MS Messenger

October 29

Girls practiced combat moves in a self defense and personal safety
workshop run by GirlStrength, a program of the Portland Police Bureau.

Note from dennis sullivan

It has been an exciting fall sports season.  I think the student-athlete experience is an invaluable one.  The rewards are many, but so are the challenges.  OES is unique in that it guarantees each student this opportunity.  In order to do that, OES had ten different teams for 150 middle school student-athletes.  It will be remembered as a season of firsts.  It was the first time in school history that we fielded three girls volleyball teams, the first time we won the varsity and junior varsity girls cross country district titles, and the first time we had three soccer teams competing for their respective league championships. Thank you to all of the parents who helped provide snacks, shuttled players to and from practice, and cheered on their sons and daughters.  Thank you also to our coaches for their time, enthusiasm, and mentorship. 

Parent Happenings

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:

Fall Sports Uniforms *NEW*
Grandparents & Special Friends Day *NEW*
After-Math *UPDATED*
Admissions Travel *NEW*
2014 Fall Book Fair at Annie Bloom's Books *UPDATED*
Community Diversity Link: Books and Breakfast *NEW*

return sports uniforms *new*

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

Grandparents & Special Friends Day *new*

Tuesday, November 25, 2014
8:00 am – 10:45 am
Don’t forget to invite your Grandparents & Special Friends!!!  Guest will enjoy breakfast, musical performances, and classroom visits. 
Please RSVP by November 17th
So that we can accommodate all of our guests, we will reserve the breakfast area and classroom visits for Grandparents & Special Friends.  There will be seating, coffee and pastries in the Gym bleacher area for parents who wish to watch the student musical performances.

AFTER-MATH *updated*

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.

Admissions *NEW*

Asia Travel
Admissions will be visiting Japan, South Korea, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam in November to meet with prospective students and current families.
Visit our Fall Admissions travel page for schedule information.

Prospective Parent Information Receptions – open to the public
Monday, Nov 17, 6pm – Multnomah Athletic Club
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.

Fall Book Fair at Annie Bloom’s Books *updated*

Book Drive recipients announced for the Fall Book Fair at Annie Bloom’s Books in Multnomah Village.  Every year, FOESL (Friends of the OES Libraries) partners with US students in ECHOES to offer a book drive for a worthy cause.  This year's recipient will be The Neighborhood House! They are located right in Multnomah Village, work with homeless, hungry, seniors and students needing extra school help.  Many of our students are already providing assistance to the Neighborhood House and this is a great way to increase our impact, right in our own community.   You can purchase a book for the Neighborhood House at Annie Bloom's Books, 7834 SW Capitol Hwy, Friday, Nov. 14 thru Monday, Nov. 17.  Proceeds to support FOESL and literacy at OES through library programming, reading incentives, and author visits for students.

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? Volunteer to help as a grade rep before the fair and/or 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 or Contact . We look forward to seeing you at the fair!

Community Diversity Link: Books and Breakfast *NEW*

"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

Perhaps you consider yourself an introvert, if not, chances are great that you have married one, or given birth to one! Join us as we delve into the issues surrounding: Quiet, the Power of Introverts in a World that Can't Stop Talking by Susan Cain.   Extroverts, Introverts, and Ambiverts encouraged to attend.

School Store

New October Items, 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, 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? 

Meal Reservations for the OES Dining Hall

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

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.

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.

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.