Advisory is a time for grabbing a bite to eat and a few chess moves.
Note from Phillip Craig, Head Chaplain
We have returned to this unique window of time, this “in-between” of gatherings and celebrations – this annual season rich with meaning and experience from so many different faith perspectives. The Christian tradition calls this season of light and expectation “Advent.” Familiar ideals of hope and goodness bring our school together this evening for our annual Advent Lessons and Carols Service. All are welcome!
I invite you and your family to explore a different kind of list this season – not one of gifts, shopping, or errands, but rather that list of ways you feel truly blessed. This might open up a thoughtful conversation at the dinner table, and a moment of deeper connection and awareness.May you and your families be blessed with many moments of thankfulness throughout this wondrous season.
|Wednesday, 12/04||A Festival of Lessons & Carols and Afterglow
6:30 PM, OES Chapel
|Monday, 12/09||US Tour for MS parents with Deri Bash
Meet at Main entrance to the US Bldg at 9:00 AM
|Wednesday, 12/11||Parent Community Link (PCL)
8:00 AM to 9:30 AM, DVR
|Thursday, 12/19||Auction Planning Meeting
1:00 - 2:45 PM, Morris House Conference Room
|Friday, 12/20||MS Ice Skating Party
9:00 AM to 11:00 AM, Winterhawks Skating Center
|Friday 12/20||St. Nick's Chapel
1:30 PM to 2:30 PM, Gym
12/23/13 - 01/03/14
|Winter Break - NO SCHOOL|
|Monday, 01/06/14||Classes Resume|
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:
**Holiday art sale & more *updated*
**Holiday Season reminder *New*
**A Thank you From the OES Book Fair Committee *New*
**December Matching Gift Challenge*New*
A FESTIVAL OF LESSONS & CAROLS and AFTERGLOW
All are invited to the annual OES Advent Service of Lessons & Carols in the OES Chapel on Wednesday, Dec. 4, from 6:30 - 7:30 pm.
Come enjoy some beautiful music and inspirational readings presented by the 3rd - 5th grade choirs, 6th, 7th and 8th grade choirs, the US Concert Choir, and the 5th grade Handbell choirs (Directors Amy Rheingans, Adam Steele, and Jeri Haskins).
All are invited afterwards to the traditional Afterglow at 7:30 pm in the Great Hall for some cookies and wassail!
HOLIDAY Art sale & More*updated*
The Holiday Art Sale opens in the Great Hall at 7:30 pm this evening, after the Advent Service. Over 28 faculty, staff and students are participating in this years sale… a record! Please join us at 7:30 pm to support our community of artists, buy a raffle ticket for a chance to win a quilt in support of the Philippines Red Cross and enjoy some refreshments. The sale will continue in the Main Lobby on Thursday and Friday 9 am -3:30 pm.
Looking forward to 2014, the Visual and Performing Arts Department will sponsor an All School Art Exhibit. Faculty, staff and students are invited to exhibit art work in keeping with the theme title "Land of Shadows and Light". Exhibit details will be out next week. The exhibit opening reception will be in late February, in conjunction with Peter Pan the school musical. Artwork will be collected starting in early February.
Peter Pan opens Feb. 26 and runs through March 1. Tickets will be available in February.
Looking forward to seeing many of you at the Advent Service and Holiday Art Sale this evening.
Holiday Season Reminder*New*
As we head into the holiday season, the Middle School would like to draw your attention to our gift policy as stated in the handbook.
"While we are very appreciative of the high regard in which students and their families hold their teachers and coaches, we are concerned that student affection and gratitude be expressed in a manner that doesn't divide families according to financial means. We do believe that it is best for all if gifts be a simple expression of thanks and affection. Therefore, we ask that gifts be restricted to very inexpensive and/or handmade items. We also suggest giving a book to the library in honor of or in memory of a teacher or coach, or you can designate that your annual OES Fund contribution be a tribute gift. We do ask that you not give gifts of significant monetary value. Our faculty and staff always welcome your kind words and personal appreciation of their efforts."
The Giving Shelf (formerly Giving Tree)
The Giving Shelf has hit the ground running! The shelves have wonderful books on them – some new, some gently used. Books will be collected until Monday, December 16th. Focus should be on books for children age 3 – 6, with an emphasis on new picture books, Dr. Seuss books and gently used picture books. The books will be delivered to the students at Markham Head Start students.
