MS Messenger

April 22

The Middle School Service Learning Committee (SLICK) sponsored a three day bake sale to benefit The Girl Effect.


It is indeed a wildly busy time of year. Students are trying to maintain their focus and energy while trying to manage deadlines, balance activities and just be middle schoolers. It is quite possible that you have faced the proverbial “meltdown”, however it manifests itself in your child, sometime over the past two weeks. It is important that we continue to give our students tools to manage their hectic pace. As you know, Patrick Cook-Deegan will be joining us on Wednesday evening and Thursday during the school day to talk with your children about mindful practices and the importance of balance. Have a conversation with your child about how we practice mindfulness regularly here and what s/he learned on Thursday. This is just one component of our ongoing commitment to helping students take care of themselves.


April 22 Mindfulness Event, 7-8 PM
April 24 MS Social, 7-9 PM, MS Commons
April 24 OES Science & Engineering Symposium, Drinkward Center
May 3-8 6th Graders to Outdoor School
May 4 Upper School Information Night for 7th Grade Parents
6:30-7:30, Great Hall
May 6 Incoming 9th Grade Course Registration and Ice Cream Social
7-8:30 PM, Dining Hall
May 13 Mt. Hood Climb Service Day
May 20 8th Grade Explore Performance, 7 PM, Chapel
May 21 6th Grade Science Night
May 25 NO SCHOOL Memorial Day
May 27 All School Instrumental and Choir Concert
5:30-7:30 PM, Gym
June 1 7th Grade History/ Inquiry Night
June 2-5 7th Grade Trip to Ashland
June 4-5 8th Grade Adventure Day/ Camp Collins Trip
June 8 Last Day of School for 6th Graders
6th and 7th Grade Advisory Awards, Chapel 9-11 AM
June 8 8th Grade Memories Dinner, 6-9 PM, Dining Hall
June 9 Last Day of School for 7th and 8th Graders
8th Grade Promotion Ceremony

Please note that new information to the Messenger each week will be marked *New* or *Updated*. Scroll below for details.


Mindfulness Event *Updated* *UPDATED*
Incoming 9th Grade Course Registration and Ice Cream Social *NEW*
8th Grade Promotion Festivities Rapidly Approaching *UPDATED*
Parent Drivers Required For Mt. Hood Climb Service Day, May 13th *NEW*
OES Store Vineyard Vines Ties Pre-order *NEW*
OES Science & Engineering Symposium *NEW*
William Shakespeare's Much Ado About Nothing *NEW*
Calling all LEGO enthusiasts *NEW*
6th Grade Science Lab Volunteers *NEW*


Parent Meeting Wednesday, April 22nd , 7:00-8:00 PM

OES welcomes Patrick Cook-Deegan, an educator, speaker, athlete, and backcountry guide. Patrick’s work in outdoor/experiential education and interest in mindfulness have come together to create a unique perspective and skillset that is of real value. His work is of particular interest to active, sports-minded, and adventurous adolescents.
Patrick has spoken at 100 schools and universities, reached nearly 20,000 students through speaking, workshops, retreats and backcountry trips, and he has mentored numerous young people. He has been featured in the Washington Post, Sunday Boston Globe, Radio Free Asia, ABC News, NPR, and has been published in the Huffington Post,Tricycle, Edutopia, Greater Good Center at UC Berkeley, and the Providence Journal. 
For further information about Patrick and his work, link to Patrick’s websites:

Link to RSVP form: Mindfulness Event Signup


Parents and students are invited to the incoming 9th Grade Course Registration and Ice Cream Social:
Wednesday, May 6th
7:00 to 8:30 PM

Dining Hall


Monday June 8, 2015
* Regular school day/last day for 8th graders
* Afternoon promotion practice- students/staff only (more details in later correspondence from Veena Iyengar)
* Memories Dinner- 6-9 pm- US Cafeteria, parents, 8th grade students, faculty/staff ONLY
Tuesday June 9, 2015
*8th grade students arrive to school by 8 am
*Group Photograph
*Ceremony in chapel - 9-11 am (more details in later correspondence from Veena Iyengar)
*Excursion to Big Al's--11:30 am - 2:30 pm- students/staff only (more details in later correspondence from SooLynn Chang/Kara Hale)

Please RSVP to the Memories Dinner Evite Invitation sent by Juliet Hochman ASAP if you have not already done so.

