MS Messenger

February 3


Our Martinique visitors enjoying the Oregon snow!


NOTE FROM HEAD OF MIDDLE SCHOOL, ANN SULZER 

As we move through the rainy month of February, complete with conferences, science research for seventh and eighth graders, and the inevitable colds and viruses, I ask you to help us take care of your children. We had a high, or rather low, last week of twenty-eight students absent and six teachers out sick, all in one day. We prioritize your children’s health and safety, and as teachers, we adjust our expectations for making up work when a student is out sick. I have reminded the teachers that not only do we need to provide extra time for students to complete work when they return from an absence, but more importantly, teachers will adjust the volume of work. It is not our expectation that students will be doing schoolwork while they are at home healing. When they return from school, students will need to follow up with each of their teachers to check in about making up work since every class is unique. This communication initiated by students, instead of parents, is an important skill to develop as students become more independent learners. This same understanding applies for teachers who are out sick. Just as we hope your children are resting and healing at home, my priority for teachers is that they also take care of themselves when they are not well. Please respect their privacy and need to take time off from teaching, and when they return to school, they will pick up communication with you and their students. Rest often and well, wash hands, and please take care of yourselves and each other. 

PARENT HAPPENINGS

February 9
6:30PM - 7:30PM 

8th Grade Scene and Monologues
MS Commons 

February 10 -12

MS Conferences
NO SCHOOL (For MS)

February 15

Presidents Day
NO SCHOOL 

February 16 and 18
6:30PM - 7:30PM

7th Grade Improvisation Nights
MS Commons 

February 19
7:00PM - 9:00PM 

MS Mid-Year Social

February 23
8:00AM -  9:30AM

Community Diversity Link: Books and Breakfast
Platt Global Classroom 

February 29
6:00PM - 8:00PM 

All-School Instrumental Concert
Gym 

March 2 - 11/12

8th Grade Language Trips

March 12
6:00PM - 11:00PM

OES Auction 
Montgomery Park 

March 14
6:30PM - 8:00PM 

All-School Choir Concert
Chapel 

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:

Parent Volunteers for MS Science *New*
Aardvark Science Expo: Volunteers Required *New*
All-School Choir Concert Date Change *New*
OES Admissions Updates: Re-Enrollment and Financial Aid *New*
Coming Soon! Aardy Goes to Hollywood! *New*
Digital Life and the Middle School Years: Parent Survey *New*
Community Diversity Link (CDL): February Books and Breakfast *New*

PARENT VOLUNTEERS FOR MS SCIENCE *NEW*

The MS Science teachers are looking for parent volunteers to help support students' research. If you are interested in being involved in this process, we have two volunteer opportunities for parents this year. You do not need to be an expert in the sciences, but a basic understanding of iterative process is helpful. 

Option 1: For any parents interested in helping students to analyze their data, use excel for graphing, or helping students to design posters with inDesign/PowerPoint, please consider volunteering during one of the 8th grade Analysis & Design Open Labs.

Option 2: We are looking for parents to come to OES on February 25 from 9:00AM - 11:00AM for a Feedback Forum. 

AARDVARK SCIENCE EXPO: VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED *NEW* 

On Thursday, February 25, from 8:00AM – 5:00PM, the exhibit hall in SPARC Gymnasium is open to the public. This is an excellent time for members of the entire OES community to spend time perusing the wide array of 250+ incredible projects and reading exhibit boards. US student exhibitors will not be with their projects that day.

We require volunteers to supervise visitors during the Open House. The exhibits are open for public viewing from 8:00AM – 5:00 PM, and teachers often bring their classrooms for a visit. Main responsibilities will be greeting visitors, helping folks locate bathrooms or drinking fountains, and reminding folks to behave and not touch the exhibits or toss tennis balls. It is also a nice opportunity to peruse the exhibits.

It is a 1-2 hour time commitment. To volunteer, please click on the link - Aardvark Science Expo Volunteers

If you have questions, please email – Ruchi Prakash (All School Volunteer Coordinator)

URGENT REQUIREMENT FOR JUDGES FOR US AARDVARK SCIENCE FAIR *NEW*

The Upper School Aardvark Science Fair is looking for parents to judge their projects. This year we are very short in live science judges. The category judges needed are: medicine and health, biochemistry, cellular and molecular biology, behavioral and social sciences,  and especially Animal and Plant sciences. If you don’t have any kids attending the OES Upper School you are eligible to judge upper school science projects. It is a requirement that you have a science/engineering  education or work related experience.

