Voice Newsletter

May 15, 2015


Mt. Hood Climb Service Day 2015 - Upper School students pause from working on the trails at the Audubon Wildlife Sanctuary. Great work OES Community!


This past week we had an amazingly well attended Prom (262 students!). I am very proud that our community supports such an inclusive and fun event for all of our students.  

Also this past week, the community commemorated the Mount Hood accident with our annual Mount Hood Climb Service Day. After 18 years 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, hopefully, 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: @OESheadUS.


May 18
11th Grade PAL, 8:00am, DVR
May 19
Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, 8:00am, Dining Hall
May 25 NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
May 26 12th Grade PAL, 8:00am, DVR
May 27 Lifer Lunch, 11:30am, LS Common Hall
May 28 ShinDig, 3:15pm, Upper School
  Senior Raft Trip (optional) Parent Mtg, 6:30pm, Platt
  Rising Sophomore Backpack Trip (optional) Parent Mtg, 7:30pm, Platt
June 5-10 US Assessments
June 6 Senior Trip Pack Check, 12:00pm, Covered Basketball Court
June 7-10 Senior Raft Trip
June 11 Last Day US Students
June 12 Commencement, 7:30pm, Trinity Cathedral



(NEW) 9th Grade Parent Social
9th Grade Parent Social, BBQ with fixings, beverages and potluck, Saturday May 30, 5 pm to 8 pm, Hosted by Jana Reddoch and Steve Spindel, All 9th grade parents are welcome to attend! Everyone should have received a separate email from evite but if for some reason you did not receive the evite then RSVP to jmreddoch@aol.com. Take a break!

(NEW) Sharpening Academic Skills
Parents of students entering grades 9 – 12, if you are interested in exploring options for sharpening or reviewing academic subject areas or skills over the summer please contact Colleen Shoemaker.

(NEW) Testing Accomodations
If your rising Senior plans to take the September 12, 2015 ACT, has never applied and might qualify for accommodations contact Colleen Shoemaker before June 5 so we can collaborate on the application before summer vacation.

(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. Please click here for more information. 

(NEW) Student Physicals
Make your doctors appointments early! OES requires all rising 9th, 11th and all new students who will be in attendance 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!

Senior Raft Trip - Parent Meeting
There is an optional parent meeting to learn more about the Senior Raft Trip on May 28th at 6:30pm in the Platt Global classroom.

Rising Sophomore Backpack Trip - Parent Meeting
There will be the first of two optional parent meetings to learn more about next Fall's Sophomore Backpack Trip. This first meeting will be on May 28th at 7:30pm in the Platt Global classroom. If you can't make this one the second on is on September 2nd at 5:30pm in DVR.

Parent Driver Certification Class
If you are interested in volunteering to drive Upper School Students, you must take a one-hour driver certification class through OES. You will then be certified for three years. We use drivers for Mt Hood Climb Service Day, Debate Team, Ski Team, for team sports retreats in the summer and occasional dorm student academic projects. Certification classes are only offered once in the spring and a few times in the fall. 

Certification Classes:

  1. Monday, September 14th – 11:30 am – 12:30 pm (following the 6th grade Parent Partnership event)
  2. Monday, September 28th – 7:00 pm – 8:00 pm
  3. Wednesday, October 7th – 9:30 am – 10:30 am (following MS PAL meeting)

All classes will be held in the Platt Global Classroom. Register for any one of these classes on VolunteerSpot: - MS & US 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 contact Ruchi Prakash.

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.