Please send pictures sized 640-1280 for the Memories Slide Show to Carey Killian at by 5/8/15.
Do not hesitate to contact KC Landauer at 503-307-1039 or with any questions.


The 2015 Mt Hood Climb Service Day will take place on Wednesday, May 13th, 2015. The entire school takes part in service learning on this day.
One of the ways for parents to be involved on this day is to drive MS kids going to off-campus service projects.
We require a lot of parents to help drive the Middle School children that day because we don’t have access to the OES vehicles since they are being used by the Upper School.
If you would like to drive, please click on the link to sign up - Sign up to Drive for Mt Hood Climb Service Day
If you have questions, please contact MS Service Learning Volunteer Coordinator, Ruchi Prakash or call @ 503-703-1651.


Last Call for Vineyard Vines Bow Tie and Neck Tie Pre-Order!  The order will be placed on April 20th- email if you would like to order boy’s or men’s ties for this spring!

Huge Sale at the OES Store going on NOW:  Come by and check it out: Selected Sweatshirts are now $20 and Tee Shirts at $10- stock up on your spirit wear while supplies last!

Also, ALL 2015 pre-orders for Lacrosse, Track and Field, Tennis and Golf are now in.  Stop in to pick up your order.  Didn’t place your order in time?  That’s ok- there are a few extra pieces to choose from!

Visit the Store in its NEW location: Morris House, just below Admissions.  Open 2pm-4pm every weekday, as well as by appointment in the morning.  Questions? Contact Store Manager: Madeleine Menashe 503-768-3170 or


The 30th OES Science & Engineering Symposium is on Friday, April 24th 2015. Our students will present their research with Power Point presentations in the Drinkward Center. The presentations will start at 8:00am and will continue until 12:30pm.  There will be three sessions: physics & engineering, medicine & microbiology, and chemistry & environmental sciences. The students present in 15 minute time slots with a 5-minute question and answer time.   

We are looking for interested parents/relatives/friends with a science degree or work experience in any of the science, medical, or engineering fields to ask questions and provide feedback to the student presenters.  

We are also inviting parents to come and listen to our student presentations. This will be a great opportunity especially for parents not familiar with the Upper School research program to get to know the breadth of student research taking place in the OES Upper School. 

Please contact Tanja Horvat, US Science Faculty at, if you can attend the Symposium and provide students with feedback.


April 30th-May 2nd.  Curtain rises at 7PM 

Directed by David Gomes, Much Ado offers a tale of two courtships: Beatrice and Benedick elevate the art of the quarrel in

their duel of glittering wordplay, while Claudio and Hero are instantly smitten with one another. However, the scheming and envious Don Jo

hn vows to ruin Claudio and Hero's happiness. Comical officers challenge dastardly villains, honor and desire collide -- and a story filled with laughter and love unfolds.

For more information about the show, to follow the production in progress, and to reserve your tickets, please follow the Greenroom Blog here.

Tickets for the show were released on April the 19th, and are available initially on a two tickets per household limit. There is a $10 per ticket suggested tax deductible donation at the door, (payable by check or cash only). Students of OES will not be asked for a donation for their ticket.


Now Forming- Fall 2015 First LEGO League Teams - Rising 6th graders and current OES Middle School students are invited to come learn about the FLL 2015 TRASH TREK Challenge. For more information, please complete this short survey.

2015 Trash Trek Challenge: We’re not talking trash – we’re cleaning it up!  In the 2015 FIRST® LEGO® League TRASH TREK Challenge, 290,000 children ages 9 to 16* from over 80 countries will explore the fascinating world of trash.  From collection, to sorting, to smart production and reuse, there is more to your trash than meets the eye.  Join FIRST LEGO League teams on a Trash Trek to discover the hidden (or not so hidden) world of trash!
FIRST LEGO League (FLL®) challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers.  During the TRASH TREK season, teams will choose and solve a real-world trash problem in the Project.  They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game.  Throughout their experience, teams will operate under FLL’s signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®.
*9-14 in the US, Canada, and Mexico


Please note that there have been a few changes to the 2015-16 calendar that was sent out earlier.  Important to note for Middle School Families next year are the last day for 6th grade on Wednesday, June 15, 2016 and the last day for 7th and 8th grades on Thursday, June 16, 2016.  Please click here for a list of  Preliminary Key Dates for next year.


