MS Messenger

September 17

“Wonder” boys hold up the masks they made during the kickoff event
for the summer reading book, Wonder.

Note from ann sulzer, eighth grade team leader

As the whole Middle School embarks on trips this week, we are reminded of what students gain from experiential education that takes learning beyond the classroom setting. Whether they are on the sixth grade Fall Retreat, the seventh grade Mt. St. Helens trip, or the eighth grade Relationship Retreat, every trip offers a chance for students to safely step outside of their comfort zones and take on challenges by choice. Though only the eighth grade trip is called the “Relationship Retreat,” every trip is truly about students building relationships with their peers and teachers to bond as a class through a shared experience. What a unique chance to share a tent with a classmate or have dinner across the table from your advisor. The memories of these trips are often the most lasting ones for our students. Though the trips ask a lot of the students both physically and mentally, they return to school with a greater sense of connection to each other and the OES community. 

Parent Happenings

7th Grade Fall Trip to Mt.St.Helens
6th Grade Fall Trip to B'nai B'rith
8th Grade Fall Trip to Menucha
First Middle School PAL Meeting
8:15 - 9:30 AM, MS Commons
8th Grade Language Trips Meeting
6:30 - 8:00 PM, MS Commons
Thursday, 9/25/14 Middle School Picture Day
Student visitors from Nanjing Foreign Language School, Nanjing, China


Halloween Social for Students, MS Commons
MS Parent Social, Great Hall

Please note that new or updated information to the Messenger each week will be marked *New* or *Updated*. Scroll below for details.
Here's what's new or updated this week:

Hosts Needed for China Visitors *NEW*
Current Volunteer Needs for the Middle School: *UPDATED*
After School Classes-Ready to Register! *NEW*
Admissions Update *NEW*
New Music Faculty *NEW*

Help host our China Visitors *NEW*

A group of teachers and students will visit OES from Nanjing, China between September 26 and October 03 as part of a Language Exchange program between our two schools annually. We are looking for MS host families for the week and daytime only shadow buddies for several students during this time. Questions? Contact , (503) 416-9287.

Homecoming Week *NEW*

Spirit Week
Every year for Homecoming Week (Sept 22-26) all students have the option to dress in a different theme. Students have the choice of dressing in the theme below or wearing spirit wear. Please remember to bring shoes that are appropriate for PE.  

Monday- Hipster 
Tuesday- Tropical
Wednesday- Clash
Thursday- TeleV15ion (dress as your favorite character- tv, movie, etc.)
Friday- Spirit (anything that shows school spirit)

Pep Rally
Join us for the all-school pep rally in the gym on Friday, Sept 26 from 8-8:30 am. Varsity teams will be introduced and the pep squad will perform!  Parents are invited.

Homecoming Games
All OES families are invited!
Friday, September 26 at the OES Turf Field
Varsity Boys’ Soccer vs. Catlin Gabel 4:15pm
Varsity Girls’ Soccer vs. Catlin Gable 6:15pm

There are still many ways to be involved with Homecoming.
click here to volunteer

If you have not let us know you will be there, please click below.
Please RSVP by September 19 for the free dinner and entry into the raffle
Can’t wait to see Boxtrolls?  RSVP for Homecoming by this Friday, September 19, and your name will be entered into the Raffle to win this basket of Boxtrolls Swag, movie tickets and more!

Current Volunteer Needs for Middle School *updated*

DEAR starts up again!  Each week the students Drop Everything And Read a book of their choice. Once a month, parent volunteers bake treats to have alongside DEAR time. It’s so nice to have a cookie with your book.

October 3rd will be our first DEAR baking day of the school year 2014-2015.  It is typically the first Friday of every month. If you would like to volunteer to help with treat-making this round, or in the future, please go to volunteer spot and sign up for DEAR Baking.  You may also email if you have any questions or concerns.

