MS Messenger

June 10

Excited 8th Graders gather under the Bell Tower prior to their promotion on Tuesday morning.


It is hard for me to believe that this is my last Messenger blurb (this is Lisa’s word). I clearly remember my first day of school here when I started as a science teacher thirteen years ago. I was blown away by the sense of community that I felt around the Belltower Ceremony that morning. That sense of community has only become stronger over the years. As I reflect on my time here I am filled with joy, admiration and appreciation. OES has been a special place both for me and, of course, my family. It has been home for Cole and Zoe for the past nine years, and this community will always be a significant part of who they are. We have all made lasting friendships because of Oregon Episcopal School, and for that, we will always be grateful for our time here. The relationships that I have built with colleagues, parents and students are deep, lasting, and fulfilling. My life is better because of my time at OES.

I will miss you.


June 15
On Line Forms Due
August 31
8:30 AM-3:30 PM
Laptop pick up, Middle School Purdy Room
September 8
8:30 AM-3:30 PM
Laptop pick up, Middle School Purdy Room
September 8
10 -11:30 AM
11:30-12:30 PM    
12:30-2:30 PM  
Orientation Day
Current OES Rising 6th graders (not buddies)
Rising OES 6, 7, 8th grade Buddies-'Buddy training' w/ lunch
All New MS Students & Buddies
September 8
12:30-2:30 PM

New Middle School Parent Coffee Q&A
September 9 First Day of School

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


School Supply Lists Available *NEW*
Middle School Summer Reading *NEW*
School Book Buy Back *NEW*


Please find your school supply lists at the following links:

6th Grade Supply List 2015-16
7th Grade Supply List 2015-16
8th Grade Supply List 2015-16


In the Middle School, we have a tradition of a Summer Read. This year we are excited to try something new: graphic novels. Whether it’s the biography of John Lewis (March) and his introduction to civil rights activism; the story of a family in Beirut (A Game for Swallows); or the story of a middle school girl trying to put on a grand production with a limited budget (Drama), each of these books couldn’t truly exist in any other medium. The way one panel leads to the next, or is disrupted by a larger panel—breaking up the narrative—is essential for these stories to be told well. Graphic novels are no long “under the radar,” which is something many of our students already know. They are winning Pulitzers and other awards traditionally reserved for text-driven stories. I'm looking forward to the discussions these graphic narratives generate when we return and come together to meet for part of a school day.

On a logistical note, the book titles with names of students attached will be posted on this blog page, and later linked from the Middle School Library website. You may choose to purchase your book through Powell’s or Amazon or even to check out a copy through your local public library. Finally, parents, we will be offering a small reading list of “essential” graphic novels for you. There will also be a guest speaker coming in and some activities specifically for you as a parallel experience to what the students will get in September. Stayed tuned for more details!


MBS Direct has begun the quote process for their book buyback program. To get a get a quote, log onto the MBS Direct website and click on “Sell my books.” In an effort to be more sustainable and efficient, we are offering on-campus drop off for shipments for their buyback program. MS and US Families with a printed buy-back quote can drop off books at OES on June 11, 8-11:45 AM. Additionally, families can drop-off books with a printed receipt in the MS and US office through June 17. Save time, energy, and resources by not having to package and ship books to MBS.


Father’s Day and Graduation are coming up!  Lots of great gift items in the Store: Ties, mugs, hats, picture frames, luggage tags, and so much more!  Stop by and make the Store your One-Stop-shop for your favorite aardvark fan!

Note: the Store will be open 2-4 each school day through Thursday, June 11th, and in the mornings by appointment.  The Store will be open limited hours in the summer, by appointment only- be sure to email to make an appointment. 

Reminder: the Store is now located in the Morris House.


A big Thank you to everyone who volunteered in the 2014-2015 school year. Everyone at OES really appreciates all the work you have put in.  Please take a moment to record the hours you have volunteered for which are not captured by VolunteerSpot (such as event organizers, grade reps/room parents, auction project coordinators, Ski and debate team parent drivers etc.).
Simply click on the link below to record the hours - Report 2014-2015 Volunteer Hours
Recording your hours makes a difference; it helps OES win grants and matching funds by being able to demonstrate the thousands of hours our fantastic volunteers donate to create a great education for our kids.
Thanks for all you do for our kids and for taking a few minutes to let us know your volunteer hours.
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me anytime @ Ruchi Prakash (All School Volunteer Coordinator)


To be eligible to drive OES kids, the parents needs to take a class led by Director of Facilities Jon von Behren, this 1 hour Class will certify you as a school driver for a period of three years.  We are having 4 of these certification classes this year:

Monday, September 14th – 11:30 am – 12:30 pm (following the 6th grade Parent Partnership event)
Monday, September 28th -7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
Wednesday, October 7th – 9:30 am – 10:30 am (following MS PAL meeting)

Please Sign-up for any one of these classes, using VolunteerSpot so that we can plan appropriately. Please Click on the link to signup - MS & US Driver Certification Class
  If you have any questions, please contact Ruchi Prakash.


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.


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 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.


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.


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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