Voice Newsletter

May 2, 2016


Athletics - The OES Girls' Varsity tennis team won the championship trophy for our OES Invitational Tournament! Go Aardvarks! (Photo courtesy of OES Athletic Dept.)


As we enter May, we are wrapping up our course forecasting process for next school year. I encourage all parents to refer to our online resources about the process. There are great conversations happening at school between students, advisors, and teachers. We hope that there are similarly good conversations at home. Parents, make note that your child’s confirmation report needs to be signed by you and returned to school by May 10.

Mount Hood Climb Service Day, Wednesday, May 11, is a required day of school and an essential part of the OES experience. On this day, the entire OES community commits to a day of service to others as a way of giving back for the love and support the school received in its most difficult days 30 years ago. Please be aware that we provide breakfast for all students and that they will need to bring a lunch OR for a fee, students can order a box lunch from Bon Appétit. Some groups have different lunch plans - please check with the group leader.

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May 2-12 AP Testing
May 6 9th Grade PAL, 8:00 am, DVR
May 9 10th Grade PAL, 8:00 am, DVR
May 10 Volunteer Recognition Breakfast, 8:00 am, Dining Hall
May 11 Mt. Hood Climb Service Day
May 12-14 Spring One Acts, 7:00 pm, Great Hall
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 24 Film & Panel, "The Hunting Ground," 7:00 pm, Great Hall
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



(NEW) OES Film & Panel Opportunities
We will be showing two films for the student body and parents on May 18 and May 24. Please see details below.

The Mask You Live In
May 18, 7:00-9:00 pm, MS Commons
Film followed by a panel of professionals to share insight and Q&A.

The Hunting Ground
May 24, 7:00-9:00 pm, Great Hall
Film followed by a panel of professionals to share insight and Q&A. Designed for current seniors and their parents.

(NEW) 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.

(NEW) 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.

(NEW) Sophomore Parents: Graduation Reception Volunteers Needed (2 opportunities)
OES Graduation Night, June 17, 2016 - Set Up Reception,  6:20pm :
Four volunteers needed to help set-up for reception. Arrive at 6:20 pm to help set the tables with tablecloths, china, punch cups, etc.
If you would like to volunteer to stay to help at the reception see below - you may do that by signing up for that shift also. You may stay and watch some of the graduation or you may go grab some dinner between shifts. (More details available at sign-up page on VolunteerSpot.)
OES Graduation Night, June 17, 2016 - Help the Caterer,  8:40pm :
Eight volunteers needed for the reception after graduation! Shift will start about 20 minutes before the end of the graduation ceremony (approx. 8:40 pm) to get things ready to serve (fill coffee and punch bowl, etc.). The filled punch bowls are quite heavy, so some heavy lifters among volunteers would be great!  We try to get out of the church by 10:30-10:45 PM. (More details available at sign-up page on VolunteerSpot.)

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).


Mount Hood Climb Service Day is coming right up: Wednesday, May 11! Please remember that this is a required day of school, and an essential part of being a student at OES. Attendance is taken, and taken seriously. Please do NOT schedule doctor appointments, etc, for this day. The entire OES community participates—students and teachers grades K-12, staff, alumni, parents, and members of the St. John’s congregation.

On Mount Hood Climb Service Day, Bon Appétit serves Breakfast to the whole Upper School, since we are off campus for lunch. Breakfast begins at 7:30 am; students must arrive by 8:00 am—earlier is better. Some agencies will feed our groups at lunch time, but most students need to bring a bag lunch from home. US students have the option of ordering a bag lunch through Bon Appétit and having it charged to their account, if they wish. Students should watch for lunch info when group assignments are posted. (Dorm students are provided with lunch for that day, as part of their meal plan.)

Mount Hood Climb Service Drivers: Certified drivers are needed to transport students to and from service locations on Mount Hood Climb Service Day, May 11. Please sign up here!

If you have questions, please contact Robin Schauffler, US Service Learning Coordinator, (503) 416-9308.


  • Returning students and incoming 9th-graders are currently reviewing choices for the 2016 Upper School Summer Reading Program. Each student must read one book from the Summer Reading List over the summer and be prepared to discuss it in the fall when we return to school. Books on the list are recommended by current juniors or by Upper School faculty/staff members. Students have until Friday, May 13, to submit their top 5 choices, in rank order. Parents, please be aware that students may also choose to have the school purchase their selected book for them. Most of the books are purchased at a 20 percent discount, and the cost of the book will be charged to the student's OES account. If you have questions about the summer reading program, or need more information, please email or call Upper School Librarian Chris Myers, at 503-416-9352 / myersc@oes.edu.
  • Additionally, students are encouraged to participate in the OES Summer Reading Challenge, sponsored by the Friends of the OES Libraries. This is purely voluntary, and students are challenged to read 2,016 pages over the summer, or for 30 hours cumulatively, or 10 titles new to them (whichever challenge fits a student's reading style and pace). More information, and an official recording form, will be available online by the end of May.  (Students are welcome to record their reading in any manner that suits them.)


