The Mt. Tabor Tribune

A Weekly Newsletter for the Mt. Tabor School Community

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A Message from the Principal


Good afternoon, MTMS Families,

I feel terrible missing my weekly communication with you last Friday evening. I had hoped to have all of the information for Back to School Night ready for you then so it could be centrally shared.

I am happy to report, however, that I do have comprehensive information to share with you today regarding Back to School Night, which is in less than one short week's time. While I think all of us on staff were excited to welcome our families to campus in person, we know that we will have a remarkable evening with you virtually. We will be using Google Meets to host our sessions, and we hope sincerely that you can join us live for our sessions. If you cannot make it, don't fret. We are asking all staff to record their presentations so that we can share them out with you after Back to School Night has concluded.

We are embedding our TAG Parent Night and our ELD/Title III Information Session on the same evening as well in the hopes that we can interrupt your evening once with all the amazing information and leave so many other evenings free.

You will see additional information regarding our sessions below, and your students will be working to put together a schedule for you to follow (because it's just as easy to get lost virtually as it is in person).

You may also be hearing from your students about some changes this week in regard to our distancing requirements. PPS is currently revising their standard operating procedures (SOPs) to reflect the recommendations newly released from Multnomah County's Health Department. These include increase physical distancing at outside lunch, and the hosting of PE and Band classes outdoors. There is certainly more official paperwork from PPS to come by the end of the week and early next week, and while we are still shifting our systems here, we are making as many changes as quickly as we can to best support our students and staff being healthy, happy, and here on campus. Many of these changes are recommended in that they reduce the number of students that would have to quarantine in the event of a positive COVID case, and we are attempting to implement as many of these as possible. Not all of the recommendations, however, can be achieved with our physical indoor and outdoor spaces, staffing levels, etc.

There's still much more to share with you all in this week's edition, including:

  • Back to School Night
  • TAG Parent Night
  • Title III (ELD) Presentation
  • First “Convivo de Familias Latinas” Event for Latinx Families!
  • MAP Testing
  • Southeast Guiding Coalition (SEGC) Update
  • SUN School after school programming
  • School Picture Retakes
  • Back to School Packets--please complete
  • AND MORE!!!!

I wish you all a wonderful weekend and look forward to hosting you in virtual spaces next Wednesday evening!

All the best,

Ms. Tonya Arnold

Principal, Mt. Tabor Middle School

Spirit Week!

Next week marks our first Spirit Week for the 2021-22 school year. We are excited to see students and staff dressed up and ready for fun!
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Virtual Back to School Night

We are excited to welcome you back to Year 2 of our Virtual Back to School Night. Unlike last year, however, teachers are hosting 10-minute LIVE information sessions about their courses. The full schedule for the evening, including links to each Google Meet session, are available by clicking the blue button below.
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Back to School Night Flyer & Links

Click here for all the details for Back to School Night!

TAG Parent Night

Please join our TAG Coordinator, Karen Kallfelz, for our annual Talented and Gifted (TAG) Parent Information Night. The event will be held from 5:45-6:15 pm on Wednesday, September 29. The evening will go over:

  • TAG Law
  • TAG Definitions
  • Nomination and identification process
  • District Structures for Services
  • Parent-Teacher Connection
  • Instructional Strategies for all students
  • Building Plans
  • Individual TAG plan requests

We hope to see you there! Check the Back to School Night Flyer for the Google Meet link to the session.

ELD (Title III) Presentation

We are hosting a Title III presentation for all families of students receiving English Language Development support here at Mt. Tabor. Ms. Shannon Andrews, our ELD teacher, should be reaching out with a personal invite to the session.

We hope to see you there! Check the Back to School Night Flyer for the Google Meet link to the session.

¡Atención! ¡Primer Evento de “Convivo de Familias Latinas”! Attention! First “Convivo de Familias Latinas” Event for Latinx Families!

Únase a nosotros para bocadillos, bebidas, folletos de información escolar importante en español y para conocer a Joseph Torres, nuestro coordinador del programa de la red latina, Nelson Pérez, nuestro agente comunitario en español, Tania Trujillo Morales, nuestra secretaria bilingüe y nuestros consejeros y administradores.

¡Queremos responder a sus preguntas y obtener su opinión sobre la participación de la familia Latinx! Además, nuestros estudiantes de inmersión en dos idiomas en español de octavo grado presentarán algunos de sus proyectos del Mes de la Herencia Latina.

¡Todas las familias Latinx - hispanohablantes y no hispanohablantes - están invitadas a asistir!

Miércoles 29 de septiembre

9:15 - 9:45 am

En el asfalto junto a las canchas de baloncesto y el estacionamiento

¡Nos encantaría verte!


Attention! First “Convivo de Familias Latinas” Event for Latinx Families!

Please join us for snacks, drinks, important school information handouts in Spanish, and to meet Joseph Torres, our Latino Network Program Coordinator, Nelson Perez, our Spanish Community Agent, Tania Trujillo Morales, our bilingual secretary, and our counselors and administrators.

We want to answer your questions and get your input about Latinx family involvement! Also, our 8th grade Spanish Dual Language Immersion students will be presenting some of their Latino Heritage Month projects.

