Wednesday Express

Updated October 15

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)

Last Friday OES hosted 550 educators for the annual NWAIS Fall Educators Conference. The conference featured a keynote address from Richard Louv: “The Hybrid Mind: How Nature and Play Stimulate Creativity, Community and Wonder — for Children and Adults”, a closing keynote from Sian Beilock: “Ways Your Physical Environment Influences Your Thoughts and Feelings” and over 40 workshops including 21 by OES faculty. It was a great day to learn from each other and our colleagues across the Northwest.
Yesterday we held our final Parent Partnership Coffee of the fall. Knowing that many more parents wished they could attend than were actually able to do so, we have posted the coffee presentations in the Parent Portal on the OES LS Resources Site.

Looking ahead, I hope you are planning on joining us for some spooky fun at Spooktacular, Saturday, October 25. It is a great event to which all Lower School students and parents are invited. Spooktacular is intended to be a Lower School event with much effort put into providing games and activities suitable for PreK to 5th graders. Please do not bring older siblings or non-OES friends to the event. As you begin to plan costumes for your children, please review and discuss the costume expectations that will be sent home. Guns, swords and weapons should remain at home. Masks and costume features should be appropriate for a Prekindergarten to 5th grade event. I want everyone to have a lot of fun and not much fright.

One of our Spooktacular traditions is having the Upper School students build and run a Haunted House. The Haunted House is intended to be a frightening experienced for our 4th and 5th grade students. Parents, please use your discretion before taking your child through the Haunted House.

Lastly, Spooktacular is another school event, similar to the Back to School Picnic and Homecoming, where parents are responsible for the supervision of their children. Please take some time to review your expectations with your child before the event. I would particularly appreciate a reminder to them that even in costume, you still expect your child to behave in a respectful and responsible manner.

Ls Counselor's Corner (new)

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 Houses:
Current families in 5th & 8th grades are invited to explore the middle and upper schools at the Open House on Sunday, Oct 26. No registration required for current students.
More information online here.

  • Lower - Wednesday, Oct 15, 6:00pm (parents only)
  • Middle/Upper - Sunday, Oct 26, 1:00pm (parents and students)

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.

We need your spirit! (new)

Hi Aardvark Parents!
Next Monday, October 20, is Senior Night for our fabulous girls' varsity volleyball team! Come dressed in white to show your spirit and cheer on your favorite Lady Aardvarks. There will be an awesome free raffle during the game to win a surprise gift from the team! We'd love your support with your kids at the game for a great time and hopefully a great win!
See you there for a SPIKING good time! :)
OES Spirit Squad

Get in the spirit for the OES Fund Phonathon (new)

Three ways to support the OES Fund phonathon - October 21, 23 and 28

  • There is still time to volunteer for the OES Fund phonathon from 5:30-8:30pm on October 21 and/or October 23! Join the fun as we make calls in support of the OES Fund and OES students. Click here to sign up via Volunteer Spot or contact Annual Giving Manager Kelsey Cleveland (clevelandk at by email or by phone 503.416.9368.
  • Answer the phone on October 21, 23 or 28 and make a contribution or pledge.
  • Make a donation before October 21 so you won’t be called during the phonathon and to help shorten our phonathon call list.

Spooktacular details! (new)

This event has so many fun aspects, it can overwhelm. Here is what you can expect:

Friday, October 24

  • Pumpkin Decorating “contest”: All LS (PreK-5th) students are invited to bring a decorated or carved pumpkin to school. Every child takes home a fabulous small prize for their involvement. Pumpkins and their prizes go home the same afternoon.
  • Cupcakes: Drop off cupcakes, consider bringing some even if you didn’t sign up through the classroom. Packages of six only. No nuts, but made in a facility where nuts may have been processed is okay. We will do our best to accommodate children with allergies. Please contact Sonya King (see below) to arrange.

