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,

It has been a busy week for our 6th grade team at Mt. Tabor with both Outdoor School and the 5th grade open house. I want to be sure to publicly express my absolute appreciation and awe for these amazing staff members who have gone above and beyond this week to support our students and future students.

Families should be receiving communication later this evening from PPS regarding the newest recommendations from Multnomah County in the face of the current COVID surge. The Multnomah County Health Department now recommends that masks be worn indoors until coronavirus case counts and hospitalizations fall. The current increase in COVID-19 cases is expected to peak in mid-June near the end of the PPS’s school year. We have just notified our staff of the strong suggestion for masking earlier this evening, and I imagine that the district communication to families will outline the same: that all students are strongly recommended to wear masks at schools, in district office buildings and at other indoor events beginning Monday May 16th. This recommendation includes masking at important end-of-year events such as proms, school performances, assemblies and indoor graduation events. I know the decision to mask or not to mask is personal one, but also one that impacts the entire community. I hope that you take some time this weekend to think about these recommendations and come up with a plan for your loved ones.

I know that putting masks back on if a difficult concept after so recently having those mandates removed, but I know how quickly we have seen the surge impact our school in the last three weeks. I hate the thought of students at our first dance next week potentially contributing to the spread of COVID to each other just as much as I loathe the thought of our 8th grade students getting sick and missing some amazing end-of year activities (like Oaks Park and Promotion). These events will be here before we know it (can you believe there are just FOUR WEEKS of school left before school is out for the summer? That's 19 more school days?!?).

I wish you all the very best health in the days and weeks ahead, and I look forward to continuing to celebrate these amazing milestones with you and your students in the coming 19 days!

All the best,

Ms. Tonya Arnold

Principal, Mt. Tabor Middle School


Need all of our upcoming dates in one place? Details on events marked with an asterisk (*) may be found below in the newsletter

All-Grade School Dance: Neon/Glow in the Dark

  • Friday, May 20 4:00-5:30 pm

Memorial Day Holiday (No School)

  • Monday, May 30

8th Grade Japanese Immersion Culmination Evening
  • Wednesday, June 8 at 6:00 pm

8th Grade Field Trip to Oaks Park
  • Thursday, June 9 (during school)

8th Grade Promotion*
  • Friday, June 10 at 6:00 pm, Franklin High School Gym

School Dance on Friday, May 20

The Mt. Tabor GSA is excited to host our first school dance of the school year on Friday, May 20 from 4:00-5:30 pm. Students will be receiving permission slips in their homeroom classes on Monday for the event, but we are including them here as well in case they lose their physical copy and need a new one.

Admission is $3 and we will be selling a host of concessions for $1 each as well.

Please read through the expectations with your students and make arrangements with them on how they are to get home after the dance ends (promptly at 5:30 pm).

Driveways at School Pick-Up and Drop-Off

Please be courteous of our MTMS neighbors during pick-up and drop-off times. We are hearing reports that car traffic is blocking driveways while picking up and dropping off students along 57th and Ash Streets. We want to encourage families to continue to use side streets (like Oak and Pine) as alternative locations and to be mindful to not block driveways.


Dear Families and Staff of Mt Tabor Middle School,

This week (4/30 to 5/6/2022), seven (7) individuals at MTMS have reported testing positive for COVID-19. For daily information on the number of individuals at the school who have reported testing positive for COVID-19, refer to the PPS COVID-19 Dashboard.

Please continue to use the Daily Illness Self-Screening Checklist to monitor symptoms; if symptoms develop and last longer than 24 hours, seek testing for COVID-19.

Parents/Guardians: Call the school if your student develops symptoms of illness or tests positive for COVID-19.

Staff: Notify your direct supervisor if you develop symptoms of illness or test positive for COVID-19.

The best ways to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are to:

  • Get vaccinated (including the booster dose)
  • Wear a well-fitting mask around others for 10 days after being in close contact with someone who has COVID-19
  • Stay home if you have excludable symptoms of illness per Daily Illness Self-Screening Checklist (linked above)
  • Maintain distance from people outside of your home
  • Stay away from people who have symptoms of illness
  • Cover your coughs and sneezes
  • Wash your hands with soap and water often

If you have health questions, call your school nurse or your healthcare provider.

Additional resources and guidance can be found at the CDC website and Multnomah County.


Tonya Arnold, Principal

Kristyn Westphal, Area Senior Director

Late orders for 8th Grade Class Panoramic

Dorian is accepting late orders for the panorama pic. To do so, you wwill need to order directly from Dorian, and they will ship it to your home for an additional $5 charge. Unfortunately, there is no online ordering for this picture. If you have any questions, Dorian can be reached at 1-800-826-3535.

Outdoor School Success for 6th grade Students

Our 6th grade students had an amazing time on Monday and Tuesday at their Outdoor School experience! you can check out some of their photos below. A million thanks to the 6th grade teachers and staff that made this experience possible.

Forgot to Order Your Yearbook?

While the deadline for purchasing yearbooks has come and gone, the school has purchased a limited supply of extras. These books will be available on a first-come, first-served basis once the books arrive to the building. We will notify students and parents once they arrive.

