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A Message From David Lowell

You should have received an email containing the links to both Classroom Teacher and Specialist Teacher conference sign-ups. Please contact the Lower School Office if you have not received the links to both conferences.

Parents who are unable to attend a conference on either 3/1 or 3/2 are encouraged to arrange a remote conference either by phone or videoconference on one of the two designated conference days. Contact David Lowell to request a conference on an alternate day.

PreK Parking Spots
Several PreK parents have let me know they were unable to use the reserved parking spots recently.  Please respect the parking spots reserved for PreK parents.
PreK parking spots are reserved for drop-off from 7:30-8:00 AM each day, 8:15 – 8:45 AM on Thursdays.
Prek parking spots are reserved from 2:15 – 3:00 PM each day for pick-up

Pick-up Timing
Please plan on arriving in the car pick-up line after 2:45 pm so parents who are trying to park have access to parking spaces.

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RSVP for Tuesday's parent-teacher conversation.

We will focus on the role of resiliency and incorporate specific parenting scenarios that you may be working with right now. Please RSVP here and share your suggestions. Our conversation will be based on Daniel Siegel and Tina-Payne Bryson's book, The Yes Brain

You do not need to have read the book or attended the prior session to participate. All are welcome!

When: February 20th, 7:30-9:00pm 
Where: Lower School Library 

Save the Date: The Yes Brain #3 -- March 6th, 7:30pm



Calling all OES Sport Stackers!

We will be hosting the NW Regional/OR State Sport Stacking Championships on March 3rd, in the gym, from 8:00 - 4:00. Right now we have two OES stackers registered for the tournament and would love to see more stackers participate. All skill levels and ages (we even have an OES PreK stacker this year!) are welcome and we will have several Team USA stackers there competing in the older divisions. We will also have stackers from WA, OR, CA, CO, HI, AZ, and British Columbia competing.

Regular registration ($20) is open until Feb. 16, and late registration ($30) is open from Feb. 17th until Feb. 28th. Again, all skill levels and ages are welcome, and it is a great opportunity to see amazing stackers from our region. In addition to the flyer, you can find information here... and here...

We are also looking for adult volunteers to be judges, divisional managers, and help with registration.

Please let me know if you have any questions or would like to volunteer. Thanks and happy stacking!


Today all students at OES participated in the second annual Humble Lunch. Students in both cafeterias were offered a simple meal with fewer food choices in order to reflect on the ways food can bring us all together, the beautiful food choices we have available to us each day, and the fact that not everyone in our community has full access to food or to healthy food.

The difference between the cost of preparing this meal and the cost of preparing a fully serviced OES lunch will be donated to Neighborhood House Food Box, an organization serving SW Portland, to support their efforts to feed those experiencing food insecurity in our community. With every $1 donation, the Food Box can buy 4 lbs of food from the Oregon Food Bank to then give to their clients.

Consider reflecting with your child about their experience at lunch today. In what ways did lunch feel different today? Why is Valentine's Day a good day to have the Humble Lunch? What thoughts did you have while you ate the Humble Lunch? How can food connect a community?

Note: Children in PK-2nd grades did not participate in the full Humble Lunch meal. Many of them chose to challenge themselves to not waste food and to be conscious of and grateful for the food they ate today.

If you wish to learn more about Neighborhood House's efforts to address food insecurity in our community, please visit their website: or contact OES LS Service Learning Coordinator, Kristen Haferbecker ( There are many upcoming ways to get involved with their efforts!

Sign ups for classroom parent teacher conferences have now closed. Sign ups for specialist conferences will remain open for a few more days.

You have a received an email from the Lower School with links to sign ups both for conferences with classroom teachers and Specialists. Please contact Kathy Finn-Brennan in the Lower School Office if you have any questions or need to make changes.

​Live Auction Sneak Peek: Round Pond Dinner for 12! Have you ever dreamed of having a private chef come to your home and cook a multi-course dinner paired with an array of Round Pond wines? Well, dreams do come true! This package and so much more available during our Live Auction! 

