Grapevine, Nov. 13, 2019

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Thank you for choosing WMS

Head of School
HOS Sunita Pailoor

Dear WMS Community,
I am leaving for India on Nov. 16 for a couple of weeks. Since I return after Thanksgiving, I wanted share with you my thoughts of gratitude.

Faculty, Admin and Staff of WMS are incredible. This is a community who passionately believes in our joint mission and are committed to our school. They are the ones who are working all the time to make the experience optimal for students.

You, the families of students at the school, trust us with their education and well-being. You support the school in so many ways. Without you, we would not be the school we are today.

Students are the best part of the school. Every day, I feel thankful that I get to work where the innocence of the Toddlers and EC students contrasts with the strength and drive of our high school students. Each and every student at this school is wanted, known and appreciated. I am so grateful that you are choosing WMS for your students.

Lunch Ladies to pilot lunch program at Woodinville

Beginning on Dec. 3 we will pilot a lunch catering service for Woodinville campus students on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays. This pilot program through Lunch Ladies Catering (now delivering lunches to our North Creek campus) will run for three weeks. Families will be able to choose from several items, including two hot items and four cold items each day. The cost of lunch is $4.85 plus tax, and you may purchase a large on any of the items for an additional cost.

The number of daily orders received will determine whether the program will continue into January, and beyond.

Please see the Family Portal for ordering instructions and how to set up your account. You will place orders online, and may order up until 8 p.m. for the next day.

For more information, please contact Wendy Szabo, Lunch Ladies director.

The toddlers explore their new playground

Thanks to your donations at the 2019 WMS Gala, the Toddlers are having fun on their new Toddler playground, just installed a couple of weeks ago. The children are enjoying the challenge of the “climbing wall” and having fun whizzing down the slide.
The Raise-the-Paddle appeal last spring generated over $76,000 in support of outdoor education, making possible the new play structures for Toddler and EC, and several initiatives still to come.

Author shows how to tell fact from fiction

Laurie Ann Thompson, local Washington author of “Emmanuel’s Dream” and “Be a Changemaker,” is also co-author of an exciting series called “Two Truths and a Lie,” which was the topic of her presentation to Upper El students on Nov. 6. Our students prepared for her visit—as well as brushed up on some information literacy skills—by using her books in activities to differentiate fact from fiction. Each book challenges its reader to determine which of three articles contains false information, which triggers valuable critical thinking skills.

Laurie delved deeper into the tools we can use to evaluate the information we read, especially in this information age and the ability for news, even fake news, to circulate so quickly. At the end of her presentation, when she finally told us some of the two-truths-and-a-lie answers that we had been itching to know, she fielded an abundance of questions students had prepared to ask her. During her Q & A, she provided some pro tips on being a writer, touched on the editing process to get her books published and even gave us a brief description of her upcoming book!—Librarian Emily Schlieman

WMS Volleyball has winning weekend

The WMS Volleyball team won three of its three games last Saturday. The team plays in the Northshore YMCA League. You can root them on this Saturday, Nov. 16, at the Northshore Y.

WMS serves the ball.

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Montessori Thoughts

From the November Juniper class newsletter—Laura Ascolese & Robin Held

“Art is a place for children to learn to trust their ideas, themselves, and to explore what is possible.”—MaryAnn F. Kohl

Children are eager to create. Providing a balance of structured and unstructured art activities and resources encourages creativity, problem solving, and joy. Whether creating paper structures, knitting, crocheting, painting, drawing or sewing, Juniper students readily apply what they learn in lessons as well as follow their own unique inspirations to create. We were impressed to see that students approached using the sewing machine with curiosity and confidence. Creating something one stitch at a time requires mindfulness, patience, and focus. As we provide art experiences, we are not only teaching concepts but more importantly, a process of exploration as well as important life skills.

Scenes at WMS

Painting the world in the Elm class.

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Painting the world in the Elm class


Now through Nov. 27
Hopelink Food & Toy Drive
Saturday, Nov. 16
Drama Work Party, 9:30 a.m., NC, EL Club House
WMS Volleyball games, 1 p.m., Northshore YMCA

Keep up with the calendar here.

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Annual Giving off to a roaring start

We are into the second week of our four-week campaign with over 33 percent of our community having made gifts or pledges to support WMS! Together we have already raised an astounding $77,000, which is over halfway toward our $140,000 goal. This is an incredible start to the campaign, and we are fortunate to have a community who has been generous, making possible the ability to fund technology, faculty excellence, tuition assistance, outdoor programs and our arts and athletics programs.

There is still work to be done if we are to meet our goal of 100 percent participation by Tuesday, Dec. 3, so please remember that every gift matters and helps us toward this goal. Please give online or submit your gift to any tuition box.—Director of Development Laureen Ng

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Save Dec. 14 for the Gingerbread Festival!

Save the date for this year’s Gingerbread Festival—Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-noon. There will be crafts, food, a festive photo booth and more. This will also be our second year working with the nonprofit organization, Babies of Homelessness, and their fourth annual Adopt-A-Family campaign. Details on registration and volunteer opportunities soon to follow. Stay tuned!

Make things for drama

Eager to craft something? Drama needs help painting, gluing and sewing, and finishing up any other projects for after-school drama, and for the Middle School Drama production. Everyone, whether or not they are in drama, is welcome to join a work party, this Saturday, Nov. 16, 9:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m., EL Club House at North Creek. There will be a break at lunch time. You can drop in to help and stay as long as you would like.

Important dates for after-school drama:

  • “Space Galactic Case File: 9456‐The Flurb Family Reunion”
  • Invited Dress: Dec. 4, 5 p.m. (dress rehearsal open for the audience to come and watch)
  • Performance: Dec. 6, 6 p.m.

The rehearsal and performance are free to attend, and all ages are welcome. Both take place at Leota Little Theatre at Leota Middle School.

Middle School performances TBA.

Lower Elementary homework now in Family Portal

LE homework is no longer posted on the main website, but in Family Portal. Here is how you find it:

  1. Log into Family Portal
  2. From the left side menu, click on “Classes”
  3. In the main box, select the tab with the name of your Lower El student
  4. Click on your classroom link, such as “LE-Hawthorn”
  5. Select the “Resources” tab
  6. You will see the spelling and math facts posted in the “Documents” box

Check lost & found

North Creek families, the lost and found area in Building 1 is overflowing. Please have your students check for items they are missing. Anything left at winter break will be donated.

About the Grapevine

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.