Updated March 5
Please be sure to read all the way through the Express, as items are listed by date and new submissions may appear at the end.
Spring Break - March 22-31 (school resumes April 1 - no foolin'!)
A note from chris o'toole (new)
Welcome to Make Learning Visible: Inquiry and the OES Essential Competencies
Extraordinary learning takes place in our Beginning and Lower School classrooms. I know. As Assistant Head of the Lower School I have the distinct privilege to observe twenty-one different classroom teachers and sixteen specialists in action.
This week I launch a new blog, which will capture our student driven inquiry-based projects and how teachers and students build the Oregon Episcopal School's Essential Competencies. Read more…
Make Learning Visible: Inquiry and the OES Essential Competencies
Thie auction is here! this Saturday, March 8 (new)
Learn the lingo:
“clam” -- a dollar
“egg” -- a person who lives the big life
“spiffy” -- an elegant appearance
“goofy” -- in love
“whoopee” - to have a good time
Feast your eyes:
Grand Opening Flyer, Portland’s Hollywood Theater, 1926
The Western Architect: United States National Bank, Portland, 1920
Portland Waterfront, West Side, 1922
Mature Port Orford Cedars on Coos Bay Lumber land, 1922
Beaverton's float in the 1926 Portland Rose Festival Parade
Name that 20’s tune*: ????
Test your wits*:
What was the name of the first "talkie" film in 1927?
*Look for answers in next week’s Tidbits. Answers to last week’s Tidbits:
Tune: Bucktown Five, “Hot Mittens (A Stomp)”, (1924)
Trivia: While the Vista, Ross Island and Burnside Bridges were constructed in 1926, the Sellwood Bridge was built in 1925, named after the town of Sellwood which was named for Rev. James Sellwood, the original settler who later sold his acreage to a real estate company.
Whoopee! It’s shopping time!
The entire catalogue is now online! Please check out the fabulous collection of super silent and live auction items, class art projects, silent items, job shadows, and easel parties. If you’re not attending but keen on bidding, please get the auction office on your blower to learn about absentee bidder options.
Photo caption: The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island (Live Auction)
-- What’s so grand about the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island? Raise your paddle to win a 3-night stay for 8 guests in the Presidential Suite at this famous luxury resort (and National Historic Landmark). If you’re the type of egg that loves to travel you’ll also want to check out the sailing trip from Long Beach to Catalina Island, the week in Kona, the 3-night stay at Thailand’s Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort and more.
-- “Modern” girls too busy to cook? No problem! Drop a few clams to win a year’s worth of monthly dining experiences at the City’s finest restaurants. Or how about a night at Willow Lodge with dinner for 2 at Herbfarm, Paella with 99 friends, or dinner for 8 at Park Kitchen?
Photo Caption: Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Live Auction)
-- Don’t sleep on the epic Dance Party (for one lucky Lower School grade), a trip to the Las Vegas Britney Spears concert, the amazing Universal Studios Wizarding World of Harry Potter package, or your child’s priceless class art project (just one look will render you ab-so-lute-ly goofy!).
-- It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to appreciate the Lower School Job Shadow opportunities. These fun and inspirational packages allow your child to experience a day with an Air Ambulance team or behind the scenes with an expert bakery chef. So sharpen those pencils - it’s bidding time!-- What could be better than signing up for Easel Parties -- additional opportunities to party with a purpose in swell OESian company? Enjoy a Barre3 class, a private shopping soiree at a spiffy local boutique, an open doubles tennis tournament, a Portland Golf Club Lower School swim party, or a Hopworks brewery tour/dinner for the gents.
Haven’t donated your bottle for the Wall of Wine yet? It’s easy-peasy, see?
Please grab a bottle ($25+) and ankle over to the auction office in Morris Hall to make the drop (behind Admissions). No time to get your flippers on a bottle? Simply call one of our 3 local wine shop partners. They’ll arrange your donation for you.
Aardy’s wingding is just around the corner!
From contributing to the amazing grade-based gift baskets to donating your time, ideas and resources, your overwhelming support and generosity makes this event, as well as our community, special. Thank you for everything you do to support our school and children!
Aardvark Newsletter Goes on Spring Break (new)
The weekly Aardvark newsletter will be published early next week and then will not be published again until the week after spring break.
Signups are here for Interest in Volunteer Leadership Positions for 2014-2015
It is time to start thinking ahead to our next school year. The Parent Community Link is looking for people to help lead our many volunteer efforts. Please take a moment to investigate the different volunteer leadership positions open for Lower, Middle and Upper school for 2014-2015.
