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,

I am going to keep this message to you all as short as my work week has been. Like many of you, I too have finally had to come face-to-face with my own COVID-19 positivity, and just returned to campus for the first time all week. Many of you know, if you are following our school notifications and the district dashboard, that we are experiencing an uptick in infections at this time as well as the sub shortages that come with high rates of absences across the district. We have been short subs at MTMS all week this week, and our staff has been so incredibly gracious in stepping in to cover classes, this during Staff Appreciation Week.

I also, in this brief note, want to express my heartfelt thanks to all of those who helped to make Staff Appreciation Week so special for our staff. From the Mt. Tabor PTA and Oya No Kai to Dream Dinners and the donations of so many individual parents, you all truly helped to make our teachers and staff feel loved and supported.

I wish all of you a safe and healthy weekend.

All the best,

Ms. Tonya Arnold

Principal, Mt. Tabor Middle School


Need all of our upcoming dates in one place? Details on events marked with an asterisk (*) may be found below in the newsletter

Outdoor School for 6th Grade*

  • Monday, May 9 and Tuesday, May 10

5th Grade Open House*

  • Thursday, May 12 6:00-7:30 pm

All-Grade School Dance: Neon/Glow in the Dark

  • Friday, May 20 4:00-5:30 pm

Memorial Day Holiday (No School)

  • Monday, May 30

8th Grade Japanese Immersion Culmination Evening
  • Wednesday, June 8 at 6:00 pm

8th Grade Field Trip to Oaks Park
  • Thursday, June 9 (during school)

8th Grade Promotion*
  • Friday, June 10 at 6:00 pm, Franklin High School Gym

Driveways at School Pick-Up and Drop-Off

Please be courteous of our MTMS neighbors during pick-up and drop-off times. We are hearing reports that car traffic is blocking driveways while picking up and dropping off students along 57th and Ash Streets. We want to encourage families to continue to use side streets (like Oak and Pine) as alternative locations and to be mindful to not block driveways.


Dear Families and Staff of Mt Tabor Middle School,

This week (4/30 to 5/6/2022), nineteen (19) individuals at MTMS have reported testing positive for COVID-19. For daily information on the number of individuals at the school who have reported testing positive for COVID-19, refer to the PPS COVID-19 Dashboard.

Please continue to use the Daily Illness Self-Screening Checklist to monitor symptoms; if symptoms develop and last longer than 24 hours, seek testing for COVID-19.

Parents/Guardians: Call the school if your student develops symptoms of illness or tests positive for COVID-19.

Staff: Notify your direct supervisor if you develop symptoms of illness or test positive for COVID-19.

The best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are to:

  • Get vaccinated (including the booster dose)
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days after being in close contact with someone who has COVID-19
  • Stay home if you have excludable symptoms of illness per Daily Illness Self-Screening Checklist (linked above)
  • Maintain distance from people outside of your home
  • Stay away from people who have symptoms of illness
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often

If you have health questions, call your school nurse or your healthcare provider.

Additional resources and guidance can be found at the CDC website and Multnomah County.


Tonya Arnold, Principal

Kristyn Westphal, Area Senior Director

Late orders for 8th Grade Class Panoramic

Dorian is accepting late orders for the panorama pic. If your student would still like to order one, we have extra forms in the office. These must be returned back to us by Thursday, May 12th. After that, you will need to order directly from Dorian, and they will ship it to your home for an additional $5 charge. Unfortunately, there is no online ordering for this picture. If you have any questions, Dorian can be reached at 1-800-826-3535.

Outdoor School Experiences for MTMS 6th Grade Students

While the Outdoor School experience will be different for our current 6th grade students this year, we are excited that our students will be traveling to Outdoor School Day Camp on May 9-10, 2022.

Students will depart the school each morning and travel by school bus to their Outdoor School site and return each evening. Lunch on site will not be provided, but students who cannot bring a lunch from home be provided a bag lunch from the school cafeteria. Please coordinate with your child's 4th period/homeroom teacher if a lunch is needed. Please note that Outdoor School requests that all lunches be nut-free to support our students with allergies.

