The Mt. Tabor Tribune

A Weekly Newsletter for the Mt. Tabor School Community

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A Message from the Principal

1.21.2022


Good evening, MTMS,


I know, you have probably missed me this week. Not as many COVID-19 positive emails. And for the time being, you won't be seeing them. Rest assured that we are still diligently entering all of the positive cases that are reported to us daily, so the PPS COVID-19 Dashboard is going to be the best source of information. That being said, we have only had 6 positive cases reported to us at MTMS this week. That's down significantly from where we have been over the two prior weeks. And with the shorter quarantine timelines and changes to contact tracing, we are seeing students returning to school.


All of the changing timelines for isolation and quarantine can be confusing. I am including below the current guidance regarding all the different factors that help us to determine when students and staff can return to school--so much of it depends on vaccination status AND whether their is a COVID-19 positive member in the household. So when we call and ask a whole lot of questions about symptoms and testing and vaccination status, you know that it's not just because we are being medically nosey.


I want to continue to remind our families that even though our timelines are shorter, the importance of students maintaining physical distancing, sanitizing, and mask wearing is even more appropriate. Please work with your students to ensure that they have a clean multi-layer mask each day that properly fits their face (no gaps).


I want to keep things as short and sweet as possible tonight. Thank you to all of you who have reached out to our staff to thank them for their amazing work--your words and sentiments mean so much.



All the best,


Ms. Tonya Arnold

Principal, Mt. Tabor Middle School

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End of Quarter 2 on Thursday!

Thursday, January 27 marks the end of the second quarter of the school year. It's hard to believe that we are nearly halfway through the school year!


Students will start their Quarter 3 classes on Tuesday, February 1. We will be working with them next week in Homeroom to check their schedules. All of our students will be changing classes at in Quarter 3 as part of their Health/PE/Elective wheel, and all of our students taking semester choice electives will experience change as well.

No School on Friday, January 28 and Monday, January 31

All PPS schools will be closed on Friday, January 28 for a Staff Grading Day, and again on Monday, January 31. The Monday closure will have staff working on our ongoing school climate work and provide our content teams time to plan for the upcoming quarter with students. We know that days off of school provide their own challenges to families, and we so appreciate your support in allowing our staff time to grade and plan for an effective start to the second half of the school year.

Welcome our new SUN Family Resource Navigator, Andie Lilly

Hi I'm Andie Lilly (she/her). I am the SUN Family Resource Navigator here at Mt. Tabor Middle School. I can help students and their families find resources within the community. If you need support finding rental assistance, utility assistance, COVID resources, food boxes, tutoring, advocacy, etc, please feel free to contact me!


My cell phone number is (503) 867-0466

You can call or text

Email address: andrea.lilly@portlandoregon.gov

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Threats on Campus: How Does the School Respond

We take student safety very seriously here at Mt. Tabor. It is always unfortunate when we learn about threats or concerns to student safety, but our team uses an incredibly thorough PPS protocol, the Behavioral Safety Assessment, when we navigate these concerns as a school team. We referenced this assessment in the message that went out to families earlier this evening.


Our school team in such investigations involves our administration, school climate specialist, grade level counselor, and special education staff, and we work as a team to gather the needed information and convene to determine if reported threats are substantiated.


For those of you that are interested in all the different components of this assessment, you can learn more at https://www.pps.net/Page/17637.

8th Grade Families: Forecasting for HS Classes

8th Grade Students and Parents/Caregivers/Guardians: It's almost time to choose your high school classes!


During the next week or so in their Social Studies classes, MTMS 8th graders will be learning about "forecasting", which means choosing their high school classes for next school year. They will participate in a lesson designed to give them an overview of their choices, help them decide on courses that match their interests and goals, and instruct them on the logistical process of forecasting. They will be asked to review all forecasting materials and submit their choices with their adults at home.


More specific information with each high school’s forecasting choices and forms will be sent to parents/caregivers/guardians via email and Remind at the end of next week. Forecasting forms are due January 31, 2022 so you and your student will have plenty of time to review and discuss.


Exciting times!

MAP Testing for Math and Reading: February 2-3

Students at MTMS will be taking their MAP Math and Reading assessment on Wednesday, February 2 and Thursday, February 3.


Students will be taking the MAP Math test with their first period teacher on Wednesday, Feb 2 until 11:53 am and then their normally scheduled Period 4-6 classes in the afternoon. On Thursday, Feb 3, students attend their normally scheduled Period 1-3 classes in the morning and then their MAP Reading test with their fourth period teacher through the end of the school day.


It is important that your student is in attendance on these days as it helps their teachers receive actionable data about their growth, areas of strength, and areas of where additional support may be needed.