PLEASE REMEMBER:  OES IS 100% nut free and so is DEAR BAKING!
*We have children with life threatening nut allergies as well as other specific food restraints.  Information will follow to those who volunteer.
*All treats must be 100% nut free, which includes coconuts
Those experienced in allergen-free baking (nuts, gluten, dairy, etc.) especially encouraged to participate!

MS 2014 Volleyball Team Parents needed for Volleyball teams A, B, and Blue Team. One parent needed for each team.  You will work with the coach to coordinate parent volunteers for snacks, scorekeeping, line judges, clock running, parent communications, and other volunteer communication as needed.  Please indicate which team you are volunteering for when you sign up A, B or Blue.
To sign up, please click on the link - MS Volleyball Team Parents

MS 2014/15 Library Helpers needed.  Sign up to help our MS Librarians with ongoing shelving needs. 2 hours per week is needed any day after 12:30. Sign up for 1 hour at a time and help keep those books organized.
To sign up, please click on the link - Library Helper

MS 2014/15 PAL Meeting Note Takers Needed.  Come Volunteer at the next MS PAL meeting. Easy job but it is very valuable so please consider it. Parent will be in charge of taking notes for the MS PAL Meeting. These notes will then be posted on the OES website for parents to read.  The first Meeting is October 1, 8:15-9:30 in the MS Commons.  These meetings are typically the first Wednesday of every month.  Sign up for just one meeting or several.
To sign up, please click on the link - PAL Meeting Note Taker

MS 2014/15 Lego Robotics Club Team Parents needed.  Two team parents needed to work with the Lego Robotics Club leaders to help coordinate parent volunteers to cover meetings, practices, carpools, snacks, phone tree, weekend practices, etc. To sign up, please click on the link - Lego Robotics Club - Team Parents Volunteer Opportunities

Please direct any questions about volunteer needs to the Middle School Volunteer Coordinator - Jodi Wilkins

After School Classes-Ready to Register! *NEW*

Have you checked out the great array of classes this fall? From sewing your own gadget cases to Action Drawing, there are many amazing choices! Some classes are still under enrolled and may be cancelled this Friday if they do not receive enough registration. Most every class still has room, so please go online to the following link to see all of the classes: and register away! We will bill your student account. These are a few classes for 6th grade, starting next week:
Action Illustrated (Grades 3-6)          3:00-4:00 9/22-12/15
Digital Gadget Cases (Grades 3-6)   3:00-4:00  9/25-11/6
Archery A (Grades 2-6)                   3:00-5:00 9/23-10/21
Movie Making-Class A (Grades 3-6) 3:00-4:00  9/23-11/4

Questions? Please call the ASC Office: 503-768-3145

Admissions Update *NEW*

Admissions Events – Spread the Word!
Do you have a friend, business associate, neighbor, or someone in your family interested in our school?  OES parents are our best referral source and we have many great ways for prospective parents to learn more about OES!

Open Houses:
              Wednesday, Oct 15, 6pm – Grades PK-5 (parents only)
              Sunday, Oct 26, 1pm – Grades 6-12 (parents and students)

Prospective Parent Information Receptions – open to the public
              Wednesday, Oct 22, 6pm – Hopworks Urban Brewery, SE Portland
              Monday, Nov 17, 6pm – Multnomah Athletic Club
              Tuesday, Dec 9, 6pm – Oswego Lake Country Club

Admissions is traveling outside of Portland in October and November, to view more detail, visit our Travel Calendar. If you have contacts in the following areas or would like to help with an event, please contact Admissions.

Seattle, Washington
London, England; Germany
Asia: Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam


Please welcome  Jeff Hornick who will teach LS band, MS jazz and US jazz. Jeff comes to OES from McMinnville High School. He has taught at all levels, both concert and jazz bands. He is the president of the Oregon Band Director’s Association and is a recent recipient of theNational Band Association Citation of Excellence for the state of Oregon. He is a wonderful addition to our music faculty and is excited to make music with our students at OES.  For questions about the programs he will teach, please contact .