PPS Summer Programming

Summer is coming and PPS will be offering a number of summer programming opportunities for students!

Summer Acceleration Academy (SAA): SAA is a joyful learning opportunity to support development in key literacy and math skills, as well as STEAM learning and projects! Students are selected based on academic needs for this is a free, four week program. Invitations will be sent by email from PPS Summer Acceleration - be sure to check your email! It is important that families selected accept or decline the invitation so that unused spots can be allocated for others.

Summer Enrichment and Extended Learning: A wide variety of exciting summer enrichment and extended learning opportunities will be offered throughout the summer in partnership with community organizations and Portland Public Schools’ Racial Equity and Social Justice (RESJ) Department. Keep an eye out for program information and registration coming in mid-May!

Forgot to Order Your Yearbook?

While the deadline for purchasing yearbooks has come and gone, the school has purchased a limited supply of extras. These books will be available on a first-come, first-served basis once the books arrive to the building. We will notify students and parents once they arrive.

Notice of Upcoming State Testing

Mt. Tabor Middle School students will be engaging in the Oregon State Assessment of Skills (OSAS) tests beginning in March. Students will take these exams in their regularly schedule ELA, Math, and Science classes during the testing windows noted below:

  • 8th Grade Science: May 9-13

Families wishing to opt their students out of state testing should submit any testing opt out forms prior to the start of testing. Fill out, print, and bring completed forms to the main office or send them digitally directly to our Testing Coordinator, Dave Llewellyn at These forms can be accessed at the links below. Please note that there is one form for ELA and Math, and a separate form for 8th grade science.

30-Day Notice and ELA/Math Opt-out Form (grades 3-8 & 11) (30-day notice and opt-out form will be available around October)

English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali

Science Exemption Request Form (grades 5, 8 & 11)

English | Español | Tiếng Việt | 中文 | Русский | Soomaali

Mark Your Calendars: 8th Grade Promotion is Friday, June 10

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting an in-person promotion ceremony for our 8th grade students on Friday, June 10 in the Franklin High School Gymnasium from 6:00-7:00 pm. We look forward to celebrating this accomplishment with our students and their families.
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Your Weekly PTA Update

Thank you to all those families and parents that helped support our teachers and staff at MTMS this week. The staff were so appreciative of all the displays of gratitude and appreciation during the week. They wanted to send their thanks to the community and everyone involved.

The PTA is continuing to raise funds for wobble seats for one more week. The last day to donate via SchoolPay with be May 13th. After this time we will be working with the school to order the chairs for classrooms. We have raised a little over $1,800. This will allow the PTA to provide 24 wobble seats to MTMS classrooms. Our goal was 100 alternative seating options. Can you please help us in this last week provide some more wobble seats to students in classrooms? This is a fundraising initiative that the PTA may continue with next school year, so we can meet the full request from teachers/staff. This brings us to another topic… next year.

It is time to get the PTA Board in place for the next school year. Our fearless leader, the MTMS PTA President is moving on as her student promotes to high school. We are recruiting for President, Vice President, Secretary, and Communications Chair, among other chair positions specific to certain events (e.g., Outdoor Chair, Staff Appreciation Week Chair, Restaurant Partners Chair, etc.). It is critical that the MTMS have volunteers to fill these Board positions. Many schools have a Foundation and a PTA, but MTMS only has a PTA. Parent involvement on the PTA Board has been less and less in the last few years, which makes it increasing difficult to support the teachers, staff, and administration in all the ways they count on from the PTA. The more volunteers we have on the Board, the easier it is to get things done and support the great community that MTMS is. Please consider sharing your talents with the MTMS PTA. Talk to your MTMS parent friends and join the Board together. We will be discussing the MTMS PTA at our last General PTA Meeting of the school year on Tuesday, March 17th from 6:30-8:00pm. Pop into the Zoom Meeting to learn about the activities the PTA engages in, the critical role of the PTA in the community, and the specific roles and responsibilities on the Board for next school year. Further details on the General PTA Meeting with be forthcoming. As always, please email the PTA at with any questions, ideas, or interest in volunteering.