Silent Auction Sneak Peek: Do you love to ski or snowboard? Have you ever been to Tahoe? Well we have the package for you! Stay for a week at a beautiful Tahoe cabin and enjoy the slopes at Donner Downhill Ski Resort with two, 1 day passes! 

These packages and more available to you at the Auction! Check in next week for more AUCTION SNEAK PEEKS!

DON'T FORGET TO GET YOUR TICKETS: Click  here  to buy your tickets online! You won't want to miss this enchanted evening! 

Grade Basket and Class Case sign ups:  HERE

This year the wall of wine has partnered with OES family owned Zupan's Markets to make purchasing your wine a breeze. Drop into any of their locations or call in to their wine steward and purchase a bottle over the phone. Either way, they will hold your wine for the auction team to pick up.

If you have any questions, please contact our Auction team at or visit us in the Development Office in Morris House. 

Please remember !

  • As posted, the parking directly in front the Lower School is reserved for PreK parents only from 7:30-8:00 in the morning on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. And from 7:30-8:45 on Thursdays. They are also reserved from 2:15-3:00 every afternoon. Do not park in these spaces during those times. PreK parents are required to come into the building at drop off in the morning and pick up in the afternoon.
  • Do not arrive for Lower School car pick up before 2:45pm. Cars waiting in line earlier block parking spaces for anyone who is parking and coming into the building. Please be courteous and make space for drivers to enter or exit parking spaces.
  • Both in the morning and after school pull all the way forward and stay in your vehicle at all times. Do not park along the curb and leave. 
  • All Lower School students who arrive after 8:00am must be walked into the building by an adult and signed in at the Lower School office.



Ticket reservations begin Friday, Feb 2nd:

RSVP at:



The OES Visual and Performing Arts Department and Music Department
are proud to present the 2018 All School Musical:Image result for mti shrek the musical

Wednesday, February 28 – Sunday, March 4

7 p.m. Evening Shows Wed.-Sat.

Family matinees 1 p.m. Sat. & Sun. 

Based on the Oscar-winning DreamWorks Animation film, Shrek The Musical is a Tony Award-winning fairy tale adventure, featuring all new songs from Jeanine Tesori (Thoroughly Modern Millie; Caroline, or Change) and a side-splitting book by David Lindsay-Abaire. Shrek brings all the beloved characters you know from the film to life on stage and proves there's more to the story than meets the ears.  "Once upon a time, there was a little ogre named Shrek...." And thus begins the tale of an unlikely hero who embarks on a life-changing journey alongside a wisecracking Donkey and a princess who resists her rescue. Throw in a short-tempered villain, a cookie with an attitude and over a dozen other fairy tale misfits, and you've got the kind of mess that calls for a real hero. Luckily, there's one on hand... named Shrek. 

Reservation and show details: 

The house opens at 6:30 PM, and the show will begin promptly at 7:00PM. Late arrivals will be seated by an usher at an appropriate and safe time.  

All seating is on a first come, first served basis and we ask that patrons be seated before 6:55pm. At 6:55pm, patrons on the standby list will be seated. 

For our matinees, you have the option of enjoying our family seating section with children ages 7 and up. For their safety, children 6 & under may be asked to sit on an adult’s lap.  

Suggested donation is $10/ ticket for adults. Children and students are always free! 

Approximate run time: 120 minutes 

To release any tickets you will no longer need, have accessibility needs, or for any other questions, please email: 

We look forward to seeing you at Shrek the Musical! 

