MLC Weekly News and Notes

January 17-20th

Hello, MLC community! I hope you all had a nice three day weekend in celebration of Dr. King. Here is a link with his inspirational speeches that help me to reflect on my own learnings and work towards a more peaceful world for our children.

It is the season of rainy recess and gloomy weather outside- but not inside our warm building! We are keeping learning bright and alive with creative classrooms and trips full of wonder thanks to our fabulous MLC staff. This week is getting us closer to wrapping up Quarter 2/Semester 1 of our academic year. Next week we will finish out strong on Thursday with a teacher work day/no students day on Friday. It is hard to believe that we are officially starting the second half of the school year January 30th!


Lunch groups started last week! If your student forgot to join - no worries! Try a club this week. We are also forming a "Student Advisory ,,, Something". We are letting the students come up with a name! This leadership group will be sponsored by Beriah and Chelsea. All grades (K-12) will have representatives as well as leads from the high school and middle school. Check out the video below for more information.

I look forward to seeing you all for a wonderful week!





1/17 Tuesday - 1x8 Winter Elective's BEGIN!

1/17 Tuesday - Hunter's Lunch Group with Ned

1/18 Wednesday - Students of Color Lunch Group with Hakim


1/26 Thursday - Last Day of Quarter 2/Semester 1

1/27 Friday - No School for Students/Teacher Work Day

Safety Updates and Reminders


Starting Tuesday January 17th, we are implementing a sign out process for students choosing to go offsite for lunch. 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!

Student Spotlight

Check out our 3rd graders on an experiential learning walking field trip! Located at the esplanade by OMSI, the class visited a boulder called an erratic that was rafted here on ice during the Missoula floods about 12,000 years ago. They also checked out a depth scope where they saw that only the tops of the tallest buildings would have been under 600 feet of water!

Nicely done, 3rd graders and John!

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High School Career Class Visitor!

This week our high school college and career class was excited to welcome textile designer Trish Langman to MLC. Trish shared her career story with our students and prepared us for what to expect during our upcoming workshops with the TiE Young Entrepreneur Program. During the workshops,Trish and other mentors will work with a group of our students to develop business and entrepreneurial skills in areas that connect to each student's passions and interests.

Thank you, Teacher Sarah!

Let's give a shout out to our Kindergarten teacher, Sarah! Her kindness and creativity are making a HUGE impact on our tiniest MLC scholars!


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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! :)

Clothing Closet - Large plastic storage bins, clothing racks, sturdy hangers

Clement Wilson - Social Work Wishlist


The MLC 22-23 Site Council will be forming in the next few weeks. We are looking for three parent/guardian representatives to join with one serving as the chairperson. This would be a representative from:

K-6 (1)

7-8 (1)

9-12 (1)

Parents and guardians of diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply!

*Also included for this year (22-23) are the principal plus three staff members.

Why does Site Council do?

  • Serving on the Site Council is an opportunity to be a school and community leader that can help the identify common goals and assist the school leadership team in achieving those goals, including goals around instructional and enrichment programs

  • An opportunity to share unique perspectives and knowledge of school and community needs in order to make positive change

  • An opportunity to share and elevate unique perspectives and knowledge of how well school and district programs are working for students and families

  • An opportunity to inform the School Continuous Improvement Plan, changing outcomes for the entire school community

  • The Site Council is an open forum for discussing school and education-related challenges and identifying opportunities for growth in partnership with school leaders, school staff, and other parent/guardian leaders in a whole-school, community-driven approach

  • The Site Council is not a place to make policy, it is not a political organization, it is not a grievance committee, it is not a fundraising committee, nor is it affiliated with the PTSA or any other organization

What is the time commitment? One virtual meeting per month for 60-90 minutes beginning in February and meeting through June.

If there is much interest, there will be a voting process to fill the parent/guardian positions. If you are interested, please fill out this form and you will be sent more information as we get closer to forming.


Greetings from the MLC PTSA!

Next PTSA Meeting: Feb 7th!

Our next PTSA meeting will be in the MLC Library and on Zoom, February 7th, at 6:30-8:00

The Auction is Happening!

The Auction Team is up and running! The auction will be held at the Odditorium on April 29th. If you'd like to help, contact us at

Our first meeting will be held Jan. 20th.
If you know an awesome business that is interested in donating to the auction, the online donation form is here:


MLC PTSA will once again host parking for Timbers and Thorns games this school year to raise much needed funds for student activities (classroom supplies, electives, field trips, and all the reasons why we love MLC.).

Available sign-up dates are posted here.

This is a great opportunity to meet other parents. And if you have older kids, a chance to volunteer together while providing an important lesson in microeconomics! We broke the time slots into two hour shifts and two people are needed for each shift. So grab a friend, student or other parents and help support the MLC community.

We need volunteers to:

Collect parking fees

Direct cars to available spots

Assist with unlocking/locking the gates

Questions? Contact your parent coordinators Tammy or Chenney

***Even if you are not able to volunteer this time, PLEASE spread the word to your community of Timbers and Thorns fans! Thank you!! ***

Bottle Drop!

Looking for a way to help without a big time commitment? We need help with Bottle Drop!

Contact TJ at for details!

All this and more at

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.

Paid Youth Opportunity: Uplift Youth Summit

Here is a cool opportunity shared by our HS Career Coordinator:

Feb. 17-20, Uplift Virtual Youth Summit, Youth ERA; Students receive a $75 stipend for participation and a chance to win a PS5, funded by a grant from the Oregon Health Authority. Now registering youth for scholarships for Oregon youth, ages 14-19.

As described by a student participant, “The main goal is to train teens in peer support so that they can be there for each other in crisis. Uplift prioritizes your mental health and as a result, teens who’ve done Uplift say they have improved self confidence and personal growth, and feel more capable in reaching out to peers.” Students will learn how to identify signs of distress, practice listening and self care skills, identify strengths, build resilience, and counter issues like bullying and youth suicide.

Adults and staff can watch this video to learn more. Youth 14-19 can apply here.

For more information, contact:


Tanya Leib

High School Career Coordinator

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.

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