MS Messenger

June 18

All eyes were on the eighth-graders last week as they concluded their
Middle School careers.


I wish you all a wonderful summer that
is filled with family and sunshine! 
See you at the Belltower in September!



Parent Happenings

Monday 08/25/14  OR
Tuesday 09/02/14
Laptop pick up for all Middle School students
8:00 AM- 4:00 PM
(Parents must accompany student, please allow one hour)

10:00- 11:30 AM Tour and orientation for rising OES 6th grade students (Rising 6th grade buddies arrive at 11:30 AM)
11:30-12:30 PM Buddy Training for 6th/7th/8th grade buddy students with lunch
12:30-2:30 PM Tour and orientation for all new to OES students (6th/7th/8th) and rising 6th grade buddies
12:30-2:30 PM Parent Coffee & Tour for new to OES 6th/7th/8th grade parents

Opening Day 8:00 AM
Bell Tower 8:15 AM
8th Grade Fall trip meeting
6:30-8:00 PM
6th Grade Parent Partnership 8:15-11:30 AM
**Includes information about the Fall trip
7th Grade Parent Partnership 8:15-11:30 AM
**Includes information about Mt.St.Helens trip
8th Grade Parent Partnership
8:15-11:30 AM
Middle School Back to School Night
6:30-9:00 PM

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:

New School Supply Lists for 2014-2015 *New*
Middle School Summer Reading *Updated*
MS Office Summer Hours *New*
MS Reminders *New*
Student Physicals for 2014-2015 *Updated*

School supply lists for 2014-2015 *new*

Please follow these links to supply lists for 6th, 7th and 8th grade students for the fall.

6th Grade Supply List
7th Grade Supply List
8th Grade Supply List

Class placements and book ordering information will be sent to your email by the end of June.

Middle school summer reading *UPDATED*

In the Middle School, we have a tradition of a Summer Read. This year we are excited to ask that all students read the same book over the summer: R.J. Palacio's Wonder. You can find the book through your local library, bookstore, and through Powell'sor Amazon. Wonder is about the challenges we all face in middle school, and it's about striving for kindness in everything we do. It's powerful, funny, engaging, heart-warming, and above all, human. I would also encourage you to read the book along with your children. I'm looking forward to the discussions this book generates when we return.

For those readers who like a challenge, we also have our Summer Reading Challenge, where students are invited to challenge themselves to read up to 2014 pages, 10 new titles or for 30 hours. If your student is one of those readers, you can link to the form they can use to keep track of their reading.  Happy Reading! 

MS Office summer hours *new*

The Middle School office will be open until June 27 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  If you would like to stop by, please call first to make sure we haven't stepped away.  We will be back in mid-August with regular hours.

MS Reminders *updated*

We will be checking emails on and off during the summer and we will try to get back to you as soon as we can. Please call the main office at (503) 246-7771, if you have questions regarding summer programs or need immediate help during the summer.

*Please rememember to complete Emergency, Health and Physical forms, if you have not yet done so. See below for links to forms.*

Online enrollment forms

To complete your child’s enrollment at OES for the 2014-2015 school year, please follow the link to our online Health & Permission Forms website.  Forms are pre-populated and should take just a few minutes per child to confirm and/or update the required information.   We need you to complete the online forms by June 16. (Note: Late submissions may not be included in the all-school directory)
2014-2015 Health & Permission Forms
In addition to the online forms, you will need to print and sign this form:  Emergency Care Authorization (all Day Students)

You may also need to download one of the forms listed below.
Oregon Immunization Form (all new students & all Kindergarten students)
Student Physical Report (Grades PK – 6) (all new students)
Student Physical Report (Grades 7-12) (all new students & rising students to grades 7, 9, and 11)
Allergy Information Form and Action Plan (if applicable)
Asthma Action Plan form (if applicable)

Student Physicals for 2014-2015 *updated*

Make your doctors appointments now!  Any student new to OES and rising 7th and 9th grade students – OES requires all new students and students who will be in 7th and 9th grades for the 2014-15 school year to complete and return a Sports Physical FormForms must be returned to OES by August 1. Students will not be allowed to participate in Fall sports practice without a physical on file.

Middle school summer reading

This year we are excited to ask that all students read the same book over the summer: R.J. Palacio's Wonder. (You can find the book through your local library, bookstore, and through Powell's or Amazon.) Wonder is about the challenges we all face in middle school, and it's about striving for kindness in everything we do. It's powerful, funny, engaging, heart-warming, and above all, human. I would also encourage you to read the book along with your children. I'm looking forward to the discussions this book generates when we return. Happy Reading! 

School Store

All-School Tee Shirts are ready for pick up!  There are a few extras which will be available on a first-come, first-served basis.

Also, don’t forget Father’s Day and Graduation are coming up!  Lots of great gift items in the Store: ties, mugs, hats, picture frames, golf balls and so much more!  Stop by and make the Store your One-Stop-shop for your favorite Aardvark fan!

Note: the Store will be open 2-4 each school day through Thursday, June 12th, and in the mornings by appointment.  Closed for Summer until August 11th, with Summer Hours resuming then.

