MS Messenger

May 22


Middle School students helped in the preschool class at Woodburn Family Learning Center on Mt. Hood Climb Service Day. They practiced colors, numbers, shapes, days of the week and alphabet with the preschoolers in both Spanish and English before play time outside.

NOTE FROM SCOTT HARDISTER

It is the time of year that is “culminating”. I am looking down the hall at sixth graders discussing, with great pride, their science projects they have worked on tirelessly over the past three months. Tuesday, I attended the eighth grade fine arts night where students displayed the various works they created throughout the past semester. We have choir and band performances, jamborees, trips, and, of course, the various papers and projects due over the next weeks. It is both exciting and exhausting. The long, no homework weekend comes at the perfect time. Enjoy the long weekend and embrace the spring storm before the summer calm.

PARENT HAPPENINGS

May 21 6th Grade Science Night
6:30-8:00 PM
May 25 NO SCHOOL Memorial Day
May 26 8th Grade Trip Parent Meeting
7:30 AM, MS Library
May 27 All School Instrumental and Choir Concert
5:30-7:30 PM, Gym
June 1 7th Grade History/ Inquiry Night
6:00 PM
June 2-5 7th Grade Trip to Ashland
June 4-5 8th Grade Adventure Day/ Camp Collins Trip
June 8 Last Day of School for 6th Graders
6th Grade Advisory Awards in MS Commons, 10 AM
7th Grade Advisory Awards in MS Library, 10 AM
June 8 8th Grade Memories Dinner, 6-9 PM, Dining Hall
June 9 Last Day of School for 7th and 8th Graders
7th Graders excused following Promotion Ceremony, approx. 10:30 AM
8th Grade Promotion Ceremony, 9 AM, Reception to follow







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:

7th And 8th Grade Trip Reminders *NEW* 
OES School Store *NEW* 
Report Your 2014-2015 Volunteer Hours *NEW*

7TH AND 8TH GRADE PERMISSION FORMS FOR TRIPS REMINDERS  *NEW*

We need permission forms or your child cannot participate in spring trips.  7th Grade Parents, please remember that 7th grade forms for the Ashland Trip were due May 19.  If you are sending medications with your child, they are due in the MS office by May 26

8th Grade parents, a Parent Trip Meeting will be held Tuesday, May 26 at 7:30 AM in the MS Library it you would like more information about the trip.  Remember permission forms for the 8th grade trip are due on May 26.  Medications are due in the office on May 28.

SCHOOL STORE *NEW*

Father’s Day and Graduation are coming up!  Lots of great gift items in the Store: Ties, mugs, hats, picture frames, luggage tags, and so much more!  Stop by and make the Store your One-Stop-shop for your favorite aardvark fan!

Note: the Store will be open 2-4 each school day through Thursday, June 11th, and in the mornings by appointment.  The Store will be open limited hours in the summer, by appointment only- be sure to email to make an appointment. 

Reminder: the Store is now located in the Morris House.

REPORT YOUR 2014-2015 VOLUNTEER HOURS  *NEW*

A big Thank you to everyone who volunteered in the 2014-2015 school year. Everyone at OES really appreciates all the work you have put in.  Please take a moment to record the hours you have volunteered for which are not captured by VolunteerSpot (such as event organizers, grade reps/room parents, auction project coordinators, Ski and debate team parent drivers etc.).
 
Simply click on the link below to record the hours - Report 2014-2015 Volunteer Hours
 
Recording your hours makes a difference; it helps OES win grants and matching funds by being able to demonstrate the thousands of hours our fantastic volunteers donate to create a great education for our kids.
Thanks for all you do for our kids and for taking a few minutes to let us know your volunteer hours.
 
If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me anytime @ Ruchi Prakash (All School Volunteer Coordinator)

SIGN UP FOR PARENT DRIVER CERTIFICATION CLASS

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.

OES'S 15TH LEGO SHOW AT THE OREGON ZOO MAY 30 AND 31ST, 2015

The OES LEGO ® program is a multifaceted enterprise that engages participants from third grade through middle school and beyond in the fun activities of engineering, programming, problem solving, and designing with LEGOs ®. The program is directed by its founder, OES science teacher Jane Kenney-Norberg. It includes after school class, summer camps, and special events. Participants also venture out into the public to present shows and educate the public about LEGO Physics, which includes the study of simple mechanics and the physics behind it, as well as computer programing, technical trouble shooting, and both individual and team projects
2015 Show at the Oregon Zoo:
Saturday, May 30, 9 a.m. - Zoo closing
Sunday, May 31, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.
Skyline Room under the Cascade Grill
See the flyer for the show

LEGO PHYSICS SHOW DATES

Please note NEW dates:
LEGO Physics OES Show set-up, Thursday, May 7th, 3 - 11 pm, LS Library
LEGO Physics OES Show, Friday, May 8th, 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 29th, 4 - 11 pm
LEGO Physics at the Oregon Zoo Show, Saturday and Sunday, May 30 & 31, 9 am - 7 pm Sat. & 9 am - 5 pm Sun., clean-up and transport back to OES on Sunday, 5/31, till 8pm

CALLING ALL LEGO ENTHUSIASTS

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.

2015-2016 SCHOOL YEAR CALENDAR CHANGES

 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.

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 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

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.

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.

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.

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.

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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