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
End of Quarter 3: April 7
Let's finish the quarter strong!
Thank you, Kentaro Sakai
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
Congrats to our OBOB Teams!
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
Notice of Upcoming State Testing
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 email@example.com. 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)
Science Exemption Request Form (grades 5, 8 & 11)
Sidewalk Chalk Art
You can watch a video of portions of the installation in this TikTok video.
Registration Open for Spring 2022 SUN After School Program
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 portlandpartks.org. See course codes and dates in the photo below.
Traffic Flow on Ash Street
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
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
5th Grade Open House: Thursday, May 12
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 https://survey.rti.org/SE/1/PREMS 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 https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Classrooms-in-Motion/SCiuLo.
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. https://www.leikambeer.com/
- 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: https://mttabormiddleschool.itemorder.com/shop/sale
Current Quarantine Guidlines
Upload your COVID-19 Vaccination Cards Into Parent VUE
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:
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:
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: multco.us/vaccineclinics.
Impacted by COVID-19?
My Child Is Out Sick
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.