MS Messenger

January 18


"Hey! Where is everyone?"



It says a lot when I seek out the structure and relative calm of the Middle School after nine days home from school. While the snow is beautiful and sledding is delightful, I have reached my quota of hot cocoa consumption and Lego building for this month. Thank you to the wonderful teachers who offered flexibility in their methods of teaching in this last week. There were online discussions happening, videos being offered as context, and flipped classrooms in all different disciplines. While we know this online learning is not a substitute for a dynamic classroom experience, it has been a great opportunity to think about how we move forward with learning in unusual circumstances. I appreciate your patience and flexibility as we do our best to alter our schedule for the remainder of the year to both reclaim some of those days and preserve important pieces of our program.

Some events coming up that I want to remind you of as we return to the world of school:

Wednesday, January 25: After school Skating Party: students will leave from school at the end of the day on school buses and be returned to school by bus at 5:30pm. All students need to be picked up from the Middle School by 6pm.

Wednesday, February 1: The February PAL will be devoted to a State of the School presentation from 8-9am in the Middle School Commons. All Lower and Middle School Parents are invited.

Wednesday through Friday, February 15-17: Middle School Student and Parent Conferences: You received an email from Lisa Casalino before Winter Break about when your conference is scheduled. Please confirm you have that date and time on your calendar--check your December email. It is critical that you attend these conferences, not only for the feedback they provide, but also because your child will be leading some portion of the conference depending on his or her grade level.


January 24
4:30PM - 9:30PM 

Middle School Basketball Night
OES Gym 

January 25
3:05PM - 5:30PM 

After School Skating Party
Winterhawks Skating Center 

January 27

End of First Semester Marking Period

January 30
7:00PM - 8:00PM

State of the School - Open to All Parents
LS Performance Commons

February 1
8:00AM - 9:00AM 

State of the School - Hosted by LS & MS PALs
MS Commons 

February 2
6:00PM - 8:00PM 

Community Conversation: Power, Privilege and Racial Diversity in Oregon
Speaker: Emily Drew
US Great Hall 

February 10
7:00PM - 9:00PM

MS Mid-Year Social
MS Commons 

February 15 -17

Middle School Student and Parent Conferences

February 23 - 24

MS & US Science Fair

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


Team Parents Still Needed for Winter Sports *New*
Please Sign Up for Teacher Snacks During February Conferences *New*
Middle School Basketball Night *New*
Admissions: Financial Aid, Application and Re-Enrollment Information *New*
Community Partnerships Connections *New*
Aardy Auction Update *New* 


Sign up to be a Winter Sport Team Parent and help the OES MS Coaches with their teams.  Help coaches with team communication if needed and coordinate parent volunteers for team snacks, team events, run scoreboard and keep stat books etc.  Click on the link to sign-up OES MS 16-17 Winter Sport Team Parents  Please direct any questions to the MS Volunteer Coordinator, Jodi Wilkins, at


Here's a great way to get involved in the Middle School! Our fabulous teachers have three long days of conferences and greatly appreciate snacks! Please sign up here. For questions, please contact Carolyn Stanley.


Sports fans, it's that time of year again! Our Middle School Basketball Night, is scheduled for January 24, 2017. Our OES Aardvarks will be playing Riverdale at home. Varsity Girls tip-off at 6:00PM followed by the Varsity Boys at 7:30PM. MS Students will be admitted into the game for free. Pizza and soda will be served at 5:30PM in the Rainbow Room. Those of you playing MS hoops can just come on up to the gym after practice and catch some of the JV Girls game that tips off at 4:30PM. There will also be half-time events sponsored by the Upper School Spirit Squad.  Don't miss this spirited night and come out and cheer our teams on to victory!


Re-Enrollment Deposit due February 7
Enrollment contracts for the 2017-2018 school year are now available online. Access your contract online at:
·       READ* and sign the contract – due February 7
·       Make your Enrollment Deposit (10% tuition)– due February 7
·       Complete your online health & permission forms – due May 1
·       Access physical forms (required for all students entering PK, K, 7, 9, and 11 in 2017-18) – due August 1
* Please note we have made changes to the cancellation terms for the 2017-18 academic year.
2017-2018 Financial Aid Application due February 3
Families seeking financial aid for the 2017-2018 school year must complete the Parent Financial Statement (PFS) by Friday, February 3.  Don’t forget to upload supporting documents. Financial aid awards will be emailed mid-March.


There are so many different opportunities for personal growth and community service this month that we chose a brief sampling connected to celebrating the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  
Speaker: Janet Mock
January 19, 2017
Various Events January 17 - February 1
Note:Ta-Nehisi Coates will speak on February 1 [Tickets available for community members 1/23/17]
MLK, Jr. Lecture: Marcilynn Burke


It’s Like Totally Aardy AuctionTime!

I say do ya speaka my language? Planning for Auction 2017: Like Totally Aardy is heating up and we all know that girls just want to have fun.  Boys do too!  So join the fun to help make this auction the OES celebration of the year, for sure!  

Wanna coordinate class baskets with somebody? Show your 80’s creativity while putting together your hot auction theme basket. Oh what a feeling it is to be your class’s basket coordinator! Parent Tammy Moe can help you learn all the moves to make that basket a hit. Just send an email to to get the wheels spinning.  

