MLC Weekly News and Notes

March 20-24

Hello, MLC community! We have finally made it to the first day of spring! This time of year is always refreshing and exciting after longing for some days of sunshine and warmth.

This week we are full of activities before heading off for a much needed spring break. Please check the calendar below for all of those details. To highlight and remind about a few:

Spring elective sign ups are Tuesday morning! Our required Lockdown Drill will also take place Tuesday at 1:30 p.m. Please make sure to read that communication below and talk to child at home before to help with any anxiety.

SAT will be taken Wednesday for the first half of the day.

Our rescheduled Black History Month Celebration will happen Thursday. Later that night - The Rainbow Dance for 6th-8th graders starts at 6:00 pm and ends at 8:00 pm. This is for MLC students only.

Spring Break begins Monday March 27-31. All staff will be off as well and the building will be closed. :)

We hope you all have a fantastic week and relaxing spring break!


Suezann & Darren

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3/20 Monday First Day of Spring!

U of P Glaciology student visit for 4x6 pm

3/21 Tuesday - Elective Sign Ups! am

SAGA Lunch Group with Erewyn

Hunter's Lunch Group with Ned

Lockdown Drill @ 1:30

3/22 Wednesday -

Students of Color Lunch Group with Hakim & Tony

3/23 Thursday - Black History Month Assembly am

6-8th Rainbow Dance 6:00-8:00 pm

3/24 Friday - Last day before spring break! Spirit Day - Wear you Spring Break vacation "attire"! :)



4/4 Tuesday PTSA Meeting

Lock Down Drill 3/21

MLC will be participating in a Lockdown drill on Tuesday 3/21 at 1:30 pm.

Lockdown actions are initiated whenever there is an active threat against the safety of our school. This action includes “Locks, Lights, Out of Sight” and works to create a time barrier until our first responders can arrive at the scene. Lockdown emergency actions save lives, and conducting such drills helps to better prepare our staff and students if a threatening situation were ever to occur at our school.

We understand that these types of active threat drills can cause some anxiety for students and staff. Please know that our staff are working to connect with students in advance of the drill in an age appropriate way to help ease any anxiety and better support students who may be negatively impacted.

As a parent/caregiver, we wanted to share some additional resources that could help in connecting with your child(ren) in advance of this drill:

We do not expect this drill to disrupt the school day, and your child(ren). If you have any questions, please feel free to contact my office. You may also reach out to our district’s Emergency Management program through Security Services at 503-916-3000 to discuss any issues of emergency preparedness, drills, or security measures taken at PPS.

Spring ELECTIVE Sign Ups!

Elective Sign-Ups will take place this TUESDAY, March 21st, 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: 1x3 Spring Catalog.pdf

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

Links to 4x6 Catalog: 4x6 Spring Catalog.pdf

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

Links to 7x8 Catalog:

7x8 TuesThurs Spring Catalog.pdf

7x8 Wednesday Spring Catalog.pdf

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.

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 THREE GOES FIRST THIS TIME!

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

HS Portfolio Review Coming Soon

Hello MLC Community!

Our High School students are working hard on their year-end portfolios which they'll present in May. The portfolios are presented to a panel of peers as well as adults, and we need adult volunteers to come and support our students as they share their work. Portfolio presentations take place from 12pm-3:15pm on Friday, May 12th and 19th. You can sign up for one or both sessions, and you'll receive a rubric and training on how to review the presentations. It's a great opportunity to see what MLC students have been up to all year! Please sign up here and spread the word to anyone you know who may be interested.

Best, Tanya

Tanya Leib

Career and Community Partnerships Coordinator

(she/ her)

Hoyt Street Pick Up Safety Reminder

Those choosing to use Hoyt Street for pick up:

Please help us in ensuring the Hoyt Street pick up area is safe and efficient. Our AP, Darren, will start being stationed on Hoyt for pick up and to help direct traffic. Another staff member will help to direct 6-8 students to move more directly to their cars after school. Please also have this chat with you student at home.

Cars waiting for students should not block both ways of traffic. Our students are very dangerously having to try to cross the street to their rides due to cars stopping in the middle of the street. Please make sure to pull over to the side when waiting for you student. Once you have your student, please make sure to least the area so more cars can pull up for their child.

Thanks for your help in ensuring student safety.

Student Spotlight!

Let's give an MLC shout out to our 4th/5th grade OBOB teams! This is our first year for OBOB at MLC. Four 4th/5th grade teams battled for the chance to compete at the Regional Tournament. The Witches represented MLC against 23 other schools on Saturday courageously and with grace. We are so proud of you!

Congrats to Greta! Louise! Loretta! Emma! Simon!

Coach Susan! Assistant Coach Jazz!

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Julie! You are AMAZING!

Let's give a shout out to our K-5 SpEd teacher, Julie! Not only does Julie make sure our students have the resources they need for success, she also is one of our of school's Equity and Traditions team leaders - for good reason. Julie's heart and love for MLC keeps our school wide traditions alive for all students. We are extremely lucky to have Julie on team MLC!

Thank you, Julie!

