MS Messenger

August 20


As you may have noticed from the emails you are now getting, school is starting soon!  There is now a steady flow of faculty and students in Meyer Hall each day, and with this comes the stories of summer, family, and fun.  I hope you all are feeling refreshed and revived as we start our work together.  I am eager to see the joy and excitement on all the faces of our middle school students, and I look forward to hearing their summer tales.  I am filled with anticipation as we once again start another year together. 

One of our faculty books this summer was Brainstorm by Daniel J. Siegel.  Below is a quote from him that truly captures the middle school years.

“… very key ways, the “work” of adolescence—the testing of boundaries, the passion to explore what is unknown and exciting—can set the stage for the development of core character traits to go on to lead great lives of adventure and purpose.”

See you at the Belltower!

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. 


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
BellTower 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 (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
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:

**Student Physicals
**Homecoming 2014 - Save the Date
**Middle and Upper School Driver certification classes
**Auction Item Still Available

Student Physicals for 2014-2015 *New*

Any student new to OES and all rising 7th grade students – OES requires all new students and students who will be in 7th grade for the 2014-15 school year to complete and return a Sports Physical FormForms must be returned to OES ASAP.Students will not be allowed to participate in Fall sports practice without a physical on file. You should have received an email from the office if your child is missing this form.

School supply lists for 2014-2015

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

Middle school summer reading

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! 

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:

Homecoming 2014- Save the Date! *New*

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 Turf 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 Stephanie Knight ( 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 Rebecca Williams 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 Rebecca Williams.

auction Item still available!! *New* 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 Tyler Green, 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.