Mt Tabor News and Information
May 14, 2013
Dear Mt. Tabor Families and Friends:
The trip to Japan with our 8th grade Japanese Immersion students was a wonderful experience. Every day I was so proud of their language skills and the way they represented Mt. Tabor. The students worked hard every day taking surveys, interviewing, researching and learning about new places. They did a great job.
Dr. Breaker had similar glowing reports about our Spanish Immersion students who traveled to Mexico City. These students made oral presentations at an evening celebration that was attended by representatives of the US Embassy and other dignitaries. They saw sights and immersed themselves in the culture.
Our band has left the band room and taken to the streets! One hundred fifty students are now marching to prepare for two upcoming parades. The Junior Rose Festival Parade is Wednesday, June 5th and the Glencoe Storybook Parade is June 7th at 9 AM. Attached is the permission slip for any student not in band that wants to leave school early on June 5th to attend the Junior Rose Parade. Permission slips must be turned in by Friday, May 31st. We will not take phone calls or permission slips the day of the parade.
May 23rd the Youth Silent Film Festival is at the Hollywood Theatre and we have a film entered by a seventh grade team. That same evening counselor Galen Dickstein and I will be at the Oregon Alliance of Black School Educators where two of our eighth grade students will be honored – Matthew Dressa and Kaila Sampson.
Our annual Run for the Arts raised $7,200 to be used for band and art supplies as well as fieldtrips and assemblies at school. Thank you to our community for supporting this important fundraiser.
We are in need of a Foundation Chair to lead the effort to organize our auction in September. The money raised pays for the popular before school supervision program (currently serving 165 students) as well as part of a teaching position. Without an auction we will be unable to continue with the morning supervision program and we will not have the additional FTE we have come to count on. Please consider stepping up! If you are interested let me know and we can meet with a past organizer to give you clear information.
Remember, there is no school for students on June 13 – except for their scheduled student-led conference. More information to follow.
Robi Osborn, principal
New online parent tool
Starting in the 2013-14 school year, PPS families will have access to student progress information in a new online tool called Synergy ParentVUE. ParentVUE will be available in multiple languages and also as a free mobile app.
Families will receive log-in instructions to Synergy ParentVUE and links to online support materials in Fall 2013. For more information, please visit synergyspotlight.pps.net
Nueva herramienta de padres en línea
A partir del año escolar 2013-14, PPS familias tendrán acceso a la información del progreso del estudiante en una nueva herramienta en línea llamada Synergy ParentVUE. ParentVUE estará disponible en varios idiomas y también como una aplicación móvil.
Las familias recibirán log-in instrucciones a Synergy ParentVUE y enlaces a materiales de apoyo en línea en el otoño de 2013. Para obtener más información, visite synergyspotlight.pps.net
Our School is participating in the Wise Rides—Safe Active Transport research project. Wise Rides is an online program about bike and skateboard safety for middle school students and their parents.
What can you do to help?
Please take a short, 10 minute survey about street safety:
Questions? Contact Ellen or Becky at 1-866-730-3211 ext. 2 or by email at email@example.com
ORCAS is a healthcare technology company that creates self-management products to improve physical and emotional well-being. ORCAS received funding from the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development to create this program. They worked with a nationally recognized expert panel to develop the Wise Rides curriculum.
Thank you,Robi Osborn
Principal, Mt. Tabor Middle School
Families of newly-identified TAG students -
TAG 101 at Marshall High School is on Wednesday, May 8, 2013 from 7-8:30 PM.
Parents with district staff will discuss what services to expect in the classroom, and discuss rights and responsibilities. TAG 101 will be more hands-on than in past years, with opportunities to try out examples of TAG lesson strategies.
Dr. Kimberly Matier
Director of Instruction, Curriculum and Assessment
Portland Public Schools
501 N. Dixon St.
Portland, Oregon 97227
JOIN DISTRICT PARENT INVOLVEMENT ADVISORY COMMITTEE
PPS is currently seeking a diverse group of parents to collaborate with the committee. This committee will discuss the barriers to and plans for improving parent involvement. Committee will advise district on appropriate and effective ways to engage families. The goal is to create collaborative partnerships between families and schools in a manner that is respectful and welcoming. Parent and guardian experiences, ideas, and suggestions are an important part of this effort. DPIC meets monthly for 2 hours in the Windows Cafeteria at the district office, 501 N. Dixon St. A buffet dinner is served and childcare is provided. Creative games and crafts are available for children between the ages of two and ten. Meetings are held first Thursday of each month from 6-8pm. Please contact Reiko Williams at: firstname.lastname@example.org or call (503) 916-2000 ext 71162.
School starts at 9:05AM and breakfast is served at 9:00 a.m. Please do not drop off your students earlier than 9:00 a.m. unless your student is registered for Before School Supervision (which starts at 8:00 a.m.). 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.
Principal, Mt. Tabor Middle School
A top reason for parents to be grateful is for the health of our children. As we enter this Thanksgiving season, please help your student stay healthy by obtaining or renewing Healthy Kids coverage.
Healthy Kids is a program that provides no- and low-cost health coverage to all uninsured Oregon kids and teens up to the age of 19. It covers doctor visits, hospitalizations, prescriptions, dental and vision care, and more. And did you know that the income limits to qualify for low-cost coverage have changed? Now a family of four can make up to $5,780 per month and qualify for the low-cost option.
Families or youth needing assistance with the Healthy Kids application or renewal forms can contact Betse Thielman, Mt. Tabor Middle School’s Healthy Kids application assister, at (503) 813-6480, or look online at www.oregonhealthykids.gov.
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.