Updated December 4
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.
Due to the holiday season, there will be no PAL meetings in November or December. Happy Holidays!
Winter Break (no school or EC) - Saturday, December 21 - Sunday, January 5
A Note from David Lowell (NEW)
I hope you all had an enjoyable Thanksgiving break and have returned to school healthy, well rested and ready for the busy weeks ahead. With Thanksgiving falling late in November we only have three weeks of school before winter break. The faculty will be working hard to sustain student attention on academic activities, while also providing holiday celebrations and special events. Please help support our efforts by continuing the school routines at home; monitoring homework, keeping a regular bedtime and bringing your child to school on time.
This is a season of special events, performances and service learning opportunities. I encourage you to check the calendar so you don’t miss any events of interest. Tonight, community members across the divisions will gather for our annual Advent Service of Lessons & Carols in the OES Chapel from 6:30pm - 7:30pm. The service is followed by an informal reception and Art Sale in the Upper School Great Hall. On Thursday and Friday, Mrs. William’s class presents their play, “The Arabian Nights”. The next service opportunity is on Monday at our annual Giving Chapel. Have your children bring in their Giving Bags on Monday. We will be joined at Chapel by representatives form several local agencies who will be receiving the Giving Bag donations. Our 5th graders will be heading out into the community to continue their service through the day.
LS Friendly Reminders
Already we have had wind, rain and cold. Please be sure your child comes to school dressed for the weather.
Be sure to register yourself in the Instant Alert program so you receive emergency and closure announcements from OES.
Instant Alert Sign-in Page
Advent Service and Afterglow Tonight!
A FESTIVAL OF LESSONS & CAROLS and AFTERGLOW:
All are invited to the annual OES Advent Service of Lessons & Carols in the OES Chapel on Wednesday, December 4, 6:30pm - 7:30pm.
Come enjoy some beautiful music and inspirational readings presented by the
3rd - 5th grade choirs, 6th, 7th and 8th grade choirs, the US Concert Choir, and the 5th grade Handbell choirs. (Directors Amy Rheingans, Adam Steele, Jeri Haskins)
All are invited afterwards to the traditional Afterglow at 7:30pm in the Great Hall for some cookies and wassail!
HOLIDAY ART SALE:
The Annual Student, Faculty & Staff Holiday Art Sale takes place after the Afterglow on Wednesday, December 4 from 7:30 - 8:30pm.
The sale will also be set up Thursday & Friday, Dec. 5 & 6 (9:00am-3:30pm) in the Main Lobby of the Upper School.
10% of proceeds will help benefit the Philippines Red Cross for the recent tragedy in the Philippines.
Student and Faculty artists will be selling beautiful handmade jewelry, ceramics, cards, crafts, photographs,monochromes & knitted dolls, stuffed toy bears and handsewn artwork. Artwork will be for sale by Jennifer Dai, Bisrat Berhe, Tay MacIntyre, David Loitz, Debra Thomas, Tanja Horvat, Robin Schauffler, Debby Schauffler, Kent Herschleb, Jenny Strode, Renee Mijo, Randy Goosen and Sarah Brumble (alumnae), and others.
For more information, contact Margaret Synan-Russell or Sue Jensen in the Art Office.
Thank you! (new)
FOESL and the Book Fair Committee would like to thank the OES community for its continued support of the OES Book Fair! All of the funds raised from this event will go towards reading and writing programs in each of the divisional libraries. Also, thank you for supporting the ECHOES book drive! All of the books were purchased and will be on their way to Baby Sarah's Home Orphanage in Pudicherry, India with Upper School students participating in the India Winterim trip.
Giving Chapel for PreK – 5th...This Monday! (new)
Giving Chapel - This Monday, December 9 at 8:10
Giving Chapel, for everyone in the Lower School — preK through 5th grade — is just about here! There is still time to turn your plain grocery bag into a beautifully decorated gift bag, and fill it with gifts for children and families in the Portland area. Then, bring your Giving Chapel bag to school on Monday. Monday morning, the entire Lower School will gather in the Chapel for singing and celebration. Lower School choirs will sing. Come join in the festivities!
Gifts are then distributed to those in need in our community. This year's beneficiaries include the Woodburn Family Learning Center, Neighborhood House, William Temple House, the Reynolds Education Foundation, and El Cielo para Los Ninos. All of these organizations have direct connections with OES through service learning partnerships or longstanding commitments. Our very own 5th Graders are in charge of this whole event, and all are invited to join in and celebrate this outpouring of festive, joyous generosity.
Giving Chapel details and the Wish List can be found here.
5th Grade Parent Volunteers: If you are the parent of a 5th grader and would like to volunteer to help out on Giving Chapel day, head to Volunteer Spot to sign up! Be prepared for lots of fun and laughter.
All Lower School Parent Volunteers - If you would like to sing in our very own LS Giving Chapel choir (no previous experience necessary), check out the choir sign-up on Volunteer Spot. The choir will sing in the Chapel as everyone is arriving.
Used Coat and Jeans/Pants Drive - While new or gently used clothing is always welcome, the 5th Graders are spear-heading a special drive for new or gently used coats and jeans/pants. All sizes, infants through adults, are welcome. Bins to donate these items are at each of the LS main entrances. You may bring coats and jeans/pants in anytime between now and December 16.* As the weather gets colder and wetter, please consider taking a look in your closets for winter items that you no longer need! (*You may also bring them in for Giving Chapel, of course.)
