The Mt. Tabor Tribune

A Weekly Newsletter for the Mt. Tabor School Community

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A Message from the Principal

April 9, 2021


Good evening, Mt Tabor MS Families,


Whew! In just over a week, students will be re-entering MTMS for the first time since March 13, 2020. And as you can imagine, we have been busy planning away and trying to get as many resources in your hands as possible. I so appreciate the over 200 families that joined us for our Tabor Talks this week covering Quarter 4 learning. We look forward to sharing the same information in Spanish on Monday evening at 6:30 pm with the help of Nelson Perez-Gonzalez, our Community Agent.


You all should have received an email earlier today with your student's 4th Quarter learning placement. If for some reason that placement varies from what you see in ParentVUE, please reach out to us directly so we can help.


We have also been busy building a platform to house all of our reopening information for our families. I sincerely hope having all of this information in one place will be helpful for you all. Bookmark it and share it with your students as well. We will continue to add to the page as we create reopening videos. You can access our new webpage at https://sites.google.com/pps.net/mt-tabor-middle-school-hybrid. Rather than repeating all of that information in the newsletter this week, I am going to hope that you navigate it it directly.


I want to thank you all for the continued support as we navigate reopening. And with that, I am going to sign off and wish you all an amazing weekend. I hope you are already out enjoying the sunshine.


All the best,


Ms. Tonya Arnold

Principal, Mt. Tabor Middle School

Schedule for the Week of April 12-16

Next week students will have their normal live and "on my own" sessions with their teachers on Monday and Tuesday.


On Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday, students will be completing asynchronous work as their teachers prepare for hybrid instruction. They will need to check their teachers' Canvas pages for assignments.


For attendance purposes, all students must, at the end of each day, complete an attendance tracking form. All teachers will post them in their Canvas courses. Students only need to complete the form once each day indicating which classes they completed work for. Our main office staff will enter their attendance for the day using the data on the form.

Return to Hybrid Instruction Website

Find all of the information about reopening, including student schedules, calendars, bus routes, transportation maps, and more.


https://sites.google.com/pps.net/mt-tabor-middle-school-hybrid

Tabor Talk: 4th Quarter Learning (Spanish Version)

We know that families have had MANY questions about what to expect from both Hybrid and CDL learning during Quarter 4. With just over a week before we return to campus, we have so much to share with you. We will be hosting our Spanish version this coming week, and I have linked the recording from last Tuesday's English session below.


Tabor Talk (English) from 4/6/2021

Tabor Talk (Spanish Version)

COVID-19 Consent for Testing Forms

On March 30, PPS shared a message regarding a Health and Safety Reminder - Consent Form. As we shared, PPS is requesting consent from student’s families to test symptomatic students for COVID-19 onsite, during the school day. Your consent is optional.


Here are a few options to turn in a signed COVID-19 Testing Consent Form:

  • Install the Adobe software to enter your certified signature. The consent form can be signed with DocuSign. You can email them to the school secretary.

  • You can print this form at home, sign it and return the form to your school.

  • Schools can send a printed copy to parents/guardians upon request. Families can fill it out and return it with their students. Please reach out to your school secretary for this option.


Tests will only be given to test students who have a consent form on file or to staff who agree to the test. You can find the forms by clicking in the links below:

  1. English

  2. Spanish

  3. Vietnamese

  4. Chinese

  5. Somali

  6. Russian


The Student Success & Health Department in partnership with Multnomah Educational Service District (MESD) will oversee the implementation of the program following the COVID-19 Testing in Oregon’s K-12 Schools guidance provided by OHA and DHS.


The COVID-19 Testing in Oregon Schools FAQ is linked here.

WEB Program Applications Due April 23

Attention 7th Graders and their Families:


The 2021-2022 WEB Program application is now live! Here is the LINK! Please know that the application will take a chunk of time to complete thoughtfully, so read and follow all directions carefully. Deadline for the application is Friday, April 23, and there will be a WEB Information Session at 1 pm on Wednesday, April 14. Thank you for your interest!

New Open Community Meal Distribution Sites

For the remainder of the year, grab-and-go meals will be available between 3:30 and 4:30 p.m. on school days for all children in the community (PPS students and children not enrolled at PPS) ages 1-18.

The sites for curbside distribution:

  • Beaumont Middle School, 4043 NE Fremont St.

  • Franklin High School, 5405 SE Woodward St.

  • George Middle School, 10000 N Burr Ave.

  • Harriet Tubman Middle School, 2231 N Flint Ave.

  • Hosford Middle School, 2303 SE 28th Pl.

  • Ida B. Wells High School, 1151 SW Vermont St.

  • Jackson Middle School, 10625 SW 35th Ave.

Help Us Understanding Your Nutrition and Transportation Plans

As we plan for the 4th Quarter, please take this brief survey to tell us about how your family will access school-based nutrition (meals) and transportation.


https://forms.gle/fC4gddhAFVc5yCny5

Childcare

Are you or someone you know looking for childcare during hybrid instruction? Check out the PPS Child Care website for a list of schools hosting child care programs during hybrid instruction. The website includes directions for translating the information. In addition, 211info offers child care referrals for all types of programs (including Boys and Girls Club and community centers) throughout Multnomah County. Parents can text, call or search for programs online. We are exploring bus transportation from schools to a small number of external programs but are still working though bus capacity challenges and will share updates when transportation is confirmed.


211info

To receive a customized referral to emergency child care programs:

Option 1: Call 211

  • Press 1 for English, 2 for Spanish, # for all other languages

  • Enter your 5 digit zip code

  • Press 3 for child care

  • Press 2 to access a child care provider for your family.

Option 2: Text the keyword “children” or “niños” to 898211 (TXT211).

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…


THE DREAMBOX SPRING CHALLENGE

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 rsuckow@pps.net

Your Weekly PTA Update


Dear MTMS Families,


We had our last PTA Meeting of the year on Tuesday – and while lightly attended – had a Fabulous presentation from the Title IX Team at PPS. I listened, I learned and I enjoyed very much. On the business end, I wanted to share that we had three major things on the agenda at this meeting.


First….MEMBERSHIP. Welcoming in the new Board Members, including a Vice President, Secretary, and a JDLE Representative as well – and all of them are NEW to MTMS PTA, talk about a WIN. Next year, fingers crossed we have some opportunities to get together safely, we will be focussed on building our core membership to engage more broadly across the MTMS community as well as with the Teachers, Staff and Administration.


Second…We have upcoming TEACHER AND STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK. This is set for May 3rd-7th and we are cooking up some plans to appreciate the wonderful people who support our wonderful kiddos all school year long.


Third….and final. We had a brief discussion about 8th Grade Promotion and how the PTA can help support to make a difficult year fell special for those headed to High School next year. If anyone has an inspired idea that they want to introduce, and help implement, we are all ears. Early planning stages over here – so bring the enthusiasm!


Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the sunshine while we got it!


-Rebecca Morris, MTMS PTA Vice President

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Support the MTMS PTA: Order your Tabor Gear Today!

It feels like Spring is upon us and summer right around the corner. It is a great time to purchase a Mt. Tabor Middle School t-shirt for your students and family members. 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 a new t-shirt, 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: https://mttabormiddleschool.itemorder.com/sale

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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 apinzeli@pps.net.

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 https://www.pps.net/domain/3490). 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:

https://www.pps.net/cms/lib/OR01913224/Centricity/Domain/4/CanvasQuickGuide-English.pdf

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 support@pps.net 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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