MS Messenger

February 19

Middle School students have been busy preparing
for the Aardvark Science Expo.


While science research may indeed feel like a ‘marathon’ to many at the outset, the finish line for seventh and eighth graders is clearly in sight with Aardvark Science Expo this Friday. Expo is far more than a competition, it is a public celebration of the culmination of many weeks of student work. 

Prototypes may not have performed to early expectations, or trials and tests may have needed multiple attempts to gather valid, reliable data, yet our student’s commitment to the process has been impressive. Inspired by relevant, complex issues and questions our students have committed to designing and testing solutions while developing competencies and habits of mind of engineers and scientists. Students are prepared to present their work while confidently and competently addressing the nuances of choices of data to support a conclusion or the many iterations of their engineering prototypes.  

Many teams have connected with experts in their research fields, collaborated with peers in order to solve problems, taken risks to try new things and ultimately advanced their understanding of the concepts and skills relevant to their projects. It has been with your encouragement and support that they have made it this far. Thank you. We look forward to seeing you Friday evening at SPARC. 



Aardvark Science Fair, Open to Public

Aardvark Science Fair, Open House, 6:30 PM
Science Fair Awards, 7:30 PM


Books & Breakfast,
8:00 AM, Platt Global Classroom


Band Festival- 7th and 8th Grade Bands and Jazz Band only
7:30 AM-1:00 PM, Warner Pacific College


Middle School Social
7:00-9:00 PM, MS Commons

3/2/15 All School Instrumental Concert
5:30 PM, Gym
3/3/15 Middle School Service Learning Day
9 AM-12 PM
3/4/15 MS PAL Meeting, MS Commons
8:15 AM-9:30 AM
3/9/15 All School Choir Concert
7:00 PM, Chapel
3/10/15 CDL: Mitchell Jackson Lecture
7:00 PM, Schnitzer Auditorium
3/14/15 OES Auction
5:00 PM, Montgomery Park

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


Parent Portal Use Instructions *NEW*
Lost & Found *NEW*
OES Auction 2015 *UPDATED*
Current Volunteer Needs for MS *UPDATED*
Planning 8th Grade Promotion Festivities.8th Grade Parent Volunteers Needed! *NEW*
OES School Store Is Moving! *NEW*
Spring Season For Books And Breakfast And Community Diversity Link *UPDATED*


Please visit this link for instructions to use the Parent Portal to update household information and access your child's reports.


The Middle School Lost and Found is over flowing with wonderful things.  Parents, please remind your child to check for forgotten clothing and other items and feel free to stop by and check lost & found around the corner from the front office if you have time.


Operation Alert 1
Please RSVP by February 27
Please RSVP no later than February 27 to reserve your spot. You can RSVP by mail or online here.   In addition to registering for the auction, we hope you’ll attend this year’s “after party” across the street from Montgomery Park at Agent Aardy’s After Party, Ray’s Lakeview Lounge, 1900 Northwest 27th Avenue. Continue the party with dancing, great food and one last Vesper Martini!  It’s not too late to get a ticket: Auction Tickets
Operation Alert 2
Please Make a Donation to the Wall of Wine  
We are currently in need of 120 more donated bottles of wine. Please donate a bottle (or two...) today. Simply grab a bottle of red, white or sparkling from your home or a store, valued at or above $20. Label it with your name (add the estimated value if you know it). Make the drop in the Charlton Room in the Morris House (across from Admissions) or contact parent volunteer Jaime Sales at to arrange for a handoff or pickup.
Short on time or selection ideas? Simply phone it in!:
Just call one of the wine stores we’ve partnered with, mention the OES auction, and give them your price point and credit card number. They can select and/or deliver the bottle(s) FOR you.
Sec Wines: 1717 NE 19th Ave. Contact: Eric Pottmeyer 503.805.5871 or
E & R Wine Shop: 6141 SW Macadam Ave. Contact: Richard Elden 503.246.6101

CRITICAL UPDATE: Change of Status Alert
All OES operatives have passed security clearance and are urgently needed for the following missions:
Mission 1:
Wed., Mar 4, 8:15am-12:00pm (DVR)
Please help us sort, mail, and distribute catalogs (onsite at school):

Mission 2: Wed., Mar 11, 8:00-10:00am or 10:00am-12:00pm (US Project Room)

Do you have a talent for origami and/or napkin folding? We need help folding 425 napkins for the auction dinner. Please sign up for one of the 2 (2) hour shifts:

