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Note from Ann Sulzer, Head of School

As we head into a season of celebration and reflection, the energy in our building is increasing with a view towards Winter Break.

We had a wonderful PAL presentation this morning from Jon von Behren, our Director of Facilities. He shared information about how the campus is prepared for emergencies and how families can prepare themselves. Here is a link to his presentation, and you can also find it on the Parent Portal under PCL and PAL Meeting summaries. There are some great resources on the parent section of that offer emergency preparedness resources that you should check out.

We have our Advent Lessons and Carols Service this evening with performances from our 8th grade vocal music and Advanced Strings students, and then we will hear from our 6th and 7th grade vocal music and 8th grade instrumental music students on Friday, December 15 at our traditional St. Nick’s Chapel in the gym. If you have never experienced St. Nick’s, I always say that it is half pep rally, half chapel, and 100% energy. St. Nick’s will begin around 1:30 p.m. that Friday afternoon, and it is a great way to transition into the break.

To add to the excitement, on the morning of December 15, we will take the entire Middle School ice skating. We will remind the students, but please be sure that they dress warmly because it is cold on the ice. We will bus all the students to and from the skating rink and provide the skates and snacks as needed.

Looking into the new year, we have an evening PAL meeting on January 10 from 7:00–8:00 p.m. with Liz Weiler, our Math Department Chair, to hear about the OES math program and how our students experience math in the Middle and Upper School. Parents are also invited on Wednesday, January 17 at 7:00 p.m. to hear from Amy Morin, author of 13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do.

If I don’t get a chance to say this to you personally in the coming week, I wish you a wonderful Winter Break with all the relaxation and rejuvenation you need, and I look foward to welcoming you to 2018 when we return in January.

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Looking for a fun way to help bring magic to the auction? Then we have just the thing for you! Class Baskets won’t take too much time and promise to once again be a huge part of our Silent Auction success. 

Here are the details:  Each grade picks a theme, and parents contribute items in that theme to gather into one or two big baskets that we auction off on Saturday, March 10, 2018 at the big event. We are looking for a fairy godparent from each grade (or feel free to team up with a friend). You will come up with a theme (pick your own, or ask us for ideas), communicate with your grade-level parents, and collect donations. That’s it! We will even guide you through with a step-by-step instruction sheet. You’ll be finished with this project faster than you can say Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo!

For grades Pre-K through 5, please contact Tammy Moe at, and for grades 6-12, please contact Janice Pulley: for more details. Better yet, sign up directly at Thank you for making school dreams come true!  

Starting in January 2018, OES will be utilizing FACTS for our student billing. Families will have:

  • 24-hour access to your student account;
  • Easier to read statements;
  • Auto-pay for tuition payments--credit card or checking;
  • 24-hour customer service in multiple languages (including Spanish & Mandarin);
  • Flywire for easy international payments;
  • Ability to authorize grandparents (or other party) to access your account and make payments.

All current families will need to create an account with FACTS. Watch for more information to be sent via email as we make this transition.

The 7th grade history classes embarked on a field trip to the Oregon Historical Society to learn the importance of historic primary documents. Students got the chance to meet with museum staff to look at historic documents, learn about the work of OHS and tour current exhibits. They also talked with the past president of Restore Oregon about historical preservation.

Volunteers are already hard at work dreaming up an enchanted evening to entertain our community. Here are ways you can help:

  • Donate Items: Sports, concert, or arts tickets; vacation stays; restaurant gift cards; and more are always popular auction items. See our Wish List for more ideas.
  • Give to Class Baskets: Keep an eye out for your class basket theme and help build a enticing basket by donating items.
  • Build a Class Case of Wine: This year each class is being asked to help build a Class Case for the Wall of Wine. Wine will still be available for purchase by the bottle.
  • Business Advertising and Sponsorship: Annual partners include law firms, medical and dental practices, financial services firms, real estate companies, and favorite local restaurants. Click here for more information on Advertising and Sponsorship.

