Voice Newsletter

April 15, 2015


The Upper School Choir came in first place at the Lewis & Clark Choir Festival held at Clatskanie High School April 8th. The choir is directed by Adam Steele and will now head to the State Championship held at George Fox University on May 7th. Congratulations to the students and to Adam!


Last week we launched our forecasting process by organizing our first-ever “Curriculum Fair”. Informed by our online resources; students engaged with Department Chairs and teachers to learn more about the courses they are considering for next year. I was incredibly impressed with the excellent conversations I observed and was proud of our students and teachers for engaging so naturally and willingly. The benefit of having our resources posted online is that students and faculty can refer back to them throughout the entire process. 

This is Culture Shock week in the Upper School! We are very excited to offer both Damaris Webb’s play, “The Box Marked Black,” and Rosetta Lee’s talk on “Parenting with Identity in Mind” to parents (see details below). I hope to see many of you there! Culture Shock for all US students is Friday and I encourage you to ask your son or daughter about his or her experience.

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April 15 Culture Shock Parent Event: Damaris Webb, 7:00pm, Great Hall
April 16 Culture Shock Parent Event: Rosettal Lee, 7:00pm, Great Hall
April 17 Culture Shock
  Spring Dance, 9:00pm, OES Gym
April 20 11th Grade PAL, 8:00am, DVR
  Lou Fernandez Festival Gala, 7:00pm, MS Commons
April 20-24 Lou Fernandez Literary Festival
April 21 Senior Pictures Re-Take day, 8:00am-10:00pm, US Proj. Rm
April 22 Mindfulness Presentation - Patrick Cook-Deegan, 7:00pm, OES Chapel
April 22-May 12 Project Second Wind Food Drive for Neighborhood House
April 24 OES Science & Engineering Symposium, 9:00am, Drinkward Center
April 26 Case Studies & College Fair event, 6:00pm, Catlin Gabel
April 27 12th Grade PAL, 8:00am, DVR
April 30-May 2 Much Ado About Nothing, 7:00pm, Great Hall
May 13 Mt. Hood Climb Service Day



(NEW) Volunteer Opportunities
Faculty Snacks: Eleventh Grade parents are invited to provide snacks for the May 18 faculty/staff meeting. Snacks may be dropped off at the US office anytime between 8:00 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. Finger food only, refrigeration available.  Questions? Contact Kay Pinkava. Sign up on VolunteerSpot at Eleventh Grade Faculty Snacks
Mount Hood Climb Service Drivers: Certified Drivers are needed to transport students to and from service locations on Mount Hood Climb Service Day, May 13. Please sign up here: Mount Hood Climb Service Drivers.   

LS Teacher/Staff Appreciation
Friday, April 17, 2015
Do you have a fond memory of one of your LS Teachers? Is there a thank you left unsaid you would like to say to a LS Staff? For LS Teacher/Staff Appreciation Day we are planning on stuffing bags with LOTS of cards and notes for our teachers and staff to make them feel fabulous! We are asking students and parents to write as many notes and cards as you can to LS faculty and staff! They will love to get notes and cards from former students! Please place these notes/cards in Deborah Walsh's box in the Upper School and she will make sure they get to the right place. Questions? Contact April Gilster.

Student Physicals for 2015-16
Make your doctors appointments early! OES requires that all 9th, 11th and all new students for the 2015-16 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 forms Student Physical Report. Your child cannot participate in any OES activities, including sports practices and opening trips, without this completed form.

OES Food & Allergy Policy
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-appriopriate 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.
Please contact OES Nurse, Elaine Elliott, with any questions or concerns (elliotte@oes.edu).

Illness Information
Important Information About OES’s Communicable Diseases Protocol:

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 heath officials. Click here for more information and resources. Questions? Contact Elaine Elliott.

With the many ill students this time of year, 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. 

Dining Hall News
The OES dining hall has launched a new website, Cafe Bon Appetit. Now you can easily view the Weekly Menu.
Do you want to keep up on what’s happening in the OES dining hall? Are you interested in the Bon Appetit story or how Bon Appetit stumbled into sustainability? Check us out on Facebook at Bon Appetit @ OES.


OES Visual and Performing Arts Department Presents:

William Shakespeare's
Much Ado About Nothing

April 30th-May 2nd
Curtain rises at 7PM

Directed by David Gomes, Much Ado offers a tale of two courtships: Beatrice and Benedick elevate the art of the quarrel in their duel of glittering wordplay, while Claudio and Hero are instantly smitten with one another. However, the scheming and envious Don John vows to ruin Claudio and Hero's happiness. Comical officers challenge dastardly villains, honor and desire collide -- and a story filled with laughter and love unfolds.

For more information about the show, to follow the production in progress, and to reserve your tickets, please follow the Greenroom Blog here.

