The Mt. Tabor Tribune

A Weekly Newsletter for the Mt. Tabor School Community

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A Message from the Principal


Good evening, MTMS,

It struck me earlier this week that on March 13, 2020--two years ago--COVID-19 sent us all home in the face of rising infections. And here we are now, back in building with masks optional and functioning more and more like normal every single day. Field trips on the on the books, as are concerts and more. I have learned over the course of this pandemic to not be overly optimistic about what the next day, week, month, or year will hold, but for the first time in a long while, I'm feeling just a tiny bit optimistic.

It is nice to wish you all a happy spring break and feel confident that in just over a week, we will see students back in buildings. In fact, it feels joyous.

In this week's newsletter you will find details about end of the quarter grades, state testing, and several student projects from the past two weeks.

And if you haven't read about it yet, I encourage you all to read the update from our PTA. This group is working so hard to help purchase much needed wobble seats to support movement in our classrooms. I know having flexible seating options available is a huge support for students, and I hope you will all consider making a contribution. Our current students--and students for years to come--will thank you.

And with that, I wish you all a lovely break with your families.

All the best,

Ms. Tonya Arnold

Principal, Mt. Tabor Middle School

Spring Break: March 21-25

Spring Break is upon us! The building will be closed from Monday, March 21 through Friday, March 25. We look forward to seeing all students back in classes on Monday, March 28.

End of Quarter 3: April 7

The end of the third quarter is fast approaching. Once we return from Spring Break, students have only 9 school days before the close of the grading period. We encourage families to use ParentVUE and Canvas over the break to get updated on their student's current academic progress and provide some time/support for catching up on any graded assignments.

Let's finish the quarter strong!

Thank you, Kentaro Sakai

Today, our classes and Mt. Tabor MS family bid farewell to our intern in the Japanese Immersion program this year, Kentaro Sakai. We have so appreciated his support of our teachers and students during this school year, and we wish him the best in his pursuit to become an English teacher back home in Japan.

Oya No Kai, our Japanese DLI parent group, would like to extend an invitation to all teachers, staff, students and family to our Intern Farewell & Completion Ceremony. We will be honoring the four Japanese interns who traveled here in the midst of a pandemic and have worked so hard to support the JDLI program and community. This will be a virtual event on March 18, from 7-8pm. Zoom link below.

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 821 2496 7558

Passcode: 197478

Congrats to our OBOB Teams!

Congratulations to all of the OBOB teams here at Mt. Tabor! We had really fun and intense battles this year. Everyone who participated worked really hard and read thousands of pages!

Our winning team representing us at Regionals will be the team Miscellaneous. Congratulations to the team and good luck at regionals!

Paper Cranes for Peace

Our students have been busy the last two weeks folding paper cranes. These origami cranes are a symbol of hope for peace between the Ukraine and Russia, and our goal is to fold 1000. To date, 936 cranes have been folded and turned in, and we are hoping students can help finish over spring break so that we can display them all prominently in our building.

Notice of Upcoming State Testing

Mt. Tabor Middle School students will be engaging in the Oregon State Assessment of Skills (OSAS) tests beginning in March. Students will take these exams in their regularly schedule ELA, Math, and Science classes during the testing windows noted below:

English Language Arts: April 11-15

English Language Arts Make-Up: April 18-22

Math: April 25-29

Math Make-Up: May 2-6

8th Grade Science: May 9-13

Families wishing to opt their students out of state testing should submit any testing opt out forms prior to the start of testing. Fill out, print, and bring completed forms to the main office or send them digitally directly to our Testing Coordinator, Dave Llewellyn at These forms can be accessed at the links below. Please note that there is one form for ELA and Math, and a separate form for 8th grade science.

30-Day Notice and ELA/Math Opt-out Form (grades 3-8 & 11) (30-day notice and opt-out form will be available around October)

English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali

Science Exemption Request Form (grades 5, 8 & 11)

English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali

Sidewalk Chalk Art

If you haven't driven by the school in the last couple of weeks, you haven't had a chance to see the amazing sidewalk chalk installation. This artwork was created by our current Art students and is mean to celebrate and support our students in honor of the upcoming Trans Day of Visibility on March 31.

