Grapevine, Nov. 27, 2019

Sign up now—Kids’ Night Out is Dec. 6

Playing the bagpipes
A sixth-year student plays the bagpipes before the Thanksgiving feast. See more photos in the gallery. →

Hello Parents! The next WMS Kids’ Night Out (KNO) is one week away, on Dec. 6. Registration will be closing at 5 p.m. on Dec. 4, so make sure to sign up ASAP! We cannot accept drop-ins. Remember that KNO is only open to WMS students who are in kindergarten or higher. We also need one parent volunteer for this Kids’ Night Out. It is a great way to get your volunteer hours in!

Kids’ Night Out is usually held once a month, on a Friday night. Secondary students created KNO in order to raise money for our end-of-year trip. When your child attends KNO, your kids get to participate in activities and games, like face-paint and a movie, while you also get the night off. The upcoming KNO will be Christmas themed and will run from 5-9 p.m. We will be watching “Home Alone,” which is rated PG, and “Frosty the Snowman,” a G-rated movie for younger children. You can sign up here, on Camp Brain. The fee for KNO is $22 for the first child, $15 for the second and $9 for any additional children. For dinner, pizza will be offered at $3 a slice. We look forward to seeing you on the 6th!—Violet Raker and the KNO Team

Annual Giving 2019 is in the home stretch

By Director of Development Laureen Ng

We are delighted to begin this week’s Annual Giving update with a special feature from one of WMS’s longest-serving teachers, Tara Chandler, and her reason for giving.

“My first memory of WMS dates back to 1996 when I walked into the doors of the school, answering an employment ad. I felt an immediate sense of comfort that something wonderful was going on in this school. That something turned out to be the focus on the growth of the whole child. As I began my career here, I learned quickly how important it is to help a child develop social, emotional, self-help and community service skills. I was young myself, but quickly noticed how important supporting the school was. I’ve seen our yearly auctions grow in both size and attendance (did you know they used to be spaghetti dinners at the senior center and quilts were auctioned off?). I’ve seen the benefits of Annual Giving in our classrooms year after year. Supporting a school that puts such value in education seemed like an easy choice. I grew as a person over the years and my roles in life and in the school have changed as well. I became a teacher, then a mother, and now, parent of two WMS students. As a teacher, I have always believed in Annual Giving. As a parent, it seems even more important. I get to see the benefits of the campaign through the eyes of my children as improvements have been made to both campuses, and materials added to our classrooms. WMS is a special place: an extended family, a community that is built on love for everyone. Please join me in supporting the school that I look forward to coming back to after summer break with the sentiment of ‘It’s good to be home.’”—Tara Chandler, Maple Class Teacher

With a little less than one week left to give, and over 58 percent of our community having already donated, we hope you will join in and help us reach 100 percent participation to support our wonderful home away from home for our students and teachers. To give now, please donate online or fill out a pledge form available at the front desk.

Annual Giving ends on Dec. 3, #GivingTuesday, and WMS is once again proud to be a part of this global celebration of giving. Donations made on Dec. 3, from 5 a.m.-11:59 p.m. PST, may be made on our school’s Facebook page, which may be eligible for Facebook matching.

Junior State of America delegates energized by convention

By Taylor Sibthorp ‘20

On Nov. 16-17, four members of the WMHS Junior State of America (JSA) Chapter attended the fall state convention in Seattle. Students from Washington, Oregon and Idaho joined together to debate and discuss national politics and cultural issues. The convention was divided into different block periods with multiple debates going on at the same time.

Of the sessions our WMHS delegates attended, they particularly enjoyed the structured discussion on the line between cultural appropriation and cultural appreciation, and the debates on federal subsidies to private healthcare companies, decriminalizing all unauthorized entry into the US and on whether the constitution protects abortion rights.

The delegates found the energy of the convention to be exciting, and are hoping to bring back aspects of it to their weekly school chapter meetings. The chapter is looking forward to sending a larger group of delegates to Winter Congress in February.

The chapter would also like to thank Cheri Sibthorp for chaperoning the trip on her birthday weekend. Thank you so much!

Register for the Gingerbread Festival, Dec. 14

Gingerbread Festival information
Register now for the Family Alliance’s Annual Gingerbread Festival, set for Saturday, Dec. 14, from 10 a.m.-1 pm. Visit this link to purchase tickets, which are $12.50 per child, and include a gingerbread house or set of gluten-free cookies for decorating. Join the WMS community for holiday craft-making, a photo booth, gift shops, refreshments and much more. Sign up to volunteer here.

Access parent support program with Maren Schmidt

Toddler and Early Childhood families, you’re invited to enroll in our complimentary parent support program, “Seeing Your Child the Montessori Way,” with Maren Schmidt, parenting expert and Montessori guide. Learn more about how to best support your child’s learning, how to use Montessori ideas and principles to maximize your child’s overall development and how to create a Montessori environment at home. If you haven’t already registered, do so today.

  • Register for the program on the Family Portal—the program link is on the portal home page in “Announcements.”
  • Six hour-long weekly sessions
  • Watch, listen or read on your phone, tablet or computer
  • Private questions and answers with Maren Schmidt
  • Share and learn from others in the school community
  • Also, be sure to register for the weekly “Kids Talk Newsletter” providing age-appropriate parenting tips.

