6th Graders experience sacred spaces at the
Oregon Cambodian Buddhist Society in West Linn, OR.
NOTE FROM HEAD OF MIDDLE SCHOOL, ANN SULZER
Last week I had the honor of joining the sixth graders on a Sacred Spaces trip to visit the Cambodian Buddhist Society of Oregon as part of their Humanities class. Though we were only a thirty minute drive from school, it felt as if we were transported to another world, and the students were struck by the experience. With the past week’s news of violence in Paris and Beirut, many of the words from our trip have stayed with me in their wisdom. When we entered the grounds of the temple, we were told to set aside greed, delusion, and hatred. These words returned to me this week as we try to make sense of our world. The students learned the Buddhists bring their hands together in prayer to still their actions and their “doing” to focus on their intentions. We were also reminded that when we make mistakes, that means that we are human beings, and it is an opportunity to learn from those mistakes. On a smaller scale, the holidays can offer their own stress and difficulties, so as we learned last week at the Buddhist Society, please try to find some time for your children and your family for some stillness and calm, forgiveness, and gratitude. I wish you safe travels and joy over the break next week.
|November 19, 8:45AM||
OES Auction 101 Meeting
End of First Quarter
|November 24, 8:00AM - 11:00AM||
Grandparents and Special Friends Day
|November 25 - 27||
7:00PM - 8:00PM
College Information Night for 7th and 8th Grade Parents
8:15AM - 9:30AM
PAL Meeting followed by Class Breakout Sessions
8:00AM - 9:00AM
8th Grade Parent Tour of Upper School
9:00AM - 11:00AM
MS Ice Skating Party
1:30PM - 2:30PM
St. Nick's Chapel
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:
Important After School Pickup Reminder *New*
Auction 101 Meeting Reminder *New*
College Information Night for 7th & 8th Grade *New*
TDAP Vaccine for 7th Graders *New*
Winter Sport Spirit Wear Available at the OES Store *New*
The Annual OES Student/Employee Holiday Art Show *New*
OES Admissions News *Updated*
IMPORTANT AFTER SCHOOL PICKUP REMINDER *NEW*
Please do not arrive on the pickup line before 3pm in the afternoon. We have recently had problems with this because Middle School cars are blocking Lower School parents whose students are released at 2:50. If you arrive early, you may be asked to drive back around to the end of the parking line to allow Lower School parents through. Thank you for your patience.
AUCTION 101 MEETING REMINDER *NEW*
Please come to an Auction 101 meeting on Thursday, November 19 at 8:45AM in the Charlton Room in the Morris House. There are many fun and easy volunteer opportunities to choose from! For more information, please contact OES Auction Chair, Michelle Fitzhenry or Auction Co-Chair, Hilary O'Hollaren.
COLLEGE INFORMATION NIGHT FOR 7TH & 8TH GRADE PARENTS *NEW*
Join Jordan Elliott, Head of Upper School and Paula Sutton, Director of College Counseling on Tuesday, December 1, at 7PM in the MS Commons to hear how the Upper School supports families through the college application process.
TDAP VACCINE FOR 7TH GRADERS *NEW*
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.
WINTER SPORT SPIRIT WEAR AVAILABLE NOW! *NEW*
Winter Sport Spirit Wear arrived this week! If you are interested in buying tee shirts and sweatshirts for either Basketball or Ski Team, stop by or email your Winter Sport orders as soon as possible! You can also order early for Lacrosse, Tennis, Golf, and Track and Field. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your orders.
Also, New for November: OES magnets, Keychains and new Glove colors. Start thinking about Holiday Gifts now - it’s a great time to stock up on Aardvark items!
And remember, November is Gift with Purchase Month! Every purchase of $38 and over receives a free license plate holder.
Store Hours: Open 2PM - 4PM every weekday as well as mornings by appointment. We are located in the Morris House, lower level.
THE ANNUAL OES STUDENT/EMPLOYEE HOLIDAY ART SALE! *NEW*
Thanksgiving break is a great time to make fun things to sell! Perfect opportunity to shop early for the holidays and support our students and staff.
- Wednesday, December 2
7:30PM at Afterglow
in the Great Hall following the Advent Service
- Thursday, December 3
9:00AM - 3:30PM
in the US Main Lobby
- Friday, December 4
8:30AM - 3:30PM
in the US Main Lobby
What can you sell?
