Wednesday Express

Updated June 4

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

  • Now through Friday, June 27 - 8:00am-4:00pm
  • Returning Monday, August 4 through the start of school - 8:00am-4:00pm

Please note: We will be in meetings next Tuesday, June 17 until 2:00pm.

A Note from David lowell (new)

On Wednesday, the Lower School year came to an enthusiastic conclusion with students being promoted to their next grade. Congratulations to all our students for their good work this year. Thank you to all the parents, faculty and staff who helped support them along the way.

A special thank you to Lower School Yearbook editor, Elsa Colleran, for all her good work producing and distributing the yearbook.

May you and your family enjoy a relaxing, safe and adventure filled summer.

Friendly Lower School Reminders:

Next year we begin the second phase of our uniform transition. While much of the Uniform Policy remains the same, the details of the changes are contained in the Uniform Change Frequently Asked Questions. The biggest change for next year is that all upper wear worn inside the school needs to have the OES logo on it; shirts, sweatshirts, fleeces. Additional changes include:

  • Pique or Jersey polo shirts
  • New Kirk plaid shorts
  • New Kirk plaid A-Line Jumper
  • Socks – must be worn. Can be of any color

2014-15 Online Enrollment Forms Due June 16

To complete your child’s enrollment for the 2014-2015 school year, please follow the link to our online Health & Permission Forms website. Forms are pre-populated and should take just a few minutes per child to confirm and/or update the required information. We need you to complete the online forms by June 16. (Note: Late submissions may not be included in the all-school directory)

2014-2015 Health & Permission Forms

In addition to the online forms, you will need to print, sign and return this form to the LS office: 
Emergency Care Authorization (all Students)

You may also need to download one of the forms listed below.

Oregon Immunization Form <Oregon immunization requirements> (all new students & all Kindergarten students)
Student Physical Report (Grade PK - 6) (all new students & all Kindergarten students)
Allergy Information Form and Action Plan (if applicable)
Asthma Action Plan form (if applicable)

Paper forms can be:
Emailed to Jenny Strode (strodej at
Faxed to the Admissions office (503.768.3140)
Mailed to the school - Attn: Lower School

Message from LS PAL Leadership

It is hard to believe that we are at the end of another school year and, as at the end of every year, I always feel blessed that our family is part of this wonderful community. As LS PAL Chair, I have had a chance to work with some very special people this year, and I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following:

  • Lucy Shanno (our indomitable Volunteer Spot Coordinator)
  • Laurie Price (our Service Learning Coordinator who inspired children and parents alike)
  • Dawn Swanson (our fabulous LS PAL Treasurer)
  • Our Event Chairs for organizing and overseeing such fun and memorable events
  • Our Room Parents for all their work in keeping us organized and our classrooms managed

Of course, the year would not be complete without a special thank you to Mary Lou Green, my Co-Chair (#bestdecisionoftheyear) for her support, encouragement, extraordinary intelligence and indefatigable good humor! You are in great hands next year!

Have a lovely summer!
Clare Rathbone

Please join me in thanking Clare Rathbone for an excellent year of leadership in her role as PAL Chair. Clare has brought tremendous talent and wisdom to the OES parent community and has spent countless hours working to orchestrate all the moving parts of our busy school community.

I would also like to announce and thank the team of parents who have agreed to give of their time and energy to the role of Grade Level Representative. The following individuals will make up the team for the 2014 -2015 school year.

  • PAL Co-chair – Mari Schwalbach
  • 5th Grade – Ann Perry
  • 4th Grade – Amy Lindholm
  • 3rd Grade – Brandie Ettinger
  • 2nd Grade – Kristina Davis
  • 1st Grade – Kristin Barnett
  • Primary – Sandy Patrick
  • Kindergarten – Julie Kuni
  • Pre-K – Margueritte Kim

Here is to a fun and restful summer! See you in September.

Mary Lou Green
2014-2015 PAL Chair

Summer Reading Suggestions: The 2014-15 Books and Breakfast Selections!

Get a jump start on the fall reading list for the OES Books and Breakfast Series hosted by Community Diversity Link.

We will start off the school year with our first meeting on September 16th at 8:00 am 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.

Kim Bissell (Kim_Bissell at

Technology & Summertime: Considerations for Appropriate Media Use During the Summer

In this morning’s PAL meeting, Angela Hancock offered a presentation that included a multitude of links to resources, articles, blog posts, tools, templates, and a list of websites and iOS apps that the students use at school. These resources may be helpful for our families as they struggle with finding an appropriate balance between media & technology use and other activities during the long days of summer. Most importantly, families in grades 1-5 are necouraged to bookmark the link to the LS Student Resources website. In addition, we encourage parents to try to have their children in grades 3-5 continue to work on their keyboarding skills through their personal account in OES’s Typing Tutor program. To provide extra benefit, Angela has created typing lessons from the spelling lists from this year for keyboarding and spelling practice! Please contact if you have questions or need additional resources.

Homecoming 2014

I know it is hard to believe but the planning has already begun! If you would like to get involved and show your school spirit please sign up to be on the planning committee. Homecoming is a week long event culminating in a picnic, parade and boys' and girls' varsity soccer games on September 26. We have many ways to get involved but need your input first! Click here or contact with any questions. Go Aardvarks!

Have you visited the SLOG (Service Learning Blog)?

Have you visited the SLOG (Service Learning Blog) lately?
Now is the time to check it out, as our local Sloggers (LS Service Learning Bloggers) have been busy! There are stories and reflections from many of the classrooms on Mount Hood Climb Service Day. If you were unable to come to OES on Mount Hood Climb Service Day, or only experienced one or two of the service learning projects, the blog offers a window into the remarkable collective service of the day.
Check it all out here! and Save the Date for next year's Mount Hood Climb Service Day: May 13, 2015.

Summer Programs at OES

With 27 of our camps now full, we have added an additional 5 camps.
Here are some of our just listed camps:

  • Cardboard Players
  • Write, Act, Film
  • Treasure Keepers
  • Paletas of the Rainbow

Be the first to enroll! There are still over 150 great camps available for LS aged students - create your summer account now and get registered! From Exploring Ecuador to Doll & Me Sewing, there is something for every child’s interest in our summer program. Please call Joan Lowe (503.768.3145) or Helen Han (503.416.9254) for assistance.

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

"Your future's so bright, you gotta wear shades." ~ Twig

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