Dear MLC Community:
I've been hearing from many MLC parents looking for answers--any answers--about what will happen in September.
Today, Gov. Brown announced that more guidance would be coming from the State Board of Education but here's the hard truth: No solution put forth by the district will be sufficient to address all of the variables and pressing concerns in the current situation we're ALL in--students, teachers, staff, parents, and community.
So, what can we do? Collaborate. Here are some ideas that I've heard from MLC parents:
1. Form learning pods. These can be formal or informal student groups that meet outdoors regularly (with safety precautions, of course) for excursions, hikes, or to study together. These could also be virtual-only as well. Parents should be prepared to facilitate learning and activities. Get creative! Mixed-ages wanted--high school and middle schoolers who are looking for leadership opportunities are welcome. If you're interested in forming pods with MLC families, you can share your details here. Be aware of the inequity that this type of learning environment can, and will, exacerbate. Reach out to others in our community and remember that a rising tide lifts all boats.
2. If you know that your student will be learning virtually ONLY, email Mark to notify him. It's important that he knows what families intend in the fall. Questions about enrollment, training, educational supports, technology, and other details should be addressed to him.
3. If you are interested in pursuing the all-outdoor model that has been suggested for MLC, let PPS know that you support this for MLC and other PPS schools. Read, sign, and send this letter.
4. Volunteer to be a buddy to incoming MLC families, especially new kindergarteners, sixth graders, and high schoolers. This will be especially important in keeping up community if there is no in-person school in fall. Let us know here if you're interested. :)
5. Help prepare project boxes for Kx3. This idea comes from Sierra, a parent and educator who envisions delivery of "materials each week for children to anchor to." How excited will kids be to receive a box of activities and projects each week! Contact Sierra to get involved.
6. Take a look at the PTSA budget. How can we maximize this budget to have an equitable, safe, robust, and meaningful school year for all of our students and staff?
AND FINALLY If you need Fred Meyer gift cards for your family, please reach out to our counselors, Jeanette or Genie. The PTSA is here for the benefit of all of our students!
I miss seeing all of you, I can't wait until we're back together again.
Preparing your creation for next week's Egg Drop? Check out this 1987 news report about MLC's tradition (that year was the 15th annual)! Since Egg Drop is going virtual this year, read Margarita's message about guidelines and posting details:
48th Annual MLC Kx12 Egg Drop
May 18-May 21, 2020
We will not miss our annual Egg Drop. If you want to participate virtually using the flipgrid platform, please hit the link for guidelines and upload your video. All students must be supervised by a guardian or adult. Videos are limited to 1 min and 30 seconds to capture that perfect moment.
Hello, MLC families!
I know that I speak for the whole PTSA board: WE MISS YOU!!! It’s been 48 days since we were together at MLC but it feels like 4,800!
Nonetheless, we're still thinking about plans for next year. Because of the decrease in fundraising opportunities (such as the auction, restaurant nights, Timbers games parking, etc.) we are concerned that our ability to support our students and teachers will be greatly diminished next year.
Please add your voice to the PTSA as we navigate this next year. Our last PTSA meeting of the year will be Wednesday, May 13 at 6PM. We’ll be electing board members for two positions: President and Vice President. Check MLCPTSA.org for Zoom meeting details.
Fundraising News: While we couldn’t come together in person, our virtual auction on April 25th was a big hit! Thanks to everyone who logged on and sang karaoke, played trivia, and danced.
The fun’s not over yet! I’ve attached a flyer with some of my favorite items to inspire you to shop and donate. Bidding ends on Saturday, May 2 at 6PM charityauction.bid/rumpusroomauction
Community Assistance: The MLC PTSA has mailed over $600 in grocery gift cards to MLC families over the past six weeks. If your student and your family need Fred Meyer gift cards to get through this challenging time, please email
MLC's school counselors: Genie Gomez at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeanette Scantling, email@example.com.
MLC ROCKS! Starting Friday, May 1, explore area parks and find hidden rocks hand-painted by MLC teachers. Each rock has a character trait on reverse and serves as a fortune for the discoverer. Hunt for these special treasures at Mt. Tabor, Peninsula, Columbia, and Forest Parks.
