MS Messenger

November 25

Grandparents and Special Friends enjoyed a liquid nitrogen
demonstration in Mr. Lyon's science class this morning.

Note from Scott Hardister

We had a wonderful and thoughtful Thanksgiving Chapel this morning in which Chaplain Craig gave us all the opportunity to reflect on our many blessings.  I for one am thankful for my family, my friends, my colleagues, and of course, for this community.  OES is a truly wonderful place to live—I hope you all have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

Parent Happenings

Thanksgiving Holiday
8:15-9:30 AM
Middle School PAL Meeting
MS Commons
Thursday, 12/04/14
6:30-7:30 PM
Advent Lessons and Carols
OES Chapel
Friday, 12/19/14
9:00-11:00 AM
MS Ice Skating Party
Friday, 12/19/14
1:30-2:30 PM
St. Nick's Chapel
12/20/14-1/04/15 Winter Break

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:

Volunteers-Middle School PAL Meeting Note Takers Needed! *UPDATED*
School Store Top Ten Aardvark Gift Ideas: *NEW*
Afterglow Annual Holiday Art Sale - Dec. 4 & 5 *NEW*
TDAP reminder for 7th Grade Parents *NEW*


1. Stuffed Aardvarks, of course!
2. Beanie Hats, to keep you toasty out there!
3. Golf or Car Umbrellas- the rains will come back, you know they will!
4. Aardvark Ties and Bow Ties for your fancy events!
5. Picnic blankets for the hearty out-door types!
6. Sweatpants- lots of colors and sizes to choose from to stay cozy!
7. Coffee (Hot Chocolate!) Mugs and Tumblers, because we all need more hot chocolate in our lives!
8. Scarves in fleece or knit; staying warm was never so fashionable!
9. Long-Sleeved Tee Shirts in youth and adult Aardvark sizing- one for everyone!
10. Spirit Wear: sweatshirts and tees in every size and OES color!

Shopping Done!!

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? Contact .

Current Volunteer Needs for MS *Updated*

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 next meeting is December 3, 8:15-9:30 in the MS Commons.  These meetings are typically the first Wednesday of every month. To sign up for just one meeting or several, please click on the link - PAL Meeting Note Taker

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.
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 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

Afterglow Annual Holiday Art Sale - Dec. 4 & 5 *NEW*

Join us after Advent Service for our Annual Holiday Art Show!

Thursday Dec. 4, 7:30-8:30pm, in the Great Hall
Friday, Dec. 5, 8:00am-3:30pm in the Main Lobby

Brought to you by the Visual and Performing Arts Department.

10% of proceeds sold will benefit an organization selected by the US Student Art Sale Committee to help prevent teen homelessness.

TDAP reminder for 7th Grade Parents *NEW*

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 possible.  This vaccine is available at your local pharmacy, any urgent care facility and your doctor's office. 


Prospective Parent Information Receptions – open to the public
Tuesday, Dec 9, 6pm – Oswego Lake Country Club

Parents: if you have a child ready to join the OES community in the 2015-16 school year - the application deadline is January 20.  We are offering a reduced application fee of $50, if you apply online by December 15.  You will use your parent portal password to log into the online application. You can download an application checklist and all forms.


Wednesdays and Thursdays after school, 3:05 to 4:15, Ms. von will be in her classroom for any math students who want to work on homework, ask questions, catch up, etc. You can also arrange a time to meet with her on Tuesdays or Fridays.

return sports uniforms

Athletes: Please wash and return fall sports uniforms to the Middle School office labeled with your name. 

Community Diversity Link: Books AND Breakfast

"Quiet, the Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking" by Susan Cain.
December 2, 2014
8:00 am in the Platt Global Classroom

Have you ever wondered how personality informs the learning process in different (classroom) environments?  Susan Cain's book Quiet: the Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking brings these questions to the fore for the Introverts among us, but here at OES faculty strive to create classroom environments suited to *all* personalities on the Introvert--Ambivert--Extrovert continuum.

Director of Studies (Pre-K-12) John Holloran will join CDL for our December 2 Books and Breakfast meeting to discuss Cain's Quiet, and also to illuminate how faculty at OES structure their teaching environments so as best to support flow--optimal learning--in our students.  Extroverts, Ambiverts and Introverts all welcome.

Meal Reservations for the OES Dining Hall

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

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.