Ticket reservations begin Friday, Feb 2nd: 

RSVP at:

Boys 5/6 Lacrosse, coached by Robert Inskeep '07, will practice Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3:20 – 4:50.  First Practice is Tuesday, March 13.  Games will be played on weekday evenings after we return from Spring Break.  Game schedules will be available in mid-March. Cost is $175. Sign up for Boys 5/6 Lacrosse in the parent portal HERE

Girls 5/6 Lacrosse, coached by JB Handley, will practice Tuesdays and Fridays from 3:20 – 4:50.  First practice is Tuesday, March 13.  Games will be played on Saturdays after we return from Spring Break.  Game schedules will be available in mid-March.  Cost is $175.  Sign up for the Girls 5/6 Lacrosse in the parent portal HERE

Boys 3/4 Lacrosse, coached by Dennis Sullivan & Jon Nicolazzo will practice Mondays and Fridays from 3:15 – 4:15.  Games will be played on Saturdays after we return from Spring Break.  Game schedules will be available in mid-March.  The first practice is Friday, March 16. Cost is $175.  Sign up for the Boys 3/4 Lacrosse in the parent portal HERE

Girls 3/4 Lacrosse, coached by John Knight, will practice Mondays and Fridays from 3:15 – 4:15. Games will be played on Saturdays after we return from Spring Break.   The first practice is Friday, March 16.  Game schedules will be available in mid-March.  Cost is $175.  Sign up for the girls 3/4 Lacrosse in the parent portal HERE

Thanks for assisting us with a smooth and rapid afternoon pick-up for our Kindergarten children by following these guidelines:

  • Please stay in your car. Teachers on duty will load children inside and help with seat belts as needed.
  • Practice seat-belt skills on weekends so children can buckle themselves in. This is a great skill for independence!
  • Save snacks, hand sanitizer, or other tasks for the time after your children are loaded. You can pull forward to help or use the pullout on Nicol Rd. if your children need further assistance. 

Friends of OES Libraries (FOESL) update

The annual Great OES Book Swap (GOBS) is approaching! GOBS will be held in the Middle School the week of April 9th, coinciding with National Library Week, and will welcome students and families from all divisions. The format planned is the same as last year. Book drop off and setup will be Monday and Tuesday of that week, and kids will visit the event to get books Wednesday and Thursday.  No point system will be used, but families who donate any number of books will be invited to an early-bird bonus session on Wednesday morning before classroom visits. Please start saving books to share! Watch for more details about drop off logistics and a link to sign up to volunteer. It’s a really fun event, and even coming by to transport or set up books for an hour here and there is very helpful. Thanks for your support and interest!

Next meeting is February 20th

FOESL meetings are held on Tuesday mornings in Platt Global Classroom, starting at 8:10 and running about an hour. Even if you haven’t attended previous meetings, feel free to jump in at any time during the school year.  With members drawn from Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School, we always welcome new members and families from all divisions.

We are a small group of OES parents and educators who work together to plan campus events that celebrate our community's love of reading and storytelling, including author visits, literary festivals, and GOBS. The time commitment is very small and the work is very rewarding!

The remaining academic year's meetings are planned for:

February 20th

March 20th

April 3rd

May 15th

Please visit the FOESL website for more information, and for updates to our meeting schedule if any occur.


Rebecca Thompson,

Carol Bull,

The Upper school Aardvark Science Fair is looking for parents / grandparents to judge their projects. If you don’t have any kids attending the OES Upper School you are eligible to judge upper school science projects. It is a requirement that you have a science/engineering  education or work related experience.

The Upper School Aardvark Science Fair is looking for parents / grandparents to judge their projects. If you don’t have any kids attending the OES Upper School you are eligible to judge upper school science projects.

If you have science degree, work experience, or extensive knowledge in any of the scientific disciplines and your children are not attending Upper School yet, please consider volunteering as a science fair judge. If you cannot judge, please consider asking your friends or colleagues to volunteer for our event. Breakfast and lunch provided.

**3 most wanted category judges are: Physics, Chemistry and Environmental sciences. But also we won't reject other science disciplines

The Aardvark Science Exposition is also known as the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair OES-Affiliated Science Research Competition. It is a science, engineering, computer science and math research competition for OES students in 9th to 12th grade. Students with their research posterboards are interviewed by judges and celebrated at the evening awards ceremony.