The Aardvark Science Exposition is also known as the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair OES-Affiliated Science Research Competition. It is a science, engineering, computer science and math research competition for OES students in 9th to 12th grade. Students with their research poster boards are interviewed by judges and celebrated at the evening awards ceremony

US Aardvark Science Fair judging is on Friday, February 26th, 2016 during school hours at SPARC and it will be a 4-5 hour commitment.

Interested parents can sign up to judge at www.nwse.org  or send an email to Tanja Horvat

ALL-SCHOOL CHOIR CONCERT DATE CHANGE *NEW*

The All-School Choir Concert which was previously scheduled for March 7, has been moved to March 14, 6:30PM - 8:00PM, in the chapel.

Groups involved include: Melodies, LS boys' choir, LS girls' choir, MS choirs, US choir.

OES ADMISSIONS UPDATES: RE-ENROLLMENT AND FINANCIAL AID *NEW*

Re-Enrollment
Enrollment Contracts for the 2016-17 school year are once again paperless and available online. Please visit our enrollment website for the following:

  • Enrollment Contract – due February 9
  • Letter from the business office – outlining important changes to the payment plans
  • Key calendar dates for next year
  • Link to the Online Health & Permission forms – due May 1
  • Physical forms (required for all students in PK, K, 7, 9, and 11 in 2016-17) – due August 1

2016-2017 Financial Aid Application Now Available
Families seeking financial aid for the 2016-2017 school year may begin the online Parent Financial Statement (PFS). The PFS is due on February 5. School and Student Services (SSS) is offering many free webinars to guide parents through the financial aid process. Check out the offerings here. Complete FA application requirements may be found here.

COMING SOON! AARDY GOES TO HOLLYWOOD! *NEW*

Coming Soon - Aardy Goes to Hollywood!  Invitations have gone out to join Aardy at the 30th Anniversary of the OES Auction on Saturday, March 12, at Montgomery Park.  Here are a few highlights:

  • RSVP:  Please reserve your table or seats either on-line or by sending in or dropping off your RSVP card. This event will fill up fast.
  • Donate:  Have something to share?  Either drop off at the auction office or donate online.  Want to participate in the Grade Level Baskets?  There is still time, final donations will be collected on February 12. Would you like to help whether or not you are attending? We still have some items that need to be underwritten (for the MS and US live auction parties in particular). Please contact the auction office for more information on how you can help. Thank you for supporting the OES Auction Link to Donation Form
  • Volunteer:  Please sign up on Volunteer Spot for activities before, during and after the auction:
  • Get your glamour on!  Who will you be on this Old Hollywood Night?  Dean Martin, Clark Gable, Marilyn Monroe, Rita Hayworth?  So many choices…
  • Wall of Wine:  We are still collecting wines valued at $25 or more for our ever popular Wall of Wine! If it's easier to donate wine from the comfort of your own home, we have enlisted the help of two local wine shops who have generously offered 10% cash back to OES for all wine purchased for the auction. They will help you select wines and hold your order until we can pick it up for you. To order, simply call, email, or drop in to one of these shops:

    World Class Wines
    269 A Avenue
    Lake Oswego, OR 97034
    (503) 974-9841
    susano@worldclasswines.com     

    The Wine Cellar
    525 NW Saltzman Road
    Portland, OR 97229
    (503) 643-5655
    wine@portlandwinecellar.com

DIGITAL LIFE AND THE MIDDLE SCHOOL YEARS PARENT SURVEY *NEW*

Based on recent studies of digital media use by tween and teens, we have crafted our own survey for OES students and families. Both students and parents are encouraged to really think about student digital life, the ups and downs, and share insights about family media use agreements and expectations. Please visit the OES Digital Media Survey to contribute your input BEFORE February 19, 2016. Students are completing this survey at school. Responses are anonymous. Survey findings will be shared at the March PAL meeting. 

What is the impact for our students in the Middle School? How can social media be a powerful tool for developing social awareness and learning? How can I talk to my child about social media issues? What tips do you have for setting guidelines and limits as my child asks to use more kinds of social media? Please view the December PAL presentation here http://bit.ly/socialmediaMS15 for information, resources, and links to the media content shared at this meeting. 

We look forward to digging deeper into this topic and partnering with families as we continue our dialog on how current middle school students are engaging with technology.  

