Voice Newsletter

June 1, 2016

OES "Lifer" Seniors 2016 - It was just like old times as Lifers participated in recess and had lunch with prekindergarten students.


We’re almost there! In the next two weeks, students from across the Upper School will wrap up the year. From our newest students, the ninth graders, who we applauded in Chapel recently for navigating the year and becoming full-fledged members of the Upper School, to our seniors, the Class of 2016, who will soon leave on their senior trip and begin a whirlwind of graduation celebrations.

Speaking of graduation, please note that our commencement ceremony will be held at First United Methodist Church (1838 SW Jefferson) this year. In addition to the graduating seniors, we ask all juniors to attend the commencement ceremony the evening of Friday, June 17, to begin preparing for their graduation in June of 2017. Ninth and tenth grade students are invited to attend graduation and need to RSVP with their Head Class Advisor.

For non-seniors, the final two weeks of school are also busy. A couple of important things for parents of non-seniors:

  • Final assessments begin Friday, June 10, and go through Wednesday, June 15. Final assessments begin at 9 am each of these days. Do note that Wednesday, June 15 is a half-day of school with the last assessment ending at 11 am. Juniors will have a short graduation practice on campus at 11 am. They will be excused at 11:30 am.
  • With your signed permission, students may leave campus for lunch during final assessments.  Permission forms are available for students to pick up in the US Office.

The last day of school, Thursday, June 16, is a full day of school for all students (9th-12th), beginning at 9 am and going until 3 pm. Students will wrap up the year in class meetings and advisory, clean out and sign up for lockers, and attend the Awards Assembly. Thursday is a normal late start day for those riding the school bus.

After 15 years at OES and nine years as Head of Upper School, it is bittersweet to write my last Voice message. While, I’m off to work in the family business, OES will always be a part of who I am and the work I do. I look forward to focusing on my alumni connection to the school and hope to stay connected to many of you through this work. Until I see you next!



June 3 Retirement Celebration, 3:15 pm, Dining Hall
June 4 Memorial Service for Bev Shue, 10:00 am, Chapel
June 5 Film & Panel, "The Hunting Ground," 7:00 pm, Great Hall
June 8 ShinDig, 3:00 pm, Great Hall & outside Dining
June 9 US Visual Arts Reception, 3:30pm, Main Lobby
June 10-15
US Assessments
June 11
Senior Trip pack check, 12:00 noon, covered basketball court
June 12-15
Senior Raft Trip
June 16 Full day of school, 9:00 am - 3:00 pm (wrap-up, locker clean out, Awards Assembly, etc.)
  Senior Farewell, 4:30 pm, Chapel (family dinner to follow)
  US Fine Arts Night & Spring Concert, 6:30 pm, Great Hall / Chapel / MS Commons
June 17 Senior Group Picture & Rehearsal, 8:45 am - 12:00 noon, Sophonpanich Courtyard & First United Methodist Church
  Commencement, 7:30 pm, First United Methodist Church
  Graduation Party
June 18 Dorms Close



(NEW) Bev Shue Memorial 10 a.m. SATURDAY, JUNE 4
Please join us to celebrate the life and memory of longtime Upper School Library Assistant Bev Shue. A memorial will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 4, in the St. John the Baptist Church on the OES campus. A reception will follow in the Upper School Library. Bev was a former OES parent and worked in the Upper School Library for 25 years. She was scheduled to retire this year, but died peacefully May 3 from complications of pneumonia. She was 70. If you have questions about the memorial, please call or email Chris Myers, Upper School Librarian: myersc@oes.edu / 503-416-9352.

(NEW) US Visual Arts Reception
Everyone is invited to join us in the Main Lobby on June 9th from 3:30-4:30 PM for a US Visual Art Reception. On exhibit will be work from all of the current US visual art classes, as well as a special exhibit of work by our Independent Study students. If you can't make it to the reception we hope you can stop by some time to see the beautiful artwork. 

(NEW) Practice Backpack Trip 8/3-8/5
Rising Sophomores may join Tom Handel and company on a two-night, three-day mini backpack trip this summer to get a better understanding of backpacking prior to the Fall Sophomore Backpack Trip. Please email handelt@oes.edu on or before July 1st to secure a spot on this trip.

(NEW) Testing: Attention Rising Seniors!
If you plan to apply for extended time on the September 2016 ACT you must begin the process by June 15 because the ACT requires actions taken both at home and school. Get in touch with Colleen Shoemaker before the end of Finals in June so we can work together.

(NEW) The Aussie's are Coming!
Each year we have the opportunity to host 2-3 students from the Golburn Valley Grammar School (GVGS) in Australia. In turn, students who host have the opportunity to travel to visit GVGS during our summer vacation. This coming summer two of our 2015 hosts will visit their buddies in Australia.
We have 3 Australian students who would like to visit OES for three to four weeks this coming November. The visitors will take part in OES classes and after-school activities, and look forward to participating in American family life. We are seeking a host family for each of the 2 boys and one girl. Ideally, we would like to find families who could host a student for the full time, but "shares" can also be arranged if you can only host for part of the time.
If you are interested in this opportunity, please contact Christina Meyerhoff, Director of Winterim and Off-Campus Programming.

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.

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.

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).


June 8

ShinDig, 3:00 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 on OES campus


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


Senior Farewell, 4:30 pm, Chapel

Family Dinner follows for seniors & their families in Dining Hall


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, First United Methodist Church


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!


All are invited to the fabulous end-of-year US Fine Arts Night!
Thursday evening, June 16 - 6:30 -9pm

Art: Ceramics, Photography, Advanced Drawing and Print making, Paper Arts, Art Trek and Graphic Arts!

