Wednesday Express

Updated August 20

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.


LS Office Summer Hours - 503.768.3143

  • 8:00am-4:00pm

Please note: We will be in meetings all day next Tuesday, August 26.

Letters from David Lowell and Chris O'toole (new)

The following letters were emailed to all
LS families last week:

Welcome Letter to All LS Families

Letters to Students


After School Plans (new)

If you haven't done so already, please take a moment to fill out the After School Plans online form by this Friday, August 22.

Bus: If your child will be riding the bus, please also contact in transportation to make these arrangements.

Extended Care (EC): The EC Participation Agreement must be filled out before a child can attend EC. Please fill out the form even if you only plan on using EC on a drop in basis. Forms can be dropped off at the LS or EC offices.

Important Back-to-School Information (new)

We have combined important back-to-school information into one pdf for easy reading. Click here to find the following:

  • PAL Welcome Letter
  • Bios of New Faculty
  • Open Classroom Invitation
  • Map of LS Classrooms
  • LS "Go To" List
  • Back to School Picnic Flyer
  • Nut Free and Lice Letters from Elaine Elliott, School Nurse
  • Uniform Policy and Used Uniform Information
  • New Family Guide (a great resource for returning families too!)


The Used Uniform Closet (aka Room 10) is organized and ready for you to find those last minute items to round off your child’s uniform! Access to the closet is available now throughout the school year. The key to the closet can be found in the Lower School office. Please fill out a charge slip and leave it with Jenny after you purchase items. Volunteers will be curbside Wednesday though Friday morning of the first week of school to collect any donations.

Homecoming 2014 - Save the Date! (new)

We’ve got spirit, yes we do! We’ve got spirit, how 'bout you!

Homecoming is an all-school, week long event culminating in a picnic,
parade and boys’ and girls’ varsity soccer games.
All OES families invited!

Friday, September 26 at the OES Turf Field
Varsity Boys’ Soccer vs. Catlin Gabel 4:15pm
Varsity Girls’ Soccer vs Catlin Gabel 6:15pm

Join the fun and help make this event a success. There are many ways to be involved - click here to volunteer or contact with any questions. Go Aardvarks!

2014-15 Books and Breakfast Selections! (new)

We will start off the school year with our first meeting on Tuesday, September 16th at 8:00am in the Platt Global Classroom. We will join the middle school's "everybody read" summer selection, Wonder by RJ Palacio. An inspiring, touching story of "one community's struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance." A perfect summer read with your student(s), as this magical story is appropriate for kids aged 8 to 99.

In October, we'll discuss Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. One of the top 10 New York Times Book Review books for 2013 and just shortlisted for the 2014 Bailey's Prize for Women's Fiction. Described as "a richly told story set in today’s globalized world: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s most powerful and astonishing novel yet." We look forward to engaging with this gripping tale.

Early December we'll delve into Quiet, the Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. Everyone will be moved by this powerful and enduring book, a true conversation starter that has been on the New York Times bestseller list for several years as well as the nightstand/reading lists of many of our own OES Faculty and parents.

Should be a great season: Join us.

Adult Open Doubles Tennis Tournament (New) the 2014 auction, but still want to attend one of the great Easel Parties that was offered?
There is still time to sign up for the
Adult Open Doubles Tennis Tournament
Saturday, September 13, 2014
Time: 2:00 – 5:00pm

Channel your inner Williams or Nadal for this fun afternoon at our very own SPARC. Swag provided for all participants and spectators. Winners walk away with a trophy and a Players Racquet Shop gift certificate. All levels encouraged to sign up!
Don't play but love to watch? Sign up to heckle from the stands! Enjoy delicious Mexican fare from the Ochoas Lupitas Taco Truck. Cool off after your match with a Sunday from Scoop PDX.

Click here to sign up and for additional details.

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

What a glorious summer!

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