Wednesday Express

Updated October 29

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.


  • No School - Thursday, October 30-Friday, October 31 - LS Conferences
  • Set your clocks back one hour Saturday night. Time to "fall back" and gain an extra hour!

A note from david lowell (new)

Friday’s pumpkin carving display began the celebration, showcasing your children’s creativity and artistic talents. Saturday’s Spooktacular was a dream come true for so many of our Lower Schoolers with games, fun with friends and optional fright in the haunted school house. Thank you Sonya King, Chair of Spooktacular, Sarah Gifford, Co-chair, and all their volunteers for the amazing transformation of the Gym, Rainbow Room, Lower School Common Hall, and Library. They set just the right tone for a Halloween celebration for PreK -5th grade.

I hope you all have a happy and safe Halloween.

Conferences Reminders
There is no school Thursday or Friday, as the teachers will be conducting parent and teacher conferences. Be sure to arrive at your conference on time (see Conference Schedule) as conferences are scheduled back to back. Remember, the Specialist Teachers will be gathered in the Lower School Library ready to meet with you to discuss your child. See the Specialist Teacher Conference schedule here or simply drop by the library for a conversation with those who are available. (Signups have closed. Please contact teachers directly to make any changes.)

Childcare During Conferences

Assistant teachers will be available to watch OES students and their siblings (4+ years old ) just during conference times.

  • Thursday, October 30
    7:30-3:00 - Gym
    3:00-5:00 - LS Library
  • Friday, October 31
    7:30-2:00 - Gym

All Day EC is FULL on Thursday and Friday.

Season Reminders

  • Remember the time change this weekend and know that school will still start at the usual 7:50am Monday.
  • We all need to be more vigilant during drop-off to ensure the safety of our students as they transition from car to school.
  • With the onset of the rain in the forecast, have your child come to school dressed for the weather each day. Recess happens rain, cold or shine.
  • In the days after Halloween, have your children keep their candy at home.

Spooktacular - it's a wrap! (new)

Despite the stormy weather, Spooktacular came alive with a gym full of excited, costumed children.

And the winners are...
For the teacher and staff costume contest:

  • 1st - Ms. Kucera (1st grade)
  • 2nd - Lauren Endicott (Pre-K)
  • 3rd - David Lowell

For the estimation of the candy jar the overall winner is:

  • Sam B., Kindergarten (122 candies in the jar)

Now for a few thank yous...
Thank you to *all the volunteers* on Friday who came to set up the gym. It looked fantastic after your creative efforts! Thank you to the Saturday set up crew for transforming the LS Common Hall and giving the Goblin Cafe your best effort despite the windy weather. Thank you to the many parents volunteering through their classrooms to host the games and bring cupcakes. Thank you to the upper schoolers who helped support the games and who put on the haunted house under the guidance of Jenny Shiley, with the support of Diane Engelhard Jones and Raina Opsahl. Let's not forget the awesome pumpkin decorating event with the glow-in-the-dark temporary tattoos organized and designed by Karen Hsu and David Jacobson. Thank you to Janet Duffie for coming from the ranks of middle school with her two daughters, Meaghan and Kendall, to lead the cupcake walk with the assistance of Susan West. And a big thank you to my co-chair Sarah Gifford and the very supportive Julie Tsai. Thank you also to those who helped clean up following the big event, especially our facilities and maintenance crew. My mind bubbles over with many more thoughts of people I wish to thank. Your support was fabulous!

Sonya King
Spooktacular Chair 2014

Lost and Found will be donated! (new)

The lost and found is set up on the walkway outside the LS office doors Wednesday, October 29 - Friday, October 31.  If you are in the area for conferences, please stop by and see if any of the items belong to your children! There are LOTS of unclaimed and unlabeled OES sweatshirts as well as rainboots from the Beginning School Playground from last year!  All unclaimed and unlabeled items will be donated back to the used uniform closet or to local organizations.

A HUGE thank you to the parent volunteers for spending hours sorting, folding and returning labeled items! April Gilster, Frances Phillips, Margaret Hariff, Sarah Ulbrich, Kelly Hatler, Betty Inscore, Sandy Patrick, Jaime are WONDERFUL!

Collecting Box Tops for Education!

We are approaching the Fall deadline for turning in Box Tops! Please donate your Box Tops to the brightly colored donation box on the shelf outside the Lower School Office by Oct. 30. Box Tops can be found on Ziplock products, soup, butter, Pillsbury products, cereal, Kleenex and many other products.

Contact with questions.

Library News (new)

Overdue slips will be sent home on Monday, November 3rd.  Please encourage your children to return any library books that may be overdue or feel free to bring them by the LS Library during your conference visit!

I am saddened to say that the Jennifer Holland author visit on November 13th has been cancelled due to illness. We will not be charging the parent accounts for any of the orders.  

Special events in chapel

Dear Families,

Some special events are coming up in Chapel over the next few weeks. You are welcome to any Chapel! Monday Chapel begins at 11:50am, and Friday Chapel starts at 8:10am.

  • Monday, November 3: In the continued focus on girls education, two Upper School students from Afghanistan will speak about their experiences, along with 5th grade presenters from Ms. Busick’s class about Malala.
  • Monday, November 10: Veterans’ Day will be honored in Chapel.
  • Friday, November 14: Our annual Lower School Diwali celebration in Chapel:
    Students in Primary through 5th grade are beginning preparations for a wonderful celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. (While most of the world will celebrate Diwali on October 23, our celebration in Chapel is happening a few weeks later, due to the Lower School calendar.) Traditional Hindu dancing, and singing are a part of our annual celebration. If your family celebrates Diwali and your child (in Primary through 5th Grade) is interested in participating, please contact me in the next few days.