Questions?  Contact:

Technology & Summertime

Angela Hancock (LS Tech) recently presented to LS PAL on the topic of “Technology & Summertime.” Much of her considerations apply to families with kids of all ages, so I wanted to share her presentation with you. There is no one right answer for every family, so within the presentation you’ll find a wealth of resources and links for deciding what works best for your family, whether it’s a family technology plan or agreements about your “media diet.” Thank you, Angela!

Middle School Robotics Team starting this fall!

We are excited to announce that we’re forming a First Lego League Robotics team here in the middle school next 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. An email was sent to all current seventh and eighth graders, as well as rising sixth graders, with a form to complete. 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 Chris Mader. For more information about FLL click on the link:


Middle & Upper School uses parent drivers to transport students to Service Learning activities at various times during the year.  There are 3 main All Middle School Service Learning days. Each child also goes with his/her advisory 3 times a year to 3 agencies.

This is one of the few volunteer opportunities in Middle School to interact directly with students.  In order to drive students, parents 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 are offering classes at the following times:
·         Monday, 8th September – 11:30 am – 12:30 pm (following the 6th grade Parent Partnership event)
·         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
Background checks are also required for drivers.  Background checks done in the Lower and Middle School 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 your child is still in Middle School and you  need a background check it may be done online by clicking here.  Results from background check may require 2 weeks, so please begin the process early (the first MS driving opportunity is Wednesday, October 15th).  After completing the online form, please email and tell her what child you are related to and what division he or she is in. 
For those parents with students moving into the Upper School, there are still driving opportunities in US. We use drivers for Mt Hood Climb Service Day, for team sports retreats in the summer, and we need drivers for dorm students for their 11th grade Literary Journalism project.  Certification classes are only offered in the fall.  If you anticipate needing to drive for any of these US activities please consider taking one of the fall classes.
** If you would like to drive for Upper School you will need a DHS background check.  If you don’t have one already, please contact in the US office.
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. 

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

Homecoming 2014

I know it is hard to believe but the planning for Homecoming 2014 has already begun!  If you would like to get involved and show your school spirit please sign up to be on the planning committee. Homecoming is a week long event culminating in a picnic, parade and boys' and girls' varsity soccer games on September 26.  We have many ways to get involved, but need your input first!  Click here or contact with any questions.  
Go Aardvarks!

OES Books and Breakfast series hosted by CDL

Summer Reading Suggestions: The 2014-15 Books and Breakfast Selections!

Get a jump start on the fall reading list for the OES Books and Breakfast Series hosted by Community Diversity Link.

We will start off the school year with our first meeting on September 16th at 8:00 am in the Platt Global Classroom. We will join the middle school's "everybody read" summer selection, Wonder by RJ Palacio. An inspiring, touching story of "one community's struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance." A perfect summer read with your student(s), as this magical story is appropriate for kids aged 8 to 99.

In October, 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.

Early December we'll delve into Quiet, the Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain. Everyone will be moved by this powerful and enduring book, a true conversation starter that has been on the New York Times bestseller list for several years as well as the nightstand/reading lists of many of our own OES Faculty and parents.

Should be a great season: Join us

attendance email address

Thank you to all the parents who have been using the new attendance email address to let us know about absences, late arrivals or early dismissals.  This is very efficient way for us to keep track of our students in case of emergency. The new email address is: Please copy this email address on any communication you send to your children's teachers regarding attendances. If you send an email to it is no longer necessary to also email Veena or Lisa.  You can also call the office at (503) 768-3127.

Please remember that we always need parent permission to excuse a student in the event of a late arrival, early dismissal or absence. Student written emails to teachers alone will not suffice and are counted as unexcused.

Lacrosse Equipment Donation

Do you have lightly used lacrosse equipment filling up the closet or taking up space in the garage?  The athletic department will take it off your hands if you are interested.  During the summer many OES students trying lacrosse for the first time and it is great to be able to let them borrow equipment as they learn the game.  We will take lacrosse heads, shafts, girls goggles, boys arm pads, gloves, and shoulder pads.  Feel free to drop them off at the MS office or at the OES Press box by the field after school.  Thank you!  Any questions please contact Assistant Athletic Director , (503) 577-2861


Exclusive to OES - Vineyard Vines Aardvark Ties OES necktie

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.

 * Made in the USA
 * Signature printed silk 
* 100% imported printed silk
* Double wool blend liner
MEN'S TIE, $85:
Length 58 in.
Width 3.5 in.
BOYS' TIE, $50:
Length 49 in.
Width 3 1/8 in.

Click here These will make great gifts for Father's Day and Graduation! They are available in boy's and men's sizes.

These ties will be in the OES Store, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Placed a pre-order?  It’s ready!  Missed the deadline?  It’s not too late- just click the link to order:   Be sure to list your name, email address, and quantity of ties (boy's or men's).

Store hours: The on-campus school store in Room 11 of Scott House is open from 2:00-4:00pm Monday-Friday or visit us online at

2014 Auction- Easel Parties

Miss 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 go to

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.

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 call or email with 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.

Important Snack RemindeR

Please remember: We are a nut free campus!! These foods should not even be brought to campus.  Please be cognizant of this as you pack snacks for your kids for their after school activities.  Thank you.

If you want any information added or updated in the MS Messenger, please contact in the Middle School office by Monday, for inclusion in that week's Messenger.


Helpful Resources

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