If you have questions about the MAP assessment, please reach out to Dave Llewellyn, our testing coordinator at dllewellyn@pps.net.

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!

Sign Ups Still Available for Asymptomatic Testing Program through OHSU

With the new variant surge, we have been asked by many families about whether they can still sign up for the weekly testing program through OHSU. Families are still able to sign up. Information about the program can be found at the links below:


Welcome Letter (English) (Spanish)

Test Collection (English) (Spanish)


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 BOTH of the forms below and have your student bring them to the main office:


OHA Consent Form

OHSU Authorization Form


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. Tests are collected in the morning by the OHSU courier.


If you have completed the form for your student and has not received testing kits and labels, it may be that OHSU has not yet processed your application--there seem to be significant delays. Please feel free to check in with Tania Trujillo in the main office to make sure that we have received your paperwork and requested your labels.


We appreciate your patience and participation.

Ongoing Family Immunization Clinics

The Multnomah County Health Department is offering twice-weekly Immunization Clinics for families and children to obtain COVID-19 and school-required vaccines. Clinics will be held on Wednesdays from 11 am - 2 pm & 3 pm - 6 pm at the Gateway WIC Building, 131 NE 102nd Ave., Portland; and on Saturdays from 9 am - 12 pm & 1 pm - at the NE Health Clinic, 5329 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd. #322, Portland.


Appointments are required for children aged 5 - 11. No appointment is required for family members to receive the COVID-19 vaccine and flu shots.


Call 503-988-8939 to make an appointment. More info is available at: multco.us/vaccineclinics.

Impacted by COVID-19?

Has your family been impacted by a positive COVID-19 case, quarantine, or COVID-related issue? Our social worker has compiled a list of resources that may be helpful, from rental and utility assistance to food resources. You can find details below, or reach out to the MTMS Social Worker, Maureen Brennan, for more information.

Miss the MTMS PTA Meeting on Tuesday?

We had an amazing general session on Tuesday night with Judy Brennan, Director of Enrollment and Transfer, and Kristyn Westphal, Area Senior Director of Middle Schools. If you were not able to attend the session, we did record it for you all to view.


You can access the recording at the following link: https://pps-net.zoom.us/rec/share/8AflPXZejSPUvw9MWc6p9tBGf3hUsoh2mdC9bV6OpkAldUsEXPVmAoZMDD6ME_OD.2-Gt4A_LmiiTmlGq?startTime=1642561315000

Your Weekly PTA Update

CLASSROOMS IN MOTION

The MTMS PTA has received a request from teachers and counselors for flexible seating in classrooms. MTMS classrooms do not currently have any alternate, flexible seating options. (Although, we do understand that the library has a limited number of flexible seating options.) The request is for 100 Wobble Seats, with an additional wish for stand up desk options. The fundraising goal is $7,500. The PTA is very excited to support student needs in the classroom and know that the MTMS community will be too. There has been such generosity from this community in the past and we hope to tap into that generosity to meet this need. Let’s get these students some movement options in the classroom! Donations are being accepted through SchoolPay. The link to donate to this fundraiser is https://www.schoolpay.com/pay/for/Classrooms-in-Motion/SCiuLo. If direct donations don’t work for you, remember that participation in PTA activities help us raise money for things such as Wobble Seats and other teacher and student needs. You can buy hoodies and t-shirts from the Spirit Store online or participate in Restaurant Partners for dinner or sign up for Alpenrose grocery delivery and use the MTMSPTA code.



*Any funding above the need for Wobble Seats and stand up desks, will go to support other activities and/or needs at MTMS through the PTA, for example Staff Appreciation Week in May.


Alpenrose and MTMS Partnership

Don’t forget to check out the grocery options at Alpenrose. They have more than just milk!!! Alpenrose is partnering with MTMS to offer a great deal for you and for the PTA. New customers will receive $30.00 off their first order and free home delivery of groceries. And, all your future orders over $15.00 will also receive free delivery. For each new customer that signs up, using the MTMSPTA code, Alpenrose will donate $50.00 to MTMS PTA! This is huge! This will contribute to funds that we greatly need to meet the needs of teachers and students at MTMS. The flyer below contains more information and a QR code to the ordering website. Use code MTMSPTA when checking out to receive your discounts and free delivery.


Restaurant Partners

We are super excited about these delicious opportunities. Mark your calendars!

  • FEBRUARY 2nd - POR QUE NO
  • February 8th - Fire on the Mountain
  • March 20th - Leikum Brewing
  • April 12th - Tabor Tavern


MTMS Gear

Have you seen our new great design!!! Check out the Mt Table Middle School spirit wear 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

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 tarnold3@pps.net.

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