Please Express your interest in being considered for a specific position by clicking the following link – Interest in Volunteer Leadership Positions for 2014-15.
By clicking “Sign-up” you are expressing interest and will be contacted by a representative from PCL. All interested individuals will be contacted by members of Parent Community Link between March and April to determine if a placement might work and to discuss options. We look forward to hearing from you!
Please also feel free to contact
(All School Volunteer Coordinator) or
(Parent Community Link Chair) with any questions.
OES Aardvark Chess Tournament this saturday
On Saturday, March 8, the first annual OES Aardvark Chess Tournament will take place in the Middle School from 8:15am to 5:30pm. This tournament is open to students of all levels, grades K through 12 (not just OES); cost is $20. Cash prizes for the top divisions; trophies and medals also to be awarded. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Children's Book Bank and the Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation.
Questions: Contact .
Love Books? Love Libraries? Join FOESL!
Please consider joining the Friends of the OES Libraries also known as FOESL. This amazing committee is responsible for the annual Book Fair and the biannual Great OES book Swap (GOBS). With their support, we are able to host and arrange author and illustrator visits throughout the year. We are looking for new faces to join the group. Next meeting is Wednesday, March 19th in the Drinkward Volunteer Room from 8:00-9:30am. Please feel free to contact
with any questions. Hope to see you there!
Middle School Northwest Science Expo (new)
Friday, March 21, the day before OES Spring break begins, is the Middle School Northwest Science Expo. It is a state wide fair with approximately 350 projects from middle school students from across the state. OES has 10 projects participating in the fair this year. The fair director, Stephanie Jones, is in need of judges for many of the categories. Even if you have an OES student participating in this year's fair, you can still judge, just in a different category. The judging takes place at Peter Stott Center Gymnasium on the Portland State Campus. The commitment would be from 7:30am –2:00pm. If you are interested and available, please consider judging.
You may contact Chris Mader, (maderc at oes.edu), with questions or go directly to the NWSE Site and follow the judge registration links.
Community Diversity Link (new)
OES' own Micheline Ghattas, MS & US French teacher, is CDL's special April 1 guest!
Please join CDL from 8:00 to 9:30am, on Tuesday, April 1, in the Platt Global Classroom for Micheline Ghattas' dissertation discussion, "Consociational Democracy in Lebanon and Democracy in Traditional Societies"
What does that mean?
It's a special kind of democracy that allows for a coalition of several factions in a plural society to govern together. It is the same kind of regime in Belgium, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Cyprus and Lebanon. Ghattas' native Lebanon will be of specific focus, as will its particular culture and political regime. Her remarks will touch on other regimes in the Middle East and the important role religion plays in that region.
This is no April Fool's!
Please bring book titles to consider for the 2014 - 2015 Books & Breakfast gatherings. We'll have time at the end of this CDL meeting to discuss your literary loves.
Questions? Please contact
. We look forward to seeing you there!
Save the Date! Parent/Daughter Dance!
Saturday April 12th, 2014 6:30-8:30pm
We are pleased to announce the fourth annual Lower and Beginning School Parent/Daughter dance!
Come dressed to impress to enjoy an evening of dancing, snacks, drinks and more!
A parent (or relative or special friend) is invited to dance the night away with their special young lady or ladies. DJ Eric Wright will be back again to play the latest favorites in music along with some oldies for the adults. Cookies and drinks will be provided.
Similar to last year there will be an option to purchase a corsage for the girls and a boutonniere/corsage for the parent (relative or special friend). Every girl loves flowers!
Portraits will also be available for purchase to remember this special evening.
Please continue to check the Wednesday Express for further information for sign ups for the dance, flowers and pictures. We also need volunteers to make this a memorable evening for every special lady. Information will also follow for volunteer sign ups on volunteer spot.
If you have any questions, please email
Register with Honeywell Instant Alert for Emergency Notifications
Occasionally, snow or other weather conditions require closure or delayed opening of school. Decisions whether to close school are based on road conditions throughout the metropolitan area. The administration recognizes that conditions vary from place to place, so we encourage families to make travel decisions based on conditions in their neighborhood.
Closure Notification: OES contracts with an emergency announcement calling service that will notify families of school delays and closures. In order to receive these announcements, you must register with Honeywell Instant Alert.
We strongly urge you to register with Honeywell Instant Alert in order to receive these messages.
Friendly reminder: NEW Parent Volunteers must have a background check first before they can volunteer in your class. It is easy and convenient and it is all done on line. You may forward the links below to your new parents.
Here are the links for Background Check information:
Background Check link
Background Check FAQ’s