MLC Weekly News and Notes

February 20-24th

Hello, MLC community! What a beautiful week of kindness our school participated in! Thank you to Julie and Sarah W. for leading this charge! It sure was amazing to have our new Assistant Principal, Darren in the building. I am looking forward to having him around to support and grow with MLC!

This week we have a few trips, celebrations and gatherings. We end with a Black History Month assembly led by our newly formed Students of Color group. Despite a long history of racism and persecution, it is an opportunity to highlight and celebrate the accomplishments made by African Americans in this nation. While February and Black History Month is coming to a close, it is important to recognize the importance in learning and celebrating Black History all year.

It is looking mighty cold mid-week. Please remember to bundle up for outside time! If you are in need of a coat, we can help! Please connect with Clement. :)

In case you missed it...HERE is a copy of the February Issue of the MLC Times. Nice job, Newspaper Club!

Let's have a fantastic four day week!





2/20 Monday - NO SCHOOL

2/21 Tuesday - SAGA Lunch Group with Erewyn

Hunter's Lunch Group with Ned

2/22 Wednesday - Students of Color Lunch Group with Hakim

HS Field Trip Youth Career Fair 10:00-12:30

2/23 Thursday - 100th Day of School Celebration (K-2) 10:30

HS Field Trip to Oregon Ballet 10:30-2:00

2/24 Friday - Black History Month Assembly 10:45


2/28 Tuesday - Kx5 Lottery Info Night 5:30

3/2 Thursday - Kx5 VIRTUAL Lottery Info Night 6:00

OBOB Comes to MLC!

After a groundswell of student interest, MLC has joined the OBOB (Oregon Battle Of the Books) world. A group of 4-6 grade students have volunteered to take part in a friendly competition based on reading. There are two divisions, grades 3-5 and 6-8. This year we are piloting the program and have four teams in the grade 3-5 division and two teams in the 6-8 division. This is a fun way for students to share their love of books and challenge themselves and each other in a competition. Students signed up for an elective to meet in their teams, discuss the books they have read, write questions based on those books and then participate in practice battles using the questions they have written. Through a series of battles, teams will accumulate points for their correct answers. One team from each division will go on to compete in the regional tournament for each division. We are looking for a few volunteers to help out as chaperones and timers or scorekeeper at those events, no previous experience necessary! Please contact Susan Stronach if you are interested.

The dates for the regional tournaments are:

Saturday, March 4 at Lakeridge Middle School in Lake Oswego from 9:15 am to 3 pm for the 6-8 division.

Saturday, March 18th at Capitol Hill Elementary School 9:15 am to 3 pm for the 3-5 division.

Medical Updates

Antigen Rapid Tests available!

We received a shipment of iHealth Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Tests. We are encouraging families to keep kits at home for easy testing. You are welcome to stop by the office and grab some, or call us at 503-916-5737 and we will gladly send some home with your student.

Stay healthy.

MESD is hosting the annual Vision/Hearing screening on Thursday, Feb 23. They are scheduled to test students in grades K, 1 and 3, but welcome any students that would like to be screened.

Please reach out to your child's teacher or call Kathleen in the main office (503-916-5737) if you have questions.

Successful Schools Survey- DEADLINE EXTENDED!

We are currently surveying MLC families in order to gain insight into your perception of our school and district effectiveness. To ensure we continue to provide high quality, rigorous learning experiences that meet the needs of our learners and prepare them for college and career, we need your feedback. We want to know what you think.

Link to the family survey Panorama Education

We thank you in advance for your thoughtful responses. If you have any questions about the survey administration, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 503-916-5737.

Thank you!



Senior portrait, baby photo and personal quote for the yearbook is due Tuesday, Feb 28th. Please contact Melanie Jeudy with any questions at

NEW Students Interested in Enrolling at MLC for 2023-24!

If you know of a family that is interested in joining our MLC family - please share the information below:

Incoming K-5th graders:

Our annual Kx5 Open House will take place on Tuesday, February 28th at 5:30pm. Please join us to learn about our exciting alternative program including academics, traditions, and opportunities. All are welcome!

For those that cannot make it in person on February 28th, there will be a shorter virtual session with Suezann to learn more about MLC March 2nd at 6:00 pm. The meeting link to be posted on our website by March 1.

The PPS lottery for incoming 2023-24 K-5th graders will be open from February 15th - March 17th. When the lottery opens, you can apply here: K-5 Lottery Application (remember this won't open until 2/15.)

Incoming 6th-12th graders:

For any families who missed the lottery window for enrollment in MLC for the 2023-24 school year, you can still apply using the Hardship Petition application. Please make sure you select the 2023-24 school year in your application. You can find this application here: Hardship Petition

For any families who are interested in a mid-year transfer, you also will apply using the Hardship Petition application. Please make sure to select the 2022-23 school year in the application. These applications need to be in by Monday January 9th to be eligible for a second semester transfer.