Tickets for the show will be released on April the 19th, and are available initially on a two tickets per household limit. There is a $10 per ticket suggested tax deductible donation at the door, (payable by check or cash only). Students of OES will not be asked for a donation for their ticket.

See you at the show!


Parents, signups are here for Interest in Volunteer Leadership Positions for 2015-2016!

It is time to start thinking ahead to our next school year. The Parent Community Link is looking for people to help lead our many volunteer efforts. Please take a moment to investigate the different volunteer leadership positions open for Lower, Middle and Upper School for 2015-2016.

Please Express your interest in being considered for a specific position by clicking following link – Interest in Volunteer Leadership Positions for 2015-16

By clicking “Sign-up” you are expressing interest and will be contacted by a representative from PCL. All interested individuals will be contacted by members of Parent Community Link between April & May to determine if a placement might work and to discuss options. We look forward to hearing from you!

Please also feel free to contact Ruchi Prakash (All School Volunteer Coordinator) or Alicia Morissette (Parent Community Link Chair) with any questions.


In October, OES counselors attended an NWAIS sponsored workshop “Mindfulness in Your School and Classroom,” presented by Patrick Cook-Deegan. Over the past few months, there has been growing excitement in our school and our association about our efforts to integrate mindfulness education into the experience of OES students.

Presenter Patrick Cook-Deegan is an educator, speaker, athlete, and backcountry guide. Patrick’s work in outdoor/experiential education and interest in mindfulness have come together to create a unique perspective and skillset that is of real value. His work is of particular interest to active, sports-minded, and adventurous adolescents. Patrick has spoken at 100 schools and universities, reached nearly 20,000 students through speaking and workshops, organized a dozen retreats and backcountry trips, and mentored numerous young people.

He has been featured in the Washington Post, Sunday Boston Globe, Radio Free Asia, ABC News, NPR, and has been published in the Huffington PostTricycleEdutopia, Greater Good Center at UC Berkeley, and the Providence Journal.

Please RSVP for the event.

Questions? Contact Cindy McEnroe.


The 30th OES Science & Engineering Symposium is on Friday, April 24th 2015. Our students will present their research via Power Point presentations in the Drinkward Center. The presentations will start at 9:00am and will continue until 2:00pm. There will be three sessions: physics & engineering, medicine & microbiology and chemistry & environmental sciences. The students present in 15 minute time slots with 5 minutes for Q&A.   

We are looking for interested parents/relatives/friends with a science degree or work experience in any of the science, medical or engineering fields to ask questions and provide feedback to the student presenters.  

We are also inviting parents to come and listen to our student presentations.

This will be a great opportunity especially for parents not familiar with the Upper School research program to get to know the breadth of student research taking place in the OES Upper School. 

Please let me know if you can attend the Symposium and provide students with feedback. Questions? Contact Tanja Horvat.


NEW! Vineyard Vines Ties Pre-Order Closes soon!

Last Call for Vineyard Vines Bow Tie and Neck Tie Pre-Order! The order will be placed on April 20th- email menashem@oes.edu if you would like to order boy’s or men’s ties for this Spring!

Huge Sale at the OES Store going on NOW: Come by and check it out: Selected Sweatshirts are now $20 and t-shirts at $10- stock up on your spirit wear while supplies last!

Also, ALL 2015 pre-orders for Lacrosse, Track and Field, Tennis and Golf are now in. Stop in to pick up your order.  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


OES Culture Shock: You’re Invited!

Each year, the Upper School engages in “Culture Shock,” a conference designed to celebrate different cultures at OES and build intercultural competence. This year, we are adding two evening events open (and free) to the entire community.  

On Wednesday, April 15 at 7:00 pm, Damaris Webb presents “The Box Marked Black," a solo performance that explores growing up multi-racial in Portland. Register for the event here.

On Thursday, April 16 at 7:00 pm, Rosetta Lee will speak on “Parenting with Identity in Mind.” We particularly encourage Lower and Middle School parents to join us for this talk relevant to all age levels PreK-12. Register for the event here.

Child care available! The OES Residential Life Program will be providing free child care for both events. Please register by emailing Kristen Dallum (dallumk@oes.edu).

Questions? Feel free to contact Jordan Elliott (elliottj@oes.edu)



The 2015 auction, Operation OOES, was deemed a Mission Accomplished by everyone who attended - Bonds, Golden Girls, villains and Austin Powers alike. Huge kudos to Chair Lisa Kellogg, Co-Chair Michelle Fitzhenry and all volunteers for their tireless work, and to the sponsors for their support. A good time was had by all, and funds were raised to support AASK, employee professional growth and development, and other important projects that enhance our students' learning experience.

For those who could not attend the auction, consider signing up for an easel party. Many are not yet full. These parent-thrown extravaganzas are a great way to donate to the cause and have fun with other members of our OES community. Clink on the title link for each party to join in!

