OES Middle School Messenger Newsletter

Middle School Hours for the 2021-22 School Year

  • 8:10 a.m.–3:15 p.m.  All Days (Except Wednesday)
  • 8:45 a.m.–3:15 p.m. Wednesdays Only
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A Message from the Division Head

by Ann Sulzer

Thanks so much to those of you who were able to join Kathleen Hicks for her presentation at our Middle School Parent Partnership on Tuesday evening. Here are the slides that she shared and the recording (password: uEuD+9q8) from the evening’s meeting if you weren’t able to attend. 

Our next Parent Partnership meeting will be on Tuesday, November 2 from 6:30–7:30 p.m. and will cover a wide range of information about technology. We will share with you the results of our Middle School tech survey and also share some wisdom from Upper School students about how they use technology. Our hope is that it’s an opportunity for all of you to share strategies with each other about how you parent around and with technology in your homes. 

Virtual Book Club Opportunity for MS Parents
Join Kathleen Hicks and our Middle School parent community for a virtual book club with Getting to Calm: Cool-headed Strategies for Parenting Tweens + Teens by Laura S. Kastner, PhD and Jennifer Wyatt, PhD. The book is a “practical, realistic and ultimately reassuring guide for navigating the most challenging aspects of parenting today.” It is not uncommon that we will all have moments as parents of middle schoolers when we will wonder, "Where has my child gone and who is this person standing before me?" Doctors Kastner and Wyatt offer a book that is both informative and humorous, an easy read that will engage us as readers while offering wisdom to help us navigate these years in our parenting journey. To learn more from one of the authors, check out this NPR article and interview with Dr. Kastner.

Meetings will be held on November 9, December 14, and January 11 from 8:30–9:30 a.m. Join for some or all of the meetings. Please complete this form by Friday, October 22 so that we can determine if there is enough parent interest to host this opportunity. Please reach out to Kathleen at hicksk@oes.edu with any questions.

Upcoming MS Parent-Teacher Fall Conferences
You should be hearing from your child’s advisor in the next week to confirm whether you are attending your child’s conference in person or online. We look forward to seeing you at the end of this month to connect about your child’s growth so far this year.