You can watch a video of portions of the installation in this TikTok video.

Registration Open for Spring 2022 SUN After School Program

The SUN School program at Mt. Tabor is currently accepting applications for our spring offerings. Classes are offered every day, Monday-Thursday from 3:45-5:00 pm.

Students can sign up for Homework Club, Ping Pong, Basketball, Soccer, Chess Club, Knitting Club, Debate Club, TWILA Environmental Action Club, and Garden Club.

Registration forms are available in the main office, and families can also register by going to See course codes and dates in the photo below.

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Traffic Flow on Ash Street

We wanted to remind families that Ash Street in front of the school building should be treated as a one-way street during pick up and drop off times. Traffic should flow east-bound on Ash toward 60th Ave. We want to encourage families to pick up students along the side streets of Ash, Oak, and Pine to alleviate the congestion immediately surrounding the school during these high-volume times to ensure that buses have space to pick up students.

Last of all, please be mindful of our amazing neighbors; make sure that your vehicles do not block access to their driveways. We really appreciate your help in making the start and end of our day smooth here at Mt. Tabor.

In-Person Band Concerts Coming in April

It's been over two years since we have had in-person band concerts here at Mt. Tabor Middle School, and we are excited that these amazing community events will be resuming in April. Mr. Soto and his ensembles have three different nights set aside for each of our levels. All concerts will begin at 7:00 pm in the MTMS Gymnasium.

Thursday, April 7: Advanced Band Concert

Thursday, April 14: Intermediate Band Concert

Thursday, April 21: Beginning Band Concert

We look forward to sharing our students' hard work with all of you!

Mark Your Calendars: 8th Grade Promotion is Friday, June 10

While we cannot see the future, we are making plans for the possibility of a "normal" promotion sequence here at Mt. Tabor Middle School. We have booked our reservation for our field trip to Oaks Park to celebrate our 8th grade students for Thursday, June 9, and have reservations at Franklin High School for our Promotion celebration on Friday, June 10. We will continue to monitor COVID-restrictions and will communicate more specific plans as we get closer to the promotion date.

5th Grade Open House: Thursday, May 12

We are excited to welcome 6th grade students and their families to campus on the evening of Thursday, May 12 for our 5th Grade Open House. Students and families will have a chance to familiarize themselves with the school, meet some teachers, learn about the classes they will be taking, and ask questions of our administrative team and our 8th grade WEB leaders.

Keep an eye out for details on the event as we get closer to May.

Focus Group about Promoting Resiliency and Equitable Mental Well-Being in Schools

Dear Parents and Caregivers,

You and/or your child are invited to participate in a focus group to support an important new initiative being conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s (CDC) Division of Adolescent and School Health (DASH). CDC-DASH has funded The Promoting Resiliency and Equitable Mental Well-Being in Schools (PREMS) program which aims to create a culturally competent school mental health (SMH) technical package informed by real-world experience and rigorous science. More precisely, its goal is to build a toolkit that describes different strategies (programs, policies, and practices) that schools can implement to support the mental health and well-being of students and families. The toolkit will include explicit recommendations for how schools can ensure that these strategies are culturally and developmentally appropriate.

Your voice in the focus groups will provide important real-world expertise on how schools can support students and families. We are seeking input from parents and caregivers as well as students in middle and high school. If you and/or your child are interested in participating, please visit to learn more. The attached documents also provide more information.

Thank you for your consideration.

Your Weekly PTA Update

Do you have a wiggly student? Do you know a wiggly student? Do you think students need the option to change things up and use a standing desk or a different type of chair? A $75.00 donation to the Classrooms in Motion fundraiser will purchase one wobble seat for a MTMS classroom. Our goal is to raise funds ($7,500) for 100 wobble seats. Donations are being accepted through SchoolPay. The link to donate to this fundraiser is

Restaurant Partners

Leikum Brewing this Sunday, March 20th - start Spring Break off with a few beers and support MTMS PTA. Leikum Brewing will donate $1.00 to the MTMS PTA for every pint of beer sold on March 20th. There is an El Salvadoran food truck onsite if you need some food to go with your beer. Indoor and outdoor seating is typically available with a fire pit outdoors to keep you warm. Bring your family for an afternoon outing or dinner. Gather with your friends or neighbors an evening out.

