. High School. We'll have more details after the break. A note for parents: this serious play does contain some language inappropriate for younger viewers.
Here are the updates for Winter Break camp:
Executive function skills: Montessori classrooms are very much focused on development of executive function skills from the earliest age. This video will help you understand what teachers mean when they refer to executive function.
To help with the giving season: Maren Schmidt posted this to her blog, The Gifts That Keep on Giving.
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.