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September 6: MAC Back to School Night, 5:30-7
September 13: Primary & Elem Back to School Night, 6-7

September 18: Electives Begin
September 18-22: MAC Expedition
October 6: Runtober
October 9-11: Older Elementary at Eagle Fern Camp

Artes Vitae

I think this is the beginning of a beautiful friendship.

In times past, we'd catch up over the fencepost. You would tell us the news of your world,  we'd talk about ours. We would understand, intrinsically, how important we are to each others' lives and wellbeing, and how sharing this information is the key to caretaking our community. 

Today, we have a newsletter in lieu of that fencepost. It is our mission, nay, our passion, to make this weekly email a good use of your time.

Above all, we wish to ensure that you, the community, has access to all the information you need.

Today we are launching a new email platform to better serve that mission. Hopefully it proves to be prettier, easier, intuitive, and more responsive.

Pardon our dust while we whip this site into shape, hopefully you will find something new that takes your fancy along with many of the same features you're used to. If you are ablaze with great ideas, comments, or helpful advice, email Vivian:

And always, thank you for reading. 

01 - Hands-on is just a beginning

Back to School Night
(Elementary & Primary Edition)
Wednesday, September 13, 6-7pm

Here it is! Your chance to see the school, your child's classroom, and their teachers. Get a privileged peek into the secret life of a Montessori child, and bring along all your insightful questions. 

Just the facts, Ma'am
  • Parents only
  • Parking may get tight, carpool if you can
  • Childcare available for $7/one child or $10/two
  • Meet in your child's classroom, no need to stop in the library
Kitchen News
02 - Made Fresh Daily

Ordering: Sign up for school lunches at, thank me later. The deadline for next week is always Wednesday at midnight. We'll do our best to remind you, anyway.

Did you know:

  • We make our lunches from scratch. Every day.
  • We use as much locally-sourced organic produce as possible.
  • We are always on the search for a best meals that everyone enjoys.

"Never help a child with a task at which he feels he can succeed."

- M. Montessori
Bits & Bobs
We are up and running  -- literally! Your child can try our Explorers Cross Country team for free to see if it suits them! Sign up for a season of meets, fun runs, and an excellent start on running mechanics and a healthy lifestyle. More information from coach (and marathoner) Peter Jensen:
PTO Corner
Join us for Coffee Hour this Friday at the school! Look for our tent by the playground, coffee will be provided. 
All subsequent Fridays in September, please meet us for coffee hour at Elka Bees in Happy Valley.
Our first PTO meeting of the year will be Monday, September 18th at 6:30pm at Wall Street Pizza. We will be discussing the calendar of events and presenting the financial forecast for the year. All are welcome! 
Save the date! The annual Back to School Fall Picnic will be held at Damascus Centennial Park on Sunday, September 24th in the afternoon (exact time TBA). Music! Pie Contest! Lawn games!
Add a little spice to your life.

  • Prepare meals in the kitchen. We need help every day of the week -- 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! We will happily feed you lunch as an extra thanks. 
  • Take a couple of vacuums to Stark's Vacuums in Gresham for servicing

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
We are major child development & education nerds here at Lewis & Clark HQ, some of us in particular (ahem). As such, we do a lot of reading, and we believe in sharing with our friends. If you're looking for something to while away some time with, try these on for size. See you in a tick. 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.

Let's start at the very beginning: the first year of life. This article by National Geographic describes an infant's tremendous cognitive journey, and how the first years sets us up for life. You'll never look at babies the same way again. Don't take my word for it, just click:

Read On


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