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March 7: Parent Ed Event, 5:30-7*
March 8: Safety & Security Meeting, 4-5:30
March 10: Gresham Ford Drive 4 UR School, 10-4
March 15: Parent Ed Event, 4-4:45*
March 19: Parent Ed Event, 4-4:45*
March 20:Parent Ed Event, 4-4:45*

March 20: Parent-Toddler Music Class (FREE), 9:45-10:30

March 14: Senior Luncheon with MAC
March 15: Board Meeting, 7pm

March 17: Spring for Education Auction, World Forestry Center, 6-9pm
March 21 & 22: MAC Play, 6pm
March 23: No School, Prep Day
March 26-30: No School, Spring Break

Artes Vitae

The Story of Us.

Once upon a time, there was a group of parents with an extraordinary Vision: to build a new school for their children. This school changed the landscape of their community by making high-quality Montessori education free for anyone.

Every day, the school grew. More people joined and added to the Vision, which made the school stronger and better.

Until one day, the school was the biggest of its kind in the whole state, and people traveled from all around to see it. Many of them asked if they could be a part of it, too.

Because of that, the school grew until it was bursting at the seams. Because of that, its parents and children added new pieces to the Vision: sports teams, art, foreign languages, music, theater, and service projects.
Until finally, everyone who heard of the school wondered how it could grow so much, and reach so far. The Vision had grown up into a community, one that was strong and vibrant and touched many people.

The story of our school is not the first of its kind, but it is immense, and it is ours. For all of us who have added to it, it is something to celebrate.

Next Saturday, celebrate our school's story and sustain its Vision at the Spring for Education Auction. Don't wait too long, though -- this Friday is the last day auction tickets are available.

You might miss out if you delay.  And t
hat would be a sad story, indeed.

We are defined by the company we keep, we are so grateful to have you be part of our definition.

And, as always, thank you for reading.
Bits & Bobs
Don't forget: Some money is FREE.
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.

Have you ever wondered just how much pepperoni grease renders that giant cardboard pizza box unrecyclable? Or pondered what it reeeally means that China is not accepting our plastics any longer?

On Friday, March 9th at 12:30, MAC will host Emma Spanjer as a seminar speaker from the City of Gresham's Recycling division. They'll learn about what is and is not recyclable, as well as some of the history of the recycling world, and the larger issues that it faces. This half hour event will be open to any community members, so join us as we get our questions answered and our recycle on!

A small group of MAC students is organizing a Walk Out at 10 AM on March 14th for 17 minutes to honor the students killed in the Valentine's shooting in Parkland, Florida. Additionally, we are supporting stricter gun laws. Everyone is welcome to join us at that time at the Main Entrance - students, staff, teachers, and parents.

We are doing this because we feel students have the right to go to school without being shot. Our parents have the right to send their children to school, knowing they will be safe. For more information, please contact Emma Williams at:
Community Learning Center

March Book Nook
Monday, March 19th at 6:00 PM
Hotel on the Corner of Bitter and Sweet, by Jamie Ford

This month's selection is an historical fiction novel about the love and friendship between Henry Lee, a Chinese-American boy, and Keiko Okabe, a Japanese American girl, during the internment in World War II.

Contact Beverly Bassett for details   
Kitchen News
Deadline to order for next week is Midnight tonight!

Download & Print the menu:

We recently had our Administrative Review by the Oregon Dept. of Education regarding our food service program, and we are proud to say that we passed with flying colors! Our inspector was extremely impressed with the quality of our program - from staff to food to how invested our whole community is in the good things we do here every day!

Thanks to the Wasserman family, in partnership with Pono Farms, for donating the Wagyu Ground Beef that we will offer in this week's Taco Salad lunch.

Housekeeping items:
(please take note)

* If you like to order by the month, this
option is only available before the first day of the month. If you miss the deadline, you can order on the Daily menu for the remaining weeks. Our deadline is always the Wednesday before the week/month in question.

* Effective immediately: to make lunch preparation as accurate as possible,  children who come for school lunch without an order will receive a substitute lunch. This lunch will still meet the NSLP Meal Pattern standards (Fruit, Veggie, Milk, Meat/Meat Alternate and Grain). These individuals will choose their fruit and veggies from the standard lunch, but will be offered a substitute grain and protein (such as a cheese stick). This lunch will still be charged to your account at the same rate.

*If you have a balance on your Boonli account please make sure it is paid in full by March 31st. Any remaining accounts that are past due 30 days or more will receive an invoice from the school with an  added 10% Administrative Fee.

*The March menu has been changed to reflect the Mahonia and Sacajawea camping trip from March 19 -22. If you have already ordered for that week your account will be credited.
March 9th is the last day to purchase tickets for our Spring for Education Auction! Silent auction, live auction, live music, and on-site childcare are just the starters. Come find out what the fuss is about, just buy a ticket already! Thank you to our event sponsors, the Lewis & Clark Montessori PTO and Columbia Bank!
"Never did the world make a queen of a girl who hides in houses and dreams without traveling."

- Roman Payne,
The Wanderess

PTO Corner
Friday coffee hour for March will be a held at Ant Farm in Sandy after drop-off. Come while away an hour or two!

Come to the movies for a great price!! 9 movies for $9. Each ticket gets one child and two adults in to great movies like Paddington 2 and Ferdinand. Tickets are on sale at the school (during conferences from 8-5) through March 9th.

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:
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