All Latinx families -- Spanish-speaking and non-Spanish-speaking -- are invited to attend!

Wednesday, September 29th

9:15 - 9:45am

On the blacktop by the basketball courts and parking lot

We would love to see you!

MAP Reading and Math Testing to begin September 27

During the next two weeks, students in all Math and Language Arts Classes will be taking the MAP Math and Reading Growth Assessments. These assessments allow us to track student growth over their time in PPS and provide important information to teachers regarding student areas of strength and areas for growth.

Students last took these assessments during distance learning last year in February, and the information we glean from these will allow teachers to best understand how to support ongoing learning acceleration for all students.

For MAP testing, it is important that ALL students bring their fully charged Chromebooks to school each day as we do not have many extras to loan out.

The MAP Reading assessment will take place September 27-October 1 in all Language Arts Classes.

The MAP Math assessment will take place October 4-7 in all Math Classes.

Southeast Guiding Coalition Updates

The Southeast Guiding Coalition resumed meeting yesterday, reviewing current enrollment data weighing in on community engagement plans, and discussing hopes and fears for this process.

Numerous BIPOC listening and learning sessions will be held this month. All BIPOC and marginalized community members are invited to attend, with a focus on Harrison Park and Lane families. Feel free to share this flier and consider attending any sessions that are appropriate for your family.

Other upcoming SEGC events:

  • October 7: SEGC meeting-summary of BIPOC listening and learning sessions and guiding principle development
  • October 21: First draft scenarios for enrollment and program balancing
  • October 23: SEGC workshop to review and refine draft scenarios
  • November 5: SEGC selects scenarios for community input
  • November 8-15: Scenario open house and other community input opportunities

Additional scenario development and community input will happen through mid-December. The SEGC will complete their recommendation by early January, and the School Board will make the final decision by early February. I will keep you informed about impacts for our school community, and provide details about how to give input as more information is released. Updates are also posted at

Mt. Tabor currently has three different parent representatives participating in the SEGC. We are so thankful to have representation from all of our programs:

  • Maya Mori, Japanese DLI
  • Andrew Harvey: Spanish DLI
  • Elizabeth Kennedy-Wong: Neighborhood

Physical Distancing Changes

In order to reduce the number of students considered a close contact in the event of a positive COVID-19 case on campus, we are working hard to institute additional recommendations from the Multnomah County Health Department. PPS is working to update our Standard Operating Procedures right now with these recommendations, and we are already working through many of them.

1. Students at outdoor lunch are being requested to leave at least six feet of distance between themselves as students are actively eating and unmasked.

2. Band and PE, except in cases of inclement and cold weather, will be conducting their activities outside. Students playing wind instruments will work to maintain 10 feet of distance from others outdoors when playing.

We should have more information to share out with families next week regarding PPS recommendations and our ability to meet those with current constraints.

SUN After School Programming Begins October 4

SUN after school programming begins on October 4. Spaces are limited as all SUN programs have to abide by the same physical distancing and contact tracing requirements as we have during the regular school day.

For program offerings, costs, and days, click the image or blue link below.

School Pictures Retakes!

Not happy with that student ID photo your child brought home on Friday? Do not fear. We have picture retakes scheduled for Tuesday, November 2.

Digital Back-to-School Packets: Please Complete!

You should have received a Remind and email on Wednesday, September 8 with a copy of the 2021-22 Back to School Packet. Please be sure to review the information contained, fill in the form, and consider joining the PTA.

For a direct link to the packet, click here:

Complete Your Student Verification Form!

Each year parents and/or guardians are asked to review and update the information on file for their children (students). This information can be reviewed, edited and submitted online via PPS ParentVUE.

Benefits of verifying online via ParentVUE:

  • Complete yearly verification of your student's information
  • You can update your communication and language preferences
  • Ensures your school has the most up to date information
  • Saves paper and time

Symptomatic Testing

We still have many students that have not returned their permission forms for symptomatic rapid testing for COVID-19 for the school year. These permission forms allow school staff to test your student if they begin feeling ill while at school with primary COVID symptoms. We cannot test students that are ill on campus without this written permission form.

These forms to not cover the the upcoming screening testing (more information coming next week) and do not allow families to bring students with primary symptoms to campus to receive testing.

If you need a new copy of the form, you can pick one up in the main office or download and print one using the link below. Finished copies can be returned to the main office.

COVID-19 Testing Consent Form

For symptomatic testing for students who develop primary symptoms while on campus.

Student Chromebooks:

Our amazing office staff was able to get Chromebooks delivered, but if your student still needs a Chromebook and did not indicate they needed one with their homeroom teacher, please have them stop by the office beginning on Tuesday.

Students should plan to bring their fully charged Chromebooks to class every day beginning on Monday.

WEB Lunch next Wednesday

Our 8th grade students will be connecting with their WEB leaders during lunch on Wednesday, September 15. All groups will be dining outside, and WEB leaders will have a chance to connect with their groups about how the first two weeks of school have been.

