Wednesday Express

Updated April 23

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 Monday, May 26 - Memorial Day

A Note from David lowell (new)

This morning at the LS PAL meeting we discussed the culminating inquiry based projects our students produce and the curriculum that makes it possible. The PAL meeting featured Upper School students presenting their research and a panel of faculty discussing the curricular process that helps prepare students to be able to produce such exemplary work.

Between now and next Wednesday there are three opportunities for you to experience culminating projects in Lower School. This Thursday, the 4th graders present their global studies research projects during the International Fair held in the gym. Next Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday mornings the 2nd graders present their hero speeches in the LS Library. Next Wednesday night the 3rd graders perform a Portland history musical.

These events are all hints of the quickening pace of school this the spring. Realizing that many of you will be juggling complex calendars in the coming weeks, I encourage you to take the time to carefully review the Lower School Events Calendar (located in the Parent Resource section of the Parent Portal) and the All School Calendars, so you are sure to be where you want to be when you need to be. Spring is a busy and exciting time in Lower School with performances, informances, coffees, celebrations and appreciations filling the days. Calendar carefully.

Lower School PAL Co-Chair
I am delighted to announce that Mari Schwalbach has agreed to take on the LS PAL Co-Chair position for the 2014-15 year. As many of you know, Mari brings so much energy, enthusiasm and experience to the role. She has been both a Room Parent and a Grade Level Representative, as well as Chair of the OES Auction. She and Mary Lou Green will be a dynamic team.

Parent Daughter Dance
Thank you to Lisa Kellogg and Jennifer Young for organizing another wonderful Parent Daughter Dance.

Moving Into Coffees
Moving into Coffees begin this Monday, April 28. Please review the schedule below and plan on attending the coffee for the grade level that your child will be moving into next fall. At the coffee you will have the opportunity to hear highlights of the year from the classroom and specialist teachers, as well as meet families who will have children new to OES in 2014-15. All coffees will be in the LS Common Hall from 8:00-9:30am.

Date Grade
Monday, April 28 Moving Into K
Monday, May 5 Moving Into 5th
Tuesday, May 6 Moving Into PreK
Monday, May 12 Moving Into Primary
Tuesday, May 27 Moving Into 1st
Monday, June 2 Moving Into 2nd
Tuesday, June 3 Moving Into 3rd
Wednesday, June 4 Moving Into 4th

Helpful Reminders
Safety during pick-up and drop off

  • Stay with your car at the curb or park it. 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.
  • Cell phones should not be used while driving on campus.

• Change In Thursday Morning Beginning School Sing-a-Long Protocol:
All Beginning School children will now have the option to stay in the Common Hall for the sing-a-long or go outside and play on the Beginning School playground.

2014-15 Enrollment Contracts – now available in Parent Portal (new)

If you completed your enrollment contract using our online contract for the 2014-2015 school year, you may now access a PDF copy of it in the Parent Portal. Once you are logged in, click on your child’s name and in the menu of options you will find “Reenrollment Contract”. Any questions, please contact Jen Bash (bashj at in Admissions.

Exclusive to OES!  Vineyard Vines Aardvark Ties ! 
Now Available in OES Store! (new)

OES is the first school in the Pacific Northwest to have ties made for us by the very well-known designers at Vineyard Vines.
A beautiful silk tie, in our OES hunter green and representing our fabulous Aardvarks throughout, this tie will make a fabulous gift or school memento.

These will make great gifts for Father's Day and Graduation! Available in boy's and men's sizes..

Placed a pre-order? It’s ready! Missed the deadline? It’s not too late - just email Madeleine Menashe (menashem at
Be sure to list your name, email address, and quantity of ties (boy's or men's).

These ties will also be in the OES Store, on a first-come, first-served basis.

* Made in the USA
* 100% imported printed silk
* Double wool blend liner

MEN'S TIE, $85: Length 58 inches Width 31/2 inches
BOYS' TIE, $50: Length 49 inches Width 3 1/8 inches

The on-campus school store in Room 11 of Scott House is open 2:00 - 4:00pm Monday through Friday and by appointment.

Auction Easel Parties

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.

OES Science & Engineering Symposium

The 29th OES Science & Engineering Symposium is this 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.


All School Supplies Drive for Neighborhood House (new)

Dear Families,

This Monday, April 28, marks the beginning of OES’s annual, all-school drive to collect canned/non-perishable food and hygiene supplies for Neighborhood House. Neighborhood House’s Emergency Food Box Program helps to feed over 500 families every month. The entire OES community joins in this effort to eliminate hunger in Oregon, Portland, and SW neighborhoods served by Neighborhood House. Sometimes, this drive is called Project Second Wind, because it is part of a statewide effort to fill all of the food banks’ shelves in the spring, after the winter months. Through this “second wind” of donations (after the generous months of November and December), we hope to fill Neighborhood House’s shelves!

We will be collecting items from April 28 through May 14 (Mount Hood Climb Service Day). You will find labeled collection boxes throughout the Beginning and Lower School. 5th graders are coordinating the Beginning and Lower School drive. If you would like to learn more about the exciting work that Neighborhood House does, you can visit their website. Here is the shopping list if you would like to print it. Project Second Wind offers a wonderful opportunity to talk with your child(ren) about food, hunger, good nutrition, and how we can all use our power for good.

This is the beginning of service events that surround and include Mount Hood Climb Service Day. Please check your classroom scheduled jobs in VolunteerSpot for May 14 or watch for more information from Room Parents and future Wednesday Express posts for more ways to get involved in service during this time.

Chaplain Jenny

LS Instrument Try-Out Night Tuesday, April 29

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:
for band
for strings

CDL End-of-Year Meeting (new)

Please join CDL in the Platt Global Classroom on Tuesday, May 6, from 8:00-9:00am, for its end-of-year meeting to:
1. Wrap up the overarching themes covered throughout the year in the group's book and intercultural-competencies discussions;
2. Consider books for the 2014 - 2015 year;
3. Introduce next year's awesome co-chairs (but you'll have to attend to find out who they are!).

As always, please be in touch with any questions. And, a sincere thanks to all who helped make CDL this past year a rich learning experience for so many.

Jenn Knudsen & Agi Mottern

Great OES Book Swap Details

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 .

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!

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

Sixth graders painted and hid Easter eggs on Monday, and PreK students found them.



Helpful Resources