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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
January 26: No School, Professional Development

Artes Vitae

This pretty planet, spinning through space.

We focus a lot of our energy into making the world a better place -- today and tomorrow.

Through our daily interactions, care for our environment, and speaking out when it counts, we try to show and share what it means to be an earth-shaker and a world-maker.

We are most proud of our community when we see them doing the same. This issue highlights the work some of our students have done to stand up and be counted in a way that may lead to real change for the State of Oregon.
Other things we're thinking of this week: Transitioning into the holidays often means travel. Hearty wishes and safe journeys to everyone taking off for parts near or far.

A particular Bon Voyage goes out to our Executive Director, Melissa Harbert, as she embarks on a month-long unpaid sabbatical in Nicaragua this January to brush up her Spanish skills and enjoy a world apart.

We also bid a fond farewell to Arlene Schroeder, who has been a marvelous interim Chinook Assistant this fall. Many thanks to her for her care, we look forward to introducing you to our new Chinook Assistant in the New Year.

And, as always, thank you for reading.
What a Night!
01 - Community Project at Explore Art
If you were here last Friday for Explore Art, you already know: friends, we brought this house down!

We had a boot-scootin' good time. There were many making merry, noshing on eats and tasty treats, and making headway on holiday gifting. Find a video of our Hula class at the bottom of the news today!

A special thank you goes to our event Art Director, April Geiger, and parent assistant Jessica Scannell for the enchanting decor. Their darling fairy houses and headpieces will be up for sale at the Spring For Education Auction in March.

(Psssst...the time to buy tickets is NOW -- see below!)
Speaking of Gifting
We are all shopping a bit more right now. Remember to navigate to before you fill your cart, and link your Fred Meyer rewards to our school. These are two great ways to make an impact with someone else's money while you shop for things you were already buying. It costs you nothing and earns real money for the school!
Kitchen News
Don't forget to order for January!
Make It Count
02 - MAC Students making a difference
"Have you ever contemplated global warming or your carbon footprint? MAC students have! MAC students have been studying global warming and Oregon’s current response to it; the Clean Energy Jobs Bill. We even wrote to representatives about the bill (SB 1070), letting them know about ideas that we have to make it reflect our values.

Think about it: all 54 MAC students wrote their own letters to state representatives. We even got responses posted in the public comment section of Oregon’s legislative website. This is a big deal!

So we figured, why don’t we make this into a challenge that would run through winter break? MAC challenges parents to write and send letters to their representatives. Find a current issue that matters to you, whether it’s net neutrality, federal tax laws, immigrants’ rights, etc., then write and send a letter to an appropriate representative. Get creative, and perhaps involve the whole family.

See how many letters get a response or get published in comparison to the MAC students. We just started and have already received responses, so hurry up and get those letters in! But ultimately, remember that when we all write, we all win."

-Ostephe Charles, MAC 8th year student

To see our comments posted, click HERE.

03 - Community-made Love + Healing quilt for Marilyn
Don't wait! It might still seem like a long way off, but come January 1st, tickets for our Spring For Education Auction go up to $70.

Hang on, didn't we just have this shindig? Nope -- the Spring for Education auction is our biggest and best(est) fundraising event and party of the year. This is where you score big for the school -- and your family -- at the World Forestry Center's stunning Miller Hall with our fun-loving community.

Need more? Of course we will wine you, dine you, and win you over with our winsome ways. This is the fundraising experience at its peak -- exciting, inspiring, and full of life.

Buy a table for ten before January and save $100!
For $600*, you are guaranteed to sit with your friends in a prime location and share two complimentary bottles of wine. Get in on this action: buy your tickets HERE.
*Early Bird pricing ends January 1st, when Table price increases to $700.


PTO Corner
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!
"Treat people as if they were what they ought to be, and you help them to become what they are capable of becoming."

- Goethe

Make hay while the sun shines.

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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