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April 12: Parent Ed: Grace & Courtesy, 4pm*
April 12: Board Meeting, 7pm (new date!)
April 17: Parent/Toddler Music Class, 9:45am

April 17: Parent Child Open House, 5:30pm
April 20: PTO Family Bingo Night, 5:30pm
April 22: Earth Day

April 24: Parent Ed: Human Geography, 4pm*
April 26: Parent Ed: MAC Resources, 4pm*
April 27: No School, Professional Development

April 28: Green & Clean work party; info here
April 30-May 6: Screen-Free & Book Week!

May 4: School Spirit Day
May 10: Safety & Security Committee Meeting, 4-5:30pm

May 11: Spring In Our Step Runraiser
May 22: Spring music concert for orchestra, band, and choir, 6-7:30pm

Artes Vitae

The way to be.

The last week of this month, through some fortuitous alignment of calendars, is both Screen Free Week and Children's Book Week. How are you celebrating?

We observe this week as a great reminder to walk away from our computers, televisions, and smart phones, and enjoy some of life's simpler pleasures. Most of us are old enough to remember when most of these things didn't even really exist.

The irony is not lost on us that we are keeping in touch RIGHT NOW via screens -- they sure do play an important role in our lives, we would not say otherwise.

But be honest: how many times have you *ahem* 'missed out' on this venerable newsletter because you were just so tired of your screens?

What did you do with your free time when the only screen we thought of was a door that kept the bugs out? What stories did you live out, or adventures did you create with your friends and family?

With entertainment, community, and even work so readily at hand, sometimes we forget the many things we used to fill our hours with. Are there things you used to do that your children don't?

It's time to share those things. Start thinking about ways you can go about  being Screen-Free together. If you need some inspiration, there just happen to be some staff experiences around that time -- see below for details.

So get out for a hike, play a game, read a book, go on a mini road trip, learn something new about your city or region or world. If you have a good idea, we'd love to hear it.

And, as always (and especially now), thank you for reading.
For the discerning child:
Programs for 2.5 - 7 year olds

First: if you are still searching for a program for your 2.5 - 7 year-old child for part or all of the summer,

We need to know how many of you are interested in joining summer activities with the school.

What are we asking?
1.) When do you want care -- times of day, days of weeks, weeks of the summer...?
2.) Where do you want care? Is school or town more convenient? We can find alternate locations if we know we need to.
3.) Who would be coming? Here at L&C HQ, we take developmentally appropriate fun seriously. Letting us know who we're planning for helps us make our programs great!

Why do I have to know now?
Here's the deal, folks. Without children, we have no program. And we want to build things with intention and care, which takes time. Your participation is the key -- so please, take 60 seconds and answer this survey. Thanks!
Being Screen-Free!
April 30-May 6

Looking for something new to do outside the home for Screen Free Week? These staff experiences couldn't be more ideal!

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. 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)

Bits & Bobs
Run Run Rudolph
Tune in for this high-energy event: Spring In Our Step 2018, 9-10 am on May 11th.  A panoply of volunteers are needed from 8-11 to make this big spring Runraiser go -- give us a call/email to ask about available jobs.

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.

Time to order your Yearbook! MAC students have been hard at work all year creating our first-ever student-made schoolwide yearbook. Follow this link to order yours, but don't delay, ordering closes on Friday, May 4th.

Hello to yoga buffs of all ages! Columbia Room assistant Laurel Clohessy moonlights as a Kundalini Yoga instructor at Mandala Yoga in Portland.

She is offering a class on Sunday, April 29th from 2-3:30 for students of any age.
Here is her flyer for more details, and go here to register.
Kitchen News
Deadline to order for next week is Midnight tonight!

The straight dish:
April Menu

Go see the head of our food program and Food Revolution leader Leslie Shalduha on the front page as a spotlight member of the Northwest Food Buyer's Alliance! Go Leslie!
"Teaching should be such that what is offered is perceived as a valuable gift and not as a hard duty."

- Albert Einstein

PTO Corner
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).

The PTO is looking for a Bingo Caller for this event. Interested? Contact Allison Wasserman:

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

Community Coin*
* (Kwahn'), French for 'Corner'
Gresham Community Work Party
April 28th, 9-1 at Main City Park

Let's give back to our community around Earth Day and kick off screen free week.  Show up for an hour or for the whole enchilada.  Food and drinks will be available after. Register individually by
April 18th here
Questions: email Peter at  

It puts the Fun in Functional

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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