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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
February 2: Coffee Hour with Tami O'Kinsella discussing bullying & discipline, 8:15am, Music Room.

Artes Vitae

One for the books!

Get ready, folks, next week is a busy one. Of particular note: enjoy your long weekend, there is NO SCHOOL on Monday to observe Martin Luther King, Jr Day.

The rest of the week fulfills all your entertainment and community needs, from games to music to books, this place is going to be hopping! Check out the calendar and articles in this issue for details.

We all have busy lives -- it's a feature of our society. Most families are doing a version of the same juggling trick between school, work, and extra-curricular activities. Our children spend more time in the company of their parents and various teachers now than with their peers.
This is a good thing, right? After all, being involved in our children's lives is one of the best ways we know to take care of them.

An article from The Atlantic at the end of this week's news explores this topic -- what might the structure of today's world mean for our children?

We have our own extra-curriculars going on here at Lewis & Clark HQ. Outdoor Skills, Computer Coding, Science Lab, Art, Theater, and a full array of musical opportunities are among the Elementary electives starting up this week.

If you haven't yet, ask your child about their interests beyond academia -- these years are a perfect time to stretch out a little and discover new horizons!

And, as always, thank you for reading.
Bits & Bobs
Planning to exercise more in 2018?  Join the Lewis & Clark Montessori Team for the 40th Shamrock Run on Sunday, March 18, 2018!  

This fun family event starts and ends in downtown Portland.  You choose your running/walking distance: Half Marathon, 15k, 8k, 5k or 5k walk.

The more the merrier!  Invite your friends, join our team (Lewis & Clark Montessori) and kick off the 2018 running/walking season on St. Patrick's Day.

Remember to register as a team member.  Registration fees increase on January 15th, and team registration ends on the 31st, so don't delay!
Click here to register now.

Thank you to everyone who already brought in food for the MAC Food Drive to support Snowcap Community Charities and food insecure seniors in our area.

The Food Drive is continuing until January 17th! Yes, we've extended it until the PTO Family Game Night (See article below)

Seniors in the Damascus area need our ongoing support.  All donations until the end of the Drive go directly to our neighbors in need.  Will you help?  Nutritious non-perishables and canned goods like tuna, peanut butter, grains and shelf-stable milk are best. Look for the drop off location in the foyer.
Community Learning Center
The Winter 2018 CLC Catalogue is HERE! Take the plunge and pick up some new skills, build your circle of friends, and make someone's day. Register here.

This season debuts our Volleyball Club -- served up by volleyball veterans Caitlin Spanjer and Jack Gaskill, this club is a great chance to exercise and work on coordination and ball skills with two of our most popular group leaders.
Kitchen News
The deadline for next week's
lunches is
midnight tonight.

Off to a great start in 2018 here in the Muckamuck Kitchen! Though local foods are in short supply this time of year, we proudly use Thompson Farms lettuce and yams every week, local meats from Nature’s Old Time Meats and Breese Beef, local beans from Truitt Family Farm, and so much more.

We have been fortunate to have a great crew of volunteers helping us since the beginning of the school year – however, some of those folks have fulfilled their time and have other great works to move on to. Please consider lending a hand in the kitchen – one day a week, once a month, or anything in between.

Your help is the key to our success!

We are hosting lunches for seniors in our community who face food scarcity, and some extra hands to help prep for these events would be invaluable – get involved this month on January 10th & 24th.

The Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Conference is coming up on January 25th & 26th at the Oregon Garden in Silverton. Registration ends January 14th. I will be there both days as a member of the Planning Committee, as well as presenting a workshop in partnership with Stacey Black of the Village School. Join us to connect with others interested in making farm to school and school garden programs a priority. Hope to see you there!
Learn more:

01 - 03 - Collages from students in Ali Sullivan's Art Lab afternoon elective.

PTO Corner
We hope you’ll take a moment to add an important Coffee Hour to your calendars. On Friday, February 2nd, our fabulous Director of Education, Tami O’Kinsella, brings her 27 years of rich Montessori experience to the table as she speaks with parents about how bullying and discipline are handled at Lewis & Clark Montessori.

This will be an informative, engaging and relevant dialogue that all can benefit from. Cooperative problem solving and peaceful reconciliation are needed now more than ever, and are a cornerstone of Montessori education. Take part in this worthwhile conversation as well as coffee and pastries in the music room -- after morning drop off.

For the rest of January, Coffee Hour will be at Cat's Moon Coffee in Boring.

Game On! Bring your favorite analog games (board, card or otherwise) to Family Game Night (FGN) on Wednesday, January 17th from 5:30-7:30 at the school. The PTO is hosting this FREE and fun family event. Food and snacks will be available for purchase.  

FGN is your last opportunity to donate food for the MAC food drive and books for the book sale.  Help others while you play: bring a can of food and a book with your games to this event.  Your awesomeness will be rewarded.  See you there!

The Book Sale is January 19th and 20th (Friday and Saturday). We are collecting and sorting books on January 17th. Please contact Tiffany Kallgren or sign up on the Bulletin Board FB page if you are interested in volunteering or donating.
"Early childhood education is the key to the betterment of society."

- Maria Montessori

It improves your posture.

Do you own or work for
a business that would like to donate products or services to our Spring for Education Auction on March 17th? Please contact Mishawn (see below)!

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.
Parenting is a lesson in hope, love, and sometimes fear. Our children do things every day that make us rejoice or freeze in terror -- occasionally at the same time. How do our hopes and fears affect our parenting? This in-depth article from The Atlantic acknowledges and challenges our fear of harm coming to our children, and examines the role of risk in a healthy childhood.
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