Save the Date: Teacher Appreciation Week: Show some of your love and appreciation for our amazing MLC teachers during the week of May 4-8, 2020! Contribute to our drive here and we'll use the funds to purchase gift cards for all MLC teachers. Feel free to mail personal thank you notes and letters to individual teachers. They appreciate it!
See you soon! --Alisa
MLC PTSA Board:
President: Alisa Welch
Vice President: John Walrod
Treasurer: Joelle Graff
Secretary: Rick Freud
Auction Chair: Jenn Halvorson
Dear MLC Community:
How are you doing? The past few weeks have been a rollercoaster of questions, confusion and heartbreak for so many people. Field trips, events, projects and storylines that MLC's students, teachers, and PTSA have worked so hard on have been canceled or are in limbo. Now as we're all looking towards a month of at-home schooling, it seems impossible to maintain momentum, let alone community.
And yet...I suspect MLC will come out of this stronger and more creative than ever. I've gained even MORE respect for our teachers and staff as they adapt an experiential alternative school into a temporary virtual school.
How can you and the PTSA support MLC families?:
Because so many field trips were canceled this year and scholarships are not needed, a large portion of the PTSA budget can be redirected to needs of our students and families during this time. In order to present this idea to our membership and make these funds available immediately, we've moved our April meeting to Zoom, an online platform.
PLEASE JOIN US FOR OUR VIRTUAL APRIL PTSA MEETING
SUNDAY, APRIL 5, 2020 AT 10AM
Meeting ID: 572 026 262
(No password needed)
How can the PTSA help you?:
If your student and your family need Fred Meyer gift cards to get through this challenging time, please email MLC's school counselors: Genie Gomez at firstname.lastname@example.org or Jeanette Scantling, email@example.com. We are still working on the logistics of how the cards will be mailed out to folks requesting them, but confidentiality will be honored.
Also, feel free to email me with any questions or ideas how we can support each other. I've heard from so many MLC folks who just want to DO SOMETHING. So if you are in need of groceries, or a pair of rain boots for your kiddo but can't afford them right now, PLEASE LET ME KNOW! This is my email: firstname.lastname@example.org
There's a school community here for you. See you IRL soon!
& The PTSA Board, John, Joelle, & Rick
Time sure flies! There are only 18 weeks left in the school year but a MILLION cool things going on between then and now. Here’s what’s coming up:
🎨 Classroom Art Projects:
MLC’s sixth through twelfth grades need parents to facilitate classroom art projects that can be sold at the MLC auction. Contact our auction chair, Jenn Halvorson for more information: email@example.com
⚽ Timbers Window Wash:
Leave your car in the MLC parking lot for 4.5 hours during the following Timbers games: 2/16, 3/1, 3/8, and 3/28. Only $20 and benefits field trip scholarships.
🚲 Bike Team:
John Walrod (amazing 3rd grade teacher and PTSA Vice Prez) is looking for folks to help design and build a bike shelter for the parking lot. Drop him a message to get involved: firstname.lastname@example.org
❤Valentine’s Day Social:
Our February meeting will be Friday, February 14 @ noon in the library. We’ll have Escape From New York pizza, free childcare at KCLC, and updates on all that’s going on at MLC.
👕 Clothing Center and Food Pantry Update:
We’ve had a wonderful response to the CCFP and a special thanks to all who have donated funds, clothing, and food. Keep it coming! Popular items we need more of: new water bottles, healthy snacks (Kind bars, peanut butter crackers), apples, oranges, and spring jackets in adult sizes. Many students have asked if it can be open more often (right now it’s open on Wednesdays from 8:30-9:30 AM). If you are able to staff the center before or after school, our kids will thank you!
🎉 SAVE THE DATES:
🗨 February 21, 2020 @ 8:45 AM
SPED Affinity Group in the MLC cafeteria
😎 March 14, 2020 @ 6 PM
Come Hang Out at MLC’s Rumpus Room! This year's auction will be a nostalgic, fun-filled evening of retro video games, music, delicious food, beer and wine, and of course amazing silent & live auctions and raffles, topped it all off with an 80s/90s video dance party! Sliding scale tickets: $5-$50 available NOW! This is a 21+ event but childcare will be available.