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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! :)

Amanda - Sugarless Gum

Catherine - Whiteboard (dry-erase) markers

Chris - Whiteboard (dry-erase) markers, Poster paper (any size, color), Pencils

Clement - Social Work Wishlist

Cristina - Snacks for high school students - they love clementines, peanut butter or cheese crackers, nuts, cheese sticks, granola bars, and chips!

Gina - Art drying rack

Jenny - Whiteboard erasers and spray, black and blue Papermate Flair pens, lamps, file folders, 32 clipboards

Maggie - Ultra-fine sharpies (the ‘ultra’ part is important), sturdy pencil sharpeners, sugarless gum

Melanie - Pencils, regular 2 pocket folders, scotch tape, One three ring binder, please and thank you!

Minna - 6 Chess boards, 100 glue sticks

MLC PTSA Weekly Digest

Greetings! There are so many exciting things going on.

*Sign up for our mailing list -

lots more details to see… with pretty pictures, too.

MLC PTSA Mailing List*

*The Auction is Happening!

Saturday, May 6th - a new date…

Note that the date has changed! Through some unforeseen circumstances we’ve had to move the date of the auction to May 6th.

Join us for our first in-person auction in 4 years! We’ll have a silent auction, live auction, games, delicious food and drinks, music and great conversation… It’s been too long since we’ve all been able to gather, so let’s all COME TOGETHER on Saturday, May 6th at 7pm. It will be at the Odditorium, located at 1433 NW Quimby Street.

You can purchase tickets, register to bid, see our donors, and get basic info on the auction at Come Together 2023.

Want to help? Email us at

If you know an awesome business that is interested in donating to the auction

you can use the online donation form linked here.

*The Auction needs Buy-in Party hosts!

Buy-in parties are events hosted by MLC families, teachers, alums, or supporters. They're like electives for grownups, or for the whole family, or even just for kids but outside of school time! Buy-in parties can be a class, an outdoor activity, a cooking lesson/dinner, a community event, or just a plain old PARTY! Participants pay to attend and the money raised goes to the MLC PTSA so buy-in parties are a great way to build community while raising money at our annual auction.

If you have a skill to share, an awesome activity you can lead, a concert to rock, or you just want to plan a party as we come back together, please consider donating your time and talent and signing up to host a buy-in party! Fill out the interest form and email Sierra with any questions.

*Upcoming School Dance - Chaperones Needed

With the MLC 6x8 dance coming up on March 23rd from 6-8pm there is a need for chaperones. The MLC Builders' Club, in collaboration with the PTSA, is putting on this dance. Admission is free and proceeds from refreshments will benefit the Trevor Project. Have you passed the PPS Background Check? To sign up to help click here. Thank you!

*Parking Fundraiser

Thank you to all the volunteers for the Timbers & Thorns Parking fundraiser.

Want to help with this very lucrative fundraiser? More dates are available by signing up here. Questions? Email the parent coordinators Tammy and Chenney. We made $1150 in just one day (lucrative!) and we are hoping to make even more on the 25th and 26th.

*Lunch Time Helpers

Would you like to spend some time watching out for the kiddos? This is the perfect chance. 11:30am-12:30pm Lunch Helper SIgnup

Make sure your background check is complete before signing up.

Check in with Kathleen in the front office. Thank you for helping to keep our children safe.

*PTSA Meetings

The year is almost over. Only two more meetings. Fun to be had.

Tuesday, April 4, 2023 @ 6:30 PM

Tuesday, May 2, 2023 @ 6:30 PM - Election!

Come help decide how the PTSA will be run. You have a voice and we want to hear it. The meeting will be in the MLC Library and on Zoom, 6:30-8:00 pm. Free childcare and a pizza dinner will be provided. (Find the zoom link at No membership is needed to attend. We'll have two positions open at the end of the year: Secretary and Treasurer. Would you like to vote? Follow this link for PTSA Membership

*4x6 Mount Rainier Trip

The 4x6 teachers have put together an amazing opportunity for the 4x6 students to get some in-field earth sciences experience at Mt Rainier! Can you help the 4x6 students go to Mt. Ranier for outdoor school? Any financial contribution is very much appreciated! You can donate with the link 4x6 Mount Rainier Trip.

*Fred Meyer

Shop at Fred Meyer? The MLC PTSA gets support from the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program. To select us as your chosen organization, click the link below and search for us either by name: Metropolitan Learning Center PTSA, or by organization number: TT694.

Select your chosen organization. Thanks for your support!

*Things in the Wings

Our PTSA parents are gathering wonderful speakers

to come in and share different topics with us.

Keep your eyes out for these upcoming talks.

Medical Updates

Antigen Rapid Tests available!

We received a shipment of iHealth Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Tests. We are encouraging families to keep kits at home for easy testing. You are welcome to stop by the office and grab some, or call us at 503-916-5737 and we will gladly send some home with your student.

Stay healthy.

Safety Updates and Reminders

NEW Fences

We have been awaiting our new fences since October. They are now up and ready to receive an MLC touch with banners and student art. The new fencing is NOT used to keep MLC students restricted to the black top. Gates allow easy access for our student to use the playground during recess, lunch and breaks while enhancing student safety.


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.

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.

Ongoing Resources

Parent Vue

School Pay - Set up your account today!

Attendance Line 503-916-3656