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Sept 2

We hope you have all had a glorious summer!


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.



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


 sports offered this fall are: Girls Soccer, Girls Volleyball, Boys Soccer, Co-ed Cross Country, and Co-ed Fencing.  (Fencing practice can be arranged so you can also play volleyball or soccer.)  There is no fee for participation.  Please register your child at the following Fall Sports Poll

If your child is not planning on participating in a fall sport, please click on “none.”  This registration helps us with scheduling and staffing.

Please remember, in order for your son or daughter to participate, he/she must have a sports physical (if in 7th grade or new to OES) and will need to have that form and the emergency authorization form turned in to the Middle School Office by the first week of school.  Forms can be found here on the OES website.


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.


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 the Director of the After School Program, 503-416-9299. 


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