Dec. 5, 2013
Depicting the holiday spirit through sharing - Second graders get to learn from the "big kids" as Upper School students learn to explain their work to a different audience.
NEWS FROM DERI BASH, ASST. HEAD OF UPPER SCHOOL
Please join Jordan, Chloe, and son Etienne in welcoming the newest member of the Elliott family and OES Community, Leina Lou Elliott. The whole family is doing well and enjoying the fact that Jordan is on paternity leave until January.
The holiday season is upon us and we have many activities in the Upper School that celebrate this season of gratitude and giving. As usual, our community will support our partnership with families from Whitford Middle School through the AASK Giving Tree.
No holiday season at OES would be complete without the annual St. Nick Chapel. This event is one of our “rally points” of the year where students and faculty PreK-12 gather in one of our most distinctive and fun gatherings. Please support that event by making sure that your child is in school through the end of the day on Friday, December 20.
Of course, St. Nick also marks the end of a week of assessments. If you would like to know the rotation of exams that will occur December 17-20, please check the Test Calendar linked off of the Faculty Google Sites page. Also, please note that morning assessments begin at 9 am December 17-19 with a special start time of 10 am on December 20. Students in grades 9-11 may leave campus for lunch Tuesday through Thursday during assessments if they secure your written permission on a form available from the US office. In preparation for assessments, our student Community Board is sponsoring a new event, Community Study Hall, on Sunday, December 15 at 6:30 pm in the Drinkward Center.
Finally, congratulations to our Girls’ Soccer team who finished second in state and Boys’ Soccer team who are State Champions! Be sure to click the Facebook logo on the OES homepage to get access to pictures and video from the State Final Games.
Best Wishes & Happy Holidays from the Upper School!
|December 5-6:||Winter Art Sale 9am-3:30pm, Main Lobby|
|December 12:||Parent Tech. Night: Social Media 6:30-9:30pm, Great Hall|
|December 17-20:||US Assessments|
|December 20:||St. Nick's Chapel 1:30-2:30pm, Gym|
|December 21-January 5:||Winter Break - NO SCHOOL|
|January 6:||Classes Resume|
|January 6:||9th Grade PAL 8-10am, DVR|
|January 13:||10th Grade PAL 8-10am, DVR|
|January 14:||Books & Breakfast 8-9:30am, Platt|
|January 17-20:||End of Semester / MLK Day - NO US CLASSES|
(NEW) Financial Aid
Financial aid application information for the 2014-15 school year will be emailed to parents of students currently on financial aid later this month. If your family is not currently on financial aid, but due to recent financial changes, is considering an application for next year, please be in touch with or for application information. There is also extensive information about financial aid at OES available online at:http://www.oes.edu/admissions/fin-aid.html
(NEW) Graduation 2014
One more step closer. . .please remember that Tuesday, December 10, is the due date for seniors to turn in their cap/gown and/or graduation announcement orders. A representative from Jostens will be here to collect order forms. Questions? Contact Pat Freeman or Jean Verheggen in the US office or call 503-768-3122.
(NEW) Parent Tech Night: Social Networking
On Thursday, December 12th, 6:30-8:30pm in the US Great Hall, the Technology Department is pleased to invite you to Parent Tech Night: Social Networking. We’ll present a framework for understanding the different social networks, and some of the important considerations around profiles, privacy, and location-based services. We’ll discuss prescriptive approaches that can inform your individual family policies, as well as cover policies here at OES. And finally, we’ll field specific questions that will form the basis for an online resource for families to use when considering social media choices in the future. Please join us for an informative night of information, discussion, questions, and answers around Social Media.
(NEW) December Matching Gift Challenge!
Former trustee, Ed Clark and his wife, Janet, were inspired by the establishment of the Dr. William G. Lamb Science Endowment earlier this year and have issued a matching gift challenge to raise $30,000 for the endowment in honor of Dr. Lamb's 30 years of teaching at OES. Ed and Janet will match up to $10,000 of challenge funds received in the month of December. Reflecting on the influence of Dr. Lamb on their children, alums Brinton '88 and Matt '90, Ed and Janet were inspired to issue this challenge to support continued excellence and innovation in science education at OES. For more information or to donate to the challenge, click here http://www.oes.edu/giving/bellsociety.html
(NEW) Book Fair Thanks
FOESL and the Book Fair Committee would like to thank the OES community for its continued support of the OES Book Fair! All of the funds raised from this event will go towards reading and writing programs in each of the divisional libraries. Also, thank you for supporting the ECHOES book drive! All of the books were purchased and will be on their way to Baby Sarah's Home Orphanage in Pudicherry, India with Upper School students participating in the India Winterim trip.
(NEW) OES Gift Policy
As we approach the Holiday season, please remember OES’s policy on gifts to faculty and staff. While we are very appreciative of the high regard in which students and their families hold their teachers and coaches, we are concerned that student affection and gratitude be expressed in a manner that doesn't divide families according to financial means. We do believe that it is best for all if gifts be a simple expression of thanks and affection. Therefore, we ask that gifts be restricted to very inexpensive and/or handmade items. We also suggest giving a book to the library in honor of or in memory of a teacher or coach, or you can designate that your annual OES Fund contribution be a tribute gift. We do ask that you not give gifts of significant monetary value. Our faculty and staff always welcome your kind words and personal appreciation of their efforts.
