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December 10


Sacha O. ’21 is very interested in the history of the Universe, so he created 
a 10 minute presentation about it to share with other sixth-graders. 

NOTE FROM PHILLIP CRAIG, HEAD CHAPLAIN

Last Thursday’s Advent Lessons and Carols service offered a great entry into the hope-filled spirit of this season (complete with 98 members of our own Middle School Choir). This morning the entire 6th grade visited BAPS Shri Swaminarayan Mandir, a Hindu temple just a few miles from our campus (the second of five “Sacred Spaces Field Trips”). In the next week, the Middle School will be honoring the sacred celebration of Hanukkah. And lest we forget, St. Nick has a reservation with our entire Aardvark family next Friday (December 19th – 1:30 pm in the OES Gym). In the midst of these celebrations, our Middle School community is eagerly collecting books for the Giving Shelf Project (to support the Children’s Book Bank).

Messages of anticipation, gratitude and the emergence of light over darkness clearly abound these days! May you and your families realize and welcome these same themes in your home, and find blessings for this season.

PARENT HAPPENINGS

Friday, 12/19/14
9:00-11:00 AM
MS Ice Skating Party
Friday, 12/19/14
1:30-2:30 PM
St. Nick's Chapel 
OES Gym
12/20/14-1/04/15Winter Break
1/19/15Martin Luther King, Jr. Day- NO SCHOOL
1/21/15
7:00-8:30 PM
8th Grade Explore Class Performance
Chapel 
1/29-1/30/156th Grade Student Led Conferences


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:

Are you registered with Honeywell Instant Alert for Emergency Notifications? *NEW*
The Giving Shelf *NEW* 
The Hour of Code is Coming Again! *NEW* 
Brain Rules event with best-selling author, Dr. John Medina *NEW*
AASK Friend Raising Breakfast: Save the Date *NEW* 
Annual Auction- Double 00 ES *NEW* 
Current Volunteer Needs for MS *UPDATED*
School Store *NEW*
Admissions *UPDATED* 

ARE YOU REGISTERED WITH HONEYWELL INSTANT ALERT FOR EMERGENCY NOTIFICATIONS?  *NEW*

Occasionally, snow or other weather conditions require closure or delayed opening of school. Decisions whether to close school are based on road conditions throughout the metropolitan area. The administration recognizes that conditions vary from place to place, so we encourage families to make travel decisions based on conditions in their neighborhood.

Closure Notification: OES contracts with an emergency announcement calling service that will notify families of school delays and closures. In order to receive these announcements, you must register with Honeywell Instant Alert. 
We strongly urge you to register with Honeywell Instant Alert in order to receive these messages. 
Enrollment Instructions
Instant Alert Sign-in Page

THE GIVING SHELF  *NEW*

The Giving Shelf is OES Middle School’s book collection for the Children’s Book Bank, a non-profit that works to improve literacy skills of low-income children in the Portland area. Working with CBB, our middle school students will create book bags for each student in the Markham Head Start classrooms. These are the same classrooms that we have had a service learning relationship with for many years. During 6th grade, every middle schooler visits these classrooms to play, read and engage with these young students, and on December 18th our students will deliver the books and read with the children.  

How you can help:
-Donate new or gently used children’s books
-In need of Dr. Seuss, picture books and books in Spanish
-Donated books should be unwrapped

Book collection through December 16th!  Thank you for your support!

VIEW WEEKLY MENU ON THE NEW BON APPETIT WEBSITE *NEW*

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.

 

 


MARK YOUR CALENDARS AND RSVP FOR THE BRAIN RULES EVENT WITH BEST-SELLING AUTHOR, DR. MEDINA  *NEW*

OES will welcome Dr. John Medina, the New York Times bestselling author of Brain Rules to campus for an exciting event January 12th at 7:00 p.m. Dr. Medina is a brain researcher and professor at the University of Washington School of Medicine. He makes brain science fun and exciting in this high-energy presentation. His best-selling book, Brain Rules: 12 Principles for Surviving and Thriving at Work, Home and School, tackles the way our brains react to and organize information and how our environments can be modified for peak brain performance. Dr. Medina uses humor and fascinating stories to bring the brain to life. If you have questions, please contact Kristin Bradley at kricbradley@gmail.com.

