Students from Martinique have been visiting OES through a French language exchange program, and on Tuesday Timbers player Frédéric Piquionne, who also is from Martinique, came to chat with his fellow Martinicans and their OES hosts. He is shown with French teacher Micheline Ghattas and the chaperones for the Martinique group.
Note from Nancy Teskey
It was pure joy last Thursday watching the SLC (Student Learning Committee) jump for joy after they counted the money from the most recent bake sale. In just the first lunch break of the sale, they had earned enough money for one complete cleft palate/cleft lip surgery for a child in a developing country. The bake sale proceeds are over $850, securing nearly four children’s surgeries (each surgery starts at $240).
This year’s middle school Midwinter Madness continues this week with proceeds from Calla’s Closet, the social (Friday March 7 - $2 to enter), and finally the pay-to-play dodge ball game on April 3rd.
Each year sixth graders read Words in the Dust about a girl with a cleft lip in Afghanistan. And each year, they are inspired to help other children like her around the world. The curricular connection of this year’s Midwinter Madness events to a novel nearly all of our students have read makes it especially meaningful and quite touching. Our proceeds will go to Operation Smile which provides needed surgeries for children with cleft palates and lips. I watch our kids in action and am so very proud of their efforts. I hope you are too.
|Friday, 03/07/14||MS Social
7:00 PM - 9:00 PM, MS Commons
|Saturday, 03/08/14||OES Auction|
|Wednesday, 03/12/14||Service Learning Day|
|Wednesday, 03/12/14||Parent Community Link
8:00 AM to 9:30 AM, DVR
|03/11/14-03/22/14||8th Grade Language Trip - Martinique|
|03/13/14-03/22/14||8th Grade Language Trip - Spain|
|03/13/14-03/23/14||8th Grade Language Trip - China|
|NO SCHOOL Spring Break|
|Tuesday, 04/01/14||School Resumes|
|Tuesday, 04/01/14||Community Diversity Link
8:00 AM to 8:30 AM, Platt Global Classroom
|Wednesday, 04/02/14||MS PAL Meeting
8:15 AM to 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:
** Girls play minecraft too! *New*
** 7th/8th Grade Basketball Uniforms *New*
** PI Day Rescheduled *New*
** Middle School Northwest Science Expo *New*
** Auction News *UPDATED*
** Snack ShacK *UPDATED*
Girls play minecraft too! *New*
All middle school girls are invited to come hangout after school on Wednesdays in the library to play minecraft. Whether they are complete beginners or advanced modders, want to work on existing worlds or create new ones, we’ll be having fun creating and exploring.
7th/8th Grade Basketball Uniforms *New*
The athletic department would appreciate help collecting 7/8 basketball uniforms. There is a box inside the office for students to drop off their uniforms. Please put them in a bag with your name on the outside, so we know you turned it in. Thank you. Questions? Please contact .
PI Day Rescheduled *New*
6th graders will celebrate Pi Day after spring break on Friday, April 4th. Our 6th grade math teachers, Karen Seder and Ann von Ofenheim, will both be out of the country on the 8th grade language trips on March 14, Pi Day.
6th grade parents can send in pies (bought or homemade) on Friday, April 4th for the celebration. Please email to let her know that you plan to do so.
Middle School Northwest Science Expo *New*
Friday, March 21, the day before OES Spring break begins, is the Middle School Northwest Science Expo. It is a state wide fair with approximately 350 projects from middle school students from across the state. OES has 10 projects participating in the fair this year.
The fair director, Stephanie Jones, is in need of judges for many of the categories. Even if you have an OES student participating in this year's fair, you can still judge, just in a different category. The judging takes place at Peter Stott Center Gymnasium on the Portland State Campus. The commitment would be from 7:30am –2:00pm. If you are interested and available, please consider judging.
You may contact Chris Mader with questions or go directly to the NWSE Site and follow the judge registration links.
Sign-Up for Girls Lacrosse
Calling all middle school girls who wish to play lacrosse this spring!
Please sign-up by 2/21/14.
MidWinter Madness comes to the middle school!
MidWinter Madness is a group of fundraising events in the MS and US. This year's recipient in the middle school is Operation Smile. Each middle school student has read the novel Words in the Dust in sixth grade about a girl in Afghanistan who is born with a cleft palate. It always inspires students to help. For $240, Operation Smile can fix one child's cleft palate, giving them back their smile. The middle school students wish to raise the money for surgery for two children. This year's MidWinter Madness events are:
Calla's Closet – March 4 and 5. Calla's Closet is a resale store-like event. Lightly used clothing is donated from the Upper School students and will be sold in the Middle School. A classroom in the Middle School will be dressed up to have a store like feel and students can come in before and after school lunch to try on some of the wonderful clothing available. The prices range from 3-12 dollars. Also, some very nice adult clothing has been donated and is on sale this week! The clothes are inexpensive but there are some really nice pieces. The event is a fun way for students across the divisions to get involved and allows Middle Schoolers the opportunity to change up their style without spending a lot of money!
