Grapevine, Nov. 6, 2019

WMS Orienteering season takes off

A high school girl runs during an Orienteering competition.
By Traci Weygandt

The WMS 2019-2020 Orienteering team had their first event on Saturday, Nov. 2. The team welcomed several new players this year, and everyone is off to a great start of the season! All WMS participants, new and returning, completed their full courses without error: a fantastic feat for the team! Other highlights include personal best times for many returning members, first place finishes in several categories, and a second place showing for the JV girls team. Many thanks to our new Orienteering coach, Cheri Sibthorp, who provided great encouragement and training to the team.

Orienteering is a fantastic way to get out in nature and be part of the WMS spirit. The sport teaches valuable skills and the value of pushing oneself through personal bests. The season is just getting started, and there are many opportunities left to participate. For more information, contact Theresa Kirby, auxiliary and athletics director. You can also read more about Orienteering (and other WMS athletics) here.

Annual Giving 2019-2020 | Together we can…

A flyer promoting Annual Giving, Together we can campaign

Our Annual Giving Campaign has officially begun and we are off to a great start! We have already received over $35,000 in gifts of all sizes from our generous families, staff and Board of Trustees. Thank you to our early donors for leading the way and supporting our school.

A big thank you to all those who were able to join last night’s Annual Giving Kickoff Dinner at 20 Corners Brewing. We were thrilled to see both new and old families filling the room to celebrate the start of the campaign!

Proceeds from annual giving help to augment the portion of tuition that may not cover all operating expenses, and allow the school to offer new learning opportunities and respond to our students’ needs in the current year. Participation from our whole community is our goal, and serves as an important indicator of the confidence we all have in WMS.

In addition, we are pleased to offer each and every classroom that reaches 100 percent participation will receive a Menchie’s party at the end of the campaign! Be sure to return your donations to a tuition box or give online between now and Dec. 3 to ensure your class can join this coveted event!

In addition to standard donation methods, you can also give gifts of stock or payroll deductions from your employer. Don’t forget that all gifts are eligible to receive a match from participating employers. Contact Laureen Ng, director of development, for more detail.

Thank you for participating in this year’s Annual Giving campaign—together we can make possible the continued excellence we now expect in the Woodinville Montessori experience.

Montessori Thoughts

Two preschool students look at a book that the librarian is holding open for them. They have school totebags and they are in the library.

From the Aspen class newsletter, Meg Venkatachalapathy

“Appreciation is a wonderful thing: It makes what is excellent in others belong to us as well.”—Voltaire

Expressing appreciation is an important life skill that I value and find important to teach at this young age. I model appreciation by recognizing the children for showing kindness by helping a friend or being a respectful leader. I also make a point of verbalizing my appreciation for Jen in front of the children. The children are very sweet about showing their appreciation by spontaneously stating things like, “I love this class! You are the best teacher!” or giving me big hugs. I tell them how thankful I am that they are in Aspen class and that I get to teach them. I hope they have a lifetime of experiencing joyful learning environments where they have positive relationships with their teachers.

As we focus on thankfulness this month, I want to express my appreciation for you as parents. I know how precious your children are to you and I hope you know they are each precious to me as well. I see and hear about the endless ways you are lovingly raising your children and I know how challenging it is to be a parent. I appreciate you and the amazing little people that you entrust to our care.

Middle School tours the car museum

For their final day of the intersession between first and second quarters, the Middle School traveled to Tacoma to tour LeMay America’s Car Museum. One of the attractions is having your photo taken in a 1923 Buick touring car. The slideshow below shows a few of the postcards from those photos.

Thank you, chaperone! Thank you to parent Melissa Maher for being a chaperone for the Ginkgo (Middle School) class on their field trip to America’s Car Museum in Tacoma last week.—Alaine Davis

Calendar highlights

Thursday, Nov. 7
Coffee with Sunita at Woodinville East, 8:50 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 8
NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS, faculty in-service day, camp offered with prepaid reservation
Saturday, Nov. 9
Volleyball game, 3:30 p.m., Coal Creek Family YMCA, 13750 Newcastle Golf Club Rd, Newcastle
Monday, Nov. 11
NO SCHOOL, Veteran’s Day holiday, no camp
Tuesday, Nov. 12
Hopelink Drive begins and runs through Nov. 27
Wednesday, Nov. 13
BOT mtg., 7 p.m., BOT mtg. room, Building 2, North Creek campus

Keep up with the calendar here.

EC camp signups still on

At this writing there are still a few spots available for Early Childhood day camp on Friday, Nov. 8. Toddler camp has been canceled for Nov. 8, due to low signups, Elementary camp is full.

Friday, Nov. 8, is a faculty in-service day, and there is no school for students. EC camp is open to those who have registered and prepaid. We cannot accommodate drop-ins.

Read The Raven Review for MS/HS news!

The Raven Review masthead with Raven head and title

The Secondary program for Middle and High School has launched a new bimonthly newsletter, The Raven Review. High School student Aina Hellman designed the logo. Content was provided the Journalism Committee members, Yvonne Feng, Meera Kohli, Chase Doyal and Ben Guenzler, and teachers and staff.

Check lost and found now

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.

Students, yearbook cover designs are due on Nov. 13

Students, have you prepared your designs for the 2019-2020 yearbook cover design contest? All design entries must be submitted to Director of Communications Claire Tuohy-Morgan by Nov. 13.

Designs must be appropriate for all program levels in the school. Read all the details here.

Screen use tied to children’s brain development

This article from the New York Times features a new study that found “an association between screen use and the development of young children’s brains, especially in areas related to language development, reinforcing the messages about minimizing screen time for preschoolers.”

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.