Voice Newsletter May 15, 2013
Cast and crew - All in the Timing Spring Play
News From Jordan Elliott, Head of US
Last week we had a particularly memorable Mount Hood Climb Service Day. OES graduate and Mount Hood climb participant Lorca Smetana ‘87 joined us for chapel and the opening ceremony for the day of service. I recommend this video of the opening if you missed it.
Coming up, students have elected their policy and community board representatives for next year’s Student Council. In the coming weeks the student body will decide next year’s president. Student statements are posted to the Blophish and I am looking forward to upcoming speeches and debates. Follow me on Twitter: @OESheadUS.
- May 15: FOESL Meeting, 8am, Platt Global Classroom
- May 15: Parent Community Link, 8am, DVR
- May 18: "Cans" Film Festival & Open Mic 7-10:00pm,Great Hall
- May 20: 12th Grade PAL Meeting, 8am, DVR
- May 20: Senior Trip Parent Mtg, 6:30pm, Rm 60 (optional)
- May 20: Rising Sophomore Backpack Trip Parent Mtg, 7:30pm,
- Platt Global Classroom, (optional)
- May 24: Volunteer Appreciation Breakfast, 8:15 am, Dining Hall
- May 24: AASK Recognition Tea, 3:30pm, Dining Hall
- May 27: No School: Memorial Day
- May 28: 11th Grade PAL Meeting, 8am, DVR
- May 29: Lifer Lunch with Pre-K, 11:30am, LSCH
- May 31: Blostock, 3-6pm
Volunteer Celebration (New)
For families who will soon have a student needing a Driver’s Permit! (New)
Be sure and plan ahead to save yourself a frantic trip to campus over the summer. Stop by the US Office and pick up a “Statement of Enrollment” before school ends for the summer. Contact or .
Planning ahead for Service Learning…(New)
What do students need to do to use their power for good and fulfill the Service-Learning requirement? What can parents do to help?
Seniors must turn in all service hours paperwork by Friday, May 25, at
3:15. This 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 your seniors to get those forms turned in!
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 don’t 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.
Students should look for summertime opportunities to earn 20 off-campus hours through short-term volunteering. Check out the website for lots of ideas.
OSAA State Choir results (New)
Congratulations to the US Concert Choir who placed 2nd (out of 6 competing schools) at the OSAA State competition May 9.
Senior Gifts at the School Store (New)
Remember to stop by the OES Store to pick up some fun remembrances of OES for your Seniors! You can find sweatshirts, tee shirts, and baseball hats, as well as water bottles, flashlights, sunglasses and much more. Come by any day between 2pm and 4pm, or any time you see the store light on! Questions? Contact Madeleine Menashe, OES Store Manager, 503-768-3170.
Sophomore Parent Volunteers Needed (New)
Parents of current sophomores are needed to staff the reception held immediately following the Class of 2013 Graduation ceremonies at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral on June 14th. Volunteers help set-up, serve and replenish food and beverages, and clean-up. Several strong individuals are needed to help with heavy punch bowls. Volunteers may attend a portion of the graduation ceremony. Sign-up. Contact Kim Jensen with questions
Visit the AASK Summer Day Camp Open House (New)
On July 18, 11:30a to 1:00p, parents at OES and adults in the wider community have the opportunity to visit the AASK Summer Day Camp during our open house. The day camp is part of AASK, a 15 year-old educational partnership between Oregon Episcopal School and the Beaverton School District. A true multicultural learning community, the day camp's students are international in scope, with most students being Hispanic. Most students are English Language Learners, and the program is an English language immersion program for 5th – 8th graders enrolled at Whitford Middle School. Staffed by OES high school students and alumni as well as former AASK students now in high school and college, the program builds academic skills, inspires service learning, fosters intercultural friendships and strengthens community ties to develop the potential of each student. The Open House is for parents and adults at OES and in the community to experience this wonderful partnership in action.
AASK also sponsors a tutoring program and the annual holiday Giving Tree program, as well as other student-to-student initiatives during the school year between OES and Whitford Middle School. Questions? Contact Myra Clark.
College Essay: Tell Your Story,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.
Class A: July 15-19 • 9:30–12:30
Class B: July 22-26 • 1:00–4:00
Grades 10–12 • Cost: $200
SAT Preparation & Study Skills, Douglas Bloch
This comprehensive course will teach students the critical reading, math, and writing skills that are needed to attain high scores on the SAT. Students will gain hands-on experience through taking actual SATs and will learn effective score-enhancing strategies that are specific to the SAT. In addition, we will cover the psychology of test-taking as well as proven methods for overcoming test anxiety. All materials will be provided, including The Official SAT Study Guide, published by the College Board.
August 5-8 • 12:30–4:30 (Monday-Thursday, 20 instructional hours)
Cost: $265 (includes book)
For more information or to enroll contact or .
9th Grade PAL - There are no more PAL meetings this school year. Questions? Contact Jan Halsey (503) 635-7690.
10th Grade PAL - There are no more PAL meetings this school year. Questions? Contact Sally LeFeber (503) 684-2072.
Rising 11th grade students – OES requires all students who will be in 11th grade for the 2013-14 school year to complete and return a Sports Physical Form. Forms must be returned to OES by August 1. 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 Monday, May 28 at 8am in the Platt Global Classroom. Questions? Contact Julie Yeager (503) 675-1223.
Just a reminder that the Junior Class participates in Graduation on June 14. Students should arrive at Trinity Episcopal Cathedral at 147 NW 19th by 7:00 pm and get in line immediately. Students can be picked up at approximately 9:30 pm. Questions? Please contact . Thank you.
12th Grade PAL - Next meeting is Monday, May 20 at 8am in the Drinkward Volunteer Room. Questions? Contact Nora Semonsen (503) 636-4453.
Senior photos have been taken for the Class of 2013 Alumni Composite Board. You recently received an email with directions on how to access the site and how to purchase pictures if you would like. As other events happen, i.e. the cap and gown pictures, Awards Assembly and Commencement in June, they will be added to the link as well. Questions? Please feel free to contact . Thank you.
If you have not already done so, please send in your RSVP for the Family Dinner and order form for the Commencement DVD if you wish to order by May 31. Parent Dinner and DVD order link.
11s and 12s: Click on Selective Service for what you need to know about registering.