Mark Your Calendars: 8th Grade Promotion is Friday, June 10

We are excited to announce that we will be hosting an in-person promotion ceremony for our 8th grade students on Friday, June 10 in the Franklin High School Gymnasium from 6:00-7:00 pm. We look forward to celebrating this accomplishment with our students and their families.

Your Weekly PTA Update

The PTA Board had so much fun yesterday at the 5th Grade Open House meeting new families that will be joining the MTMS community next school year. We met many families that have 6th or 7th graders currently at MTMS and incoming 6th graders. We think those families provide a unique opportunity to assist MTMS on the PTA Board! You are familiar with the school and have incoming students to invest in. We are recruiting for President, Vice President, Secretary, and Communications Chair, among other chair positions specific to certain events (e.g., Outdoor Chair, Staff Appreciation Week Chair, Restaurant Partners Chair, etc.). We are also looking for a Treasurer Elect to learn from our current Treasurer, who is awesome and has worked hard to make a streamlined process to pass along to the next Treasurer for the 2023-2024 school year.

It is critical that the MTMS have volunteers to fill these Board positions. Many schools have a Foundation and a PTA, but MTMS only has a PTA. Parent involvement on the PTA Board has been less and less in the last few years - not only at MTMS, but across the state. The more volunteers we have on the Board, the easier it is to get things done and support the great community that MTMS is. Please consider sharing your talents with the MTMS PTA. Contact us at to discuss options, share your ideas, and find a good fit for the time and commitment you are able to provide.

General PTA Meeting

ALL FAMILIES ARE WELCOME at the virtual General PTA Meeting on TUESDAY, MAY 17TH from 6:30-8:00pm. We will have two speakers joining during that time. William Fernandez the PPS Student Success Program Manager in the Racial Equity and Social Justice Department and Abby Nilsen-Kirby, Interim Region 2 Director, Oregon PTA. Link for Zoom Meeting below.

Classrooms in Motion (Alternative Seating Options)

Help us get closer to our goal!!! The last day to donate for alternative seating options (i.e., wobble seats) via SchoolPay is today, Friday, May 13th (QR code or link below). After this time we will be working with the school to order the chairs for classrooms. We have raised a little over $1,800. This will allow the PTA to provide 25 wobble seats to MTMS classrooms. The PTA also has the opportunity use some funds raised through other events to purchase wobble seats. If this is approved, we will be able to purchase another 25 seats for a total of 50. Our goal is 100 alternative seating options.

Parent Volunteer Opportunities

There are a couple more volunteer spots available for the School Dance on May 20th. Please email to let us know you would like to volunteer.

Restaurant Partners - Old Spaghetti Factory May 16, 17, & 18

Our last scheduled Restaurant Partner this year is Old Spaghetti Factory (Portland site). The restaurant is at 715 S Bancroft Street and has lunch time hours (11:30am-2:30pm) and dinner time hours (4:30-9:00pm). The event involves ordering online for pick up or delivery and using the code TABOR at check out. Share the information with your co-workers for a big lunch order or with your neighbors and friends. Anyone can use the code TABOR to place an order. Old Spaghetti Factory generously will donated 10% of sale made with the TABOR code to MTMS PTA.


T-shirts and zip-up hoodies 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:

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Grant Gendrill Dance Team Try-outs

The Grant Gendrills Dance Team are having their 2022-2023 season tryouts on May 16th, 17th and 18th from 6:00-8:30 in the Grant gym. Parent meeting on May 16th from 6:00-6:30. Applications available in the office.

Astronaut Dr. Jose Hernandez Coming to PPS!

We want to let you know of an exciting opportunity coming to PPS families!

On May 20th and 21st at Jefferson High School, PPS will be hosting speaking events featuring Dr. Jose Hernandez, a NASA astronaut, STEM education advocate, engineer, and author. These events will be open to PPS students and families of all ages.

Please note: The event on the evening of May 20th will be held in English with interpretation available in American Sign Language, Spanish, Vietnamese, Cantonese, Mandarin, Somali, and Russian. The event on the morning of May 21st will be held in Spanish.

This event is FREE to attend, open to all ages, and is sure to INSPIRE! Space is limited. Registration for families opens on Friday, May 6th and will remain open until the event is full. We encourage you to act quickly as these events are sure to fill up! You’ll find the event logistics below:

Friday, May 20th (English with interpretation)

Time: 6:00-8:00pm

Location: Jefferson High School Auditorium

Address: 5210 N. Kirby Ave., Portland, OR 97217 (map)

Registration: see links below

Saturday, May 21st (Spanish)

Time: 9:00-11:00am

Location: Jefferson High School Auditorium

Address: 5210 N. Kirby Ave., Portland, OR 97217 (map)

Registration: See links below

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Current Quarantine Guidlines

The COVID-19 Isolation and Quarantine Guidelines have changed significantly in the last couple of weeks. Below you will find graphics that explain the timelines for the new guidance.
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Upload your COVID-19 Vaccination Cards Into Parent VUE

Help our school staff keep accurate records of your student's vaccination status by uploading a picture of PDF of their immunization card in ParentVUE. Use the PDF linked below for instructions on how to do it!

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

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