The Grapevine, June 18, 2020


Congratulations to our Class of 2020!

A graduate in gown and stole receives her diploma from the Head of School, who is wearing a face mask.

This wasn’t, thanks to COVID-19, the ceremony that we had originally envisioned for our graduating senior, Taylor Sibthorp. But as our Class of 2020, Taylor has graduated, receiving her diploma on June 12 from Head of School Sunita Pailoor in a very brief, socially-distanced ceremony.

Taylor will enroll at Macalester College in Minn., and we wish her all the best. Taylor’s senior project is a well-researched piece of journalism on City of Bothell planning. It will be posted and available for all to read in the Raven Review, the newsletter of the High School and Middle School.

First-ever WMS Community Car Parade was a joy

See a gallery of photos here.→

Finally, after all these months, the WMS community was able to be together again, if only via vehicles, masks and social distancing! Cars, some decorated, full of smiling faces and signs, drove around the North Creek campus on Wednesday morning, as faculty and staff waved, danced, held signs, said goodbyes and directed traffic.

Though it wasn't possible to photograph everyone, we saw you, and we are so grateful for all of you!

Thank you, volunteers

Every year, WMS parents, grandparents and alumni dedicate countless hours of their time in support of our community. Volunteers have helped in the classroom, offered their professional expertise, led community events and workshops, catered luncheons for staff and faculty, showcased the WMS community through admissions tours and more.

This time at home has proven even more just how dedicated and selfless our volunteers are. From the WMS Task Force’s significant accomplishments within the WMS and greater communities; to room parents keeping vital connections in place for students and parents; to our volunteer gala committee moving an entire auction online, among many more.

As this extraordinary school year is coming to an end, we wish we can celebrate in-person the incredible contributions of time and effort from all of our parent volunteers, because we truly appreciate everything you do. Thank you for all of the ways you have made a difference for our school this year!—Laureen Ng, Director of Development

PLEASE LOG YOUR VOLUNTEER HOURS. See the instructions here. Click through the gallery to see larger photos.

High School comics class shares some projects

Here are some of the works that Amy Camber’s WMHS comics students have produced this year. You can learn more about the assignments at the links provided below.

Emotion Comic

Setting Comic

Collage Comic (example, Jitu’s Day)

Weather Comic

Final Comics

To see more, please visit the classroom website. Click through the gallery to see larger photos.

Ginkgo students presented their 3-D PNW projects

Students from the Ginkgo class presented their 3-D models of locations around the Pacific Northwest to fourth and fifth-grade students on Monday.


Thursday, June 18
•  Wrap-up day for faculty
Friday, June 19
•  Wrap-up day for faculty
Saturday, June 20
•  WMS Task Force contactless food drive, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Monday, June 22
•  Wrap-up day for faculty
•  Summer camp session 1 begins
•  Keep up with the WMS calendar here.

What is Juneteenth?

Friday, June 19, is Juneteenth, the day when enslaved African Americans learned the Civil War had finally ended and that all were at last free persons, two-and-a-half years after the Emancipation Proclamation went into effect. Learn more about this important holiday here.

WMS is committed to diversity, and to aid families in learning about inclusion, equity and social justice, we are providing lists of resources in a central place. Please visit the Inclusion page to learn more.

Summer hours

Administrative staff work year-round, so will be available during their regular hours most of the time this summer, depending on individual vacation times. However, due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, administrative non-essential staff will continue to work from home as much as possible. Please call or email the school or individual if you have questions or need to make arrangements for anything, as you have been doing for the past several months.

Thank you for Ginkgo virtual field trip

Thanks to John Morello, dad of Valentina, for giving Middle School students a virtual tour of his workplace at the game development company Valve in Bellevue. Students loved it!

Please log your volunteer hours

As a reminder, if you have not done so already, please take a moment to log your volunteer hours for the year.

  1. Sign into Family Portal
  2. On your account, find Family on the left sidebar, expand the arrow to Family Home and click on Family Home.
  3. On the Family Home screen, the service hours module will be the center top panel on your screen.
  4. You may see a dropdown above the module to select your name or your partner’s name, if you wish to specifically credit the service hours.
  5. Click “Add+” on the upper right of the module.
  6. Choose a description of your service from the dropdown. (If you are unsure, choose "Other.")
  7. “Verified by” can be the person in charge of the task (teacher/staff/etc.) or leave it blank. Then save the entry.
  8. Contact Director of Development, Laureen Ng, with any issues or questions about recording your volunteer hours.

Some Montessori activity videos

Here are some videos, developed by Montessori Gym, for keeping children active the Montessori way.

Keeping Children Active The Montessori Way, Part 1 English

Keeping Children Active The Montessori Way, Part 1 Spanish

Keeping Children Active The Montessori Way, Part 2 English

Keeping Children Active The Montessori Way, Part 2 Spanish

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 & Marketing. All submissions are due by 4:30 p.m., Mondays. We do not accept advertising.