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Strong Community,
Strong Results

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

Please Take the Successful Schools Survey Jan. 20 - Feb. 28

Successful Schools Survey: Online at www.oregonskitchentable.org or download PDF, print and return to your school office: EnglishEspañolTiếng ViệtРусский中文 , SoomaaligaRead more. Survey for staff and 5th, 7th and 10th grade students launches Feb. 2.

Mt Tabor News and Information

Mt. Tabor Middle School News

At our last PTA meeting we had a great turn out to hear a former college admissions counselor talk about what it takes to get into the college of your choice and all of the options that are out there.  For more information check out PPS’s web site: http://www.pps.k12.or.us/get-ready/index.htm
You will find links to explore careers and career learning opportunities as well as a grade-by-grade checklist called, “How do I prepare?”

– Teacher Planning Day.
End of Semester1/Quarter 2

3rd Annual Free Dental Sealant Day
– Free Exams, Free dental sealants, and FREE fluoride treatment for children ages 7 to 15 years old.
Saturday February 7, 2015
Portland Family Dentistry
6439 NE Sandy Blvd
Portland, OR 97213
From 8am – 5pm
*By Appointment Only
Call 503-284-3588

STEAM-Xplosion 2015
brings together families traditionally under-represented in science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) for a day to engage, encourage and empower.  There are sessions for parents and for youth ages 4-18.  February 7th, 10:00 AM – 2:30 PM at Portland Community College SE Campus (82nd and Division).  
To Reserve your seat at this FREE event please text: TXTRSVP STEAM to 313131 OR visit http://mcaf.ee/zhmvf  

5th Grade Information Night
(click here to download this information in English, or Spanish

Students and parents are invited to attend an informational meeting at Mt. Tabor Middle School located at 5800 SE Ash street
Tuesday, February 10th 6:00 — 7:45 PM

Tour the School
Meet the 6th Grade Teachers
Hear about Activities
Hear from Mt. Tabor students who remember what it feels like to be a 5th grader.

In addition, please call 503-916-5646 to RSVP for one of our small group parent tours. Visit classrooms in action.

Dates to choose:

2/17 @ 10:45 or 1:30, 2/24 @ 10:45 or 1:30
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​


January 23, 2015
Spring Faire Foundation Party & Fundraiser
May 15th @ 6:30pm
The Laurelhurst Club
This is the biggest (and only) fundraiser of the year for the
MTMS Foundation. Help make this event a success!
Sponsorship and donations from our school community, and our community partners, help provide the funding for the Before School Care, After School Homework Help and other critical programs that make MTMS a great school.
It's never too early to buy your ticket or sign up as a "Friend of Mt Tabor" sponsor for $250 (includes two tickets). Your early support helps us plan a successful event. To purchase tickets or become a sponsor, visit the event webpage:
For more information, contact Carol Criswell: carol.l.criswell@gmail.com


January 23, 2015


January 27:        Caldera Public House – Restaurant Fundraiser (details below)
February 3:        Pizzicato – Restaurant Fundraiser (details below)

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

PTA News

Caldera Public House: Restaurant Fundraiser January 27th – Give yourself the night off and swing by Caldera for dinner on Tuesday, January 27th from 5pm – 11pm. Kevin and Becky Overby, Mt. Tabor parents and owners of Caldera Public House, have generously offered to donate 10 percent of all dinner proceeds to Mt. Tabor Middle School. Don’t miss this fabulous dining opportunity.  Caldera Public House - 6031 SE Stark.

Pizzicato: Restaurant Fundraiser February 3rd – Mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 3rd – it’s the MTMS Pizzicato fundraiser! This is an ALL DAY fundraiser and Pizzicato will donate a portion of all sales that day to Mt. Tabor Middle School. This includes the purchase of gift cards, so even if you aren't able to dine there on the 3rd, you can swing in to buy a gift card to use in the future and still support your school. Pizzicato (Mt. Tabor location) – 61st and Division.

Families in Need Drive a Success – Thank you to all of the families who made cash donations to the Families in Need Drive during the holidays. Your generous donations, combined with a donation from the PTA, helped make the holidays a little brighter for 15 families in our school community. This year, we decided to give the donations as gift cards, rather than food baskets, so that each family could decide for themselves what they needed and would enjoy most. This gesture was appreciated very much by our recipient families.

Fred Meyer Community Rewards Are Rolling In – Thank you to all the families who have linked their Fred Meyer Rewards cards to Mt. Tabor Middle School PTA for fundraising. From October through December 2014, the MTMS PTA earned a total of  $369.01 from the Fred Meyer Community Rewards Program. This reward came from just 46 participating families. Imagine what we could do if more families signed up and participated! Please consider linking your Fred Meyer card to MTMS PTA to help fund our important programs. It is easy to do and there is no additional cost to you.

Volunteers Needed! – We are looking for volunteers for a number of upcoming school events. If you are interested in learning more, please contact the PTA volunteer coordinators at taborpta@gmail.com.

•    Spelling Bee Feb. 2nd and Feb 12th – We need 4-5 volunteers on Feb. 2nd and one more volunteer for Feb. 12th. This will take place during school.
•    Group Picture Day Feb. 3rd – We need 2 volunteers in the morning and 2 in the afternoon.
•    The Spring Concert March 13th  –We are hoping to find someone who might be willing to help oversee/coordinate this important fundraisers for the PTA. Your role would be to coordinate, oversee and act as the central point person for the event, with much help from the many other volunteers who have already signed up to help.

•    Rummage Sale April 25th – We need someone to help oversee/coordinate this important fundraisers for the PTA. We also need many volunteers to help transport and organize the merchandise, and staff the sale.

Spring Concert and Art Show March 13th – Please mark your calendars for Friday, March 13th, Mt. Tabor Middle School's annual fundraising concert. Back by popular demand, Gideon Freudmann, world-renowned cellist and Mt. Tabor parent, will be performing a benefit concert at Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church (TaborSpace) at 7 pm. The MTMS jazz band will also perform and there will be a special art exhibit by Molly Renauer's art students. Tickets are on a sliding scale from $10-15. Watch for more information soon about how to purchase tickets. You won't want to miss this!

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. For more information on the above programs, visit the MTMS PTA Website: www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/mttabor/635.htm.

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

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: www.pps.k12.or.us/schools/mttabor/635.htm.


TAG Information

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.

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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PPS News

Budget work launches for 2015-16

January 30, 2015

PPS launches its public budget-crafting process for 2015-16 in February as the Oregon Legislative Session convenes.


Memory brings Grammy-level jazz to King

January 30, 2015

Grammy winner Thara Memory formed a band with fellow musicians at King PK-8 School, adding jazz to the school's flourishing art scene. The just-released federal Turnaround Arts Report reviews the impact of a federal arts grant at King. 

Learn about and impact issues of race

January 30, 2015

Portland Public Schools welcomes documentarian Le Mun Wah among opportunities in February to delve into issues of race and change, including the launching of community forums with Portland Police. 


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