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November 30

 

Turkey Talk
7th grade Spanish students decorated their turkeys
before the holidays, giving thanks en español. 

NOTE FROM HEAD OF MIDDLE SCHOOL, ANN SULZER

In Gathering on Monday, we sang an aspirational song, “Here Comes the Sun,” as we head into a time of the year that has more clouds and shorter days. However, in many ways, with holidays ahead of us, it really is also a season of hope and light. There is a lot of energy in our building these days in the few short weeks before Winter Break, and there are also plenty of school events where I hope to see many of you.

One of the highlights for students is our annual Skating Party on the morning of Friday, December 16. Students come to school at the regular time that day and are back in time for lunch at school. We take the entire Middle School ice skating at the Winterhawks Skating Center and provide the transportation and skates. Students just need to come prepared with warm clothing including pants (parents, you know if you have those children who wear shorts all year round), hat, and gloves. I have realized that ice skating is the most wonderful social leveler for Middle Schoolers, and though it is not without its perils to share the ice with 208 Middle School students, it is also a great way to celebrate together. At the end of the day, we will attend the St. Nick’s chapel in the gym from about 1:30PM - 2:30PM. You are welcome to pick up your Middle Schooler right from St. Nick’s, or we will also be gathering as advisories until 3:05PM for regular dismissal.

PARENT HAPPENINGS

December 1
6:30PM - 7:30PM 
Advent Lessons and Carols followed by Afterglow Holiday Sale
Chapel 
 
December 2
8:00AM - 3:30PM 
Holiday Art Sale
Main Lobby Gallery 
 
December 5
7:00PM - 8:30PM 
Special Event: Screenagers: Growing up in the Digital Age
Chapel
 
December 6
7:00PM - 8:00PM 

College Info Night for 7th and 8th Grade  
MS Commons 

December 7
8:00AM - 9:00AM 

MS PAL Meeting
MS Library

December 8
7:00PM - 8:30PM 

Neighborhood Tour with Mo Copeland & Chris Schuck
Location TBA 

December 14
8:00AM - 9:30AM 

Parent Community Link (PCL)
DVR 

December 15
6:00PM - 8:00PM 

Community Conversations
Chapel 

December 16
9:00AM - 11:00AM 

MS Ice Skating Party
Winterhawks Skating Arena 

December 16
1:30PM - 2:30PM 

St. Nick's Chapel
OES Gymnasium

December 19 - January 2   

WINTER BREAK - NO SCHOOL

January 3

Classes Resume

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:

Holiday Art Sale - December 1*New*
Winter Sports Team Parents Needed *New*
The MS Giving Shelf *New*
New Extension Cello Lessons with David Eby *New*
8th Grade Science Inquiry Project Information *New*
Upcoming Middle School Musical Performances *Updated*
OES School Store: Winter Apparel Orders *Updated*

HOLIDAY ART SALE - DECEMBER 1 *NEW*

Be sure to stop by the Holiday Art Sale this week - held in the Main Lobby of the school this coming Thursday, December 1, 9:00AM – 3:00PM and 7:30PM - 8:30PM (after the Advent Service at Afterglow) and on Friday, December 2, 8:30AM - 3:30PM!

Lots of wonderful handmade, holiday gifts all made by students and employees of OES. Featured items include paintings by US students, handmade cards and fused glass jewelry by US students, ceramics by Michael Standley, bath salts and earrings by Kelly and Rose Cowing, lovely jewelry by Andrea Rosselle, fabric arts by Robin Weitzer, cards by Myra Clark, beautiful collage papers, and many more wonderful items! 10% of the proceeds will benefit the Bravo Youth Orchestra, this year's organization chosen by US members of the Art Sale committee (Bella Somoza, Ashley Scates and Olivia Durant.) Students and Employees can charge their account. We look forward to seeing you there!

WINTER SPORTS TEAM PARENTS NEEDED *NEW*

Sign up to be a Winter Sport Team Parent and help the OES MS Coaches with their teams.  Help coaches with team communication if needed and coordinate parent volunteers for team snacks, team events, run scoreboard and keep stat books etc.  Click on the link to sign-up OES MS 16-17 Winter Sport Team Parents  Please direct any questions to the MS Volunteer Coordinator Jodi Wilkins at jodiwilkins@me.com.

THE MS GIVING SHELF *NEW*

The Giving Shelf is OES Middle School’s book collection for Children’s Book Bank, a non-profit that works to improve literacy skills of low-income children in the Portland area.