#7 License to Party

#50 Live and Let Dive

#51 License to Spend

#53 Goldenguy - Oscar Party

#54 The Man with the Golden Ale

#55 Drink Another Day


1st Annual Lou Fernandez Literary Festival kicks off!

The Friends of the OES Libraries (FOESL) is proud to announce the first annual Lou Fernandez Literary Festival, April 20-24. This event honors the memory of Lou Fernandez, the father of Matt Fernandez '12 and Mark Fernandez '16. Lou, who died in 2011, was a stalwart OES volunteer and FOESL member for years, and a lover of books, stories, words, and ideas. The festival kicks off with a gala evening event featuring local storyteller Ken Iverson, at 7 p.m. Monday, April 20, in the Middle School Commons. Please join us!
The festival will continue throughout the week with various author visits, writing events, and celebrations in the various divisions. For more information about the festival or the April 20 event, please contact Jan Massaro [ 503-297-0828 ]  or Chris Myers [ 503-416-9352 ].


Look How Far We’ve Come!
AASK Summer Day Camp 2015

Apply now! to be on staff at the AASK Summer Day Camp! Work with some of the best kids around and a stellar staff group as you learn leadership skills, teamwork and why getting up early in the summer was one of the best decisions you ever made.

Volunteer Counselor-in-Training (CIT) positions are open for current OES Upper School students, or current high school students who used to be in AASK themselves. CIT program participants are volunteers; first year CITs have a practicum working with elementary school students and the practicum for second year CITs is with middle school students. CITs help out in the classrooms in the morning and in the afternoon support the many logistics of helping camp run smoothly. They also gain experience in an area of special interest: technology, art, sports and nature, or music.

Full job descriptions are online and applications are online as well; paid day-camp counselor positions are available for college students. The CIT program may be completed as a service learning project at OES.

Dates for day camp are June 22 – July 25 (please note that July 25 is a Saturday, and attendance is required). Hours are from 7:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. We do not meet on the July 3, as it is part of the July 4 holiday. 

Questions? Contact Myra Clark (aka Rainbow) or 503-768-3193


All-School Service Events Coming Up for Spring:

In a few weeks, the All-School Service Learning Committee and the US Service Learning Action Committee (SLAC) will launch our annual all-school food drive. A spin-off of the statewide Project Second Wind, this drive supports our nearby service agency, Neighborhood House, whose Emergency Food Box Program helps to feed over 500 families every month. We ask the whole OES community to join in to support this effort—stay tuned for more information later in the month. 

And our annual all-school day of service in the community, Mount Hood Climb Service Day, is Wednesday, May 13th. On this important day, all OES students and faculty—as well as many staff members, parents, and alumni—spend time in service activities throughout the community. Please note that this is not a day off from school; it is an essential part of being a student at OES. Although our students perform service throughout the school year, this day stands out as a cornerstone of our service learning program. Please do not schedule medical appointments, college visits, or other out-of-school commitments for May 13. More information will be forthcoming as we get closer to the event.

If you have questions about these events, contact Robin Schauffler, US Service Learning Coordinator, (503)416-9308; schaufflerr@oes.edu.

If you are the parent of a Senior:
Please be aware that the deadline for turning in paperwork to meet the Service Learning graduation requirement is Friday, May 22. You can help by checking with your child, with her or his Advisor, or of course directly with Robin, whose job it is to support every student in meeting this mission-driven requirement.

As always, you can find ideas for Service-Learning hours and individual projects on the SL web site HERE.


Spring College Fair
Will be held on Sunday April 26th from 12-3pm at University of Portland – Chiles Center. Students should register in advance at gotocollegefairs.com. This will allow them to have a barcode scanned by colleges of interest (the alternative is to fill out a card for each college of interest—this can get tedious).

Case Studies Program with Catlin Gabel (for Juniors and Parents of Juniors)
Please mark your calendar for a Case Studies program (also known as mock admissions) that will be hosted jointly with Catlin Gabel this spring. The program will take place at Catlin Gabel on Sunday, April 26 from 6:00-8:30 pm (with check in starting before 6:00 pm). The evening will include an opportunity for parents and students to read college applications and make admissions decisions under the direction of a college admission officer (in small groups). The last hour of the evening will be a mini college fair in which parents and students can talk with college representatives about their college. We will have close to 30 college admission officers from all over the country. This evening offers a wonderful opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of the college admission process (an insider’s view) and to connect with and learn more about some of the participating colleges. We hope that most juniors and their parents will attend!