November PAL EVENING Meeting! (new)

You asked, we listened! We are very excited to announce that November's PAL Meeting will be held in the evening! The topic is exciting, the location is NEW, and we are inviting you "back to campus" for an evening of Parent education.

When: Wednesday, November 5
Time: 7:00 - 8:30pm
Where: NEW LOCATION!!! Middle School Library!
Topic: OES Technology and You!

Technology is a topic jam packed with excitement, and no one does it better than our OES Technology Team!
During this event you will learn how OES is capitalizing on technology, how it is being used in the classroom to support Lower School curriculum, what devices are in which classrooms, how this will impact your children and your life at home (Chrome Books? wait, what?), and MORE! We will spend 90 minutes hitting the high points and getting some hands-on experience, and maybe, just maybe, we can keep up with our kids!

Stay tuned for more information in the Wednesday Express and in future emails. We know 90 minutes won't be enough time to cover it all, but we will keep track of the ongoing conversations and make sure to continue the Technology dialog throughout the year.

Thank you, in advance, to the amazing faculty who will guide this discussion!

Hope to see you there!

Mary Lou Green (PAL Chair), Mari Schwalbach (PAL Co Chair) and the Room Parent Team

2014 Fall Book Fair at annie bloom's books in multnomah village! (new)

Friday, November 14 - Monday, November 17

Book Drive recipients announced for the Fall Book Fair at Annie Bloom’s Books in Multnomah Village!
Every year, FOESL (Friends of the OES Libraries)partners with US students in ECHOES to offer a book drive for a worthy cause.  This year's receipient will be The Neighborhood House! They are located right in Multnomah Village, work with homeless, hungry, seniors and students needing extra school help.  Many of our students are already providing assistance to the Neighborhood House and this is a great way to increase our impact, right in our own community. You can purchase a book for the Neighborhood House at Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, Friday, Nov. 14 thru Monday, Nov. 17.  Proceeds to support FOESL and  literacy at OES through library programming, reading incentives, and author visits for students.

Travel to the fair with other adults aboard the OES Book Fair Bus!  We have space for you either on Friday, November 14th at 8:30 am (coffee included!) or on Monday, November 12:30pm. Sign up here for hassle free transportation to the fair.

Hopefully you've noticed the wall of book wishes from the LS Teachers and Specialist outside the LS Office.  These books are for purchase at Annie Bloom's Books.  If you and your students would like to gift a book to your classroom, please pull a "wish" from the wall, fill out the card, and drop it into the nearby box.  We will have these wishes available at Annie Bloom's during the fair as well.  Please pay for your wish list books during the book fair and when the books arrive, we will deliver it to the teacher with a beautiful name plate bearing your family's names.

Interested in volunteering for the Fair? Volunteer to help as a grade rep before the fair and/or we need your help at the store guiding customers and reminding folks to let the cashiers know they are from OES. Sign up here!

Check out the Book Fair Webpage or Contact . We look forward to seeing you at the fair!

Auction Class Projects – Coffee, tea & lots of great ideas! (new)

What: An opportunity for those of you who have already signed up to help with your classroom’s auction project OR are thinking about it but haven’t quite committed yet, to look at past auction projects and get a list of fresh new ideas.

When: Monday, November 17, 8:00am

Where: LS Common Hall

If you have any questions, please email , LS Class Auction Project Coordinator.

Admissions Update (new)

Asia Travel
Admissions will be visiting Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam in November to meet with prospective students and current families. Visit our Fall Admissions travel page for schedule information.

Prospective Parent Information Receptions – open to the public

  • Monday, Nov 17, 6:00pm – Multnomah Athletic Club
  • Tuesday, Dec 9, 6:00pm – Oswego Lake Country Club

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. Click here for an application checklist and all forms.

Admissions Parking Spaces

Admissions will begin their tour and visitor season this week. Please help us welcome our guests by not parking in the reserved Admissions parking spaces between the hours of 7:30am – 3:30pm. It is very tempting to slip into these spaces at drop-off or pick-up, however, these are times when prospective parents are dropping off or picking up their children for student visits.

After School Classes (new)

New classes are posted and we have 8 classes starting in November, December, and January. From Fused Glass to Celebrating Festivals with Food, there are fun and interesting activities for after school!
Register online or call the After School Office for details - 503.768.3145.

Don’t forget to invite your Grandparents & Special Friends!!! (new)

Grandparents & Special Friends Day
Tuesday, November 25, 2014

Guests will enjoy breakfast, musical performances, classroom visits and a special chapel service. 

Please RSVP by November 17. 

So that we can accommodate all of our guests, we will reserve the breakfast area and classroom visits for Grandparents & Special Friends. Seating, coffee and pastries will be available in the bleacher area for parents who wish to watch the student musical performances.

B-E-E x 2 (new)

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

Community Diversity Link: Books and Breakfast (new)

Quiet, the Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain
Tuesday, December 2, 2014
8:00am in the Platt Global Classroom

Perhaps you consider yourself an introvert, if not, chances are great that you have married one, or given birth to one! Join us as we delve into the issues surrounding: Quiet, the Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.   Extroverts, Introverts, and Ambiverts encouraged to attend.

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

Spooktacular is going
to the dogs!

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