Dr. John Medina Event
January 12th at 7:00 p.m.
OES Chapel
Please RSVP at:
www.mysignup.com/johnmedina

AASK FRIEND RAISING BREAKFAST: SAVE THE DATE  *NEW*

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 walitzkig@oes.edu or 503-416-9394  

ANNUAL OES AUCTION- DOUBLE 00ES  *NEW*

EARLY COVERT OPERATION ALERT
Code Name: PHWOWSFA (Pre-Holiday W.O.W. Submissions for Auction)
Wall of Wine field operatives have embarked upon phase 1 execution.  To get a jump on this popular auction feature, they’ve designed an advance pre-holiday wine donation operation.  Your help is mission critical.      

Please donate a bottle of wine, valued at $20 or higher, to help fill the Wall of Wine with a wide variety of OES community selections.  

Operation Intelligence Details:
1. The Dead Drop: Make a pre-holiday bottle drop-off at the Auction Office in Morris House (next to Admissions) anytime at your convenience. Please attach name and estimated value of bottle(s), if known.

2. Brush Contact Only: Auction operatives will be stationed for rolling car pick ups at both the Lower School and Middle School pickup/drop-off curbs on the mornings and afternoons of Wednesday, December 17 and Thursday, December 18. 

Thank you for supporting the OES auction to benefit our children, school, and community.  
Please remember to save the date March 14, 2015 to attend and/or volunteer.  
Visit the auction webpage for more auction information and updates.    
The preceding includes eyes only information -- please destroy after reading

CURRENT VOLUNTEER NEEDS FOR MS *UPDATED*

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

DROP EVERYTHING AND READ (D.E.A.R.) BAKING VOLUNTEERS:
DEAR starts up again!  Each week the students Drop Everything And Read a book of their choice. Once a month, parent volunteers bake treats to have alongside DEAR time. It’s so nice to have a cookie with your book. 

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.
        
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

SCHOOL STORE *NEW*

Pajamas, Bow Ties and Sport Pre-Orders have arrived!  Didn’t place your order in time?  No worries, we have you covered!  We now have a large selection of Basketball, Ski and Lacrosse to choose from, as well as extra Pajamas, Vineyard Vines Ties and Bow Ties, License Plate Frames, Mugs, Picture Frames, Gloves and so much more!  You’ll find something for all of your favorite Aardvarks and Aardvark Fans!

Extended Holiday Hours: The Store will be open Tuesday- Friday 1:30-5pm every day, and 7:45-8:45am on Friday morning. Happy Shopping!

We are located in Room 11 of Scott House. You can always visit us online.

Questions?  Contact Madeleine at menashem@oes.edu              

ADMISSIONS *UPDATED*

SIBLING APPLICATIONS
Parents: if you have a child ready to join the OES community in the 2015-16 school year - the application deadline is January 20.  We are offering a reduced applicationfee of $50, if you apply online by December 15.  You will use your parent portal password to log into the online application. Get an application checklist and all forms.

Prospective Parent Information Receptions – open to the public
Tuesday, Dec 9, 6pm – Oswego Lake Country Club

ADMISSIONS INFORMATION EVENING
Invite your friends, business associates, neighbors, and family interested in learning more about OES to our Information Evening – Wednesday, Jan 7, 7:00pm – Read more here.

FINANCIAL AID
Financial aid application information for the 2015-16 school year was emailed to parents of students currently on financial aid.  If you did not receive this information, please contact Jen Bash

If your family is not currently on financial aid, but due to recent financial changes, is considering an application for next year, please be in touch with Jen Bash for application information. There is also extensive information about financial aid at OES available online.

TDAP VACCINE REMINDER FOR 7TH GRADE PARENTS 

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. 

AFTER-MATH

Wednesdays and Thursdays after school, 3:05 to 4:15, Ms. von will be in her classroom for any math students who want to work on homework, ask questions, catch up, etc. You can also arrange a time to meet with her on Tuesdays or Fridays.

RETURN SPORTS UNIFORMS

Athletes: Please wash and return fall sports uniforms to the Middle School office labeled with your name. 

MEAL RESERVATIONS FOR THE OES DINING HALL

Please keep in mind that the food service staff makes only enough food for the boarding program. Most days we can increase the amount of food we prepare if dinner is requested with 24 hours’ notice.  Weekend meal requests need to be made no later than 10am Thursday morning. 

Faculty, staff, parents, guests and students are expected to pay for their meals by signing in, or when appropriate, charging to a budget account. 
If you make dinner reservations and you do not cancel, by 2pm the day of your reservation, you will be charged for the extra food that was prepared for you. 
*Please note that there may be times that we are not able to accommodate requests.  
You can make arrangements to dine in the OES Dining Hall by emailing Kelly Cowing.

Updated Meal Pricing 2014-2015
Breakfast $4.00
Lunch $4.50
Dinner $7.00

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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