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November 23 & 24: No School, Thanksgiving
November 28: Giving Tuesday
December 8: Explore Art, 5-8pm
December 14: Winter Concert for students in Choir & Orchestra with Kami, 6-7:30pm

December 18-January 2: No School, Winter Break
January 3: Winter term begins
January 15: No School, MLK Jr. Day


 
 
Artes Vitae

If gratitude were a mirror, it would show your face.

What a wonderful holiday Thanksgiving is! An actual day in the year dedicated to reflection on the many blessings, supports, and relationships in our lives:  that's a gift in itself! And then there's the lovely feast, to boot.

The older I get, the less I take for granted.

As I think about our own community, the school that we have built together over ten years, I sometimes get teary-eyed with gratitude for the abundant blessings we enjoy.


I am so appreciative of the many wonderful teachers here who are dedicated to the learner and to the learning process. It's so easy to love a child, but as any parent knows, the day-to-day life of tireless guiding and supporting of their growth can get overwhelming - just imagine having 30 of them in your care each day!

To be a fine teacher is truly a Herculean feat of brainpower and emotional energy, and we are blessed to have a school full of such superhumans who give of themselves every day.


As the school has grown, so have its needs. Many talented and stalwart souls have joined the administrative team over the years, adding skills and breadth of capacity to everything from daily operations to program supports, to high-altitude planning.
I am so thankful to each of the wonderful people with whom I work every day to keep our doors open and our school marching forward with grace and dignity.

We are ever-grateful to those who volunteer their time as board members, courageously giving of time and talent to understand and support the school's needs.  The generosity of our many donors is both humbling and affirming, and we treasure your support.


We do all of this because of our fabulous students. The daily life of the school revolves around the nearly 400 young people whose inquiring minds keep us on our toes and remind us of the wonder of the universe.

There is nothing like sitting among a group of students getting carried away by singing a song together, or exploring new intellectual or social territory in their own unique ways.

From the smallest and youngest at just 2 1/2 years, to the oldest at a towering 15 years of age, we truly love and appreciate each child for their full journey with us. And beyond - we love our graduates, too, who can't quite seem to stay away -- thankfully!


So let me dry my eyes after all this reflection on the gratitude I feel for our true marvel of a school, and wish you all the best of Thanksgivings!

Melissa Harbert
Executive Director

 
GivingTuesday
01 - Join us for GivingTuesday on 11/28
In less than a week, you and our entire community can make a big difference on GivingTuesday.

By joining together in a global movement of generosity, we can make a great impact at home, in Oregon, and across the world.  


Your gift to the Meriwether Fund sustains our school. You keep our organization strong and let us offer the programs and services our students love and depend on.

Support Lewis & Clark Montessori on GivingTuesday, November 28th.

Give early (starting a 5am!) on Facebook and help us to earn up to $50,000 in matching funds!

How do we raise $10,000 in a day?
  • 100 generous individuals give $100.
  • 200 generous individuals give $50.

We have power in numbers. Join the movement. Spread the word. Your participation is vital to our success. Thank you!


Join the giving movement on November 28th.
 
More ways to give:
Have some extra time and energy on GivingTuesday?  Stop by the school during the day and we will have a short list of service opportunities to fill your need for generosity.  We welcome your willingness to give in the ways that work for you and your family.  

Or just stop in and share your GivingTuesday story, create an #UNselfie or offer encouragement, kind words and smiles (they're free).

Food Drive
As part of GivingTuesday, our MAC program is kicking off a food drive on November 28th which will benefit community members who are experiencing food insecurity. Half of all the donated food collected will be delivered to Snowcap Community Charities as part of their Fill-A-Bag: Help Stop Hunger food drive and the other half will go the local seniors we already serve.  This food drive is a step toward the MAC students' goal of establishing a food pantry to serve our area.  The drive will end on Jan 5th, 2018.
Kitchen News
Last chance to order for December! Order lunches at Boonli.com by midnight.
 
02 - We still want wreaths for Explore Art! Each wreath is worth FIVE volunteer hours.
 
Bits & Bobs
Did you know MAC is making a yearbook this year? It's going to be epic and they want your help! Do you have stunning pictures of Lewis & Clark events squirreled away on your phone/camera device? Share the wealth and send them to yearbook@lcmcs.org. Thanks!

Brrrrrr! The mercury is dropping and it's time to weather the winter storms. How prepared are you?
* Please make sure that you are signed up for Flash Alert (psst, click on the link!) to get notice of school closures.
* Help your child make sensible clothing choices -- we go outside rain or shine, and recess is much more fun when you're prepared for the weather!

We are hosting a workshop for The National Center for Montessori in the Public Sector and Montessori Northwest on Friday, December 1st.
We are the largest Montessori school in the state of Oregon, and a growing example in the public Montessori world.
This is a chance for us to show off our stellar food program (by serving lunch to participants) while supporting the growth of public Montessori.


The Music Class for parents and toddlers has been rocking and rolling! Join the fun with Kami from 9:45-10:30 on Tuesdays. This is a FREE class, though donations are gladly accepted to help support music at Lewis & Clark Montessori.
PTO Corner
Do you have plans this winter for clearing out the extra stuff that’s accumulated all year? Perhaps there are a few BOOKS in those piles and boxes. If so, we want to take them off your hands!

Our Book Drive is right around the corner and we would love your gently used books. You can drop them off with Tiffany Kallgren at the KMart bus stop (a.m. or p.m.), or bring them in to the school anytime between
January 9th and 17th. Thank you!
Community Learning Center
November Book Nook:
Monday, November 27th from 6-7:30pm
Join us for a potluck and discussion of Magpie Murders, plus look ahead to our next book selections.

The Club decided to take December off and meet next year on January 22nd for discussion of our next book selection, Mink River by Brian Doyle. Bring your own suggestions for other upcoming months!
Questions? Email Beverly: bbassett@lcmcs.org
"Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire."

- W.B. Yeats

Volunteer!
Plant the seed. Make it grow.

Re-shelve library books once a week -- we have a system, we just need a little help maintaining it!

Make a wreath for the ExploreArt wreath auction! Worth FIVE volunteer hours.

Prepare meals in the kitchen. 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! Your lunch is on us.

Help us get the word out about Explore Art -- post flyers around town and spread the word to crafty vendors.

Join a committee! We've got a few, take your pick. There's always room for your area of expertise and enthusiasm.

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: mnelson@lcmcs.org.
 
Further Reading
From our desktops to yours: drop in weekly for articles about education, child development, and related miscellany. Enjoy!** 

** These articles are intended for educational purposes only. The views and comments contained within do not necessarily reflect the views of Lewis & Clark Montessori, its employees, or its Board.
 

The science of giving. We sure talk about it a lot, and it's clear we have a purpose -- we need people to give. But we also need to give to others. This is something we've all known for years, and now we have science to back us up:

 
 
 

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