Mission 3: Fri, Mar 13 to Mon Mar 15 "Weekend of" Volunteer Opportunities: If your auction weekend assignments permit, please sign up to help the day before, day of, night of, and/or Monday after the auction:
Please consider helping to load/unload the vans on Friday, set up the auction on Saturday, assist with silent auction closing or check out Saturday night, or unload the vans back at school Monday. Without our volunteers we could never succeed in pulling off an amazing auction.
Thank you for contributing your time and talents to help our children, school and community.
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Parents Needed to Drive MS Kids to their Service Learning Projects on TUESDAY, MARCH 3rd, 2015Our 2nd All MS School Service Learning day is coming up on Tuesday, March 3rd, 2015.  We would really appreciate it if you can volunteer to drive students to their service learning activities. We have a few kids doing on campus activities, but most of our 204 MS kids need to be driven to various agencies.  *You must have already completed the driver certification class to be able to drive the kids.

To Signup, Please click on this link & go to March 3rd – MS Service Learning Signup

DEAR baking is typically the first Friday of every month. If you would like to volunteer to help with treat-making this round, or in the future, please go to volunteer spot and sign up for DEAR Baking.  You may also email Kristen Stein if you have any questions or concerns.

MS 2014/15 PAL Meeting Note Takers Needed! Come Volunteer at the next MS PAL meeting. Easy job, but it is very valuable so please consider it. Parent will be in charge of taking notes for the MS PAL Meeting. These notes will then be posted on the OES website for parents to read.  The next meeting is March 4, 8:15-9:30 in the MS Commons. These meetings are typically the first Wednesday of every month. To sign up for just one meeting or several, please click on the link - PAL Meeting Note Taker   
LIBRARY HELP:  MS 2014/15 Library Helpers needed.  Sign up to help our MS Librarians with ongoing shelving needs. 2 hours per week is needed any day after 12:30. Sign up for 1 hour at a time and help keep those books organized.
To sign up, please click on the link - Library Helper

MS 2014/15 Lego Robotics Club Team Parents needed.  Two team parents needed to work with the Lego Robotics Club leaders to help coordinate parent volunteers to cover meetings, practices, carpools, snacks, phone tree, weekend practices, etc. To sign up, please click on the link - Lego Robotics Club - Team Parents Volunteer Opportunities

Please direct any questions about volunteer needs to the Middle School Volunteer Coordinator - Jodi Wilkins


Monday June 8, 2015
* Regular school day/last day for 8th graders
* Afternoon promotion practice- students/staff only
* Volunteers decorate Dining Hall & MS Commons
* Memories Dinner- 6-9 pm- parents, 8th grade students, faculty/staff ONLY (more details in later correspondence)

Tuesday June 9, 2015
*8th grade students arrive to school by 8 am
*Group Photograph
*Ceremony in chapel - 9-11 am (more details in later correspondence by Veena)
*Excursion to Big Al's--11:30 am - 2 pm- students/staff only

Please go to Volunteer Spot using this link OES MS 2015 8th Grade Promotion and volunteer to help.

Please start sending pictures sized 640-1280 that you think would be great for the Memories Slide Show to Carey Killian at or text to 503-351-0446.

Thank you in advance for your involvement in this important event.
Do not hesitate to contact KC Landauer at 503-307-1039 or with any questions


The School Store will be relocating to the Morris House as of March 5th.  This move will take several weeks, and the Store will be CLOSED from March 13th- March 27th.  Please come and visit the Store in its new location, starting Tuesday, March 31st!

Sport Pre-Orders will be bagged and ready for pick up prior to March 5th- an email will alert you that your order is ready.

Thank you for your patience during this transition!!  Questions?  Please email


Parents, family, and friends of the OES community are invited to visit the OES Aardvark Science Expos where Middle & Upper School research projects/exhibits will be on display.

On Thursday, February 19th, from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, the exhibit hall in SPARC Gymnasium is open to the public (*Please note that Oleson Road is under construction so alternate routes will need to be taken*). Student exhibitors will not be with their projects that day, though it is an excellent opportunity for members of the entire OES community to spend time perusing the wide array of 250+ incredible projects and reading exhibit boards.

