MS Messenger

May 19

Middle Schoolers are good neighbors on 
Mount Hood Climb Service Day.


This morning in our PCL meeting, all three Division Heads talked about transitions and what that looks like in Lower, Middle, and Upper School. This is very much on everyone’s mind as we head into the last month of school. Students are rehearsing for final performances and games, working on reading one last novel in their English and Humanities classes, and gearing up for summer. However, we still have that last month to go, and it’s an important one. For our part as a Middle School faculty, we are starting to have transition meetings with fifth grade teachers for incoming sixth graders and additional meetings at every other transition point. This process is a huge asset to a small community like ours where we are able to pass on our collective knowledge about a child’s learning style to support that student as soon as the school year begins. This time of transitions also means that we are getting excited to welcome our families who are new to OES by hosting a social where they meet their buddy families. Our last PAL was devoted to helping parents of current families make those transitions as well. Please be aware that these transitions, even if they are filled with excitement on the surface, can be difficult to navigate for children. These changes often carry more weight than we realize, so please do your best to support your child through what can be a surprisingly rocky time as they look ahead to changes that are on the horizon.


May 24 & 26
6:30PM - 7:30PM
7th Grade Improv Nights
May 25
8:00AM - 9:30AM
Community Diversity Link (CDL)
Platt Global Classroom
May 25
5:30PM - 7:00PM

MS Bands and Jazz Band Performance

May 25
7:00PM - 8:30PM 
MS Choir and Strings Performance
OES Chapel 
May 25 - 26
7:30AM - 3:00PM

GOBS (Great OES Book Sale)
LS Library

May 30

Memorial Day Holiday - NO SCHOOL

June 1
6:30PM - 8:30PM

6th Grade Science Night

June 7 - 8 

6th Grade Bake Sale for Syrian Refugees
Details TBA 

June 9
6:30PM - 8:30PM 

7th Grade Inquiry Night

June 12 - 15

7th Grade Spring Trip
June 13 - 14 

8th Grade Spring Trip

June 15 

Last Day of MS for 6th Grade

June 15
9:00AM - 10:30AM 

6th Grade Advisory Awards & Lunch
MS Commons 

June 15
1:00PM - 3:00PM 

8th Grade Promotion Rehearsal
OES Chapel 

June 15
6:00PM - 9:00PM 

8th Grade Memories Dinner
Dining Hall 

June 16

Last Day of MS for 7th & 8th Grades

June 16
9:00AM - 11:30AM 

8th Grade Promotion Ceremony & Reception
OES Chapel & MS Commons

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

Parents Needed for Science Research Projects *New*
Spring Sale at the OES Store *New*
Please Complete Parent Survey *New*
MS Tech Updates *New*


Mr. Lyon, teacher of 6th grade science, is seeking parent volunteers of all grades to interview 6th graders about their science research projects.

Each volunteer would interview 4 or 5 teams, and would get to engage in conversations about the design of the project. Both verbal and written feedback will then be provided to the researchers. The volunteers do not need to be science experts, but having an interest in science and some understanding of the basics of experimentation or design is helpful. Beyond evaluating the science, simply giving feedback about how effective the presentation is can be very helpful for these students. All who think they'd enjoy this opportunity are encouraged to volunteer. 

There are four time slots on Wednesday, June 1, 2016.  Sign up for as many as you like. To sign up - 6th Science Research Interview

Refreshments and snacks will be provided! Thank you! 


HUGE Spring Sale at the OES Store: Sweatshirts are $20 and Tees are $10. All Sports represented!  Full Zip Sweatshirts are $25!  Come by and find your sizes while stock lasts!

Also - ALL 2015 re-orders for Lacrosse, Track and Field, Tennis and Golf are now in.  Stop in to pick up your order. The Store is in its new location in the Morris House, just below Admissions. Didn’t place your order in time?  That’s ok - there are a few extra pieces to choose from!  

Visit the Store in its NEW location: Morris House, just below Admissions.  Open 2:00PM – 4:00PM every weekday, as well as by appointment in the morning. 

Questions? Contact Store Manager: Madeleine Menashe at 503-768-3170 or


From your Middle School PAL Reps: Please help us reflect on ways to improve parent communication and engagement by filling out the parent survey we sent you last week. We’ve already heard from 83 Middle School parents, but we’re hoping for even more input to help inform how we plan our PAL meetings and other community events. The more information we get from you, the better we can work on improving our work with all of our Middle School families. The deadline to fill out the survey has been extended to Monday, May 23.


Laptop Collection Information

As the year draws to a close, the technology department will be collecting the laptops, chargers, and cases that have been used by students this year. This will happen on the following dates:

  • Friday, June 10:  7th and 8th Grades
  • Tuesday, June 14: 6th Grade

Before this time, students should back up all personal files, as there will not be time that day. Files stored in Google Drive do not need to be backed up. 

