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September 27, 2017


September 28: Explorers XC Home Meet
October 5: Development Committee Meeting, 5:30pm

October 6: Runtober, 9-10 am (see article)
October 9-11: Older Elementary at Eagle Fern Camp
October 12 & 13: No School, Professional Development
October 18: Board meeting, 7pm

Artes Vitae

"Ohana means family."

We wanted our community to be aware that our Pacific Room Guide, Marilyn Dunham, is on medical leave due to a recurrence of her breast cancer.

She is receiving treatment and all are optimistic for a positive outcome. Please join us in sending her healing thoughts and best wishes.

Naturally, when Marilyn shared this news with her students before she left, it caused some upset feelings. When difficult things happen in a child's world, it can be hard to find the words that will help them understand.

We'd like to share a few thoughts that might help ease this process. Here is the letter that was sent to Pacific Room families about how to talk to your child and help them identify their feelings.

If you would like to join other community members in surrounding Marilyn with love and support, click here to her page on Lotsa Helping Hands. Sign up with your name and email, and click "Request to Join".

Once accepted, click on a calendar item to see a description of something you might consider doing for Marilyn.  

There's a daily item, "Send a Well-Wish," that we hope people will sign up to do a few times over the next three months, just sending a little Hello-I'm-thinking-of-you note by email or snail mail. There is a mailing station set up in the Library equipped with stamps, markers, pens, cards & envelopes, and other goodies.

Feeling the love of people around her will do the greatest good for Marilyn's spirit and sense of well-being.

And always, thank you for reading.

01 - 03 - Happy Valley Meet, Sept. 21.
Photos by Chris Powers

Explorers XC
Thursday, September 28th, 4-6pm
Help us host our first Cross Country meet! Join us after school tomorrow to set up the course, cheer us on, help direct and time runners, or pitch in with any of the sundry tasks that a sporting event requires.

Please note: if you plan to attend, parking will be very tight with visiting athletes' families! Try to consolidate and carpool whenever possible. The First Student bus lot below the school's parking lot will be available to serve as overflow parking.
Runtober in the air.

Here's a course checklist:
  1. Help your child set running and raising goals
  2. Set up a page
  3. Hit the pavement and knock on some doors
  4. Ask at least 10 people for $10
  5. Come share in the fun on October 6th (9-10am)
  6. Earning the school $100 = exclusive Runtober 2017 T-shirt!
  7. Enjoy the warm glow of accomplishment
Click here for the full run-down (so to speak...)
It was lovely to see so many people at Sunday's School Picnic, hopefully you had a chance play, meet new people, and eat pie! Thank you to the families who joined the Meriwether Fund for the first time, together we make this place stronger. Still have questions about our fundraising? Let us know, we are happy to answer them.
Kitchen News
The October Menu is Live!
Order lunches at

deadline for next week is midnight tonight.

Thank you for your support by volunteering in the kitchen, touting us on social media, and sending love and thanks our way to brighten the workday. We are here for YOU!

"The best teachers are those who tell you where to look, but don't tell you what to see."

- Alexandra K. Trenfor
04 - Expedition evening, photo by Remmy Renwick
Community Learning Center

The Book Nook had its first gathering on Monday evening with a potluck dinner and great discussion about Remarkable Creatures.  October's book selection will be The Color of Our Sky by Amita Trasi:

India, 1986: Mukta, a ten-year-old village girl from the lower caste Yellama cult has come of age and must fulfill her destiny of becoming a temple prostitute, as her mother and grandmother did before her. In an attempt to escape her fate, Mukta is sent to be a house girl for an upper-middle class family in Mumbai. There she discovers a friend in the daughter of the family, high spirited eight-year-old Tara, who helps her recover from the wounds of her past. Tara introduces Mukta to an entirely different world—one of ice cream, reading, and a friendship that soon becomes a sisterhood.

We will meet on Monday, October 23rd from 6:00PM to 7:30pm in the Tillamook Room (by Trails). Please join us!

Up Next:
November 27th: Magpie Murders by Anthony Horwitz

(Click here to view the entire CLC catalogue.)
PTO Corner
Fridays in September, join us for coffee hour at Elka Bees in Happy Valley. A Boo Ball meeting will be held during coffee hour so make sure to join us and get in on the fun!

Mt Hood Theater fall movie tickets are in and the lineup of shows is really good. $9 per kid for 10 movies, best deal ever!! Flyers with details are coming home today. Movie tickets will be available for purchase from Wednesday Sept 27th to Friday October 6th at the following locations: the school during pick and drop off, Kmart & Springwater Church bus stops during pick and drop off, coffee hour, and the front desk.

Parents' Night Out at Mojave in downtown Gresham. Meet us for an adults only evening of socializing and fun with other Lewis & Clark parents. Join us at 6pm on October 13th. See you there!
Bits & Bobs
As a charter school, Lewis & Clark Montessori participates in the statewide Smarter Balanced standardized testing. In the spirit of Artes Vitae, we introduce test-taking as a life skill that all students will encounter as they progress in schooling.

If you have questions about testing, your child, or would like to opt-out of tests for your child(ren), you are welcome to contact Tami O'Kinsella: Here is a link to the Oregon Department of Education's literature on the matter. En Español.
Carpe yourself some diem.

Be a course minder/timer/etc. for Runtober or the Explorers home meet (see articles above).

Prepare meals in the kitchen. Looking for help M, W, & F -- choose one or more days to come in for at least two hours between 8am-3pm. Commit for a week, a month, or all year long, it's up to you! We will happily feed you lunch as an extra thanks.

We need a handyman to make adjustments on our hot food bar.

Join a committee! If you want to have more fun than a barrel of monkeys WHILE making a difference, ask about our committees.

Chaperone a "Going Out"! Attend training for this one-of-a-kind adventure on Tuesday, September 26th.

You can donate time or dollars to fulfill your family's annual commitment of 40 volunteer hours. Log your hours on our website or in the office. Direct volunteering questions to Mishawn Nelson:

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