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January 25: MAC Coffeehouse, 4pm
January 26: No School, Professional Development
February 2: Coffee Hour with Tami O'Kinsella discussing bullying & discipline, 8:15am, Music Room.
February 27: Prospective Parent Night, 6-7:30pm
March 3: Anti-Bias Workshop

Artes Vitae

Feeling Full of Fortune.

The weather has been its most Oregon Wintery (would that be 'ornery'?). Sometimes it seems like the sun has hardly come up before it's gone again.

As any native Oregonian knows, the best way to combat the gloomy effects of this season is to gird yourself with very practical muck-wear and get into something!

Your community is here to give you plenty to do: come to the MAC Coffeehouse tomorrow evening, join the Saturday run/walk, take a class from the Community Learning Center, and come volunteer at the school.

Inside or out, we are always making and shaking.
In other news, we are finally ready to officially unveil a very exciting project that has been many long collaborative hours in the making: our new website!

I know, it's old news to most, as it's been open while we've added our final touches. This does not diminish our pleasure in the slightest -- go ahead, take it for a spin and see what you think!

If you have had a deep and burning wish for our website, let us know. No promises on the magic we can accomplish, but this site is for YOU, so we want you to get the most out of it.

Send us suggestions, compliments, and whimsical thoughts by replying to this email.

And, as always, thank you for reading.
Bits & Bobs
The second MAC Coffeehouse is tomorrow night! Don't miss out on this exhibition and performance from the MAC program's second academic cycle this year. Starts at 4pm in the library.

Join us Tuesday, February 27th from 6-7:30pm for our Prospective Parent Night.  This is a chance for curious families to come and learn more about our school, meet our staff, and take a short tour. Fill out a Fall Enrollment applications for our March 15th Lottery Draw!

This is a great time to talk about the lottery:

Who DOES NOT need to enter the lottery?

  • Anyone currently enrolled in MAC, Elementary, or Kindergarten at Lewis & Clark Montessori. Once you're in, you're in.
Who DOES need to enter the lottery?
  • Prospective families hoping to transfer
  • Children's House students* hoping to continue into Elementary and beyond
*We do give priority to siblings, please call or email Mishawn if you have concerns on this point:

Get Motivated! Last Saturday morning, three students and seven adults from our community showed up for a group run/walk.  Afterwards, we gathered at Jazzy Bagels for a bit of socializing.  You are invited to our next two group run/walks on January 27th and February 10th.  Meet us at 9am at Gresham Main City Park where it joins the Springwater Trail.  See you there.  Questions?

Click here to register for the Shamrock Run! Team registration ends January 31st -- run with Lewis & Clark Montessori!
01 - Kami directs the Concert Orchestra at last week's Winter Concert to an appreciative full house.
02 - Participants in Saturday's Run/Walk in Gresham (see above)
Kitchen News
The deadline for next week's
lunches is
midnight tonight.

We need YOU

With your help:
  • We can reduce waste by washing dishes instead of using paper & plastic!
  • Plan more elaborate meals around the days we can count on more hands!
Thank you Sabrina (see below), for taking the plunge, and thank you to our steadfast kitchen rock stars: Samona Dowler, Jessica Armitage, Megan Vowell, William Mehan, Michelle Planchak, Kate Anderly, and Crystal Phillis. You help make a good thing great!
"Volunteering with you ladies was a lot of fun today. But my oh my that was some serious work. My hat goes off to all of you that prepare this wonderful food for our children everyday. Thank you!!!"

- Sabrina Geoghegan,
first-time kitchen volunteer
Community Learning Center
NEW Cribbage Class!
Wednesdays, 3:35-4:35

Cribbage is a great game for developing math skills: pattern making, set recognition, mental math, categorization, and strategic problem solving.

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
Once Upon A Time there was a school... Help us celebrate our tenth year with panache by partying down at the Spring for Education Auction on March 17th from 6-9pm. Held at the magnificent Miller Hall event space at the World Forestry Center, we will be feasting, playing, turning heads, and raising money for the people we hold dearest -- our children. Here are the things you need to know:
  • Yes, there's childcare on site -- $20/child, dinner included
  • Yes, we are feeding you dinner. Elephants Catering is serving a multi-course meal
  • Yes, you can drink. There will be beer, wine, and hard cider at the bar
  • And absolutely, you can dress up! We won't say 'should', but it's widely known that people have more fun if they do
  • Yes, you can buy tickets online, over the phone, or as you're swinging by the front desk.

What's left? Come and find out. Better yet, get involved! We are looking for help setting up and breaking down, and helping the live and silent auctions run smoothly. We also need wine donations for our win wall! Our best team is hunting down the most magnificent auction items yet, this is a night to find treasures big or small, and to treasure the inimitable connection of community.

PTO Corner
Remember! Coffee Hour with Tami: Friday, February 2nd, Director of Education, Tami O’Kinsella, will speak with parents about how bullying and discipline are handled at Lewis & Clark Montessori after drop off.

Coffee Hour is at Cat's Moon Coffee in Boring this Friday -- come shake the week off with java and joviality.

The PTO meeting will be held Sunday, January 28th in the community room at New Seasons, Happy Valley. Everyone welcome!
Join us 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.
"Peace begins with a smile."

- Mother Teresa

It helps your shoes last longer.

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.

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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