PDF version here

Friday, May 22                                   
Last day to turn in all documentation for Winterim & Service Learning Hours
Wednesday, May 27 Lifer Lunch, 11:30 – 1 pm, LS Common Hall
Wednesday, May 27 Residential Life Senior Appreciation Dinner, 6 pm
Thursday, May 28 ShinDig, 3:15-5:00 pm, outside behind the Dining Hall
  Senior Trip optional parent meeting, 6:30-7:30 pm, Platt Global Classroom
Thursday, June 4 Last day of classes for seniors
Friday, June 5 College Transition Program, 1- 3 pm
  Senior/Faculty Reception & Induction into Alumnae/i Association, 3:15-4:15 pm, Dining Hall (students and faculty only)
Saturday, June 6 Senior Trip Pack Check, Noon – 2 pm, covered basketball court
Sunday, June 7 Senior Trip departs from the Lower Parking Lot, 8 am (be there at 7:50 am)
Wednesday, June 10 Senior Trip returns to Lower Parking Lot approximately 12:30 pm
Thursday, June 11 Class Meetings, 9–10 am
  Gathering, 10 am
  Locker Cleanout, 11 am
  Advisory Lunch, Noon
  Awards Assembly, 1 pm, Chapel on OES campus
  Residential Family/Senior reception, 3:15 – 4:15 pm, MS Commons
  Senior Farewell, 4:30 pm, OES Chapel
  Family Dinner, following Senior Farewell for seniors and families
  US Fine Arts Night, 6:30-9:30 pm, Bishop Dagwell Hall & Sophonpanich Courtyard
Friday, June 12 Senior Group Picture, 8:45 am, Sophonpanich Courtyard at OES followed immediately by senior rehearsal at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral
  Graduation at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral; graduates arrive at 6:30 pm for 7:30 ceremony, followed by reception at the church, followed by Graduation Party
Saturday, June 13 Pick up students from party location by 5 am
  Dorms close at 3 pm


New Summer Classes Added for US students!

Registration is now open for the following classes- hot off the press and added this past week! Register now through OES.edu/summer

Call or email the summer program office: 503-768-3145 or lowej@oes.edu

Bettina Gregg
This class is for students who have completed Algebra 1.This review course is designed to refresh topics in preparation for Algebra 2. Skills covered include: graphing and solving linear equations and inequalities, properties of exponents and radicals, work with quadratic functions. 
August 3-7 • 9:00–12:00
Grades 8–11 • Cost: $195

Laura Strudwick PHD
Take a position on a current controversial issue that interests you and build a logical, convincing argument. Learn techniques to smoothly integrate other thinkers’ viewpoints into your discussion by working with templates from the popular college textbook They Say, I Say: The Moves that Matter in Academic Writing. Learn and share time-saving strategies for research, notetaking, and organization. Class time includes direct instruction, writing and research time, individual conferences, and class debates to develop argumentation techniques. Students will receive the resource book They Say, I Say to use in class and then take home afterwards
August 3–14 • 9:00–12:00 (two-week course)
Grades 9–12 • Cost: $420 (includes a book)

Laura Strudwick PHD
This class helps students improve and refine their writing skills, including topic selection, thesis and argument development, organization of ideas, and composition. We work together to improve writing style—sentence fluency, voice, and specific word choices. Students engage in multiple individual conferences with the instructor during the drafting, revision, and editing processes. The final product is a polished literary analysis essay. Literary content comes from world mythology (Greek, Native American, Japanese, Hawaiian, Celtic), short stories, and classic and contemporary poetry.
July 6–10 • 1:00–4:00 
Grades 9–12 • Cost: $195


Grade-by-grade notes on Service Learning… 

What do students need to do to use their power for good and fulfill the Service-Learning requirement? What can parents do to help? Be sure to check out the Service-Learning website for information and opportunities.

12th grade: Seniors must turn in all service hours paperwork by Friday, May 22, at 3:30pmThis 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 seniors to get those forms turned in! Hours scheduled to be completed after the deadline must be verified with a supervisor by May 22; paperwork is also required for these hours--available in Area 51.

11th and 10th grades: Look to the summer as a great time to do a Service-Learning PROJECT. TWO Projects are required for graduation; if you do not know what constitutes a “Project,” go to the SL website and read about it! Students who have not yet done the 20 “exploratory” OFF-campus hours must do them this summer.

