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You probably expect to find picture books in the LS Library, and even information books about topics as wide ranging as the distance between Mariana’s Trench and the Mighty Mars Rovers. But you might be surprised to find a whole new series of storytelling math board books & picture books in the Lower School Library.

Read More about Where do math literacy, cultural literacy, and reading literacy intersect? In the LS Library, of course!

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A Message from the Division Head

by David Lowell
A Message from David Lowell 12-1-23

I hope you all enjoyed the Fall Break with time for sharing meals, being with friends and family or simply relaxing into a vacation pace. The three weeks between Fall and Winter Break always pass so quickly.  During this time the faculty will be working to sustain student focus on learning, while also providing opportunities to celebrate the season of light and participate in special events. Please help support our efforts by continuing the school routines at home; bringing your child to school on time, monitoring homework, and keeping a regular bedtime.

This week we began our series of special chapels in recognition of the season of light. As always, all are welcome to join us for our weekly Chapel gathering at 8:10 each Tuesday.

  • Chapel celebrating Diwali, Tuesday, November 28 On Tuesday we held our annual Chapel celebrating Diwali when students shared song and dance and the story of Diwali.
  • Chapel celebrating Hanukkah, Tuesday, December 5 We will hold our annual Chapel celebrating Hanukkah including the lighting of numerous menorahs this coming Tuesday. We look forward to learning about Hanukkah traditions from Lower School children.
  • Circle of Love Chapel, Tuesday, December 12 This is the annual tradition in which we give gifts to community partners in order to celebrate our connection to our neighbors.
  • Lodge Season of Light Chapel, Thursday, Dec. 14 Students and families in PK, K, and Primary are invited to a Chapel reflecting on this season of light and the light we all hold within ourselves.

Advent Service of Lessons and Carols,  Wednesday, Dec. 6, 6:30-7:30 p.m. You are welcome to join us for a beautiful evening of reflection, readings, and music and experience the time-honored Anglican tradition of Lessons and Carols. This event will be held in the OES Chapel.

Winter Festival - All School Celebration, Friday, December 15 Before we send everyone out into Winter Break we will gather one more time for a joyful, raucous musical extravaganza in the Athletic Center at 1:45 pm. All are welcome.

Dress for the Weather                                                                                                               

With the days colder and wetter, be sure your child comes to school dressed for the weather. Recess, PE, transitions to lunch and specials in other buildings and campus explorations happen rain or shine.

Names on articles of clothing

Be sure to put your child’s name in their outer layers. We have a growing pile of sweaters, sweatshirts, fleeces, and raincoats with no names. Your student has a better chance of being reunited with a lost article of clothing if it is labeled.

Donate Uniforms Your Child has Outgrown

If you have uniform items that are in good shape and that your child has outgrown please return them to the Used Uniform Closet. Our inventory of uniforms is quite low.

Gift Giving - As the season of giving approaches I want to remind you of the OES Gifts for Faculty Policy from the OES Handbook.