There are multiple WEB lunches scheduled during quarter 1. They include:

Wednesday, 9/29

Wednesday, 10/20

Wednesday, 11/10

Hygiene and School Supplies

If students are in need of hygiene or school supplies, our counseling team can help. Students can check in with their grade level counselor to get connected to these resources.

Families In Need of Support

If your family is in need of support, we want to know how we can help. Simply fill out the form below, and our team and community partners will work with you to see how we might be able to support.

If your family is in need of financial or other support, click this button to complete the form for assistance.
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Your Weekly PTA Update

Your Weekly PTA Update

The PTA is excited to report we reached the fundraising goal and we are purchasing voice amplifiers for teachers, thanks to this amazing community. We really feel lucky to be a part of such a supportive, caring, and sharing school community.

The PTA is going to keep the SchoolPay link open for continued donations. Any amount over what we need for the voice amplifiers is going to the general fund to be used to reimburse teachers for classroom supplies and other teacher, staff, and student needs. There is still time to donate at the following link.–Fundraiser/Sc1HzaT

PTA Membership

We are so excited to have 52 registered PTA members so far this year. Last week we shared our goal of 100 members for this school year and we had a total of 25 members. In the last two weeks, we had 27 people register for the PTA! Can YOU help us meet our goal? You can register at the following link or use the QR code. There is no time commitment if you register as a member. We do hold four general meetings a year (more to come on these in the future) and do hope many community members (PTA members and non-PTA members) will join those meetings, but it is not required. Dues are $15.00 per person, per year and help the PTA meet teacher, staff, and student needs.

Stay Connected & Up to Date with the MTPTA

It's easy to stay up to date with the PTA. We encourage Mt. Tabor families to visit our website at for updates and following our page on Facebook at

This week’s post can be found at the following link and discusses some volunteer opportunities with the PTA

Questions? Ideas? Concerns? Want to volunteer?

Write us at

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My Child Is Out Sick

If your child is feeling under the weather and is missing school, please be sure to call the MTMS Attendance Line. If you leave us a message, please give us a list of your student's symptoms as we are tracking these as part of our health and safety protocol. A member of the office or admin team may call you back regarding the symptoms you report.

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

Regular Bell Schedules

Includes schedules for Outdoor Lunch, Indoor Lunch, and Late Start

Parent and Student Handbook

This document contains information about policies and procedures at MTMS.

School Supply Lists for 2021-22

You can find updated school supply lists below for the 2021-22 school year. A few things to note:

  1. There is a general list of school supplies for all students in all grades for families to purchase.
  2. There are grade-level specific supplies for each grade level.
  3. Instead of having families drop off community supplies, we are asking for families to contribute $15 via SchoolPay to cover the central purchase of needed supplies for the school year. The SchoolPay link for Community Supplies payments will be open the week of August 9.

School Supply List 2021-2022 (English)

Lista de suministros escolares para 2021-2022 (Spanish)

学用品リスト 2021-2022 (Japanese)

学校耗材清单 2021-2022 (Chinese)

Danh Sách Dụng Cụ Học Tập 2021-2022 (Vietnamese)

Free School Breakfast and Lunch FOR ALL

All students are eligible for one breakfast and one lunch per school day at no cost. Therefore, a meal application for free or reduced lunch does not need to be submitted this school year.

However, if eligible families would like other benefits, like a fee reduction or waiver for school related fees, child care discount and low cost internet, they can submit a meal application. If approved, the approval letter is proof of free or reduced eligibility. For more information about how to apply, please see the nutrition services webpage.

One-to-One Technology Coming to MTMS this Fall

With voter approval for the 2020 School Bond last fall, PPS will continue the vital work of improving the health and safety of our aging school buildings with new roofs and mechanical systems, seismic retrofits, plus accessibility and security upgrades. Additionally, this Bond provides our students and staff with new textbooks, curriculum materials and new technology to support classroom and distance learning, while updating classroom and district technology devices.

As a result, PPS will be a 1:1 Chromebook district in the fall. Students in grades 3-12 will be provided and assigned a Chromebook to use for both in-school and at-home work. Students in grades K-2 will have devices in the classroom at a ratio of one device to every two students. This will leverage co-use instructional strategies in K-2 and the devices will remain in the classroom.

Currently, MTMS is slated for student distribution on October 20, 2021. This date may change depending on the supply chain.

Until device distribution happens, students are asked to bring their current PPS Chromebooks with them, fully, charged, to campus each day beginning Tuesday, September 8. If your student does not have a PPS device but has a personal device you are comfortable sending them to school with, please do so. Those students without a device will have a older PPS Chromebook assigned to them from the supplies left in our building from hybrid. Students will return their old PPS Chromebooks on distribution day.

Still Need to Pick Up Your 2020-21 Yearbook?

If you ordered and have not yet had a chance to pick up your yearbook from last year, you are welcome to come by the building to pick it up beginning Monday, August 16. Simply buzz in at the main entry, and someone in the office will answer to help you out.

Bus Route Information Now Available

The bus routes and times for the 2021-22 school year will be posted on 8/24 and available at If you have questions or need help accessing your route information after that date, please contact Tania Trujillo Morales in the office at or at 503-916-5646.

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