Wednesday Express

Updated October 22

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.


  • Tomorrow is Late Start Thursday!
  • Thursday, October 30 and Friday, October 31 - LS Conferences
    No School -
    All Day EC or childcare only during conferences both available. See details below.

A note from david lowell (new)

I look forward to the fall Parent Teacher Conferences on October 30th and 31st. The conference is the opportunity for you to meet with your child’s teacher to discuss your child’s progress and develop plans for the year. The teachers have developed a broad-based understanding of your child by conducting an array of assessments and engaging each student in a variety of learning experiences. During the conference, the teacher will share her understanding of your child’s interests, strengths and challenges, and present plans for your child’s growth. In preparation for the conference you may want to take some time to think about your own perceptions of your child’s interests, strengths and challenges.

In addition to the opportunity to meet with your child’s classroom teacher, the Specialist Teachers will all be available to meet with parents to discuss student progress. Either sign up using the Specialist Teachers link or simply stop by the Lower School Library next Thursday or Friday. Note that part-time Specialist Teachers have more limited availability for conferences.

Childcare During Conferences

All Day Extended Care (Thursday is FULL)
'New Friends Old Friends'
Please come join us in Extended Care for one or both fun filled days of activities, theater games, cooperative crafts, cooking and so much more! Space is limited so register early!

Childcare Only During Conference Times
Assistant teachers will be available to watch OES students and their siblings (4+ years old ) just during conference times.

  • Thursday, October 30
    7:30-3:00 - Gym
    3:00-5:00 - LS Library
  • Friday, October 31
    7:30-2:00 - Gym

If your conference occurs after supervision hours, your child may wait outside the classroom or the LS Office.

LS Helpful Hints

  • Lower School begins at 7:50. Doors lock at 8:00.
  • PreK and Kindergarten have a gentle start from 7:50-8:10. Enter through LS Office after 8:00.
  • Spooktacular reminders
    • Costumes need to be appropriate for a PreK-5th grade gathering – nothing too scary
    • Leave weapons at home
    • The event is for OES students PreK-5th and siblings in 5th grade and younger
    • The haunted house is intended for older students and is not for everyone
  • Lower School Counselor Melanie Clark’s email is clarkme at NOT clarkm at (Myra Clark, Director of AASK)
  • Partial Solar Eclipse on 10/23 – details and precautions from OMSI
  • Toys from home are not allowed at school
  • Candy from home is not to be brought to school

SPOOKTACULAR is this saturday! (new)

Bring your decorated or carved pumpkins to school Friday morning and take them home with a Spooktacular prize! Entry forms go home with children today. Extra forms are in the LS office.

Are your costumes ready? Costumes should be appropriate for PreK-5th graders, no weapons please.

Cupcake drop off is Friday! Volunteers will help collect them at drop off and pick up locations. During the school day they may be left on the table just outside the LS office. Packages of six cupcakes please. Nut-free (typical cupcakes from New Seasons and Fred Meyer are appropriate even though they are not made in nut free facilities). Students with allergies can have special arrangements. Contact to arrange.

If you pre-ordered dinner, Goblin Café is open 5:00-6:00pm, Saturday, October 25.
Spooktacular is from 5:30-7:30pm.

Volunteers are still greatly needed for set up and tear down. Signing up on VolunteerSpot helps count your hours. Also, it calms the organizer knowing that people will be coming to help. Your help is appreciated!

Want to know more about Spooktacular? Click here.

Questions: Don’t hesitate to contact or 503.936.3114.

Lost and Found! (new)

The lost and found will be out on the walkway outside the LS office doors Wednesday, October 29 - Friday, October 31.  If you are in the area for conferences, please stop by and see if any of the items belong to your children!  There are LOTS of unclaimed and unlabeled OES sweatshirts as well as rainboots from the Beginning School Playground from last year!  All unclaimed and unlabeled items will be donated back to the used uniform closet or to local organizations.