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 October 28, 8:00 am 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!


Wednesdays after school, 3:05 to 4:15, I will be in my classroom for any math students who want to work on homework, ask questions, catch up, etc. 

-Ms. von

Homecoming and New Fall Sport Designs are Available in the OES Store!

Homecoming and Spirit Wear has arrived at the School Store!  Come in and find a great selection of Crew Neck and Hooded Sweatshirts, as well as Tee Shirts, sweatpants, and again this year: girl-cut tee shirts.  We also have 6 new colors of sunglasses, stadium seat cushions, spirit scarves, new styles of hats, water bottles, Nike socks and much more!

Arriving soon- Spirit wear for Soccer, Volleyball and Cross Country, featuring a new, two color design!  Drop by and place a pre-order to be sure you get the size and color you want!

Regular Store Hours resumed on 9/3:  Open 2pm-4pm every weekday, as well as by appointment in the morning.
Questions? Contact Store Manager , 503-768-3170

Middle School Robotics Team starting this fall!

We are excited to announce that we’re forming a First Lego League Robotics team in the middle school this fall. The activity will be open to all middle school students. If your student enjoy’s engineering, building with Legos and/or programming and robotics, encourage them to join the team.  All it takes is an interest and willingness to explore, collaborate and create with a group of friends in an exciting, challenging endeavor. No experience in programming or robotics, or legos for that matter, is needed to join the team.
For more information, please view this short presentation.

To indicate interest in the club, please fill out a short survey. Completing the form indicates an interest, and is not a commitment to the activity. Though a schedule has not been set for meetings, we are considering occasional ‘Late Start’ Thursday mornings, some after school and weekend meetings, especially as the competition approaches in late fall.

If you have questions, experience working with First Lego League teams, and/or are interested in working with the OES Aardvark FLL Team, please contact Jennifer Futrell. More information about FLL.


Middle School uses parent drivers to transport students to their service learning activities at various times during the year. 

This is one of the few volunteer opportunities in Middle School to interact directly with students.  In order to drive students, parent must go through a driver certification/safety class presented by OES, a DMV check (conducted by the OES Facilities department as a part of the class), and have an OES conducted background check.  We offer these certification classes each fall.  You must take a class in the fall to drive anytime during the year. 

We require parents to drive kids for the two All MS Service Learning days and also the Mt Hood Climb Service day.

We also require parent to drive the kids when the kids go with their Advisories to their service learning projects 2 to 3 times a year. Not all teachers drive or can fit all the kids in their cars. That’s when we really require parents help to drive the kids.

These are the times for the classes –

·         Monday, 22rd September-7:00 pm – 8:30 pm

·         Wednesday, 1st October – 9:30 am – 10:30 am (following MS PAL meeting)

All classes will be held in the Platt Global Classroom.

Please click here to sign up - Parent Driver Certification Class

Driver Certification is good for three years; if you have taken the class in 2012 or 2013, your certification is still good and you do not need to re-take the class.  Background checks are good for your entire tenure in Lower and Middle School; you do not need to redo the check if you have already had it done by OES.  If you need a background it may be done online by clicking here - Background Check.  Results from background check may require 2 weeks, so please begin the process early.  After completing the online form, please email and tell her what child you are related to and what division he or she is in.

Please direct questions about the certification class to the All School Volunteer Coordinator Ruchi Prakash and questions about background checks to  .

MS Friendly Reminders

MS Doors Open at 7:30am.  If you child arrives before that, please be aware that the Great Hall is open to students to wait. 

Attendance: Please email or call 503-768-3127 if your child will be late or absent from school.

Afternoon Change of Plans: Please email or call 503-768-3127 for any changes to your child's afternoon pick up plans. We ask that you kindly inform us of these changes by 2 pm. We will leave a note on your child's locker. All school bus related questions should go to .

After 3:05 pm, the best way to locate your child (if they are working with a teacher or in EC) is to call or email , Director of the After School Program, 503-416-9299.