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.
- Oct. 11
- College Planning Mtg., 7 p.m., Ash, Bldg. 2, NC
- Oct. 12
- Registration for Oct. 14 day camp closes
- Oct. 13
- Toddler Parent Ed Night—Promoting Independence at Home, 6 p.m., NC Plaza
- Oct. 14
- NO SCHOOL, Faculty In-service Day, camp available with prepaid reservation
- Oct. 15
- Open House for pre-K through High School, 9:30 a.m.
Secondary blog showcases MS & HS
See some really interesting artwork, and keep up with the Secondary level through the Secondary blog.
The Scoop on Financial Aid—Don't Pay Full Price
Will your child head to college in the near future? How will you afford that giant college tuition bill? College financial planner Peg Keough of Way to the Quad says “even at a private school where four-year tuition can top $250,000, many students receive significant discounts.”
On Tuesday, Oct. 11, hear Peg at WMS, and learn how colleges calculate these discounts and how to help your child find the affordable colleges.
“Choosing the right strategy to pay for college can make all the difference, and help you stay on track for a comfortable retirement,” she says. Learn the basics of paying for college, and, according to Peg, “how you can get your child a great education without paying full price.”
Though recommended for parents of ninth, 10th and 11th graders, this is a subject that every parent thinking about future college will want to know.
Please register here so that we may plan ahead.
Sign up for day camp by Oct. 12
Registration for the Oct. 14 day camp closes on Oct. 12. Oct. 14 is a Faculty In-service Day and there is no school for students. Camp is available only by prepaid reservation, which you can make at this link.
Thank you, volunteers!
This week we send out a big thank you to these class project, homework and classroom volunteers: Jaclyn Richardson, Mansi Doshi, Susan Keller, Margaret Morgan, Iris Zemach, Hyuk Kun Kwon, Run Yang, Lisa Flannery, Elizabeth Canning, Sabrina Moss, Reena Eshwar and Qiong Yang.
In addition to our Fall Festival leadership, it took all these wonderful volunteers to make the Fall Festival happen: Charolotte Comer, Crista Hudson, Jinhui Li, Sabrina Moss, Anasuya Pai, Sneha Reddy Rathnam, Madhu Rebban, Jaclyn Richardson, Debra Ridling, Jessica Roybal, Dawn Simpson, Shaji Venugopal, Brittney Cyr, Renu Lalwani, Debbie Tatu, Reena Eshwar, Megan Fass, Carolyn Hong, Chris Destro, Jomel McNair, Nathan Wright, Cheri Sibthorp, Fatima Surani, Anne Felise, Sumahitha Parthasarathy, Danny Cohen, Kelly Elston, Peijun Liu, Jessica Lund, Charanya Srinivasan, Nano Tellez, Kate Ceballos, Rachel Mekanik, Amanda Paull, Kamlesh Chhugani, Robert Merriman, Valencia Carroll, Talitha Hayburn, Erin Cohen, Jean Jorgensen, Mahek Chhugani, Gayle Kwon and Mohammed Mehkri.
Thank you to our faithful whiteboard updaters Richy Nguyen and Charanya Srinivasan.
And thank you to our great NC Front Desk volunteers Sabrina Moss, Joani Roughton and Merril Lundgren.
Welcome to the first edition of the new 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 and Marketing. All submissions are due by 4:30 p.m., Mondays. We do not accept advertising.