Ls Counselor's Corner

Dear Lower School Parents,

I will regularly post information and resources for Lower School parents from this spot. If you were unable to attend your child’s grade level parent coffee or would like a closer look at the information I shared with parents on Child Development and the Tween Years, I invite you to click here, to view one or all of my presentations.

Melanie Clark, Lower School Counselor

Admissions Update (new)

Open House
Current families in 5th & 8th grades are invited to explore the middle and upper schools at the Open House on Sunday, Oct 26, 1:00pm.
No registration required for current students.
View the program of mini-classes online here.

Asia Travel
Admissions will be visiting Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam in November to meet with prospective students and current families. Visit our Fall Admissions travel page for schedule information.

Prospective Parent Information Receptions – open to the public

  • Wednesday, Oct 22, 6:00pm – Hopworks Urban Brewery, SE Portland
  • Monday, Nov 17, 6:00pm – Multnomah Athletic Club
  • Tuesday, Dec 9, 6:00pm – Oswego Lake Country Club

Admissions Parking Spaces

Admissions will begin their tour and visitor season this week. Please help us welcome our guests by not parking in the reserved Admissions parking spaces between the hours of 7:30am – 3:30pm. It is very tempting to slip into these spaces at drop-off or pick-up, however, these are times when prospective parents are dropping off or picking up their children for student visits.

Special events in chapel (new)

Dear Families,

Some special events are coming up in Chapel over the next few weeks. You are welcome to any Chapel! Monday Chapel begins at 11:50am, and Friday Chapel starts at 8:10am.

  • Friday, October 24: Ms. Busick’s 5th grade class will talk about International Day of the Girl and the importance of educating girls around the world.
  • Monday, October 27: Just in time for Halloween, Ms. Taylor’s 4th grade class will present their research on Fair Trade Chocolate.
  • Monday, November 3: In the continued focus on girls education, two Upper School students from Afghanistan will speak about their experiences, along with 5th grade presenters from Ms. Busick’s class about Malala.
  • Monday, November 10: Veterans’ Day will be honored in Chapel.
  • Friday, November 14: Our annual Lower School Diwali celebration in Chapel:
    Students in Primary through 5th grade are beginning preparations for a wonderful celebration of Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights. (While most of the world will celebrate Diwali on October 23, our celebration in Chapel is happening a few weeks later, due to the Lower School calendar.) Traditional Hindu dancing, and singing are a part of our annual celebration. If your family celebrates Diwali and your child (in Primary through 5th Grade) is interested in participating, please contact me in the next few days.



community Diversity Link - Books and Breakfast (new)

On October 28, 8:00am in the Platt Global Classroom, we will discuss Americanah by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, one of the top 10 New York Times Book Review books for 2013 and 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’re excited to engage with this gripping tale, and its many provocative themes and ideas, such as the benefits of discomfort for changing attitudes, the power of multiple stories, or what you think it would it take to violate your personal ethical code. Feel free to contact Kim Bissell or Lucy Shanno with any questions or suggestions.

We look forward to seeing you!

Collecting Box Tops for Education! (new)

We are approaching the Fall deadline for turning in Box Tops! Please donate your Box Tops to the brightly colored donation box on the shelf outside the Lower School Office by OCT. 30th. Box Tops can be found on Ziplock products, soup, butter, Pillsbury products, cereal, Kleenex and many other products.

Contact with questions.

Fall Conferences - Sign Up now!

Fall Conferences...Thursday, October 30 and Friday, October 31

Using the online scheduling system is very easy – find each of your children’s teachers’ scheduling pages here and pick a time that is most convenient for you.

Online scheduling will close Friday, October 24 at 11:00pm. Changes made after this time will need to be arranged directly with teachers.

Conferences with Specialist Teachers

Interested in knowing more about what is going on in Art, Library, Music, PE, Science and Spanish? Schedule 15 minutes with Specialist Teachers around your class conference. 