Fairy Godmother Diane Engelhard Jones is always seeking great ideas and new volunteers to make this annual celebration a huge success. 

Email to learn how you can help sprinkle the fairy dust far and wide.

Please save the date for Wednesday evening, January 17, 2018 when author and speaker Amy Morin will join the OES Community to talk about her new book, “13 Things Mentally Strong Parents Don’t Do." Amy Morin is a licensed clinical social worker, college psychology instructor and psychotherapist. Since 2002, she has helped people address issues ranging from depression and anxiety to parenting problems and stress management. Her new book focuses on raising self-assured children and training their brains for a life full of happiness, meaning and success.

OES has been a boarding school for 148 years. Currently, the Residential Life Program creates a positive, nurturing, and engaged community for approximately fifty-five students from across the United States and around the world. Our boarders take advantage of all OES has to offer, from our strong academic program and athletics, to performing arts and service learning. They are an enthusiastic, culturally diverse, and a highly committed community of learners.

Throughout the year the dorms close for extended vacations. While many of our students are able to go home or travel with their families, others are in need of a host family. If you are interested in hosting a student for the Winter Vacation (12/16-12/31), or would like more information, please contact Brad Hoffman by email: Hosting a student for an extended stay is a significant commitment, but we hope you’ll also see it as an opportunity for learning more about this integral component of the OES and Upper School programs, as well as an opportunity for cultural exchange. 

Here is a great opportunity to tune up your skills, stay active and have fun during the start of Winter Break. Join our very own OES Head Varsity Basketball Coach Lauran Pratt for some fun in the gym building skills and getting ready for “BAM.” Basketball skill-building will be the main focus of each day but other activities will also be included, so come ready to have some fun. Cost is $150 for all 3 days. If you prefer a different schedule, we will prorate for less than that, so email

  • Boys and Girls: Grades 1–6
  • Camp Hours: 9:00 a.m.–3:00 p.m. on Dec. 18, 19, and 20.
  • Location: Gym

Please bring a lunch and some snacks for each day. Sign-up through the parent portal HERE and click on the “AFTER SCHOOL” tab. Email Extension at if you have any issues or questions. 

Check out the new Project X blog for MS parents! This is a tool for parents to connect with each other, explore inquiry, and share strategies to support your children through this exciting endeavor. On the blog you will find:

  • 8th grade Project X cohort work updates
  • Key information & dates
  • Resources for parents to learn more about inquiry
  • Discussion space for parents to share strategies, ask questions, and start dialogues 
  • MS Parent Book Club updates

If you have a child ready to join the OES community in Fall 2018, the application deadline is:
 • Grades PK–8:  January 18
​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ • Grades 9–12:  January 25

We offer a reduced application fee of $50, if you apply online by December 14, 2017. Current parents will use their parent portal password to log into the online application. View application forms on the admissions website.

Families seeking financial aid for the 2018–2019 school year may begin the online Parent Financial Statement (PFS). The PFS is due on February 2.

Curious about Financial Aid at OES?  Please review our Frequently Asked Questions including “Will I Qualify?”

Financial Aid Information Nights
Monday, December 4, 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Tuesday, January 16, 7:00–8:00 p.m.
Location:  Middle School Commons

No RSVP needed. All are welcome. This session will be most appropriate for families new to the Financial Aid application process

Middle School Doors Open at 7:30 a.m. If your child arrives before that, please be aware that the Great Hall is open to students to wait. 

Attendance: Please email or call 503-768-3127 if your child will be late or absent from school.

Afternoon Change of Plans: Please email or call 503-768-3127 for any changes to your child's afternoon pick-up plans. We ask that you kindly inform us of these changes by 2:00 p.m. We will leave a note on your child's locker. All school bus-related questions should go to Robbi Garvin.

After 3:05 p.m., the best way to locate your child (if they are working with a teacher or in EC) is to call or email the Director of the After School Program, Meghan Powers, 503-416-9299 or

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