COMMUNITY DIVERSITY LINK (CDL): FEBRUARY BOOKS AND BREAKFAST *NEW*

February 23, 8:00AM - 9:30AM
Platt Global Classroom
Between the World and Me by Te-Nehisi Coates

Te-Nehisi Coates has shaken the world with his award winning book Between the World and Me. This poignant letter to his son will re-shape our thinking on race relations in America today. Please join your fellow OES community members in delving into this critical work. Joining us will be fellow OES parent and Board Member as well as recognized teacher, Chris Riser.

REGISTER NOW FOR MS SPRING SPORTS

The spring sports season is fast approaching and it is time to consider the various MS sports available at OES. We value athletics as an important part of the overall program at OES and we encourage everyone to come out for a sport regardless of your child’s experience or skill level. OES has a no-cut policy, so everyone who commits to play will have a spot on a roster.  

The sports offered this spring are: Co-ed Tennis, Co-ed Track and Field, Boys Lacrosse, and Girls Lacrosse. Tennis and Track and Field have one team for grades 6-8. Boys and Girls Lacrosse divide teams by grade levels. There is a 5th/6th grade team and a 7th/8th grade team for both sports. There is no fee for participation.  
 
Please register your child at the following link: http://doodle.com/poll/azrpqy6qgexgpdmk
 
If your child is not planning on participating in a spring sport, please click on “none.” This registration helps us with scheduling and staffing. Thank you for helping us provide great programming for the Middle School. Please contact OES Athletic Director, Dennis Sullivan, with any questions. 

SIGN UP FOR TEACHERS' SNACKS DURING FEBRUARY CONFERENCES 

Conferences are around the corner. Here's a great way to lend a hand while showing your appreciation to our amazing faculty! Please sign up using this link: OES MS 15-16 Teacher Snacks on VolunteerSpot today!

THEATER SPORTS: AN EVENING OF IMPROVISATION

The 7th grade acting students are excited to share an evening of theater sports with the community on February 16 and 18 from 6:30PM - 7:30PM!  Please feel free to drop by the MS Commons and enjoy an evening of fun, entertainment, and just a drop of madness.

8TH GRADE SCENE AND MONOLOGUES

A sampling of scripted work we have been exploring in 8th grade acting will be presented on Tuesday, February 9, at 6:30PM - 7:30PM in the MS Commons. 

SPRING STYLES AT THE OES SCHOOL STORE 

It's time to Pre-Order your LAX, Tennis, Golf and Track & Field Sweatshirts and Tees!

Get out there and show your OES pride! Lots of styles and colors are being ordered for lacrosse, track and field, tennis and golf. Come into the store to get your Green and White! Whether it’s sport gear, OES striped scarves, beanie hats, or rain ponchos in case of inclement weather, we have it in stock. Come by and check it out - represent your Aardvarks in style!

Placing a pre-order? Look for the Constant Contact this weekend, or swing by and place your order at the Store!

Also coming soon: LAX hats and Full Zip sweatshirts.
Store hours: Monday-Friday, 2:00PM - 4:00PM

Or on-line at www.oes.edu/store

8TH GRADE HISTORY STUDENTS MEET WITH VETERAN SERGEANT JASON PRESTON

Andrew G. with Sergeant Preston

On January 13, Sergeant First Class Jason Preston spoke to the four sections of History 8 as an introduction to the upcoming unit on World War I. In order for students to understand the effects war has on the lives of people, Stephanie Portman thought that they should hear from a current veteran. Sergeant Preston shared his experiences from his deployments in both Afghanistan and Iraq as a Green Beret. Students learned about some of the accomplishments and challenges Sergeant Preston faced in his role as an Explosive Ordinance Disposal Technician. In a casual question and answer environment led by the students in the second half of class, Sergeant Preston covered topics such as PTSD, the difference between media portrayals of war and reality, and how much his K9 partner meant to him during difficult times in deployment. As the students left, they took a handful of Buddy Poppies to sell which will raise money for the local chapter of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. This fundraising gift will be presented on behalf of the 8th grade at OES next week.

OES OSCAR NIGHT FUN (AND FUNDRAISER!)

Ladies, let’s go to the Oscars! Join us for Oscar Night 2016 on the BIG screen. Wear your SWEATS – TIARAS provided. Catered dinner, beer, wine and signature cocktail. Photo opportunity and conversation with a real Oscar winner and his golden statuette. Ballot contest with prizes.The party starts with Red Carpet coverage at 4PM PST.

