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,
Maybe it is the time of year, or the complete unusualness of the school year in which we find ourselves. Maybe it's the feeling of overwhelm that I know we are all experiencing, or the gratitude that we have for those things in our lives that are blessedly uncomplicated. Whatever the cause, I know that the effect has made for an oddly emotional week for me as both a mom and as a school principal.
I remember writing to you all often last year about the difficulties and successes we faced as a school and community as we navigated the year, and I was able to share my own experiences of being an MTMS parent during distance learning as well. I was so grateful this week to have the chance to reflect back on last year for myself and my child and truly feel grateful for where we are in this moment. It does not mean that our lives are without struggles or that some level of Stepford perfection has been achieved. But I have been able to witness for myself notable successes for all of us. Those successes have buoyed me, and I hope that over the course of the next week--whether it be in parent-teacher conferences, or in moments of family togetherness--that you too find those successes, no matter how small, and let them create those emotional, beautiful reflective spaces for you as well.
I know that our staff are excited to share with you about your children and their successes in this new era of education, and that they are thrilled to continue to partner with you and them in creating even more positive outcomes in the quarters ahead. Please know that our counselors and admin team stand ready to support as well.
I will not have the opportunity to write to you at the conclusion of next week as I plan to enjoy some time away with my own family, but know that I send you all every positive wish for a lovely fall break of your own.
All the best,
Ms. Tonya Arnold
Principal, Mt. Tabor Middle School
Weekly Asymptomatic COVID-19 Testing Every Tuesday
Our schedule here at Mt. Tabor will be for students to return tests every TUESDAY to the cooler outside the main office when they arrive on campus.
If you have completed the form for your student and did not receive testing kits and labels, it may be that OHSU has not yet processed your application. Please feel free to check in with Tania Trujillo in the main office.
If you have not yet had an opportunity to sign your student up for this free testing service, you can still do so. Simply complete the two forms below and bring them to the main office:
Impacted by COVID-19?
8th Grade Families: Important High School Information!
Hello 8th Grade Families,
It's time to start thinking about your student's high school transition! Last week and today, all 8th graders received a lesson through their social studies classes about high school choices and the lottery process in Portland Public Schools. If your student is interested in Benson, Jefferson or Metropolitan Learning Center, they can participate in the PPS lottery, which opens on November 29 and closes on December 17. Keep your eye out for a letter in the mail from PPS, which contains directions for participating in the lottery. Lottery results will be available mid-January.
Whether your student is planning on going to their neighborhood school or a lottery option, here are some more resources around high school choices and preparation:
- PPS 8th Grade Info website, including information about every neighborhood and lottery high school, which will be updated by 11/29
- Dates and times for all 8th Grade High School Information Nights (below)
- Lesson that all MTMS 8th grade students received -- you can review this with your student if you like
In January, your student will begin the process of choosing high school classes for next year (called "forecasting"), and will receive two more high school preparation lessons. If you have any concerns or questions about high school, please contact the MTMS 8th Grade School Counselor, Emory Oeding, at firstname.lastname@example.org. This is an exciting time for 8th graders and their parents, and I am here to help!
No School November 22-26
Parent- Teacher Conferences are Next Week
Please remember that our staff have just 12 minutes of time to share with you, so please take a look at some of the suggestions listed here so that you can be sure to have your questions answered.
SE Guiding Coalition Updates
The district is still working to create a third draft proposal, and is moving forward with planned listening/input sessions beginning December 6 (see below). Likewise, they are prepared to host a Phase 2 SEGC Open House on Wednesday, December 8. Links to these sessions will be provided on the SEGC website as we arrive closer to the date.
Yearbook Cover Art Submissions
Help Us Provide Support MTMS Families
Dear Mt. Tabor Middle School Community,
Like many communities during the COVID-19 pandemic, Mt. Tabor Middle School families are experiencing an increased need for help. As we do every year we are inviting families to participate as receivers or givers, creating a community of support through winter break.
This year we are asking families who are able to help to purchase Fred Meyer Gift Cards (Kroeger Co. Stores). As a team, we will work together to distribute raised funds equitably and with anonymity.
Here's how it works:
- If you're experiencing hardship, or just need a bit of help through the winter break:
- Please fill out this online form.
- If you prefer, you can contact your student’s counselor.
- We handle giving and receiving with discretion and all recipients' names remain confidential.
- Please complete the form as soon as possible so we can work as a team to provide the support you need.
- If you're able to help:
- Please drop off Fred Meyer (Kroger) gift card donations at the main office at Mt. Tabor Middle School.
- OR Use these links below to mail a physical or electronic gift card to our school.
Thank you for everything you do to help our students and for allowing us to participate in their learning.
With gratitude and appreciation,
Mt. Tabor Middle School
Your Weekly PTA Update
The MTMS PTA Board met this week to discuss the many activities and fundraisers that are happening and coming up in the next few months. You can review the meeting minutes at the following link: 10.19.21 MTMS General PTA Meeting Minutes. There is an update on the Winter Jacket Drive. We previously discussed this happening in November; however, we have decided to move this to December. It will take place during Spirit Week, the week of December 6th-10th. Thursday, December 9th - Thermal Thursday - the PTA will be working with MTMS to collect new or gently used winter jackets in adult sizes (jackets that fit middle schoolers). The MTMS counselors will keep a supply of winter jackets to assist MTMS students that might need some extra warmth this winter.
Dairy Hill Thanksgiving Fundraiser
Need some vanilla ice cream to go with your holiday dessert? How about an ice cream pie to add to your holiday celebration? Maybe you want to stock up your freezer with a treat for those dark winter evenings. You can place an order online RIGHT NOW through Sunday, November 21st. Item pick-up is Tuesday 11/23 or Wednesday 11/24. You can order pints, quarts, sundae kits, ice cream sandwiches, or how about 'Pumpkin Pie Ala Mode Ice Cream Pie' or 'Mint Chip Ice Cream Pie’. Check it all out at this link https://dairyhillicecream.com/thanksgiving-fundraiser/. Don’t forget to choose Mt Tabor Middle School in the drop down box when you order.
MTMS’s night out at the Portland Trailblazers game is January 25, 2022. We will have Early Entry reserved for the night, so families can arrive early to watch the team warm-ups. Tickets start at $24.00. The Trailblazers are playing the Timberwolves. Tickets must be purchased by Friday, December 24th. Order through the following link and use promo code ‘MTMS’ - https://rosequarter.com/groupnights/. This is a great holiday gift for your MTMS student(s). Give the gift of a fun experience with fellow students and families.
Have you seen our new community design for Mt Tabor Middle School gear? Check it out at the following link. T-shirts and hoodies are available in two different designs. 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: https://mttabormiddleschool.itemorder.com/shop/sale
IN CASE YOU MISSED IT
My Child Is Out Sick
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 email@example.com.