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Thank you for choosing WMS
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.
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.
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.