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Metropolitan Learning Center

K x 12 Student-Centered Education

2033 NW Glisan St.Portland, OR 97209Ph (503) 916-5737Fx (503) 916-2658

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  • MLC Pennies for Patients!

    Starting this Monday, MLC will be participating in The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s (LLS) Pennies for Patients program, a service-learning program that gives students the unique experience of working together to help raise awareness and funds in honor of thousands of children and adults fighting against blood cancers.

    We are asking that everyone (students, faculty, parents, alumni, etc.) at MLC join in this effort of raising awareness and collecting funds to benefit the mission of LLS: to find cures for blood cancers and to improve the quality of life for patients and their families.

    The MLC PTSA and Foundation work to support our community. Enriching the lives of students. Our goal is to develop community and ensure equal access to all opportunities available through MLC. Here are a few ways you can help!

     

    We need your help! Every three minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer and every 9 minutes someone loses their battle. Thanks to the support of people like you, doctors are getting closer to finding a cure every day! In the 1960’s the 5-year survival rate for children under the age of 20 with ALL (the most common form of leukemia) went from a mere 3% to nearly 90% today! Your support is critical to help us find a cure and I hope you will join us in the fight against blood cancers!!!

    How to donate: Gather up your pennies and donate in our office or in your classroom, OR click here to donate online.

    Thank you so much for supporting LLS and Metropolitan Learning Center’s participation in the Pennies program! Together we can reach our goal of $400. For more information about Pennies for Patients or other LLS Student Series programs, please visit www.studentseries.org . If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to reach out and contact me.

    Michelle McMillan & MLC Student Government

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  • August 22, 2016

     

    Dear Families,

     

    I would like to officially welcome you to the 2016-17 school year. I hope your summer has gone well and you are excited for the beginning of the new school year. I anticipate a wonderful year, full of opportunity as we collectively foster a strong culture of learning at MLC.  We are proud to be a unique school that is rooted in collaboration and experiential learning and we will continue to provide experiences throughout the year that develop curious and empowered learners.  I am privileged to have the opportunity to begin my second year as your principal and feel honored to work with our dedicated staff, wonderful students, and supportive parents. This summer, many of our teachers have attended professional development trainings and are eager to implement new strategies that support and differentiate instruction to meet the needs of all of our students. They  have been working hard in preparing their instructional plans, lesson ideas, and assessment strategies with your students in mind.

     

    We have had the opportunity to add some new staff that will bring varied experiences and perspectives to our school.  At this time the new members of our team include the following:

    • Liz-Margarita Wilson-Assistant Principal
    • Kathleen Jahn-Compacted Math
    • Sarah Walden-1st/2nd Grade
    • Anthony Scribner-Additional Part-time Counselor
    • Michelle McMillan-Career Coordinator/Electives Coordinator
    • Stephanie Gabriel-Project Assistant/Electives Support
    • Gina Furth-Paraeducator

    Please welcome each of them to our MLC community.

    I truly believe that communication is a key element to a successful educational experience for your child.  Education is a partnership between the school, students, families, and community. To that end, I am committed to using a variety of ways to communicate with families including our school website, a brief weekly email blast from the office called “Short and Sweet” which provides meeting dates and reminders, monthly coffees, and School Messenger that gives us one tool with the ability to send out texts, emails, and phone auto-dialer messages containing important information, reminders, and emergency notifications.

    This year we have added the beginning of the year conferences to include grades 1-12.  The purpose of these early conferences is to deepen relationships and provide a clear and mindful path for each student to start the year in a positive direction.  Please plan to attend with your child.  Electronic sign up links are posted on our website.

    As you might know, research clearly supports that when parents/guardians participate and are involved in their child’s education, there is a greater likelihood of academic success for their child. With that in mind we invite you to become an active participant in our school community through volunteering, joining our PTSA and Foundation, and attending school events. In order to create a more inclusive PTSA that serves the needs of our families, we want your participation.  Meetings are the third Thursday of the month at 6:30 in the library. Please know that you are welcome in our building and consider joining us as a volunteer if you are able.  There is a sign-up form in your opening packet or contact the main office if you are interested.  

    The first notable PTSA sponsored event on the calendar, is the “Welcome Back to School” Potluck for families on Saturday, August 27th on the playground from Noon-2:00 which will also include an opportunity for high school families to get together at 1:30. The potluck will follow our Community Care Clean-Up, an opportunity in which we can all pitch in to spruce up the school inside and out before students return. Community Care is from 9:00-Noon and all are welcome.

    Our parent volunteers have worked diligently to prepare an opening day packet for our families. Please take a moment to review contents and complete the very important Student Verification Form.  It is also important to fill out the Free and Reduced paperwork if you think your family qualifies.  You can apply electronically at the following link, https://district.ode.state.or.us/apps/frlapp/  Even if your child will not be eating the school lunch; the percentage of students qualifying represents important resources for the school.

     

    Make note of the events on our August-September calendar including conferences for grades 1-12, the first day of classes, staggered starts for kindergarteners, and curriculum nights.  For new parents, I will be hosting informal meet and greet opportunities on Friday, September 2nd at 8:45 and Wednesday, September 7th at 6:00.  For future events please regularly check our website for information and dates.

     

    I look forward to our work together as we support the Metropolitan Learning Center community.

     

    Warm Regards,



    Pam Joyner

    Principal

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