March 4, 2014
Peter Pan- Thank you to the cast and crew of Peter Pan, it was a great success!
NEWS FROM Jordan Elliott, HEAD OF UPPER SCHOOL
This past Friday’s Aardvark Newsletter highlighted the dizzying array of events our students brought to conclusion in the last few weeks. From Peter Pan to Science Fair, Basketball playoffs to wrapping up Midwinter Madness. It has been a tremendously busy and fulfilling time! With the beginning of March comes our annual Winterim program. In light of the events mentioned above, the change of pace and learning afforded by this week of experiential programs is perfectly timed!
I had an opportunity to attend this year’s National Association of Independent Schools conference the last week of February. As usual, I left with new ideas, connections, and inspirations. Check out my Twitter feed to see some content and thoughts from the conference: @OESheadUS.
|March 5||Ash Wednesday Chapel, 9:55 am|
|March 8||OES Auction, 5 pm, Montgomery Park|
|March 11||10th Grade Parent College Night, 7pm, Great Hall|
|March 17||9th Grade Parent College Night, 7pm, MS Commons|
|March 21||NO Upper School - Winterim Ends|
|March 24-28||NO CLASSES - Spring Break|
|March 31||NO CLASSES - PGD Day|
|April 7||9th Grade PAL, 8am, DVR|
|April 9||Patty Jeanne Semura Award presentation, 9:55am, Great Hall|
|April 11||NO Upper School - Teacher Work Day|
(NEW) Aardvark Newsletter
The weekly Aardvark newsletter will be published early next week and then will not be published again until the week after spring break.
Grad Party Volunteers Needed
Junior Parents - Volunteer For the Grad Party – Junior Parents please sign up to volunteer at the 2014 Graduation Party on the night of Friday, June 13 at Grad Party 2014 Volunteers. Remember background checks are required for parents working at the graduation party; please contact Jean Verheggen or Gisela Walitzki to complete one – please complete them early. If you have had an US/DHS background check in the past, you do not need to complete another one. If you have any questions about volunteering, please contact the 2014 Grad Party Volunteer Coordinator – .
OES has heard this year from a number of our friends in the Montclair neighborhood about the volume and speed of OES-bound traffic traveling on their residential streets. As we wish to be good neighbors, we ask that you avoid using the side streets (Willowmere Drive and Westgate Way), but instead use the Nicol Road/Scholls Ferry route to and from school. Thanks for your help with this!
Volunteer Leadership Positions 2014-2015
Signups are here for Interest in Volunteer Leadership Positions for 2014-2015. 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 2014-2015.
Please Express your interest in being considered for a specific position by clicking following link – Interest in Volunteer Leadership Positions for 2014-15
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 March and April to determine if a placement might work and to discuss options. We look forward to hearing from you!
Please also feel free to contact (All School Volunteer Coordinator) or (Parent Community Link Chair) with any questions.
Host a High School Student from Sub-Sahara Africa this April!
OES is a proud member of the Worlds Affairs Council and is helping it recruit families to host high school student ambassadors from Africa later this spring. The student ambassadors will be part of a U.S. State Department sponsored program that "aims to develop a network of young adults with strong leadership skills, an understanding of participatory democracy, and a commitment to fostering mutual understanding between different ethnic, religious, and national groups." Please go to the World Affairs Council website to get more information about this important Pan-Africa Youth Leadership Program and how to serve as a host family from April 4-12, 2014. If you have any questions, please contact . Thank you for your interest!
Introduction to the Concussion Management Team
You may be aware that concussions are receiving increased medical and media attention and I want to introduce you to how OES is addressing these traumatic brain injuries. While many parents are familiar with the ImPACT testing that OES completes with athletes, we would also like to let you know about our Concussion Management Team. This team is comprised of our athletic trainer, academic specialist, and school nurse. They will assist your student with school-appropriate interventions so that he/she can return to full school life as quickly as possible.
If your child has received an injury to the head that results in concussion symptoms, consider keeping your child home from school and contact your primary care physician for diagnosis. Please email one of the CMT members: , , or right away so that we can begin addressing your child's needs.
For more information about concussion management visit OCAMP.
Thanks for helping to keep our community healthy, Elaine Elliott - OES Nurse.
Emergency and Closure Notification
OES contracts with an emergency announcement calling service that will notify families of emergency situations, school delays and closures. We strongly urge you to register with Honeywell Instant Alert in order to receive these messages.
