Voice Newsletter

May 16, 2016

Mt. Hood Climb Service Day 2016 (30th anniversary) - On Wednesday, May 11 OES students used their power for good to honor those involved in the Mt. Hood tragedy.
(Photo credits: Tna Meyerhoff, Dana Mosher Lewis, Cameron Jack, and OES)


 The community commemorated the Mount Hood accident with our annual Mount Hood Climb Service Day. After nearly two decades of participating in this event I am still moved by the way the community comes together to remember the tragedy on the mountain and to find solace in the ways we can come together to support each other and the broader community. I hope that the day had an impact on your child and that you take a moment to talk with them about the week.

We are most excited for our spring sports teams as they prepare for district and, in many cases, state competition. As usual, we have had amazing participation in spring sports and we hope that each season finishes with great team and individual successes.

Follow me on Twitter for more: @OESheadUS.


May 16 11th Grade PAL, 8:00 am, DVR
May 18 PCL, 8:00 am, DVR
  Film & Panel, "The Mask You Live In," 7:00 pm, MS Commons
May 21 Prom, 8:00 pm, Ecotrust Ballroom
May 23 12th Grade PAL, 8:00 am, DVR+

May 25 Books & Breakfast, 8:00 am, Platt

Lifer Lunch, 11:30 am, OES Gym


GOBS (Great OES Book Swap) 7:30 am to 3 pm, LS Library

May 26 Senior Raft Trip Optional Parent Meeting, 6:30 pm, Platt
  Sophomore Backpack Trip Parent Meeting, 7:30 pm, Platt
May 27

Senior Service Learning deadline (see below)

May 29

No School: Memorial Day

June 2 ShinDig, 3:15 pm, Great Hall & outside Dining
June 5 Film & Panel, "The Hunting Ground," 7:00 pm, Great Hall



(NEW) Prom 2016
The Community Board is hosting this year’s Prom at the Ecotrust Ballroom on Saturday, May 21st. This formal event begins at 8:00 PM and concludes by 11 PM. Access to the rooftop will close at 9:30 PM so don’t arrive late.
When: Saturday, May 21 from 8:00 to 11:00 pm
Where: Ecotrust Ballroom; 721 NW 9th Ave, Portland, 97209
Price: $5 ($10 at door) 

(NEW) Selective Service Registration
By law, all young men need to register with Selective Service when they turn 18. Registration can be completed at www.sss.gov.

(NEW) Senior Parents - Grad Party Authorized Driver Reminder
After staying up all night, students will not be allowed to drive themselves home. They must remain at the party until a parent or authorized driver picks them up. To avoid a 5:00 am phone call at the end of the party, name(s) of authorized drivers other than the parent should be e-mailed to Belinda Calabia by June 3rd. Any other pick up arrangements must be made in advance with the US Office.

Senior Raft Trip - Parent Meeting
There is an optional parent meeting to learn more about the Senior Raft Trip on May 26th at 6:30 pm in the Platt Global classroom.

Sophomore Backpack Trip - Parent Meeting
There are two optional parent meetings to learn more about next Fall's Sophomore Backpack Trip. The first meeting will be on May 26th at 7:30 pm in the Platt Global classroom. If you can't make this one, the second is on August 31st in DVR at 5:30 pm.

Student Physicals for 2016-17
Make your doctor appointments early!
OES requires that all 9th, 11th and new students 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. Your child cannot participate in any OES activities, including sports practices and opening trips, without this completed form. OSAA guidelines require that this form be used.

BACKGROUND CHECKS for Upper School Volunteers
Anyone wishing to volunteer in the Upper School must complete a DHS Background Check. Even if you had previously completed an online background check to volunteer in the Lower or Middle Schools, you’ll need a DHS check when transitioning to Upper School. The process just takes a few minutes to initiate but several weeks to complete, so please allow sufficient time before volunteering. You’ll need to come to the US office, complete a one-page form, and present photo ID. Please call the US office at 503-768-3122 prior to your visit to ensure that Jean Verheggen or Gisela Walitzki is available to help you.

