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September 13, 2017


September 13: Primary & Elem Back to School Night, 6-7
September 18-22: MAC Expedition
September 18: Electives Begin
October 6: Runtober
October 9-11: Older Elementary at Eagle Fern Camp

Week II

Let's get this party started right.

We are making waves, getting the kinks worked out, and diving into the robust and challenging work of the school year.

Hopefully you (or an emissary from your family unit) will attend the Back to School Night tonight, it is the first chance for a real glimpse into your child's school universe.

If you've mostly heard stories about recess and lunchtime, come see the beautiful work choices that are the hallmark of a Montessori classroom, and learn a bit about their applications.

Additionally, we are getting close to the kickoff of our autumn electives. Keep your ears perked for our choices and where your child's interests lie. This unique method of offering special curricula allows for each elementary student to pursue particular interests throughout the year.

Lastly, the astute among you have noticed some wrinkles yet remaining with our newsletter. It is heartening to report that we can only improve from here, starting with the correct email address to reach me with word of your vigilant observations:

Apologies for falling asleep at the wheel on that little detail last week.

And always, thank you for reading. 


Back to School Night
September 13, 6-7pm

Head to your child's classroom at 6pm for a 15 min presentation, followed by a 15 min casual time to explore the class and ask questions. The schedule repeats at 6:30 to allow families with multiple children an equal chance to visit more than one classroom.
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 - Be part of the magic

Ordering: Sign up for school lunches at The deadline for next week is tonight at midnight.

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 meals everyone enjoys.

Bits & Bobs
Does your child take medication? Please make sure the office has a supply of necessary meds on hand (Epi-Pen, inhaler, Benadryl, etc) and a signed Medication Authorization Form. This helps us stay aware and prepared.
Lewis & Clark Montessori is a collection site for S.O.S: 
Save Old Spectacles
Your donation gives improved vision to thousands worldwide! Bring your donation to the glass display case by the front desk and deposit in the S.O.S. box provided. This program is co-sponsored by your local Kiwanis Clubs, Pacific Northwest Kiwanis Foundation, and EyeCare WeCare Foundation, Inc.
Please note: glasses must not be broken or missing lenses!
"The child who concentrates is immensely happy."

- M. Montessori
Tami O'Kinsella is offering a "Going Out" Training on Tuesday, September 26th, for parents who would like to be drivers/chaperones for "Going Out" excursions. If this is a new concept to you, it has nothing to do with dating, ask your child’s teacher for more information or consider attending this training. As a chaperone you will be more popular with elementary students than you ever imagined! (You can also sign up for this volunteer opportunity tonight during the Back to School Night.)
Community Learning Center
We are a GO for launch! These after-school classes are an excellent way to learn a new skill, socialize, stay active, and create. Don't miss out on our fall line-up, we have everything from Disc Golf to watercolor, robotics to Hula dance. Classes for both children and adults! Click here to view the entire catalogue. 
PTO Corner
All remaining Fridays in September, join  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!
Proven to cure split ends.*

  • 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. 
  • Join a committee! If you want to have more fun than a barrel of monkeys WHILE making a difference, ask about our committees.
  • Chaperone a "Going Out"! Attend training for this one-of-a-kind adventure on Tuesday, September 26th.

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: 

*These comments have not been examined by the FDA, not intended to diagnose or treat actual hair conditions.
Further Reading
Here is a repeat of last week's article, it didn't work for some people... Hopefully the issue has been solved. 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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