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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 24: Food for Seniors luncheon
January 26: No School, Professional Development
February 2: Coffee Hour with Tami O'Kinsella discussing bullying & discipline, 8:15am, Music Room.

Artes Vitae

Taking Care of Business --
Every Day.

Maria Montessori's work in education was as much a humanitarian effort as it was scholastic. Long before social justice became a catchphrase, Dr. Montessori recognized that inclusiveness and lessons in harmony begin from infancy.

Our daily work in the classroom emphasizes these principles, and our students are some of our most zealous monitors and mentors for peace and justice.

If you have questions about the many ways we address these issues in our school, or would like some ideas for your own life and family, include two upcoming workshops on your calendars.
Coming up first on February 2nd, join us for Coffee Hour in the Music Room after drop off. Tami O'Kinsella will be discussing our philosophies and procedures surrounding bullying and discipline in our school.

The following month, on March 3rd, sign up for a workshop about bias with Katie Kissinger. This in-depth event is perfect for leaders of every stripe, and offers Continuing Education credits.

Read about these opportunities -- and many more -- in this week's news, but don't lose sight of all the exciting things happening right here, right now, starting with Family Game Night! See you there.

And, as always, thank you for reading.
Bits & Bobs
Did you miss the deadline to register for the 2018 Shamrock Run before the price increase?  You are in luck.  They extended the deadline until the end of the day today, January 17th.  

Join the Lewis & Clark Montessori Team and kick off the 2018 running/walking season on Sunday, March 18th. The more the merrier!

Team registration fees increase tomorrow and team registration ends  Jan. 31st.
Click here to register now.

The MAC Food Drive ends TONIGHT!

When you come in for Family Game Night (see PTO Corner, below), bring nutritious non-perishables and canned goods like tuna, peanut butter, grains and shelf-stable milk, and get free popcorn! Thank you for helping our broader community.
Community Learning Center
NEW Cribbage Class!
Wednesdays, 3:35-4:35

Beginning Jan. 24th, new and veteran cribbage players of all ages can join Peter to learn and play this centuries-old game. 

Peter grew up playing cribbage and looks forward to sharing his passion and building a community of cribbage players. 

Cost: $55 for 8 sessions, $100 for a student/adult combo and $7.50 drop in.

The Winter 2018 CLC Catalogue is HERE! Register here
01 - "What the hand does, the mind remembers" ~Maria Montessori
Kitchen News
The deadline for next week's
lunches is
midnight tonight.

We need YOU

The kitchen is in dire need of volunteers -- this is what they mean when they say it takes a village. Your help is the key to our success, please get in touch today!

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 24th.
Meriwether Fund
We are over halfway to our $70,000 goal! Thank you. Together, we can climb the rest of this mountain and reach the top.

In honor of our 10th anniversary, if you:
1) join our monthly givers at $10+/month,
2) increase your monthly donation amount by $10+/month, or
3) make a one time $100+ donation... will be entered to win your choice of:
  • a free month of Trails,
  • a free month of school lunches, or
  • TWO free CLC classes.   

In addition, you can receive a $10 discount on up to two auction tickets!  

Get off that fence post and make a whole slew of good things happen! The magic begins by clicking HERE.
Join us on March 3rd for a phenomenal workshop to combat bias. Lead by author, educator, and activist Katie Kissinger, this workshop focuses on creating inclusive organizations and communities.

PTO Corner
Don't miss this important Coffee Hour: Friday, February 2nd, Director of Education, Tami O’Kinsella, will speak with parents about how bullying and discipline are handled at Lewis & Clark Montessori.

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.

Life is more fun if you play games.” Roald Dahl was onto something. Add a little more fun in life and join in on Family Game Night! Make moves tonight from 5:30-7:30.

There will be a plethora of playing options, or bring your favorite (analog) game to teach and share!
Admission is FREE, and pizza will be available for $2/slice, along with other concessions.

This also marks the last chance to drop off Food Drive and Book Drive donations. Bonus: if you bring a book or food to donate, we'll give you a ticket for a free popcorn at Game Night.
Everybody wins; let the games begin!

The PTO meeting will be held Sunday, January 28th in the community room at New Seasons, Happy Valley. Everyone welcome!
"Let us try to teach generosity and altruism because we are all born selfish."

- Richard Dawkins

It builds character.

Sew underlays
for the Thousand Chain work in Wapiti. Contact Katy for details:

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.

Be a part of our Food For Seniors event on January 24th, preparing food for seniors facing food scarcity.

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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