Click here to see the many special Chapel events coming up over the next few weeks.
Join us in An Hour of Code (new)
Computer Science Education Week is December 9-15
“Computer science is the art of blending human ideas and digital tools to increase our power. Computer scientists work in so many different areas: writing apps for phones, curing diseases, creating animated movies, working on social media, building robots that explore other planets and so much more." -- Computer Science Education Week: One Hour of Code
Every student from grade 1 to 8 will be participating in a global activity next week to spend one hour coding sometime between December 9-15. Over 4,000,000 students from 160 countries have signed up to participate. Please consider joining in the project by trying some of the projects at home with your child! Explore the links below and ask your child to show you what they were able to do.
Introduction to the project
1st grade students will be using Kodable on iPads.
2nd grade students will be using My Robot Friend on iPads or iPods.
3rd grade students will be choosing between Blockly or Light Bot.
4th grade students will be choosing between Blockly or Scratch.
5th grade students will be choosing between Blockly or CodeCombat.
'Tis the Giving Season: Share Your Story (new)
As we enter this time of year, we would love to hear your family stories of causes you care about or service in which you are involved at this time of year. If you feel inspired, please submit a short blog post, pictures welcome, to Laurie Price (4laurieprice at gmail.com). We welcome posts by children as well! Only 500 words or less to share your story. We would love to hear from you. And if you have not already done so, please go to our Service Learning Blog and enter your email address to receive a brief email when posts hit the blog. We promise it won't clog your email! See you around the Blog!
Lost and Found....Lost and Found....Lost and Found....
If you are missing your child's special coat or hat, please come by the Lost and Found tables set up outside the Lower School office. The weather is getting colder and your child will be needing these items. The tables will be set up through this Friday and then all items will be returned to room 10. Please stop by the tables or room 10 before this Friday, December 6 when all left over items will be donated to the Giving Chapel.
December Matching Gift Challenge! (new)Former trustee, Ed Clark and his wife, Janet, were inspired by the establishment of the Dr. William G. Lamb Science Endowment earlier this year and have issued a matching gift challenge to raise $30,000 for the endowment in honor of Dr. Lamb's 30 years of teaching at OES. Ed and Janet will match up to $10,000 of challenge funds received in the month of December. Reflecting on the influence of Dr. Lamb on their children, alums Brinton '88 and Matt '90, Ed and Janet were inspired to issue this challenge to support continued excellence and innovation in science education at OES. For more information or to donate to the challenge, click here.
School Store - Your One Stop Shop for the Holidays!
It’s time to start thinking of the Holidays! We have lots of great gift items for your favorite Aardvarks and Aardvark fans.
Come into the store to find everything from Pendleton blankets to picnic blankets, fleece gloves and scarves to Nike Elite basketball, soccer and running socks; umbrellas, sweatpants, rain ponchos, coffee mugs and so much more!
Don’t forget to check out the new mark-down fixture too, with close-out items, priced to sell!
December Store Hours: Monday through Friday, 1:00-4:00pm. Happy Shopping!
Admissions News (new)
Invite your friends, business associates, neighbors, and family interested in learning more about OES to one of our events:
- Parent Reception - Tuesday, Dec 10, 6:00pm – Oswego Lake Country Club
- NIKE Kindergarten Fair – Tuesday, Dec 17, 3:30-5:30pm – Tiger Woods Center,
NIKE World campus (NIKE employees only)
- Information Evening at OES – Wednesday, Jan 8, 7:00pm – Read more here
Parents: if you have a child ready to join the OES community in the 2014-15 school year - the application deadline is January 22. We are offering a reduced application fee of $50, if you apply online by December 16. You will use your parent portal password to log into the online application. We will contact you when the application is received to schedule your visit and assessment dates. Visit the Admissions webpage for an application checklist and all forms.
Join the 2014 Auction Planning Committee
Be a part of the history of OES!
2014 Auction Planning Committee Meeting
Thursday, December 19, 1:00-2:45pm, Charleton Room
Hope to see you there. It’ll be the bees knees!
CDL's Next Books & Breakfast
For those who like to get a jump on holiday reading, consider CDL's first 2014 Books & Breakfast scheduled for Tuesday, January 14, 8:00-9:30am in the Platt Global Classroom.
The Book of Fathers by Miklos Vamos (Hungary)
Watch video about The Book of Fathers
Vamos is one of Hungary's most infuential writers, whose book, The Book of Fathers, is an alluring and leisurely introduction to the last 300 years of Hungarian history, and a moving depiction of the way individuals must appear and disappear even to their own descendants. Vamos is the author of over 20 books and is a well-known figure throughout Europe. He has served as a correspondent for The Nation and The Washington Post. He lived in the U.S. for a period, teaching writing and screenwriting at Yale. Vamos will be video conferencing with us during our meeting.
National Geography Bee
In December and January 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 2 students from each grade (4th-8th) will compete in a school wide competition to be held during the week of January 13th (date/time, tbd). The winner will go onto the Oregon competition in the spring. That winner competes in Washington D.C. at the nationals.
You can find study questions, videos and other information here.
Study books (can be purchased on the National Geography website):
How to Ace the National Geographic Bee: Study Guide, 4th Edition
National Geographic Bee Ultimate Fact Book: Countries A to Z
National Geographic Student Atlas of the World, 3rd Edition - Hardcover
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.
*Participation is optional, but encouraged!
Questions – please contact , LS 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.
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