The Mt. Tabor Tribune

A Weekly Newsletter for the Mt. Tabor School Community

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A Message from the Principal

March 19, 2021

Good evening, Mt Tabor MS Families,

Before we get into conversation about hybrid and CDL options, I wanted to take an opportunity to acknowledge the recent hate crimes targeted toward Asian and Pacific Islanders in recent days and our outrage at these horrific events. These targeted acts of violence shake me to my core, and I want to make sure that both our students and families know that we strive daily to make sure that our own MTMS community--one that is richer for our diversity--is one that is safe and respectful for all of our students. I send my personal love our to our Asian and Pacific Islander families as our community grieves these acts and grows in ways to actively combat racism in its many forms. You in my heart and in my thoughts.

The transition to a hybrid model of education is at the forefront of many of our minds this week, and believe me when I say that making a choice about the type of education that is right for your children and your families in regard to needed support, health impacts, and other conditions is monumental.

All of your families should have received a message from this week with some generic details of the hybrid model for Grade 6-8 and your child's individual link to communicate your preference. Please make sure to check all of your inboxes for the link (including junk mail) to make sure you have received it. If you did not, please complete this form and a member of the MTMS staff will email you the correct survey link directly. Survey responses are due on Sunday, March 21, and staff will be following up with families to ensure that we have heard from all of you regarding your preferences.

Many of you have reached out (either on the Facebook group to to my email directly) asking questions about what both the hybrid and CDL instructional schedules will look like here at MTMS. Now that the district and the teacher's association have come to agreement, I can share a bit more about the details. Please note that by no means are we completely done with our building level plans...we are working as quickly, thoughtfully, and collaboratively as possible through these decisions to ensure that all of our students, whether they remain in CDL or return to campus as part of hybrid, receive a quality academic and social experience.

To learn more about the specifics, I have recorded a video presentation and linked a slide deck below that goes over as many of the details as I have at the ready. I hope that it covers your biggest questions. Please note that we will also be focusing our Tabor Talks on April 6-7 on the more specific elements of our educational model for Quarter 4 so that parents and students know what to expect.

I wish you all a lovely spring break with your families, and look forward to sharing more with you about these big and amazing changes when we all return on Monday, March 29.

All the best,

Ms. Tonya Arnold

Principal, Mt. Tabor Middle School

Hybrid Information 3 19 2021

No School March 22-26: Spring Break

There will be no class from Monday, March 22 through Friday, March 26 for Spring Break. We look forward to seeing all of you again for Comprehensive Distance Learning on Monday, March 29.

Meal Distribution Updates

We want to make you aware of some important updates and upcoming changes to our meal service. Because of spring break, meal service will be paused next week (March 22-26). Please be sure to stop by one of our current meal distribution sites on Friday, March 19, between 3:00 and 4:30 p.m. to pick up seven days’ worth of meals to cover spring break.

With the upcoming transition to hybrid learning, the last day for home meal delivery will be Friday, March 19. The PPS Nutrition Services department is incredibly thankful for their partnership with the PPS Student Transportation department over the last nine months to make this offering possible for our students and families.

Meal service will resume with new locations and service times the week of March 29. We will share more information about the new locations and services times soon. Whether your child participates in the hybrid learning model or continues with distance learning, school meals will remain free for all students in all schools, regardless of eligibility. No student ID, names or other information is needed to receive meals.

For detailed information about our meal service, please visit the PPS Nutrition Services website. You can also email or call 503-916-3399 with any questions.

Japanese Immersion Information Night for 8th Grade Parents

Mark your calendars. The MTMS and Grant JMP program will be hosting an information night on Wednesday, March 31 from 6:00-6:45 pm. More details will be coming from our 8th grade JMP teachers to your inbox with links to the session. We hope to see you there.

Spring Dreambox Challenge for Students

Your students this year have completed 26,525 lessons in DreamBox. DreamBox is the math program we use to help individualize student learning. We are seeing tremendous math growth in students as they work through lessons each week.