Handmade ART! Drawings, prints, ceramics, photographs, handmade cards, knitting, weaving, quilting, fused glass, jewelry & more!
Artists keep 90% of the proceeds.The other 10% will go towards a charity.This year the Art Department will donate proceeds from the sale to a group that is determined by US students working with Sue Jensen on the sale.
If students or staff are interested in participating, please email Sue Jensen or Margaret Synan-Russell for the forms and labeling info. We will send you an inventory sheet and more information. Let us know by Thanksgiving break if you plan to participate.
We also may need volunteers to help sell at the tables so this is a fun way for parents to support their student’s artistic endeavors.
Happy creative art-making from the Visual and Performing Arts Department!
OES ADMISSIONS NEWS *UPDATED*
2016-2017 Financial Aid Application Now Available
Families seeking financial aid for the 2016-2017 school year may begin the online Parent Financial Statement (PFS). The PFS is due on February 5. School and Student Services (SSS) is offering many free webinars to guide parents through the financial aid process. Check out the offerings here.
Early Application Deadline
If you have a child ready to join the OES community in the 2016-17 school year - the application deadlines are:
- Grades PK – 8: January 19
- Grades 9 - 12: January 28
We offer a reduced application fee of $50 if you apply online by December 14. You will use your parent portal password to log into the online application. View application forms on the admissions website.
Prospective Parent Information Receptions – open to the public
If you know of someone interested in exploring OES for their family, please invite them to attend one of our receptions for prospective parents.
- Tuesday, December 8, 6:00PM – Oswego Lake Country Club
- Wednesday, January 13, 6:00PM – Lucky Labrador Tap Room, N. Portland
DECEMBER 2 PAL MEETING 8TH GRADE BREAK-OUT SESSION: UPPER SCHOOL PANEL FOR PARENTS
Following the December 2 PAL meeting, there will be an Upper School panel for 8th Grade parents during the breakout session. On December 7, Jordan Elliott, Head of Upper School, will be hosting a tour for parents at 8:00AM.
WINTER BASKETBALL REGISTRATION
Please register your son or daughter for basketball by clicking on this link, typing in their name, and choosing one of the options. We rely heavily on this registration for hiring and scheduling. If your child does not plan on playing basketball, please choose Not Interested in Participating. 7th and 8th grade basketball begins on November 30 and continues through February 29, 2016. There are no practices or games during the winter break. Teams will be organized by gender and ability, and we try to limit the size of a roster by adding teams if necessary. 6th grade basketball will begin in January and run through the second week of March. If we need multiple teams due to a larger turnout, we will create two teams that are equally matched. Schedules will be online after the league meeting on November 9. For additional information, please email Dennis Sullivan at email@example.com.
GRANDPARENTS AND SPECIAL FRIENDS DAY
Grandparents and special friends of OES students will be celebrated at a special event on Tuesday, November 24. They are invited to gather in the gymnasium for a continental breakfast and student musical performances at 8:00AM. After breakfast, Lower and Middle School guests may join their students in their classrooms. Upper School students will be having parent/teacher conferences, but grandparents and their students are invited to join Jordan Elliott, head of Upper School, on a tour of the Upper School. An invitation was sent to those grandparents for whom the Development Office has addresses, but please contact grandparents or special friends who may not have received an invite, or have an invitation sent to them by providing their contact information HERE. Please RSVP by November 13.
NEW FORMAT FOR DEAR
This year, DEAR has shifted to Drop Everything And Recharge. What does this mean?
- Students may still read (sustained narratives--graphic narratives, non-fiction, fiction, books) physical books or ebooks on Kindles (they may not use other devices such as iPads or Kindle Fires, phones or listen to music). Also, just like last year, there are mini libraries in each classroom for students who do not have a book but might want to read. Also, with the new Library Advisory Group (LAG!), there will start to be some student-led (short!) book talks on Fridays during Gathering, hopefully getting students to share what they're reading with each other.
- They may also draw. They may draw their own, original art in a notebook or they may color. We have coloring books in the library and we will run off copies for every DEAR classroom. Rooms should have coloring pencils or pens or students can bring their own.