🔆April 15, 2020
Did you know MLC was founded in 1968 by two science teachers? This year, the PTSA continues this legacy at our Renaissance Inventors Faire, a celebration of ingenuity, robots, innovations, art, and more. We'll have creation stations, a Rube Goldberg machine contest, and lots of STEAM. If you want to facilitate an activity table of your choice, let me know! Alisa email@example.com
See you soon!
Alisa & the rest of the PTSA board: John, Joelle, and Rick
Join the effort to determine the fate of MLC's pool. Should it be revived? Should it be repurposed? And whatever happens, how much will it cost? The PTSA's Pool Ponderings committee is gathering historic data, district reports and inspections with the goal of establishing options to the community. Student input will also be a component of this research. (More on that soon!) View, contribute, and comment on documents in the Google Drive here. Email PTSA President Alisa for more information about how to get involved and add your voice to the discussion!
When you donate to the CCFP, you are donating to children and families in your community. It can be easy to fall into the trap of "wishful donating" or thinking that "someone can use it!" Instead, give your item a nice Marie Kondo farewell and if it does not fit the criteria of what the CCFP can take, recycle or re-use the item or throw it away.
Before you donate used clothing, ask yourself:
Please DO NOT donate:
The first issue of the MLC newspaper, the Hallway is out! You can get a printed copy in the MLC office or **save a tree** and read the PDF version here.
Hello MLC Community,
I've had several people ask me how they can help with the auction. I have ideas, people!
--VOLUNTEER! We have many volunteer opportunities before, during, and after the auction. You can sign up by clicking this link..
--Help with a Classroom Project. Ask your child's teacher if they need help organizing and creating a class project for the live auction.
--Donate a bottle or two of wine for our Wine Wall.
--Create a gift basket. We love fun gift baskets for our silent auction and/or raffle.
Feel free to contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org to donate, ask questions, give feedback, etc.
(Find out more at the PTSA meeting tomorrow, Wednesday 1/15 @ 6-7:30PM in the MLC Library. Free childcare and dinner from Escape from New York Pizza!)
2020 Auction Coordinator
P.S. The auction is March 14, 2020 at Beth Israel and tickets are available now!
Greetings, MLC Community!
Hopefully your holiday break was filled with family and relaxation after a whirlwind December at MLC. So much joy and generosity takes over our school during this time of year with our Giving Tree, the opening of our Clothing Center and Food Pantry, and the beautiful staff gifts (thank you Lauren and Co.!). The hope for renewal and peace is exemplified by Solstice—an MLC tradition since 1983—and this year’s wonderful performances highlighted what makes MLC special. Thank you to Julie, Anna, and Susan for taking the lead on this year’s festival of light. Also thank you to high schoolers Kale and Miranda for the Solstice graphic novel. Gorgeous!!
What's coming up in January?:
* The 2020 MLC calendar is on sale NOW! Only $10 and featuring student art, photos, and birthdays, the proceeds go towards field trip scholarships.
* School directories will be distributed the first week of school. The PTSA puts together and pays to print enough copies for every family who did notopt out.
* January Dinner and Meeting: Wednesday, January 15, 2020 6-7:30 PM Join us in the MLC library for Escape from New York pizza, free childcare and a chance to find out what’s happening at MLC and how you can get involved.
Get your tickets now!
* Auction! Hang out in the MLC Rumpus Room, Saturday, March 14, 2020 at Beth Israel, 5:30-9:30 PM Tickets are on a sliding scale from $5-50 and include dinner, games, dancing and more. This is a 21+ event, childcare will be available.
We are still accepting silent auction donations and need parent help to create classroom art projects. Please email auction coordinator Jenn Halvorson at email@example.com to add your creativity to our largest fundraiser of the year.
With the arrival of this new decade, we hope that you reflect on why you chose MLC and how you can contribute to your student's and MLC's continued success.
Cheers to 2020!
The MLC PTSA Board
Alisa, John, Joelle, Rick and Jenn
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