All smiles on Service Learning Day:
Chaplain Craig and his intrepid middle school chefs with a fully prepared meal
(including Elsa B.'s amazing cookies), to be delivered to Jean's Place
NOTE FROM SERVICE LEARNING COORDINATOR AND LIBRARY ASSISTANT, ANNIE RUSSELL
When we share in the daily lives of others - the joys and the struggles - the more we learn about a community, and the more we can affect and effect. The middle school Service Learning Program strives to instill an appreciation for this type of meaningful connection through collaboration and service. Today, October 19, our Aardvarks connected with the greater Portland community by cleaning and painting at The Dougy Center, cooking and serving lunch to over 90 people in transitional shelters, cleaning up litter in the South Park Blocks, sewing and designing superhero capes for children fighting debilitating illness. These meaningful projects are just some of the ways that our students and faculty will share in the daily lives of others. As a stellar example of collaboration and service, we'd like to give special thanks to our All School Volunteer Coordinator, Ruchi Prakash. Her tireless efforts in organizing parent drivers to and from service learning venues made this day possible. Ruchi embodies the true spirit of giving back to community.
207 Students. 35 Employees. 40 Parent Volunteers. 15 Organizations. 1 Community.
7:00AM - 4:00PM
|Fall OES Blood Drive
Ladehoff Room (Parish Office Wing)
1:00PM - 4:00PM
|OES Open House for Grades 6-12
MS and US
12:30PM - 1:15PM
|7th and 8th Grade Instrumental Ensemble Performances
MS and US Open Houses
7:00PM - 9:00PM
|MS Halloween Social
7:00PM - 9:00PM
|MS Parents Social
US Dining Hall
|November 2 - 4||Middle School Conferences for Parents & Teachers Only
NO SCHOOL FOR MS STUDENTS
8:15AM - 9:00AM
|US Tour for 8th Grade Parents
8:00AM - 9:30AM
|Parent Community Link (PCL)
7:00PM - 8:00PM
|MS PAL Meeting
MS Library (Please note that this is an EVENING meeting.)
7:00PM - 8:30PM
|MS Instrumental Concert
8:00AM - 10:45AM
|Grandparents & Special Friends Day
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:
Honeywell Instant Alert - Please Register ASAP *New*
Middle School Parent Social *New*
Basketball and Ski Team Gear at the OES School *New*
Grandparents & Special Friends Day is November 22 *New*
HONEYWELL INSTANT ALERT - PLEASE REGISTER ASAP *NEW*
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.
MIDDLE SCHOOL PARENTS SOCIAL *NEW*
BASKETBALL AND SKI TEAM GEAR AT THE OES SCHOOL STORE *NEW*
Basketball and Ski Team Merchandise Pre-Orders Start this Week! If you are interested in buying tee shirts and sweatshirts for either Basketball or Ski Team, stop by or email your Winter Sport orders as soon as possible! Be on the look out for the Constant Contact arriving to your e-mail, which will have all available styles and colors. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to submit your orders.
Didn’t get a Homecoming Sweatshirt or Tee Shirt before they sold out? No problem! The re-orders will arrive by November 1 so come on in and pick one up!
And remember, October is Gift with Purchase month! Every purchase receives a free OES decal.
The on-campus store is located in the Morris House and is open 2:00PM - 4:00PM, Monday - Friday, and by appointment. Or you can shop the store online 24/7! For more information, contact Store Manager, Madeleine Menashe, (503) 768-3170.
GRANDPARENTS & SPECIAL FRIENDS DAY IS NOVEMBER 22
Tuesday, November 22, 2016 / 8:00AM - 10:45AM
Oregon Episcopal School Gymnasium
All Grandparents and Special Friends are invited to gather in the gymnasium for a continental breakfast and student musical performances. After breakfast, Lower School and Middle School guests may join their students in their classrooms.
Upper School students will be having parent/teacher conferences, but guests and their students are invited to tour the Upper School.
An invitation to this event was mailed on 10/18/16. We make every effort to collect addresses for these special members of your family, but we may not have your child’s grandparents’ current addresses, or you may want to invite a special friend or neighbor to come and experience your child’s day at OES.
Please forward this information to anyone who should know about the day. Or, RSVP and request that the Development Office add your guest to the mailing list and send an invitation by providing the information here. Additional invitations are also available in the Division Offices.
OES OPEN HOUSE DATES - SPREAD THE WORD
Do you have a friend, business associate, neighbor, or someone in your family interested in our school? OES parents are our best referral source and we have many great ways for prospective parents to learn more about OES! Event details can be found here.
ADMISSIONS UPDATE: US TOURS FOR 8TH GRADE PARENTS
We’re excited to share the OES Upper School program with our 8th grade families. Below are the remaining parent tours this fall. We hope you’re able to join Corbet Clark, Interim Head of Upper School, on one of these dates to learn about and experience our amazing US program. All tours will start in the MS lobby.
- November 8, 8:15AM – 9:00AM
- December 7, 9:00AM - 9:45AM, after the MS PAL meeting
E-BOOK CHARGES ON STUDENT ACCOUNTS
Students will be charged $12 for E-Book usage on their next student bill. Please contact Liz Weiler, US Math Department Chair, with questions.
MORNING ARRIVAL TIME IS 7:30AM
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 email@example.com 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!
FORMER LOWER SCHOOL HAS A NEW NAME
At its September meeting, the OES Board of Trustees unanimously voted to name the remaining Lower School building Fariss Hall. Gertrude Houck Fariss came to St. Helen's Hall in 1932 and served as its Headmistress from 1954 until her retirement in 1968. In 1964 she led the move of St. Helen's Hall from its downtown Portland location to our current campus on Nicol Road.
Fariss Hall is currently being renovated to include a student fitness center and Athletics offices, music classrooms and practice spaces, and an all-school student design and production lab.
FAREWELL SCOTT HOUSE!
The final step of the Lower School building project is about to start. With the opening of the Lower School, Scott House became surplus space. Since the building is not adaptable to future campus needs and the site is identified in the 2012 Campus Master Plan as the future home of an Arts & Design building, the decision was made to remove the building as soon as possible after the completion of the Lower School. For the time being, the site will be an open space available to the Middle School as a play area. Contractors are set to begin the removal of the building during the week of October 10th. We expect that the duration of the project will be just a few weeks. We are working with the contractor to do everything we can to minimize any impacts on campus traffic and parking, including daily student drop-off and pick-up routines. For more information, contact Jon von Behren @ firstname.lastname@example.org.
AFTERMATH: FALL 2016
In addition to math study hall during the day, the math teachers offer after school open math help called Aftermath. For the fall, the hours are:
- Tuesday: Ms. Von and Ms. Seder
- Wednesday: Ms. Seder
- Thursday: Ms. Von
During the fall, Mr. Chang has Upper School Soccer coaching after school. His students are welcome to attend Aftermath with Ms. Von or Ms. Seder or make an appointment with Mr. Chang as he is available.
PLEASE SIGN-UP FOR TEACHER SNACKS DURING FALL CONFERENCES
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.
TECHNOLOGY IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL
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: https://sites.google.com/a/go.oes.edu/mshome/ or access it from the MS Messenger webpage under Helpful Resources.
STUDENT PHYSICALS FOR 2016-17
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)
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.
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.
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 email@example.com.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call 503-768-3127 if your child will be late or absent from school.
Afternoon Change of Plans: Please email email@example.com 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.