Goldenguy - OSCAR PARTY: $150.00

DATE: Sunday, February 28, 2016
TIME: 4:00PM
LOCATION: The Pinkava Residence

There are a few spots available to purchase an additional ticket for a friend or new OES mom! Please register: https://oes.ejoinme.org/easel-2015 

TDAP VACCINE FOR 7TH GRADERS 

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. 

IMPORTANT AFTER SCHOOL PICKUP REMINDER

Please do not arrive on the pickup line before 3PM in the afternoon. We have recently had problems with this because Middle School cars are blocking Lower School parents whose students are released at 2:50PM. If you arrive early, you may be asked to drive back around to the end of the parking line to allow Lower School parents through. Thank you for your patience.

COMMUNITY DIVERSITY LINK (CDL): BOOKS & BREAKFAST 

We are pleased to chair the OES Community Diversity Link for the '15-'16 school year and hope to encourage the continued exploration of diverse perspectives through a few special events and the Books and Breakfast Series. These are the dates for the remainder of the year:

-- February 23: Between the World and Me by Te-Nehisi Coates

-- April 12: Final Books and Breakfast of the Year with a book as yet to be determined.
-- May 25: We will conclude the year with a meeting dedicated to the state of the school and new strategic plan with respect to issues of diversity.

NEW FORMAT FOR DEAR 

This year, DEAR has shifted to Drop Everything And Recharge. What does this mean?

  • Students may still read (sustained narratives--graphic narratives, non-fiction, fiction, books) physical books or ebooks on Kindles (they may not use other devices such as iPads or Kindle Fires, phones or listen to music). Also, just like last year, there are mini libraries in each classroom for students who do not have a book but might want to read. Also, with the new Library Advisory Group (LAG!), there will start to be some student-led (short!) book talks on Fridays during Gathering, hopefully getting students to share what they're reading with each other.
  • They may also draw. They may draw their own, original art in a notebook or they may color. We have coloring books in the library and we will run off copies for every DEAR classroom. Rooms should have coloring pencils or pens or students can bring their own.
  • They may relax. What does this look like? It could be napping; it could be daydreaming, meditating. But it should be solo and silent. This is really a device-free time (outside of a Kindle) for students to relax and recharge during their hectic days. 
Please contact our librarian, Patrick Fuller (fullerp@oes.edu), with any questions. 

TECHNOLOGY IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL

Over three years in the Middle School, our students develop a fluency with their laptops that comes from regular, personal interaction. They learn to use technology appropriately and effectively as a member of the OES community. As the Technology Coordinator, I partner with teachers, advisors, parents and students to create a positive learning environment for all students in the OES Middle School. Please take a look at this year’s Technology in the Middle School presentation for helpful information about: time management tools, the Middle School responsible use agreement, how to access student homework and test calendars, and more. 

Link to the Parent Partnership Technology in Middle School Slide Presentation: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1xdkSeFJcLxyeO9roT7zU61_4qvZvkL-fwRJGc4CW-VY/edit?usp=sharing

I look forward to working with you and your children during the Middle School years. Jennifer Futrell: futrellj@oes.edu

AFTERMATH WITH MS. VON 

Students are welcome to come to RGS after school on Tuesdays and Thursdays for "Aftermath" with Ms. Von. She will be in her room from 3:15 to 4:15pm for math help.

DISCOVERY INFORMATION FOR OES PARENTS 

UPPER SCHOOL DISCOVERY is a five-day, 40-hour apprenticeship or career exploration available to 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students at OES. We work to connect students with individuals and businesses in the Portland area, to further explore their passions or learn something new.  Do you have a career/trade that you would be willing to share with students? If so, please let us know!  Discovery Coordinators - Corbet Clark (clarkc@oes.edu) or Dana Mosher Lewis (lewisd@oes.edu)

PARENT PORTAL: HELPFUL HINT FOR UPDATING STUDENT INFORMATION

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 (
parent.oes.edu) 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.

TRAFFIC REMINDERS 

Please see  www.oes.edu/traffic 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.

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM ELAINE ELLIOTT, SCHOOL NURSE 

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 elliotte@oes.edu.
Warm Regards,
Elaine Elliott

MS FRIENDLY REMINDERS

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 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 2:00 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, Meghan Powers, 503-416-9299 or powersm@oes.edu.

 

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