Oct. 5, 2016

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Fall Festival succeeds in spite of afternoon downpour

Lower Elementary students paint their pumpkins at last Saturday's Art of Fall Festival. Despite the rain the annual community gathering was a big success.—Photo courtesy of Carli McSorley

Big thanks to Family Alliance President Darcy Hardy, Fall Festival Co-Chairs Lindy Liles and Jenifer Alyazdi for their hard work and leadership of the Fall Festival on Saturday.

We have kicked off the WMS Fund campaign!

The WMS Fund pays for the unanticipated opportunities, surprise and immediate needs that arise from teachers, the facilities, equipment and curriculum enhancement after the budget and tuition are determined in January. It helps bridge the gap between what we charge and what it actually costs to deliver and continue our commitment to continuous improvement. Giving to The WMS Fund is your opportunity to express your support—and continue a legacy of generosity at WMS.

It's the WMS way.

You can give online here, now.

Thank you to Matthew Mikulsky of Chatter Creative for designing the materials for The WMS Fund.

Soccer team has first scrimmage next week

Soccer team members practice after school.

The fifth through eighth-grade coed soccer team participates in its first scrimmage on Wednesday, Oct. 12, 4 p.m., versus the Brighton School, in Mountlake Terrace.

Come and invite your friends to Open House

Do you know someone seeking a school for their preschool-through-high school student? Come to our first Open House program preview of the season, from 9:30-11:30 a.m., on Oct. 15. This is a great way to learn more about the benefits of an authentic Montessori education, and why WMS is a recognized leader in the Northwest. Hear from faculty, staff and students about our programs that are fully accredited through NWAIS and AMS for children aged 18 months to 18 years. Designed for parents and caregivers. Complimentary child care is available for children ages 3-6. RVSP and reserve child care here.

We had two Heads of School For a Day

As Head of School For a Day, a Cypress class fifth-grader (on the right) and a friend were treated to lunch, followed by dessert at Menchies, last Friday. Head of School For a Day was an auction item purchased at the 2016 Spring Gala. Getting a chance to spend the day with Head of School Mary Schneider is a popular offering each year.

WMHS enjoys first-ever college rep visit to students

On Friday, WMHS students enjoyed a wide-ranging, animated and informative visit from a representative of Carleton College in Minnesota. WMHS College Counselor Jill O'Keefe set up the visit, a first for the school. Our students and staff asked interested questions, and the presentation was enough to make any listener want to go to, or return to, college.

Montessori Thoughts from the Juniper class newsletter

By Robin Held

“An inclusive learning community says in many ways, 'Here everybody belongs, plays, and helps each other learn in her or his own time and way.' All children feel nurtured, encouraged, and respected for their 'whole' selves.”— Anti-Bias Education for Young Children and Ourselves by Louise Derman-Sparks and Julie Olsen Edwards

At WMS, we aspire to cultivate a peaceful, inclusive learning environment. One of the ways we foster these values in our classroom community is by helping the children understand, value, and embrace our differing needs and abilities. We encourage each child to celebrate ways in which they are unique, and to appreciate that every person is an individual with inimitable strengths and challenges.

Maria Montessori wrote, “We shall walk together on this path of life, for all things are part of the universe and are connected with each other to form one whole unity.”—To Educate the Human Potential. As our children acquire the skills to interact respectfully, justly, and thoughtfully with each other, no matter what their differences or differing abilities are, they work together as a community to create awareness, compassion, and empathy. This, we believe, is precisely what Dr. Montessori envisioned.