To subscribe to Honeywell Instant Alert announcements from OES use the following instructions: Enrollment instructions. You can access the sign-in page here: Instant Alert Sign-in Page
If you have any questions, please contact .
(NEW) MIDWINTER MADNESS
MIDWINTER MADNESS RAISED OVER $16,000 FOR LITTLE HEARTS MEDICAL
Thank you to everyone in the OES community for their enthusiastic support of Midwinter Madness, our annual festival of fun and fundraising for a good cause. Thanks to the hard work of the student committee and other volunteer helpers, and the generous response of the Upper School community, Midwinter Madness raised over $16,000 for Little Hearts Medical. The money goes to help Little Hearts provide free cardiac care and intervention for orphans and impoverished children in China. More information on the organization canbe found at http://www.littleheartsmedical.org/
Special recognition and thanks to the student Midwinter Madness committee members for their great effort and tremendous spirit: senior leaders Abbie, Claire, Lauren, Austin, Allison, and Karen; and committee members Bisrat '17, Rowan '16, Clementine '17, Kristin '15, Molly '14, Holly '15, James '17, Lisa '15, Catherine '15, Patrick '15, Grady '17, Lily '15, Emi '15, Hannah '16, Kate '16, Mira '15, Carolyn '15, Nat '16, Calla '16, David '15, Alex '15, Lucy '14, Fletcher '16, Lexy '17, Amanda '14, and Sarah '16.
(NEW) COMMUNITY DIVERSITY LINK, CDL
OES' own Micheline Ghattas is CDL's special April 1st guest. This is no April Fool's!
Please join CDL from 8 a.m. to 9:30 a.m., on Tuesday, April 1st, in the Platt Global Classroom for Micheline Ghattas' dissertation discussion, "Consociational Democracy in Lebanon and Democracy in Traditional Societies"
What does that mean?
It's a special kind of democracy that allows for a coalition of several factions in a plural society to govern together. It is the same kind of regime in Belgium, the Netherlands, Indonesia, Cyprus and Lebanon. Ghattas' native Lebanon will be of specific focus, as will its particular culture and political regime. Her remarks will touch on other regimes in the Middle East and the important role religion plays in that region.
Also, please bring book titles to consider for the 2014 - 2015 Books & Breakfast gatherings. There will be time at the end of this CDL meeting to discuss your literary loves.
Questions? Please contact or . We look forward to seeing you there!
(NEW) MUSIC NOTES
US Concert Choir Guest
On March 6th, the US Concert Choir will have a guest, Dr. Jun Wang from China, working with them all afternoon. He is a visiting conductor through ICEP (International Conductors Exchange Program) and will be working with choirs (mostly university, professional, and community groups) all over the Pacific NW for the first two weeks of March. Music teacher Adam Steele was able to arrange for him to visit OES. This is a great opportunity for OES and for students, who will get the chance to work with an internationally-known and well-respected conductor.
League Choir Contest
On April 9th, the league choir contest (for US Concert Choir) will be held at Clatskanie High School. A win will qualify them for the state competition in early May. The kids are working hard and are showing off their skill by singing an all a cappella set, in five different languages (English, Hebrew, French, Arabic and Chinese)!
(NEW) OES AUCTION
A Roaring 20's Gala: Aardy's Puttin' on the Ritz
March 8, 2014, at Montgomery Park!
Have you heard the rumble? The Roaring 20’s Gala is SOLD OUT!
That’s right -- thanks for filling up the joint! If you’re not attending but keen on bidding, please get the auction office on your blower to learn about absentee bidder options.
Haven’t donated your bottle for the Wall of Wine yet? It’s easy-peasy, see?
Please grab a bottle ($25+) and ankle over to the auction office in Morris Hall to make the drop (behind Admissions). No time to get your flippers on a bottle? Simply call one of our 3 local wine shop partners. They’ll arrange your donation for you.
Whoopee! It’s shopping time!
The catalogue is now online! Check out the fabulous collection of super silent and live auction items, job shadows, and easel parties.
-- What’s so grand about the Grand Hotel on Mackinac Island? Raise your paddle to win a 3-night stay for 8 guests in the Presidential Suite at this luxury resort (and National Historic Landmark). Got the travel bug? You’ll also want to check out the sailing trip from Long Beach to Catalina Island, a week in Kona, and a 3-night stay at Thailand’s Anantara Golden Triangle Elephant Camp and Resort.
-- “Modern” girls too busy to cook? No problem! Win a year’s worth of monthly dining experiences at the City’s finest restaurants. Or how about a night at Willow Lodge with dinner for 2 at Herbfarm, Paella for a cozy 100, or dinner for 8 at Park Kitchen?
