Updated April 9
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 Friday, April 18 - Good Friday
No School Monday, May 26 - Memorial Day
A Note from Chris O'toole (new)
Make Thinking Visible: Inquiry and OES Essential Competencies
Chris O’Toole’s New Blog Post- Essential Competencies: I Explore
A few weeks ago I received an exciting email from a former Primary student.
This student, an animal lover from an early age, was heading to China for her Upper School Winterim Trip with a fellow classmate. Their purpose: service learning at a Giant Panda conservatory in Chengdu. When they returned they hoped to share their experiences and inspire Lower School students.
Lower School GET CONNECTED! Host Program
The Lower School GET CONNECTED! program supports new families joining OES and is an essential part of welcoming new families to our community.
Remember when you first joined the OES Community? It’s such an exciting time but can also be quite overwhelming; there is so much information to take in and digest. Having a contact person before the beginning of school can help make the transition as smooth as possible. As a host family, you may be assigned one to three families to touch base with or be asked to attend events to share your wealth of knowledge and experience.
Whether you’ve been involved with GET CONNECTED! in the past or not, please read this letter and consider joining us this year!
Saturday April 12th, 2014 6:30-8:30pm
OES Main Dining Hall
Sign up now!l
We are pleased to announce the fourth annual Lower and Beginning School Parent/Daughter dance!
The theme this year is a "Spring Fling!" 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.
To attend, please RSVP by following this link (flowers and pictures are ordered here):
Parent Daughter Dance
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! Corsages are fresh flowers and the cost is $12. Boutonnieres are $9.
Portraits will also be available for purchase to remember this special evening. The cost is listed below. Please list the package you want by number. Holland studios will be taking pictures again this year.
• Package 1 - 2 4x5's - $8.00
• Package 2 - 1-5x7 and 4 wallets - $9.00
• Package 3 - 2-5x7's, 2-4x5's and 4 wallets - $13.00
• Package 4 - 1 digital file - $15.00
We need volunteers to make this a night to remember. It is a wonderful way to experience this special event! Volunteer for the Parent Daughter Dance.
If you have any questions, please email
Auction - Barre3 Workout Easel Party
There is still time to sign up for the 2014 Auction- Barre3 Workout Easel Party!
Date: Saturday, April 12, 2014
Price: $50 per person
Ladies, treat yourselves to an invigorating workout with a master Barre3 instructor, and find out hay people love this non-impact workout inspired by yoga, pilates and ballet. Includes post-workout wine and appetizers at a local Pearl District eatery.
To participate, email the
LS Eucharist Chapel (new)
Dear Lower School Families,
Once a year, the Lower School has a Eucharist – a Chapel that includes Holy Communion. Many children in the Lower School look forward to this special Chapel with great anticipation and have already asked me when it will take place. This year, the LS Eucharist Chapel for Primary - 5th grade will take place as part of the Lower School Easter Chapel, on Monday, April 21, at 11:50am (the usual Monday Chapel time).
Eucharist is a Greek word that means give thanks. Celebration of the Eucharist, then, is a service of giving thanks to God for all that God has given us. The Episcopal Eucharistic service has two primary parts: the Liturgy of the Word, which includes reading from and reflection on sacred scriptures, and the Great Thanksgiving, or Holy Communion, when blessed bread and grape juice are shared.
This year, Easter Chapel will also offer Primary – 5th grade a meaningful opportunity to give thanks for our connection with the wider community: students are creating Spring-themed placemats for Meals on Wheels, so that those receiving a hot, delicious and nutritious daily meal from Meals on Wheels will enjoy their meal on a bright, festive placemat. The decision to take communion is a family decision, for students to make in conversation with you. Many children, come forward to receive communion (bread and grape juice that have been blessed). Many others will come forward simply to receive a blessing from one of the Chaplains. Still others will choose to stay seated. Each child participates in the way that best suits them and their family.
If you or your child have questions about the upcoming Eucharist at Easter Chapel, please let me know. Know you are welcome to come to any Chapel, including this Easter Chapel on April 21!
OES Science & Engineering Symposium
The 29th OES Science & Engineering Symposium is on Friday, April 25. Our students will present their research with Power Point presentations in the Drinkward Center. The presentations will start at 8:00am and will continue until 12:30pm. There will be three sessions: physics & engineering, medicine & microbiology, and chemistry & environmental sciences. The students present in 15 minute time slots with a 5 minute question and answer period.
We are looking for interested parents/relatives/friends with a science degree or work experience in any of the science, medical, or engineering fields to ask questions and give feedback to student presenters.
We are also inviting parents to come and listen to student presentations.
This will be a great opportunity especially for parents not familiar with the Upper School research program to get to know the breadth and type of student research taking place in the science program.
Please let me know if you can attend the Symposium and provide students with feedback.
OES Summer Programs
Register now for camps this summer! With over 300 choices, there is something for everyone! Camps are filling quickly and we want to make sure you get your top choice for your child. From Movie Making to Speed Stacking, sewing and cooking classes, there is something of interest for every student. Many academic courses can continue promoting learning over the summer and of course, all camps are inquiry based (so children will have fun while they are learning). Please call us with questions or assistance in registering: Joan Lowe 503.768.3145 and Helen Han 503.416.9254. We will be working over spring vacation, so please let us know if we can help!
Great OES Book Swap (GOBS)
Look for the crew collecting adult and childrens books under the LS covered walkway for the 2014 Great OES Book Swap (GOBS) every Wednesday morning until April 30th. Drop off your gently used books, in bags or boxes labeled with your students name and earn points to buy books at the Swap on May 7th and 8th. If you can't make a Wednesday morning, you can drop books off to your divisional library.
Love hanging out at the Swap? We'd love your help! Please sign up to collect books or work during the swap using volunteer spot or contact .
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.
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