Blacktop Trial Run
Dear MLC Community,
When our beloved play structure was deemed unsafe and removed by Portland Parks and Recreation, the MLC PTSA took action and created the Parks Committee. With parent, teacher, student, administration, and KCLC representatives, the committee met through the summer and every month since to increase play opportunities for our children.
One of the Park Committee’s recommendations is to reserve for children’s play the north half of the blacktop next to Couch Park. By not allowing vehicles in the children’s play space, we’ll reduce children’s exposure to toxins left on the blacktop by leaking vehicles. Those toxins can easily transfer from play equipment to hands to mouths. Children’s safety will be further assured in the mornings and afternoons when play and moving vehicles are not occurring in the same space.
A trial run of this recommendation will run Dec. 2 to 19. Traffic cones will be placed in the center of the blacktop every morning and allow vehicles access to the south half of the blacktop to drop off and pick up children. Parking on the blacktop will be limited. We will have volunteers who will help guide traffic and parking. Children can also be dropped off on Glisan and Hoyt streets. If you do not go into the building for drop-off or pick-up, please consider using Glisan or Hoyt Street designated zones. Neighborhood parking is also an option. See diagram attached for the plan for the play space, parking and traffic flow.
We’d love to know your thoughts. A survey for parents and guardians and staff can be found at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/6KCLXMS and will be available until 10 p.m. on December 1. Each adult in the household and all staff are welcome to complete the survey. The survey will be available again after the trial run.
A student survey is also being distributed.
The Park Committee’s other two recommendations are accepting PPS’s offer to paint play courts on our blacktop this spring; and building a gaga pit, about which negotiations continue. To learn more about gaga pits, please visit: http://www.nytimes.com/2012/07/19/us/gaga-playground-game-is-popular-at-camps.html?_r=0
MLC PTSA Parks Committee
REPORTING YOUR STUDENT’S ABSENCE FROM MLC
Greetings, MLC parents:
MLC has a dedicated phone line for you to use every time you report your student’s absence. That attendance line number is 503-916-3656. We ask that you always use that phone line for absence reporting. Please notify us of every day or partial day that your student is absent, and give the reason (the state of Oregon requires a reason in our absence reporting).
The PPS district also has a separate “Auto Dialer” phone system that will call you if your student is absent and we have not been able to report the absence before the district daily deadline. If you receive a call by the Auto Dialer, it is possible to leave a response. However, we ask you not to leave your response on that system. Instead, always call our MLC attendance line (503-916-3656) and leave your absence reporting with us. MLC is one of several PPS schools that use our own dedicated line for all attendance reporting. We monitor our line each morning for messages. Make your call by 9:30 a.m.; calls made later than 9:30 may still generate Auto Dialer calls to you, as the MLC registrar must record absences by an early deadline.
Thanks to all of you for your efforts in absence reporting!
Want to go to Costa Rica?
7x8 Summer 2015 Costa Rica Trip Information Session
3:15, Thursday, November 6
Amy's Room (#306)
More information: Gwenn Stover, MLC Parent, email@example.com
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
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!
|| Community Meeting
|4|| MLCEF Mtg 6:15pm at the Blue Moon
|5|| Site Council Mtg 3:15pm
|6|| Costa Rica trip Parent Info mtg 3:15 room 306
|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