-- Don’t sleep on the fabulous Prom package, the always-coveted VIP parking spot, and a Book Club for 12 led by none other than...Chris Meyers!
-- It doesn’t take a brain surgeon to appreciate the Job Shadow opportunities. These fun and inspiring packages allow your child to investigate careers, from neurosurgery to advertising to film production, while building a relationship with an OES parent in his/her field of interest. So sharpen those pencils - it’s bidding time!
-- What could be better than signing up for Easel Parties -- additional opportunities to party with a purpose in swell OESian company? Enjoy a Barre3 class, a Switch boutique private shopping soiree, an open doubles tennis tournament, or a Hopworks brewery tour/dinner for the gents.
Aardy’s wingding is just around the corner!
From contributing to the amazing Upper School grade baskets to donating your time, ideas and resources, your overwhelming support and generosity makes this event, as well as our community, special. Thank you for everything you do to support our school and children!
Aardy’s Nifty 20’s Tidbits
Learn the lingo:
“wingding” -- a lively or lavish party or celebration
“blower” -- telephone
“flippers” -- hands
“the rumble” -- the news
Feast your eyes:
1923 panoramic view of Portland
Advertisement for the New Craftsmen-era “Grayson” home
1920’s street car in service
A vintage view of NW 10th & NW Johnson c1925
Trolley map in 1924 edition of Pittmon's Portland Official Guide
Name that 20’s tune*: ????
Test your wits*:
Which of the following Portland bridges was NOT constructed in 1926?: Vista Bridge, Sellwood Bridge, Ross Island Bridge
*Look for answers in the next edition of Tidbits.
Answers to last edition’s Tidbits:
Tune: The Jones & Collins Astoria Hot Eight “Astoria Strut” (1929)
Trivia: The first appearance of the word “flapper” and its image in the United States came from the popular 1920 Frances Marion film, “The Flapper”, starring Olive Thomas.
(NEW) AASK SUMMER CAMP 2014
AASK Friendship Connection Summer Day Camp 2014
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. Applications are due April 1st and can be completed by clicking here.
Paid day camp counselor positions are available for college students. Job descriptions are on line at http://www.oes.edu/AASK.
Dates for day camp are June 23 – July 26. Hours are from 7:45 a.m. – 4:15 p.m. We do not meet on July 4th. There is some flexibility on dates for first year CITs, however full time participation is highly recommended. June 23 – 27 are mandatory participation dates.
Questions can be directed to (aka Rainbow) at 503-768-3193.
(NEW) OES SERVICE LEARNING
Service-Learning notes for EVERYBODY!
Lots of ON and OFF campus Service opportunities available on the Service Learning website. Check it out here.
The deadline for 12th grade students to turn in all ON and OFF campus SL hours is Friday, May 23rd - which is much sooner than you think! It is wise to try to get this done before Spring Break, if possible. Service Learning Projects must be completed (or nearly so) by May 1st, or scheduled on an approved calendar, as are HLC, AASK, and others.
SENIORS NEED TO DO (if they are missing a Project):
1. Turn in a Service Project Proposal. Be sure the project will meet all criteria on the Proposal form (see Robin for help). Print the pdf form and do it by hand, or use the on-line survey. They are the same - either one works.
2. Do the project!
3. If reflection is not included as part of the Project (as it is, for example, in HLC, DR Winterim, AASK), choose a method for your Reflection, do it, and share it with me. For suggestions about what to do, go to About Reflection on the Service Learning website.
11th & 10th grade students should be working to plan and propose SL Projects. Information on Project requirements, suggestions & curricular options, and Project Proposal forms are on the SL website. Those who have not completed their “20 hours off” should be sure to finish them soon!
9th grade students should be looking for ways to do their 20 hours off-campus before this time next year. Find lots of great opportunities on the website.
See the SL website for more info. Questions? Contact , US Service-Learning Coordinator.
Go to Hands-On-Portland and find date-specific volunteer events at a variety of places all over town, or CLICK HERE for the OES Service Learning website's list of projects and agencies that always welcome volunteers, anytime. Also find new opportunities for February, ON and OFF campus, HERE.
