MLC Weekly News and Notes

November 7th-11th

Hello, MLC!

Hello, MLC community! I am thrilled to actually be here! I am so grateful for the resilient staff and amazing administrators filling in until my arrival- which makes my transition a bit easier. THANK YOU!

I know there is so much to do and learn! I have been visiting classrooms, out in the hallways, welcoming students at the door in the morning, helping with lunch time and outside for release in the afternoon. I have enjoyed getting to meet families at drop off/pick up times. I attended my first PTSA meeting last Tuesday to connect and hear about upcoming events and fundraisers. I have also been diving into other “principaling tasks”...that are not nearly as fun. ;)

During my classroom visits, I have been given some golden advice from MLC students. The top three that keep coming up are:

  1. Keep visiting our classrooms!

  2. Try not to stress out…

  3. Have FUN!

I am taking this advice to heart and reminding myself to follow it each day as I walk through the doors of our beautiful and quirky building.

On that, welcome to NO-vember! I call it that due to all of the out of school days students have this month. We hope to see all of our students on those days we are here! Please remember to make sure they have layers/rain attire for outside walks, trips and recess. We are a true Oregon school - which means we continue with outdoor time - rain or shine!

Again, I am so excited to finally be here! I look forward to becoming part of this wonderful community and growing with you all.




Don't forget daylight savings time!


11/9 Wednesday - Picture Retakes

11/11 Friday - NO SCHOOL (Veterans Day)


Conference Sign Ups! (look for this in the next newsletter)

11/18 Friday - Principal's Tea

11/21-22 Monday/Tuesday - Parent/Teacher Conferences - NO SCHOOL

11/23-25 Wednesday-Friday - NO SCHOOL (Fall Break)

11/29 Tuesday - Open House at MLC for 2023 prospective MS & HS students

Pick Up and Drop Off Updates

Pick up and drop off will be getting a makeover soon to ensure the safety of our students while also encouraging community. For now, these are the changes being made effective Monday November 7th:

DROP OFF (cars using the black top)

Please pull all the way up to the front doors/the line before students exit your vehicle.

Stay in the line to await exit upon Tony's signal. Line cutting is a safety issue with younger students close to the area.

Please do not use the back lot for drop off. This is our staff parking with assigned and very limited space. We want to make sure our educators are able to park and get into their classrooms each morning in time to prep for each day of learning.

PICK UP (cars using the black top)

Students that are picked up by car in the parking lot will be in lines by designated cones/teachers.

Car pick up students cannot go to the playground/court while waiting for pick up.

Drivers will need to stay in their cars. A staff member will come to you for your child's name/with your child.

Stay in the line to await exit upon Tony's signal. Line cutting is a safety issue with younger students close to the area.

Again - this system is being reexamined. Until then - Let' all work together to keep our students safe!

Thank you!


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Student Spotlight

Great things are happening at MLC! Here is this week's student spotlight:

From 3rd grade teacher John:

"After noticing that we had school on Indigenous People's Day and then a day off that same week, third graders did some research. We watched a video of Joe Biden proclaiming the Federal Holiday and even read the whole proclamation. The kids got fired up and we decided to write persuasive letters (in paragraph form!) to the school board. We then found out that we could go and testify in person, so we wrote a collaborative class letter."

Shout out to the 3rd grade class! Speakers Henry and Max! Teacher John!

Check out our students advocating in the video below at 57:20.

Way to go, MLC 3rd graders!

PPS Board of Education Regular Meeting - 10/25/2022 - Meeting starts at 43:30


Greetings from the PTSA! Here's what we've got cooking this week and there's even more information on our website at

Craft Faire is coming! The MLC Craft Faire is a beloved event where even the youngest crafter can sell their wares. This year's Faire will take over the MLC Auditorium on December 8, 2022 from 3:30-5PM. Student vendors sell free, adult vendors pay $20/table. Please see the signup link for more information!

2022 MLC Craft Faire Vendor Signup

Holiday Meal Fund Drive

Holiday Meal Fund for MLC

As we enter this season of thanksgiving, the PTSA wants to bring awareness to those in our community who need assistance. Food scarcity, housing insecurity, financial stress, and other obstacles to learning are faced daily by MLC students and their families.

You can help. Please consider contributing to our annual holiday meal fund drive. Your financial donation will allow MLC families to purchase food and other necessities during the holiday season.

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


Holiday Meal Fund for MLC

MLC Hoodies--Only available with this pre-order! Black with white ink MLC Hoodie printed on super soft Bella+Canvas sweatshirts by New Avenues Ink in Portland, OR. New Avenues is a screen printer with a social mission: since 2013, they have offered paid internship hours and career mentorship to young adults experiencing homelessness and housing instability.

MLC Hoodie

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Let's give a shout out to our these amazing staff members for their constant support, creativity and love for our student community!

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.

Kathleen Frutiger - Individually wrapped student snacks, T shirts, socks, sweat pants in various small sizes

Dana Lipson - Low-temperature glue guns & glue sticks, empty tins (like Altoids) and little boxes

Minna Mauney - Water bottles, New books for classroom library corner

Betsy McDowell - #2 pre-sharpened, Ticonderoga pencils

Catherine Ordway - Pencils! Notebook paper!

Jenny Rappaport - #2 Pencils, Colored pencils, electric sharpener, whiteboard easel, black sharpies

Anna Sapienza - Used books for the Little Free Library, AA batteries to power Snap Circuits, Snap Circuit sets

Melanie A. Jeudy - #2 pencils - please lots of them

Maggie Byrkit - A sturdy dustpan

Gretchen Benner - Electric pencil sharpener; paper cups, forks & spoons, snacks! Comfy chair or bean bag

Andy Lipson - Lots of #2 pencils

Beriah Empie - Individually wrapped student snacks

District Updates

Dear K-5 Parents,

For the past several years, PPS K-5 educators have used conference forms instead of the K-5 report card to communicate with families about student progress in the first quarter of school.

This year, however, we are returning to the use of first quarter report cards for all grades. This means that K-5 families will receive a first quarter report card for their children in mid-November. K-5 families will not also receive a separate conference form when they meet with their teachers for conferences later in November. Instead, conference conversations will use student work, fall assessment data, and the report card to discuss and share student progress.

Please look for communications from your child’s teacher about how to sign-up for a conference on November 21-22

Emily Glasgow, Senior Director, K-5 Academics,

Ongoing Resources

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