For many years the OES Middle School has worked in collaboration with Markham Head Start (which is run by Neighborhood House, another OES partner), Sacajawea, Kelly and other local Head Start programs. By the end of sixth grade, each middle school student has helped at least once in the Markham Head Start classroom. Many students also choose to volunteer at Children’s Book Bank on our service learning days. The research connecting early childhood reading and later success is compelling. It is exciting we can be a part of this effort.
Please let me know if you have any questions, and thank you in advance for your support of the 2013 OES Middle School Giving Shelf.
A Thank you From the OES Book Fair Committee *New*
FOESL and the Book Fair Committee would like to thank the OES community for its continued support of the OES Book Fair! All of the funds raised from this event will go towards reading and writing programs in each of the divisional libraries. Also, thank you for supporting the ECHOES book drive! All of the books were purchased and will be on their way to Baby Sarah's Home Orphanage in Pudicherry, India with Upper School students participating in the India Winterim trip.
Basketball Season Arrives!
Basketball practice begins for 7th and 8th graders when we return from Thanksgiving break. Be sure to bring your sneakers and basketball clothes to school because tryouts begin on Dec 2 at SPARC from 3:20-4:50PM.
All practices at SPARC
Boys First Week
Dec 4 3:20-4:50
Dec 5 3:20-4:50
Dec 6 3:20-4:50
Girls First Week
Dec 5 3:20-4:50
Dec 6 3:20-4:50
december matching gift challenge!*New*
Former trustee, Ed Clark and his wife, Janet, were inspired by the establishment of the Dr. William G. Lamb Science Endowment earlier this year and have issued a matching gift challenge to raise $30,000 for the endowment in honor of Dr. Lamb's 30 years of teaching at OES. Ed and Janet will match up to $10,000 of challenge funds received in the month of December. Reflecting on the influence of Dr. Lamb on their children, alums Brinton '88 and Matt '90, Ed and Janet were inspired to issue this challenge to support continued excellence and innovation in science education at OES. For more information or to donate to the challenge, click here http://www.oes.edu/giving/bellsociety.html
Auction Planning committee
Be a part of the history of OES! Join the 2014 Auction Planning Committee.
1:00 - 2:45 PM, Thursday 12/19 - Morris House Conference Room.
Hope to see you there!!
Hosting an eighth grader from Martinique
We are still in need of host families for the students from our partner school in Martinique. This is open to all Middle Schoolers, no French necessary! The dates are from February 23rd through March 4th. If you are interested please email or call 503-416-9331.
Request for MS Choir Concert Chaperones
We are looking for 8 parents to chaperone the MS Choirs as they join the Oregon Repertory Singers for this year’s Christmas Concert on 12/14 from 2-6pm at the United Methodist Church in SW Portland.
Please click on this link to sign up on VolunteerSpot: http://vols.pt/kVtkkt
Contact , MS Director of Choirs, at 503-539-4555 with any questions.
Emergency and Closure Notification
OES Contracts with an emergency announcement calling service that will notify families of emergency situations, school delays and closures.
We strongly urge you to register with Honeywell Instant Alert in order to receive these messages.
To subscribe to Honeywell Instant Alert announcements from OES use the following: Enrollment instructions
Invite your friends, business associates, neighbors, and family interested in learning more about OES to one of our events:
Parent Reception - Tuesday, Dec 10, 6:00pm – Oswego Lake Country Club
NIKE Kindergarten Fair – Tuesday, Dec 17, 3:30-5:30pm – Tiger Woods Center, NIKE World campus (NIKE employees only)
Information Evening at OES – Wednesday, Jan 8, 7:00pm – Read more here
SIBLING APPLICATIONS If you have a child ready to join the OES community in the 2014-15 school year - the application deadline is January 22. We are offering a reduced application fee of $50, if you apply online by December 16. You will use your parent portal password to log into the online application. We will contact you when the application is received to schedule your visit and assessment dates. Visit http://www.oes.edu/admissions/applications.html for an application checklist and all forms.
Community Diversity LinKCDL hosted Rinda Hayes, executive director of local non-profit Kenya Keys. Rinda narrated a slide show of the families in rural Kenya she's come to know over nearly a decade, as well as spoke to the kids' innovative spirit: They create toys out of cast-off firewood, trashed flip-flops, and other people's trash. She wanted to share these videos <http://youtu.be/jiRhi_icvvM> <http://youtu.be/j7DPuVgBJg8>, too, but ran out of time. So here is CDL's opportunity to share them with you. Thank you for watching.