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!





RSVP by May 3, 2016.  RSVP Here


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.


To complete your child’s enrollment for the 2016-2017 school year, please follow the link to our online Health & Permission Forms website. Forms are pre-populated and should take just a few minutes per child to confirm and/or update the required information. We need you to complete the online forms by May 1.

2016-2017 Health & Permission Forms

In addition to the online forms, you may also need to download one of the forms listed below.

Forms for all students:

Student Physical Report (Grades 7-12)
 (all rising students to grades 7, 9, and 11)
Allergy Information Form and Action Plan 
(if applicable)
Asthma Action Plan form
 (if applicable)

Forms for BOARDING Students:
Driving Permission Form 
Overnight Permission Form


The OES Visual and Performing Arts Department in Partnership with the English Department is proud to present The 2016 Spring One Acts! 

May 11th-14th @ 7:00 PM in the Great Hall

This years student written and directed plays are:

Flag Day

By: Isabella Waldron

Lena brings her boyfriend over to meet her family for Flag Day. Her family of immigrants celebrates this obscure holiday as if it is the most important day of the year. However, things do not go as planned, resulting in all-around chaos and hilarity.


By: Mark Fernandez

Needing to find housing, Claude impulsively puts a downpayment on a lighthouse, wanting to fulfill his dream of being a lighthouse keeper. This horrifies his husband Edwin, who expected to be consulted, and initiates a chain of events as the family move in and are forced to work together in crisis.

Turning Point

By: Andy Sun

Flint and Blaine are best friends in their final years of high school. Although they are extremely, close, they seem to be worlds apart. While Blaine is envious of how easy school seems for Flint, Flint has his own deep struggles that he tries to hide away. Neither of the two talk about the challenges they face at home, and the pressures begin to prove to be too much for their friendship to bear.


Tickets will be made available on May 1st and can be reserved at: http://oesgreenroom.blogspot.com/


CEREAL THURSDAYS! This is a long-time Upper School tradition: helping to provide breakfast cereal for the kids at Community Transitional School for children experiencing homelessness.

Complete information about Service Learning in the Upper School is on the US Service Learning website. Bookmark it and refer to it frequently!

Please support our annual all-school canned/nonperishable food drive for Neighborhood House, culminating on May 11. This effort supports our nearby service agency, Neighborhood House, whose Emergency Food Box Program helps to feed over 500 families every month. Upper School Advisories compete to see who can bring in the most.

Parents of Seniors:
All Service Learning Hours, Projects, and Reflections must be completed by Friday, May 27th. Please remind your Senior to check in with Robin Schauffler to make sure things are up to date and get help completing the Service requirement.


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. 


Advanced Placement Testing
AP exams take place from May 2-12, 2016 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.

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 – Next meeting is on May 6th, 8:00 am, DVR. Questions? Contact Rico McIver.
    • Upcoming meetings: N/A, see you next year!

  • 10th Grade PAL – Next meeting is on May 9th, 8:00 am, DVR. Questions? Contact Jana Reddoch.
    • Upcoming meetings: N/A, see you next year!

  • 11th Grade PAL – Next meeting: May 16th, 8:00 am, DVR. 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)





Pre-Order Your Collectible All-School T-Shirt NOW!


Let's go 'Varks! Pre-order your all-school T-shirt, featuring each and every student name on the back!


Cost is $20; Your choice of White or Ash Grey Tee Shirt


Pre-order now!   

Orders must be received by May 5.


Email your pre-order to menashem@oes.edu and please be sure to specify the color and size of the shirt(s) that you'd like to order.



Shirt Options


Colors: Ash Grey or White


Sizes: Adult: Small to XXL; Youth: Small to XL

    (These shirts run true to size)


Details: 100% cotton Tagless Tees by Hanes


**Artwork designed by Audrey M., Class of 2019**


Store Hours and NEW LOCATION


The on-campus school Store is located in the MORRIS HOUSE, and is open 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment.

Shop the online OES School Store
Contact Information: Store Manager Madeleine Menashe (503) 768-3170

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