You can find this application here: Hardship petition

For any questions, please contact Gretchen Benner:

Welcome Darren! (in case you missed it...)

Hello everyone, it is with great excitement that I begin a new journey as MLC’s assistant principal. Previously, I taught high school and middle school English, worked as a behavior management specialist, and dean of students; I have also acted as principal and assistant principal when they were absent. In my current role as a dean of students at a CTE 6 - 12 school, we don’t have an assistant principal therefore I essentially fulfill that role and more. My daughter attended PPS K-12, had an excellent academic experience, and I want to help provide the same opportunity for other PPS students. Outside of school, I still play soccer, for a brief time I worked for U.S. Soccer, and I continue to conduct coaching education for the Oregon Youth Soccer Association. The picture was taken from the Statue of Liberty with my wife and daughter, and NYC, one of my favorite places, is in the background. In addition to being able to ride my bike to school, I am looking forward to meeting all of you in person and welcome the opportunity to be part of the MLC community.

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Snow?...maybe? Weather Closure Reminder

Communications about inclement weather go out in a variety of ways, including text messages, robocalls, emails, and are posted on the PPS website. If you are a parent or guardian, a student, or a PPS staff member, you can opt in to receive texts by texting YES to 68453.

Staff Wish List

Our hard working MLC staff is in need of a few wish list items. If you have any of these things to donate, we would sure appreciate your generosity! Feel free to reach out to the staff requester if you can help them out. Click HERE to verify DONE. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELP YOU HAVE ALREADY GIVEN! :)

Amanda - Sugarless Gum

Ned - Houseplants

Maggie - Fine point sharpies, Rubber Chicken, old/broken appliances or safe e-waste for the Take Apart elective - anything that can be easily carried upstairs by a child will work!

Liz B - Electric pencil sharpener

Liz D - Fine point sharpies

Clement - Social Work Wishlist


Greetings from the MLC PTSA!

Next PTSA Meeting: March 7th!

Our next PTSA meeting will be in the MLC Library and on Zoom, March 7th, at 6:30-8:00

The Auction is Happening!

The Auction Team is up and running! The auction will be held at the Odditorium on April 29th. If you'd like to help, contact us at

If you know an awesome business that is interested in donating to the auction, the online donation form is here:


MLC PTSA will once again host parking for Timbers and Thorns games this school year to raise much needed funds for student activities (classroom supplies, electives, field trips, and all the reasons why we love MLC.).

Available sign-up dates are posted here.

We need volunteers to:

Collect parking fees

Direct cars to available spots

Assist with unlocking/locking the gates

Questions? Contact your parent coordinators Tammy or Chenney

All this and more at

Safety Updates and Reminders


Starting Tuesday January 17th, we are implementing a sign out process for students choosing to go offsite for lunch. Here is that process:

6th grade: Sign out on a clipboard in their homeroom classroom. (Maggie or Kathleen)

7th-12th: Sign out using phone or device with QR code located at the front doors or on paper sign out in the front office.

Students will not need to sign back in due to teachers taking attendance after lunch.


MLC has received several COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test kits. The kits are available in the main office.


Communications about inclement weather go out in a variety of ways, including text messages, robocalls, emails, and are posted on the PPS website. If you are a parent or guardian, a student, or a PPS staff member, you can opt in to receive texts by texting YES to 68453.


1st-8th students should not arrive to MLC before 8:15 a.m. At that time, students will need to wait outside until 8:25 unless they are eating breakfast. Breakfast students may enter the cafeteria at 8:15. Students may not enter the other areas of the school until 8:25 to start the school day at 8:30 a.m.

Unfortunately, we do not have enough staff to monitor all areas of the building and outdoors before those times. Teachers and staff are preparing for the day.

We want to make sure all students are safe and in designated areas where there is adequate supervision.

Kindergarten students will now be dropped off and picked up in the Kindergarten classroom!

Thank you for your help in keeping our students safe!

State Testing 30 Day Notice with Opt Out Form: December 6, 2022

PPS families,

As required by the Oregon Department of Education, we are providing you the 30 Day Notice and Opt Out Form. The notice is available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, Chinese, Russian and Somali on the PPS Research, Assessment, and Accountability website.

Statewide testing is part of our balanced assessment system that offers all students, especially historically underserved students, opportunities to demonstrate their progress. Information provided by student assessments is critical in helping us determine district and school priorities for improving student learning.

If you have questions, please contact your school office.

Art is ALIVE at MLC!

Do you wonder what's going on in the Kx8 Art Room? Art teacher Ned and his students are posting their creations and flops on Instagram at bettys_atelier_mlc in honor of Betty Mather, one of MLC's original teacher/founders! Betty taught in room 106 for the first third of our school's history. Betty's space was the beating heart of the school where all children met and created.

Ongoing Resources

Parent Vue

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Attendance Line 503-916-3656