Learn about the Montessori Kindergarten Experience
Parents of preschoolers, children 3-5 years of age, are invited to attend an information session about the kindergarten year at WMS, the final year of Montessori Early Childhood education. Your child may be in their first, second or possibly even third year in Early Childhood and now is an opportune time to learn more about what the EC program offers for kindergarten. Please follow the appropriate campus link below to RSVP and reserve complimentary child care during the presentation.
Woodinville campus, Thursday, Jan. 16, 4-5 p.m., Apple classroom; RSVP and sign up for complimentary child care at Woodinville.
North Creek campus, Tuesday, Jan. 28, 9-10 a.m., Elementary Club House Conference Room; RSVP and sign up for complimentary child care during the presentation at North Creek.
- Learn more about the Montessori kindergarten experience from Head of School Sunita Pailoor and Early Childhood Program Directors Tomo Takahashi and Judy Samudovsky.
- Hear from WMS parents who were once in your shoes considering this important decision of where to send their child for kindergarten.
- Have your questions answered.
High School digital artworks show graphic design skills
Secondary art students are not just creating art, but also gaining technical graphic design skills this year, as they learn to use the software in the Adobe Creative Cloud, including Illustrator and Photoshop.
One of this fall’s assignments in the digital art class was to create a memory collage, described by teacher Amy Camber as “a simple collage from multiple photos, each honoring a person or animal who has died.” The students used Adobe Photoshop to create their works. Browse through them in the gallery below.
Get ready for date night—sign up for KNO
Hello Parents! The next WMS Kids’ Night Out (KNO) is two weeks away, on Jan. 24. Registration closes at 5 p.m. on Jan. 22, 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 two parent volunteers 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. Upper school 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-painting and a movie, while you also get the night off. The upcoming KNO will be “Under the Sea”-themed and will run from 5-9 p.m. We will be watching “Moana,” which is rated PG, and “Finding Nemo,” 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 24th!—Violet Raker and the KNO Team
Peace—inclusion plays a big part
From the December Spruce class newsletter—Hillary Brestar & Durga Kanjinghat
Our school aims to create an inclusive environment for all students. Children receive many messages about gender beginning at a very young age. These messages may be implied or explicit. They can range from the types of toys they play with to the clothes they wear or the interests/hobbies they decide to explore. In class we have been reading several books and talking about gender. Students learned the definitions for gender identity—the way one thinks and feels inside about their gender, gender expression—the way one shows the world their gender, and the bodies we are born in—the body parts each of us have at birth. Together we read the book “Red.” The character Red provides a wonderful opportunity to discuss appearance-based stereotypes—gender, ability, race. We then read “A House for Everyone: A Story to Help Children Learn About Gender Identity and Expression” by Jo Hirst. Following this story of inclusion, students were able to celebrate the character diversity while placing them on gender continuums. We also read “Elena’s Serenade” by Campbell Geeslin. This story is about a young girl in Mexico who wants to be a glass blower like her father but is discouraged due to her gender. These books opened the dialogue for gender stereotypes. Students brainstormed activities they enjoy and placed the sticky notes on a Venn diagram divided into “what boys like” and “what girls like.” As our conversation continued, it didn’t take long for them to express that they all should be placed in the center as “what children like.” We will continue to read more stories to foster discussions throughout the year.
Scenes from the Spruce class: Select photos in the gallery below to enlarge them.
From the December Maple class newsletter—Tara Chandler
“Piglet noticed that even though he had a Very Small Heart, it could hold a rather large amount of Gratitude.”—A.A. Milne, “Winnie-the-Pooh”
Every year we talk about gratitude, what it means and how it feels. We also talk about how important it is to express our gratitude and let people around us know how they make our lives better. We discuss how to show gratitude towards the things we have and the privileges we experience. We learn how to take this gratitude and turn it into positive action. This is only a small part of the Grace and Courtesy portion of Montessori philosophy. By modeling, conversations and practice we all work not only on being kind and respectful to each other, but also of being aware of our attitude toward others and how it affects them. We practice being understanding of mistakes and treating them as a part of the learning process. Though this practice and consideration of others, we make the world a kinder place.
Scenes from the Woodinville campus—A student all dressed up for the Nutcracker; a student and her work; and the newly installed sensory path. Flowers and foliage will be planted in spring to make the path beautiful and natural. The path was funded through the 2019 gala raise-the-paddle for outdoor education.
Winter Break camp was “Snowed In”
For one day before Winter Break, and two days after, WMS campers enjoyed a “snowed in” theme, with activities ranging from making snowflakes, cider and orange-clove pomanders to throwing fluff ball snowballs and sitting around a “campfire” made of giant orange, red and yellow paper flames.
Holiday events featured on pre-break Friday
on Dec. 20, the final school day before Winter Break began, Maple and Oak had a holiday breakfast and pajama day, the Secondary students sang holiday songs in Spanish and in Japanese during a singalong and the Elementary hosted the annual Festivals of Light. Click on the photos to see the galleries.
The Festivals of Light celebrated Lunar New Year, a Salish potlatch, French Christmas, winter solstice, Thai Loy Krathong, Hanukkah and other festivals, as each EL class presented holidays celebrated by various cultures around the world. Students visited each classroom in shifts, sampling traditional treats, playing games, working on crafts and learning about the holidays from students in the classes.