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 2015-2016.
Please express your interest in being considered for a specific position by clicking following link – Interest in Volunteer Leadership Positions for 2015-16
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 in 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 Ruchi Prakash (All School Volunteer Coordinator) or Alicia Morissette (Parent Community Link Chair) with any questions.


The 2015 auction, Operation OOES, was deemed a Mission Accomplished by everyone who attended - Bonds, Golden Girls, villains and Austin Powers alike. Huge kudos to Chair Lisa Kellogg, Co-Chair Michelle Fitzhenry and all volunteers for their tireless work, and to the sponsors for their support. A good time was had by all, and funds were raised to support AASK, employee professional growth and development, and other important projects that enhance our students' learning experience.  For those who could not attend the auction, consider signing up for an easel party. Many are not yet full. These parent-thrown extravaganzas are a great way to donate to the cause and have fun with other members of our OES community. Click Easel Parties to join in!

#7 License to Party
#50 Live and Let Dive  
#51 License to Spend
#53 Goldenguy - Oscar Party
#54 The Man with the Golden Ale
#55 Drink Another Day


Please note NEW dates:
LEGO Physics OES Show set-up, Thursday, May 7th, 3 - 11 pm, LS Library
LEGO Physics OES Show, Friday, May 8th, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm, LS Library (clean-up from 2:30 - 4 pm)
LEGO Physics at the Oregon Zoo set-up, Friday, May 29th, 4 - 11 pm
LEGO Physics at the Oregon Zoo Show, Saturday and Sunday, May 30 & 31, 9 am - 7 pm Sat. & 9 am - 5 pm Sun., clean-up and transport back to OES on Sunday, 5/31, till 8pm


The 6th graders are busy working on their science research projects for their Science Fair scheduled for Thursday, May 21st. There will be Science Lab time for students for 3 weeks Tuesday through Friday 3:15-5:00. These started April 7 and will go through April 24. We will need one parent volunteer each day Tuesday - Friday to be on hand to help out and supervise when there are students working on their projects. Helping to organize the lab is also appreciated. Benno Lyon or the Science Research Assistant, David Rosenberg, will also be there during these times. In addition, volunteers are also needed on Saturday, April 18. We need two volunteers from 9:00am-11:00 am and two volunteers from 11:00-1:00.  To sign-up please click on this link. OES MS 6th Grade Science Lab Volunteers 6th Science Lab

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 Kristen Stein if you have any questions or concerns.

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 April 1, 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   
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


Dear OES Families,
with many of our school policies and protocols, there is occasionally the need to review, clarify and revise both current language and best practice. I am pleased to let you know that the "OES Food and Allergy Policy" has now been updated.
In keeping with our Food and Allergy Policy, we are amending the title of our school program as “Allergy Aware.”   While the title has changed, the practice of how we manage allergens in our dining halls and classrooms remains the same.  Allergens will still be labeled in our dining halls, and special age-appropriate care and support will continue all of our younger students.  In collaboration with Bon Appetit, we will continue to ban nuts and nut products from all of our dining halls and classrooms.
I invite you to read through our policy: OES Food and Allergy Policy
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns
Warm Regards,
Elaine Elliott


Also from Elaine Elliott, School Nurse:  In the unlikely event of a measles (or other communicable disease) outbreak at OES, we want all families to familiarize themselves with current protocols for schools (public and private), as directed by local health officials.  Please go to this link for more information and resources.  Thank you.


Please return your basketball uniforms if you played for the Boys or Girls A or B Basketball Teams.  There is a box in the MS office for student-athletes to collect the home and away uniforms.  Please help the athletic department wrap up the winter season, so we can focus on spring sports.  Thank you.


Attention 6th Grade Parents: Per Oregon law, your child needs to be up to date on their TDAP booster for next year in 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 plan for this in your next well child visit. This vaccine is also available at your local pharmacy and any urgent care facility.


Please visit this link for instructions to use the Parent Portal to update household information and access your child's reports.


During 2nd semester, Ms. Von will be in her classroom on Tuesdays and Thursdays after school, 3:05 to 4:00 for any math students who want to work on homework, ask questions, catch up, etc. You can also arrange a different time to meet with her.


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 Robbi Garvin.

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. 


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