Enjoy watching and listening to Maren Schmidt’s “Cultivating an Attitude of Gratitude” Kids Talk five-minute video.

for more information, please contact Tomo Takahashi, Early Childhood Program Director, Woodinville campus, or Judy Samudovsky, Toddler and Early Childhood Program Director, North Creek campus.

Students shared their knowledge at Student Teaching Night

Student Teaching Night

The annual Student Teaching Night on Nov. 20 brought families to WMS campuses to see student learning demonstrations at all levels. Students became the teachers, and their families were encouraged to not only attend their child’s presentation, but to visit classrooms throughout the school. This year the focus was on Language Arts, with Middle School including World Languages.

See more photos in the gallery. →

Save the dates for drama!

WMS Drama has two performances coming up, so be sure to mark your calendars!

On Friday, Dec. 6, the Elementary Drama elective presents “Flurb Family Reunion,“ 6 p.m., Leota Middle School. Kylie McElrath wrote the play which Kaitlyn McElrath and Aaron Treadway are directing. You won’t need a ticket for this entertaining performance. If you can’t make it for the main performance, maybe you can catch the dress rehearsal at 5 p.m., Dec. 4, at Leota.

Then mark Friday, Dec. 20, 11 a.m., for the WMS Drama presentation of “Once Upon a Time in Space,” at the Third Place Commons Stage, 17171 Bothell Way NE, Lake Forest Park. You’ll see battling knights, a rhyming Rapunzel and space alien chickens. You can even be a part of the play! This show has something for all ages, so join in the interactive experience.

Calendar highlights

Now through Dec. 3
Thursday, Nov. 28
THANKSGIVING, school closed, no camp
Friday, Nov. 29
THANKSGIVING BREAK, school closed, no camp
Keep up with the calendar here.
Monday, Dec. 2
Early Bird registration opens for Winter Break Camp
Tuesday, Dec. 3
Woodinville Lunch Ladies begins
T & EC Ages and Stages Questionnaire meeting, 9 a.m., Woodinville E., morning Club House room
T & EC Ages and Stages Questionnaire meeting, 5 p.m., North Creek BOT Rm., Bldg. 2
#GIVINGTUESDAY—the final day of Annual Giving
Wednesday, Dec. 4
Coffee with Sunita at North Creek, 8:50 a.m.
Elementary Drama dress rehearsal, Leota Middle School, 5 p.m.
Thursday, Dec. 5
Coffee with Sunita at Woodinville, 8:50 a.m.
T & EC Ages and Stages Questionnaire meeting, 9 a.m., North Creek BOT Rm., Bldg. 2
T & EC Ages and Stages Questionnaire meeting, 5 p.m., Woodinville E., Apple classroom
Toddler Parent Education, 3:45-4:45 p.m., Fig classroom
Friday, Dec. 6
Elementary Drama presents “Flurb Family Reunion,“ 6 p.m., Leota Middle School

Annual report posted

The 2018-2019 Annual Report is now posted on the website. We have made every effort to ensure our donor list is accurate. If your name is misspelled, omitted or incorrectly reported, please contact the Development Office at 425-420-9725.

A few ski bus seats remain

There are still a few seats left on the WMS Ski Club bus that will run through Lyon Ski School on Friday nights. Students must be in sixth grade or older to participate. Register for transportation directly with the ski school.

UE boys basketball signups extended

Fourth-sixth-grade boys, registration for YMCA basketball will remain open through this weekend. The rest of the teams unfortunately didn’t meet the minimum signup numbers and have been canceled.

ASQ for T & EC

On Nov. 25, parents of Toddlers and EC students received an email introducing the Ages and Stages Questionnaires for screening and monitoring children ages 1 month-5½ years (ASQ-3) and 6 years (ASQ:SE-2). Parents complete the questionnaire at home with their child, and so help monitor the development of their child in partnership with teachers for information gathering. The email contained the link to the questionnaire, plus some informative PDFs. Toddler and EC parents are invited to join us in person to learn more about the ASQ, either on Dec. 3 or Dec. 5. (See the calendar highlights above for the times and places).

Admissions seeks volunteers for EC tours

Admissions is seeking volunteers to join our Early Childhood tours as parent ambassadors. Tours take place on Wednesday mornings from 9-10:30 a.m. You could share your family’s experience at WMS with our guests, and contribute comments and talking points during the tour. If you are interested, or for more information, contact Admissions Director Julie Schwarz.

WMS Family Alliance

Learn more about FA at Dec. 9 meeting

All WMS families are automatically members of the Family Alliance and are invited to the December All School Family Alliance Meeting, set for Dec. 9, 3:30–4:30 p.m., at the North Creek campus. Want to learn more about the Family Alliance and all it has to offer? Come to our periodic all-school meetings to discuss upcoming events, volunteer opportunities, leadership opportunities, social ideas and much more.

Contact for volunteer training

If you haven’t had a chance to go through volunteer training, but would like to help out in the classroom, please contact Director of Development Laureen Ng for more information.

Woodinville Lunch Ladies begins on Dec. 3

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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