The Lower School community celebrated Ash Wednesday this week with a dedicated chapel, the annual OES “Humble Lunch,” and reflections on how this special day that begins the Lenten season is honored here and elsewhere.
Lower School Home
Our Lower School, pre-kindergarten through fifth grade, gets students off to a strong start towards being successful in school, in college, and later as global leaders and thinkers by featuring:
- Strong academic foundation in core subjects
- A safe, nurturing community
- Small classes that allow close individual attention
- A child-centered environment which fosters an enthusiasm for learning
- A flexible, inquiry-based curriculum
- Significant hands-on project work
- Art, music, Spanish, science, library, technology, and physical education taught by specialists
Fourth graders paid a visit to Salem on Wednesday to go see the Oregon State Capitol and meet with congressional leaders from the Beaverton district about climate change.
First graders ventured into the wetlands this week to continue their learning about physics by engineering pulleys. Using buckets, ropes, and tree branches, first-graders practiced using their classroom-made pulleys to hoist outdoor materials.
Lower School Library lessons in third grade this week culminated months of learning and discussion about books eligible for the prestigious Coretta Scott King Award, and those that recently won the award.
Fourth graders spent last week diving deep into the inquiry-based scientific method on the annual fourth grade trip to Mt. Hood. Students studied the physics of sledding and snow insulation, and the engineering of igloo-making.