Sixth-years learn cooking skills for Island Night capstone
By Upper Elementary teacher Laila Kabani
Sixth-graders have been working hard on their capstone Island projects. This culminating project requires them to synthesize and apply their knowledge about geography, cultures, zoology, botany, economics and politics. During February and March, they will be diving into the fundamental needs of their imaginary islands, digging deep into their studies to describe their islands’ shelter, food, clothing, defense and transportation.
To start us off, we had our veteran parent Merrill Lundgren come in and talk to the students about cultural foods, and brainstorm some food ideas that students might make for their final presentations during Island Night. They also made Ancient Greek Pancakes (Tiganites) that were topped off with a drizzle of honey, sesame seeds and pistachio. Students were really inspired by this lesson and are excited to research some authentic recipes, food techniques and food items by using the knowledge of the flora and fauna found on their islands. They will be celebrating the culmination of this project and hard work on May 28.
Next Kids’ Night Out is Feb. 28
Hello Parents! The next WMS Kids’ Night Out (KNO) is just weeks away, on Feb. 28. Registration will be closing at 5 p.m. on Feb. 26, so make sure to sign up ASAP! We cannot accept drop-ins. Remember that KNO is only open to WMS students, and those who are in kindergarten or higher. We also need two parent volunteers for this KNO. 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, they 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 space-themed and will run from 5-9 p.m. We will be watching “A New Hope,” which is rated PG, and “Wall-e,” a G-rated movie for younger children. You can sign up here, on Camp Brain. The price 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 28th!—Violet Raker and the KNO Team
Third-year students are virtue ambassadors
From the February Juniper class newsletter, Laura Ascolese and Robin Held
Each of our third-year students is an ambassador of a virtue—empathy, conscience, self-control, respect, kindness, acceptance, fairness, peace and friendship—and has the responsibility of running a class meeting to help teach their classmates about their virtue. This is a valuable opportunity that not only helps build leadership skills, but also fosters their investment, and that of their younger classmates, in making kind and respectful choices throughout their school day. It has been delightful to observe our third-year students lead our weekly class meetings, and our younger students respectfully and enthusiastically participating. We are fortunate that our students learn so much from each other about how to practice peace in their lives.
The LE students can also provide leadership to EC students. This third-year Juniper student visited the Douglas Fir class on Monday to teach the kindergarten leaders how to finger knit and make pompoms. This visit was extra special, because she had formerly been in the Douglas Fir class with several of the kindergartners.
On independence, self-reliance, perseverance and more
Montessori Thoughts, from the February Pine class newsletter, Carol Harshaw
“The struggle you are in today is developing the strength you need for tomorrow.”—Robert Tew
I enjoyed the “Truths About the Brain” talk with Sean Kramar and found his presentation to be in line with our school’s philosophy regarding independence, self-reliance and perseverance, and allowing room for boredom and struggle.
Here are some of my favorite takeaways as a teacher and a parent:
Boredom is okay and it helps your child develop decision making skills.
Struggle is good because it allows your child to develop perseverance and problem-solving skills.
Sean spoke about these common myths and enlightened us with the facts we need to understand this complex organ. Five Common Myths about the Brain:
- We only use 10% of our brain.
- “Left brain” “right brain” people differ.
- You must speak one language before learning another.
- Brains of male and females differ in ways that dictate learning styles.
- Each child has a particular learning style.
In the gallery, see how a few of our EC students are using their brains.