MS Messenger

October 15

Middle School students fanned out across Portland to do good works,
including making lunch for an appreciative group of men at the Clark Center.

Note from anna rozzi, service learning coordinator

Middle School Service Learning Day

When we share in the daily lives of others - the joys and the struggles - the more we learn about a community, and the more we can affect and effect. The middle school service learning program strives to instill an appreciation for this type of meaningful connection through collaboration and service. Today, our Aardvarks connected with the greater Portland community by cleaning and painting at The Dougy Center, cooking and serving lunch to over 90 people in transitional shelters, pulling invasive ivy from beautiful Tryon Creek, sewing and designing superhero capes for children fighting debilitating illness, and sorting over 6,000 pounds of food at The Oregon Food Bank. These were just some of the ways that our students and faculty shared in the daily lives of others.

204 Students. 35 Faculty. 33 Parent Volunteers. 17 Organizations. 1 Community.

Parent Happenings

Halloween Social for MS Students
7:00-9:00 PM, MS Commons
6th Grade Conferences, 7th Graders ERBs
8th Graders have regular classes
Wednesday, 11/05/14 PAL Meeting 8:15-9:30 AM
7th Grade Conferences, 8th Graders ERBs
6th Graders have regular classes
8th Grade Conferences, 6th Graders ERBs
7th Graders have regular classes
Thanksgiving Holiday

Please note that new 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:

OES MS Basketball Sign-Ups End Friday *UPDATED*
NEW at School Store! *NEW*
Get in the spirit for the OES Fund Phonathon *NEW*
2014 Fall Book Fair at Annie Bloom's Books *NEW*
Books and Breakfast 2014-15 *NEW*
Volunteer Needs for Middle School- Snacks and Chaperones *UPDATED*
Meal Reservations for the OES Dining Hall *UPDATED*

OES MS Basketball Sign-Ups end friday *updated*

Please register your son or daughter for OES basketball before signups end on Friday, Oct 17. Practices for 7th and 8th grade will begin December 1 and run until the end of February. Sixth grade basketball will begin in mid-January and go until spring break.  There are no practices or games during the winter break.

NEW at School Store! *NEW*

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 2-4 every weekday as well as mornings by appointment.  We are located in Room 11 of Scott House.  You can always visit us on line at  Questions? 

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 5:30-8:30 pm 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 by email or by phone at 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.

2014 Fall Book Fair at annie bloom's books *NEW*

The 2014 Fall Book Fair, hosted by the Friends of the OES Libraries (FOESL) will be held at Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, Friday, Nov. 14 thru Monday, Nov. 17.

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 at OES Librarian 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!

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

Books and Breakfast 2014-15 *NEW*

On October 28, 8:00 am 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. Join us: we look forward to seeing you!  Feel free to contact or with any questions or suggestions. 

Meal Reservations for the OES Dining Hall *updated*

A reminder that the dining hall will only providing lunch for faculty, staff and students in classes on October 30/31. All student on campus for other reasons, should make a lunch request with me no later than October 28th. Students and guests will be required to sign for their meals.

Please keep in mind that the food service staff makes only enough food for the boarding program. Most days we can increase the amount of food we prepare if dinner is requested with 24 hours’ notice.  Weekend meal requests need to be made no later than 10am Thursday morning.

Faculty, staff, parents, guests and students are expected to pay for their meals by signing in, or when appropriate, charging to a budget account.
If you make dinner reservations and you do not cancel, by 2pm the day of your reservation, you will be charged for the extra food that was prepared for you.
*Please note that there may be times that we are not able to accommodate requests. 
You can make arrangements to dine in the OES Dining Hall by emailing .

Updated Meal Pricing 2014-2015
Breakfast $4.00
Lunch $4.50
Dinner $7.00

Current Volunteer Needs for Middle School *updated*

NEW SNACKS FOR TEACHERS DURING CONFERENCES Please sign up if you can bring bagels, fruit or treats for our dedicated teachers during the long hours of middle school conferences: Conference Teacher Snacks

Please help chaperone the MS Choirs while they join the Oregon Repertory Singers for their annual Christmas Concert at the United Methodist Church in SW Portland. Chaperones do not need to purchase a ticket as they get to watch this beautiful concert free of charge.  The concert is Sunday December 7th.  To sign up please click on this link:   MS Choir Chaperones  

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.

DEAR baking 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 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 nut free, which includes coconuts
Those experienced in allergen-free baking (nuts, gluten, dairy, etc.) especially encouraged to participate!   
LIBRARY HELP:  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

School Directories

School directories were given out to parents at back-to-school night. If you did not attend, or did not receive a directory at that time, you may pick one up in the division office. The directory also is available online via the parent portal.

Admissions Update

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, 6pm (parents only)
Middle/Upper - Sunday, Oct 26, 1pm (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

Middle School faculty reached 100% participation in the OES Fund

Under the leadership of OES Fund volunteer Karen Seder, Middle School full-time faculty have reached 100% participation in the OES Fund again this school year and hope their accomplishment will inspire Middle School parents to join them. A volunteer team of Middle School parents will invite you to join them in donating to the OES Fund to benefit every student, every day. This year’s Middle School OES Fund volunteers include:
and Geoff Owen: 6th grade
: 7th grade
: 8th grade
Every student scientist, athlete, actor, writer, musician, reader, and artist – as well as his or her teachers – benefits from your donation to the OES Fund. If you have any questions, please contact the representative for your grade or , Annual Giving Manager, by email or call 503-416-9368.

OES Annual Report Is Online

The online OES Annual Report celebrates the ongoing support that makes an OES education exceptional. Thank you to all the generous donors and volunteers who are making a powerful difference in the lives of our children and our world. A printed copy of the annual report is available upon request from the at 503-768-3153.


Admissions EVENTS

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


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

Middle School Robotics Team started 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.

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.


Helpful Resources

Learn more about the MS schedule and watch a video about it by Scott Hardister.