From March 22nd to May 2nd your student has a chance to win prizes simply for continuing to utilize this program during…


Who: Any student who completes AT LEAST 5 Lessons per week is entered in the drawing

When: For 6 weeks (March 22nd to May 2nd)

Please see the flyer below for more information:

Spring Math Challenge (English)

Spring Math Challenge (Spanish)

Questions about the challenge or about DreamBox in general? Talk to your math teacher or email our Math Instructional Coach, Ms. Suckow at

Update from our School Nurse: Missing Immunizations

Families may have received a letter stating that their child does not have an immunization record on file or is incomplete. If you have received this letter, please have your child receive the necessary immunizations, complete a Certificate of Immunization Status, and submit the record to the school.

If your child does not receive the necessary immunizations or complete the necessary steps for a non-medical exemption, they will not be allowed to attend in-person instruction. If you have any questions about this information, please contact your school nurse, Mitchell Henderson at

Below is a list of clinics where families can go for vaccinations (excluding COVID) for their K-12 students:

David Douglas High School
Health Clinic Building
1034 SE 130th Ave, Portland
Phone: 503-988-3554
Fax: 503-988-4225
Hours: Monday to Friday, 8:45am-4:45pm

Parkrose High School - Open
12003 NE Shaver St, Portland
Phone: 503-988-3392
Fax: 503-988-3580
Hours: Tuesday to Friday, 8:45am-4:45pm,
Monday, phone and video appointments only

Roosevelt High School - Open
6941 N Central St, Portland

Phone: 503-988-3909
Fax: 503-988-5907
Hours: Monday to Thursday, 8:45am-4:45pm
Friday, phone and video appointments only

Reynolds High School - Open
1698 SW Cherry Park Rd, Troutdale
Phone: 503-988-3340
Hours: Mon, Tues, Wed, Fri | 8:45am-4:45pm
Thursday, phone and video appointments only

Order your 2020-21 Yearbook

This year, yearbooks will need to be purchased by each family. Yearbooks may be purchased using Schoolpay for $15. We will not be able to provide a free yearbook to each student as we have in the past. Thank you in advance for understanding.

If your family needs financial assistance purchasing a yearbook, please reach out to your child's counselor.

6th - @Hilary Smith

7th - @Emory Oeding

8th - @Michael Cady Russell

Your Weekly PTA Update

Your Weekly PTA Update

Over Spring Break, we have a Restaurant Partner event with Dairy Hill Ice Cream on Hawthorne. Thursday, March 25th, Dairy Hill is open from 1:00pm - 8:00pm. You can order at the walk up window or place an order online. No code needed. Share the news with your friends, neighbors, and family. 10% of all sales for the day with be donated back to MTMS PTA. Check the flavors and menu

Do you have something to contribute to the MTMS community?

The PTA is continuing to recruit board members for the next school year. We have the volunteers required to operate the PTA (President, Secretary, and Treasurer), but we still need YOUR help. We would love to have some volunteers to fill the remaining roles, so we can have a strong PTA next year. We like to fill positions before the end of the school year, so we are prepared, but there is no work over the summer. We plan our first meeting in August just before school starts. We have the following open positions for the 2021/2022 school year:

  • Vice President/Fundraising Coordinator
  • Volunteer Coordinator
  • Student Store and Bottle Drop Coordinator
  • Hard of Hearing Program Representative
  • Japanese Language Program Representative
  • Spanish Language Program Representative

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

THANK YOU to all those that have contributed to the budget for Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week in May. We are very excited and appreciative of the community's support. We will begin to solidify our plans for MTMS teachers and staff after Spring Break. If you are able to contribute, donations can still be made through SchoolPay at the following link:

Stay Connected & Up to Date with the MTPTA

It's easy to stay up to date with the PTA. We encourage Mt. Tabor families to visit our website at for weekly updates and following our page on Facebook at

This week’s post can be found at

It’s never too late to join the PTA as a member. Our PTA helps to fill needs that our school budget just cannot. We support programming, the purchase of teacher supplies, and a host of other things that truly make a difference for our students. Becoming a member is easy, and your membership dues help support our efforts at MTMS. To join, simply sign up at

Questions? Ideas? Concerns? Want to volunteer?

