Wednesday Express

Updated November 19

Link to OES Events Calendar

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.


  • Grandparents and Special Friends Day - Tuesday, November 25
  • Thanksgiving Break - Wednesday, November 26-Friday, November 28

A note from david lowell (new)

In Chapel on Monday we blessed the bags for Giving Chapel, the first step in preparing to share our gifts with those in need in the greater Portland community during Giving Chapel on December 8. Next Tuesday, November 25, we welcome the gift of grandparents and special friends into the Lower School. OES will host a breakfast and performance in the gym for the grandparents and special friends. Due to limited seating for breakfast, we invite grandparents and special friends to sit at the tables and any accompanying parents to sit in the bleachers. After the breakfast, grandparents and special friends will have the chance to spend time in class with the students. After recess, grandparents and special friends will be reunited with their grandchildren and walk up to Chapel together. The morning will culminate with a special Lower School Chapel for all grandparents, special friends and students from Primary to 5th Grade.

Clarification – Emergency Communication Alerts
The Honeywell Instant Alert program will be the one OES relies on to efficiently and effectively communicate with parents about any emergency incidents. Be sure you have signed up.
While we will continue to use Flash Alert, the subscription service has been unreliable.

Gift Giving
As the season of giving approaches I want to remind you of the OES Gift Policy from the OES Handbook:
Gift Policy:
While we are very appreciative of the high regard in which students and their families hold their teachers and coaches, we are concerned that student affection and gratitude be expressed in a manner that doesn't divide families according to financial means. We do believe that it is best for all if gifts be a simple expression of thanks and affection. Therefore, we ask that gifts be restricted to very inexpensive and/or handmade items. We also suggest giving a book to the library in honor of or in memory of a teacher or coach, or you can designate that your annual OES Fund contribution be a tribute gift. We do ask that you not give gifts of significant monetary value. Our faculty and staff always welcome your kind words and personal appreciation of their efforts.

Drop Everything And Read (DEAR) Assembly this Friday! (new)

On Friday all Beginning School and Lower School students will gather in the gym at 8:10am for a community-wide Drop Everything And Read (DEAR). Students will sit with their buddies to share reading experiences together. As parents, you are invited to join us and, if you do, bring a book of your own to read and enjoy! See you there!

A note from chaplain jenny

Dear Families,
There are many special events coming up in Lower School Chapel in the next few weeks. Please know that you are welcome to come to any or all Chapels!
Chaplain Jenny

Special Beginning and Lower School Chapel Events include:

  • Tuesday, November 25 (10:15am): Grandparents and Special Friends Chapel, with the LS Girls' and Boys' Choirs.
  • Friday, December 5 (8:10am): Boys' Handbell Choirs will reprise their songs from Advent Lessons and Carols (on December 4 in the evening).
  • Monday, December 8 (8:10am): Giving Chapel for PreK – 5th grade, with the LS Boys' and Girls' Choirs and the Melodies.
  • Friday, December 12 (8:10am): Lower School Advanced Band in Chapel.
  • Monday, December 15 (11:50am): Hanukkah Celebration in Chapel.
  • Wednesday, December 17 (8:10am): Season of Light Chapel for Beginning School, with the Melodies.

CDL Books and Breakfast (new)

Have you ever wondered how personality informs the learning process in different (classroom) environments? Susan Cain's book Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking brings these questions to the fore for the Introverts among us, but here at OES faculty strive to create classroom environments suited to *all* personalities on the Introvert--Ambivert--Extrovert continuum.

Director of Studies (Pre-K-12), John Holloran, will join CDL for our Books and Breakfast meeting to discuss Cain's Quiet, and also to illuminate how faculty at OES structure their teaching environments so as best to support flow--optimal learning--in our students. Extroverts, Ambiverts and Introverts all welcome.

  • December 2, 8:00-9:30am, Platt Global Classroom

Kim Bissell and Lucy Shanno

Advent Service and Afterglow (new)

Everyone is invited to the annual OES Advent Service of Lessons and Carols in the chapel on Thursday, December 4, 6:30-7:30pm. Enjoy beautiful music and readings presented by 3rd-5th grade choirs, middle school choirs, US choir, and the 5th grade handbell choir directed by Jeri Haskins, Amy Rheingans and Adam Steele. All are invited afterwards to Afterglow at 7:30 in the Great Hall to hear more music, have some cookies and shop the Art sale.

