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Successful Schools Survey Extended Through March 6

Successful Schools Survey: Thanks to the thousands of parents who have taken the survey! Online at www.oregonskitchentable.org or download PDF, print and return to your school office: EnglishEspañolTiếng ViệtРусский中文 , SoomaaligaRead more. Student and staff surveys now underway. Staff: See PPS Inside banner for links.

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Mt. Tabor Middle School Newsletter February 27, 2015



Successful Schools Survey: Online at www.oregonskitchentable.org or download PDF, print and return to your school office: EnglishEspañolTiếng ViệtРусский中文 , SoomaaligaRead more.

Outdoor School Update –

We appreciate your patience as we approach outdoor school trips. Outdoor school site leaders will be scheduled to visit classrooms. After your student’s class receives this visit, your student will bring home detailed information.   


It is time for Portland Ultimate's fall season. Can we get in the newsletter for the month of March?

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 begins 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/



Dates To Remember!

March 13:                                  Spring Concert PTA Fundraiser & Art Show (details below)

April 13:                   Next Spring Faire Planning Meeting (details below.)

April 25:                                    Rummage Sale (details below)

MTMS Annual Spring Benefit Concert and Art Show – March 13:

(click here to download a flyer for this event)

Please mark your calendars for our annual benefit concert, featuring Gideon Freudmann. Gideon is a uniquely talented cellist and composer (and Mt.Tabor parent). We are delighted to bring him back this year for our spring concert. Using the electric cello as his entryway into improvisational classical, blues, jazz, electronic, funk, and folk music, Gideon imaginatively riffs on conventions and traditions. He loops and layers his sounds with pedals and amplifiers, sculpting orchestras out of thin air. He regularly contributes to NPR’s All Things Considered, This American Life, Prairie Home Companion and CarTalk; his work has been featured in many TV shows as well as in several films. He also plays solo and ensemble shows in Portland and around the world.  

As an added bonus, The Mt. Tabor Jazz Band, under the direction of Stuart Fessant, will also perform. And there will be an art show at TaborSpace featuring amazing artwork by Molly Renauer’s art students. AND there will be yummy desserts as well.

We hope you can join us for this wonderful family evening and community event. All proceeds will go to Mt. Tabor Middle School and it’s programs.

·       When:  Friday, March 13th at 7:00 pm

·       Where:  Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church / TaborSpace; 5441 SE Belmont Street.

·       Tickets:  $10-15 sliding scale; $10 students and seniors.

·       Purchase tickets and reserve your seats now via secure PayPal. https://www.paypal.com/cgi-bin/webscr?cmd=_s-xclick&hosted_button_id=NY5K75WXW8NAC


Volunteers Bakers Needed! – We are looking for volunteers who would be willing to bake delicious treats to serve at the spring concert and art show on March 13. Please email Jill McCarthur if you are interested. mcarthur.park@comcast.net.

The Mt. Tabor Rummage Sale is Here!

Donate your unwanted treasures - 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.

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.)


Want To Help With The Sale?

·       Mt. Tabor student-volunteers, and 5th grade students and their families are all encouraged to help with this fun event!

·       Join us Friday, April 23rd at MTMS, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. to help set up and eat pizza! OR Help with the sale itself on Saturday, April 24th for a 2-hour shift between 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Contact our the PTA volunteer coordinators at taborpta@gmail.com.



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.


Maya McDarragh- Scholastic Art and Writing

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards has chosen Mt. Tabor's 8th grade student Maya McDarragh to receive a regional Gold Key Award for the Portland Metro Region for her artwork.  Her pastel-rendered portrait entitled "Dazed" in the category of Drawing & Illustration may be viewed February 5-20 at Pacific Northwest College of Art.  Maya and art teacher Mrs. Renauer will be celebrated at a ceremony at Portland Art Museum in the Grand Ballroom on February 18.  Since Maya's art wins the prestigious Gold Key, her work will go on to the be judged at the national level.  For more information, please visit http://www.artandwriting.org/Affiliate/OR001A​

 The 5th Annual Latino Family Conference - Juntos! Para una major educación - on Saturday, March 14 is a chance for families to learn ways to support their children's academic success.  

What: Juntos! Para una mejor educación, the 5th Annual Latino Family Conference, a series of workshops, networking, community-building and celebration. Workshops in Spanish include:

The Importance of Bilingualism
Academic Support for Students
Literacy for Academic Success
Advocacy for Students
Discipline - Rights and Responsibilities
When: Saturday, March 14, 8 am to 3 pm
Where: George Middle School, 10000 N. Burr Ave.

Details: Breakfast, lunch and child care provided.

Register: Registration is the day of the event, starting at 8 am. The conference is free.

Sponsors: Portland Public Schools and Hacienda CDC

More Information: Yolanda Morales, Office of Dual Language Immersion, 503-998-5617.


MTMS Foundation - Spring Faire News
March 2, 2015


MTMS Spring Faire Foundation Party & Fundraiser:

What the Heck! Write a Check!

Mark your calendars for this important fundraising event!

Friday, May 15th at 6:30 p.m. ~ The Laurelhurst Club


Mt. Tabor Foundation is busy planning its annual fundraiser to:

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

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

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

Can you help make Principal Osborn's dreams a reality for our students by joining this prestigious list of sponsors? mtms.schoolauction.net/2015

·      The Caplener Group at Realty Trust $1000

·      The Portland Nursery $1000

·      Cristen Lincoln at Living Room Realty $1000

·      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

Ticket and Sponsorship information:

Go to mtms.schoolauction.net/2015.  Questions? Contact Laura Smoyer (smoyermyers@gmail.com) or Carol Criswell (carol.l.criswell@gmail.com).


2015 MTMS Sponsorship Levels and Sign-Up.pdf

2015 MTMS Spring Faire Donation Form (Procurement).pdf

Next Spring Faire Planning Meeting:  April 13th at 6 p.m. in the MTMS library.


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


Multnomah County 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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