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April 5: Parent Ed: Geometry, 5:30pm*
April 6: PTO Coffee Hour with Melissa Harbert, Music Room, 8:15am
April 10: Ancestry Project Parent Info Night, 6pm (for parents of 6th year students)
April 11: Development Committee Meeting, 12pm
April 12: Parent Ed: Grace & Courtesy, 4pm*
April 17: Parent/Toddler Music Class, 9:45am
April 17: Parent Child Open House, 5:30pm
April 19: Board Meeting, 7pm
April 20: PTO Family Bingo Night, 5:30pm
April 24: Parent Ed: Human Geography, 4pm*
April 26: Parent Ed: MAC Resources, 4pm*
April 27: No School, Professional Development

April 30-May 4: Screen-Free Book Week!
May 4: School Spirit Day
May 11: Spring In Our Step Runraiser
May 22: Spring music concert for orchestra, band, and choir, 6-7:30pm

Artes Vitae

Summer's coming around the mountain when she comes...

We are very excited to announce Lewis & Clark Montessori's newest community partnership with Trackers Earth. If you are not yet acquainted, Trackers is a local outdoor skills organization that has grown into a summer camps behemoth for the entire Portland Metro Area.

Offering camps for all ages, children and adults alike can learn everything from blacksmithing to archery to ancient ninja skills and more from their engaging and highly skilled staff.

In the past, camp attendees living outside of Portland had to drive into one of their main campuses in town -- worth it, but time consuming.

This summer, our school will be an eastside drop-off site for wilderness, river, and woodscraft camps for elementary-aged students (click on link and scroll down to the 'Happy Valley' camps for details).
Campers will meet at our school, then travel to a nearby natural area for the day, returning for pickup or their after care program.

Is your child a bit too young for Tracker camps? We are considering offering a day camp run by Lewis & Clark Montessori staff for ages 2-7.

First, we need your advice! We want to make sure we build around YOUR needs -- to that end, please take this briefest of surveys to let us know what they are.

These seven quick multiple-choice questions will help us make the best choices in designing the most useful program for your family. Give it a try!

In the meantime, we have a slew of upcoming events -- just clap your eyes on our calendar, take a deep breath, and get ready for this last ride before summer.

And, as always, thank you for reading.
Upcoming Staff Experiences

Looking for something special to do over Cinco de Mayo weekend? How about one of these Staff Experiences!

  • Columbia Gorge Journey Through Time: Join Ali Sullivan and Vivian Aubrey on a day trip exploring the geology of one of our state's most distinctive natural features. May 5th, 10am-4pm. Eight spaces left for adults and interested older children ($40).
  • Game Night: Peter Jensen hosts an evening at Gresham's Off The Charts Game store on May 5th from 5:30 to 8:30. Discover new games your family can enjoy again, or play old favorites! Food and beverages will be available ($30)
  • Disc Golfing: If golfing is described as 'a long walk, interrupted', disc golf is like a leisurely hike through scenic woods (interrupted by extra fun). See what it's all about and spark a new outdoor interest in time for summer on May 6th from 10-2 with Remmy Renwick. Discs provided, bring a sack lunch -- four spaces left! ($40)
01 - Logan James, Max Reece, & Naomi Rowe in 'The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon'
Bits & Bobs
Running behind?
Times change, weather changes, and our timeliness changes... 
Please be mindful that staff members open car doors in the morning until 8am -- after that we have to go make school happen! 

Recently we've had a large influx of cars dropping off after
8am, which affects our children getting ready for the day and really backs up traffic on 232nd Drive, causing congestion and potential driving hazards.

Running Ahead?
Spring In Our Step is May 11th!

Get involved in an exciting, high-energy event! Volunteer for Spring In Our Step 2018 from 8-11 am on May 11th.  A panoply of volunteers are needed to make this big spring Runraiser go. What's in it for you? You get: fresh air, volunteer hours and many happy faces. Our students get: an awesome event. Email Mishawn at and mark your calendars!

Kitchen News
Deadline to order for next week is Midnight tonight!

The straight dish:
April Menu
02 & 03 - Lewis & Clark Montessori alums enjoy a mini-reunion with dinner and a show
"We delight in the beauty of the butterfly, but rarely admit the changes it has gone through to achieve that beauty."

- Maya Angelou

PTO Corner
This Friday, join the PTO and Executive Director Melissa Harbert at the school (after morning drop-off) for a special feature Coffee House.

Melissa will be presenting Ages & Stages: Supporting Your Child's Learning and Development From Birth to Adulthood. Come for the free wisdom, stay for the coffee, snacks, and donuts.

Restaurant night at MOD pizza in Gresham on April 10th
     -this event lasts ALL DAY!!!
     -attendees must bring this flyer, and MOD will donate a portion of the proceeds to the PTO

Bingo Night!
Friday April 20th, 5:30-8:00pm

This popular event is fun for the whole family! And yes, there will be prizes, as well as food (to purchase).

While away a Coffee Hour or two this month on April 13th & 20th at Jim & Patty's Coffee in Happy Valley!

It takes the hitch out of your giddyup.

Help run the Spring In Our Step runraiser! Count laps, pass out snack, set up, tear town, this fast and furious event needs you.

We need a Handyperson for Lunch Cart maintenance! Includes: checking and cleaning wheels, greasing, and basic repairs as needed.

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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