Sixth-grader plays sweet tunes in bitter times
If you were watching KING5's “Evening” two weeks ago, you saw one of our Cedar class sixth-graders cheering up whole neighborhoods with his bagpipe.
You can watch the video and read the story here.
(And in this very short video to the right, he demonstrates the instrument he made from a carrot!
Thank you for making the Gala a great success!
By WMS Director of Development Laureen Ng
Thank you again to our incredible community of parents, faculty, staff, alumni, parents of alumni and friends! The WMS Online Auction and Gala was a great success because of you, raising over $110,000! Of that total, over $7,000 was raised for items benefiting both individual classrooms and all school programs; and over $65,000 in Raise-the-Paddle donations for financial aid.
Throughout the week of videos from our community, online bidding wars and the live stream closing event, we truly felt that we were all able to grow together while staying apart at WMS. We are so grateful for your unwavering support for our school and for raising your paddles for financial aid to keep our community together.
If you have yet to submit payment for your auction total, please send a check to WMS, or make payment online using the link provided in your auction checkout email. If your employer participates in a matching gifts program, please be sure to submit your auction receipt soon. All raise-the-paddle donations and fund-a-wish donations are available for an employer match. Contact LNG@woodinvillemontessori.org for any questions.
Lastly, please join me in thanking our incredible 2020 Gala Leadership team along with many others in our community who stepped in with no hesitation during this effort to pivot from our original plans and make the best of it. Countless hours, both day and night, were contributed in order to make this event possible: Gena Schirer, Julie Adams, Jenifer Alyazdi, Maria Arroyave, Traci Fischer, Darcy Hardy, Jamie Holland, Pooja Kohli, Lindy Liles, Cristina Podlusky and Nicolette Stocker.
In addition, Paige Armentrout, Karen Drapers, Olof Hellman, Humberto Castaneda, Christina Bernal, Bob Renz, Beatrice Bock, Morgen Bock-Renz, Meera Kohli, Skylar Burkhart, Amalia Harb, Valentina Morello, Lucia Sutter, Madison Maher, Liam Boss, Zachary Lundgren, Molly Keller, Shay Chapman, Kaitlyn McElrath, Melanie Hassler, Claire Tuohy-Morgan, Emily Irwin, Dillon Bernal, Anna Boss, Elena Castaneda, Susana Castaneda, Annabelle Eastman, Molly Felt, Crystal George, Sameen Khan, Inaya Khan, Tanvi Kohli, Carter Liles, Matthew Ng, Brooks Schirer, Lauren Schirer, Shriya Shaji, Wyatt Stocker, Willow Tsalapatanis, Andy Weygandt, Leah Zhang, Taylor Sibthorp. Thank you all!
Cedar and Cypress classes
By Cedar teacher Amanda Freerksen
For Upper El, springtime means more than just warmer, sunnier days, spring leaves and budding flowers. It usually also means the students get to spend time out in the woods for an overnight outdoor-education experience, but with the current stay-at-home orders, we had to cancel this year's Upper El overnight trip. While we can't recreate the overnight experience at home, one gift we wanted to give our Upper El students was a couple of days away from their screens. This week our remote-learning took us off computers: no Zoom lessons, no uploading photos to OneNote and no emails!
In addition to working in their math workbooks, writing journals and speeches and completing the next unit of vocabulary, we are encouraging students to spend as much time as possible outdoors. Some students are practicing their fishing and archery skills, while others are making shelters out of fallen branches or musical instruments out of vegetables. Our students are camping in their yards, building campfires, taking nature walks, biking, crafting, creating art, meditating in nature and more!
In the gallery this week, a student made a sweet treat for herself; another practiced following directions using various Lego sets that he has at home; and another student created a wishing tree. In a peace activity she learned about the Japanese festival Tanabata, which features wishing trees.
Not pictured is Simon, who has been sewing masks for those in need, for a practical life and peace activity. And in the video below, a Cypress student performs a science experiment (a href="https://youtu.be/6xVb3B1BtDQ">Watch on YouTube, with transcript available.
Oak and Maple students display their works
Woodinville EC students have been completing lots of learning activities, ranging from sharing items that begin with "d", displaying the colors of the rainbow through collections of items and drawings and sorting words by the number of syllables.
WMHS Spanish & Humanities team up for richer learning
By Humanities teacher Sharon Dunn
Even in remote learning, the WMHS commitment to interdisciplinary, holistic education in the Humanities can flourish. Spanish teacher Alexa Boss and Humanities teacher Sharon Dunn have collaborated to enrich the experience ninth and 10th-grade students are having in their studies of Latin America. On one occasion, Alexa visited the World Literature class to share insights into a side-by-side Spanish/English story by Isabel Allende, “Walimai,” that students had previously read. Alexa focused attention on specific parts of the translation and discussed how she understood the original Spanish and her view of the way it was translated. That created a basis for appreciating the nuances of language and also raised questions about the complexity of transforming ideas of one culture for an audience less versed in its subtleties and complexities.
In Spanish, students have read a novel about the MS 13 gang; in World History, senior Taylor Sibthorp shared a PowerPoint she had done as a sophomore on MS 13. On May 19, students provided both the Spanish and their English translations of a slideshow on La Bestia, or “the beast,” the train that many migrants ride from central America into Mexico. That tied directly into a pivot Sharon made from individual country reports—a project that did not turn out to be readily translatable to online learning—to a more direct focus on El Salvador.
One resource students used to learn about the difficult history of politics, dictatorship, violence and change in that country was a PowerPoint prepared by a former ninth-grader (now a college junior, Trevor—Admissions Director Julie Schwarz’s son). This is possible because each year, students are asked to tackle meaningful subjects and share their learning, thus in many cases, the work of a prior student can be a launchpad for new learning. In the final stretch of the year, further collaboration may be possible, as students learn something about Operation Condor, a significant shared operation of oppression and repression in multiple Latin American countries in the 1970s that included direct involvement by the American CIA. Alexa and Sharon share an interest in the history and development of politics in Central and South America.
Exposure to this history helps people better understand the challenges with poverty, violence and political turmoil that impact people’s lives. A chance to read about, see and hear some contemporary music videos by artists in their 20s provides a further window into cultural understanding.
WMS Task Force spreads gratitude far and wide
King County Metro employees were very appreciative of the cards and items they received from the WMS Task Force, which also sewed and donated hundreds of face masks for Children’s Hospital. Read more here.