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,
You know when you have news--big news--and the time isn't quite right to share it yet? And instead, it just eats you up inside? And you dance around like the happiest human on the planet all the while chanting "I've got a secret" over and over while your lips remain sealed?
I have to admit, I really am terrible at keeping this kind of joy to myself. But I am going to have to do exactly that for the next week or so. In the meantime, you are just going to have to take my word for it that we have AMAZING news coming our way! And I promise to tell you all VERY SOON!
Next week seems to be a big week all the way around. Beginning on Tuesday, March 1, students will no longer be required to wear their masks when they are outdoors on school campus. We will need, however, for all students to have those masks on before they come inside in the morning, after their outdoor PE activities, and after lunch/recess. At this point, PPS is still requiring the use of masks inside our school buildings and is continuing to review data and guidance to determine when/if those changes will happen inside buildings this school year. I have been asked by a lot of students in the last week if masks are going away after they return from spring break. And I will give our families the same answer: when I know, I promise to let you know too.
Until then, I am going to wish you all the best of all possible weekends!
All the best,
Ms. Tonya Arnold
Principal, Mt. Tabor Middle School
Convivencia de las Familias Latinas
Please join us on Wednesday, March 2nd right after school starts at 9:15am for our monthly gathering of Latino/a/x parents, guardians and caregivers. We will have announcements in Spanish, handouts in Spanish, and a visit from "Step Up" at Franklin High School, a mentoring and tutoring program.
This month, we will be meeting in the warm, dry library instead of outside.! Tea and snacks will be served. Please wear a mask.
Thanks very much and we hope to see you there!
Convivencia de las Familias Latinas
Únase a nosotros el miércoles 2 de marzo justo después de que comiencen las clases a las 9:15 am para nuestra reunión mensual de padres, tutores y cuidadores latinos/a/x. Tendremos anuncios en español, folletos en español y una visita de "Step Up" en Franklin High School, un programa de tutoría y tutoría.
¡Este mes nos reuniremos en la biblioteca cálida y seca en lugar de afuera! Se servirá té y bocadillos. Por favor, use una máscara.
¡Muchas gracias y esperamos verte allí!
Tell us about your experience at Mt. Tabor Middle School
What is the first thing that comes to your mind when you hear the phrase “successful schools?” We believe that successful schools are safe, healthy and welcoming learning spaces that are inclusive for all students. But we want to hear your thoughts.
We are excited to announce the 2022 Successful Schools Family Survey. When you take the survey, you help us understand your experience as a parent or guardian. This important information will guide us as we determine the future of our schools. The survey launches today and will be available for the next four weeks.
Take the survey today! You can complete the survey from a computer, tablet, or smartphone. It should only take 15-20 minutes of your time. Select the school your child attends and answer the questions for that school. If you have children at more than one PPS school, please complete one survey for each school your children attend. If you need help taking the survey please contact your teacher or principal.
Thank you for being part of the PPS family!
Planned Changes to COVID-19 Protocols
Dear PPS Families,
As the COVID-19 pandemic moves into its next phase, we are preparing to make changes to our safety protocols in response to declining cases.
With case numbers that had peaked in Multnomah County because of the Omicron variant now projected to decline even further in the coming weeks and months, and with the high percentage of vaccinated individuals in Multnomah County, we expect shifts in guidance from public health experts.
Because of that, we are planning to make the following changes starting on March 1:
- Outdoor masking on campuses will become optional.
- School dances and other in-person school events may resume.
- Civic Use of Building permits – which allow for use of school buildings by community groups and individuals during non-school hours -- may be approved for indoor use (the CUB office will begin accepting permits for review on February 15).
- Overnight field trips may resume.
All changes are in alignment with the statewide Ready School Safe Learners guidelines for the 2021-22 school year (updated February 9). Our full slate of Standard Operating Procedures is collected on the 2021-22 COVID-19 Safety and Protocols webpage.
Thank you for everything you are doing to keep our students and community safe.
New Water Fountains Being Installed: Please Send Students with Reusable Water Bottles
Families, please be sure to send your student to school each day with a reusable water bottle. We are going through cups and cones for water at a high rate, and these open containers lead to spills in classrooms....and on Chromebooks. We appreciate any support you can give to us reducing our ecological footprint as well as saving us from the daily spillage.
8th Grade DLI Families: High School Credit Process
Dear parents of 8th grade DLI Spanish and Japanese students,
This year, 8th grade DLI students will have the opportunity to earn up to 4 high school credits through the Credit By Proficiency 3-Point Model (CBP:3). This new model, rather than relying fully on an external exam (STAMP4S, CBE), or fully on a student portfolio (CBP 2020/21), will combine both of these elements along with the teacher’s proficiency grade in order to provide a comprehensive assessment of the student’s language proficiency.
For details on the CBP:3 model and the FAQs in English, Spanish, and Japanese, please click on the appropriate links below:
Details on CBP:3 Model:
FAQs on CBP:3 Model:
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!
5th Grade Open House: Thursday, May 12
Keep an eye out for details on the event as we get closer to May.
Mark Your Calendars: 8th Grade Promotion is Friday, June 10
Your Weekly PTA Update
Can you buy one wobble seat for a MTMS classroom? A $75.00 donation to the Classrooms in Motion fundraiser will purchase one wobble seat. The PTA is working to raise funds for 100 wobble seats (alternative seating options) in MTMS classrooms. Donations are being accepted through SchoolPay. The link to donate to this fundraiser is https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Classrooms-in-Motion/SCiuLo.
We have had great success with our first two Restaurant Partners this year and look forward to several more in the coming months.
- March 20th - Leikum Brewing
- April 12th - Tabor Tavern
- April 20th and 21st - Oly’s Pizza
- May 16th, 17th, 18th - Spaghetti Factory
Alpenrose and MTMS Partnership
They have more than just milk!!! New customers will receive $30.00 off their first order and free home delivery of groceries. All your future orders over $15.00 will also receive free delivery. For each new customer that signs up, using the MTMSPTA code, Alpenrose will donate $50.00 to MTMS PTA! This is huge! This will contribute to funds that we greatly 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.
Snow is falling?!? Get a cool, soft, cozy hoodie to keep you extra warm and a t-shirt for layering on those days the sun comes out. The new design is really cute. Check out Mt Tabor Middle School spirit wear at the following link. T-shirts and hoodies are available in two different designs. 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
HS Graduation Requirements Feedback Opportunities
Oregon’s Kitchen Table is working with ODE to gather input from people across the state about this topic from mid-February to mid-March 2022. We are planning different ways for people to share what they think. OKT will be working with community organizers to do culturally specific outreach and engagement and holding listening sessions and interviews for communities who have not been well served by the education system, including students with disabilities, English language learners, immigrants and refugees, students who move frequently, and Black and Native and Indigenous students and other communities of color. We'll also be hosting an online statewide survey in 7 languages as well as regional community conversations in each of the state's 19 Educational Service Districts. Statewide online survey (open through April 15th).
Regional community conversations: You can also attend one of the community conversations we will hold for families in each of Oregon's 19 Educational Service Districts. These forums will be on Zoom. If you have any questions, please contact Oregon’s Kitchen Table (email@example.com).
These sessions are for families and community members in each region. If you would like to attend an upcoming community conversation in your region, please click on the Zoom Registration link next to the county / ESD where you live to register and get Zoom information to join. Multnomah County: March 8, 6-8pm, Zoom Registration
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.