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March 19

Sixth graders celebrated Pi Day in the Middle School with many Pi(e) related activities- memorizing digits of Pi, determining their hat size using Pi, creating a 4,000 year chronology of Pi, hearing Mr. Chang recite 1,024 digits of Pi and also, eating pie.

NOTE FROM SCOTT HARDISTER

Ahhh, Spring Break! I speak often about the cadence and rhythm of schools. For those of us whose lives are school there may not be a break in the school year that is more timely, needed, and pertinent in order to survive. I know you feel it…the fatigue, the short fuse, the sleepiness. It is time. It is time for a well-deserved week of rest, relaxation and rejuvenation. May your Spring Break be all that you hope it is! We all know it is a sprint to the finish upon our return.

PARENT HAPPENINGS

March 21-29Spring Break
March 30NO SCHOOL-Faculty PGD Day
April 1MS PAL Meeting, 8:15 AM, MS Commons
April 3NO SCHOOL-Good Friday
April 15 and 16Culture Shock 7 PM
April 22Mindfulness Event, 7-8 PM








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:

OES Updated Food and Allergy Policy *NEW*
OES Culture Shock *NEW*
LS Teacher/Staff Appreciation-April 17, 2015 *NEW*
Mindfulness Event *NEW*

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM ELAINE ELLIOTT, SCHOOL NURSE *NEW*

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 elliotte@oes.edu.
Warm Regards,
Elaine Elliott

OES CULTURE SHOCK: YOU’RE INVITED! *NEW*

Each year, the Upper School engages in “Culture Shock,” a conference designed to celebrate different cultures at OES and build intercultural competence.  This year, we are adding two evening events open (and free) to the entire community.  

 On Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 pm, Damaris Webb presents “The Box Marked Black," a solo performance that explores growing up multi-racial in Portland.  Register for the event here.

On Thursday, April 16 at 7:00 pm, Rosetta Lee will speak on “Parenting with Identity in Mind.”  We particularly encourage Lower and Middle School parents to join us for this talk relevant to all age levels PreK-12.  Register for the event here.

Child care available!  The OES Residential Life Program will be providing free child care for both events.  Please register by emailing Kristen Dallum (dallumk@oes.edu).  Questions?  Feel free to contact Jordan Elliott (elliottj@oes.edu)

LOWER SCHOOL TEACHER/STAFF APPRECIATION-FRIDAY, APRIL 17, 2015 *NEW*

WE NEED YOU TO MAKE THIS DAY A SUCCESS! 
Do you have a fond memory of one of your Lower School Teachers?  Is there a thank you left unsaid you would like to say to an LS Staff?  For LS Teacher/Staff Appreciation Day we are planning on stuffing bags with LOTS of cards and notes for our teachers and staff to make them feel fabulous!   We are asking students and parents to write as many notes and cards as you can to LS faculty and staff!  They will love to get notes and cards from former students!  Please place these notes/cards in Benno Lyon's box in the Middle School and he will make sure they get to the right place.  Any questions?  April Gilster, fischera@comcast.net

MINDFULNESS…SPECIAL EVENT *NEW*

Parent Meeting Wednesday, April 22nd , 7:00-8:00 PM

In October, OES counselors attended an NWAIS sponsored workshop “Mindfulness in Your School and Classroom,” presented by Patrick Cook-Deegan. Over the past few months, there has been growing excitement in our school and our association about our efforts to integrate mindfulness education into the experience of OES students.

Presenter Patrick Cook-Deegan is an educator, speaker, athlete, and backcountry guide. Patrick’s work in outdoor/experiential education and interest in mindfulness have come together to create a unique perspective and skillset that is of real value. His work is of particular interest to active, sports-minded, and adventurous adolescents.

From Patrick’s website…
Patrick is an educator, speaker, and backcountry guide. Patrick has spoken at 100 schools and universities, reached nearly 20,000 students through speaking and workshops, organized a dozen retreats and backcountry trips, and mentored numerous young people.
He has been featured in the Washington Post, Sunday Boston Globe, Radio Free Asia, ABC News, NPR, and has been published in the Huffington PostTricycleEdutopia, Greater Good Center at UC Berkeley, and the Providence Journal.
More information will be available later. Plans for student and faculty presentations are underway.

