Mt Tabor News and Information
Mt. Tabor Middle School News
October 24, 2014
Dear Mt. Tabor Families:
Portland Public Schools sets aside two full days for conferences – October 29th and 30th. Each family has a 20 minute scheduled conference with one of their student’s core teachers (math, science, language arts, social studies). The teachers at Mt. Tabor prefer a more in-depth conversation about your student as a learner (vs. arena-style conferences where a parent gets five minutes with each teacher). We have surveyed our parents at conferences each year and found a high level of satisfaction with this design. Please bring your student with you to conferences.
At the end of each hour, 20 minutes is set aside for parents to briefly check in with one or two other core teachers where there are specific questions or concerns. It is important teachers stay on schedule, so this drop-in time is meant for a 3-5 minute conference regarding a specific concern or question. Email is another way to address these concerns.
All support teachers and enrichment teachers are available for drop-in visits during those two days. It is important to talk to these teachers to get a complete picture of your child as a learner: habits, on-task behavior, effort, etc. as well as progress made in these subject areas.
Also during conferences, the Mt. Tabor book fair will be held in the school library. The fair will be open starting at 8 am and will close at 8 pm sharp. Please consider stopping in and looking at what the book fair has to offer!
Robi Osborn, principal
Parents may nominate their child for TAG testing anytime before Nov. 3rd. TAG nomination forms are available outside the main office in the TAG bulletin board or online at this address:
Look on the right hand side for Identification Process Forms. They are available in multiple languages. Return forms to the main office.
All current TAG students will receive a survey to complete with parent input. Please bring the completed survey with you to parent /student/teacher conferences.
There will be a school dance on Tuesday, Oct. 28th from 3:45 – 5 pm. Students may wear costumes to the dance if they wish (not during the school day). The dance costs $3. There is also a bingo room for students who prefer it.
MESA and Homework Help are still on Tuesday as well.
School Dance Needs Chaperones: We will need ten adult chaperones for the first school dance of the year on Tuesday, October 28th from 3:45pm – 5:00pm. The dances are a lot of fun and a unique opportunity to have a window into the middle school world! Contact our PTA Volunteer Coordinators if you are interested: firstname.lastname@example.org
Spirit Wear Design Contest – Calling all Student Artists and Designers: The MTMS PTA invites all students to submit a design for our 2014-15 spirit wear! Each year, we hold an art contest to select a design for the current year's MTMS spirit wear. Students can use any medium to create an original, 8x10 work. The winning design will be scanned and printed in white onto navy blue t-shirts and hoodies. You can find the entry form on the MTMS PTA webpage (under the “newsletters and attachments” tab), or pick one up in the office. Deadline is November 3rd. Contact Nicole Cleary with questions (email@example.com).
Attention Shoppers – Earn Money for Mt. Tabor PTA While You Shop! Did you know that you can earn money for Mt. Tabor just by doing your usual shopping? Fred Meyer, Amazon, Safeway and other businesses offer generous programs to partner with shoppers to support their schools.
• Link your Fred Meyer Rewards Card to Mt. Tabor PTA.
• Use the Amazon.com link on our website to enter Amazon.com before you shop.
• Register your Safeway Club Card and/or your debit and cred cards in the eScrip Rewards Program.
• And don’t forget to buy QFC/Fred Meyer Scrip cards at the PTA General Meetings throughout the year - bring your checkbook!
• For more information on the above programs, visit the MTMS PTA Website: www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/mttabor/635.htm.
PTA Volunteer Notices: If you are interested in helping out at PTA-sponsored activities and events this year, remember to fill out the Volunteer Interest Finder that was included in your first day packets – or pick up a new form in the office. Return completed forms to the office.
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).
Saturday AcademySaturday Academy provides hands-on learning opportunities for students in the Portland, Beaverton and Hillsboro area. Classes are for students in grades 2-12. Financial aid is available. www.saturdayacademy.org 503-200-5858
Multnomah County Homework HelpDon’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.
MTMS Foundation News
OCTOBER 3, 2014
FOUNDATION TEAM NEEDS VOLUNTEERS!
Planning is under way for the Spring Faire fundraising event, which will take place on May 15th. There are a couple of important jobs that need to be started soon, but for which we still have no volunteers. Please consider if you can help!
• Wine Procurement (Need 1 person): Help procure donated bottles and/or cases of wine for the Wheel of Wine as well as wine to serve during the event.
• Procurement (Need 1 more person): Join the awesome procurement team already on the job to help procure the items to be auctioned off at the event.
For each job, you will be provided with a list of past donors who are likely to donate again and a script to use to simplify the process. Please contact Carol Criswell (firstname.lastname@example.org) if you are interested in helping or would like more information.
Next Foundation Meetings: We will only have two more meetings as a group before the Spring Faire fundraising event. Mark your calendars and please come see how you can help! February 9th and April 16th – 6:00pm in the MTMS library!
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
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.
School Supply List(click here to download the list)
• 4 rolls transparent office tape with dispenser (all grades—Science)
• 3 ring binder
• Index dividers
• Pens/pencils and pencil pouch
• Colored pencils/markers/highlighter
• Wide ruled notebook paper
• Glue stick
• Ruler with standard and metric measure
• Basic calculator
• Thumb/flash drive
• PE lock (Physical Education)
• 2 boxes of tissues (school supply)
• 1 box of band aides (school supply)
• 2 reams of copier paper (school supply)
• $10.00 for student planners and other activities (optional) – to support other students who cannot afford supplies.
Do not purchase an assignment book or agenda. We provide one of these for all students. It is used as part of our study skills program and we want all students to have the same one.
6th Grade Students
• Bound composition notebook (6th grade—JMP and Spanish Immersion Language Arts)
• Bound composition notebook (all grades—JMP)
• 3 ring binder—1 inch (6th grade—JMP)
7th Grade Students
• Bound composition notebook (all grades—JMP)
• Single subject wide ruled spiral notebook (7th grade)
• 2D Batteries (8th grade—Science)
8th Grade Students
• Bound composition notebook (8th grade—Mr. Dawson’s Social Studies
• Bound composition notebook with grid paper (8th grade—Ms. Sullivan’s Math)
• Bound composition notebook (all grades—JMP)
• AAA Batteries [small pack] (8th grade—Math)