MLC Weekly News and Notes

March 6-10

Hello, MLC community! This week we have seen hail, rain, ice, snow and bits of sun. Feels like a typical Portland March which means spring is on its way! This month we celebrate Women's History as well as Developmental Disability Awareness.

The snow has caused a few scheduling issues for our at MLC as well as the district. Here are some updated dates:

Progress Reports are viewable by Parent/StudentVue now. They will be mailed home this week as well.

We have rescheduled our Black History Celebration assembly for March 23rd.

The 100th Day of School Celebration was able to take place last week on the 104th Day of School instead. ;)

We have three more weeks until Spring Break! Let's make them good ones!





3/6 Monday

3/7 Tuesday - SAGA Lunch Group with Erewyn

Hunter's Lunch Group with Ned

PTSA Meeting in Library at 6:30

3/8 Wednesday - Students of Color Lunch Group with Hakim & Tony

3/9 Thursday - Last day of Winter Electives!

3/10 Friday


3/22 Wednesday - SAT for HS

3/23 Thursday - Black History Celebration Assembly (rescheduled)

6th-8th Grade Dance! 6:00-8:00 pm in the auditorium


Spring Elective Leaders Needed!

Hello, Marvelous MLC Community.

I’m sending out the official call for elective class offerings from you – again – and anyone in your circles that you can bring our way.

Please use this Google Form to communicate your choices with me. It includes more details about the program and ideas if you aren’t quite sure what to teach.

Spring Term Electives: April 4th – May 25th (1x3 and 4x6 will NOT have electives the week of April 10th, due to conferences and field trips)

Not ready to teach on your own? Sign-up with a friend to co-teach or let me know you’d like to get your feet wet by working alongside an MLC staff member. Once you see how much fun it can be, I know you’ll be hooked and come back for more!

PLEASE GIVE ME YOUR CHOICES BY MONDAY, MARCH 13th, but the sooner the better!

Many, many thanks,

Dana Lipson

MLC Electives Coordinator

(she/her pronouns)

Student Spotlight!

Let's give an MLC shout out to our 6th grade OBOB teams! This is our first year for OBOB at MLC. Two 6th grade teams battled for the chance to compete at the Regional Tournament. The Reading Rats represented MLC on Saturday well by making it into the Sweet 16 Finals! It was quoted that they "were brave, poised, assertive and kind."

Congrats to James! Eleanor! Ramona! Inga! Violet!

Coach Kathleen!

We look forward to supporting our 4th/5th grade teams as they venture into Regionals coming up soon!

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Love for Liz B!

Our HS Language Arts and Journalism teacher, Liz B, is greatly loved by our MLC students.

"Liz is the only reason I like Language Arts!"

"Swagalicious. That's Liz."

"We ALL love, Liz. She is supportive of every student, no matter what."

We are extremely lucky to have such a kind, creative and empathetic educator on our high school team!

Woot, Liz!

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Celebrating Classified & Non-Represented Employees!

This week is Non-Represented and Classified Employees Appreciation Week! Thank you to our staff for all of their hard work! Please take some time this week to express appreciation as they are huge pieces to our MLC's success.

Thank YOU:

  • Tony!
  • Chelsea!
  • Kathleen F!
  • Stephanie K!
  • Robin!
  • Tim!
  • Lori!
  • Jennifer!
  • Bill!
  • Steve!
  • Tanya!
  • Megan!

It's National School Social Work Week - March 5- 11, 2023

The theme for National School Social Work Week 2023 is “We Rise.” School Social Workers rise up - supporting their students, families, and school communities. School Social Workers rise to share hope. They rise to listen and understand. They rise to challenge inequities. They rise to support all students.

We are extremely fortunate to have Clement at MLC! Thank you, Clement, for your consistently calm vibes and loving support for our students!

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! :)

4x6 Drama Elective in Need of a Few Items:

- PLASTIC (!) champagne flutes (8-12)

- PLASTIC or tin serving trays

- suit jackets (kids or adults)

- trench coat

- white button up shirts (preferably for kids)

- maid costume

- waiter accessories for 2 kids

- "fancy" accessories for party guests (costume jewelry, scarves, etc.)

Please label items so they can be returned to you after the show; they can be dropped off in the main office for Dana. The students would need to borrow them from now until March 16th. Many thanks!

Amanda - Sugarless Gum

Ned - Houseplants

Maggie - Fine point sharpies, Rubber Chicken, old/broken appliances or safe e-waste for the Take Apart elective - anything that can be easily carried upstairs by a child will work!

Liz D - Fine point sharpies

Clement - Social Work Wishlist

Medical Updates

Antigen Rapid Tests available!

We received a shipment of iHealth Covid-19 Antigen Rapid Tests. We are encouraging families to keep kits at home for easy testing. You are welcome to stop by the office and grab some, or call us at 503-916-5737 and we will gladly send some home with your student.

Stay healthy.


Greetings from the MLC PTSA!

Next PTSA Meeting: March 7th!

Our next PTSA meeting will be in the MLC Library and on Zoom, March 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

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.

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

All this and more at

Safety Updates and Reminders

NEW Fences

We have been awaiting our new fences since October. They are now up and ready to receive an MLC touch with banners and student art. The new fencing is NOT used to keep MLC students restricted to the black top. Gates allow easy access for our student to use the playground during recess, lunch and breaks while enhancing student safety.


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!

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.

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.

Ongoing Resources

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Attendance Line 503-916-3656