Dates and books for the upcoming meetings:
January 14, 2014
For those who like to get a jump on holiday reading, consider CDL's first 2014 Books & Breakfast:
The Book of Fathers by Miklos Vamos (Hungary)
Watch video about The Book of Fathers
Vamos is one of Hungary's most influential writers, whose book, The Book of Fathers, is an alluring and leisurely introduction to the last 300 years of Hungarian history, and a moving depiction of the way individuals must appear and disappear even to their own descendants. Vamos is the author of over 20 books and is a well-known figure throughout Europe. He has served as a correspondent for The Nation and The Washington Post. He lived in the U.S. for a period, teaching writing and screenwriting at Yale. Vamos will be video conferencing with us during our meeting.
March 4, 2014
Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstong (England)
Karen Armstong is one of the most original thinkers on the role of religion in the modern world. In her latest book she provides an impassioned and practical guide to helping us make the world a more compassionate place. She teaches us that becoming a compassionate human being is a lifelong project and a journey filled with rewards.
April 1, 2014
CDL meeting (topic TBD)
May 6th, 2014
CDL meeting (topic TBD)
How do you spell E-N-T-H-U-S-I-A-S-M ?
In January, the Middle School will be spelling! The top spellers will compete in grade level competition. The top 4 from each grade (4th-8th) will compete in a school wide competition at the end of January. The winner will go onto the regional competition in mid-March. The regional winner competes in Washington D.C. at the nationals.
Here is a link to the complete set of study words for this year’s bee (your student only needs to know the words for her or his own grade level):
Or contact for a copy.
Here is a nice online support link.
The purpose of the Scripps Spelling Bee
To help students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts, and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives
- Participation is optional, but encouraged!
- There is a vocabulary component this year — but we will not institute that factor until the grade level competition.
Questions: Contact MS Library Assistant, .
MS Library is seeking volunteers
The MS Library is seeking volunteers to help with ongoing shelving needs as well as other projects such as removing outdated materials from shelves. The schedule is flexible for both projects. Sign up is easy - to volunteer as a
MS Library Helper to assist with ongoing shelving needs go to http://vols.pt/Z9zSNa. To volunteer as a MS Library Project Helper to assist with various projects, sign up at http://vols.pt/kKjDY. If you have quesions, you can contact our MS Librarian,
, MS Library Assistant
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
Afternoon Change of Plans: Please call or email
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.
Tdap reminder for 7th Grade Parents
Attention 7th Grade Parents. Your child needs to be up to date on their TDAP booster. Per Oregon law, this is a requirement for 7th grade. Please check with your medical provider to find out if your child is up to date. If they are not up to date, please get this done as soon as possble. This vaccine is available at your local pharmacy, any urgent care facility and your doctor's office.
Service LearninG Blog
Connect with others through service. Share your service project with other parents or students. Follow the new MS service learning blog! The blog also explains the many facets of the MS Service Learning program.
Follow now! Click on oesmsservice.wordpress.com add your email, and read the first blog – about Vaughan's work in Tanzania!
School Store - Your One Stop Shop for the Holidays
It’s time to start thinking of the Holidays! We have lots of great gift items for your favorite Aardvarks and Aardvark fans.
Come into the store to find everything from Pendleton blankets to picnic blankets, fleece gloves and scarves to Nike Elite basketball, soccer and running socks; umbrellas, sweatpants, rain ponchos, coffee mugs and so much more!
Don’t forget to check out the new mark-down fixture too, with close-out items, priced to sell!
December Store Hours: Monday through Friday 1-4. Happy Shopping!
Questions? Contact Store Manager: , 503-768-3170
Admissions Parking Spaces
The Admissions tour and visit season has begun! With only three reserved admissions parking spaces for our guests, we ask parents to refrain from using these spaces during school hours and particularly at drop-off and pick-up times. Please help us welcome prospective parents and students by providing an open parking space.
Lower School Lost and Found
Lost and Found....Lost and Found....Lost and Found... If you are missing your child's special coat, hat, or athletic gear, please come by the Lost and Found table set up outside the Lower School office. Our findings include tiny Pre-K coats, to large-sized athletic clothing most likely belonging to our Middle and Upper School students. The table will be available until Friday, and afterwards all items will either be reshelved in the Used Uniform Closet or donated to a local charity. Questions: Karen Meenan
The Snack Shack will be closed on the following dates:
- December 13th
- December 20th
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.