This Friday—don’t miss Student Teaching Night on Nov. 22
On Friday, Nov. 22, we invite you to your student’s classroom for a very special annual event, Student Teaching Night. Be the student as your child uses the materials to teach you something they have learned.
The times for classes and program levels to attend are staggered throughout the evening. Your child’s teacher will have provided a time for you to attend. In general, Early Childhood will run sessions beginning at 5 p.m., Lower Elementary from 6-7 p.m., Upper Elementary from 6-7:15 p.m. and MS from 6-7:30 p.m.
Families are encouraged to visit other classrooms and see what other students are learning. The High School materials will be set up in Building 1 at North Creek, where most NC lessons will be. Woodinville families, please consider dropping by NC after your Woodinville visits end. This year the focus is on Language Arts, with Middle School including World Languages.
Secondary Program Coordinator Wendy Coulombe also invites all WMS families to visit the Ginkgo classroom (upstairs in Building 2 at NC) for a Middle School Student Teaching Night.
“Students and teachers will be sharing some of the lessons, materials and student work from their Language Arts, Social Studies and World Language classes,” Wendy says. “Come learn about Socratic seminars, the Reading and Writing Workshop, our integrated Pacific Northwest studies program and more! This is a great opportunity to learn more about the Middle School Curriculum and how Montessori philosophy is implemented at the secondary level. We hope to see you there!”
K Library Time discusses empathy
By Librarian Emily Schlieman
For our second library time together, we began our discussion of virtues, starting with empathy. To lay the groundwork for this concept, we explored the idea that everyone has feelings, or emotions, and I heard various examples, including excited, disappointed and angry. In order to guess what other people are feeling, we talked about how facial expressions and body language are good clues, after which I saw some well-acted examples around the circle. Empathy is ultimately understanding the feelings of others, and to take it a step further, the kindergartners agreed that it means to help a friend who looks sad. The book I read to them was “Why Am I Me?” by Paige Britt, Sean Qualls and Selina Alko, which demonstrates empathy as the act of deep reflection and developing a regard for the individuals in a community.
Lower Elementary learns about beavers
The Lower Elementary classes were immersed in a presentation about beavers from Elyssa Kerr, a wildlife educator from Beavers Northwest, on Nov. 7.
“The Beavers NW lesson was amazing, ” said Magnolia teacher Alison Stern. “The children learned so much! Be sure to ask about an exciting new word they learned: coprophagous. We are looking forward to our upcoming nature walk to look for signs of beavers in Parr Creek!”
UE studies the toughest animal on earth
The Upper El students had a chance last week to learn about the toughest animal on earth—water bears—or tardigrades.
“It was a fun follow-up from the author visit,” says Liz Hoyer, Upper El Program Director, referring to author Laurie Ann Thompson, who visited UE the previous week. “She read us an excerpt about water bears and asked if it was true or if some of the information was a lie. It turned out to all be true and the UE children were amazed.”
Liz ordered some live water bears and set up microscopes to “see these amazing animals. If you do an internet search you will find a lot of very interesting information about these animals!”
Can you give to Hopelink?
Manisha, a fifth-year in Cedar, has the following announcement:
The annual food drive for Hopelink is now running. During the holiday season, many people have needs that they aren’t able to meet, such as food and staple items. Please help these people by donating the following items to the baskets outside of each classroom.
- Canned meals (chili, ravioli, soups, stews, etc.)
- Canned meats (tuna, chicken, etc.)
- Cereal and oatmeal
- Dry beans
- Canned fruit
- Grains (pasta, rice, etc.)
- Nut butters (peanut, almond, etc.)
- Canned vegetables
Also needed are non-food items like diapers, toothpaste, shampoo, soap and deodorant.
Maple and Oak classes donate and count their donations: Maple and Oak students have recorded their Hopelink donations with graphs. Maple kindergartners are recording the numbers of items donated every day, while Oak kindergartners are recording numbers and types of donations.
Annual Giving—Thank you to our Annual Giving classroom representatives!
The Annual Giving team has been hard at work, sharing their personal stories with their classes, answering your giving questions and inspiring each and every WMS family to support our great school. Thank you to everyone who has donated, and thanks to our inspiring volunteers: Jesse Gantz, Maya Farrar, Nicolette Stocker, Bina Walker, Harshit Patel, Naomi Richardson, Andrea Chin, Iris Zemach, Sachin Sheth, Melanie Wright, Logan Baxter, Meg Morgan, Sandi Nagata, Jessica Felt, Traci Weygandt, Jean Schneider and Olof Hellman— bringing us closer to our goal of 100 percent participation.
The Juniper class leads in participation, with Fig, Apple, Aspen, Ash, Elm and Maple not far behind—we are excited to see which classroom will reach 100 percent first! And while Menchie’s is an exciting reason to give, we don’t lose sight of the fact that your meaningful donations help to create important learning opportunities for both our students and faculty, allowing us all to grow and thrive as one great community. If you have more questions about what Annual Giving makes possible, see this FAQ guide.
Donate online or drop your gift or pledge into the tuition box at our front offices. Finally, don’t forget to inform your classroom representative if you are making your donation through your employer so we can count your class participation. Thank you for your incredible generosity!