Portland Public Schools
Portland, Oregon

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K x 12 student-centered education

2033 NW Glisan St. | Portland, OR 97209
Phone: (503) 916-5737

Special Education PTA of Portland

Welcome Back!
Parents, Educators & Community Members!

October 2014 General Meeting

Meeting Topic:

Share the strengths and challenges in your child’s school
The SEPTAP board will gather information and questions about PPS special education services to share with the Special Education director and PPS School Board. Come share the positives to be replicated and the challenges to be addressed.



MLC Black-top work

This summer, the PTSA Park Committee met to move forward plans for the Couch Park playground and also came up with solutions for the immediate play needs of the MLC and KCLC community.
To increase play opportunities, space, and child-safety:

1.  The North side of the blacktop has been reserved for children's play. Vehicles will still be permitted on the South half of the blacktop; however half of the blacktop would be unavailable for parking indefinitely.

2.  Portland Public Schools will paint basketball, hopscotch and 4-square courts on the blacktop. The proposed diagram is attached.

3.  Portland Public Schools and the Parks Committee are discussing the possibility of constructing a gaga pit. The Parks Committee supports this as an activity which was requested by students and is safe, active, and financially manageable.  Attached is our proposal and photos of the gaga pit at Creative Science School.

Please join the conversation! We'd love to hear from you about the blacktop on the MLC Community Voice and MLC Facebook pages. The Park Committee will also host a meeting to discuss these recommendations and get your input. The date and time will be announced soon.
MLC PTSA Park Committee
Lauren Nathe, PTSA President/Parent
Tanya March, Park Committee Co-chair/Parent
Deirdre Steinmetz, KCLC Director
Macarre Traynham, MLC Principal
Trent Thelen, MLC Parent
Carla Peters, MLC Parent
Ayana Horn, MLC Parent
Avril Munro, MLC Teacher

Black Top



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

First day of school for 1x12
 2  MLCEF Mtg 6:15pm Blue Moon
Kindergarten staggered start
First day of school for all Kinders
School pictures
 9  New Family Tea 8:45am Lib
 9  PTSA brings "Project Wild Thing"
 10  Site Council Mtg 3:30pm Lib
 11  PTSA introduces David Bond, director of Project Wild Thing
 11  PTSA Mtg 6:30pm Lib
Opening Day Packet forms due
 12  Tea W/Traynham 8:45am Cafe
1x12 School Picnic
 Community Building Night
 18  Kx3, HS Curriculum Night
STOPPS program
4x6, 7x8 Curriculum Night 6:00pm
 24  MLC Park Committee Mtg 3:30
Beyond Diversity seminar for MLC parents (1 of 4)

   OCTOBER 2014
 Parent TAG Mtg 5:30-6:30pm Room 311

Tax ID 93-6000830

Please consult a tax advisor with questions regarding school donations and the appropriate use of PPS's Federal Tax ID number.

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Gov. Kitzhaber launches statewide reading campaign

September 29, 2014
Gov. John Kitzhaber, Supt. Carole Smith, State Education Chief Nancy Golden, Umpqua Bank CEO Ray Davis and PPS board members listened to kindergarteners sing. Gov. John Kitzhaber, State Education Chief Nancy Golden and Umpqua Bank CEO Ray Davis joined PPS Supt. Carole Smith and other dignitaries to launch a statewide reading campaign Monday, Sept. 29. [More]

Get Ready site helps students chart path

September 29, 2014

PPS wants to make it easier for students to navigate the path to college and career. Career coordinators and school counselors teamed up with the Parent Coalition with support from the Nike School Innovation Fund to create the Get Ready for College & Career website. 


Board invests in key learning priorities

September 29, 2014

The Portland School Board voted 6-1 Sept. 23 to hire about 40 new teachers and high school support staff, immediately spending $3.5 million of a $16.8 million budget improvement for 2014-15. 


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