For more information contact .

LS PAL and the "night shift"! (new)

Thanks to all those who attended the EVENING PAL meeting (25+ parents!) Wednesday, November 5. We had a great group and the OES Technology Team delivered and amazing program which will lead to continued discussion. We also had the pleasure hearing from Alexandra Ulmer and Sarayu Caulfield about how to participate in their current research (see below), as well as their experience building technology skills at OES.

Stay tuned for future PAL meetings in the months ahead!

Mary Lou Green
PAL Chair
Mari Schwalbach
PAL Co Chair

US science research project needs you! (new)

Dear Lower School Parents,

Just a reminder that we are still looking for parent participation in our science research project. This will be our fourth year working on this project and we are hoping to complete our data set by collecting data from adults in the OES community. We are asking for about 30 minutes of your time to complete our anonymous questionnaire and perform the two tests that we give you.

We have the following times available for testing:

  • Friday, December 5, 8:00am
  • Friday, December 5, 2:15pm.

You will need to bring some sort of device with access to email (smartphone, laptop, tablet, etc.) as part of the test.

Click here to sign up and select the time that you can attend. More information will be sent regarding specific meeting locations closer to the date.

We really appreciate your help!
Thank you and please contact us if you have any questions.


Giving Chapel Just a few weeks away

Dear Families,

I know we are not yet at Thanksgiving, but, believe it or not, Giving Chapel, one of the Lower School's PreK through 5th grade most-anticipated annual events, is just a few weeks away on Monday, December 8, at 8:10am. Our fifth-graders provide leadership for this wonderful celebration of the power of generosity spreading out into the wider community, while several Lower School choirs will sing, including the LS Boys' and Girls' Choirs, and the Melodies (K-2nd grade).

This week, bags for Giving Chapel, along with a Wish List and FAQs about Giving Chapel, will make their way home. Between now and Giving Chapel, your child will have the opportunity to transform the plain bag into a beautiful gift bag. Some students have already begun the decoration process at school. Then, on December 8, everyone in PreK through 5th grade brings their filled gift bags to school. The day begins in the classrooms, before we all bring our gift bags up to Chapel for a time of singing and celebration. After Chapel, the gift bags are sorted and distributed to those in need in our community. This year's beneficiaries include children and families involved with the Woodburn Family Learning Center, Neighborhood House, the Reynolds Education Foundation, and William Temple House, the Children's Book Bank, and Embrace Oregon. All of these organizations have direct connections with OES through service learning or long-standing commitments.

In addition to Giving Chapel gift bags, we are also collecting gently used coats, jackets and jeans of all sizes to help children and people of all ages stay warm! Put clean, gently-used coats and jeans in the specially marked baskets at the Beginning School entrance, LS Office entrance, 1st-2nd and 4th-5th grade wings. The baskets, along with buckets for wrapping paper will be out until Giving Chapel.

I am very excited about this year's Giving Chapel! For the first time, as part of Giving Chapel, fifth-graders will assemble gift boxes for children who are entering foster care.
If your family would like to assemble a gift box as part of your Giving Chapel gift bag, instructions are here.

Here is the link to this year's full Giving Chapel Wish List.



Admissions (new)

Sibling Applications
Parents: if you have a child ready to join the OES community in the 2015-16 school year - the application deadline is January 20. We are offering a reduced application fee of $50, if you apply online by December 15. You will use your parent portal password to log into the online application. Visit here for an application checklist and all forms.

Prospective Parent Information Receptions open to the public

  • Tuesday, December 9, 6:00pm – Oswego Lake Country Club

Group Order for Speed Stackers

As many of you have heard, we just started our Speed Stacking unit in our PreK thru 2nd grade classes. Many of the students have asked us how they can get Speed Stacks to practice with at home and we have set up an account with Speed Stacks. From 11/17 thru 11/28, families can order Speed Stacks online via a group order. After 11/28, the group order account will close and the orders will be placed. Once the items are delivered to OES (approximately 1-2 weeks), we will hand them out during PE classes or to their teachers. The delivery system will depend on level of participation. Here are the directions to place your order:

The OES Lower School PE program will receive 10% of the group order total in bonus bucks to spend on Speed Stacks equipment for our program. Thank you for your support and happy stacking!

