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 email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Jump in! We realize it might be a little intimidating, but getting involved with your student's school is the best way to contribute to their success. Start with our January dinner on Wednesday, January 15, 2020 at 6:00-7:30 PM. We'll have delicious Escape from New York pizza, free childcare, and lots of information about upcoming events and opportunities at MLC. Dive in! : Alisa
Our 2020 auction, “Hang Out in the Rumpus Room” will be held on March 14 in Goodman Hall, Congregation Beth Israel. Join us for a night of nostalgic fun with retro video games, 80s & 90s music videos & cartoons on the big screen, foosball & other games, live & silent auction, raffles, and all capped off with an 80s/90s video dance party. Tickets are on sale now! We are offering them at a sliding scale from $5 – 50.
We are also offering a limited, special sponsorship level for MLC families and alumni! You will receive two tickets to the 2020 auction, an MLC "Swag Bag" with fun MLC items, and your name on our website, our auction Facebook page, and in the event program. There are only 24 available, so snap up your tax-deductible sponsor package today!
Thanks for being such an amazing, generous community!
The 2020 Auction Team
I have to tell you an amazing thing that happened today at MLC: Joelle and I were in the Clothing Center & Food Pantry and a high school student came down and asked if it was true that there was free food. He said that he didn't have money for lunch that day. We helped him put together a lunch from our pantry and he also grabbed some peanut butter to take home. He was thankful and not hungry today.
As I've talked to parents at MLC about the CCFP, many--if not all--are surprised that we have students with food insecurity, hunger, and even students experiencing homelessness. After speaking to our counselors, Jeanette and Genie, I learned that the problem of hunger in our school is widespread, especially in the high school. I learned that teachers are purchasing food with their own funds to stock their classrooms with snacks and meals for hungry students.
Here's my philosophy: to the extent that we can help families in our community, we can and should.
The PTSA could not have launched the CCFP without the help of so many generous families that have donated time, clothing, food, and money to kickstart this program. I'm thankful to my co-pilot, Joelle Graff who listens to my crazy ideas and responds, "When do we start?" I am in awe of Cel Jarvis, fearlessly scaling ladders to paint and transform a formerly drab and lonely book room into a cozy space. Also, my high school interns: Noah, Dani, and Chase who come armed with great ideas and enthusiasm, thank you!
Of course the fearless MLC staff has been overwhelmingly supportive, in particular I want to give a shout out to: Bill, Margarita, Susan, Liz, Brian, and Mark. Thanks for saying YES!
We build community by sharing what we can and looking around for ways that we can be helpful. I hope to see you all on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 8:30-9:30 AM for our grand opening. xx, Alisa
Greetings and Salutations!
Thank you to folks who donated and purchased books at our first annual Used Book Sale. So far we've raised over $1,600 for the MLC library to purchase new books! We fulfilled our two goals of getting books into the hands of eager readers and raising money for our library. Opportunity alert: We still have boxes of books to sell at Powell's with credit going to the MLC library. Email me if you are interested in taking a box or three. ;)
We also had a wonderful Fall Craft fair with both community artists and MLC students selling their crafty wares. Thank you to Jenn Halvorson for another amazing event!
NEWS! We're excited to open MLC's Clothing Center and Food Pantry on Wednesday, December 11, 2019 from 8:30-9:30 AM in the old book room, near the gym. Anyone in the MLC community is welcome! Please contact Genie or Jeanette, our school counselors for access during other times.
Opportunity alert: Sorting and clothing cleaning assistance needed! Email me if you're interested.
In order to fill our new Center with clothing and food, our food and clothing drive is on now! Drop off food items and new and very gently used clothing for MLC children and teens in the red bins outside the library. If you would like to make a financial donation so that we can purchase new items, please use our website.
If you've been at MLC for a while, you might know that in years past, volunteers created amazing holiday gift baskets for staff filled with handcrafted and specialty items. Absent a dedicated volunteer this year, the gift baskets will not be happening. Please show your appreciation for our wonderful staff in whatever way you feel is appropriate. (I hear they love heart-felt notes and coffee gift cards!)
Information will be coming soon about our Giving Tree with gift ideas for MLC students. If you need food or other assistance this year, please fill out our confidential form here:
Important December dates:
PTSA Meeting: Wednesday, December 18 @ 6PM. Dinner and childcare provided.
Solstice: Thursday, December 19 @ noon. Limited seating for parents in the auditorium but there will be a live feed in the cafeteria. Fire pit and drum circle immediately after Solstice program on the blacktop.
Thank you for all that you do for MLC! See you soon. --Alisa
Dear MLC Community:
Happy fall! Here's your monthly PTSA update.
Thanks to all who came out for our Family Dance Party. We were overwhelmed with the attendance AND the dance moves of our students! Also, big thanks to parents and teachers who made our Halloween celebration a truly special event for our kiddos to express themselves.
The PTSA is working to address the basic needs of our school community. Starting this month, the PTSA will gather new and used coats, shoes, and clothing as well as food and essentials to stock our *NEW* MLC Clothing Center and Food Pantry. This awkwardly-titled new resource--CCFP--will be housed in MLC's former book room. All MLC families and students will have access to the clothing and food in the CCFP.
We've also set up an AmazonSmile wishlist so that community members can purchase specific items such as nutritious snacks for high school classrooms. Thank you to our counselors, Genie and Jeanette for their guidance on how the PTSA can assist our students and families. The link for this list is at MLCPTSA.org
Please email Alisa if you are interested in helping launch the CCFP!
Used Book Sale
Monday-Friday, November 4-6, 8 AM – 3:30 PM
Fall Social and PTSA Meeting—ALL ARE WELCOME!
McMenamins Kennedy School
Wednesday, November 13, 6-7:30 PM
SPED Parent Affinity Group
Friday, November 15, 8:45-10 AM
Fall Craft Fair
Thursday, November 21, 3:30-5:30 PM