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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

We ended the week with two end of year traditions, Field Day and Move Up visits. On Thursday and Friday we held our annual Field Days when every class, Prekindergarten through 5th grade had a designated time to engage in a variety of PE field activities out on the turf field. Each session culminated with ice cream treats. Thank you to the PE team for organizing and running this celebration of movement.

All students Prekindergarten through 4th grade also had an opportunity to “Move up” to their next grade and spend some time in their next grade level, talking with the teacher and students about the year to come. 5th Grade had a chance to visit Middle School earlier this spring.

Next week brings the 2021-22 school year to a close with a special Chapel on Tuesday where we will recognize Juneteenth and Gathering on Wednesday when we will promote all students Prekindergarten through 4th grade to their next grade. 5th graders will have to wait until Thursday for their formal promotion.

Lower School Hours for 2022-23

We have finalized our regular school hours for the 2022-23 school year:

  • Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday:  8 am - 3 pm 
  • Wednesday: 8 am-2 pm
    • supervised care 2:00 - 3:00 pm (may be limited based on staff availability)
    • buses leave at usual time, 3:20
  • Extension offered Monday through Friday: 3-5:30 pm

The early release time on Wednesdays replaces the current late-start Wednesday and provides important professional development time for our faculty and staff.  

To help us with our staffing plan please complete the Lower School Wednesday Early Release Survey, 2022-23 by Monday, June 13 at noon.

Last Day of Lower School is Wednesday, June 15: We will end the school year as is our tradition with a shortened day and the opportunity for students at each grade level to be promoted to their next grade. The 5th graders will send Lower School out into the summer by ringing the bell once by each 5th grader and bringing our 152nd year to a close. 

  • Pick-up for all Lower School is at 11:00 am
  • Pick-up for 5th graders is at 11:15, so they have time to ring the bell
  • Student will be picked up form the usual locations
  • All Lower School children need to be picked up at 11:00. There is no after school care.
  • There is no bus service for Lower School children at 11:00 am

5th Grade Promotion, Thursday, June 16 on Morissette Court

The 5th graders are hard at work on their speeches. We have been working our way through logistics for hosting the 5th grade promotion in the new Athletic Center. See additional details  in the email sent earlier this week. 

Lost and Found - Last Day Wednesday, June 15 at noon

Be sure to review the Lost and Found racks in the Lower School entrance before noon on the last day of Lower School. We will be donating all remaining lost and found items to a local service organization. Any OES wear will be put in the used uniform closet.

Gifts for Faculty Policy - 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 are 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.