From The Children’s Book Bank: “When books are readily available at home, children spend more time reading—with their parents or on their own—developing the literacy skills needed to succeed in school. This in turn leads to improved education for all students, higher literacy and graduation rates, and stronger communities. The Children’s Book Bank intentionally partners with organizations that are already providing parent education about reading aloud to young children and supporting literacy development—an essential piece to changing family reading behaviors. We support these existing efforts by ensuring families have lots of books at home to share with their children.”

In last week’s chapel, we were lucky to hear from some Lower School students about the role of reading in their lives. While remembering back to those important stories, we thought about the books that might spark a deep connection to reading in others and invited students to bring in new and gently used books to donate to this wonderful organization.

How you can help:

  • Donate new or gently used children’s books
  • In need of Dr. Seuss, picture books and books in Spanish
  • Donated books should be unwrapped

Please contact Annie Russell with any questions. Thank you for your support! 

NEW EXTENSION CELLO LESSONS WITH DAVID EBY *NEW*

David Eby, Director of Advanced Strings at OES, has been joyfully serving hundreds of cellists for the past 25 years, from the very beginner to the advanced soloist. In addition to teaching at Lewis & Clark College and BRAVO Youth Orchestra, he also performs with the Oregon Symphony, The Bodhi Trio and the Portland Cello Project. He also offers techniques from his 20 years of meditation for transforming stage fright into inspired performance.

8TH GRADE SCIENCE INQUIRY PROJECT INFORMATION *NEW*

Please follow this link for full details on the 8th Grade Science Inquiry and feel free to contact us with any questions. Thank you.

-- Anna Rozzi, David Rosenberg and Ryan Holland  

UPCOMING MIDDLE SCHOOL MUSICAL PERFORMANCES *UPDATED*

Thursday, December 1 - Advent Lessons and Carols, 6:30PM - 7:30PM - in the chapel
  • 8th Vocal Ensembles
Sunday, December 4, 3:30PM - 6:00PM - at the First United Methodist Church (downtown)
  • 8th Vocal Ensembles singing with the Oregon Reperatory Singers 
Thursday, December 8, 10:30AM - 12:30PM - at Raleigh Hills Assisted Living 
  • 7th Vocal Ensembles
Friday, December 16 - St. Nick’s Chapel, 1:30PM - 2:30PM - in the gym
  • 6th Advanced Instrumental Ensembles
  • 8th Instrumental Ensembles
  • 6th Vocal Vnsembles
  • 7th Vocal Ensembles

OES SCHOOL STORE: WINTER APPAREL ORDERS *UPDATED*

Pre-Ordered items should arrive December 10.

Pajama Bottoms: $30, 100% cotton, sizes: Youth S-L, Junior XS-XXL, Adult XS-XXXXL

Women's Tank Tops: $20, made by District Threads, 100% cotton, available in black or heather grey, sizes: Women's XS-XXXL

New Youth and Adult Tee Shirts: $18, cotton/poly blend, available in black, gray or white, sizes: Youth XS-XL, Adult S-XXXL

Boxers to Wear as Pajamas or Underwear: $26, made by District Threads, 100% cotton, sizes: Junior and Adult XS-XXXL

Please email your order directly to Madeleine Menashe or use the OES online store to place your order.

Questions? Contact Store Manager: email Madeleine Menashe or call 503-768-3170

COLLEGE INFORMATION NIGHT FOR 7TH & 8TH GRADE PARENTS

Join Corbet Clark, Interim Head of Upper School and Paula Sutton, Director of College Counseling on Tuesday, December 6, at 7:00PM in the MS Commons to hear how the Upper School supports families through the college application process.

ADMISSIONS: US TOURS FOR 8TH GRADE PARENTS 

We’re excited to share the OES Upper School program with our 8th grade families. Below is the remaining parent tour for this fall. We hope you’re able to join Corbet Clark, Interim Head of Upper School, on one of these dates to learn about and experience our amazing US program. All tours will start in the MS lobby.

  • December 7, 9:00AM - 9:45AM, after the MS PAL meeting

FOLLOW-UP TO NOVEMBER 9 PAL MEETING: "FOCUS ON TECHNOLOGY" 

Following up on this month's PAL meeting, we have posted slideshows and resource materials from the evening here: https://sites.google.com/a/go.oes.edu/oes-technology/

We would love for you to review all four of the presented sessions, but it is most important that you seek out the information that you and your family most need.

Social Media Primer: Learn more about the model of social media platforms and how to evaluate different social media sites for yourself and your children.

