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6-12 Language Arts & ELD Adoption Open House
Teachers, parents, and community members are invited to explore the materials being considered for adoption and to provide their input. There are two drop-in, Open House events scheduled in the month of May:
·         Thursday, 5/7 from 4-7 pm: Jackson Middle School, 10625 SW 35th Ave.
·         Wednesday, 5/13 from 3 – 6:30 pm: BESC/Central Office, 501 N. Dixon
For more information about the adoption process, visit the website at http://tinyurl.com/PPSadoption
Questions? Contact Susan Payne, Assistant Director, Instruction, Curriculum & Assessment, (503) 916-3115, spayne@pps.net

Mt. Tabor Middle School Newsletter April 17, 2015

Upcoming Events:

PTA Rummage Sale:  April 25

Courtyard Clean up:  April 25 – 9 AM

Spring Foundation Faire:  May 15

Outdoor School

Students leaving on Sunday, April 19th should be at school at 2:15 pm.  The building will not be open.  Busses will leave at 3:00.  Students will return to school at 7 pm on Tuesday April 21st.  It’s very important you are there to pick them up.

Students leaving on Wednesday, April 22nd should be at school by 9:15 am.  Busses will leave at 9:45.  Students will return to school at 1:30 on April 24th and should be picked up at that time.  Students will not remain at school.

MTMS Spring Faire Foundation Party and Fundraiser

Wine donations needed for the MTMS Spring Faire!  Bottles valued at $15 or more for the Wall of Wine and to be served at the event.  Please contact Betsy Robertson at 503-226-4611 or betsyr@msn.com to arrange pick up or drop off.  Thank you – it takes a village!



All 6th and 7th graders received forecasting sheets for next school year.  Please look at this with your student and choose a first and second choice for elective classes. 

PTA Rummage Sale / Court yard Clean-up

The PTA rummage sale is a great opportunity to help MTMS PTA.  Stop by the cafeteria on Saturday the 25th and find treasures!  The PTA supports all Mt. Tabor students by funding field trips, classroom supplies and new library books. 

Also on Saturday the 25th, volunteers from the Tabor Heights Methodist Church will be cleaning up the courtyard.  Any extra hands would help.  Volunteers will be meeting at 9 AM in the courtyard.


Dates To Remember!

April 25: Rummage Sale (details below)

May 4-8:                  Staff Appreciation Week (details below)

Mt. Tabor Rummage Sale – April 25th

Clean out your closets, basement or attic this weekend and donate your unwanted treasures to the MTMS Rummage Sale (which will take place next Saturday, April 25.) All proceeds will benefit our PTA, which helps all of our Mt Tabor Students.

·       Suggested Items: Clothes, household items, toys, games, books, small upholstered furniture, small electronics, etc.

·       Please no large furniture or computers.

Your Help Needed!

·       We need more volunteers to help after school next Friday (April 24th at 4pm) to get all of the donated items organized for the sale. Mt. Tabor student-volunteers, and 5th grade students and their families are all encouraged to help with this fun event! There will be pizza for the hard-working crew!

·       Help with a shift during the sale on Saturday, April 25th between 11am and 3pm. Contact the PTA volunteer coordinators at taborpta@gmail.com.

How to Donate Treasures:

·       Between now and April 23rd, drop donations off at 2606 SE 64th (light blue house on the corner). Please put donations by the garage door or back yard (not the front door). You can also email, call or text before heading over with a large item to be sure someone can take it inside. Contact Sandra Ganey at iamsandrag@gmail.com or (503) 314-6989.

·       If you have smaller items, you can leave them in the large box labeled “RUMMAGE SALE” located in front of the office at school.

·       Or, deliver directly to Mt Tabor on Friday, April 24th between 4:00-6:00pm (this is the day before the Rummage Sale.)

Staff Appreciation Week – May 4th – 8th

Help us say THANK YOU to our amazing MTMS Staff.

