Voice Newsletter

April 22, 2014

The Concert Choir won the District competition and will compete for the state title on May 8th at George Fox University in Newberg.             


The last few weeks have been an incredibly rich and engaging time in the Upper School. From Spring Sports hitting full speed to Culture Shock and course forecasting, there are many things going on in the lives of our students, faculty, and staff.

For this month’s installment of the Voice, I thought I would build on the approach I’ve taken in the last few PAL meetings. Namely, here are some prompts to use with your students  at home to learn more about what’s going on in the Upper School:

  • Which track did you choose for Culture Shock - Explore, Connect, or Commit? What did you learn about yourself during the day? What skills did you learn for communicating with people with different experiences?
  • What did you learn about the celebration of Easter from our recent chapels?
  • As you work on forecasting courses for next year, what are you most excited about?
  • Where is prom? Are you going?

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


April 23 Sophomore Cultural Event
April 24 Senior Pictures, 8:30am-2pm, 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
April 28 12th Grade PAL, 8am, DVR
April 28 - May 13 Project Second Wind Food Drive for Neighborhood House
April 29 Senior Picture Re-takes, 7:45-10am, US Project Rm
April 30 - May 3 Spring One-Acts, 7:30pm, Great Hall
May 5-16 AP Exams
May 5 9th Grade PAL, 8am, DVR
May 6 CDL, 8am, Platt
May7-8 Great OES Book Swap, 7:30am-3:30pm, LS Library
May 10 Prom, 8pm, Treasury Ballroom (see address below)
May 14 Mt. Hood Climb Service Day


(NEW) Senior Pictures
Due to illness of the photographer, we have re-scheduled individual pictures of the senior class for Thursday, April 24 from 8:30am-2pm in the US Project room. Re-take day will be Tuesday, April 29 from 7:45-10am. 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) Ocean's 14 Prom
The Student Council Community Board is sponsoring Prom 2014 with the theme Ocean's 14. This blockbuster event takes places at the Treasury Ballroom with dancing, desserts, and many photo ops available.
Date: Saturday, May 10th
Time: 8 – 11 pm
Where: Treasury Ballroom, 326 SW Broadway, Portland, 97205

(NEW) 2014-15 Enrollment Contracts – now available in Parent Portal
If you completed your enrollment contract using our online contract for the 2014-2015 school year, you may now access a PDF copy of it in the Parent Portal. Once you are logged in, click on your child’s name and in the menu of options you will find “Reenrollment Contract”. Any questions, please contact Jen Bash in Admissions.   

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.

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

(poster designed by Sydney '14)

Spring 2014 One-Acts
April 30-May 3rd, 7:30 PM in the Great Hall

The Spring One-Acts are nearly here and we are excited to be offering a user-friendly way to get your tickets. Simply click on this link (Spring One Act Tickets) and reserve your seats for the night. That's it!
We will be accepting a suggested donation of $10 (cash or check) at the door and seating is General Admission.
For more ticketing information click here.  

Opening night is next week Wednesday (4/30) at 7:30pm. Run time for the show is around 1hour 30min, which includes a 15min intermission.
Audience capacity for the house is now comfortably 150 (in the past we have been at about 100) so feel free to invite a friend.

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. GEt your tickets now! (Spring One Act Tickets)


Please join CDL in the Platt Global Classroom from 8-9 a.m., on Tuesday, May 6, for the end-of-year meeting to:
1. Wrap up the overarching themes covered throughout the year in the group's book and intercultural-competencies discussions;
2. Consider books for the 2014-2015 year; and
3. Introduce next year's awesome co-chairs (but you'll have to attend to find out who they are!).

As always, please be in touch with any questions ( ). And, a sincere thanks to all who helped make CDL this past year a rich learning experience for so many.


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.

All-School Service Events Coming Up for April-May:
NEXT WEEK, APRIL 28, the All-School Service Learning Committee and the US Service Learning Action Committee (SLAC) will launch our annual all-school drive to collect canned/nonperishable food & hygiene supplies. 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 coming soon!

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.


The Great OES Book Swap
Wednesday, May 7th and Thursday, May 8th in the Lower School Library both are from 7:30am - 3:30 pm

Wednesday is for credit swapping and cash sales will begin on Thursday morning.
The cost for books on Thursday will be:

Children’s Books
$.25 Paperback
$.50 Hardcover
Adult Books
$1.00 Paperback
$2.00 Hardcover

There are plenty of great books already turned in! Find a new favorite read for summer. 