Write us at

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Support the MTMS PTA: Order your Tabor Gear Today!

It is a great time to purchase some cozy sweatshirts and hoodies to keep your students (and you!) warm this fall and winter. A portion of the sales come back to the PTA, which in turn is used to benefit the Mt. Tabor Middle School community. It is a win-win-win. Get some warm gear, raise funds for the PTA, and show some school spirit!

Items are available in youth and adult sizes and include short sleeve t-shirts ($20), crew neck fleece sweatshirts ($30), and hoodies ($35).

Items are ordered on demand from a local company and ordering is available throughout the entire school year. 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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Families Needing Continued Support

Last month, with the help of our PTA, we were able to help many of our MTMS families who needed financial assistance, but we know this isn't the only time of the year where help might be needed.

If your family is in need of support, we want to know how we can help. Simply fill out the form below, and our team and community partners will work with you to see how we might be able to support.

My Family Needs Support

If your family is in need of financial or other support, click this button to complete the form for assistance.

High School Corner

Thanks for our amazing 8th Grade Counselor, Mr. Cady Russell, all of the forecasting and high school information you could need is consolidated at this link.

Student Verifications

If you haven't yet completed the online Student Verification form for your student, please go to your ParentVue to do so. If you need a ParentVue activation key, please contact Ann Pinzelik at

Math Resources Now Available

We have been asked by many parents for additional resources to support math learning at home. Our amazing Math Instructional Specialist has created a resource for us on her webpage (located at Linked there are digital copies of math textbooks and answer keys and Khan Academy resources by course and unit (viewable by clicking on the links on the left side of the page).

We sincerely hope these resources will provide students and families with solid reference and reteaching materials as needed at home. Students and families can also expect to see these resources linked in their Canvas pages as well.

My Child Was Marked Absent: What Do I Do?

If you believe there was an error in attendance, please use ParentVUE to look up the course the absence was marked in (you can watch this video tutorial to see how you can find this information in ParentVUE).

We are asking all families to contact the teacher of the course if you believe there is an error. where the absence occurred first as they will have the best knowledge of student attendance measures. From there, they can make the change or contact our front office to change attendance if the mark was made in error.

If you know your student will be gone in advance or was sick, please follow the standard protocol of calling into the office to excuse the absence.

Parents: Connect to Canvas

Parents can get in on the Canvas platform and "observe" their student to allow for both transparency and support. For instructions on how you can get started, click here:

Learning Technology Training and Support from PPS

If you or your student is still struggling with any of the aspects of learning technology, we hope you will call the PPS Technology Help Desk, which is open from 7:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. on school days. We will answer your questions and share information and helpful tips about anything related to distance learning technology. The Technology Help Desk is available in all PPS-supported languages.

Email or call us:

  • English: 503-916-3375
  • Español: 503-916-3582
  • 中文:503-916-3585
  • Tiếng Việt: 503-916-3584
  • Soomaali: 503-916-3586
  • Русский: 503-916-3583

Computer distribution, exchanges, service, and returns

If you need to exchange a Chromebook or Hotspot, the BESC (district office) can help every day!

  • When: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
  • Where: PPS district office (501 N. Dixon St). Please go to the lower level parking lot, which has an entrance on N. Larrabee Ave.
  • Please bring: Your student’s school ID or ID number. If you are exchanging or returning a device, please bring the device and charger with you.
  • Please be aware: We are asking everyone to use recommended social distancing practices, keeping at least 6 feet of space between groups and wearing a facemask or face covering, if possible.

Please note that if you have a technical issue and are not sure if you should exchange a computer, you can also:

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