Honeywell Instant Alert
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.

John Holloran Athletic Event Galleries
For more photos by John Holloran (Director of Studies/Upper School History Teacher), please visit his SmugMug account. Often we feature his photos in the VOICE and this is a great way for you to see them all!

Attendance REMINDER
Please remember to call or email in advance if your child is going to miss school or be late for any reason. Doing so will help us keep your child safe. Email USattend or call US Attendance Coordinator, Alison Nugent, at (503) 768-3169.

OES Food & Allergy Policy
I invite you to read through our policy: OES Food and Allergy Policy.
Please contact OES Nurse, Elaine Elliott, with any questions or concerns (elliotte@oes.edu).


May 25

Lifer Lunch, 11:30 am, OES Gym

May 26

Senior Trip optional parent meeting, 6:30 pm, Platt

May 27

Last day to turn in Winterim and SL hour documents

June 2

ShinDig, 3:15 pm, Great Hall or outside Dining Hall

June 8

Residential Life Senior Appreciation Dinner, 6:00 pm

June 9

Last day of classes for seniors

June 10

College Transition Program, 1:00 pm


Senior/Faculty Reception & Induction into Alumnae/i Association, 3:15 pm, Dining Hall (student and faculty only)

June 11

Senior Trip pack check, 12:00 noon, covered basketball court

June 12

Senior Trip departs from lower parking lot, 8:00 am

June 15

Senior Trip returns to lower parking lot, 12:30 pm

June 16

Class meetings, 9:00 am


Gathering, 10:00 am


Locker cleanout, 11:00 am


Advisory lunch, 12:00 noon


Awards Assembly, 1:00 pm, Chapel


Residential Family/Senior reception, 3:15pm, MS Commons


Senior Farewell, 4:30 pm, Chapel (with dinner to follow)


US Fine Arts Night & Spring Concert, 6:30 pm, Great Hall, Chapel, MS Commons

June 17

Senior Group Picture, 8:45 am, Sophonpanich Courtyard


Graduation Rehearsal


Graduation, graduates arrive at 6:30 pm for 7:30 pm ceremony (reception and graduation party to follow)

June 18

Pick-Up students from party location, 5:00 am


Dorms close at 3:00 pm


Printable version available here!


To All Upper School Parents:

On Wednesday, May 18, we will host a 7:00 p.m. screening of “The Mask You Live In” in the Middle School Commons. The film’s website provides this synopsis:

“The Mask You Live In follows boys and young men as they struggle to stay true to themselves while negotiating America’s narrow definition of masculinity. Pressured by the media, their peer group, and even the adults in their lives, our protagonists confront messages encouraging them to disconnect from their emotions, devalue authentic friendships, objectify and degrade women, and resolve conflicts through violence. The Mask You Live In ultimately illustrates how we, as a society, can raise a healthier generation of boys and young men.”

We welcome all Upper and Middle School parents to this important parent education event. After the 90-minute screening, we will host a panel discussion with Mike Brody, Vice President for Students Services at Reed College, and Patrick Lemmon, Educational Consultant and Co-founder of Men Can Stop Rape. Please follow this link to reserve your seats.

Next fall, students will have an opportunity to view and discuss this film. It’s also available on Netflix for anyone unable to attend our May 18 screening. We look forward to seeing you on May 28.


To All Seniors and Parents of Seniors:

On Sunday, June 5 at 7:00 pm, the Upper School will host a special screening of the acclaimed documentary, "The Hunting Ground,” a film about sexual assault on college campuses. This event is part of our health and wellness programming for seniors and will emphasize information, conversation, and support for their transitions to college. After the 90-minute screening, we will have a panel and audience discussion with guest speakers Rowan Frost, Assistant Dean for Sexual Assault Prevention & Response at Reed College; Megan Kovacs, Program Manager for the Oregon School-Based Health Alliance; and Isabella W. ’16. Ms. Frost and Ms. Kovacs are experienced educators who both serve on the Oregon Sexual Assault Task Force.