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 .
Giving Tree Gift Wrapping
Shifts are available to help students wrap gift donations for the AASK program. Shifts are on December 16 and 17. Sign up on the link at AASK Gift Wrapping Questions? Please contact , AASK administrative assistant. (See note below, in "OES Service Learning," for more information on what the Giving Tree is all about.)
Meal Reservations for the OES Dining Hall
The food service staff makes only enough food for the boarding program. Most days we can increase the amount of food we prepare if dinner is requested with 24 hours’ notice. Weekend meal requests need to be made no later than 10am Thursday morning.
Faculty, staff, parents, guests and students are expected to pay for their meals by signing in, or when appropriate, charge to a budget account.
Updated Pricing 2013-2014:
Lunch $ 4.50
If you make dinner reservations and you do not cancel, by 2pm the day of your reservation, you will be charged for the extra food that was prepared for you.
*Please note that there may be times that we are not able to accommodate requests.
You can make arrangements to dine in the OES Dining Hall by emailing .
(NEW) COMMUNITY DIVERSITY LINK, CDL
Tuesday, January 28, 2014, 8-9:30am, Platt:
Please join Community Diversity Link at our first meeting of the New Year to hear and discuss OES’s new draft Statement of Inclusive Community. Drafted by a Board-appointed task force, this statement is meant to inspire and guide the school’s work on diversity, inclusiveness, and intercultural competence. Your feedback is key: Come to offer your thoughts and perspective about how this statement would impact your experience -- and those of all OES parents.
(NEW) OES SERVICE LEARNING
Many agencies have special events during December: preparing natural areas for winter, helping warm and feed those in need during the holidays, providing extra cheer to elders and children, etc. It's a special "use your power for good" time of year! For holiday Service-Learning ideas, go to the Service Learning Opportunities Page and see what you can find—activities for Upper School students, and for the whole family, too. Students in 10th grade should be looking for ways to fulfill those 20 OFF-campus hours before the end of January… Now's the time!
You will also find full details on the Service-Learning Requirement page.
It's Giving Tree Time!
We know that kids can't learn without food, clothing and shelter. It may not seem like an issue for those of us here at OES, but there are definitely students in that situation with our AASK partner of 15 years, Whitford Middle School. We are fortunate to have The Giving Tree to offer as a resource, which focuses on providing basic clothing items and a "wish list" gift for our partner's families who are in greatest need. In doing this, we help provide a measure of stability so that children can show up ready to succeed in school.
Many of you and your own students have responded to the Giving Tree in the Upper School lobby. Words aren't enough to express the thanks from our partner - public agencies often don't have enough resources themselves to help out. Because of your support, our neighboring families not only have material support, but they also gain the precious sense that they aren’t alone; members of the community are reaching out to help care for them during some very tough times.
This simple Giving Tree has developed into a joyful tradition during the holidays, and it makes a deeply felt difference to the families we support. This year, thanks to the wonderful hearts of our Upper School students, we have already supplied a family in need with household supplies, basic clothing items and food. The mom wrote, “We are overwhelmed, and are so happy and grateful for this. Thank you so much!!!”
If you or your student have not taken a tag from the tree, please consider it. Choose a tag from the Giving Tree in the lobby, bring back your unwrapped gift for the family member you have chosen, and put it under the tree by Wednesday, December 11.
Questions? Contact (503) 768-3193, (503) 416-9394, or (503) 416-9308.
(NEW) Prospective Parent Receptions
Invite your friends, business associates, neighbors, and family interested in learning more about OES to one of our events:
Parent Reception - Tuesday, Dec 10, 6:00pm – Oswego Lake Country Club
NIKE Kindergarten Fair – Tuesday, Dec 17, 3:30-5:30pm – Tiger Woods Center, NIKE World campus (NIKE employees only)
Information Evening at OES – Wednesday, Jan 8, 7:00pm – Read more here.
Parents: if you have a child ready to join the OES community in the 2014-15 school year - the application deadline is January 22. We are offering a reduced application fee of $50, if you apply online by December 16. You will use your parent portal password to log into the online application. We will contact you when the application is received to schedule your visit and assessment dates. Visit OES admissions for an application checklist and all forms.
Admissions will be visiting Japan, South Korea, Thailand, and Vietnam in November to meet with prospective students and current families. Visit our Fall Admissions travel page for schedule information.
Admissions Parking Spaces
The Admissions tour and visit season has begun! With only three reserved admissions parking spaces for our guests, we ask parents to refrain from using these spaces during school hours and particularly at drop-off and pick-up times. Please help us welcome prospective parents and students by providing an open parking space.
HOLIDAY ART SALE
The Annual Student, Faculty & Staff Holiday Art Sale takes place on Thursday & Friday, Dec. 5 & 6 (9am-3:30pm) in the Main Lobby.