- They may relax. What does this look like? It could be napping; it could be daydreaming, meditating. But it should be solo and silent. This is really a device-free time (outside of a Kindle) for students to relax and recharge during their hectic days.
CORRECTION TO CINDY MCENROE'S EMAIL ADDRESS
The new OES directory has a misprint on Cindy McEnroe’s email address. It should be firstname.lastname@example.org. Please make a note of this for future reference.
PARENT DRIVER BACKGROUND CHECKS
Background checks are required for parent drivers. Background checks done in the Lower and Middle School are good for your entire tenure in Lower and Middle School; you do not need to redo the check if you have already had it done by OES.
If your child is still in Middle School and you need a background check it may be done online by clicking here. Results from background checks may require two weeks, so please begin the process early. After completing the online form, please email Rebecca Williams and tell her what child you are related to and what division he or she is in.
If you will also be driving for the Upper School you will need a DHS background check. Please contact Jean Verheggen in the Upper School to do so.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email Ruchi Prakash, All School Volunteer Coordinator & MS Service Learning Volunteer Coordinator.
TECHNOLOGY IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL
Over three years in the Middle School, our students develop a fluency with their laptops that comes from regular, personal interaction. They learn to use technology appropriately and effectively as a member of the OES community. As the Technology Coordinator, I partner with teachers, advisors, parents and students to create a positive learning environment for all students in the OES Middle School. Please take a look at this year’s Technology in the Middle School presentation for helpful information about: time management tools, the Middle School responsible use agreement, how to access student homework and test calendars, and more.
Link to the Parent Partnership Technology in Middle School Slide Presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1xdkSeFJcLxyeO9roT7zU61_4qvZvkL-fwRJGc4CW-VY/edit?usp=sharing
I look forward to working with you and your children during the Middle School years. Jennifer Futrell: email@example.com
AFTERMATH WITH MS. VON
Students are welcome to come to RGS after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays for "Aftermath" with Ms. Von. She will be in her room from 3:15 to 4:15pm for math help.
ADMISSIONS PARKING SPACES
Starting on September 30, Admissions will begin their tour and visitor season. Please help us welcome our guests by not parking in the reserved Admissions parking spaces between the hours of 7:30am – 3:30pm. It is very tempting to slip into these spaces at drop-off or pick-up, however, these are times when prospective parents are dropping off or picking up their children for student visits. Thank you!
DISCOVERY INFORMATION FOR OES PARENTS
UPPER SCHOOL DISCOVERY is a five-day, 40-hour apprenticeship or career exploration available to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students at OES. We work to connect students with individuals and businesses in the Portland area, to further explore their passions or learn something new. Do you have a career/trade that you would be willing to share with students? If so, please let us know! Discovery Coordinators - Corbet Clark (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Dana Mosher Lewis (email@example.com)
COMMUNITY DIVERSITY LINK (CDL): BOOKS & BREAKFAST
We are pleased to chair the OES Community Diversity Link for the '15-'16 school year and hope to encourage the continued exploration of diverse perspectives through a few special events and the Books and Breakfast Series.
-- November 10: We will discuss New York Times Op-Ed Columnist David Brook's The Road to Character.
-- January 12: We will tackle Claudia Rankine's Citizen: An American Lyric, a finalist for the 2014 National Book award, the winner of the 2014 National Book Critics Award for poetry and a finalist for that same award for criticism.
-- February (dateTBD): We will discuss Ta-Nehisi Coates' powerful letter to his son, Between the World and Me.
-- April 12: Final Books and Breakfast of the Year with a book as yet to be determined.
-- May 25: We will conclude the year with a meeting dedicated to the state of the school and new strategic plan with respect to issues of diversity.
PARENT PORTAL: HELPFUL HINT FOR UPDATING STUDENT INFORMATION
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.
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.
CALLING ALL LEGO ENTHUSIASTS
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
IMPORTANT INFORMATION ABOUT OES’S COMMUNICABLE DISEASES PROTOCOL
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.
TDAP VACCINE FOR 6TH GRADE PARENTS
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.
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 email@example.com or call 503-768-3127 if your child will be late or absent from school.
Afternoon Change of Plans: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 2:00 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 the Director of the After School Program, Meghan Powers, 503-416-9299 or email@example.com.