OES Upper School Voice Newsletter

Upper School Hours for the 2021-22 School Year

  • 8:25 a.m.–3:10 p.m. Week 1 and Week 2 (Except Wednesday)
  • 9:10 a.m.–3:10 p.m. Week 1 Wednesdays
  • 8:35 a.m.–3:10 p.m. Week 2 Wednesdays
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A Message from the Division Head

by Sarah Grenert-Funk

Need to Know for Friday, October 15

Last Friday OES employees engaged in a myriad of professional development opportunities on campus. Upper School teachers spent the morning in a Challenge Success workshop on enhancing assessments in their classes and then spent time in departments setting their own professional goals as part of our new Learning and Teaching program. The afternoon was spent as an entire school working on the self study report for our upcoming accreditation. 

As we approach the end of the first quarter, life in the Upper School feels more and more settled. The fall sports season is heading into districts and playoffs, the fall play rehearsals are in full swing in the Great Hall on Mondays and Wednesdays, student-led clubs are meeting and making plans for special events, and art projects are decorating the walls and hallways. Other great moments this week included 9th and 12th graders baked treats for their 10th and 11th grade peers who took the PSAT on Wednesday, and the Varsity Girls’ Volleyball team won against Riverdale in five exciting sets filled with incredible rallies.


OES Stories is an activity run by seniors Addie H., Nadia S., and Kate B.  They film and produce videos about various topics in the OES community. Students in the Activity take on different roles including editors, directors, actors, writers, interviewers, and the film crew. Enjoy their most recent video projects below:

Sean O’Connor interviews our new Athletic Trainer, Maddie Evans 
Addie H. ‘22 interviews AB P. ‘22 on her commitment to play lacrosse at Wellesley College

(Almost) 73 questions with Athletic Director, Dennis Sullivan  

Important Upcoming Dates

Next week’s Wednesday late start is at 8:35 a.m. For those who drop off their Upper School child(ren), please consider dropping them off before 7:45 a.m. or after 8:10 a.m. to help reduce traffic during Lower School drop off.

OES Open House is Sunday, October 24! Share with your friends and neighbors. They are invited to join us for our in-person and virtual Open House on Sunday, October 24, 2021. Engage with community members through campus tours and an OES Program and Community Panel. Learn more HERE.

Tuesday, October 26, 6:00-7:00 p.m. Upper School Parent Partnership Virtual Meeting
Please join Upper School Counselor, Miki Darby, and Learning Resource Coordinator, Maego Powers, as they share information and resources about adolescent anxiety and depression.  

Friday, October 29: End of First Quarter

November 10-13: Fall Play. Rehearsals are in full swing for the Upper School production of The Curse of the Castle Spectre, running November 10-13. The play follows a ragtag crew of theater performers, one of whom mysteriously vanishes as the story takes chaotic and humorous turns.

November 15-19: Fall Conferences. We are looking forward to gathering our students and their advisors, teachers, and parents for our conferences on Zoom and in-person, for those who are vaccinated. A communication with your conference time will be coming soon.

Jelly Rec: Book Recommendations from US Librarian Erika Jelinek

The Project by Courtney Summers
Lo Denham's life has been hard, and lonely. After a horrible car accident that killed both her parents and nearly killed her, her adored older sister, Bea, disappeared into The Unity Project, a local community organization that looks suspiciously like a cult. Lo has been trying to reach her ever since, but Bea does not want to be found. After six years of trying to contact her sister, aspiring journalist Lo gets an opportunity that seems too good to be true: an exclusive interview with The Unity Project's charismatic leader. But as she digs deeper into The Unity Project and closer to Bea, Lo starts to lose sense of what is real, who she is, and just what she set out to do in the first place. This is another dark psychological thriller about the bond between two sisters from the author of the widely acclaimed Sadie, and just like Sadie, this one will get under your skin.