Childcare During Conferences

There are two chidcare options during conferences - October 30 & 31:

All Day Extended Care (Thursday is FULL)
'New Friends Old Friends'
Please come join us in Extended Care for one or both fun filled days of activities, theater games, cooperative crafts, cooking and so much more! Thursday will include a field trip to the Oregon Children’s Theatre to see “Ivy & Bean” based on the books about an unlikely friendship written by Sophie Blackall. Space is limited so register early!

Childcare Only During Conference Times
Assistant teachers will be available to watch OES students and their siblings (4+ years old ) just during conference times.

  • Thursday, October 30
    7:30-3:00 - Gym
    3:00-5:00 - LS Library
  • Friday, October 31
    7:30-2:00 - Gym

Pal news

Let's Do It Again!

Such a strong turn out for the 1st PAL meeting of the year - a LOUD and ENTHUSIASTIC "thank you" goes out to all the participants and presenters! We are off to a great start!

If you were unable to join us, check out the PAL Meeting Notes.

Listening closely to feedback that was received last year, the next PAL meeting will be in the evening! Mark your calendars. Details will follow in the coming weeks, but for now, know this:

Topic: OES Technology and You!
Date: Wednesday, November 5, 2014
Time: 7:00-8:30pm
Where: Lower School Common Hall

Hope to see you there!

2014 Fall Book Fair at annie bloom's books in multnomah village! (new)

Friday, November 14 - Monday, November 17

The 2014 Fall Book Fair, the main fundraiser hosted by the Friends of the OES Libraries (FOESL) will be held at Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, Friday, Nov. 14 - Monday, Nov. 17. FOESL supports literacy at OES through library programming, reading incentives, and author visits for students.

Would you like to pre-order books?
Use our handy online form and get your order in by October 24th. We will have your books waiting for you at Annie Bloom’s during the fair. Check out the OES Librarians' hot picks!

Hoping to gift a book to your child’s beloved teachers and favorite specialists?Hopefully you've noticed the wall of wishes for books from LS Teachers and Specialists outside the LS Office. These books are for purchase at Annie Bloom's Books. If your student would like to gift a book to your classroom, please pull a "wish" from the wall, fill out the card, and drop it into the red boxon the table. We will have these wishes available at Annie Bloom's during the fair as well. We will have your wish list purchase ready for payment at Annie Bloom's Books during the book fair. When the book arrives, it will be delivered to the teacher’s classroom with a beautiful book plate affixed inside bearing your family’s name.

Want to travel to the fair with other adults aboard the OES Book Fair Bus?
We have space for you either on Friday, November 14th at 8:30 am (coffee included!) or on Monday, November 12:30 pm. Sign up here for hassle free transportation to the fair.

Interested in volunteering for the Fair?
Volunteer to help as a grade rep before the fair and/or we need your help at the store guiding customers and reminding folks to let the cashiers know they are from OES. Sign up here!

Check out the Book Fair Webpage or Contact . We look forward to seeing you at the fair!

Grandparents and special friends day (new)

An invitation was mailed to grandparents and special friends of students inviting them to attend a special event from 8:00 to 10:45am Tuesday, November 25. A continental breakfast and student musical performances will be followed by visits to classrooms (or in Upper School, a school tour). We may not have the addresses of your your child’s grandparents, or you may want to invite a special friend or neighbor to come and experience your child’s day at OES. You may request to have the Development Office add your guest to the mailing list and send an invitation by providing information here. Additional invitations are also available in the Division Offices.
by November 17.

NEW at School Store!

New October Items...Arriving this week!
OES License plate frames
, Aardvark Gloves and Baby Aardvark tee shirts in 3 colors.

Also, be on the lookout for the Constant Contact - Order your Pajama bottoms, boxer shorts and tank tops this week and next, just in time for the cold weather! This is a limited time order.

And Coming Soon: Pre-Order for Winter Sport spirit wear and New Vineyard Vines bow ties.

Come by and see all of the ways you can support your AARDVARKS!

Store Hours: Open 2:00-4:00 every weekday as well as mornings by appointment. We are located in Room 11 of Scott House. You can always visit us online!

Questions? Contact

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

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