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Strong Results

5800 SE Ash St | Portland, OR 97215
Phone: (503) 916-5646 | Fax: (503) 916-2659

Thursday, Friday no school

Nov. 26-27: No school in recognition of holiday. Happy Thanksgiving!

Thanks to the more than 3,000 people who attended meetings on enrollment balancing. Slideshow.  Growing Great Schools.

Mt Tabor News and Information

Mt. Tabor News

The Mt. Tabor Principal’s Newsletter is now being sent out using School Messenger.  PPS has moved to a single communication tool called School Messenger, and will no longer use Celly, Flash Alerts, and Synrevoice. Now principals can send email, SMS text messages, and autodialers from School Messenger. You can get more information here: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/about-us/mobilefirst.htm

August 28, 2015

Welcome to the 2015-2016 school year -- we are so excited to see the hallways filled with students! We have had a great start and we look forward to the year ahead. Thank you for your patience as we iron out any student scheduling glitches.

The Principal's Newsletter was sent out to the Listserve this afternoon. If you are not yet signed up to receive it, please go to the following website for instructions on how to sign up: 


You can also access the PDF copy of the newsletter in the Principal Newsletter Archives by clicking the same link and scrolling down below the instructions.

August 17, 2015

We hope that you are enjoying the last moments of summer vacation. We have been busy in the office preparing for the new school year and look forward to seeing everyone back on August 27th. Until then, here are some dates to know:

  • Summer Office Hours:  The Mt. Tabor Main Office opens on August 18 and Tanesha and Mayra will be available from 8:30am – 4:30pm (11:30am-12:30 closed for lunch). Regular Office hours will resume on August 24.
  • Community Care Day: On August 22 from 9:00am to 12:00pm you can bring your tools, roll up your sleeves, and help us in enhancing and beautifying our building and grounds. No registration is necessary, and all ages are welcome. Some tools and supplies will be provided; individuals may also bring their own. **We are in need of a pressure washer and so if you have one, please bring it as we have several areas that need to be pressure washed.
  • Student Schedules:  Our plan is to mail student schedules on August 19.
  •  First Day of School: The first day of school for all students is Thursday, August 27. First Period begins at 9:15am, but students are allowed in the building at 8:50am for breakfast, and school dismisses at 3:45pm.
  •  6th Grade Ice Cream Social: Sixth graders and their families are invited to an ice cream social afterschool on Thursday, August 27 from 3:45 - 4:15pm in the courtyard. 
  • School Supplies: All 7th and 8th Grade students will bring their supplies on the first day of school. All 6th Grade students will bring their supplies on the second day of school. You can find a list of school supplies here: 2015-2016 School Supplies
  • Picture Day: September 9 – Look for information in the Back-to-School Packet.
  • Before School Supervision:  Scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 15 – more information will be coming to you in the Back-to-School Packet.
  • Homework Club: Scheduled to begin on Tuesday, September 15 and goes from 3:45pm - 5:00pm every Tuesday and Wednesday in the Library. Homework Club is optional and students do not need to sign-up prior to attending. Students that attend are expected to stay the entire time on that day. Students are not required to attend both days.
  • PTA Meeting:  The first PTA meeting of this school year is Tuesday, September 15th at 6:30pm - 8:00pm in the Library.
  • Back to School Night: Monday, September 21 from 6:00pm – 8:00pm.


The Mt. Tabor leadership team of Principal Robi Osborn and Assistant Principal Anh Nguyen-Johnson have a summer message for students... and fill out those Multnomah County Library gameboards for prizes!

Mandatory Registration Date and Time for Franklin Freshman

(to be held at the Marshall)

•   Freshman Registration ~ Tuesday, August 18th, 2015, 8am - 11am

•   Sophomores & Make-Up Registration ~ Thursday, August 20, 2015, 8am - 1:30pm


Save the Date!


Mt. Tabor Middle School Foundation Fundraiser

“What the Heck, Write a Check” Spring Faire

6:30 pm, FRIDAY, MAY 13th, 2016


Join the fun, volunteer to help with this fun, low-key event. ONLY 3 PLANNING MEETINGS!!!


Many positions have already been filled, see below for where we still need help. Everyone is welcome!


The following positions are already filled:

·      Data Entry, Ticket Sales, Procurement Chair Laura Smoyer

·      Direct Appeal Program Chair                           Dalena Bradley

·      Communications/Marketing                            Madeline Landis

·      Check-in/Check-out                                           Stephanie Roth

·      Check-in/Check-out                                           Anne Kimberly   

·      Beer Procurement                                              Lisa Zuniga

·      Technology (computers for check-in)             Scott Criswell

·      Food/Venue                                                        Carol Criswell

·      Prize Pong                                                            Andrea Strauss

·      Day-of helper/runner                                        Megan Pickerel-Winer


Volunteer Opportunities:

·      Volunteer Chair / Meeting Organizer – this person will take the lead in setting the meeting dates, leading the 3 meetings and setting the agenda, and will check in with committee members. This person is the hub that keeps the parts moving.

·      Poster design/event branding – this creative mind gets to design our event poster!

·      Decorations (10ish, simple table tops) – the Laurelhurst Club is already a charming space, all that is needed is a touch here and there.

·      Wine Procurement (drinking and wall of wine) – we have a list of past donors to get you started!

·      Night of Wall of Wine/Bingo Wine operator – this could be the person who procured the wine or not.

·      Sponsorship (for 3 main sponsors only) – we have 3 premium sponsors who just need to be contacted and communicated with. No cold calls required!

·      Direct Appeal MC

·      Direct Appeal Recorders/Spotters

·      Direct Appeal Spotters

·      Will Call

·      Set up helpers         

·      Check-in/Check-out (must be comfortable with a computer and data entry, will work during the event).

·      Thank-you Note Coordinator        


Contact Carol Criswell if you can help!  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?

We are in the process of revising the Dress Code Guidelines. You can refer to 2014-2015 Student Handbook for Dress Code Guidelines.

Mt Tabor Calendar

WEB Program Link

What is WEB?

We are super lucky to have such awesome WEB Leaders!  Thanks for embarking on an amazing journey of fun, empowerment, and school-changing attitude.

WEB Training Dates and Times: (please be prompt)

June 16, 9:00 am - 12:00 pm (snack provided)
August 21, 9:00 - 2:30 pm (snack provided, but BRING LUNCH, and $10 for t-shirt!)
August 25, 10:30 - 3:30 pm (snack provided, but BRING LUNCH!)

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Mt. Tabor SUN Community School
Portland Parks & Recreation
5800 SE Ash ST
Portland OR  97213
503-916-2915  Office
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PPS News

Language immersion students excel in reading

November 24, 2015
Fourth grade students in Chinese immersion at Woodstock School.

Students enrolled in PPS dual-language immersion programs – whether English speakers or English learners - significantly outpace their peers in reading, a big, new study released this fall found. 


Bond progress update, Fall 2015

November 24, 2015
A group of Roosevelt students receive an up close view of the construction process in early November.

The first new high school buildings in nearly 50 years are starting to rise out of the ground at both Roosevelt and Franklin high schools and master planning is progressing for Grant and about to launch for Benson, Lincoln and Madison high schools.


Get urgent news: Weather. Emergencies. Disasters.

November 24, 2015

Do you know how PPS responds to emergencies and winter weather - and how and when we communicate with you? Check out the PPS Get Urgent News page.

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