We will accept books for the SWAP until April 30th. Please drop them off to your divisional library or on Wednesday morning drop off under the covered walkway by the Lower School. Questions? Email .


Congratulations to all!

Congratulations to members of the US Choir and Adam Steele, director, who took first place at the OMEA/OSAA District 15 Choir competition on April 9th!
Wish them well as they will head off to the State festival/competition on Thursday, May 8th, at George Fox University in Newberg. 

Congratulations to the OES US Instrumental Ensemble and Adam Steele & Gavi Patterson de Tarr, directors, who placed 4th in the OMEA/OSAA District 15 BAND competition!


Miss the auction, but still want to attend one of the great Easel Parties that were offered? 
You can still sign up to attend one of the parties shown below! 
For additional details and to sign up go to: https://oes.ejoinme.org/?tabid=533129

Hopworks Brewery Tour & Dinner        
Date: Thursday, May 8, 2014
Hey Guys! Come spend an unforgettable evening with one of Portland’s Premier Brew Masters! Christian Ettinger, owner of Hopworks Urban Brewery will lead 25 lucky OES Dads on a personal tour of his brewery. The tour concludes with a private party featuring tasty eats from the Hopworks kitchen and pints of HUB’s signature brews.

Switch Shopping Soiree for Her 
Date: Thursday, May 15, 2014
Join us for a unique shopping experience at a favorite Multnomah Village boutique. Switch Shoes & Clothing prides itself on carrying independent designers from Portland to Israel and beyond. Spruce up your spring wardrobe with fun items ranging from sundresses to scarves, earrings to handbags! Fuel your 10% discounted shopping spree with lovely libations and amazing appetizers. Five door prices will be given away, and 10% of proceeds from the soiree will benefit OES.

Open Doubles Tennis Tournament Playe
Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Channel your inner Williams or Nadal for this fun afternoon at our very own SPARC. Swag provided for all participants and spectators. Winners walk away with a trophy and a Players Racquet Shop gift certificate. All levels encouraged to sign up!

Open Doubles Tennis Tournament Spectator          
Date: Saturday, September 13, 2014
Don't play but love to watch? Sign up to heckle from the stands! Whet your whistle with a margarita or a beer and enjoy delicious Mexican fare from the Ochoas Lupitas Taco Truck. Cool off after your match with a Sunday from Scoop PDX.


Exclusive to OES - Vineyard Vines Aardvark Ties OES necktie

OES is the first school in the Pacific Northwest to have ties made for us 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 tie will make a fabulous gift or school memento.

 * Made in the USA
 * Signature printed silk 
* 100% imported printed silk
* Double wool blend liner
MEN'S TIE, $85:
Length 58 in.
Width 3.5 in.
BOYS' TIE, $50:
Length 49 in.
Width 3 1/8 in.

These will make great gifts for Father's Day and Graduation! They are available in boy's and men's sizes.

These ties will be in the OES Store, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Placed a pre-order?  It’s ready!  Missed the deadline?  It’s not too late- just click the link to order:   Be sure to list your name, email address, and quantity of ties (boy's or men's).

Store hours: The on-campus school store in Room 11 of Scott House is open from 2:00-4:00pm Monday-Friday or visit us online at www.oes.edu/store.


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


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.

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)

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 May 12th at 8 am in Platt (note the room change). Questions? Contact Jan Halsey 503-635-7690.
    • Future meetings: N/A
  • 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!
  • 11th Grade PAL – Next meeting is May 27th at 8 am in Drinkward Volunteer Room. Contact Jan Massaro 503-297-0828.
    • Future meetings: N/A
  • 12th Grade PAL – Next meeting is April 28th at 8 am in Drinkward Volunteer Room. Questions? Contact Julie Yeager 503-675-1223.
    • (NEW) At our upcoming 12th grade PAL meeting on April 28th we will be having attorney Joy Ellis come to discuss some of the legal issues surrounding parenting young adult children. 
    • Future meetings: 5/19
  • (NEW) SAVE THE DATE: 12th grade parents' social on Friday evening, May 30th.  Look for an Evite coming soon.

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