Family Tech Contracts:  Hear about how to open difficult, but necessary, conversations about technology use, not just for your children, but for your family. See some models of family tech contracts and get some guidelines for culture of use both here at OES and in your home.

Classroom Applications:  With a one to one laptop program in the Middle School, teachers are thinking carefully about how to use tech tools in the classroom. Come hear from one teacher about how she implements digital tools in the sixth grade as an example of what’s possible in the classroom.

What We Know-Digital Media and the Middle School Years: Last year, the Middle School conducted a thorough survey of digital use among parents and students. The results are informative not only to us as a school to guide curriculum, but also provide a window in our population of families and students.

FROM OES ATHLETIC DIRECTOR, DENNIS SULLIVAN

Fall Student-Athletes
Please return your XC, soccer and volleyball uniforms to the collection box in the MS Office. The Athletic Department needs each student-athlete to return his/her uniform in order to have uniforms for the next fall season. Be a great teammate and return your uniform.

OES ADMISSIONS: FINANCIAL AID AND EARLY APPLICATION INFORMATION 

2017-2018 Financial Aid Application Now Available
Families seeking financial aid for the 2017-2018 school year may begin the online Parent Financial Statement (PFS).  The PFS is due on February 3. School and Student Services (SSS) has a free recorded webinar to guide parents through the financial aid process, available here. An OES Financial Aid Information Evening will be offered in the LS Library on Monday, December 5, 7:00PM - 8:00PM (no RSVP required). This event is most appropriate for families new to the FA process, but everyone who is interested in the OES Financial Aid process is welcome to attend. 
 
Admissions – Early Application Deadline
If you have a child ready to join the OES community in the 2017-18 school year - the application deadline is:

  • Grades PK – 8: January 19
  • Grades 9-12: January 26  

We offer a reduced application fee of $50, if you apply online by December 15.  Current parents will use their parent portal password to log into the online application. View application forms on the admissions website.

MS MATH SUPPORT GOOGLE CALENDAR 

New Math Support Calendar is available on Middle School Resources Website.You may also access the direct link here: https://calendar.google.com/calendar/embed?src=go.oes.edu_kbtrklq4upm2uev0gb5h2641as%40group.calendar.google.com&ctz=America/Los_Angeles. Your children have been given a link to this calendar and we wanted to share it with you as well

OES AUCTION UPDATE 

Coming your way on Saturday, March 11, 2017:

LIKE TOTALLY… AARDY, the OES 80s AUCTION

They say that Girls Just Want to Have Fun and the boys do, too. So mark your calendars for another great night on the town with your significant other, celebrating the amazing and wonderful students, faculty and staff of OES!

Here’s how you can participate: 

DONATE:  Wake me up before you Go-Go and then Make it Big by shopping for your auction donations. Check out the Black Friday sales for props for the special party or dinner you’d like hold, or the unique art, jewelry, spa items or gifts you know might cause a Total Eclipse of the Heart.  

SPONSOR the AUCTION What a feeling you’ll have when you consider which sponsorship level has the best benefits for you. This is a great way for the Men (and Women) at Work to go Down Under and behind the scenes to help underwrite the event and have the funds we raise go directly to project the Auction Supports. 

ADVERTISE:   Time after Time, you can find ways to advertise in the auction catalog. For example, you could feature your business, your favorite grad and your favorite club or team to a captive audience of 400 auction attendees.  

GET INVOLVED:  Start a Flashdance mob and bring your friends, your time and your talents to volunteer before, during and after the Auction. Oh, what a feeling, you’ll have! It is thanks to the support of our greater community that the OES auction is a huge success. Thank you in advance for making the upcoming auction, THE fundraising event of 2017. We look forward to celebrating with you on March 11th.

From your auction co-chairs, Hilary O’Hollaren and Diane Engelhard Jones.  

OUTSTANDING OES MUSICIANS AND VOCALISTS

Congratulations to Nicole A., Matthew C., Harrison C., Jameson D., Hudson H., Liam O., Gemma T., Ethan T., and Nathan S. who were accepted to participate in the Oregon All-State Band, Choir, and Orchestra with some of the best players in the state. They will perform at the Oregon Music Educator’s Association state conference in January.

HONEYWELL INSTANT ALERT - PLEASE REGISTER ASAP

It is important to be ready for what nature throws our way. OES contracts with an emergency announcement calling service that will notify families of school delays and closures and other emergencies. In order to receive these announcements, you must register with Honeywell Instant Alert. Learn more.

