The Grapevine, May 6, 2020

WMHS takes to the streets to celebrate National College Decision Day!

By WMHS College Counselor Jill O’Keefe

May 1 is a day marked on every high school senior’s calendar as the day they commit to the college of their choice. At WMHS we traditionally celebrate this milestone by gathering together at school to share some treats as we hear seniors share their college choice, advice to their younger classmates and their hopes and dreams. Despite our current stay-home restrictions, the high school teachers were reluctant to give up our annual celebration so we hit the streets to support our senior, Taylor’s, decision to attend Macalester College.

On May 1 the Secondary faculty and 14 of our high school families demonstrated the strength of the WMHS community as they paraded through Taylor’s neighborhood, safely remaining in their cars, while holding congratulatory signs high and cheering for Taylor as her neighbors watched and clapped. The highlight of the event was certainly the beautiful bagpipe serenade that accompanied our parade as our own Spanish teacher, Alexa Boss, paid tribute to Macalester College’s Scottish heritage with a glorious street-side performance.

We are so proud of Taylor’s achievements and are thrilled to announce that she will join Macalester College’s Class of 2024! Located in St. Paul, Minn., Macalester offers a traditional liberal arts education in the heart of the St. Paul urban center. With a strong international population and a commitment to diversity, Macalester will enable Taylor to experience a breadth of subject areas, perspectives and cultures, as well as those haunting bagpipes!

Congratulations, Taylor!

Save time to bid and enjoy the online Gala during May 12-16!

Grow Together Woodinville Montessori School Gala and Auction, May 12-16, 2020

We are counting down until the online Gala starts next week, along with the exciting new addition of a livestream event on YouTube, Saturday, May 16, at 8 p.m., held in conjunction with our live auction closing. It will be hosted by Trustees Paige Armentrout, Karen Drapers and Olof Hellman. Everyone is invited to tune in and join the fun as we close out WMS’s first online auction!

WMS child care staff thrilled with face masks from Task Force

The WMS Task Force made 88 masks for the WMS faculty and staff. Shay Chapman dropped them off today, and in a photo above you can see our child care staff—Emily Schlieman, Dina Ahmed, Danielle Tretyak, Theresa Kirby and Kylie McElrath—modeling them. You can also see a 3D-printed orange ear saver, one of which was included with every mask. “Thank you to the WMS Task Team and the families of the child care staff for making masks to ensure that we are all covered and safe,” says Theresa Kirby, Auxiliary and Athletics Program Director.

The note with each face mask reads “With sincere gratitude from WMS Task Force 2020. Your washable face mask was handmade by our sewing brigade: Maria Arroyave, Sydney Blinkinsop, Bea Bock, Jessica Ng, Dorothy Chien, Shay Chapman, ear saver by Jason McSorley.”

Weekly Task Force update

By Shay Chapman, WMS Task Force 2020 Coordinator

It’s been another great week for the task force. We have delivered 88 fabric face masks and 3D-printed ear savers to the staff and teachers of the school—one for each person—to start the newly named Staff Appreciation Season (SAS).

Please be sure you’ve seen the email from your room parents about Staff Appreciation Season.

Projects in process: Cloth masks for Children’s Hospital, Staff Appreciation Season, Gratitude Greetings for King County Metro, Food Drive on May 17 and headband ear savers.

Support needed: Donations needed of durable goods, time and money. Help by contacting: and earn valuable volunteer hours while helping our community.

Please add your voice and hands to the projects currently in progress as we launch the next round of actions and tasks to support our WMS community and the larger community. Many hands make light work.

Geometry students create vector equilibrium spheres

As a geometry activity, the class made vector equilibrium (VE) spheres. These are made by folding four circles in a particular manner and connecting them with bobby pins. This VE sphere design is based on the mathematics and artwork of Bradford Hansen-Smith.

Upper El hosts a Zoom guest speaker who is out of this world

By Upper Elementary Program Director Liz Hoyer

Did you know the Hubble Space Telescope just celebrated its 30th birthday on April 24, 2020? Upper El’s Zoom guest speaker, Joe DePasquale, is a Science Visuals Developer for the Space Telescope Science Institute. Joe presented “Our Colorful Universe, Translating Cosmic Light.” This Zoom talk solidified topics of astronomy that Upper El students learned about earlier this school year, and new concepts were explored as well. Some topics discussed were the electromagnetic spectrum and the basics of how the Hubble Space Telescope works. Joe also shared how he processes raw images from Hubble into images like the one in the gallery below!

An Upper El Teacher shared after the talk, “I was really impressed. What a cool combination of science, art and wonder for the universe!” Both teachers and students definitely experienced some mind-blowing moments throughout this talk and it was also, “Wear a Hat Day!” If you’d like to learn more about what Joe DePasquale shared with Upper Elementary students, please read Joe’s blog Illuminated Universe.

Math and poetry from Lower Elementary students

Lower El students have been writing poems, which you can see in the photo gallery below: a Hawthorn student created a Found Poem, and Magnolia students wrote acrostic poetry for essential workers.

