Voice Newsletter

April 8, 2014

China Winterim- Kristin '15 feeds a giant panda at The China Conservation and Research Center for the Giant Panda at Ya'an


I hope that everyone had a restful and rejuvenating Spring Break!

In the coming weeks we will be focusing on building intercultural competence in the Upper School. Last week, over 130 of our faculty and staff  used our professional development day to engage in the second day of OES’s in-house intercultural competence training. This month’s training marks one year since we launched the program and we are proud that hundreds of the school’s employees have engaged in the program.

For students, “Culture Shock” is coming on April 17. This year the entire Upper School student body will engage in our diversity conference, selecting an area of focus consistent with their experience and interests. We are excited to welcome Aisha Fukushima as our keynote presenter and hope for a day that has a powerful impact on students.

Follow me on Twitter for live updates on the events above and other happenings in the Upper School: @OESheadUS.


April 9 Patty Jeanne Semura Award presentation, 9:55am, Great Hall
April 11 NO Upper School - Teacher Work Day
April 14 10th Grade PAL, 8am, DVR
April 15 Senior Pictures, 7:45am-1pm, US Project Rm
April 18 NO SCHOOL - Good Friday
April 21 11th Grade PAL, 8am, DVR
April 23 Sophomore Cultural Event
April 24 Senior Picture Retakes, 7:45-10am, US Project Rm
April 25 Science Symposium, Drinkward Center
April 27 Portland College Fair, 12-3pm, Univ. of Portland - Chiles Center
April 27 Case Studies Program, 6:30-9pm, Catlin Gabel School


(NEW) Senior Pictures
Head’s up for your April calendar for your senior: Individual pictures of the senior class will be taken on Tuesday, April 15th from 7:45am-1pm in the US Project Room. We will ask students to dress a bit more formally than they do for the regular school day as these pictures will join the other class pictures that have been a tradition of OES dating back to 1881. Please help your student remember this important date. Thanks for helping! Questions? Please contact .

(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 for 2014-2015
Make your doctors appointments early! OES requires that all 9th, 11th and all new students for the 2014-2015 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 (grades 7-12). Your child cannot participate in any OES activities, including sports practices and openings trips, without this completed form.

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 Traffic
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.

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.

(NEW) Performing Arts

One Acts are Coming!
April 30-May 3rd, 7:30 PM in the Great Hall
Ticket reservations will be through MYSIGNUP, starting April 14th.

This is the tenth year during which OES seniors in the English department's Playwriting class have seen their plays in full production before fellow students, families, teachers, friends, and alumni.  These one-act plays written by OES students have won recognition from the Stephen Sondheim Foundation's Young Playwrights Inc. and Scholastic Magazine, as well as readers'-theater stagings off campus.  For nine of those years, the plays have been directed by their playwrights, backed up by faculty members Art Ward and Gabriel Edge. This year we have one of our strongest lineups of plays by OES seniors, offering comedy, tragedy, and blends of the two:
- "However Improbable," by Harper Hayes, tells the story of three unlikely allies, all "damaged goods," brought together around a mystery in the tradition of Sherlock Holmes.
- "Cupid," by Alex Ostrovsky, comically depicts a generational dispute between mother and son over the family business—making people fall in love. Cupid loves a mortal woman, and who knows better than Cupid how to make love happen? --Maybe his mom?
- "The Resurrectionist," by Spencer Slovic, explores the impact on a family of a technological miracle, bringing a dead teenage son "back to life" through artificial intelligence.

With strong plays, strong casts, and the now-traditional miracles wrought by Cameron Jack's techies  to create a space that works for each of three very different plays, the performance week, April 30 through May 3, should be memorable. Tickets go live on Mysignup on April 14.

Thank you for supporting the Performing Arts at OES.


The 29th OES Science & Engineering Symposium is on Friday, April 25th. Our students will present their research with Power Point presentations in the Drinkward Center. The presentations will be from 8:00am-12:30pm. There will be three sessions: physics & engineering, medicine & microbiology, and chemistry & environmental sciences.  

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 give feedback to student presenters. We are also inviting parents to come and listen to 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 and type of student research taking place in the science program. 

Please let know if you can attend the Symposium and provide students with feedback.


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 still being accepted, and can be completed at https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/ZBJTB3N.

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.

(aka Rainbow), 503-768-3193


Parents of Seniors:
Let’s make sure all of our Seniors have explored their power for good…and have recorded it! All Service Learning Hours, Projects, and Reflections must be completed by Friday, May 23rd. Please remind your Senior to check in with Robin Schauffler to make sure things are up to date and get help finishing the Service requirement.

Seniors have a great opportunity to complete the Reflection piece of a finished Project: Participate in the Reflection Workshop led by Corbet Clark, Friday, April 18, 9:00-noon. Attend the workshop, talk with other students and write about your SL experiences, and you’re done! To sign up email Corbet: clarkc@oes.edu. Act soon—space is limited. 

All-School Service Events Coming Up for April-May:
In a few weeks the All-School Service Learning Committee and the US Service Learning Action Committee (SLAC) will launch our annual all-school drive to collect hygiene supplies & canned/nonperishable food. 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 600 families every month. The whole OES community and St. Johns Parish 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 14th. On this important day, all OES students and faculty—as well as many staff members, parents, and alumni—spend time in service projects throughout the community. Although our students perform service throughout the school year, this day stands out as a cornerstone of our service learning program. Please note that this is not a day off from school; it is an essential part of being a student at OES. Please do not schedule medical appointments, college visits, or other out-of-school commitments for May 14. More information will be forthcoming as we get closer to the event.

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.


(NEW) Case Studies Program with Catlin Gabel
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 27 from 6:30-9:00 pm (with check in starting before 6:30pm). 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.

(NEW) Spring College Fair
WIll be held on Sunday April 27th 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).

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.

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 May 3
  • SAT June 7 (5/9)
  • ACT April 12
  • ACT June 14 (5/9)


There is still time to sign up for the 2014 Auction- Barre3 Workout Easel Party

Date:  Saturday, April 12, 2014
Time:  3:00PM
Price:  $50 per person

Ladies, treat yourselves to an invigorating workout with a master Barre3 instructor, and find out why people love this non-impact workout inspired by yoga, pilates and ballet.  Includes post-workout wine and appetizers at a local Pearl District eatery. To participate, email the .


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 to the School Store!

Exclusive to OES
- Vineyard Vines Aardvark Ties OES necktie

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.


We will be collecting adult and childrens books every Wednesday morning until April 30th. Drop off your gently used books, in bags or boxes labeled with your students name and earn points to buy books at the Swap on May 7th and 8th. If you can't make a Wednesday morning, you can drop books off to your divisional library.

Love hanging out at the Swap? We'd love your help! Please sign up to collect books or work during the swap using volunteer spot (under "Current Volunteer Needs;" upper right).

If you would like to join the planning team, email Kim Bissell or contact Dawn Swanson and look for volunteer opportunities announced in the coming weeks.

Class Notes

  • 9th Grade PAL – Next meeting is May 5th at 8 am in the Drinkward Volunteer Center. Questions? Contact Jane Langley 503- 953-3877.
    • Future meetings: N/A
  • 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
  • (NEW) Rising 11th grade students - OES requires all students who will be in 11th grade for the 2014-2015 school year to complete and return a Student Physical Report (grades 7-12). 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 doctor appointments early!
  • 12th Grade PAL – Next meeting is April 28th at 8 am in Drinkward Volunteer Room. Questions? Contact Julie Yeager 503-675-1223.
        • Future meetings: 5/19

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