Grapevine, Nov. 20, 2019

This Friday—don’t miss Student Teaching Night on Nov. 22

A High School student teaches a math lesson during Student Teaching Night 2018
A High School student teaches a math lesson to a visitor during Student Teaching Night 2018.

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

Kindergarten students in the library with tote bags and books
Pine class kindergarten students look at the books they checked out at the end of Library Time.

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

Water bear

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?

Hopelink classroom donation basket
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!

Give to Annual Giving fund

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!

Calendar highlights

Now through Nov. 27
Hopelink Food & Toy Drive
Now through Dec. 3
Friday, Nov. 22
Student Teaching Night, your student’s classrooms, times as per teacher
HS Model UN trip, through Nov. 24
Saturday, Nov. 23
WMS Volleyball game, 5-6 p.m., Northshore YMCA
Wednesday, Nov. 27
Hopelink Drive ends
Thursday, Nov. 28
THANKSGIVING, school closed, no camp
Friday, Nov. 29
THANKSGIVING BREAK, school closed, no camp
Keep up with the calendar here.

Tree trimming along stream

If you are walking along the path on the east side of Building 1 at North Creek, please be aware that Northwest Landscaping is removing some dead limbs and trees. The work is going on throughout the Bothell Business Park, but mostly along the channel area, over the next few weeks.

MS observation start time changed

Families of sixth-graders, when you are signing up to observe Middle School, please note the updated start time: each observation begins at 8:30 a.m., and runs for at least 30 minutes.

Sign up to observe classrooms

If your child is in kindergarten, third, sixth or eighth grades, it’s time to register to observe classrooms in your child’s next program level.

Parents and caregivers of students who will move up to the next program level for 2020-2021 are expected to observe for 15-30 minutes in a next-level classroom. Observations take place between 9–9:30 a.m. (now 8:30-9 a.m. for Middle School) on the date you choose from the available appointments. To sign up for your observation, please follow the appropriate link below. If you have any questions, you may contact Admissions Director Julie Schwarz.

Lower Elementary observation

Upper Elementary observation

Middle School observation

High School observation

Register now for basketball

Basketball registration is now open! WMS Athletics offers these teams:

  • Girls, grades 4-6
  • Boys, grades 4-6
  • Girls, grades 7-9
  • Boys,  grades 7-9

Registration will soon close. Practices will be held on Thursdays, beginning the week of Dec. 2.

Register on Camp Brain. For more information, please contact Auxiliary and Athletics Director Theresa Kirby.

Gingerbread Festival is Dec. 14

WMS Family Alliance

Registration is now open for the Family Alliance’s Annual Gingerbread Festival on Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m.-1 pm. Please visit this link to purchase tickets, which are $12.50 per child, and include a gingerbread house or set of gluten-free, vegan cookies for decorating. We hope you will join the WMS community for this annual sold-out event, to enjoy making holiday crafts, a photo booth, gift shops, refreshments and much more. Volunteers are needed, so please view the sign-up link here, and contact the Gingerbread Festival Chair, Christina Bernal, for any questions!

New WMS Daisy Girl Scout Troop

Kindergarten and first-grade girls—did you know WMS Girl Scout Daisy troop 46129 has started? Come join us—and Woodinville campus kindergartners are especially invited! It meets Tuesdays, twice a month at WMS. We will be following the Space Science and Outdoor track. Contact Shilpa Devela for all the details. The next meeting is on Nov. 26, at 3:30 p.m.

New spiritwear provider!

We are now working with a new online, on-demand spiritwear vendor, Squad Locker. This site offers us a far broader and deeper line of products, from well-known brands, and we hope it will work well for you.

We have started our store with some basic items for youth, men and women. Our traditional boxed logo was not compatible with some of the products, so we are offering a simplified logo for those. This vendor does not offer smaller sizes than the youth category. If there is demand for that, maybe we can find an additional vendor to offer those sizes. Please email Claire Tuohy-Morgan, communications director, if you have any questions.

EC Club House pick-up reminders

We enjoy having your children stay for afternoon Early Childhood Club House. When caring for children, safety is always our main concern. To help us maintain an orderly, safe environment for everyone, please be aware of the following:

  1. When you arrive for pick-up, Club House staff will notify your child that it’s time to clean up and get ready to go.
  2. After a long day we know that your child will be excited to see you, so by all means greet your child, and then redirect to clean up and/or gather their belongings.
  3. Meanwhile, sign out your child, then guide them in gathering their belongings and saying their goodbyes, and depart.

Per our Parent Handbook, pg. 23, please limit cell phone use when picking up your child. Other than using your cell phone to access your sign-out code, please keep it tucked away in order to focus on your child:

CELL PHONES—Student cell phones and other electronic devices must be kept off at all times and may only be used with teacher permission. Students who abuse this permission will lose the right to bring them to school.

We ask that adults also limit their cell phone usage when in school buildings or supervising your children on the playground. The importance of being present for your child and the importance of face-to-face interactions during drop off or pick up cannot be underestimated. Multiple research studies have revealed negative impacts on children’s development and feelings of well-being when children need to compete with electronic devices for parental attention.

We appreciate your ongoing support.

Instructions for signing up for Lunch Ladies

If you are interested in signing up for the pilot Lunch Ladies program at Woodinville, 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 program trial begins on Dec. 3.

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