“We had a lesson about what essential workers are,” says Magnolia teacher Alison Stern. “They are people who help us with our fundamental needs such as food, health, care and shelter. We talked about why we appreciate them so much.”

RESPECT is by Johnathan, age 9; GRATEFUL by Aadya, age 9; HELPING by Emmett, age 9; LOVE by Willow, age 7; CARING by Ava, age 7; HERO by Hunter, age 6; HOPE by Dorian, age 9; and HOPE by Sydney, age 8.

Also in the gallery, see how a Spruce student uses the bead board and Lego® pieces to practice division facts.

Middle School shares crazy hats

Zoom lessons were enlivened by crazy hats in the Ginkgo class on April 30. See a few of them below.

Toddlers are always busy

Students from both the Apricot and Fig classes were busy with a wide range of indoor and outdoor experiences this week. See what they were up to below:

Early Childhood students practice their cutting skills

This Maple student was intent on practicing her cutting skills this week, and realized that one of her works could be useful.


Now through June 17
•  School continues remote learning through end of school year
Wednesday, May 6
•  Online Enrollment/Re-Enrollment continues through May 19
•  Teacher Appreciation Week continues
Thursday, May 7
New family welcome virtual Coffee with Sunita, 9-9:30 a.m., via Zoom. Email Zoom link.
Wednesday, May 13
Virtual Coffee with Sunita, 9 a.m., email Sunita for the link.
Tuesday, May 12-Saturday, May 16
•  WMS online gala!
•  Keep up with the WMS calendar here.

Yearbook update

If you ordered a yearbook, either online, or through direct payment to the school, don’t worry—we expect to have the yearbooks ready for distribution before the last day of school, and we will figure out a contact-less way to distribute them. It’s a slower process this year than normal, but if they are delayed we will let all of the purchasers know. WMS Family Alliance

Staff Appreciation Week has grown to a Staff Appreciation Season!

Things are different this year, our work day, our school day, our students’ lives, and the daily activities of our teachers and staff are different, also. Our teachers and the Woodinville Montessori School staff, from top to bottom, have stepped up to meet this challenging time with speed, grace and tremendous success. As a school, every year, many make the choice to participate in Staff Appreciation Week, and out of necessity, that appreciation will look a bit different this year also. First, it’s not a week, it’s a season— it started on May 4, the traditional staff appreciation week, and is continuing through Friday, May 28. Second, it’ll have multiple ways for you to participate—pick one, pick them all—we can’t love our staff too much. What does this mean, exactly?
  • All WMS North Creek families are invited to drive through the North Creek Lower El parking lot on Saturday, May 9, between 10 a.m.-2 p.m., to drop staff appreciation items into the labeled collection bins on the sidewalk.
  • All WMS Woodinville families are invited to drive through the Woodinville campus parking lot on Saturday, May 9 between 3-6 p.m., to drop staff appreciation items into the labeled collection bins.
Please be certain you clearly label anything you bring—who it’s for and who it’s from. Your gifts will be boxed into one collection per staff member and delivered during the week of 5/18-5/22. As much as we love our teachers, we also love the rest of our team at WMS, and there are lots of them.
  • Don’t want to shop? Not sure what to get? Don't know everyone’s names, but still want to say thanks? Donate gift cards or cash during the collection drop off time and the task force will distribute them for you; you’ll get an update of what was donated as a community and how it was distributed.
  • Still not the right option? Make a donation in a staff member’s name to your favorite charity, and then tell us about it so we can make sure the community knows.
  • Still not it? Write a review of WMS on social media expressing your gratitude for your teacher, staff and/or school and share that review link with us!
Every expression of gratitude has value, and as always, participation is strictly voluntary. The above ideas are only a small, non-exhaustive selection of ways to participate, and based on participation and feedback, there is potential for more ways in which we can support and thank our amazing staff. Your suggestions are welcomed. You may email—Thank you, Teacher Staff Appreciation Committee (Family Alliance) and WMS Task Force 2020

Gratitude for teachers and staff

We would like to request our WMS Community’s participation in a gratitude project, sponsored by the TSA Committee (Family Alliance) and WMS Task Force 2020, for WMS teachers and staff! Please visit this link for more information.

Online Enrollment & Re-enrollment closes May 19

Online Enrollment/Re-Enrollment opened on May 4. WMS families, you should have received an email on May 4 regarding the annual collection of required forms for returning families, and online enrollment and re-enrollment for both new and returning families. Annual forms and online enrollment/re-enrollment submission is due on May 19.

Alums, share your news, WMS wants to celebrate you

WMS alums, work on the new issue of Seasons is underway, and we want to know all about your recent achievements and other news. We want to celebrate and recognize you, especially with graduations around the corner! Please tell us your news and we’ll share it. Send us your photos or tell us your favorite memories. In this unique and challenging time, we hope to share some positivity with the WMS community. Email news, photos and updates to Communications Assistant & Advancement Coordinator Emily Irwin, or mail your graduation announcements to Woodinville Montessori School, Attn. Communications Dept., 19102 North Creek Parkway, Bothell, WA 98011 We look forward to sharing the new issue of Seasons with you soon! You can view the previous issue here.

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