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The 2016-17 Book List is live! Check it out HERE.

June 17


Connections & Reflections:
8th Grade Closing Circle at Camp Arrah Wanna: 


Thank you to all the families and students who have made this school year so wonderful! It was an honor and a delight to celebrate our eighth grade Promotion yesterday and send our Class of 2020 on to the Upper School and beyond. I wish you all relaxing and rejuvenating summers, and I look forward to seeing you next fall.


August 29
8:00AM - 4:00PM 

Laptop Pick-Up for Returning 7th and 8th Graders
Middle School 

September 6
10:00AM - 2:30PM 

Laptop Pick-Up for All 6th Graders and New 7th/8th Graders
Middle School

September 6

Orientation Day
Middle School 

September 7

First Day of School

September 14
6:00PM - 6:30PM 

8th Grade Language Trip Meeting
MS Commons 

September 14
6:30PM - 8:30PM

Back to School Night
Middle School  

September 15

MS Picture Day

September 20 - 23

MS Fall Trips

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

Save-the-Date: September 9 for Lower School Community Opening and Tours *New*
Parent Driver Certification Class *New*


Help us celebrate the new Lower School opening and join the OES community for a tour!

Friday, September 9, 2016
8:30AM, 9:00AM and 9:30AM tour start times.
Guided tours start at the Dining Commons.

Details to RSVP coming soon!


To be eligible to drive OES students, parents need to take a class led by Director of Facilities, Jon von Behren. This one-hour class will certify you as a school driver for a period of three years. You will also need to have a DHS background check to drive MS students.

We use parent drivers throughout the year to take students to Service Learning projects, advisory outings and other school-related field trips. Certification classes are only offered in the fall. If you anticipate needing to drive for any of these MS activities please consider taking one of the fall classes.

If you are new to the MS or if it has been three years since your last driving class, please sign up for one of the sessions offered. These classes are only offered in the fall.

We are having 3 certification classes this year:
1.       Monday, September 12, 11:30AM - 12:30PM in DVR
2.       Monday, September 26, 8:15AM - 9:15AM in Platt Global Classroom
3.       Wednesday, October 5, 7:00PM - 8:00PM in Platt Global Classroom 

Please sign up for any one of these classes, using VolunteerSpot so that we can plan appropriately. Please Click on the link to sign up - AS Driver Certification Class

If you have any questions, please feel free to email Ruchi Prakash (All School Volunteer Coordinator) at any time.


Laptop Collection Information

Please make sure your student has turned in their laptop, case and charger. If there are lost or damaged items, student accounts will be charged as follows:

  • Lost Charger: $79
  • Lost Case: $40
  • Cracked Screen on MacBook Air: $150
  • Other Damage: Based on repair cost up to ½ the cost of a new MacBook Air.

If your child is leaving OES, their accounts will be deactivated in early July. To “take out” Google files from this account, please visit: while logged into the student account.

August Laptop Pick-Up for NEXT School Year

When students get their laptops next year, all students (grades 6-9) are asked to come to the Middle School during pick up times to check out their laptop, create a new password, and sign the Responsible Use Agreement.

Laptop Pick Up Dates:

  • Returning 7th - 9th graders: Monday, August 29, 8:00AM - 4:00PM
  • Rising 6th graders and new 7th/8th graders: Tuesday, September 6, during Orientation Day.

Please note:

  • At least one parent or guardian MUST accompany his or her 6th-8th grade student through the process. This is not required for 9th graders.
  • You do not need to sign up in advance.
  • Allow at least 45 minutes for this process and please arrive no later than 3:00PM.


Summer is a great time to hone skills and really dig deep into new music. Here is a link of choir, band and orchestral opportunities in the area for students this summer. The OES music department will continue to add to this document, so check it often! Happy music-making!
Summer Music Opportunities


For current 7th grade families:

Several parents have inquired about the 8th grade language trips for 2017. Please know that these trips are one option for the 8th grade program. No student is required to go on a language trip. Parents need to assess whether they and their student are ready for their child to manage an international travel experience without a parent present.

Students who choose not to participate in a language trip are required to participate in a full week of experiential programming here in Portland.

An information meeting will be scheduled for early October for all parents who are interested in learning more about the language trips and the alternative experiential option. Next year's language trips will depart on March 15 and return to Portland either March 24 or 25. For families who may be planning to meet their child overseas, please know that the trip leaders will set a time and location on the last night of the trip when parents may pick up their child. (Students may not travel elsewhere to meet their parent.) OES asks that parents make their travel plans so that they will arrive in the rendezvous city at least 24 hours before they meet up with their child; this allows for some buffer in case of travel snags.

If you have any questions, please contact Christina Meyerhoff, Director of Winterim and Off-Campus Programming.


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)


Summer programs are now open for registration at OES Summer Programs. Check them out!


"In sum, media are an enormous presence in young people’s lives, a huge claim on their time and attention, and an element of their lives that is well worth our continued attention.” - The Common Sense Census; Media Use by Tweens and Teens, 2015.

Click here to view the March PAL Presentation with results of the Digital Media Survey that was completed by both children and parents this past month. This slideshow includes links to handouts and resources for further discussion. If you have further questions as we consider our children's use of technology in the home, please contact Jennifer Futrell:


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 ( 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 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.


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
Warm Regards,
Elaine Elliott


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 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 2:00PM. 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 EC) is to call or email the Director of the After School Program, Meghan Powers, 503-416-9299 or






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