Red, red wine goes to to my head…
Collect some choice wine to make this Auction such a tubular success!  Bring your favorite bottle of red, white or something in between, valued at $25 or more. This means no Mad Dog or Boone’s Farm Strawberry Hill – gag me with a spoon!!! Individual bottles welcome. If you want to do something really rad, get together with fellow parents to create a case that would be fresh to the max!

Join us for the “Breakfast Club” – our second annual Wall of Wine Coffee Social!
Right after drop-off on Friday February 3rd, stop by the home of Auction Committee member, Julie Kuni, at 6045 SW Scholls Ferry Road. Bring one, two or as many bottles of wine you can carry and come chill out. Or just drop off your wine at the Development Office or contact Jaime Sales at

Just can’t get enough ways to get involved?  Check out your January 6 email for the 411:

  • Donate or procure your dream auction gift.

  • Sponsor the auction for prime seating and exclusive advertising opportunities.

  • Volunteer your time and talent before, during or after the auction.

  • Attend the auction for a totally awesome way to raise $$$ all night long!


For All Middle School Parents: 
Please make sure to note your child’s February conference time. Students attend February conferences together with parents. Confirmation emails with conference times were sent from Lisa on December 16. Check your inbox for the email “Middle School February Conference Confirmation” in case it got lost in the holiday shuffle. 


This club is for 6th grade math students seeking extra enrichment and challenge in math. Alexa T. and Sophie C. have generously offered their time and talents to organize and run the math club.

All meetings will be on Tuesdays 3:30PM to 4:30PM. The first meeting will be Tuesday, January 17, 3:30PM - 4:30PM in RGS.

Please email Ann von Ofenheim if you have questions.


Thanks so much to all the parents who joined us to watch Screenagers last month. There was a rich conversation that followed the film regarding parenting strategies and digital devices, school usage and education around technology, and helpful resources. Please follow this link if you are interested in seeing some resources that were mentioned in the discussion or that we recommended in our conversations. The Screenagers website, also has excellent lists of resources for parents. If you have any further questions about technology, please reach out to your divisional Educational Technology Specialists: Jeffrey Sprague and Debra Thomas (LS), Jenny Futrell (MS), or Ed Cecere (US). As suggested at the Monday night screening, there are possible plans for a viewing of the film for the Upper School students in January. 


Please follow this link for full details on the 8th Grade Science Inquiry and feel free to contact us with any questions. Thank you.

-- Anna Rozzi, David Rosenberg and Ryan Holland  


Following up on this month's PAL meeting, we have posted slideshows and resource materials from the evening here:

We would love for you to review all four of the presented sessions, but it is most important that you seek out the information that you and your family most need.

Social Media Primer: Learn more about the model of social media platforms and how to evaluate different social media sites for yourself and your children.

Family Tech Contracts:  Hear about how to open difficult, but necessary, conversations about technology use, not just for your children, but for your family. See some models of family tech contracts and get some guidelines for culture of use both here at OES and in your home.

Classroom Applications:  With a one to one laptop program in the Middle School, teachers are thinking carefully about how to use tech tools in the classroom. Come hear from one teacher about how she implements digital tools in the sixth grade as an example of what’s possible in the classroom.

What We Know-Digital Media and the Middle School Years: Last year, the Middle School conducted a thorough survey of digital use among parents and students. The results are informative not only to us as a school to guide curriculum, but also provide a window in our population of families and students.


New Math Support Calendar is available on Middle School Resources Website.You may also access the direct link here: Google Calendar. Your children have been given a link to this calendar and we wanted to share it with you as well


It is important to be ready for what nature throws our way. OES contracts with an emergency announcement calling service that will notify families of school delays and closures and other emergencies. In order to receive these announcements, you must register with Honeywell Instant Alert. Learn more.


Students will be charged $12 for E-Book usage on their next student bill. Please contact Liz Weiler, US Math Department Chair, with questions.


Please remember that our doors are unlocked at 7:30AM. Even if your child is let in by early arriving faculty or staff, there is no adult supervision until then. If you need to drop your child off earlier than 7:30AM, please make sure they go to the reception lobby in the main building where they can wait until the MS doors unlock.


For ALL absences and appointments - planned or day-of - please email the office at or call the office at 503-768-3127. These attendance emails go to Lisa, Marcy and Kate who collectively take care of entering your child's whereabouts into our database and letting teachers know who will be present, absent, leaving early or arriving late. Since our campus is spread out with band, choir, art and PE in different buildings, keeping track of all our students is sometimes tricky so we are most appreciative when parents communicate plans for their children's absences as far in advance as possible. Conversely, unless you need to let your child know about a change in their afterschool schedule, we do not need to be notified about afterschool plans. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. Thank you so much! 


MS Resources Website: Student Calendars, Class Updates and Helpful Resources

New this year, Middle School faculty are posting monthly updates about classes on the MS Resources website. This is the same site we use each year to provide student and family access to all MS class calendars. There are also links for the Daily Announcement display as well as OES Athletics, and a helpful list of “Who to Contact in the Middle School.” Please bookmark this site: or access it from the MS Messenger webpage under Helpful Resources.


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)


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 only if your child is not aware of changes to their 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 Extension) is to call or email the Director of the After School Program, Meghan Powers, 503-416-9299 or





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