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Note from Ann Sulzer, Head of School

This past weekend the OES Middle School hosted the NWAIS Student Diversity Leadership Retreat for a two day overnight. We welcomed 175 students from 20 different schools from as far away as Salt Lake City. Middle Schoolers learned from Dr. Bryan Hotchkins from the Institute for Inclusive Excellence at Texas Tech about how to be a leader: “You can be wrong. Your goals will not always be achieved. Humility, humility, humility.” They had an opportunity to participate in affinity groups, building connections with peers who share their identities, and they heard from Lulu Carpenter from Seattle Girls School who affirmed, “I want all of my identities to have a seat at the table.” This struck me as one of the most important messages of the retreat, as it is what we want for all of our students and families at OES. We want people to feel that their voices are heard, and they are known and appreciated for every aspect of who they are. Our OES students who attended the retreat reported that the most valuable part of the retreat was “meeting people who share my experiences.” We know that this shared experience and understanding builds empathy, compassion, and community. We are constantly striving to make this a reality in our community, and we always have more work to do.

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Middle School parents, this is just a reminder that MS Winter Conferences will take place on the second floor of the Middle School on Feb 28, March 1, and March 2. Look for the easel in the lobby listing your conference room. Your child will attend the conference with you. Please note that conferences are scheduled to last 30 minutes and are on a tight schedule, so please arrive on time. Also, please take a look in Lost & Found as it is overflowing with jackets and more. Thank you!

For all OES students:
These online forms are due May 1, 2018:  Online Health & Permission Forms 

If applicable, please update the following paper forms annually and when and if there is a change in your student's treatment plan:
Allergy Information Form and Action Plan
Asthma Action Plan

For students entering Grades K, 7, 9, and 11 in September 2018:
These paper forms (as applicable) are to be completed and returned to OES by August 1, 2018. They are required so that your student may participate in athletics, PE, and attend class trips.
Physical Form (Grades PK - 6)
Physical Form (Grades 7 - 12) 

For rising 7th graders currently enrolled at OES:
Required immunizations, including the Tdap Booster vaccine, may be due for your incoming seventh grader (and some incoming eighth graders), so please check with your health care provider for details. If there are updates to your student's immunization record, please update the following immunization form and it can be returned to OES by August 1, 2018.
Oregon Immunization Requirements 
Oregon Certificate of Immunization Status

The OES Visual and Performing Arts Department and Music Department present the 2018 all-school musical Shrek The Musical. Check here to reserve tickets before they sell out!


The OES Visual and Performing Arts Department and Music Department
are proud to present the 2018 All-School Musical:

Wednesday, February 28Sunday, March 4
Evening Shows: Wed.–Sat. at 7:00 p.m.
Family matinees: Sat. & Sun. at 1:00 p.m.

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 more than 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 p.m. and the show will begin promptly at 7:00 p.m. 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 6:55 p.m. At 6:55 p.m., 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 per ticket for adults. Children and students are always free! The approximate run time is 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, February 2, 2018.

RSVP at:


The next PAL meeting will be Wednesday, March 7 from 8:00-9:00 a.m. in the MS Library.

The middle school math club team will compete in the Regional MathCounts competition on Saturday, February 24 from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. at Mentor Graphics. Congratulations to the the competing students Chris J., Shriya D., Jacob N., Arun S., Lucien D., Alex C., Maxwell T., Calvin C., Alexandre B., Yuamkai G., and Sash R.

For more information, please see Ms. von or email her at

Attention 8th grade parents: Upper School Course Registration for 9th grade will be on Monday, May 14, 7:00-8:30 p.m. Students entering ninth grade in 2018 should plan to attend this event with at least one parent. More information will be emailed this spring about the course selection process.

Sixth graders welcomed Dr. Mohammad Kharoti of Afghanistan and Portland on February 14. Dr. Kharoti (or Mohammad, as he prefers) talked about Green Village Schools, a collection of now three schools which he founded and helped build from the ground up in Helmud province, Afghanistan. In Afghanistan, only half of rural children go to school, and often the Taliban forbid girls from going to school. Mohammad negotiated with the Taliban to let girls attend his schools and even opened a wing of the school as a girls' school. It was an engaging and interesting talk. 

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-day and one-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.

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 22, 2018 during school hours from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm in two-hour shifts, at SPARC. (The OES Sports and Recreational Center located on 6699 SW Oleson Road, Portland, OR.) It will be a one- to two-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.

The annual Great OES Book Swap (GOBS) is approaching! GOBS will be held in the Middle School the week of April 9, 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!

The remaining academic year's meetings are planned for: March 20, April 3, and May 15. Please visit the FOESL website for more information. Qs?: Rebecca Thompson,; Carol Bull,


This year's official dates (2017/18)

Day and time

 Who will be on the program?

Winter Concert 1

 Mar 5

6:30 p.m.

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

Winter Concert 2

 Mar 7

6:30 p.m.

7th instrumental music, US A cappella, 8th vocal music, LS boys' choir, 6th advanced band, Melodies, 6th beginning band

Winter Concert 3

 Mar 12

6:30 p.m.

5th hand bells, 6th vocal music, 7th vocal music, LS advanced band, MS jazz, US instrumental, Advanced Strings

Middle School Doors Open at 7:30 a.m. If your child arrives before that, please be aware that the Great Hall is open to students to wait. 

Attendance: Please email or call 503-768-3127 if your child will be late or absent from school.

Afternoon Change of Plans: Please email or call 503-768-3127 for any changes to your child's afternoon pick-up plans. We ask that you kindly inform us of these changes by 2:00 p.m. We will leave a note on your child's locker. All school bus-related questions should go to Robbi Garvin.

After 3:05 p.m., the best way to locate your child (if they are working with a teacher or in EC) is to call or email the Director of the After School Program, Meghan Powers, 503-416-9299 or

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