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February 2: Coffee Hour with Tami O'Kinsella -- Bullying & Discipline, 8:15am
February 19: No School, President's Day
February 27: Prospective Parent Night, 6-7:30pm
February 28-March 2: No School, Conferences
March 2: Due Date for Enrollment Intention Forms & Sibling Enrollment
March 3: Anti-Bias Workshop


 
Artes Vitae

This is my school, my place to learn and play.

If you needed evidence of the value of an educational community like this one, read the news every week.

Honestly, there is too much to include in one letter -- this entire community is busy growing and learning together, it's a movement that goes far beyond the classroom.

Students in Prairie Dog Home (Younger Elementary) came together this term and decided to add some afternoon electives of their own to the school's offerings.

Children in their class can now choose from student-taught weekly lessons in Book Writing, Crochet, and Sign Language (see photo, below).
This is where the rubber meets the road, friends. Our goal is to help create thoughtful citizens who know they have value to add to their world, and the skills to do so.

When we see our 2nd and 3rd years taking initiative in the community like this, we know our goal is more than just a dream.

If you wonder what you've been missing every week, all newsletters are now archived on our website -- go check them out, you might be inspired to add something to our collective learning, too. You can find them on the Parent Essentials page, or by clicking the link above.

And, as always, thank you for reading.
 
 
Bits & Bobs
Know someone looking for a great school? Invite them to 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, take a short tour, and fill out Fall Enrollment applications for our March 15th Lottery Draw!

Lottery Do's and Don'ts:


Who DOES need to enter the lottery?
  • Prospective families hoping to transfer
  • Children's House (Primary) students (unless they are siblings of older students) hoping to continue into Elementary and beyond

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. However, you will need to fill out the Enrollment Intention form we are sending home this week so we know to count you in for next year (Due march 2nd).
  • The siblings of any child(ren) currently enrolled in Kindergarten or above. Fill out this Sibling Enrollment form instead (Due March 2nd).

You amaze us. This community is so talented, dynamic, hard-working, and full of surprises! Thank you for being here and adding to our vision of the world.

Are you looking to connect with more of this magic? Tune in, we'll try to keep you informed. Coming up, check out this workshop series by parent, musician, and piano & flute instructor, Allison Wilkinson. It's a great big world out there, get into it!

Click here to register for the Shamrock Run on March 18th! Team registration ends today -- run with Lewis & Clark Montessori!
01 - Students lead in Prairie Dog Home's Sign Language afternoon elective.
The More the Meriwether
Did you know... 100% of our staff are contributors to the Meriwether Fund this year? 

And, over 55% of our staff support us monthly as Circle of Champions members. 

Not only that, we have achieved this amazing feat FOUR YEARS in a row! This fact reflects our staff's strong belief in our mission and the strength of our organization.  
Please consider joining the team here.
Kitchen News
The deadline for next week's
lunches is
midnight tonight.
Order: Boonli.com.

NEW! View the menu by clicking here

I had the pleasure of attending the
Oregon Farm to School and School Garden Conference last week, at the Oregon Garden in Silverton. It was great to have Fred Weiler and Catilin Spanjer join me as well!

I was involved in the planning of this event for the first time, and I also offered a workshop on Friday with Stacey Black of The Village School in Eugene. Our presentation, "Taking Your Farm to School Program to the Next Level: Tips and Discussion", discussed what we do in our respective programs, then allowed plenty of time for question and answer.

Oregon is really quite with it when it comes to Farm to School and School Gardens. Each time I attend these conferences I am reminded and re-inspired to carry on with the work we do here. School support of farmers and local food producers is a win-win for everyone, and I am so proud of our program here at Lewis & Clark Montessori.

Keep an eye on our happenings by following our Facebook page, Lewis & Clark Montessori Food Revolution, as well as the Oregon Farm to School & School Garden Network. We Love This Place!
~Leslie Shalduha, Food Service Director
Senior Luncheon
02 - Students, Staff & Seniors
Last Wednesday, the MAC program hosted twelve seniors for our twice-monthly Senior Luncheon. The purpose of these gatherings is to serve seniors in our community who might be experiencing food insecurities, with the added benefit of providing a fun hour of multigenerational socializing for adults and students alike.

This program began years ago with Suzanne Haddix, and has recently been given new life after a super generous grant from the Kiwanis Club. MAC students set up, help serve, entertain, and chat with the seniors while they share a meal. It's a wonderful time! Contact Caitlin Spanjer if you know of a senior in our community who might benefit from these luncheons.
 
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. Sweet deets:

  • Yes, there will be childcare on site -- $20/child, dinner included
  • Yes, we will eat dinner (by Elephants Catering)
  • 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 on your next visit to school.

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 wine wall and desserts for the dessert dash -- talk to Mishawn for details.
 
 

PTO Corner
Good afternoon, friends! Remember that this Friday, February 2nd, Tami O’Kinsella will be speaking about how conflict and bullying are addressed at our school. You won’t want to miss it! Join us for coffee and pastries in the Multi-Purpose Room (Cafeteria) after drop off.

For the month of February join us for Coffee Hour on Fridays at the Arrow Coffeehouse in Damascus after drop off. We look forward to seeing you there!
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.
"How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world!"

- Anne Frank

Volunteer!
It keeps the wolves from the door.

Help out for the Auction! We have multiple roles for volunteers, see article above.

Sew underlays for the Thousand Chain work in Wapiti. Contact Katy for details: kfontneau@lcmcs.org

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: mnelson@lcmcs.org.
 
 
 
 
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