Advanced Placement Exams
The  AP Exams, will take place from May 4-15, 2015 (with late testing on the 20th & 21st) during the school day at OES. Your student has already signed up for the exams. Keep in mind that not taking the exam after it has been ordered will result in an additional fee. Questions? Contact Alison Nugent

SAT Prep at OES
Classes have begun, but there are still spots available.
This two-week course will teach students the critical reading, math and writing skills that are needed to perform well on the SAT. Students will gain hands-on experience through taking a practice SAT and will learn effective score-enhancing strategies that are specific to the SAT. In addition, we will cover the psychology of test-taking as well as proven methods for overcoming test anxiety. Each student will receive their own book, The Official SAT Study Guide 2. With the SAT scheduled on May 2, this is a great opportunity to get prepared!

Instructor Douglas Bloch, a teacher, author and counselor, obtained his BA in math and psychology from New York University and his MA in counseling from the University of Oregon. He is the author of 12 books on personal development, including The Power of Positive Talk: Words to Help Every Child Succeed. 

11th-12th Grade
April 11 & 18 (2 classes) *incorrect dates originally - these dates are now correct*
Saturday, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
Location: DC 206
Cost: $160 (includes SAT book)
Sign up for this class on the OES After School Classes website.

Summer Course at OES - College Essay: Tell Your Story
Led by Robin Schauffler
Increase your writing power! Learn and practice techniques for more successful nonfiction pieces and stronger college essays. Build the skills you need for vivid, effective personal writing. Work on all levels: sentences, paragraphs, and the big picture. Study selections from great nonfiction writers and literary journalists. Leave class with a college essay draft that you can use in the application process. Students may enroll in one or two sessions. Rising Juniors considered with instructor permission.
Session A: July 6–10 • 12:00–3:00 
Session B: July 13–17 • 9:00–12:00

Summer Course at OES - SAT Prep & Study Skills
Led by Ryan Holland

This course will cover test-taking mentality and content review with a fair amount of practice and reflection. Instructor is a high school and middle school science teacher at Oregon Episcopal School. He has also taught algebra and geometry and privately tutored students in a variety of disciplines, including SAT prep. The course will spend equal time toward developing skills in critical reading, math, and writing. We will address strategies for improving speed and accuracy and ways to cope with the emotions before, during, and after testing. All materials will be provided, including The Official SAT Study Guide, published by the College Board.
Session A: July 27–August 7 • 9:00–12:00 (two-week course) 

Session B: July 27–August 7 • 1:00–4:00 (two-week course)
Grades 10–12 • Cost: $430 (includes book)

Seniors, 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):

  • SAT Testing
    • May 2
    • June 6 (5/8)
  • ACT testing
    • June 13 (5/8)


Each year the current 11th grade parents host an all-night (11 PM to 5 AM) fun, safe and memorable party for the graduating seniors. This is a “pay it forward” thing, so we will be able to relax next year when our own children graduate and next year’s 11th grade parents plan the party. We need about 60 volunteers to ensure the success of the evening; so ALL the local 11th grade parents are needed to help out with the planning and/or chaperoning of the event. It will be a very special night for the seniors. It will be challenging for all of us over the age of 18 to be up in the middle of the night, but the shifts are manageable if everyone helps out for a short portion of the night. The energy of the kids will keep us going! The location is TOP SECRET, but volunteers will be told the location as the time draws near.  

To sign-up for a party chaperone shift, please use this VolunteerSpot link. All volunteers will need to have completed a DHS Background Check to participate. Contact Jean Verheggen in the US office for more information on completing the process. For all other questions about the party, please contact Linda Blakely or Michele Levis, Graduation Party Co-Chairs.


  • 9th Grade PAL – Next meeting is on May 4th at 8am in the Drinkward Volunteer Center. Questions? Contact Jana Reddoch.
    • Upcoming meetings: N/A - tune in next school year!
  • 10th Grade PAL – Next meeting is on May 11th at 8am in the Drinkward Volunteer Center. Questions? Contact Jane Langley.
    • Upcoming meetings: N/A - tune in next school year! Rising 11th Grade students -
    • Rising 11th Grade students - OES requires all students who will be in 11th grade for the 2015-16 school year to complete and turn in a Student Physical Report. Forms must be returned to OES by August 1st. Students will not be allowed to participate in Fall sports practice or any OES activity without a physical on file, so make your doctors appointments early!

  • 11th Grade PAL – Next meeting is on April 20th at 8am in Drinkward Volunteer Center. Questions? Contact Kay Pinkava.
    • Upcoming meetings: May 18th.
  • 12th Grade PAL – Next meeting is on April 27th at 8am in the Drinkward Volunteer Center. Questions? Contact Jan Massaro.
    • Upcoming meetings: May 26th (Tuesday).
    • (NEW) Individual pictures taken of seniors on April 2 will soon be sent to you to view online. Be sure to take a look and if you would like to have your student do a re-take, that opportunity will be the morning of Tuesday, April 21. A sign-up sheet has been provided for students on the US window. Questions? Contact Pat Freeman.

  • PAL meeting Calendar (all grades)
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