Saturday, October 25
Goblin Café (5:00-6:00pm) and Spooktacular festival (5:30-7:30pm)

  • Guests: PreK-5th grade OES students, their parents or other adult supervisor (i.e. babysitter, grandparent), and any siblings 5th grade and younger.
  • Goblin Café: Located under the covered play area by the LS Common Hall. It functions by the honor system. Please sign up ($6/person) by October 17 to enjoy dinner.
  • Costumes: All are encouraged to come in costume. No gruesome costumes and no weapons, please.
    Magician: The popular Presto is coming for the 1st time to OES in the LS library. Shows are at 6 and 6:45pm. Kids sit cross-legged on floor while parents try to remain at the side or back of the room, so as not to block the children’s view.
    Haunted House: Located in the Rainbow Room, enter through main gym. This event is put on by our fabulous upper-school students for the pleasure of the 4th and 5th graders and some hardy 3rd graders. It can be startling and usually not an enjoyable event for younger children.
    Games: In the main gym, traditional carnival games. Children earn prizes, a piece of candy or small trinket, for participating (younger) or for their success (older).
    Big Bouncy Slide: In the main gym. No shoes, have fun!
    Guessing Jars and Faculty Costume Contest: At the entrance of the main gym, children may guess the amount of candy in a jar. Each grade will have a winner that receives a prize for the closest guess. The overall grand-prize winner will also receive the jar of candy. Also, don’t forget to vote for the best costume with regards to an OES faculty or staff member who has decided to attend this fun event in costume. Top three winners receive prizes.
    Cupcake Walk: Children are welcome to keep playing to win a six-pack of cupcakes. Once a child has won, their hand will be marked and they may not continue to play. Cupcakes can be marked with the student’s name and left on a “reserved” table until the student’s family is ready to leave.
    Karaoke, Foosball and Ping-pong: Need a break from the main gym crowd? Try the Lower School Common Hall for a different scene.
  • Volunteer Opportunities: General set up and tear down sign up is on the general volunteer page. Sign up to help with your classroom’s sponsored game and to bring cupcakes through the classroom scheduled jobs link made available to you by your room parent. Thank you for your help!

Questions: Don’t hesitate to contact or 503.936.3114.

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

After School Classes: New Classes and Upcoming Classes (new)

We added two brand new classes this week- Fly Fishing All Day on Thursday, October 30 (listed under Sports) and Fused Glass with Jenny Wells on Friday, December 5 (parents and students are both welcome). 6 additional upcoming classes have openings and November start dates - so it is not too late to sign up! They are Hand Sewing, Embroidery, Movie Making, My 5 Senses, Celebrating Festivals with Foods, and Speed Stacking.
Please call the After School Office with questions - Joan and Cherie 503.768.3145

Books and Breakfast 2014-15

“The worst distance between two people is misunderstanding” unknown

The Community Diversity Link (CDL) hopes to fosters multicultural awareness and understanding through reading and open discussion. Books and Breakfast meetings are hosted by the Community Diversity Link and open to the entire OES community. It is not mandatory to read the books in order to participate in our discussions.

On Tuesday, October 28, 8:00am in the Platt Global Classroom, 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.

We look forward to seeing you!

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! (new)

Friday, November 14 thru Monday, November 17

The 2014 Fall Book Fair, hosted by the Friends of the OES Libraries (FOESL) will be held at Annie Bloom's Books in Multnomah Village, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy.

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!

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?
We need your help at the store guiding customers and reminding folks to let the cashiers know they are from OES. Sign up here!

Hoping to gift a book to your child’s beloved teachers and favorite specialists? Just visit the area outside the LS Office, select a book from the “Giving Wall”, fill out the very short form and deposit it in the red box on the table. You will pay for your Wish List book 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.

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

Lost & Found

The Lost & Found is definitely showing more signs of lost than found!!
If you are missing anything, a stop at any or all of these locations may reunite you with those long lost items!

  • Room 10 - location of Used Uniforms and Lost & Found
  • The hooks along the wall on the covered basketball court
  • The Gym - L & F box located in the entryway
  • Behind the Upper School entry stairs next to the Choir Pit (items left during 1st-5th lunch often land here)

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

First graders visited the
giant sequoia tree next to
Scott House last week.

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