Woodinville Montessori School
Weekly Newsletter, Dec. 19, 2018
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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Festivals of Light send us to Winter Break, celebrate diverse cultures & holidays
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.→
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.
- Dec. 19-21
- • Winter Break begins, NO SCHOOL; Toddler, EC & El camps through Dec. 21 with prepaid reservation; administrative offices open
- Dec. 24
- • Winter Break, NO SCHOOL, NO CAMP; administrative offices CLOSED
- • Register for after-school electives through Jan. 11
- Dec. 25-Jan. 1
- • Winter Break, Christmas, Kwanzaa & New Year’s holidays, SCHOOL CLOSED through Jan. 1, NO CAMP
- Jan. 2, 2019
- • School resumes—Happy New Year!
Invite friends to January open houses
If you know of friends or family who are seeking schools for their children aged 18 months to 18 years, please invite them to register for one of our open houses in January. On Jan. 10, from 6-8 p.m., please join us upstairs in Building 2 at North Creek for a student panel, questions and school tours. On Jan. 12, from 10-11:30 a.m., visit the Woodinville campus to learn more about that campus and its programs from pre-K through K. Register here for a tour or open house, and help us spread the word!
Chat with Sunita about the upper levels
You are invited to join our Head of School Sunita Pailoor to learn more about our Middle and High School programs on Thursday, Jan. 3, 3:30-4:15 p.m. Whether your child is ready for Middle or High School next year, or you’re just planning ahead, this will be a great opportunity to learn more about both secondary program levels. The discussion will take place in Building 2, upstairs in the East room. Just enter through the southwest door and head upstairs.
Our college counselor Jill O’Keefe will also be on hand to answer your questions about the transition from WMHS to college. And our high school graduates who are home on winter break will talk about their own transitions to college. All families are invited, and complimentary child care is provided. Please RSVP to Admissions if you plan to attend, so we may plan for seating and child care. We hope to see you there!
Register to observe your child’s next program level
Here are the links to reserve your spot for a classroom observation:
Lower Elementary observation (for current kindergarteners)
Upper Elementary observation (for current third-graders)
Middle School observation (for current sixth-graders)
Questions? Please contact Director of Admissions Julie Schwarz.
Save the date to bowl/skate!
Mark your calendars for Jan. 19, 2019! That Saturday afternoon, the Family Alliance is organizing an informal family outing for families interested in socializing off campus. We’ll be at the Lynnwood Bowl and Skate from noon-3 p.m., where kids and families can organize bowling groups and/or practice their roller skating. Bowling is $8.50 per person for use of a lane from noon-2 p.m., plus $4.50 shoe rental. Roller skating is $9 per person from noon-3 p.m. and includes skate rental. The Bowl and Skate has a cafe onsite with a full menu. We look forward to seeing you all there!
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.