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December 8: Explore Art, 5-8pm
Dec 18-January 2: No School, Winter Break
January 3: Winter term begins
January 15: No School, MLK Jr. Day
**January 18: Winter Concert for students in Choir, Orchestra, and Band with Kami, 6-7:30pm
January 19-20: PTO Book Sale

**Please note: this is a scheduling change from December 14th.

Artes Vitae

What thou art, by art as well as by nature.

I don't know if you've noticed, but ours is an extraordinarily creative community.

In fact, we have so many artists, children of artists, friends of artists, and artsy artists in this community that one would be forgiven for thinking we were an arts type of school.

There are surely many reasons for this, but one of the biggest is that we so highly value art in all its forms. Values tend to attract each other, so it's no surprise that our staff is pret-ty artistic as well.

This translates into allll kinds of art with your kids. Everything from performance arts to language arts to visual arts -- these areas are given full expression in the classroom along with other 'academic' subjects.
Don't take our word for it -- come see for yourself. This Friday's Explore Art event from 5-8pm is our biggest annual celebration of all our creative endeavors.

We invite all and sundry to showcase their art, but the headliners are the students, staff, and parents from our own community.

Prepare to be amazed, excited, and hopefully inspired. Everyone has at least a little of the artist glimmering in their soul, whatever form it takes.

Perhaps your attendance this year will give flight to your fancy and courage to your will to be a participant next year. Whatever it is you're making or doing, this community would love to see it.

See you there. And, as always, thanks for reading.

I have a really good feeling...
Congratulations to our community!  

GivingTuesday by the numbers:
  • Thanks to 95 donors,
  • we exceeded our Giving Tuesday goal by over 50%.
  • With the power of generosity we supported our school to the tune of $15,615.  
  • 24% of our current families participated this year.  Thank you!

Many thanks to our event sponsor, Tax Minimizers of Oregon.

And to our loyal supporters who generously offered a goal achievement match: Michael & Rose Bontemps, Carlene Rowe, James & Jackie Gunther and Lynsey Pestes.

Missed GivingTuesday? Hoping to give before the end of the year for the tax benefit? Don't despair. You can participate in the Meriwether Fund at any time.  

Please remember, you can join our monthly givers by becoming the newest member of the Circle of Champions.  As a monthly donor, you can increase your impact over time and budget your giving throughout the year.
Don't Forget!
Our Food Drive is still going strong -- toss some non-perishable foods into the car before you head to school, bring some with you to Explore Art, and challenge your kids to come up with five things they think a family experiencing food scarcity would be excited to see this holiday season!
Winter Concert
January 18, 2018
02 - Beginning Orchestra rehearses
In case you miss the word: yes, we are having a winter concert!

Join us here in the New Year: on January 18th, students in Beginning Band and Orchestra, Concert Band and Orchestra, and Choir will perform their first term works for the community.

Celebrate our performers and our music program -- we are fortunate to have so much music gracing our school!
Kitchen News
Order lunches at by midnight tonight for next week's meals.
Shop here first -- it's the next best thing to homemade. While you're at it, make an evening of it! Eat dinner & dessert, take some family photos, join a community art project, and listen to some great music.

Help out:
  • this Thursday, December 7th package treats for Friday
  • set up for Explore Art beginning at 1:30pm on Friday, December 8th.  

Tickets for the Spring for Education Auction on March 17th go on sale at Explore Art!  Early bird tickets are $60 per person. Don't wait, because come January 1st, tickets will go up to $70.  Buy a table for ten before January and save $100! For $600*, you are guaranteed to sit with your friends with an included two bottles of wine & premium seating.
*Early Bird pricing ends January 1st, when Table price increases to $700.

PTO Corner
Coffee Hour is at Jazzy Bagels again this Friday. Join us for sparkling conversation and a hot cuppa (and bagels)! Main Street & Powell in Gresham.

Don't forget to swing by the kitchen at this Friday's Explore Art -- we are hosting a Hot Cocoa Bar with Ghirardelli hot chocolate, traditional marshmallows, and other toppings sure to delight you and yours. See you there!

Recycle your hearts out this month! Bottle Drop is matching a percentage of our bottle drop funds through December 20th. Please turn in your full bags (don't crush the cans) before December 20th to take advantage of this opportunity!

Love curling up on the couch with a great book? Please help us pass on the love of books by donating and/or volunteering at the Lewis & Clark Book Drive.

The Book Sale will be held on January 19th and 20th (Friday and Saturday). Collection and sorting of the books will be January 9th to January 17th. Please contact Tiffany Kallgren or sign up on the Bulletin Board FB page if you are interested in volunteering or donating.

UPCOMING: We will hold our annual Family Game Night on Wednesday, January 17th. Low key and family friendly, this is a fun, free event. Try new games or bring your family's favorites. Play with old friends and make new ones, too. Mark your calendars!
"Enjoyment is not a goal, it is a feeling that accompanies important ongoing activity."

- Paul Goodman

Recipes for happiness.

Help out at Explore Art! See article above for details.

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.

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:
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