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OES Lower School Express Newsletter

Lower School Hours for the 2022-23 School Year

  • 8 a.m.–3 p.m.  All Days (Except Wednesday)
  • 8 a.m.–2 p.m. Wednesdays Only
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A Message from the Division Head

by David Lowell
A Message From David Lowell 5-25-23

It has been a busy week in Lower School with learning celebrations, Moving Into Coffees and several special events. I am so appreciative of the good work of so many who created these experiences for our students.

  • Chelsea Lamb, Austin Schock, the Extension Team and James Nolan and the LS PE Team for creating Lower School Family Fun Night, an evening of performances, demonstrations and games the whole family could play, from pickleball and pillo-polo to bubble making and cornhole.
  • Dani Turner, Esther Al-Wetaid and their worksop volunteers for organizing a joyful Discovery Day for primary, first and second graders.
  • The 4th grade team for taking the whole fourth grade to City Hall to present their appreciations, recommendations and perspective on Metro’s 2030 Waste Management Plan to Mayor Wheeler and members of the City Council.
  • Lora Worden for organizing the author Cynthia Leitich Smith’s visit  to Lower School for 3rd - 5th graders.

With only 12 days left in this school year, I want to remind you of the many events in the final days of school.

  • 5/31 - 2nd Grade Learning Celebration
  • 6/1 - Moving Into 4th Grade Coffee
  • 6/1 - BY Field Day
  • 6/2 - IY Field Day
  • 6/2 - Lower School Parent Partnership Summer Street Fair
  • 6/5 - Moving into 5th grade Coffee
  • 6/7 - Community Farewell to Peter Kraft
  • 6/8 - PreK Learning Celebration
  • 6/14 - Last Day of Lower School. 11:00 Dismissal
  • 6/15 - 5th grade Promotion - 8:00 am Athletic Center

Moving Into Coffees Continue. See the list below for the dates and grade levels of the coffees. The coffees are listed in grade level order. Review the schedule below and plan to attend the coffee for the grade that your child will be moving into next fall. Chris Thompson, the Intermediate Years teachers and I look forward to sharing highlights of the grade level to come, the 2023-24 school year and answering your questions.

Each Moving into coffees will be preceded by an informal coffee social from 8:00 - 8:15 in the LS Library.










Thursday, June 1


Moving into 4th


8:15 - 9:15


LS LIbrary


Monday, June 5


Moving into 5th


8:15 - 9:15


LS LIbrary


End of Year LS Promotion on Wednesday, June 14: Each class will get promoted to their next grade on Wednesday, June 14 during a special Lower School Gathering. This will be the last day of Lower School and the day will end at 11:00 am before lunch.

5th Grade Promotion is Thursday, June 15 on Morissette Court from 8:00 - 9:30 am. There is ample seating for friends and family members of the 5th graders. Save the date and look for more information in an upcoming LS Express.

Gifts for Employees policy -  We ask that you not give gifts of significant monetary value to individual employees. While we appreciate the high regard in which students and their families often hold their teachers and coaches, we believe that it is best for gifts to be a simple expression of thanks and affection. Therefore, we ask that gifts be restricted to inexpensive and/or handmade items. Alternatively, we suggest giving a book to the library in honor of, or in memory of, a teacher or coach, or you can designate your annual OES Fund contribution as a tribute gift. Our faculty and staff always welcome your kind words and personal appreciation of their efforts.