About OES
  October 29, 2010      Vol. 6, No. 9  
Two Juniors Selected
in Siemens Contest

The team of Matt F. '11, left, and Akash K. '11 has been chosen as a regional finalist in the Siemens Competition in math, science, and technology. The contest is one of the two most important science competitions in the country. Matt and Akash will present their research in the San Francisco Bay area, and if they are selected as national finalists, they will compete for scholarships up to $100,000. Matt and Akash recently returned from the European Union Contest for Young Scientists in Lisbon, Portugal. The team of Will B. '10 and Marc L. '10 was selected as a semifinalist in the Siemens Competition.

WOW! That was Spoooooky!

It was a smashing Spooktacular on Saturday night as every manner of character showed up for the Goblin Cafe and a gamut of games including the always popular Harry Potter Cake Walk. The costumes included Day of the Dead themed outfits in the Oaxacan style worn by fifth-graders Isabel R. and Margaux R., right, who studied the holiday in their fifth-grade Spanish class with Kelola McCrary. A magician performed in the Lower School Library, and the juniors from the Upper School created a very scary haunted house in the Rainbow Room, which students could enter at their own risk. See more photos of the costumes and activities, or view some PG-rated photos from the haunted house.

Photo by OES parent Michelle Rajotte

MS, US Cross-Country Teams
Bring Home District Honors

At the district cross-country meet this week, the OES boys' team placed third and the girls' team placed fourth. Nick O. '13, shown at left, was the top finisher, and as district champion he qualified for the state championships on November 6. Zachary S. '12 placed 7th and Ellie M. '11 placed 10th, both qualifying for the 2nd Team All League.
In Middle School district cross-country, the girls' team finished 2nd and the boys' team finished 4th. Catherine L. '15 won first place overall for the girls. She is shown in the photo at right wearing the blue hoodie with Laura B. '17, left, and Lily S. '15 after the trio took the top three places in the Horizon meet earlier this week.

Young Curators Present Personal Exhibits at Their Family Museum

Kindergartners have been making museum exhibits about their families, and on Friday they invited parents, grandparents, and their fourth-grade buddies to come visit. Each child described his or her exhibit to each of the visitors. It was very impressive! See photos.

Illustrator Shares
Her Art and Stories

Canadian author and illustrator Marie-Louise Gay visited with Beginning School students on Friday. She told them a very funny story about a cat who flew, or maybe just fell, and demonstrated how she draws pictures to illustrate her books. At left, she shows the enthusiastic students how to draw a picture of one of her characters, Roslyn Rutabaga.

Students Excel
at Regional Fencing

At the US Fencing Regional Youth Circuit tournament in Beaverton last Saturday, Chloe F. '18, right, won gold overall in Y10 and bronze in Y12 women's sabre. Grant T. '17, left, placed 3rd in the in the Y12 division. They both fence for the Oregon Fencing Alliance, which practices at SPARC.
  Teachers Donate
Science Supplies
to Liberian School

OES science teachershave donated extra books and lab supplies to the B.W. Harris Episcopal School, which is the parochial school of a companion parish of Grace Memorial in Portland. Shown with some of the supplies are, from left, James Skirving Smith of Grace Memorial, chaplain Corbet Clark, science teacher Julie Robison, science teacher Benno Lyon, Jo Bronson of Grace Memorial, and Charles A. McGee II from Grace Memorial. On the bench is Charles' son, Arinze. Jo Bronson will take the supplies to Liberia in February.

1869 Society
Event Celebrates
Leadership Donors

The 1869 Society Dinner on Tuesday evening celebrated those donors who gave $1869 or more to the school last year. The OES Fund’s 1869 Society is named in honor of the year the school was founded. At the dinner, attendees previewed a new video celebrating the unique nature of an OES education, which may be viewed here. You can make your own investment in OES with a generous online donation. At right, parents Eric and Heike von der Heyden talk with Upper School Head Jordan Elliott and his wife, Chloe, at the dinner.

  Upper School Open House Is Nov. 14

Please invite relatives, friends, and neighbors who may be interested in attending grades 9 through 12 at OES to attend the Upper School Open House from 1:30 to 4 p.m. Sunday, November 14. The event will include mini-classes, a panel discussion by students, and a tour of the Upper School.

  Books and Breakfast Features Author

Peter Rock, author of My Abandonment, will be the guest speaker at the Community Diversity Link's Books & Breakfast on Tuesday from 8:05 -9:30 a.m. in the OES Dining Hall. Rock also is the author of the novels The Bewildered, The Ambidextrist, This is the Place, and Carnival Wolves. My Abandonment, based on a true story, is about a girl and her father living in a cave in Forest Park in Portland. Rock is an associate professor in the English Department of Reed College.