MLC Weekly News and Notes

December 5th-9th

Hello, MLC community and welcome to December! Events are really starting to fill up our final weeks.

We had our first all school gathering (assembly) in 2.5 years last Wednesday. It was amazing!

Our 2023 Senior students introduced their Kinder buddies to the MLC community....better late than never! All new community members were welcomed by a round of applause. Everyone was asked to remember to choose kindness as we wrap up 2022. I had a fabulous Kinder co-host, Alina, who was such a great help. All in all - it was a great jump back in!

We have SO many upcoming traditions, celebrations, trips and showcases before the break. Make sure to read below for those details. I can share with you the 2022 Solstice theme is...

Celebration of Light! So exciting!

I was asked by a student this week when my recess break is. I paused and said, "Hmm. I don't know." They replied, "That is something you should definitely know."

Great advice. Going to find my recess break time for sure!





12/5 Monday - K-6th "Museum of Living Color" Culminating Event

12/6 Tuesday - 11/12th Field Trip to OSU (Corvallis)

12/6 Tuesday - PTSA Meeting 6:30 pm (MLC Library)

12/8 Thursday - MLC Craft Faire 3-:500 pm (MLC Auditorium)


12/13 Tuesday - 4-6th Field Trip Imago Theater

12/15 Thursday - Solstice All School Celebration - DETAILS SOON!!

12/19-1/2 - Winter Break!

AFTER WINTER BREAK - Look for lunchtime clubs including student affinity groups!! More news to come in next weeks newsletter!

We're so excited for our museum opening on Monday at 2:30 in the MLC auditorium. Families will get to experience art coming to life and then take a tour of the Kx6 classroom galleries with your child acting as your personal curator/docent.

Please let your child's teacher know if you won't be attending and whether your child should go to KCLC or get picked up on the blacktop at 3:05. The afternoon has the potential to be a bit chaotic for dismissal and we need families to check in with us as they take off with their kids into the museum displays. Make sure to give yourself time to find parking!

Once you've toured through the building feel free to take your young artist/curator home after checking them out with their teacher.

Monday December 5th

2:30 p.m.

Craft Faire!

Mark you Calendars!! The MLC Craft Faire is Dec. 8th from 3:00 - 5:00!

Family, friends and MLC community members are welcomed into the auditorium on December 8th, after school, to enjoy: music, crafts, and tasty treats! Bring some cash and cross off your shopping list with creations by our very own students and community members: art, candles, jewelry, cards and other beautiful items for sale! There will be free crafts activities & face painting! Free raffles and more! We look forward to connecting with you at this joyful event!

*Note: The Craft Fair is after school, please allow a few minutes for students to set up their booths before coming into the auditorium.

Questions? Please contact Sheila Hanson at

Safety Updates and Reminders


MLC has received several COVID-19 Antigen Rapid Test kits. The kits are available in the main office.


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.

Unfortunatley, 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 you help in keeping our students safe!

Student Spotlight

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

Fall electives just completed last week at MLC. Don't worry - they will be back for the winter session at the end of January!

Here is a group of 1st and 2nd graders proudly sharing their co-created mural "Art of the Ocean" taught by Jen W. Students in this elective created this ocean world through painting, collaging and drawing the amazing creatures and plants that live under the sea.

Shout out to:

Mae! Esme! Evelyn! Eloise! Ruby! Jen! Dana!

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Greetings from the MLC PTSA!

Craft Faire

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.

We are looking for a few parents to host crafting tables at the Craft Faire. Please email Sheila: if you are interested in teaching a craft or just re-loading glue guns.

Students can request a scholarship to purchase supplies for their sellable craft. Some very kind Craft Elves donated gift cards to Michaels so that every student can participate in the Faire. To request a scholarship, click here.

Please see the signup link for more information!

PTSA Meeting

Save the date: our next PTSA meeting is Tuesday, December 6th at 6:30 PM in the MLC library and on zoom. Dinner and childcare provided.

Holiday Meal Fund Drive

In the spirit of the Holiday Season, the PTSA wants to bring awareness of 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:

Thank you for your generosity!
Holiday Meal Fund for MLC

All this and more at

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Nuestras profesoras de espaƱol son las mejores!

Let's give a shout out to our these top notch language teachers (who also dabble in MS Health & HS Art) that challenge our students with learning and engaging in a new language!

Melanie (MS) and Nam Kirn (HS)!

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. THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR HELP YOU HAVE ALREADY GIVEN! :)

Dana Lipson - Low temp glue gun and glue sticks

Jenny Rappaport - Whiteboard easel

Minna Mauney - 25 bean bag chairs, set of Cray Pas Junior Artist pastels (22)

Gretchen Benner - Paper cups, plastic spoons and forks, Bean bag chair

Clement Wilson - Chapsticks, Large sweatpants

Amanda Darmawi - Sugarless gum

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.

Upcoming Career Days: Winter 2022

The Portland Workforce Alliance has two upcoming career exposure opportunities for high school students. Individual registration is requested. Just click on the links!

Upcoming Career Days: Winter 2022

Howard S. Wright Career Day (Dec. 8). Explore careers in construction management & the trades. Learn from industry pros about areas such as building information modeling, bidding & project management, and virtual reality, then do hands-on learning and tour a construction site (the nearby Ritz-Carlton hotel!) to see those plans come to life. IN PERSON.

The Oregonian/OregonLive Career Day (Dec. 14). Get a behind-the-scenes look at the largest media company in Oregon and meet journalism professionals. Explore how the pros use tools such as video, photography and social media to tell stories. Participate in hands-on learning, including a mock press conference. Learn about the skills and education needed for a career in journalism, communications, and media. IN PERSON.

For more information, contact Tanya.

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