Parent Volunteer Opportunities

There are a few more volunteer opportunities coming up before the end of the school year. We need your help to keep the MTMS community turning. Please email to let us know you would like to volunteer.

  • May 20th - School Dance for all grade levels. The dance is 4:00-5:30pm at MTMS. We need about four additional volunteers to help with checking students in (checking school ID and collecting permission slips), collecting entrance fee (fundraiser for the Gay Straight Alliance), chaperoning/supervision during the dance, and some clean-up after the dance. The volunteer commitment is 3:30pm-6:00pm.
  • June 10th - 8th Grade Promotion. **We need 6th and 7th grade families to help, so 8th grade families can enjoy this time with their students.** The event will be held at Franklin High School in the main gym 6:00pm - 7:00pm. We are looking for one or two additional volunteers to arrive by 5:00pm to greet families, pass out programs, and guide/direct families to the correct seating. The PTA is decorating the stage for the ceremony, so we will also need an additional volunteer to help with clean up of some decorations after the ceremony from 7:00pm - 7:30pm.

Restaurant Partners - Old Spaghetti Factory May 16, 17, & 18

We have a had great success with our Restaurant Partners this year. Our last scheduled Restaurant Partner this year is Old Spaghetti Factory (Portland site). The restaurant is at 715 S Bancroft Street and has lunch time hours (11:30am-2:30pm) and dinner time hours (4:30-9:00pm). The event involves ordering online for pick up or delivery and using the code TABOR at check out. You can place an order online for pick up or delivery days in advance. Share the information with your co-workers for a big lunch order or with your neighbors and friends. Anyone can use the code TABOR to place an order. Old Spaghetti Factory generously will donated 10% of sale made with the TABOR code to MTMS PTA.


Spring is a great time to order a MTMS t-shirt as the weather warms or a zip-up hoodie for those cool spring mornings. 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:

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Astronaut Dr. Jose Hernandez Coming to PPS!

We want to let you know of an exciting opportunity coming to PPS families!

On May 20th and 21st at Jefferson High School, PPS will be hosting speaking events featuring Dr. Jose Hernandez, a NASA astronaut, STEM education advocate, engineer, and author. These events will be open to PPS students and families of all ages.

Please note: The event on the evening of May 20th will be held in English with interpretation available in American Sign Language, Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Somali, and Russian. The event on the morning of May 21st will be held in Spanish.

This event is FREE to attend, open to all ages, and is sure to INSPIRE! Space is limited. Registration for families opens on Friday, May 6th and will remain open until the event is full. We encourage you to act quickly as these events are sure to fill up! You’ll find the event logistics below:

Friday, May 20th (English with interpretation)

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Jefferson High School Auditorium

Address: 5210 N. Kirby Ave., Portland, OR 97217 (map)

Registration: see links below

Saturday, May 21st (Spanish)

Time: 9:00-11:00am

Location: Jefferson High School Auditorium

Address: 5210 N. Kirby Ave., Portland, OR 97217 (map)

Registration: See links below

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Current Quarantine Guidlines

The COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines have changed significantly in the last couple of weeks. Below you will find graphics that explain the timelines for the new guidance.
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Upload your COVID-19 Vaccination Cards Into Parent VUE

Help our school staff keep accurate records of your student's vaccination status by uploading a picture of PDF of their immunization card in ParentVUE. Use the PDF linked below for instructions on how to do it!

My Child Is Out Sick

If your child is feeling under the weather and is missing school, please be sure to call the MTMS Attendance Line. If you leave us a message, please give us a list of your student's symptoms as we are tracking these as part of our health and safety protocol. A member of the office or admin team may call you back regarding the symptoms you report.

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

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