MS Messenger

January 21

Middle School musicians performed with All State Band, Choir and
Orchestra in Eugene last week. 


While it seems like just yesterday that we wrapped up the fall conference season, work is already being done in the Middle School to prepare students for the next round. All three grades are using the Essential Competencies as a framework for these student attended (6th) and student led (7th and 8th) conferences.

With the help of their advisors, 6th graders will identify one or two Essential Competencies to use as a touchstone for their learning and growth. Teachers look forward to directing comments to both the student and parents. This level of participation will help students feel comfortable next year when they take on a leadership role.

In the 7th and 8th grades, students use the Essential Competencies to reflect on strengths and challenges, and create goals in their classes. With the help of teachers and advisors, students create talking points to guide their conferences, and build a plan for achieving their goals. Working in advisories, students will spend the next few weeks finalizing what they will share and practicing leading the conference.

The winter conferences in particular are a very meaningful component of the Middle School program; they allow students to take ownership of and pride in their education at OES. However, they can cause some nervousness along the way. It might be helpful to check in with your child as the conferences approach.



8th Grade Fine Arts Night
7 PM, OES Chapel


6th Grade Conferences
7th/8th Grades Regular Classes


MS PAL Meeting, State of the School
8:15-9:30 AM, MS Commons


7th Grade Conferences
6th/8th Grades Regular Classes
2/12-2/13/15 8th Grade Conferences
6th/7th Grades Regular Classes
2/16/15 NO SCHOOL President's Day

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


6th Grade Basketball starts January 22 *UPDATED*
Health Reminders *NEW*

After Math *UPDATED*
BYOD Parent Session: BYOD Understanding Personal Privacy on Mobile Devices *NEW*
Arts Week is Coming Soon Feb 22-28, 2015  *NEW*
OES School Store *NEW*
Current Volunteer Needs for MS *UPDATED*
OES Science Fair *UPDATED*
Admissions *UPDATED*
OES Auction 2015 *UPDATED*


January 22 is the first 6th grade basketball practice.  Our three coaches are excited to get things started.  Practice and game schedules can be found on the OES Athletics website. The boys will split up into two equal teams after the first two practices.


146 students have registered for spring sports.  If your child is not planning to participate this spring, there is an option for "NONE". Please help the athletic department prepare for the upcoming season by registering at the following link. Go Aardvarks! MS Spring Sports Survey


Dear Parents,
With January upon us, many times this means the peak of the Flu season. It is a good reminder to encourage our students to practice good hand washing and use of Kleenex.

Please do not send your child to school if they experience any of the following symptoms:
-a temperature greater than 100.4
-unusually sleepy or lethargic
-active cough

Additionally, coughs can be hard to manage because they can linger over a period of time while the student may no longer be contagious. Please do not send your child with a new, largely productive cough unless cleared by their physician as coughs can be very distracting as well as possibly very contagious.

Before students return to school, they need to be symptom free for 24 hours.

Thanks for helping to keep our community healthy.
Elaine Elliott - OES Nurse


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.

STUDENT SUPPORT GROUP.... family changes, illness, injury, death in the family?

A new support group for students dealing with stress connected to family changes, illness, injury, and loss will begin on Friday January 16 and will be open to all MS students. The group is intended to provide time, safe space, and support for students as they move through times of stress and change. Students may drop in once, now and then, or come every week to talk, listen, laugh, tell stories, and share some snacks. It is a chance for students to give and receive support. The group will meet during DEAR before Chapel every Friday except during conferences.

A general invitation to all MS students will go out soon. I will offer personal invitations to students who I know might especially benefit from participating in the group. Students may also request individual support and I am available as needed.

Feel free to contact me with questions, for resources, or to share any background information you would want me to know.

Director of Counseling
& Academic Support Pre-K-12
MS Counselor


January 28, 2015, 8:15 AM-9:30 AM, Middle School Library

From accessing OES calendars to keeping up with social media feeds, how do you navigate the ever changing field of options and updates?  The Technology Coordinators are here to help.  Please join us for a hands-on learning session. 