MS Social - March 7, 7-9 PM in the MS Commons.. Cost is $2 which will go to Operation Smile.
Dodge Ball Game – April 3 during the day (flex time and study hall). It is optional for all students. To play, students can bring $5 cash or parents can authorize $5 to be charged to the student's account by using this link.
The recipient was chosen by students and all of the events will be run by students. The sixth grade humanities curricular connection is also wonderful to see. Please consider supporting the students' efforts when and where you can – it's for a great cause!
Direct questions to or 503/416-9284.
Community Diversity Link
OES' own Micheline Ghattas is CDL's special April 1 guest
Please join CDL from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., on Tuesday, April 1, in the Platt Global Classroom for Micheline Ghattas' dissertation discussion, "Consociational Democracy in Lebanon and Democracy in Traditional Societies"
What does that mean?
It's a special kind of democracy that allows for a coalition of several factions in a plural society to govern together. It is the same kind of regime in Belgium, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Cyprus and Lebanon. Ghattas' native Lebanon will be of specific focus, as will its particular culture and political regime. Her remarks will touch on other regimes in the Middle East and the important role religion plays in that region.
This is no April Fool's!
Questions? Please contact or . We look forward to seeing you there!
May 6th, 2014
CDL meeting (topic TBD)
Ash Wednesday at OEs
A week from today, on March 5th, from 1:15 pm – 2:05 pm, the entire Middle School will take part in our annual Ash Wednesday Chapel. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the 40 days in the church season that lead to Easter. During Lent, many Christians engage in spiritual disciplines, such as fasting, prayer, or helping those in need. Many faith traditions set aside a similar season of introspection, service and reflection. Through the Ash Wednesday Chapel, our students are introduced with love and gentleness to this important season in the Episcopal tradition.
Near the end of our Ash Wednesday service, we will follow the Episcopal practice of offering the Imposition of Ashes. The ashes come from blessed palm branches. The Imposition of Ashes - when the ashes are placed on a person's forehead, in the sign of the cross- are a tangible reminder that each of us is part of the cycle of all living things. As with any specifically Episcopal tradition offered at OES, all are invited to come forward for the imposition of ashes, but not required.
The entire school will celebrate Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday the day before (March 4), by enjoying breakfast food for lunch. Historically, people tried to use up all the fats or rich foods in their homes before the fasting season of Lent. Our entire school always looks forward to this annual special lunch!
As with any Chapel, you are welcome to come on Ash Wednesday. In addition, the OES Chaplains want you to be aware of five distinct opportunities to celebrate Ash Wednesday in the OES Chapel. These offerings come in conjunction with our friends at the Parish of St. John the Baptist, and you are warmly invited to attend any of these chapel services.
11:50 am -12:30 pm: OES Lower School Ash Wednesday Service (no Eucharist)
- Primary-5th Grade students
1:15 pm -2:05 pm: OES Middle School Ash Wednesday Service (no Eucharist)
- Entire Middle School faculty and students
7:00 pm -8:00 pm: Ash Wednesday Service, with Holy Eucharist
- Officiated by the clergy of the Parish of St. John the Baptist
Please let Head Chaplain , know if you have any questions about Ash Wednesday, or any of the services included in this schedule.
Auction News *UPDATED*
Aardy’s Nifty 20’s Tidbits
Learn the lingo:
“clam” -- a dollar
“egg” -- a person who lives the big life
“spiffy” -- an elegant appearance
“goofy” -- in love
“whoopee” - to have a good time
Feast your eyes:
Grand Opening Flyer, Portland’s Hollywood Theater, 1926
The Western Architect: United States National Bank, Portland, 1920
Portland Waterfront, West Side, 1922
Mature Port Orford Cedars on Coos Bay Lumber land, 1922
Beaverton's float in the 1926 Portland Rose Festival Parade
Name that 20’s tune*: ????
Test your wits*:
What was the name of the first "talkie" film in 1927?
*Look for answers in next week’s Tidbits. Answers to last week’s Tidbits:
Tune: Bucktown Five, “Hot Mittens (A Stomp)”, (1924)
Trivia: While the Vista, Ross Island and Burnside Bridges were constructed in 1926, the Sellwood Bridge was built in 1925, named after the town of Sellwood which was named for Rev. James Sellwood, the original settler who later sold his acreage to a local real estate company.
Whoopee! It’s shopping time!
The entire catalogue is now online! Please check out the fabulous collection of super silent and live auction items, silent items, job shadows for 8th graders, and easel parties. If you’re not attending but keen on bidding, please get the auction office on your blower to learn about absentee bidder options.
Photo: The Grand Hotel, Mackinac Island (Live Auction)
-- What’s so grand about the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island? Raise your paddle to win a 3-night stay for 8 guests in the Presidential Suite at this famous luxury resort (and National Historic Landmark). And if you’re the type of egg that loves to travel you’ll also want to check out the sailing trip from Long Beach to Catalina Island, the week in Kona, the 3-night stay at Thailand’s Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort and more.