·       Donate money to help fund the catered staff lunch via this link: PayPal

·       We have a full week of themed appreciation days and many ways you can plug in to help in small, but meaningful ways. Contact the volunteer coordinators (taborpta@gmail.com) if you can help with any of the following days:

o   Muffin Monday - Let’s fill the staff room in the morning with sweet treats & anything that goes well with them to start out their week.

o   Taco Tuesday / Cinco de Mayo - With your financial contributions, we will provide the entire staff with a catered lunch & beverages from Pepino’s. (Donating is easy via this link: PayPal.)

o   Wild Card Wednesday - We will be raffling off as many gift cards as we can get our hands on! So clean out your gift certificate drawers or pick up a Starbucks card or two!

o   Therapeutic Thursday - We are hoping to find some volunteers to perform chair massages for our staff throughout the day as well as come up with a few healthy ideas on how we can spoil our amazing staff!

o   TGIF or “Freezer Friday” - We are looking to fill the freezer in the staff lounge with sweet treats at the end of their long week.


Social Media Safety Information from PTA Meeting

o   Notes from the Social Media Safety presentation at the PTA meeting last week are now available on the PTA website and via this link: Social Media Safety Presentation


For information about PTA activities and events, visit http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/mttabor/635.htm (from the main school website, choose “Community” then “PTA”).

“Like” us on Facebook! Stay up to date with PTA news by liking our Facebook page (www.facebook.com/MTMSPTA).

Email the MTMS PTA:

·       General PTA questions or suggestion: mtmspta@gmail.com

·       PTA Volunteer Coordinators: taborpta@gmail.com

PLEASE NOTE: All dates are subject to change. We'll do our best to keep you informed of any changes in future newsletters. You can also check the PTA webpage for current information on PTA-sponsored events: pps.k12.or.us/schools/mttabor/635.htm.


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Equity Nights

Family Equity Night for March and April are canceled.  Stay tuned for information about a final evening equity event!

Ultimate Frisbee League

Join the Mt. Tabor ultimate team for the spring season. It is a low cost and fun way to get exercise and make new friends. The league starts in April. The league is coed. Beginners and experienced players are welcome Contact Mike Moren at prestomm@gmail.com and go to Portlandultimate.com for more info. There are also an elementary and high school leagues. 

 It is time for Portland Ultimate's fall season.

Join the Mt. Tabor ultimate team for the spring season. It is a low cost and fun way to get exercise and make new friends. The league starts in April. The league is coed. Beginners and experienced players are welcome Contact Mike Moren at prestomm@gmail.com and go to Portlandultimate.com for more info. There are also an elementary and high school leagues. 


PIL Athletics once again is offering Track & Field for the middle grades 6-8 to be part of a high school sports team. PIL will provide transportation to practices and meets, free sweatshirt, free shoes, rented uniform, a full schedule of 9 meets. Starting after spring break on Monday, March 30th progressing to the end of May. See links below for more information.


Smarter Balanced State Assessments:

The Smarter Balanced testing window began on March 10th. Through the spring, each student will be scheduled to take Math and English Language Arts assessments. Students in 8th grade will also take a Science assessment.  If you are interested in viewing a practice test, please visit: http://sbac.portal.airast.org/practice-test/



Mt. Tabor Middle School

Spring Faire!

What the Heck, Write a Check!


Buy Your Tickets Today!

The Mt. Tabor Spring Faire fundraising party

is less than one month away.


Purchase your tickets online

or donate using this link:
(If you prefer to complete a paper form

and return it to the office, click here.)


Come hear from our amazing community - Our master of ceremonies for the evening will be Scott Hohenshell, father of JMP 6th grader, Kyra Aramari. And don’t miss the musical entertainment and special video appeal from Mt. Tabor students, including:

       Arthur Feidelson, 7th grade, neighborhood student

       Paul Carlsen, 6th grade, neighborhood student

       Abby Carlson, 7th grade, neighborhood student

       Hixon Dorsett, 8th grade, JMP student


Enter to Win, Sign Up to Play!

Even if you can’t come to the event, there are still ways to support the school: Enter the Carriage House Getaway Raffle for $20 or sign up for the annual Poker Party for $30. Details are online at http://mtms.schoolauction.net/2015/


Wine Donations Needed!

Do you have a bottle of wine (or two!) that you could donate to the event? We need 10 more bottles. Contact Betsy Robertson (betsyr@msn.com.)


Volunteer to help!