This workshop is a Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) learning opportunity.  In order to tailor our sessions, please RSVP here to complete a short survey:

Can't make it to the session? Let us know in the survey so that we can plan additional sessions. Thank you!  Jenny Futrell


The Visual and Performing Arts Department and the Music Department will be celebrating the Arts from all Divisions Monday Feb 23 through Saturday Feb 28th.  The Winter One Acts open Wednesday evening Feb. 25th run through Saturday Feb 28th. We will have music performances and student and Guest speakers in Chapel, and mini arts workshops for students and staff. Keep your eyes open for more details to come. 


Lacrosse, Basketball and Ski Team New Sport Designs are Available in the OES Store!

New Team Spirit Wear for Lacrosse has just arrived at the School Store!  Come in and find a great selection of Crew Neck and Hooded Sweatshirts, as well as Tee Shirts, Sweatpants, and again this year: girl-cut tee shirts.  If you placed a pre-order for Basketball, Ski Team or Lacrosse, it is bagged and awaiting pick-up.  Didn’t place your order in time?  No worries!  There is additional stock to choose from.  We also have 15 colors of Sunglasses, License Plate Frames, Spirit scarves, New styles of hats, Water bottles, Nike socks and much more!

Coming soon-- Spirit wear Pre-Order for Tennis, Golf and Track & Field. Featuring a new, two color design!  Drop by and place a pre-order to be sure you get the size and color you want! 

Open 2pm-4pm every weekday, as well as by appointment in the morning.
Questions? Contact Store Manager: Madeleine Menashe 503-768-3170 or


February 24th: 8:00 am, Platt Global Classroom - CDL, State of the School; Intercultural Competency and Diversity.  It's been a busy few years of intercultural competency training, focus and engagement for OES Faculty and Staff.  Come hear US Head Jordan Elliott's report on 2014-2015 State of the School with respect to Intercultural Competency.   

March 10th: 7:30 pm The Residue Years by Portland native Mitchell Jackson at the Schnitzer Auditorium.  
The Residue Years is the Multnomah County Library's Everybody Reads 2015 selection.  As part of this program, Literary Arts and The Multnomah County Library will host a lecture by Mitchell Jackson on March 10th, and we have secured tickets!  Please mark your calendars and be on the lookout for an official sign up in January.

April 14th: 8:00 am Books and Breakfast - Whistling Vivaldi by Claude M Steele, in the Platt Global Classroom
Our final B&B title is a powerful work (yet easy read) by social psychologist Claude Steele, who lays out his groundbreaking work on stereotypes and identity.


CONFERENCE SNACKS  If you would like to contribute snacks to fuel our dear teachers during the long days of conferences, please sign up here: Conference Snack Signups

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 February 4, 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   

MS 2014/15 BASKETBALL VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.  Please sign up to help your MS Basketball team with running the clock or keeping the score book for each home game.  To sign up to help the girls teams please click on the link:  
MS Girls Basketball A & B  To sign up to help the boys B Team please click on the link:  MS Boys Basketball B Team.
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

MS 2014/15 Lego Robotics Club Team Parents needed.  Two team parents needed to work with the Lego Robotics Club leaders to help coordinate parent volunteers to cover meetings, practices, carpools, snacks, phone tree, weekend practices, etc. To sign up, please click on the link - Lego Robotics Club - Team Parents Volunteer Opportunities

Please direct any questions about volunteer needs to the Middle School Volunteer Coordinator - Jodi Wilkins


Parents, family, and friends of the OES community are invited to visit the OES Aardvark Science Expos where Middle & Upper School research projects/exhibits will be on display.