Please make sure your student has his/her charger at school. If materials are not turned in by the last day of school or if they are damaged, student accounts will be charged as follows:

  • Lost Charger: $79
  • Lost Case: $40
  • Cracked Screen on MacBook Air: $150
  • Other Damage: Based on repair cost up to ½ the cost of a new MacBook Air.

If your child is leaving OES, their accounts will be deactivated in early July. To “take out” google files from this account, please visit: while logged into the student account.

August Laptop Pick-Up for NEXT School Year

When students get their laptops next year, all students (grades 6-9) are asked to come to the Middle School during pick up times to check out their laptop, create a new password, and sign the Responsible Use Agreement.

Laptop Pick Up Dates:

  • Returning 7th - 9th graders: Monday, August 29, 8:00AM - 4:00PM
  • Rising 6th graders and new 7th/8th graders: Tuesday, September 6, during Orientation Day.

Please note:

  • At least one parent or guardian MUST accompany his or her 6-8th grade student through the process. This is not required for 9th graders.
  • You do not need to sign up in advance.
  • Allow at least 45 minutes for this process and please arrive no later than 3:00PM.


Friends of the OES Libraries (FOESL) presents the Great OES Book Swap (GOBS)! If you haven't attended GOBS before you are in for a wonderful OES community event that supports summer reading, increases the conversation around good literature and only happens every other year.

  • GOBS will take place in the LS Library May 25 and 26.
  • We will be collecting your gently used adult and children's books curbside on May 23 (at both drop-off and pickup) and May 24 (at drop-off).
  • Please put your and your child's name on your bag.
  • Please separate your books into adult books bag/box and children's bag/box for ease of organizing in the library.
  • Since we are having a very short sorting time, please be aware that GOBS is going to look like the best thrift store and you will have to dig for that buried reading treasure...i.e. no categories this year, only an adult book pile and a children's book pile.
  • There will be a five book limit for students on the first day of the swap with unlimited books on the last day.
  • Families who donate books to GOBS will be able to participate in an early morning swap on May 25 from 7:30 to 8:30 a.m. Parents will be able to swap five adults books and students will be able to swap five books (plus the five from their scheduled class time, which makes 10 books!). So get those books ready!!!
If you would like to volunteer for GOBS, we have openings for collecting books curbside, organizing books in the library and helping during the swap itself. You can sign up here - GOBS Volunteering. Feel free to contact Jana Reddoch or Dawn Swanson if you have any questions about GOBS.


Summer is a great time to hone skills and really dig deep into new music. Here is a link of choir, band and orchestral opportunities in the area for students this summer. The OES music department will continue to add to this document, so check it often! Happy music-making!
Summer Music Opportunities


For current 7th grade families:

Several parents have inquired about the 8th grade language trips for 2017. Please know that these trips are one option for the 8th grade program. No student is required to go on a language trip. Parents need to assess whether they and their student are ready for their child to manage an international travel experience without a parent present.

Students who choose not to participate in a language trip are required to participate in a full week of experiential programming here in Portland.

An information meeting will be scheduled for early October for all parents who are interested in learning more about the language trips and the alternative experiential option. Next year's language trips will depart on March 15 and return to Portland either March 24 or 25. For families who may be planning to meet their child overseas, please know that the trip leaders will set a time and location on the last night of the trip when parents may pick up their child. (Students may not travel elsewhere to meet their parent.) OES asks that parents make their travel plans so that they will arrive in the rendezvous city at least 24 hours before they meet up with their child; this allows for some buffer in case of travel snags.

If you have any questions, please contact Christina Meyerhoff, Director of Winterim and Off-Campus Programming.


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)


Summer programs are now open for registration at OES Summer Programs. Check them out!


"In sum, media are an enormous presence in young people’s lives, a huge claim on their time and attention, and an element of their lives that is well worth our continued attention.” - The Common Sense Census; Media Use by Tweens and Teens, 2015.

Click here to view the March PAL Presentation with results of the Digital Media Survey that was completed by both children and parents this past month. This slideshow includes links to handouts and resources for further discussion. If you have further questions as we consider our children's use of technology in the home, please contact Jennifer Futrell:


What an amazing year of great reads we've had! Community Diversity Link will conclude the year with a meeting dedicated to the state of the school and new strategic plan with respect to issues of diversity on Wednesday, May 25, at 8:00AM in the Platt Global Classroom.


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.


Please do not arrive on the pickup line before 3:00PM 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.


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 3:15PM to 4:15PM for math help.


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 for any changes to your child's 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 EC) is to call or email the Director of the After School Program, Meghan Powers, 503-416-9299 or






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