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January 15: No School, MLK Jr. Day
January 17: Family Game Night
January 18: Winter Concert
for students in Choir, Orchestra, and Band with Kami,
January 19-20: PTO Book Sale
January 26: No School, Professional Development

Artes Vitae

Solutions, resolutions, and venerable institutions.

Welcome, 2018! While everyone is changing their calendars, many people also choose this time to change some of their habits, goals, lives, and minds.

With all this change afoot, it can be a relief to get back to work and some familiar routines. We are hitting the ground running this winter -- no hibernation for us!

Make sure to pick up a copy of the winter Community Learning Center Catalogue to see what's coming down the pike for clubs and classes. We are always looking around for great new things to add, and we hold on to old favorites whenever we can, so there's surely something for everyone.
The days are getting longer, we want to make sure you don't get bored: Family Game Night, the Winter Concert (for Choir, Orchestra, and Band students), and the PTO Book Sale are swiftly arriving. Stay tuned, show up, and help out -- we are at our best when together.

This week is about getting into the groove of a new term. Afternoon electives are on hiatus until next Monday as we take stock of new projects and wrap up old ones. Remember to reset your reminders about lunch ordering, Inservice Days, and other workaday miscellany.

Read on below for an update from Marilyn, Auction news, and a short & sweet article about some 'common' parenting practices around the world.

And always, thank you for reading!
Letter from Marilyn
Here we are at the end of one year, and the start of the next.

I’m not a shoot-from-the-hip person so I collect lots of data before making a decision. Sometimes, fact-finding is also entwined with the hope that the next set of facts will be more to my liking. That is certainly what’s happening now!

My current treatment regimen is probably making headway against the cancer, and there are signs of that. Personal celebrations: no nausea, no hair loss, my memory works just fine, and my insides seem fairly happy. “Sloth Gear” is my new speed, but most things eventually get done.

I keep hoping that my immune system functions will improve, though. Before being allowed to start each cycle, count levels need to return to my new ‘normal’ -  about 50% of regular normal, or enough to be out and about. But after two weeks, it’s still not safe for me to be around crowds. It is taking longer than I would like for my cell count to rebound. I am trying to learn patience.  

It’s hard to accept, but the fact is that I should not return to school while on this course of treatment. I miss the kids, my peers and collaborators, my community. This reality just sucks!

So it’s time to open a new chapter of my life. First up: stop licking my wounds and start to create a new balance. Then, explore the amazing, creative, and rewarding options I’m lucky to have! While chemotherapy gets fine-tuned, I’ll visit my daughter in Corvallis as she finishes her Bachelor’s, I’ll purge closets of clothes, crafts, and papers I’ll never use. Then, who knows? NOBODY KNOWS. That’s life.

I wish us all lots of wonderful, inspiring moments, buckets of satisfaction, and boat loads of love. Thank you for the loving kindnesses you have shown me and each other.

Au revoir!
Bon Voyage! Happy New Year!
~ Marilyn Dunham
Stop the presses! Due to a glitch in the Matrix, our online Ticket Button went offline for a bit over break. This adds up to great news for you, since it means we are extending our Early Bird pricing window until January 15th! So what are you waiting for? Buy your tickets HERE.
Bits & Bobs
The gift that keeps on giving: 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!

PTO Corner
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.

The annual Family Game Night is 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!
"The way we talk to our children becomes their inner voice."

- Peggy O'Mara

It makes the sun shine brighter.

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:
Further Reading
From our desktops to yours: drop in 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.
It takes a global village to raise a child. This article from NPR takes a quick tour of some of the less-familiar parenting practices that moms and dads from other countries take for granted. Perhaps you'll gain a fresh perspective or some new ideas...who knows?
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