E-BOOK CHARGES ON STUDENT ACCOUNTS 

Students will be charged $12 for E-Book usage on their next student bill. Please contact Liz Weiler, US Math Department Chair, with questions.

MORNING ARRIVAL TIME IS 7:30AM

Please remember that our doors are unlocked at 7:30AM. Even if your child is let in by early arriving faculty or staff, there is no adult supervision until then. If you need to drop your child off earlier than 7:30AM, please make sure they go to the reception lobby in the main building where they can wait until the MS doors unlock.

ATTENDANCE NOTE

For ALL absences and appointments - planned or day-of - please email the office at msattend@oes.edu or call the office at 503-768-3127. These attendance emails go to Lisa, Marcy and Kate who collectively take care of entering your child's whereabouts into our database and letting teachers know who will be present, absent, leaving early or arriving late. Since our campus is spread out with band, choir, art and PE in different buildings, keeping track of all our students is sometimes tricky so we are most appreciative when parents communicate plans for their children's absences as far in advance as possible. Conversely, unless you need to let your child know about a change in their afterschool schedule, we do not need to be notified about afterschool plans. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. Thank you so much! 

MS MATH SUPPORT GOOGLE CALENDAR *NEW*

There is now a google calendar that shows when the Middle School math teachers are available outside of class time.  Your children have been given a link to this calendar and we wanted to share it with you as well

TECHNOLOGY IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL 

MS Resources Website: Student Calendars, Class Updates and Helpful Resources

New this year, Middle School faculty are posting monthly updates about classes on the MS Resources website. This is the same site we use each year to provide student and family access to all MS class calendars. There are also links for the Daily Announcement display as well as OES Athletics, and a helpful list of “Who to Contact in the Middle School.” Please bookmark this site: https://sites.google.com/a/go.oes.edu/mshome/ or access it from the MS Messenger webpage under Helpful Resources.

STUDENT PHYSICALS FOR 2016-17

Make your doctor appointments early! OES requires that all students new to OES or rising to the 7th, 9th or 11th grades for the 2016-17 school year have a physical and a sports pre-participation form completed by parents and their physicians before school begins in the Fall. Click on the following to download the Student Physical Report (Grades PK - 6) or Student Physical Report (Grades 7-12). OSAA guidelines require that this form be completed. Your child cannot participate in any OES activities, including sports practices and class trips, without this completed form. In addition, you might need the following forms:

Allergy Information Form and Action Plan (if applicable)
Asthma Action Plan form (if applicable)

TDAP VACCINE FOR 7TH GRADERS

Attention 7th Grade Parents: Per Oregon law, your child needs to be up to date on their TDAP booster. Please email the date of your child's latest TDAP/Tetanus booster to our school nurse, Elaine Elliott. If your child is not up to date with their booster, please contact your medical provider to complete this requirement.

When you have a new email address, phone number or other important contact information, what's the best way to let the school know about this important change?

The OES Parent Portal (parent.oes.edu) was specifically designed to help you communicate those changes to us. That includes emergency contacts you might wish to add or edit. To access this feature simply log in to the portal, go to the Family page and choose the item you wish to edit from the list of links on the left-hand side. Keeping these details up-to-date is the best way to make sure we have correct information to communicate with and assist our families.

TRAFFIC REMINDERS

Please see www.oes.edu/traffic for maps and descriptions of the new drop off and pickup patterns this year. It is critical that you do not arrive early for pickup in the afternoon and that you adhere to the designated areas for drop off and pickup for all the children’s safety.

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM ELAINE ELLIOTT, SCHOOL NURSE

Dear OES Families,
As 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 for 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 elliotte@oes.edu.
Warm Regards,
Elaine Elliott

MS FRIENDLY REMINDERS

MS Doors Open at 7:30AM. If your child arrives before that, please be aware that the Great Hall is open to students to wait.

Attendance: Please email msattend@oes.edu or call 503-768-3127 if your child will be late or absent from school.

Afternoon Change of Plans: Please email msattend@oes.edu or call 503-768-3127 only if your child is not aware of changes to their afternoon pick up plans. We ask that you kindly inform us of these changes by 2:00PM. We will leave a note on your child's locker. All school bus related questions should go to Robbi Garvin.

After 3:05PM, the best way to locate your child (if they are working with a teacher or in Extension) is to call or email the Director of the After School Program, Meghan Powers, 503-416-9299 or powersm@oes.edu.

 

 

 


 

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