Oct. 30, 2019

Welcome to the new Grapevine

Please join us for the Annual Giving Kickoff Dinner, Nov. 5

Annual Giving promotion

Mark your calendar for Nov. 5, at 5:30 p.m., and join fellow WMS families for dinner in support of the Annual Giving Campaign! Come for a night of fun, food and prizes at 20 Corners Brewing in Woodinville. Please let us know if you can come and register in advance here. This is a no-host dinner; visit www.20cornersbrewing.com for the menu. Every donation pledge form turned in will be entered into a special raffle.

RSVP for Looking Forward

The form to RSVP for Looking Forward is now ready for you to sign up. The event is on Wednesday, Nov. 6, 5 p.m., at North Creek.

Are you curious about the next program level and what’s ahead for your child at WMS? Then you won’t want to miss our annual Looking Forward Event where you will hear from teachers about the next level of Montessori education.

This event is ideal for families of current kindergarteners, third-graders, sixth-graders and eighth-graders, but all ages are welcome. You will see presentations for Lower Elementary, Upper Elementary, Middle School and High School. There is complimentary Club House care for children 3 years old and older during the event.

Share two Nov. 2 Open House events

Please share this Open House registration link with your friends who are seeking schools, no matter their childrens’ ages.

  • All levels Open House, Nov. 2, North Creek, 9:30 a.m., families may learn about our toddler, early childhood, lower elementary, upper elementary, middle school and high school programs.
  • Exclusively preschool and kindergarten Open House, Nov. 2, Woodinville, 10:30 a.m., families will learn about our early childhood program at that campus.

WMS will provide complimentary care for children aged 3 years and older while their grownups attend the programs.

Kindergarteners have first Library Time of the year

By Emily Schlieman

It was a delight to meet all the kindergartners on Monday, Oct. 28, for our first Kindergarten Library Time of the year! To get them situated with our library so they can become more independent library-users, we listened to a musical audio story, “Fiction or Nonfiction?”, also acquainting ourselves with the terms “author” (Shannon McClintock Miller) and “illustrator” (Kathryn Durst). As our school library is separated into fiction and nonfiction rooms, this book was a helpful introduction before navigating the bookshelves.

At the end of our library time together, they got to choose two books—one reading level and one free-choice (as students do in the Lower Elementary classrooms). We discussed that a reading level book is one in which they can practice their reading skills, so locating the leveled reader bins and sounding out words on the first page are good places to start. We then discussed that the free-choice book doesn’t need to be at reading level, but should be about something they’re interested in and have pictures or other visuals. They explored both the fiction and nonfiction rooms for their two books, which they checked out to take back to their classrooms to read independently or share them with their Reading Buddies on Friday.

North Creek preschool students are enjoying new playground

Our North Creek Early Childhood students are having fun on their new playground, purchased with your generous Raise-the-Paddle contributions at last spring’s gala.

The EC playground has a horizontal ladder and a saddle spinner. The students were fascinated by the installation!

Thanks to your generosity, our Raise-the-Paddle appeal generated over $76,000 in support of outdoor education—a critical component of the student’s learning experience that Dr. Maria Montessori believed should be a natural extension of the classroom.

Support from this initiative will also be directed toward other program levels in the coming year, including an overnight backpacking trip for our high schoolers, installation of sensory walkways at North Creek and Woodinville, and more.

See some of the fun in the slideshow below.

Douglas Fir celebrates Diwali

Douglas Fir Diwali
The Douglas Fir class celebrated Diwali last week.
Diwali in Douglas Fir
Parent volunteers helped the Douglas Fir class with their Diwali crafts.

Calendar highlights

Thursday, Oct. 31
Coffee with Sunita at Woodinville, 8:50 a.m.
Friday, Nov. 1
End of first quarter
Saturday, Nov. 2
Toddler-HS Open House, 9:30 a.m., North Creek
EC Open House, 10:30 a.m., Woodinville
Volleyball game, 1 p.m.
Sunday, Nov. 3
End of Daylight Saving Time, fall back!
Monday, Nov. 4
Start of second quarter
Soccer scrimmage, 3:45 p.m.
Tuesday, Nov. 5
Annual Giving Kickoff Dinner, 5:30 p.m., 20 Corners Brewing
Wednesday, Nov. 6
Registration closes for Nov. 8 camp
Coffee with Sunita at North Creek, 8:50 a.m.
Looking Forward, 5 p.m.
Keep up with the calendar here.

Thank you, volunteers!

The Admissions Office is grateful for the support of its volunteers for the month of October!
We thank Charisse Campos, Kristina Green, Noako Koh, and Naomi Richardson for their help with our weekly school tours. We also appreciate our October Open House volunteers, who include: Ahmed Ali, Wendy Berry, Kristin Duin, Lei Feng, Kristina Green, Abbas Kazmi, Sabrina Moss, Jean Schneider-Rasmussen, Nicole Skone, Chris and Traci Weygandt, and Mengfei Xu. And we are in gratitude of volunteers who are helping with our upcoming Looking Forward event: Jenifer Alyazdi, Trina Bayard, Kristin Duin, Jessie Felt, Kristina Green, Laureen Ng, Naoko Koh, and Naomi Richardson. The efforts of our volunteers are a direct reflection of the wonderful WMS community spirit we have at our school!—Labiba Khan, Admissions Assistant & Advancement Coordinator

Are you having Coffee with Sunita?

If you haven’t had a chance to come to Coffee with Sunita at either campus, you could be missing some lively conversations!

At North Creek, usually about eight people with students at different age levels stop in to chat. Oct. 30 was a smaller group, with families from MS, HS and third-year attending.

They talked about a wide range of subjects:

Judy Bloom, teen-agers and hormones
Gender fluidity
Cognitive Dissonance/Dunning-Kruger Effect
Childhood nutrition

Parents and guardians of all WMS students are welcome to stop in at either campus.

Yearbook cover design contest is here!

Students, time to prepare your designs for the 2019-2020 yearbook cover design contest. All proposed designs 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.

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.