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

Mt Tabor News and Information

Schedules will be mailed August 25th.

August 20, 2014

Dear Mt. Tabor Families:

Welcome to the 2014-15 school year!  The summer was busy here at Mt. Tabor.  We have added staff and as usual there are changes.  Three important ones: Tanesha Dawson is the new school secretary and the person you will interact with when your student is absent or you have general questions about school.  Jason Breaker has accepted a position as Assistant Director of Student Services in Renton, Washington and I am in the process of hiring a new assistant principal.  Our counselor, Galen Dickstein is on maternity leave so Chris James will be our counselor until Galen returns.  Besides that I have hired five new teachers!
The first day of school for students is September 2nd.  First period begins at 9:15 AM and students are allowed in the building at 9 AM for breakfast – that is when staff are on duty.  Before 9 AM there is no adult supervision.  Thanks to the fundraising done by the Mt. Tabor School Foundation, we are able to offer free supervision from 8-9 AM again this year.  You will find the sign-up in the opening day packet coming home with your student on the fist day of school.  Students must sign up to attend.  Our target date to begin AM Supervision is September 16th.
All sixth graders have a special schedule on the first day of school so we can take them through an orientation and some fun team building activities.  Parents of sixth graders are invited to meet with me at 9:15 in the cafeteria for a brief welcome.  Sixth graders and their families are invited to an ice cream social from 4-4:30 in the courtyard.
This year parents and guardians will subscribe to a list serve in order to receive email communication from the school.  That information is also in the back to school packet.   We know there is a lot in the big envelope your student will bring home on the first day.  Please make time to go through it all and return important documents.  We need up to date phone numbers and emergency contact information for safety reasons.
I am looking forward to a great year!  See you soon.


Robi Osborn, principal 

 Mt. Tabor Middle School
School Supply List

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All Students
•    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
•    Scissors
•    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)


8/23  Project Community Care Day 9:00 a.m. –  12:00 p.m.
9/2 School Begins For Everyone 9:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
9/18  Picture Day
9/22 Back- to- School Night  6:00 p.m. – 8:15 p.m. 

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.

Mt. Tabor Foundation Spring Faire 2015

Annual Fundraising Party

Friday, May 15    6:30-10:00pm

Laurelhurst Club

Help is needed to organize this event.  Our motto is “Many hands make light work.”   See below for all the ways to get involved – most jobs can be completed in only a few hours.

Ø  There will be ONLY 3 MEETINGS: one in fall, one right after spring break, and one a week before the event.

Ø  Training and guidance will be provided to all along the way!

 If you are able to help, please email Carol Criswell   carol.l.criswell@gmail.com

There are two categories of jobs that need to be filled:


Procurement (4 people): collecting items from 70 established donors.  List will be provided.

üTicket Sales:  FILLED by Laura Smoyer

Wine & Beer Procurement (2 people):  Procuring donations for Wheel of Wine as well as beer and wine for serving at the event.

üSponsorship:  FILLED by Jeanne Roberts


üData Entry:  FILLED by Nancy Crean

üFood/Venue/Set-up:  FILLED by Mark Eaton

Decorations (1 person):  Includes event decorations, silent auction boxes and placards.

Will Call (3 people):  Requires working Will Call night of event from about 7:45 through event conclusion.

Check-in/Check-out (4 people):  Requires arriving  at event early and staying until all guests have checked out.  No prior experience needed, you will be trained!

üAuction Coordinator:  FILLED by Carol Criswell

Thank-you Note Coordinator (1 person):  After the event, organizing a group to write thank you notes to donors and sponsors.

Slideshow/Video Coordinator  (1 person): Coordinate with students/staff at Mt. Tabor Middle School to put together a visual presentation to show at the event, depicting “Life at Mt. Tabor Middle School”.  Can ask for assistance from student groups, Builders Club, etc.  Start early and have the whole school year to put it together.  Show should be 10 minutes or less.

Direct Appeal Coordinator (1 person):  Coordinate student speakers, get parent volunteer to lead direct appeal night of event, coordinate night-of speaking logistics with principal.

Event Host (1 person):  Be in charge night of the event, making sure it’s all running smoothly!

Representation from all of Mt. Tabor Middle School is the goal, both in filling the jobs as well as in attendance and participation.  Thank you for considering how you can help continue the wonderful programs Mt. Tabor currently supports as well as bring in new ones!

  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.

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