9th gradeStudents should look for summertime opportunities to earn 20 off-campus hours through short-term volunteering. Check out the website for lots of ideas.

Summer is a great time to do one of the required Projects, or to earn the 20 exploratory OFF campus hours (go to the Summer Opportunities page for some suggestions).

Students making plans for Service Learning outside the United States need to submit the Long-Distance Service Learning form; check with Robin for details.

Questions? Email or call Robin Schauffler, US Service-Learning Coordinator: (503)416-9308.

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




The OES LEGO ® program is a multifaceted enterprise that engages participants from third grade through middle school and beyond in the fun activities of engineering, programming, problem solving, and designing with LEGOs ®. The program is directed by its founder, OES science teacher Jane Kenney-Norberg. It includes after school class, summer camps, and special events. Participants also venture out into the public to present shows and educate the public about LEGO Physics, which includes the study of simple mechanics and the physics behind it, as well as computer programing, technical trouble shooting, and both individual and team projects

2015 Show at the Oregon Zoo:

  • Saturday, May 30, 9 a.m. - Zoo closing

  • Sunday, May 31, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m.

  • Skyline Room under the Cascade Grill

  • See the flyer for the show


Upcoming Portland-Area Receptions:

Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn, Stanford
Tuesday, May 12 at 7:00pm
Hilton Portland & Executive Tower
921 SW 6th Ave.
Portland, OR 97204


“Eight of the Best Informational Evening” (Claremont McKenna, Colorado C, Grinnell, Haverford, Kenyon, Macalester, Sarah Lawrence & Connecticut)
Tuesday May 19, 2015 at 6:30 PM
Marriott Downtown Waterfront
1401 SW Naito Pkwy
Portland, OR 97201
Register online:


Brown, MIT and Yale
Tuesday May 19, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Catlin Gabel School
8825 SW Barnes Rd
Portland, OR 97225


Northwestern University
Wednesday May 27, 2015 at 7:30 PM
Doubletree by Hilton Hotel Portland
1000 NE Multnomah St
Portland, OR 97232


Vanderbilt University
Tuesday June 2, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Catlin Gabel School
8825 SW Barnes Rd
Portland OR 97225


Colleges That Change Lives
Wednesday July 29, 2015 at 7:00 PM
Oregon Convention Center


Oregon Private Colleges Week
Monday August 3, 2015 at 9:00 AM
Multiple Locations




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

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)


The Junior class parents are throwing a super fun Graduation Party for this year’s seniors on June 12th, from 10:30 PM to 5:00 AM the next morning. ALL Junior parents absolutely need to participate! Putting this party on is a gift from the Junior class parents to the Senior class parents. Every Junior class parent is needed to ensure the night is well chaperoned, fun and safe for the seniors. 

If you haven’t signed up for a volunteer shift for the party, do so right now using this link: VolunteerSpot link or by emailing Grace Lee-Park gleepark@comcast.net. For all other questions about the party, please contact Linda Blakely or Michele Levis, Graduation Party Co-Chairs.


Parents, sign-ups 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.


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


  • 9th Grade PAL – N/A - tune in next school year! Questions? Contact Jana Reddoch.
    • Upcoming meetings: N/A - tune in next school year!
  • 10th Grade PAL – N/A - tune in next school year! Questions? Contact Jane Langley.
    • Upcoming meetings: N/A - tune in next school year!
    • 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 May 18th at 8am in Drinkward Volunteer Center. Questions? Contact Kay Pinkava.
    • Upcoming meetings: N/A - tune in next school year!
  • 12th Grade PAL – Next meeting is on Tuesday May 26th at 8am in the Drinkward Volunteer Center. Questions? Contact Jan Massaro.
    • Upcoming meetings: N/A - tune in next school year!

  • PAL meeting Calendar (all grades)
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