Music: Fine Arts Night includes performances from all US musical groups. Please come enjoy the fine music, from jazz and be bop to classical and the sublime. All performances take place in the US Great Hall.

6:30 pm - Art Galleries in BDH Art Gallery & the Main Lobby
7:00 pm - Strings Ensemble
7:20 pm - Concert Choir
7:40 pm - String Trio
8:00 pm - Symphony Band
8:20 pm - A Cappella Choir

We hope to see you there!


To be eligible to drive OES students, parents need to take a class led by Director of Facilities, Jon von Behren. This one-hour class will certify you as a school driver for a period of three years. You will also need to have a DHS background check to drive US students.

We use parent drivers to drive kids for Mt Hood Climb Service Day, the Debate Team, the Ski Team, for team sports retreats in the summer, and we need drivers for dorm students for their 11th grade Literary Journalism project. Certification classes are only offered in the fall. If you anticipate needing to drive for any of these US activities please consider taking one of the fall classes.

If you are new to the US or it's been 3 years since your last driving class please sign up for one of the sessions offered. These classes are only offered in the fall.

We are having 3 certification classes this year:
1.       Monday, September 12th, 11:30-12:30 in DVR
2.       Monday, September 26th, 8:15-9:15 in Platt Global Classroom
3.       Wednesday, October 5th, 7:00-8:00 pm in Platt Global Classroom

Please Sign-up for any one of these classes, using VolunteerSpot so that we can plan appropriately. Please Click on the link to signup - AS Driver Certification Class

** If you would like to drive for Upper School you will need a DHS background check.  If you don’t have one already, please contact Jean Verheggen in the US office.

If you have any questions please feel free to email Ruchi Prakash (All School Volunteer Coordinator) at any time.


All-School Tee Shirts have arrived and are ready for pick up, between 2-4pm each weekday!

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


SUMMER SERVICE LEARNING—What each grade should do:

Class of 2017:
You now have ONE YEAR to complete all Hours, Projects, and Reflections and graduate from OES on time with a diploma. THIS SUMMER: Complete those 20 REQUIRED OFF campus hours. Find a Project you can fully engage in—some have even done two Projects n one summer. Not sure what a “Project” is? Go to the Requirements page on the SL website and read about it! Submit the Project Proposal form whenever you’re ready.

Class of 2018:
You are half way through your high school career. If you have not yet finished the 20 required OFF-campus hours, you must do them this summer. Work on finding a Project to become involved in.

Class of 2019:
Get the 20 OFF campus hours done!! You may have more time in the summer than when school’s in session. Make it happen. Be thinking about what you might like to do during the school year to keep your hours moving and start your first Project.

Class of 2020:
All hours you do this summer will count towards your total—keep track of the service you do, and fill out those forms.

For lots of opportunities and ideas, see the SL Opportunities page


The full requirement for all students who attend 4 years of Upper School:
20 hours OFF campus by January of 10th grade
60 hours ON campus in 4 years
2 Projects, after 20 hours completed

Need the details? More links for you:
SL website

Service Hours Reporting Form
Project Proposal
(can not be approved until 20 OFF campus hours are completed)

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 time is the PERFECT time for OES Summer Classes!

Summer is getting closer, and it is time to sign-up for classes through the OES Summer Class website.

OES Summer Program is offering several new classes for Upper School students including Acting Workshop with Nancy Pickering-Jack, Ceramics Throwing with Michael Standley, Studio Art with Cameron Jack, Brazilian Jiu Jitzu with Five Rings Gym, Art, Image, and Writing with Laura Strudwick, Fashion Sewing with designer Katy Hadad-Dyler, Getting the Band Back Together with John Lamb, and a couple Maker Lab Experiences with Mozek Games.

We are also continuing our Geometry class, College Essay with Robin Schauffler, Literary Analysis and Constructing an Argument with Laura Strudwick, Advanced Speed Stacking with Stephanie Rankin.

And don't forget our amazing trips! We have the PMO Star Camp with Bevin Daglen, The Great NW Adventure with Tom Handle, and The Cascade Backpacking Camp with Taylor Feldman.

See you this summer!


The DREAM B16 Grad Party is shaping up to be a safe and fun all-night party for the graduating Seniors!

We can still use more volunteers for the 2:00-4:00 am shift, 4:00-7:00 am shift, and set up and take down. If you are available, please Sign up for one (or more) of the volunteer shifts here: Volunteer Spot - Grad Party 2016. If you can help with set up or take down please contact the 2016 Grad Party Co-Chairs, Nora Semonsen or Belinda Calabia.

(NEW) GOBS 2016

A huge THANK YOU to the OES community for all the books, support and encouragement for GOBS in this year of flexibility. When two 4th grade boys were chanting "we need books" after seeing all the available books in the LS library, when US mothers were talking about the best literature for summer reading and when BS school faces lit up after being told they could keep their found treasures, we knew that GOBS is really special.  

Special thanks goes to Lucy Shanno, Sally Waddell, Sarah Raymond, Jan Halsey, Lisa Kellogg, Elizabeth Hutchins, Ann Sulzer, Kristina Davis, Kim Feller, Funda Kelsay, Linda Blakely and Mark F. '16 for your enormous amount of help that you offered to GOBS. Also without the help of LS Librarians, Lara Ingham and Heidi Hackenjos and letting us take over the library for four day, we wouldn't have had a GOBS...Thank you!  

Now start saving those books for next GOBS!

Jana Reddoch and Dawn Swanson
GOBS Co-Chairs


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!


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


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!


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

  • June 4

ACT testing

  • June 11


  • 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!
    • (NEW) If you are interested in planning a Parent Social for our grade to be held in September or October, please let Holly know.
  • 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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