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Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Dec. 19, 2018

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Festivals of Light send us to Winter Break, celebrate diverse cultures & holidays

Festivals of Light

WMS ended the day before Winter Break with the annual Festivals of Light, in which each class, from Lower Elementary through High School, presented a different festival from a world culture. Students toured through all the LE-HS classrooms, sampling the traditional foods, crafts, and decoration, listened to stories and learned about the customs of each holiday.

The classes and their holidays were: Middle School—Christmas (including Santa, above); High School—the concept of light; Cedar—Hindu festival of Holi; Cypress—Chinese New Year; Magnolia—Hanukkah; Juniper—German Christmas; Willow—Thai festival of Loi Krathong; Spruce—Hindu festival of Diwali; and Hawthorn—St. Martin’s Day. See more photos inside.→

Happy Holidays! Have a safe & happy Winter Break, school is out until Jan. 2, 2019

Happy Holidays to all the members of our WMS community. I wish you all a peaceful, contented winter break with your families.—Sunita Pailoor, Head of School

Nutcracker field trip

Kindergarteners attend Nutcracker ballet

The kindergarteners from both campuses attended “The Nutcracker” ballet at Seattle Center last Friday. In addition to hearing the iconic music composed by Tchaikovsky, and seeing a classical ballet performance, they had a chance to practice their grace and courtesy skills and become better acquainted with each other. Thank you to the parents who went along and chaperoned the field trip.

This is the second year that the kindergarten has attended the performance. It is part of the kindergarten leadership program introduced in the 2017-2018 school year. See more photos on the EC page.→

Orienteering athletes enjoying competition


Photo courtesy of Vipul Kohli

The WMS Orienteering athletes are having fun this season and improving their times with each Cascade Orienteering Club meet.

The runners are mainly competing as individuals as they need three competitors to form teams in each category. But the WMS Middle School team (Meera, Coco and Violet) is currently in third place for the WIOL season.

After the most recent, and fourth, meet last weekend at the University of Washington, Paige is in third place overall for elementary girls and Manisha is in seventh place.

Andy is in fourth overall for elementary boys, and Dashiel is in eighth, and had his fastest time yet last weekend.

For middle school girls, Violet is in third overall, jockeying each meet with Meera, who is in fourth overall and greatly improved over previous years. Coco, in her first season on the team, is holding fifth-place overall as she continues to improve, meet after meet. (Continued inside).→


Making holiday cookies

The Dogwood class learned how to make holiday cookies last week, with the help of parent volunteers. See another photo on the EC program page.→

Sign up for Positive Discipline workshop on Jan. 17

Save Thursday, Jan. 17, 4-6 p.m., Building 2, North Creek campus, for Chip DeLorenzo, Certified Positive Discipline Trainer, Montessori educator and administrator, for a Positive Discipline for Montessori Parents workshop.

The workshop costs $10 for one person and $15 for two. Free child care for enrolled WMS students and siblings 3 years or older, and babies in arms are welcome.

Register through Camp Brain.