Because of limited seating and mature subject matter, we ask that only seniors and their parents attend. Please follow this link to reserve your seats. We look forward to seeing you on June 5!


The hallway in the art wing (BDH) is currently housing an exhibit of artwork and poetry produced collaboratively by OES and Catlin Gabel students over the course of this school year. Eight OES students were paired with partners from Catlin (in each case a poet with an artist) and exchanged work over several months. The exhibit shows the progression of each poem and visual art piece in conversation. We’ll host a reception this Friday, May 20th from 3:30–5:00—please come! OES students participating in the exchange include artists Annie C. ’18, Jennifer D. ’16, Elie D. ’16, and Quattro M. ’18, and poets Kailin C. ’16, Clara C. ’16, Kate P. ’16, and Isabella W. ’16.



6th Grade Science Research Interviews
Mr. Lyon, teacher of 6th grade science, is seeking parent volunteers 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 1st, 2016. Sign up for as many as you like. To sign up - 6th Science Research Interview.


Please join the OES community in celebrating our retirees!
Friday, June 3, from 3:15 - 5:00 p.m. in the OES Dining Hall

Please RSVP by May 23, 2016



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 2pm-4pm every weekday, as well as by appointment in the morning.

Questions? Contact Store Manager: Madeleine Menashe 503-768-3170 or menashem@oes.edu


Planning ahead for Service Learning…

Class of 2016:
Seniors must turn in all service hours paperwork by Friday, May 27, at 3:15. This is a real deadline. If the paperwork is not turned in on time, the student will not receive an OES diploma on graduation night. Please urge your seniors to get those forms turned in, and to talk to Robin if they need help!

Classes of 2017 & 2018:
Look to the summer as a great time to do a Service-Learning project, or finish up OFF-campus hours. TWO Projects are required for graduation; if you don’t know what constitutes a “Project,” go to the Requirements page on the SL website and read about it! Students who have not yet done the 20 “exploratory” OFF-campus hours must do them this summer.

Classes of 2019 & 2020:
Students should look for summertime opportunities to earn 20 off-campus hours through short-term volunteering. Check out the Opportunities page on the website for lots of ideas.

Email or call Robin Schauffler, US Service-Learning Coordinator: (503)416-9308. For information and opportunities, go to the Service-Learning website

For students looking for ways to use that Power for Good over the summer, earn SL hours, or find a long-term Project, the SL Opportunities website has lots of end-of-school and SUMMER opportunities! Once again, here's the LINK

Those entering 12th or 11th grade should be doing at least one Project this summer.

Those entering 10th or 9th grade should be finding ways to get started on the 20 OFF campus hours. 

ALL should make good use of this summer time to find meaning in service to others. 


Summer Music Opportunities!

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!


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 25th and 26th.
  • We will be collecting your gently used adult and children's books curbside on May 23rd (at both drop-off and pickup) and 24th (at drop-off). Please put you 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 25th 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.


New Summer Trip Opportunity: Colony to Country - led by Ron Silver and Colleen Shoemaker - 6/21-6/28

This trip is a chance to explore the events and factors that changed 13 independent colonies into the United States of America. From bases in Boston and Philadelphia, we will travel to colonial locations to experience what it was like to be ruled by a far-away King before becoming revolutionaries wanting our own government. In the Boston area we'll spend two days walking the Freedom Trail, reliving the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the start of Paul Revere's ride (with William Dawes as well) and look at colonial life. We'll wrestle with the conflicts of John and Sam Adams, James Otis and John Hancock, all wanting revolution, and Governor Hutchinson and General Gage, good men, who wanted order and the status quo. We'll spend one day at Lexington Green where "the shot heard round the world" was fired and then on to Concord to the "rude bridge that arched the April flood", as the Regulars first realized the rabble would shoot back and not back down. After that we'll travel via high speed Acela train to Philadelphia, where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were authored. We'll go to Carpenter's Hall, where the First Continental Congress met, Independence Hall where our government was created, as well as other buildings that served as the nation's capital before the establishment of Washington, D.C. We'll also spend a day at Valley Forge to appreciate the experience and sacrifice of the Revolutionary War soldier.

