The Mt. Tabor Tribune

Weekly Newsletter for the Mt. Tabor Middle School Community

A Message from the Principal

February 26, 2021

Good evening, Mt Tabor MS Families,

For the first time in a long time, students walked through the doors of Mt. Tabor Middle School and took their seats--socially distanced, of course--and I was lucky enough to be outside to greet them as they arrived on campus, masked and ready for this new adventure.

With all the planning done, it was celebratory to bring our first group of eight 6th grade students back for our first of four scheduled LIPI cohorts that will be starting over the course of the next four weeks. I know I am guilty of sneaking down the 6th grade hallway and peering through the door of Room 113 and just watching for a moment as our amazing guest teacher, Ms. Beth Bjork, taught procedures and helped students get to know each other in their first on-campus moments.

Those two days gave me so much hope that something that feels like normalcy may be in the future for all of our students and their families. And while we still have much work to do between now and when we return to hybrid instruction (according to the district, we are still targeting a mid-April start), I also know that we all are excited for the day when all of our students will once again walk through the doors and take their seats, ready to rejoin their physical classroom communities.

Even through all of this, we continue to celebrate the many successes of our students in our quarterly celebrations (all of these are available for viewing on our MTMS YouTube Channel), wrapped up Black History Month, had students explore new elective options and forecast for their 2021-22 electives, and worked with them to submit their photos and perspectives for this year's yearbook. If you missed any of these announcements in last week's newsletter, rest assured the details and information are still listed below so that you can take action.

I wish you all an amazing week ahead.


Ms. Tonya Arnold

Principal, Mt. Tabor Middle School

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. So far we have only heard from 52 MTMS families, and we really do value your input.

We are excited to announce the 2021 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!

Forecasting for Classes for the 2021-22 School Year at MTMS

Do you have a current 5th, 6th or 7th grade student who will be attending MTMS for the 2021-22 school year? If so, it is nearly time for your child to indicate their preferences for classes.

Linked below you will see the information for each of the grade levels for 2021-22. It is important for families to review this information with their students prior to the forecasting process happening the week of Feb 22-26 so that you can discuss and agree on course preferences.

Please note: to ensure you are looking at the correct information, click on the sheet that indicates your child's grade level NEXT YEAR, not the grade they are current in. There are some big changes, so I encourage families to look at the charts regarding the program for our neighborhood and immersion students.

Current MTMS 6th and 7th grade students will complete the forecasting process in their science classes on Feb 22-23, and current 5th grade students will be receiving more information from their elementary schools regarding how they will be forecasting. We would like all students to have completed their forecasting forms by the end of the day on Friday, March 5.

If you have questions or concerns about forecasting, please email Jill Liddle, Assistant Principal, at

MAP Make-Up Sessions on March 3.

Students who are absent from the exam or who need additional time to finish the exam(s) will be scheduled for make-up sessions on Wednesday, March 3 at 1:00 pm.

Students will be receiving an invite to the make up sessions directly to their school email account with the Google Meet link and instructions.

If you have questions about the MAP Assessment schedule at MTMS, please contact Dave Llewellyn at

Yearbook Photos

This year's yearbook will be unlike any other in MTMS history. To put together this unique book, each student is being asked respond to several questions and to submit three photos:

  1. A selfie portrait

  2. A COVID selfie

  3. A picture of them in their distance learning work space

Students had dedicated time on Friday, February 26 in their Social Studies class to submit their entries, but we know many still need and want time to finish.

We encourage you to check in with your students about their entries as we want to have as many students represented as possible. Check out the file below for links to the submission forms. Submissions are due by Friday, March 5.

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

6th Graders to Participate in WEB Virtual Olympics

Our amazing WEB coordinators and Leaders have something fun planned for our 6th grade students in early March--the WEB Virtual Olympics.

The Olympics are coming up this summer and WEB thinks it's time to get that Olympic spirit started early. This March, Mt. Tabor will be hosting the WEB Virtual Olympics where WEB groups will compete in a variety of events.

On March 1-2, WEB groups will be using Homeroom time (1:00 - 1:45 pm) for a couple days to do the events. Results will be compiled and totaled for each WEB Fruit Group (Tangerines, Nectarines, etc.) and the winning group will be announced the week before Spring Break!

Mid-Term Progress Reports

It's hard to believe, today we are officially at the midway point of Quarter 3. Teachers have been completing progress reports, so now is a good time to check in with your students regarding their academic progress on Canvas. Progress report grades should be available to view in ParentVUE by Wednesday, March 3.

LIPI Parent Meeting

If your student was identified for Limited In-Person Instruction (LIPI) at Mt. Tabor MS and you were unable to attend the family information session on Wednesday, February 17, we recorded the meeting and have uploaded it to our YouTube Channel (these resources are also linked below).

We are asking that LIPI students and their families review the video and slides prior to their first day on campus. If you still have questions about transportation, please reach out to Tonya Arnold or Jill Liddle via email.

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Your Weekly PTA Update


It is time to think about Por Que No? Taqueria. The Restaurant Partner event for the Hawthorne location is just a week and a half away. Yes, that it right, in just a week and a half it will be MARCH 10th! Mark your calendars and add it to your meal plans. Por Que No? is open from 4:00pm-9:00pm on Wednesday. No code needed. Simply place an order on Wednesday, March 10th and 10% of all sales will be donated to MTMS PTA, which means it will go to MTMS teachers and students. You can pick up your meal for carry out or have it delivered using DoorDash or Caviar.

Por Que No? Taqueria


Dream Dinners is not far off. The links to order are below. Three meals for $50.00. Each meal serves 2-3 people. If you have a larger family, you can place an order and in the comments note that you want to double the order. In this case the cost will be $100.00 for three meals that serve 4-6 people. The deadline to order for Thursday, March 18th pick up is Wednesday, March 17th at 12:00am. The deadline to order for Saturday, March 20th pick up is Friday, March 19th at 12:00am.

Dream Dinners March 18th link

Dream Dinners March 20th link

The weekly PTA post is available at

Join the MTMS PTA

We still need you! 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

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

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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