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February 19: No School, President's Day

February 17: Weekend Run/Walk, 8:55am, Gresham Main City Park
February 21: Senior Luncheon with MAC
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
March 10: Gresham Ford Drive 4 UR School, 10-4

March 14: Senior Luncheon with MAC
March 17: Spring for Education Auction, World Forestry Center, 6-9pm

Artes Vitae

The lights are on, we are definitely home.

If you are an Olympics nut like some of us, then you are loving the Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang and its dramatic political and personal stories.

Part of the modern revival of the Olympics was to promote peace among nations. The five ring logo represents the five peopled continents (merging the Americas) and flag colors of the world.

It can be hard to lose sight of the ideals behind to Olympics amidst the political jockeying surrounding them. However, one of the purported goals of the games is to strengthen bonds and to provide a peaceful outlet for competition.
Promoting peace is part of what we do at Lewis & Clark Montessori every day.  The path to peace is not always smooth or without conflict, but the journey is purposeful and often rewarding.

Maria Montessori took a global view of education, and the pedagogy she developed strongly reflects that.

To usher us into the end of this week, to celebrate Valentine's Day (article at the end of this week's news!), and to keep us working towards a brighter future, we sign off with these words from her:

"Establishing lasting peace is the work of education; all politics can do is keep us out of war."

And, as always, thank you for reading.
Bits & Bobs
The Parent-Toddler Music Class is going strong, and you're invited!
This 45 minute
music and movement class for children ages 1-3 and their caregivers includes songs, rhythmic rhymes, movement, and instrument play.

Engage in fun musical experiences that are developmentally appropriate for children and easy for caregivers, regardless of musical ability.

This class is offered every first and third Tuesday from 9:45-10:30am FREE of charge to Lewis & Clark Montessori families by our music teacher, Kami Hettwer.  
We hope to see you and your toddler there!

Mark your calendars and invite all your friends: March 10, 10am-4pm, it's the Gresham Ford Drive 4 UR School fundraiser.  We can raise up to $8,000 for our school if 300 friends, family and community members complete a 10 minute test drive for Lewis & Clark Montessori.

Emergency Kits: Did you get the flyer?
One way I am showing my love for my children is by helping them prepare for the unthinkable... The Emergency Kits at school are a great way to do this. Don't forget to get your children's ID cards and $5 in to the office this month. Let's hope that by preparing we never need them.
01 - Weekend Run/Walk, every Saturday
(see calendar)
Kitchen News
The deadline for next week's
lunches is
midnight tonight.

NEW! Online Menu:
Community Learning Center
The Book Nook
Monday, February 26th at 6pm
Tillamook Room

February's book is News of the World by Paulette Jiles.

Join the discussion by contacting Beverly Bassett:
Last Day!  Because we're sweet on you, we want to sweeten your chances to win at our Spring For Education Auction raffle for a hot air balloon ride for two. Take advantage of this sweet deal by clicking to purchase your ticket, and we'll put your name in the hopper with a little extra sugar on it.  Any sweeter and you'd get a toothache. (Have we said sweet enough? We'll finish up, tout de suite.)

The auction is galloping towards us -- get involved! We are looking for wine donations, parent volunteers for the night of the event, and businesses to donate goods & services. Interested? Mishawn is the lady to know:

PTO Corner
For the month of February join us for Coffee Hour on Fridays at the Arrow Coffeehouse in Damascus after drop off. It's a relaxing experience complete with a child play corner. 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.
"You cannot do a kindness too soon, because you never know how soon it will be too late."

- Ralph Waldo Emerson

It's the butter to your bread.

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

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.
Ask anyone -- people have some strong feelings about Valentine's Day. Love it or hate it, February 14th is rooted deeply in our cultural history, and is likely to stay there for some time to come. What was this holiday before Hallmark got ahold of it? If you're curious, this brief article by National Geographic Kids illuminates the centuries of love behind this holiday.
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