(NEW) College Essay: Tell Your Story
Increase your writing power! Learn and practice techniques for more successful nonfiction pieces and stronger college essays this summer (with Robin Schauffler). 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:
Class A: July 7–11 • 1:00–4:00pm
Class B: July 14–18 • 9:00am–12:00pm
Grades 10–12 • Cost: $200
Registration for these courses is completed online. Please go to: www.oes.edu/summer and follow the links to register. Payment is made by credit card or e-check. Please call Joan Lowe at the Summer Programs office if you have questions in regards to summer programs (503) 768-3145.
(NEW) Advanced Placement Exams
It is time to register for AP Exams, which take place from May 5-16, 2014 during the school day at OES. Students were emailed the form they need to complete and give to Alison Nugent or Paula Sutton by Friday, March 7 (we have a little flexibility with the deadline). Students do need a parent signature on the form (Julie Sikkink will sign for dorm students). If a student is in doubt about taking an exam, it is better to sign up now and cancel in early April (full refund) or cancel closer to the exam (refunded all but $15 of the $89 fee).
(NEW) College Night for Parents of Sophomores
We have scheduled our annual College Night for Parents of Sophomores on Tuesday, March 11th. Our presentation will take place in the Great Hall from 7:00-8:45 pm. The college counselors will offer an overview of the college search and application process (landscape of college admissions, a timeline, roles in the process, resources, testing, and lots of reassurance). There will be time for questions. This event is designed to provide you with helpful information as your child heads into the junior year. Handouts from the evening will be e-mailed to parents following the event.
(NEW) College Night for Parents of Freshmen
Each year we offer an evening presentation regarding what parents of freshmen need to know about college admissions (9th Grade Parent Night—College Admissions and Finding Balance in a College Prep School). Our presentation will take place in the Middle School Commons from 7:00-8:30 pm on March 17th. As your child makes choices about academics and extracurricular activities, we want you to be well informed about how this all works in relation to college. We find that a college night at this stage helps alleviate stress, gets accurate and well-timed information into your hands, and puts you in an even better position to support your child. This in turn may make it easier to help your son or daughter maintain a sense of balance and perspective during high school (not always easy to do in a college prep environment). For those who won’t be able to attend, please know that following the event we will send all parents a handout providing a summary of the presentation.
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 March 8
- SAT May 3 (4/4)
- ACT February 8
- ACT April 12 (3/7)
- ACT June 14 (5/9)
VISUAL & PERFORMING ARTS
All-School Art Exhibit
The Visual and Performing Arts Department invites you to visit the all-school art exhibit titled "Land of Light and Shadow". The exhibit will run through Mar. 10; work will be exhibited in all divisions: in the LS, MS, US, as well as the BDH and Drinkward Center. Be sure to by!
New to the School Store!
Exclusive to OES - Vineyard Vines Aardvark Ties
OES will be the first school in the Pacific Northwest to have ties made for them by the very well-known designers at Vineyard Vines. A beautiful silk tie, in our OES hunter green and representing our fabulous Aardvarks throughout, this will make a fabulous gift or school memento.
These ties will be in the OES Store, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Store hours: 2:00-4:00 pm Monday-Friday or visit us online at www.oes.edu/store.
GREAT OES BOOK SWAP
Great OES Book Swap (GOBS!)
The 2014 Great OES Book Swap will be held in the Lower School Library on Wednesday, May 7th and Thursday May 8th, 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Drop off your gently used books and earn points to join in this all school book swapping frenzy with both adult and children’s titles.
Clean out your shelves, find those boxes in the closet! FOESL volunteers will be collecting your gently used books under the LS covered walkway every Wednesday morning starting on March 19th. Please be sure to put your student’s name on your bags and boxes of books in order to receive book-swapping points. Please don’t drop off your damaged or torn books and we won’t accept textbooks, magazines, or already colored in coloring books.
If you would like to join the planning team, email Kim Bissell (email@example.com) and look for volunteer opportunities announced in the coming weeks.
- 9th Grade PAL – Next meeting is April 7th at 8 am in the Drinkward Volunteer Center. Questions? Contact Jane Langley 503- 953-3877.
- Future meetings: 5/5
- 10th Grade PAL – Next meeting is April 14th at 8 am in the Drinkward Volunteer Room. Questions? Contact Jan Halsey 503-635-7690.
- Future meetings: 5/12
- 11th Grade PAL – Next meeting is April 21 at 8 am in Drinkward Volunteer Room. Contact Jan Massaro 503-297-0828.
- Future meetings: 5/27
12th Grade PAL – Next meeting is April 28th at 8 am in Platt Drinkward Volunteer Room. Questions? Contact Julie Yeager 503-675-1223.
Future meetings: 5/19
- Future meetings: 5/19