Over 28 faculty, staff and students are participating in this years sale… a record! 10% of proceeds will help benefit the Philippines Red Cross for the recent tragedy in the Philippines.
Student and Faculty artists will be selling beautiful handmade jewelry, ceramics, cards, crafts, photographs,monochromes & knitted dolls, stuffed toy bears and handsewn artwork. Artwork will be for sale by Jennifer Dai, Bisrat Berhe, Tay MacIntyre, David Loitz, Debra Thomas, Tanja Horvat, Robin Schauffler, Debby Schauffler, Kent Herschleb, Renee Mijo, Randy Goosen and Sarah Brumble (alumnae) and others.
For more information contact or in the Art Office.
BOOKS & BREAKFAST
For those who like to get a jump on holiday reading, consider CDL's first 2014 Books & Breakfast: The Book of Fathers by Miklos Vamos (Hungary). We will meet in Platt at 8am on January 14th 2014.
Watch video about The Book of Fathers
Vamos is one of Hungary's most infuential writers, whose book, The Book of Fathers, is an alluring and leisurely introduction to the last 300 years of Hungarian history, and a moving depiction of the way individuals must appear and disappear even to their own descendants. Vamos is the author of over 20 books and is a well-known figure throughout Europe. He has served as a correspondent for The Nation and The Washington Post. He lived in the U.S. for a period, teaching writing and screenwriting at Yale.
Vamos will be video conferencing with us during our meeting.
OES AUCTION COMMITTEE
Join the 2014 Auction Planning Committee!
The OES Auction Planning Committee will meet on December 19th at 1pm in the Chandler room. If you are interested in being a part of history - we will see you there! Join us in creating the Roaring 20s! It'll be the bees knees! More info.
Your One Stop Shop for the Holidays!
It’s time to start thinking of the Holidays! We have lots of great gift items for your favorite Aardvarks and Aardvark fans.
Come into the store to find everything from Pendleton blankets to picnic blankets, fleece gloves and scarves to Nike Elite basketball, soccer and running socks; umbrellas, sweatpants, rain ponchos, coffee mugs and so much more! Happy Shopping!
Don’t forget to check out the new mark-down fixture too, with close-out items, priced to sell!
December Store Hours: Monday-Friday, 1-4pm.
College Visits at OES
Many colleges will visit OES this fall to meet with interested students. We encourage juniors and seniors to keep a close eye on the college visit schedule in Naviance (juniors learned how to access and use Naviance during the retreat the first week of school). The schedule will be posted on bulletin boards in the Library and Great Hall and on the OES website (college counseling page). We will do our best to send juniors and seniors an e-mail each week with the schedule for the upcoming two weeks. However, Naviance is the source of the most up-to-date schedule and will change throughout the fall as visits are added. Students are encouraged to sign up for visits on Naviance. This results in an automatic e-mail reminder close to the date of the visit.
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 December 7
- SAT January 25 (12/27)
- SAT March 8 (2/7)
- SAT May 3 (4/4)
- ACT December 14
- ACT February 8 (1/10)
- ACT April 12 (3/7)
- ACT June 14 (5/9)
We are producing a multi-divisional production this year. We are working with students from all three divisions to put up a production of the musical Peter Pan. The show will be performed in the Upper School Great Hall February 26th, 27th, 28th, and March 1st, David Gomes directing. Tickets will be available in February.
Looking forward to 2014, the Visual and Performing Arts Department will sponsor an All School Art Exhibit. Faculty, staff and students are invited to exhibit art work in keeping with the theme title "Land of Shadows and Light". Exhibit details will be out next week. The exhibit opening reception will be in late February, in conjunction with Peter Pan the school musical. Artwork will be collected starting in early February.
Any questions can be directed to .
- 9th Grade PAL – Next meeting is January 6th at 8 am in the Drinkward Volunteer Center. Questions? Contact Jane Langley 503- 953-3877.
- Future meetings: 2/3, 4/7, 5/5
- 10th Grade PAL – Next meeting is January 13th at 8 am in the Drinkward Volunteer Room. Questions? Contact Jan Halsey 503-635-7690.
- Future meetings: 2/10, 4/14, 5/12
- 11th Grade PAL – Next meeting is January 21st at 8 am in the Drinkward Volunteer Room. Contact Jan Massaro 503-297-0828.
- Future meetings: 2/18, 4/21, 5/27
- 12th Grade PAL – Next meeting is January 27th at 8 am in the Drinkward Volunteer Room. Questions? Contact Julie Yeager 503-675-1223.
- Future meetings: 2/24, 4/28, 5/19
Yearbook information for Seniors and Senior Parents:
There are several opportunities for seniors and their parents to contribute to the yearbook. Below is a description of these opportunities and their deadlines. Because we need to submit our pages to the publisher at certain intervals, these deadlines are not flexible! Please let us know if you have any questions.
Mug Shots: Dec. 6th
Senior Pages: Jan. 21st
Baby Pictures: Mar. 3rd
Parents Ads: Mar. 3rd
- Future meetings: 2/24, 4/28, 5/19