MLC Weekly News and Notes

January 23-27th

Hello, MLC community. With what should have been a peaceful night of celebrating the Lunar New Year, we were instead awoken with news yesterday morning of another horrific mass shooting. As we enter the week, we are mindful that students, families and staff will be processing this senseless gun violence and wrestling with the impact rippling through our Asian American communities. Our counseling staff is here and ready to assist where support is needed.

This week is the last of Quarter 2/Semester 1. Don't forget that students will be out of school Friday as our teachers and staff enter grades and prep for the start of Quarter 3/Semester 2.

Students have been enjoying outside time - rain or shine! Please remember to send them with weather appropriate attire.

I have been reflecting and digging into our MLC Character Traits which consist of:






My plan is to challenge each student, staff member and greater community to think of how we are seeing and acting these each day at MLC. I will be inviting students to tell me more about what our MLC Character Traits mean to them in this coming term. I look forward to hearing what wisdom they have to share.





1/24 Tuesday - 6th Grade Field Trip (am)

1/24 Tuesday - Hunter's Lunch Group with Ned

1/25 Wednesday - Students of Color Lunch Group with Hakim

1/26 Thursday - Last Day of Quarter 2/Semester 1

1/27 Friday - No School for Students/Teacher Work Day


1/30 Monday - First Day of Quarter 3/Semester 2

Successful Schools Survey Opens 1/25!

Dear Families,

Our district values your feedback! In the next few weeks we will be asking you to take a brief survey to tell us about your experience with PPS, specifically MLC.

To ensure we continue to provide high quality, rigorous learning experiences that meet the needs of our learners and prepare them for college and career, we need your feedback.

We want to know what you think. Please watch for the link.

The survey will begin on Wednesday, January 25th and close on Friday, February 10th. You will be able to take the survey online at home or we will have a computer station setup in the school office for families to use. More information to come!

We thank you in advance for your thoughtful responses. If you have any questions about the survey administration, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 503-916-5737.

Student Spotlight

Take a look at 11th grader Tay's latest artwork. Students created from lino printing - which is a form of block printing that involves carving a pattern or design into a linoleum, rubber or vinyl surface that can then be printed from. This one is DINO-mite!

Nice work, Tay!

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Have you met ETHAN??

Let's give a shout out to our new K-5 counselor - ETHAN! Ethan's calm vibe and creative tactics help solve any dilemma!

We are SO happy to have you at MLC, ETHAN!

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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! :)

Ned - Houseplants

Maggie - Fine point sharpies, Rubber Chicken, old/broken appliances or safe e-waste for the Take Apart elective - anything that can be easily carried upstairs by a child will work!

Liz D - Fine point sharpies

Clement - Social Work Wishlist


The MLC 22-23 Site Council will be forming in the next few weeks. We are looking for three parent/guardian representatives to join with one serving as the chairperson. This would be a representative from:

K-6 (1)

7-8 (1)

9-12 (1)

Parents and guardians of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply!

*Also included for this year (22-23) are the principal plus three staff members.

Why does Site Council do?

  • Serving on the Site Council is an opportunity to be a school and community leader that can help the identify common goals and assist the school leadership team in achieving those goals, including goals around instructional and enrichment programs

  • An opportunity to share unique perspectives and knowledge of school and community needs in order to make positive change

  • An opportunity to share and elevate unique perspectives and knowledge of how well school and district programs are working for students and families

  • An opportunity to inform the School Continuous Improvement Plan, changing outcomes for the entire school community

  • The Site Council is an open forum for discussing school and education-related challenges and identifying opportunities for growth in partnership with school leaders, school staff, and other parent/guardian leaders in a whole-school, community-driven approach

  • The Site Council is not a place to make policy, it is not a political organization, it is not a grievance committee, it is not a fundraising committee, nor is it affiliated with the PTSA or any other organization

What is the time commitment? One virtual meeting per month for 60-90 minutes beginning in February and meeting through June.

If there is much interest, there will be a voting process to fill the parent/guardian positions. If you are interested, please fill out this form and you will be sent more information as we get closer to forming.


Greetings from the MLC PTSA!

Next PTSA Meeting: Feb 7th!

Our next PTSA meeting will be in the MLC Library and on Zoom, February 7th, at 6:30-8:00

The Auction is Happening!

The Auction Team is up and running! The auction will be held at the Odditorium on April 29th. If you'd like to help, contact us at

If you know an awesome business that is interested in donating to the auction, the online donation form is here:


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.

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

Bottle Drop!

Looking for a way to help without a big time commitment? We need help with Bottle Drop!

Contact TJ at for details!

All this and more at

Safety Updates and Reminders


Starting Tuesday January 17th, we are implementing a sign out process for students choosing to go offsite for lunch. Here is that process:

6th grade: Sign out on a clipboard in their homeroom classroom. (Maggie or Kathleen)

7th-12th: Sign out using phone or device with QR code located at the front doors or on paper sign out in the front office.

Students will not need to sign back in due to teachers taking attendance after lunch.


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!

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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