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
Got a post idea? Let us know! Email the PTSA here.