**US Aardvark Science Fair judging is on Friday, February 23rd, 2018 during school hours at the SPARC (The OES Sports and Recreational Center located on 6699 SW Oleson Road, Portland, OR) and it will be a 4-5 hour commitment.

Please go to and sign up to judge the Aardvark Science Expo. This will enable you to choose your category and to view abstracts before the fair. If you have any additional questions, please email Tanya Horvat.

General Instructions:

  • On the main NWSE page click REGISTER HERE.
  • Open Adults, judges on line registration system
  • If you are a new judge create account.
  • After registering, you will receive an email that will take you to the page where you can sign to be judge for the Aardvark Science Expo (ASE).

Please click this link for the Aardvark Science Expo Schedule.

We need around 70 judges. Thanks for volunteering!

We need volunteers to Supervise visitors during the Open House at the annual Aardvark Science Expo. Main responsibilities will be greeting visitors, helping folks locate bathrooms or drinking fountains, and reminding folks to behave and not touch the exhibits or toss tennis balls. It is also a nice opportunity to peruse the exhibits.

We require volunteers to Supervise visitors during the Open House at the annual Aardvark Science Expo.  Main responsibilities will be greeting visitors, helping folks locate bathrooms or drinking fountains, and
reminding folks to behave and not touch the exhibits or toss tennis balls. It is also a nice opportunity to peruse the exhibits.

US Aardvark Science Fair volunteers are required on Thursday, February 22nd, 2018 during school hours From -  8 am - 5 pm in 2 hour shifts, at SPARC (The OES Sports and Recreational Center located on 6699 SW Oleson Road, Portland, OR) and it will be a 1-2 hour commitment.

**To sign up, please click Volunteers for OES Upper School Aardvark Science Fair.

Please click this link for the Aardvark Science Expo Schedule

If you have questions please email Bevin Daglen.

Check here to see what's coming up.


This year official date (2017/18)

Day and time

Who will be on the program?

Winter Concert 1

Feb 26

Mon 6:30

8th band, US choir, LS beginning strings, LS intermediate strings, LS girls' choir, LS beginning band

Winter Concert 2

Mar 7

Wed 6:30

7th band, US A Cappella, 8th choir, LS boys' choir, 6th advanced band, Melodies, 6th beginning band

Winter Concert 3

Mar 12

Mon 6:30

6th choir, 7th choir, LS advanced band, MS jazz, US instrumental, Advanced Strings, 2 handbell groups

LS spring concert (instrumental and choral)

May 8

Tues 6:30

LS bands, strings, choirs, 2 handbell choirs, LS beg and Int. strings

2017-2018 OES Lower School Uniform Policy


Tailored pants with zipper front; navy blue or khaki only; no jeans, jeans style, no patch pockets or cargo style.


Tailored walking shorts with zipper front; navy blue or khaki only; no jeans or cargo style.



Dennis Uniform Kirk plaid, navy blue or khaki. Navy or white leggings, tights or bike shorts may be worn under skirts.


Dennis Uniform short-sleeved light blue or navy polo dress; OES logo; Kirk plaid shift dress.


Solid white, navy, light blue or forest green; short or long sleeve polo shirts; must have OES logo.


Solid navy blue or forest green; OES logo. No OES spirit wear.


Navy blue cardigan; must have OES logo.


Navy or forest green quilted; must have OES logo. (Used Navy or forest green fleece vests or jackets with OES logo may also continue to be worn).


Shoes must offer firm support and resist slipping for active play. Closed toe, closed heel, athletic type shoes (e.g., tennis shoes, walking shoes, sport shoes) are required. No sandals, heelies, wheelies, clogs, Uggs or blinkies, please. Boots may be worn on snow days only.


Socks must be worn at all times.


For safety reasons, only watches and studs for pierced ears. Please refrain from sending the Lower School students to school with necklaces, drop earrings, bracelets, multiple scrunchies worn as bracelets, rings, etc.


Hair bands should be white, navy, forest green, or Kirk plaid. No scarves, sports caps or kerchiefs.


Any coat or jacket may be worn for warmth outdoors.


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