On Thursday, February 19th, from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, the exhibit hall in SPARC Gymnasium is open to the public (*Please note that Oleson Road is under construction so alternate routes will need to be taken*). Student exhibitors will not be with their projects that day, though it is an excellent opportunity for members of the entire OES community to spend time perusing the wide array of 250+ incredible projects and reading exhibit boards.

On Friday, February 20th, after judging, there is an open house from 6:30 – 7:30 PM, followed by the awards ceremony from 7:30 – 8:30 PM. Buses will run between SPARC and the lower lot by the athletic fields from 6:20–9:00 pm. Parking at SPARC by permit only; if you would like a parking permit for SPARC, inquire at the Upper or Middle School office.
Would you like to help as a judge or volunteer? If you have science degree, work experience or knowledge in any of the scientific disciplines and your children are not attending middle or upper school yet, please consider volunteering as a science fair judge. If you cannot judge, please consider asking your friends or colleagues to volunteer for our event. Breakfast and lunch provided. Please visit these links for more information- Volunteer: Volunteer Link, Complete schedule: Science Fair Schedule


Re-Enrollment for 2015-16
Enrollment Contracts for the 2015-2016 school year are once again paperless! We will be opening up the contract website on February 2.  Like last year, you will be given the option to pay your deposit using an e-check.  We will not be accepting credit card payments for enrollment deposits.  Contracts and deposits are due back by February 17.

Financial Aid
If you are applying for financial aid for the 2015-2016 school year, you should begin your Parent Financial Statement (PFS) online -  Returning applicants will want to use the SAME login and password they used last year for their information to carryover.  The last day to submit a PFS is February 9. 


Covert Operation Alert 
Code Name: PPADBF13 
Please Procure Auction Donations by February 2
Attention: Secret agents and operatives 
To execute Operation Oregon Episcopal School we need all agents-of-influence to procure donations for the live and silent auctions.  Without your keen eyes, ears, time, and generosity, there would be no auction to support AASK, teacher development and a myriad of special projects that enrich our school community.  
Intelligence Details:
Please make your drop by Feb. 2 for inclusion in the catalogue

We value whatever unique interests, talents, and connections you bring to our community.  We encourage you to use this rich diversity of assets to help plan, procure and/or host an event or item.  You can fill out an online donation form or download, print and submit a PDF donation form

Operation Tips: Follow your senses to sniff out a promising lead
Know any business owners?  Bring them in on the mission -- their donations will gain them exposure in the OES community 
Are you a connector? Plan a big bash! 
Prefer your drink shaken, not stirred? Donate cocktail supplies or a cocktail-themed event 
So you’re an artist? Donate a finished piece or share your talent in a lesson/class 
Is your code name "poker face"? Why not host your own casino night? 
Any espionage enthusiasts out there? Plan an activity that features sleuthing fun 
Spy movies float your boat? Host a Bond/spy movie marathon or event

There are so many simple, easy ways to give 
Please consider donating airline miles, money, or gift certificates towards items that the auction committee has already planned. You can also donate your ideas, time, and support -- just contact the auction chairs to get in the loop.

Please get your donation submitted by February 2. 
We appreciate everything you can dream up, give, plan, host or execute to benefit our school, community and children.  

Please save the date March 14, 2015 to attend, and/or volunteer at, the auction. 

The preceding includes eyes only information -- please destroy after reading


Mark your calendars now to “Be Legendary” at the annual AASK Friend Raising Breakfast. 
Tuesday, January 27, 2015
8:00 - 9:15 a.m.
OES Dining Hall 
Questions: Contact Gisela Walitzki at or 503-416-9394  


It is possible to view the menu for the whole week on the new website for Bon Appetit, which manages the OES Dining Hall. On the main page is green text that says "View Weekly Menu." By clicking that, you can see the menu for the whole week.


Attention 7th Grade Parents.  Your child needs to be up to date on their TDAP booster.  Per Oregon law, this is a requirement for 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 get this done as soon as possible.  This vaccine is available at your local pharmacy, any urgent care facility and your doctor's office.


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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