We are looking for a couple of people to help during the event as “spotters” to make sure we don’t miss any intended donors during the direct appeal. If you can help, please contact Dalena Bradley (dalena@planetbradley.com.)

Sponsor the Event!

Join this prestigious list of sponsors to help make our school the very best it can be! To sponsor, visit: http://mtms.schoolauction.net/2015/

·      The Caplener Group at Realty Trust $1,000

·      The Portland Nursery $1,000

·      Cristen Lincoln at Living Room Realty $1,000

·      Flying Pie Pizzeria $250

·      May Chang, DDS $250

·      Lisa Zuniga and Clifford Carlsen $250

·      Laura Smoyer and Chris Myers $250

·      Carol and Scott Criswell $250

·      Nicole and Tim Cleary $250

·      Jill and Brandon Cornejo $250

·      Ellen Rubinstein and Josh Baudhuin $250

·      Amy Edwards and Geoff Stuckart $250

·      Dalena and Jason Bradley $250

·      Julie and Brian Gefroh $250

·      Your Name Here


How will the money be used?

The Mt. Tabor Foundation Spring Faire fundraising party will support the following goals, set by Principal Osborn:

Ø  Help fund an additional math teacher to reduce class sizes.

Ø  Pay for substitutes to cover classrooms while teachers are on field trips (often field trips with one class will overlap other class time.)

Ø  Continue to provide morning supervision and after school homework help.


Event Information:

Mt. Tabor Spring Faire Fundraising Party

Friday, May 15th, 2015 at 6:30 p.m.

Laurelhurst Club (3721 SE Ankeny)



Contact Laura Smoyer (smoyermyers@gmail.com) or Carol Criswell (carol.l.criswell@gmail.com).


For information about MTMS Foundation, visit http://www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/mttabor/247.htm.



Homework Help!

Don’t struggle alone with homework!  Call a librarian.  Multnomah County library has live homework help in English, Spanish and Vietnamese from 2-10 pm every day!  They will proof read a paper or help you tackle a tough math problem.  You can also live chat with a librarian 24/7 who will direct you to resources for research, etc. Go to https://multcolib.org/  and click on Homework-center.  
School Hours

School starts at 9:05AM and breakfast is served at 8:50 a.m. Please do not drop off your students earlier than 9:05a.m. unless your student is registered for Before School Supervision. School ends at 3:45 p.m. and students have to leave school grounds by 4:00 p.m. We do not have staff supervision before or after school hours for students. We are not responsible for your student(s) if he/she arrives outside of school hours. Please encourage your student not to walk to school too early.

We notice that there are many students wandering in front of the building, on the sidewalks or going to QFC. With the wet and cold weather coming, please make sure that you're students are picked up on time. We appreciate your cooperation.

What is the dress code?

Please keep our dress guidelines in mind as you shop for back to school apparel. “Appropriate dress contributes to a positive learning environment. If the dress or grooming of a student disrupts the educational climate or process…the school has a legitimate concern and may require the student to change his or her dress or grooming”. School is preparation for the work place. Clothing should reflect acceptable dress standards for work. Listed below are examples of but not limited to:

1.    Clothing/jewelry promoting smoking, drugs or alcohol, violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, insults, ridicules, or anything that is sexually suggestive is unacceptable.
2.    Any immodest clothing such as crop tops, tubes, visible midriff, bare backs, see through, lace and/or underwear showing, or cleavage showing, etc. is unacceptable.
3.    Sagging pants, hanging belts, or pajamas are unacceptable.
4.    Shorts, skirts, and dresses should not be shorter than three inches above the knee. (This includes the slit in the skirt). Very holey clothing is unacceptable.
5.    Backpacks and outdoor coats will be stored in lockers.
6.    Hats, hairnets, scarves, bandanas, or any other unacceptable headgear are not allowed. Hats shall remain in lockers during the school day. Students may use them when they go outside at lunch recess.
7.    Accessories such as sunglasses, head/arm/wrist bands, chains, choke collars/chains, spikes, pacifiers, etc. are not allowed.
8.    Gloves, single or pairs are not allowed.
9.    Makeup must be used in moderation.
10.    Gang writing on any surface is not allowed.
11.    Rolling shoes (with wheels), flip flops, slides, and bedroom slippers are not allowed.

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