  • March 20th - Leikum Brewing**
  • April 12th - Tabor Tavern (no minors seated after 7:00pm)
  • April 20th and 21st - Oly’s Pizza
  • May 16th, 17th, 18th - Old Spaghetti Factory

Alpenrose and MTMS Partnership

For each new customer that signs up, using the MTMSPTA code, Alpenrose will donate $50.00 to MTMS PTA! This will contribute to funds that we need to meet the needs of teachers and students at MTMS. The flyer below contains more information and a QR code to the ordering website. Use code MTMSPTA when checking out to receive your discounts and free delivery.


People are still ordering MTMS t-shirts and sweatshirts. Get yours ordered. Items are ordered on demand from the local company, Big Frog. You order online, pay online, and items can be picked up locally in Portland or mailed to your address. You can place your order online at this link:

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Current Quarantine Guidlines

The COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines have changed significantly in the last couple of weeks. Below you will find graphics that explain the timelines for the new guidance.
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Upload your COVID-19 Vaccination Cards Into Parent VUE

Help our school staff keep accurate records of your student's vaccination status by uploading a picture of PDF of their immunization card in ParentVUE. Use the PDF linked below for instructions on how to do it!

Sign Ups Still Available for Asymptomatic Testing Program through OHSU

With the new variant surge, we have been asked by many families about whether they can still sign up for the weekly testing program through OHSU. Families are still able to sign up. Information about the program can be found at the links below:

Welcome Letter (English) (Spanish)

Test Collection (English) (Spanish)

If you have not yet had an opportunity to sign your student up for this free testing service, you can still do so. Simply complete the BOTH of the forms below and have your student bring them to the main office:

OHA Consent Form

OHSU Authorization Form

Our schedule here at Mt. Tabor will be for students to return tests every TUESDAY to the cooler outside the main office when they arrive on campus. Tests are collected in the morning by the OHSU courier.

If you have completed the form for your student and has not received testing kits and labels, it may be that OHSU has not yet processed your application--there seem to be significant delays. Please feel free to check in with Tania Trujillo in the main office to make sure that we have received your paperwork and requested your labels.

We appreciate your patience and participation.

Ongoing Family Immunization Clinics

The Multnomah County Health Department is offering twice-weekly Immunization Clinics for families and children to obtain COVID-19 and school-required vaccines. Clinics will be held on Wednesdays from 11 am - 2 pm & 3 pm - 6 pm at the Gateway WIC Building, 131 NE 102nd Ave., Portland; and on Saturdays from 9 am - 12 pm & 1 pm - at the NE Health Clinic, 5329 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. #322, Portland.

Appointments are required for children aged 5 - 11. No appointment is required for family members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and flu shots.

Call 503-988-8939 to make an appointment. More info is available at:

Impacted by COVID-19?

Has your family been impacted by a positive COVID-19 case, quarantine, or COVID-related issue? Our social worker has compiled a list of resources that may be helpful, from rental and utility assistance to food resources. You can find details below, or reach out to the MTMS Social Worker, Maureen Brennan, for more information.

My Child Is Out Sick

If your child is feeling under the weather and is missing school, please be sure to call the MTMS Attendance Line. If you leave us a message, please give us a list of your student's symptoms as we are tracking these as part of our health and safety protocol. A member of the office or admin team may call you back regarding the symptoms you report.

It is also essential that you notify the school if your student has a positive COVID test or is a close contact with someone who is COVID-19 positive. Please call the school office, and they will connect you with our School Health Assistant, Julia Mudgett; our school nurse, Catrina Luna; or Principal Tonya Arnold to follow up with you on these protocols. If you need to reach someone after hours, please email

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