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.

LEGO PHYSICS SHOW DATES

LEGO Physics OES Show set-up, Thursday, April 23rd, 3 - 11 pm, LS Library
LEGO Physics OES Show, Friday, April 24th, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm, LS Library (clean-up from 2:30 - 4 pm)
LEGO Physics at the Oregon Zoo set-up, Friday, May 15th, 4 - 11 pm
LEGO Physics at the Oregon Zoo Show, Saturday and Sunday, May 16 & 17, 9 am - 5 pm, clean-up and transport back to OES on Sunday, 5/17, till 8pm

BASKETBALL UNIFORMS

Please return your basketball uniforms if you played for the Boys or Girls A or B Basketball Teams.  There is a box in the MS office for student-athletes to collect the home and away uniforms.  Please help the athletic department wrap up the winter season, so we can focus on spring sports.  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.

OES SCHOOL STORE IS MOVING!

The School Store will be relocating to the Morris House as of March 5th.  This move will take several weeks, and the Store will be CLOSED from March 5th- March 27th.  Please come and visit the Store in its new location, starting Tuesday, March 31st!

Need something desperately?  Gifts for your trip to Spain, Martinique or China, or a Winterim trip?  Head to the Store this week!!  Or make an appointment next week, to pop by during the move, and we will accommodate you as best as we can.  Sport Pre-Orders will hopefully be bagged and ready for pick up prior to March 5th- an email will alert you that your order is ready.

Thank you for your patience during this transition!!  Questions?  Please email menashem@oes.edu

SPRING SEASON FOR BOOKS & BREAKFAST AND COMMUNITY DIVERSITY LINK

NEW DATE: April 21th: 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. *This meeting has been changed from the prior day of Wednesday, as we would like more parents to attend and avoid other OES meeting conflicts. Please consider joinging us as we discuss the literary festival, Book Fair, and GOBS.

PLANNING 8TH GRADE PROMOTION FESTIVITIES!  VOLUNTEER SPOTS ARE FILLING UP QUICKLY!  NEED FANTASTIC PICTURES FROM PRE-K THRU 8TH GRADE!

Monday June 8, 2015
* Regular school day/last day for 8th graders
* Afternoon promotion practice- students/staff only
* Volunteers decorate Dining Hall & MS Commons
* Memories Dinner- 6-9 pm- parents, 8th grade students, faculty/staff ONLY (more details in later correspondence)

Tuesday June 9, 2015
*PROMOTION DAY
*8th grade students arrive to school by 8 am
*Group Photograph
*Ceremony in chapel - 9-11 am (more details in later correspondence by Veena)
*Excursion to Big Al's--11:30 am - 2 pm- students/staff only

Please go to Volunteer Spot OES MS 2015 8th Grade Promotion and volunteer to help.

Send pictures sized 640-1280 for the Memories Slide Show to Carey Killian at careykillian@comcast.net or text to 503-351-0446. It is nice to have pictures with groups of kids doing various activities.

Do not hesitate to contact KC Landauer at 503-307-1039 or landauer7267@comcast.net with any questions

PARENT PORTAL USE

Please visit this link http://www.oes.edu/uploaded/calendars/Parent-portal.pdf for instructions to use the Parent Portal to update household information and access your child's reports.

CURRENT VOLUNTEER NEEDS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL

DROP EVERYTHING AND READ (D.E.A.R.) BAKING VOLUNTEERS
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 April 1, 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   
       
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

HEALTH REMINDERS

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
-vomiting
-diarrhea
-rash
-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

AFTER-MATH

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.

CINDY MCENROE
Director of Counseling
& Academic Support Pre-K-12
MS Counselor
mcenroec@oes.edu
503-416-9295 
 

MS FRIENDLY REMINDERS

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 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 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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