MLC Weekly News and Notes

January 9-13th

Hello, MLC community! We had a wonderful week diving back into our school routine. Already, there is so much to share!

Lunch groups are starting this week! We are also forming a "Student Advisory ,,, Something". We are letting the students come up with a name! This leadership group will be sponsored by Beriah and Chelsea. All grades (K-12) will have representatives as well as leads from the high school and middle school. Check out the video below for more information.

Our newspaper club has printed their second issue. Take a look! Students will receive a paper copy Monday.

MLC Times Issue 2

The MLC Site Council will be forming in the next few weeks. More details on that to come in next weeks newsletter!

I would like to thank the 3rd grade class for stepping up to become the MLC Recess Equipment Ambassadors. Your organization and care is much appreciated!

I look forward to a wonderful week!





1/10 Tuesday - 1x8 Winter Elective Sign Ups

1/10 Tuesday - Hunter's Lunch Group with Ned

1/10 Tuesday - PTSA Meeting in MLC Library 6:30 p.m.

1/11 Wednesday - Students of Color Lunch Group with Hakim


1/16 Monday - MLK Day - No School

Winter Elective Sign-Ups!

Elective Sign-Ups will take place this TUESDAY, January 10th, in the auditorium.

Students will participate in an arena-style registration process that provides opportunities to read descriptions carefully, make choices based on their interests, strategically plan the order to sign up, wait responsibly for their turn, and learn what to do when a class becomes full. We will have an abundance of support staff and older students available to help children navigate this experience to make it a safe and positive one.

1x3: 8:45 - 9:15 a.m.

Link to 1x3 Catalog: FinalWinter1x3.pdf

4x6: 10:05 - 10:35 a.m.

Links to 4x6 Catalog: FinalWinter4x6.pdf

7x8: 9:25 - 9:55 a.m.

Links to 7x8 Catalog: FinalWinter7x8.pdf

To minimize crowding in line, the students will be grouped by FIRST NAME; a different group will be first to line up each trimester. GROUP TWO GOES FIRST THIS TIME!

Group One: A - F Group Two: G - N Group Three: O - Z

Families Can Help By:

  • Discussing class selections prior to sign-ups and having students choose their favorites.

  • Expressing excitement over the variety of choices, the mixed ages, the small size of classes, and the opportunity to meet new friends and teachers.

  • Realizing that students may not get all of their top choices, and talking through possible responses ahead of time, including the value of trying new things.

  • Knowing they can reach out to Dana (, the electives coordinator, to help resolve issues or answer questions.

  • Volunteering to assist with Sign-Ups; email Dana if you can be there.

Virtual Scholars Mentor Needed for Semester 2!

We are looking for someone to facilitate a (one period) high school Virtual Scholars classroom at MLC for next semester! Below is a video highlighting what that entails. If you are interested or know someone that might be a good fit, please reach out to Gretchen Benner - our 6-12 counselor.

Under general supervision of a certified educator, the Virtual Scholars Student Mentor assists educators with the instructional program and goals. The Virtual Scholars Student Mentor will support the instructional services in blended online courses to students. Virtual Scholars Student Mentors will supervise students enrolled in the Virtual Scholars program of blended online classes, support students in effective use of technologies, and work with educators to provide tutoring to students.

Student Spotlight

Check out our high school physics class! In this session, students were measuring the force of a book falling on different amounts of cushioning to see how impact time affects force.

Way to go, Science!!!

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"And one man in his time plays many parts"....right, TONY?

Let's give a shout out to our awesome Campus Security, Tony! Not only does he keep our school community safe, but he is also quite an accomplished ACTOR! You can catch Tony performing on various stages around the Portland area!


Safety Updates and Reminders


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!

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! :)

Clothing Closet - Large plastic storage bins, clothing racks, sturdy hangers

Clement Wilson - Social Work Wishlist


Greetings from the MLC PTSA!

Next PTSA Meeting: Jan 10th!

Our next PTSA meeting will be in the MLC Library and on Zoom, January 10th, at 6:30-8:00

Powell's Field Trip!

Last month the third and eighth graders wrote book reviews and had a walking field trip to Powell's to place them. It's great to see our students getting out into the community and doing awesome things! As a little extra, the PTSA bought hot chocolate for the kids!

Check out our blog for some cool action shots!

The Holiday Teacher and Staff Gifts were Amazing!

We'd like to thank everyone that donated or got sponsorships for holiday gifts for our teachers and staff! With your generosity we were able to give each of our teachers and staff an awesome holiday gift bag!
We also want to give a big shout-out to Chenney for organizing this, and for packing all those gift bags up in such a cool and creative way!

Head on over to the blog to see how they all turned out!


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.

This is a great opportunity to meet other parents. And if you have older kids, a chance to volunteer together while providing an important lesson in microeconomics! We broke the time slots into two hour shifts and two people are needed for each shift. So grab a friend, student or other parents and help support the MLC community.

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

***Even if you are not able to volunteer this time, PLEASE spread the word to your community of Timber and Thorn fans (and if you know Seattle fans that will be coming to this first game) that parking is available at MLC, opening at least 1 hour before kickoff. Entrance to the parking lot is along Glisan, right after the crosswalk at 20th. This is the east lot (closest to Couch Park). Thank you!!
Holiday Meal Fund Drive

You all are so awesome! The holiday meal fund drive has raised $3080 so far! That is a wild amount, and it's doing a lot to support families in our community! Thanks so much for your generous donations!

If you need assistance or would like to request a grocery card for your family, please contact MLC's school social worker, Clement:

All this and more at

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.

Paid Youth Opportunity: Uplift Youth Summit

Here is a cool opportunity shared by our HS Career Coordinator:

Feb. 17-20, Uplift Virtual Youth Summit, Youth ERA; Students receive a $75 stipend for participation and a chance to win a PS5, funded by a grant from the Oregon Health Authority. Now registering youth for scholarships for Oregon youth, ages 14-19.

As described by a student participant, “The main goal is to train teens in peer support so that they can be there for each other in crisis. Uplift prioritizes your mental health and as a result, teens who’ve done Uplift say they have improved self confidence and personal growth, and feel more capable in reaching out to peers.” Students will learn how to identify signs of distress, practice listening and self care skills, identify strengths, build resilience, and counter issues like bullying and youth suicide.

Adults and staff can watch this video to learn more. Youth 14-19 can apply here.

For more information, contact:


Tanya Leib

High School Career Coordinator

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.

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