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Mt. Tabor Middle School Newsletter March 20, 2015

Announcement from Principal Osborn

All 8th graders will receive a packet of school photos. Families can choose to keep the photos and send money back to the school or return the photos to the school office. 



Dates To Remember!

April 7:                   PTA Meeting/Social Media Safety (details below)

April 25:                                  Rummage Sale (details below)

PTA General Meeting: Social Media Safety – April 7th

Do you ever wonder what your child is doing with their electronics? What is that newest app that has shown up on their phone or i-Pod? How can you teach them about safety and protect them – from strangers, from peers and from themselves? Please join us for a Social Media Presentation during our April PTA general meeting. We have a panel of experts who are prepared to answer your questions about which sites tweens and teens are using, how to monitor their usage, Internet safety, cyber bullying and more. Tuesday, April 7th at 6:30 p.m. in the MTMS library.

Mt. Tabor Rummage Sale

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 24th at MTMS, 4:00 - 6:00 p.m. to help set up and eat pizza! OR Help with the sale itself on Saturday, April 25th for a 2-hour shift between 8:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Contact the PTA volunteer coordinators at taborpta@gmail.com.

Spring Benefit Concert and Art Show a Success!

This year’s Spring Benefit Concert and Art Show was a smashing success and brought in more than $1,100 for the PTA! For those of you who attended the concert or donated to the cause, THANK YOU for your support! Also, special thanks to Gideon Freudmann for sharing his musical talent; the students of the Mt. Tabor Jazz Band, under the direction of J. Stuart Fessant; and Molly Renauer and her amazing art students.

Student Directory

The MTMS Student Directory is complete and should be heading home with students as early as today, or the week following Spring Break. Look for the bright orange cover in your student’s backpack.


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.


Still need to buy a yearbook?  Go on-line and purchase at
https://ybpay.lifetouch.com/      School ID Code: 11435915   
Only $20 for a lifetime of memories!  

Equity Nights

Family Equity Night for March and April are canceled.  Stay tuned for information about a final evening equity event!

MTMS Spring Faire Foundation Party and Fundraiser

Wine donations needed for the MTMS Spring Faire!  Bottles valued at $15 or more for the Wall of Wine and to be served at the event.  Please contact Betsy Robertson at 503-226-4611 or betsyr@msn.com to arrange pick up or drop off.  Thank you – it takes a village!

6-12 Language Arts Curriculum Materials Adoption Advisory Committee

The 6-12 Language Arts Curriculum Materials Adoption Advisory Committee (CMAAC) seeks representation from parents and community members. We need your help to reach out to a racially, culturally, and linguistically diverse pool of applicants.  Applications for parents and community members who would like to be part of the committee can be completed online (English only) or by mail using the links below. Applications should be submitted to Susan Payne, Asst. Director of Instruction, Curriculum & Assessment: spayne@pps.net or mail to 501 N. Dixon Street, Portland, OR 97227

The deadline to apply is March 27, 2015.  Application forms:
English; Spanish; Mandarin; Russian; Somali; Vietnamese

Library News

Battle of the Books:  The Battle of the Books was a huge success!  It was an awesome competition, and we have many winners and one winning team, The Cheetah Readers, who will represent Mt. Tabor at the regional battles. Overall, we had 48 students participating, and over 30 battles hard fought. Hundreds of books were read, and many hours were spent in literary discussions. Thanks for the support! 

Author visit: Several classes of students enjoyed a visit from NW author, Jordan Stratford.  Stratford is the author of a new series entitled The Wollstonecraft Detective Agency and we were lucky enough to have him talk about the newly published first book in the series:  The Case of the Missing Moonstone.

His series is perfect for Middle Schoolers and combines history and mystery and is currently one of Powell's Books "Staff Favorites" in Young Adult Literature.

Jordan talked to MTMS students about the writing process, liberally pulling from historical events and including them in his books and the influence of his middle school aged daughter on his strong female protagonists, as well as other interesting topics.  Our students were a fantastic audience who paid close attention and then asked great questions in the Q & A portion of the morning.

Look for other authors coming to MTMS and come to your library to check out  The Case of the Missing Moonstone!

Franklin Cluster Athletics – SPRING TRACK

All 6th – 8th graders are welcome to join our team!  Pick up information and forms in the Mt. Tabor main office.  First practice and parent meeting March 30, 5-6:30 pm.

Ultimate Frisbee League

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. 


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.

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 began 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/


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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PPS News

Camp exposes students to construction careers

March 26, 2015
Students from seven schools learned about construction careers over Spring Break. Construction careers came alive for 20 PPS students from seven high schools during a two-day Spring Break Build-It Camp led by trades professionals. 


Schools step up so no one goes hungry

March 20, 2015

From Sellwood Middle School to Rieke Elementary, many schools stepped up with food drives this month to support families over spring break and beyond. 


Salt & Straw asks students for flavor ideas

March 20, 2015
Salt & Straw ice cream maker Tyler Malek, who has made ice cream flavors with everything from olive oil to beer, asked Vernon students to help him come up with a new flavor. Popular ice cream makers Salt & Straw, a great local business partner to Portland Public Schools, on Friday launched the third year of a fun fundraiser for Vernon, Chapman and Abernethy schools. 


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