Wednesday Express

Updated April 16

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 Friday, April 18 - Good Friday
No School Monday, May 26 - Memorial Day

A Note from David lowell (new)

Spring has sprung and so have the special events. Last week the 3rd graders kicked off the trip season with a great overnight adventure at Pioneer Camp. 4th and 5th grade overnight trips to come. Today is Teacher Appreciation Day. Thank you to Stephanie Knight and all who helped to make this a special day for our faculty. Tomorrow is the Beginning School Movement Program, an event guaranteed to put a smile on your face and a bounce in your step.  Friday is Good Friday, a school holiday. There are neither Lower School classes nor Extended Care.

Helpful Reminders

  • Lost and Found – We still have a substantial pile of lost and found in the gym and on the hooks under the covered area.  Please take a moment to look through the collection and see if you can find what was lost to your family.
  • The remaining 8 weeks of school are full of experiences and opportunities for growth.  Help your child be ready to fully participate in these by having them return to their regular school routines.
  • Lacrosse – The 4th and 5th graders have requested time to practice lacrosse skills during recess. This is a great opportunity for them to practice basic skills. They will be provided with a supervised opportunity with the following guidelines:
    • Monday and Wednesday Lunch Recess
    • Adult supervision required.  
    • On the designated area of the turf field
    • Passing and shooting ONLY
    • Tennis balls ONLY (bucket of tennis balls in the recess shed)
    • Goalies are NOT allowed
    • Checking in NOT allowed
    • Lacrosse sticks will be stored in the recess shed after recess
  • Picking up Children During the School Day
    After informing the office of your plans and after you have checked into the LS Office, plan on picking your child up in the classroom if you need to get your child during the school day. This will enable your child to miss the minimum amount of class time and prevent the disruption to the two other students who would escort your child down to the LS Office.
  • Safety during pick-up and drop off
    • Stay with your car at the curb or park it in the lot. Leaving a car unattended at the curb slows drop-off and pick-up and often results in less safe driving behavior; cars with limited visibility backing up, children being dropped off in traffic and unexpected merging traffic.
    • Drive at a slow and cautious speed as you make your way through the parking lots and drop-off areas.

Auction Easel Parties (new)

Missed the auction, but still want to attend one of the great Easel Parties that were offered?

You can still sign up to attend one of the parties shown below.
For additional details and to sign up click here!

Hopworks Brewery Tour & Dinner
Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Hey Guys! Come spend an unforgettable evening with one of Portland’s Premier Brew Masters! Christian Ettinger, owner of Hopworks Urban Brewery will lead 25 lucky OES Dads on a personal tour of his brewery. The tour concludes with a private party featuring tasty eats from the Hopworks kitchen and pints of HUB’s signature brews.

Switch Shopping Soiree for Her
Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Join us for a unique shopping experience at a favorite Multnomah Village boutique. Switch Shoes & Clothing prides itself on carrying independent designers from Portland to Israel and beyond. Spruce up your spring wardrobe with fun items ranging from sundresses to scarves, earrings to handbags! Fuel your 10% discounted shopping spree with lovely libations and amazing appetizers. Five door prices will be given away, and 10% of proceeds from the soiree will benefit OES.

Open Doubles Tennis Tournament Player
Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
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!

Open Doubles Tennis Tournament Spectator
Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Don't play but love to watch? Sign up to heckle from the stands! Whet your whistle with a margarita or a beer and enjoy delicious Mexican fare from the Ochoas Lupitas Taco Truck. Cool off after your match with a Sunday from Scoop PDX.

LS Eucharist Chapel

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. (The bread will be gluten, dairy, yeast, and, of course, nut–free.)  

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! As we move through this week and into next week, I am mindful of families and all those around the world who are celebrating Passover, or Holy Week and Easter these days. 

Peace –
Chaplain Jenny

LS PAL meeting next week! (new)

Wednesday, April 23, 8:00am in the LS Common Hall

Come join us as we dig further into our curriculum design process! John Holloran, along with the help of our own OES students and faculty, will demonstrate how a purposeful process, connecting assignments and experiences across the years, creates amazing outcomes. Hear from our Upper School students and a panel of teachers ready to discuss and answer your questions.

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.


LS Instrument Try-Out Night Tuesday, April 29 (new)

Beginning band and LS strings will hold a music instrument try-out night on April 29, from 6:00-7:00pm in the chapel basement. Beginning band will be open for grades 4-5 and strings for grades 3-5. Students will be able to have a hands-on experience with the instruments they always wanted to play (trumpets, flutes, clarinets, trombones, violins, violas, cellos etc). Students should be choosing 2 instruments they want to try out.
For questions please contact:
Gavi Patterson (pattersondetarrg at for band
Angelika Furtwangler (furtwanglera at for strings

Great OES Book Swap Details (new)

Wednesday, May 7th and Thursday, May 8th in the Lower School Library
7:30am - 3:30pm

Wednesday is for credit swapping and cash sales will begin on Thursday morning.

The cost for books on Thursday will be:
Children’s Books
$.25 Paperback
$.50 Hardcover

Adult Books
$1.00 Paperback
$2.00 Hardcover

Credit Lists for students and families will be distributed on Tuesday, May 6th, directly to the classroom teachers. We will also have a list in the Library.

All PreK-3rd graders will receive 4 credit points which equals either 2 hardcover books or 4 paperbacks. If you would like to be involved with your child’s book selections, we encourage you to visit with your child either before or after school.

We thank all the wonderful volunteers and FOESL for helping to promote reading in our OES community!

Great OES Book Swap donations and volunteering (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 .

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!

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!

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.

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

Springtime reading!


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