-- “Modern” girls too busy to cook? No problem! Bid a few clams to win a year’s worth of monthly dining experiences at the City’s finest restaurants. Or how about a night at
Willow Lodge with dinner for 2 at Herbfarm, Paella with 99 friends, or dinner for 8 at Park Kitchen?
-- Don’t sleep on the trip to the Las Vegas Britney Spears concert, the amazing Universal Studios Wizarding World of Harry Potter package, the ultimate Portland sports package, or the always-coveted VIP reserved parking spot.
Photo: Wizarding World of Harry Potter (Live Auction)
-- It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to appreciate the Job Shadow opportunities. These fun and inspiring packages allow your child to investigate careers, from neurosurgery to advertising to film production, while building a relationship with an OES parent in his/her field of interest. So sharpen those pencils - it’s bidding time!
-- What could be better than signing up for Easel Parties -- additional opportunities to party with a purpose in swell OESian company? Enjoy a Barre3 class, a private shopping soiree at a spiffy local boutique, an open doubles tennis tournament, or a Hopworks brewery tour/dinner for the gents.
Haven’t donated a bottle for the Wall of Wine yet? It’s an easy-peasy way to help, see? Please grab a bottle ($25+) and ankle over to the auction office in Morris Hall to make the drop (behind Admissions). No time to get your flippers on a bottle? Simply call one of our 3 local wine shop partners. They’ll arrange your donation for you.
Aardy’s wingding is just around the corner!
From contributing to the amazing grade-based gift baskets to donating your time, ideas and resources, your overwhelming support and generosity makes this event, as well as our community, special. Thank you for everything you do to support our school and children!
OES Aardvark Chess Tournament
On Saturday, March 8, the first annual OES Aardvark Chess Tournament will take place in the Middle School from 8:15 am to 5:30 pm. This tournament is open to students of all levels, grades K through 12 (not just OES); cost is $20. Cash prizes for the top divisions; trophies and medals also to be awarded. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Children's Book Bank and the Oregon Scholastic Chess Federation.
The next Service Learning day is Wednesday, March 12! As always, we will need parent drivers. Please say an enthusiastic, "yes!" when you are contacted by Ruchi Prakash. This service learning day will be done by advisory. Ask your child where they will be going. How did they choose that agency or that activity?
Remember to join the MS Service Learning blog for updates on service in the MS! 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!
If you'd like to add something to the blog, contact .
Great OES Book Swap (GOBS)!
The 2014 Great OES Book Swap will be held in the Lower School Library on Wednesday, May 7th and Thursday May 8th, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop off your gently used books and earn points to join in this all school book swapping frenzy with both adult and children's titles.
Clean out your shelves, find those boxes in the closet! FOESL volunteers will be collecting your gently used books under the LS covered walkway every Wednesday morning starting on March 19th. Please be sure to put your student's name on your bags and boxes of books in order to receive book-swapping points. Please don't drop off your damaged or torn books and we won't accept textbooks, magazines, or already colored in coloring books.
If you would like to join the planning team, email and look for volunteer opportunities announced in the coming weeks.
Volunteer leadership positions 2014-15
Signups are here for Interest in Volunteer Leadership Positions for 2014-2015
It is time to start thinking ahead to our next school year. The Parent Community Link is looking for people to help lead our many volunteer efforts. Please take a moment to investigate the different volunteer leadership positions open for Lower, Middle and Upper school for 2014-2015.
Please Express your interest in being considered for a specific position by clicking following link – Interest in Volunteer Leadership Positions for 2014-15
By clicking "Sign-up" you are expressing interest and will be contacted by a representative from PCL. All interested individuals will be contacted by members of Parent Community Link between March and April to determine if a placement might work and to discuss options. We look forward to hearing from you!
Please also feel free to contact (All School Volunteer Coordinator) or (Parent Community Link Chair) with any questions.
robotics at oes
Robotics, and associated programs here at OES are thriving in the Lower School as well as the Upper School. There are several students in the Middle School who continue to work with Jane Kenney-Norberg in the Lego Robotics program throughout their Middle School years, as well as compete quite successfully in programs such as First Lego League with neighborhood teams not associated with OES. The science program is committed to initiating a robotics program for OES Middle School students that would potentially compete in programs such as Intel's First Lego League. If you are familiar with, or interested in discussing working with the science program to shape a robotics program in the Middle School, please contact
Here is a link to Intel's First Lego League web site that has more information. The press release has information on OES Middle School student Anisha Kumar whose team won the state competition this year.
TIES AT THE SCHOOL STORE
Pre-Order now for April delivery, and be ready for Father's Day and Graduation gifts! Available in boys' and men's sizes. Order by February 21.
Click the link here to email your pre-order: . Be sure to list your name, email address, quantity of ties, and size (boys' or men's).
These ties will also be in the OES Store, on a first-come, first-served basis.
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
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.
Snack ShacK *UPDATED*
The Snack Shack will be closed on the following dates:
- March 13th
- March 21st
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.