Travel: In an effort to accommodate family summer travel plans, the trip group will meet in Boston on the evening of June 21. Students traveling without a parent will be welcome to travel one or both directions with trip leader Ron Silver, flying into Boston and out of Philadelphia. Dates: June 21-28, 2017 Cost: $1140 per person based on double occupancy. Cost does not include meals or airfare. Participants: Open to parents with students (entering 9th grade or older) and to students entering 10th grade or above without parents.


We still have a few easel parties that have spots available. Please click here (https://oes.ejoinme.org/easel2016) to sign up now.

Additionally, one of the live auction items is still available: Package #26 - Midnight Cowboy - The Brasada Ranch Getaway! The package includes three nights at Brasada Ranch, six rounds of golf, $600 in dining room credits, and 25% off spa treatments. This package is not valid on weekends or major holidays and expires March 1, 2017. If you are interested in this package, please contact auction@oes.edu.

Finally, if you were not able to attend you can still view "A Second Home" video on what it means to be an Aardvark here.

If you would still like to contribute, please call the auction office at 503-768-3156 to make a donation.


OES is unique in that the Junior parents “pay it forward” by hosting this safe and fun all-night party for the graduating Seniors.

We still need volunteers. The senior celebration can only occur if we have full participation of ALL local 11th grade parents. We need a minimum of 60 volunteers to ensure the success of the evening.

11th grade Parent Grad Party To Do list:

  • Save the Date: June 17, 2016. Festivities run from ~10pm Friday to 5am Saturday.
  • Sign up for one (or more) of the three volunteer shifts here: Volunteer Spot - Grad Party 2016
  • All volunteers must complete a DHS Background Check, NOW. The process just takes a few minutes to initiate but several weeks to complete. See notice above in "School Notes" section for directions on how to do this.
  • Please review the “For Your Eyes Only” e-mails from the Grad Party Committee which included secret info we cannot share here.

If you have any questions or ideas, please contact the 2016 Grad Party Co-Chairs, Nora Semonsen or Belinda Calabia.


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 8:00 am in the Platt Global Classroom.


Please note the following test dates and registration deadlines. Enter the school code when you register (380915) and if you are taking the ACT, it is important to include the optional writing test. There is a late registration deadline for each test date that requires an additional fee. See the testing websites for additional information.

SAT/ACT Dates and (Registration Deadline):
Redesigned SAT testing

  • May 7
  • June 4 (5/5, late 5/25)

ACT testing

  • June 11 (5/6, late 5/20)


  • 9th Grade PAL – There are no more meetings this year. Questions? Contact Rico McIver.
    • Upcoming meetings: N/A, see you next year!
  • 10th Grade PALThere are no more meetings this year. Questions? Contact Jana Reddoch.
    • Upcoming meetings: N/A, see you next year!
  • 11th Grade PALThere are no more meetings this year. Questions? Contact Holly Hady.
    • Upcoming meetings: N/A, see you next year!
  • 12th Grade PAL – Next meeting: May 23rd, 8:00am, DVR. Questions? Contact Kay Pinkava.
    • Upcoming meetings: N/A, see you next year!
  • Monthly US PAL notes are now accessible by doing the following:
    • www.oes.edu
    • Click on “Parent Home Page” at the bottom
    • Scroll down and click on “Get Connected”
    • Click on “PCL & PAL Minutes”
  • PAL meeting Calendar (all grades)






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