MS Messenger

September 3


What a wonderful day here in Meyer Hall!  There is nothing like the sounds of a school hallway on the first day of school.  It was a great joy to see so many of you at the Belltower to start our year together, and I hope you all, as Daniel advised this morning, cherish each day you are a part of the OES community.  I can say that I certainly do.  Happy New Year to all of you!

Parent Happenings

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 (To be followed by Tour of US by Jordan Elliott)
8:15-11:30 AM
Middle School Back to School Night
6:30-9:00 PM
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

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:

Wonder Day September 5 *NEW*
Current Volunteer Needs for MS Sports: *NEW*
Books and Breakfast 2014-15 *NEW*
Homecoming and New Fall Sport Designs are Available in the OES Store! *NEW*
Middle School Robotics Team starting this fall! *UPDATED*

wonder day september 5 *NEW*

Just a reminder to parents that this Friday is Wonder Day in the Middle School.  You are invited to join us for the Closing Chapel at 2:15. We hope to see you there!

Current Volunteer Needs for MS Sports *NEW*

MS Girls Soccer team parents needed to help the coaches coordinate parent volunteers, etc. One to two team parents will be needed depending on how many teams are formed. To signup, please click on the link - - Girls Soccer Team Parents
Please direct any questions to the MS Volunteer Coordinator - Jodi Wilkins

Marshals are needed to help direct the runners on the course direction for Cross Country Meet on September 16th from 3:30-5:00. Up to eight people are needed. To signup, please click on the link - Cross Country Meet Marshals
Please direct any questions to the MS Volunteer Coordinator -Jodi Wilkins

Books and Breakfast 2014-15 *NEW*

“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.

We will start off the school year reading Wonder by RJ Palacio. Middle School students and Patrick Fuller, MS Librarian will join us to discuss the themes of the book at our first meeting on September 16th at 8:00 am in the Platt Global Classroom.  This book is “An inspiring, touching story of "one community's struggle with empathy, compassion, and acceptance.” and a quick read! Bring your favorite precept or inspirational quote.

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! *NEW*

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

September at OES is a time to greet both old and new friends.  Please see our new faculty below.

Jennifer Futrell: Middle School Technology Coordinator

Jenny has been teaching grades 3-8 for the past twelve years, the past four years in Fourth Grade at OES. Teaching programming and technology has been a lifelong interest, and what could be more fun than building LEGO robots with students?  When not in the classroom, she enjoys  running, reading, and adventures in the Pacific Northwest with her two children.

Tyler Green: Director of Middle School After School Programs

Tyler has a variety of teaching experience from all over the globe, but most recently he substituted for Lauran Pratt last year while Lauran was on sabbatical. Tyler holds a BS in Liberal Studies with minors in Anthropology, Linguistics and International Studies as well as a MEd from Portland State University.


Jaime O'Dell: Middle and Upper School French

Jaime joins OES to teach French in the Upper and Middle Schools. Before joining our community, she taught French and coached Cross-Country at Charles Wright Academy (WA) since 2006 and has taught French at the college level in the United States and France. Jaime holds a BA and MA in French and a Masters in Education, all from the University of Florida. 

Middle School Robotics Team starting this fall! updated*

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.

Homecoming 2014 - RSVP!

We’ve got spirit, yes we do!  We’ve got spirit, how 'bout you!  Homecoming is an all-school, week long event culminating in a picnic, parade and boys’ and girls’ varsity soccer games.  All OES families invited!

Friday, September 26 at the OES Varsity Field: 

Varsity Boys’ Soccer vs. Catlin Gabel 4:15 PM

Varsity Girls’ Soccer vs Catlin Gabel 6:15 PM 

Join the fun and help make this event a success.  There are many ways to be involved, click here Homecoming 2014   or contact with any questions.  Go Aardvarks!


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, 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

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  .

auction Item still available!! the auction 2014, but still want to attend one of the great Easel Parties that was offered?

There is still time to sign up for the Open Doubles Tennis Tournament

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Time: 2:00PM – 5:00PM


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!

Don't play but love to watch? Sign up to heckle from the stands! Enjoy delicious Mexican fare from the Ochoas Lupitas Taco Truck. Cool off after your match with a Sunday from Scoop PDX.

For additional details and to sign up go 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 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.