On Friday, February 20th, after judging, there is an open house from 6:30 – 7:30 PM, followed by the awards ceremony from 7:30 – 8:30 PM. Buses will run between SPARC and the lower lot by the athletic fields from 6:20–9:00 pm. Parking at SPARC by permit only; if you would like a parking permit for SPARC, inquire at the Upper or Middle School office.
Would you like to help as a judge or volunteer? If you have science degree, work experience or knowledge in any of the scientific disciplines and your children are not attending middle or upper school yet, please consider volunteering as a science fair judge. If you cannot judge, please consider asking your friends or colleagues to volunteer for our event. Breakfast and lunch provided. Please visit these links for more information- Volunteer: Volunteer Link, Complete schedule: Science Fair Schedule


Dear Parents,
With January upon us, many times this means the peak of the Flu season. It is a good reminder to encourage our students to practice good hand washing and use of Kleenex.

Please do not send your child to school if they experience any of the following symptoms:
-a temperature greater than 100.4
-unusually sleepy or lethargic
-active cough

Additionally, coughs can be hard to manage because they can linger over a period of time while the student may no longer be contagious. Please do not send your child with a new, largely productive cough unless cleared by their physician as coughs can be very distracting as well as possibly very contagious.

Before students return to school, they need to be symptom free for 24 hours.

Thanks for helping to keep our community healthy.
Elaine Elliott - OES Nurse


February 24th: 8:00 am, Platt Global Classroom - CDL, State of the School; Intercultural Competency and Diversity.  It's been a busy few years of intercultural competency training, focus and engagement for OES Faculty and Staff. Come hear US Head Jordan Elliott's report on 2014-2015 State of the School with respect to Intercultural Competency.  
March 10th: 7:30 pm, at the Schnitzer Auditorium- The Residue Years by Portland native Mitchell Jackson.  The Residue Years is the Multnomah County Library's Everybody Reads 2015 selection. As part of this program, Literary Arts and The Multnomah County Library will host a lecture by Mitchell Jackson on March 10th, and we have secured tickets! Tickets will be $10 and you can sign up at
NEW DATE: April 21th: 8:00 am Books and Breakfast - Whistling Vivaldi by Claude M Steele, in the Platt Global Classroom
Our final B&B title is a powerful work (yet easy read) by social psychologist Claude Steele, who lays out his groundbreaking work on stereotypes and identity. *This meeting has been changed from the prior day of Wednesday, as we would like more parents to attend and avoid other OES meeting conflicts. Please consider joinging us as we discuss the literary festival, Book Fair, and GOBS.

-Diane Polscer, Chair, and Jana Reddoch, co-Chair


The Visual and Performing Arts Department and the Music Department will be celebrating the Arts from all Divisions Monday Feb 23 through Saturday Feb 28th.  The Winter One Acts open Wednesday evening Feb. 25th run through Saturday Feb 28th. We will have music performances and student and Guest speakers in Chapel, and mini arts workshops for students and staff. Keep your eyes open for more details to come.


The food service staff makes only enough food for the boarding program other than school day lunches. Most days we can increase the amount of food we prepare if dinner is requested with 24 hours’ notice.  Weekend meal requests need to be made no later than 10:00 am Thursday morning.
Faculty, staff, parents, guests and students are expected to pay for their meals by signing in, or when appropriate, charging to a budget account.
If you make dinner reservations and you do not cancel by 2:00 pm the day of your reservation, you will be charged for the extra food that was prepared for you.
*Please note that there may be times we are not able to accommodate requests.
You can make arrangements to dine in the OES Dining Hall by emailing Kelly Cowing at
Updated Pricing 2014-2015
Breakfast $4.00
Lunch $ 4.50
Dinner $7.00
Wednesday Dinner $9.00
Sunday Brunch $9.00


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.

STUDENT SUPPORT GROUP.... family changes, illness, injury, death in the family?

A new support group for students dealing with stress connected to family changes, illness, injury, and loss will begin on Friday January 16 and will be open to all MS students. The group is intended to provide time, safe space, and support for students as they move through times of stress and change. Students may drop in once, now and then, or come every week to talk, listen, laugh, tell stories, and share some snacks. It is a chance for students to give and receive support. The group will meet during DEAR before Chapel every Friday except during conferences.

A general invitation to all MS students will go out soon. I will offer personal invitations to students who I know might especially benefit from participating in the group. Students may also request individual support and I am available as needed.

Feel free to contact me with questions, for resources, or to share any background information you would want me to know.

Director of Counseling
& Academic Support Pre-K-12
MS Counselor


Attention 7th Grade Parents.  Your child needs to be up to date on their TDAP booster.  Per Oregon law, this is a requirement for 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 get this done as soon as possible.  This vaccine is available at your local pharmacy, any urgent care facility and your doctor's office.


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

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