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Phone: (503) 916-5737

Fall Conferences are here!!

Parent-Teacher Conferences...

are Wednesday, October 29th and Thursday, October 30th

Hello MLC Families,
Next week are MLC's Parent-Teacher Fall Conferences. On Wednesday, October 29th and Thursday, October 30th our teachers, grades K-8, will be available for you to meet with them to collaborate about your student(s). K8 teachers are available both Wednesday and Thursday beginning at 8:30am; however high school teachers are available Wednesday, October 29th from 5:30pm-8:00pm and a full day on Thursday, October 30th. K8 teachers have a sign up sheet outside of their door for you to choose a time that best works for you, while high school teachers have an online sign up. If you are unable to get to the building please email or call your student's teacher at school to request time to meet with them. More specific information pertaining to elementary, middle school and high school conferences are below.

For grades K-6:

Sign up sheets are available outside of each teachers classroom. Teachers have time available both Wednesday, October 29th and Thursday, October 30th beginning at

8:30am with the last scheduled appointment

for 7:30pm. If you are unable to stop by the school please email or call your student's teacher for help in securing a time to meet with them.

For grades 7 & 8:
Teachers will be available both Wednesday, October 29th and Thursday, October 30th beginning at 8:30am. Middle school teachers will be meeting with Retro students and families, so please sign up to meet with your child's Retro teacher. 7th and 8th grade teachers will also have drop in times for parents to meet with content specific teachers; those times are as follows:
  • 8:30am - 9:10am each day
  • 11:00am - 11:30am each day
  • 2:00pm - 2:40pm each day
  • 5:30pm - 6:20pm each day
  • 7:30pm - 8:00pm each day
If you are unable to stop by the school to sign up to meet with your student's Retro teacher, please call or email your student's teacher for help in scheduling and securing a time to meet with them.
For High School:
High School students have a full day, regularly scheduled, day of school on Wednesday, October 29th.

Parent-Teacher Conferences for high school students is Wednesday, October 29th from 5:30pm - 8pm and Thursday, October 30th from 8:30am - 8:00pm. 

Subject specific teachers are available for drop in conferences on Wednesday, October 29th from 5:30pm - 8:00pm. Sign ups for meeting with your students Metro teacher is scheduled for Thursday, October 30th from 8:30am - 8:00pm. The High School Team is using an online sign up for Metro conferences. Sign ups are as follows: If you are unable to access the online sign up, please call or email your student's Metro teacher for assistance in scheduling and securing a time to meet with them.
Please be aware that there is No School on Friday, October 31st. The building will be open for KCLC which will be in operation. 

Parent-Teacher Conferences are a time for sharing information, continuing to forge relationships with your student's teacher, and collaborating on helping your student have a successful and rewarding year. Be sure to come with questions that you want to ask, to ask about what your student should know by the end of each trimester and ultimately the year, to provide the teacher with valuable information that you believe they need to know, and to determine how you can best assist your student at home. 

We are partners in educating your child academically, socially and emotionally. We want to know how your student learns best and how we can best support you and your child. We look forward to seeing and collaborating with you next week at Parent-Teacher Conferences. 

In Partnership,

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Parent Survey

 MLC is undergoing our 5 year AdvancED Accreditation review.  AdvancED is an organization of education professionals that ‘lead and empower the education community to ensure that all learners realize their full potential.’  We are welcoming this opportunity once more with excitement to review our educational practices to further student learning.

A significant piece of our review is parent/guardian feedback about the current climate and environment of MLC.  This is a space for you to share about the work our teachers and students are doing on a daily basis.  The SURVEY will also be used by AdvancED as a gauge for the level of parent participation and engagement within the school.  Please take approximately 5-8 minutes of your time to complete the survey located within the link below. There will be several opportunities over the next two weeks to complete the October survey at school (Pizza Night and Conferences). The DEADLINE is October 31st, so take a moment now if you can!  

We thank you for your time and reflection on this survey as well as for your continued support of the outstanding work our teachers and students do every day.  We wouldn’t be the learning community that we are without the support of our parents.

Parent Survey: http://www.advanc-ed.org/survey/public/8153419



Hello MLC Community,

As you may know, MLC students in 1st through 8th grade are provided enriching opportunities through the Electives Program. 1X8 electives classes vary in content and skill: from Jewelry to Frisbee, Spanish to Yoga! This program allows students to select classes based on their unique interests and fosters a desire to explore. The Elective Program for the first trimester will begin October 7th and end December 4th.

These enriching and dynamic opportunities depend on YOU: MLC parents, friends, community members. Sharing your time and talent is a very rewarding experience. Each trimester we offer between 50 and 60 classes on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday afternoons. We need many hands on deck and I invite you to get involved!  

Thank you for your continued commitment to all of our MLC students! As a bonus for this generous volunteer opportunity, children of electives teachers have preference in the selection of their classes. Please let me know if you have any questions about the electives program. I look forward to working with you all.

Follow this link (http://goo.gl/JDJKED) to Sign Up Today!

Upcoming Events

  OCTOBER 2014
PTSA presents Positive Discipine workshop for parents 6:30pm
MLCEF meeting 6:15pm @ Blue Moon
Beyond Diversity Part 3 for MLC parents 6-9pm room 311
Park Committee 3:30 library
9  kx3 to Fir Point Farms Pumpkin Patch
Beyond Diversity Part 4 for MLC parents 6-9pm room 311
State-wide Inservice Day - no school
4x5 at OMSI Camp Hancock
PSAT testing for 10th graders
7x8 to NWCT 9:15-11:30am
PTSA meeting 8:45am in Cafeteria
6th graders to MESD Outdoor School
School picture RETAKES
Tea w/ Traynham 8:30am MLC cafeteria
Family pizza and dance 6-8:30pm
Book Fair MLC library
9x12 regular classes
9x12 conferences 3:30-8:00pm
kx8 conferences 8:30-8:00pm
kx12 conferences 8:30-8:00pm
No School - Happy Halloween

 Community Meeting
 4  MLCEF Mtg 6:15pm at the Blue Moon
 5  Site Council Mtg 3:15pm
 7 Tea w/ Traynham 8:30am MLC cafeteria
 10  Teacher Planning- NO School
 Veteran's Day- NO School
 Park Committee mtg 3:30pm library
 12-13-14  Mid Summer Night's Dream  Shakespeare Club performance TBD
 19  Kx3 Tears of Joy 9:15am
 PTSA Mtg 6:30pm
 25  Visitors Day Program #1 9:30am
 End of 1Tri
 27-28  Thanksgiving Break
 Dec 1
 Teacher Planning- NO School

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