Two New After School Classes! Register Now! (new)

So many winter festivals are celebrated around the world with special foods. Join us on a delicious journey around the world as we cook foods from various countries. We will include dishes often associated with winter holidays like buckwheat noodles, latkes, corn spoon bread, pavlova, Joulutortut, tamales, and sticky rice.

Instructor Angie Kiblinger grew up cooking as a child in 4-H and she loves to share her passion for cooking and baking with children. She has lead cooking programs for children in area schools and community organizations over the past 4 years and regularly plays sous-chef to her own two children. Her specialties include catering to dietary restrictions and incorporating local seasonal produce. Her past professional role was as Marketing Manager for the Jordan Brand at Nike.

3rd-5th Grade
December 3-January 28 (7 classes)
Wednesday, 3:00-4:00
Location: TBD
Min/max enrollment: 5/10 students
Cost: $115

Learn to make your own fused glass ornaments that can add sparkle to your holiday tree or be given as gifts. Students can make up to 4 lovely glass ornaments by learning to cut and layer colorful bits of fusible sheet glass, frit and stringers. Be inspired with samples in class or create your own unique designs. Note: this class is expensive due to expense of fused glass/firing time. Students will receive their final glass projects about a week after the final class.
Instructor: Jenny Wells

3rd-5th Grade (Parents may attend as well, must register)
December 5 (1.5 hours)
Friday, 3:00-4:30
Location: LS Art Studio
Min/max enrollment: 5/10 students
Cost: $45

These classes can both be found online under After School Classes/Cooking & Art section.

Used Uniform Closet Winter Pants sale

Lots of pants, boys and girls, all sizes, but many size 10 and above on SALE, 1/2 price, now only $3! Come check out the selection and buy long pants now that the weather has turned. This sale will remain in place until winter break. Come and make your selections before our slight price increases in the New Year.

School Store

Winter Sport Spirit Wear is being ordered. If you are interested in buying tee shirts and sweatshirts for either Basketball or Ski Team, stop by or email your Winter Sport orders as soon as possible! You can also order early for Lacrosse, Tennis, Golf, and Track and Field. Email to submit your orders.

Also New for November!
OES mugs and Tumblers with straws. Start thinking about Holiday Gifts now--it’s a great time to stock up on Aardvark items!

Store Hours: Open 2:00-4:00 every weekday as well as mornings by appointment. We are located in Room 11 of Scott House.

You can always visit us online.

Questions? Contact Madeleine

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Scripps Spelling Bee
How do you spell E-N-T-H-U-S-I-A-S-M ?
After Thanksgiving the 4th & 5th grades will be spelling. The top spellers from each class will compete in a grade level competition. The top 4 from each grade (4th-8th) will compete in a school wide competition on either 1/20/15 or 1/22/15 The winner will go onto the regional competition in mid-march. That winner competes in Washington D.C. at the nationals.

Study support link. (Students can get the study words from their teachers)

The purpose of the Scripps Spelling Bee
Our purpose is to help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.

National Geography Bee
After Thanksgiving the 4th & 5th grades will be participating in the National Geography Bee. The top students from each class will compete in a grade level competition. The top few students from each grade (4th-8th) will compete in a school wide competition on either 1/20/15 or 1/22/15 The winner will go onto the regional competition in the spring. That winner competes in Washington D.C. at the nationals.

Study questions, videos and other information.

The purpose of the National Geography Bee:
The National Geographic Bee, an educational program of the National Geographic Society, is a nationwide geography competition for U.S. schools with any grades four through eight, designed to encourage the teaching and study of geography.

Questions: Contact , Learning Specialist

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.

Enrollment Instructions
Instant Alert Sign-in Page

Background Checks

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

Bundle up!!

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