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News from Asha Appel, Head of Upper School

This week, the Upper School celebrated Fat Tuesday with riotous games and activities, including a crepe flipping contest and feathered mask-making. This bacchanalian smorgasboard of sweets and colorful beads offered our community a point of contrast for Ash Wednesday, in which we reflected on trying new practices and strategies for increased compassion and understanding. It was in that spirit with which we made our own metaphorical stone soup on February 14. Instead of aggregating vegetables from individual gardens to make a soup that feeds the whole, we asked every member of our Upper School community to put $1.00 into a large soup pot for a donation to Neighborhood House; $1.00 buys 4 pounds of food at the Oregon Food Bank, so we will make a large pot of soup, indeed. And it was in that spirit in which VJ Sathyaraj—in his powerful Chapel remarks—challenged us to find ways to build each other up, as doing so is the only way through our own suffering and hurt. I do hope the long, no-homework weekend allows you and your children some restorative family and friends time in which you build each other up.

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Come and enjoy three great concerts in March. The US groups listed below will be performing in addition to LS and MS groups. See the OES Main Calendar for other performance groups.

Monday, March 5, 6:30-8:00 pm in the Gym - US Choir

Wednesday, March 7, 6:30-8:00 pm in the Chapel - US A Cappella

Monday, March 12, 6:30-8:00 pm in the Chapel - US Instrumental Ensemble

Live Auction Sneak Peek: 

  • See Pink at the Moda Center May 15th!
  • 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!
  • You can bid to win these packages and so much more at the Auction, March 10th!! 

Silent Auction Sneak Peek: 

  • Get ready to bid on your chance to see the Blazers play the Grizzlies, 5th row, CENTER COURT, on April 1st!
  • 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

Items for the Class Baskets can be dropped off in the clear bins in the US office or in the Development Office in the lower level of Morris House. 

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 auction@oes.edu 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 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). It will be a 1-2 hour commitment.

Please click this link for the "Aardvark Science Expo Schedule" - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Hssh09z5AtIqlJ6Ve5TipbpGkyHvB9ZPkIFSXCatnUk/edit?usp=sharing

To sign up, please click here - Volunteers for US Science Fair.

If you have questions please email Bevin Daglen.

Parents, family, and friends of the OES community are invited to visit the OES Aardvark Science Expo where Upper School research projects/exhibits will be on display.

On Thursday, February 22nd, from 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM, the exhibit hall in SPARC Gymnasium is open to the public. This is an excellent time for members of the entire OES community to spend time perusing the wide array of 200+ incredible projects and reading exhibit boards. Student exhibitors will not be with their projects for interviews.

On Friday, February 23rd, after judging, there is an open house from 6:15 – 7:00 PM, followed by the awards ceremony from 7:00 – 8:00 PM. Buses will run between SPARC and the lower lot by the athletic fields from 6:20–8:30 pm. Parking at SPARC by permit only; if you would like a parking permit for SPARC, inquire at the Upper School office.

Would you like to help as a judge or volunteer? If you have a 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. Visit the Volunteer Opportunities page

For a more comprehensive schedule visit Complete schedule link

The OES Visual and Performing Arts Department and Music Department are proud to present the 2017 All School 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 6:55 pm. At 6:55 pm, 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: boxoffice@oes.edu

We look forward to seeing you at Shrek the Musical!

Ticket reservations begin Friday, Feb 2nd:

RSVP at:  www.oes.edu/theater

Just a reminder that we will be holding a meeting in the evening of Monday, March 5th, for students, chaperones and parents.  Travelers will begin with the swim assessment at 3:30 (see details below) followed by a meeting at 5 pm (students & teachers). We ask that parents join us at 6 pm in room 60. The meeting will last until 7 pm.  Please make sure that you have no conflicts on this evening.  (We think that the US choir will be performing in the Winter concert on the 5th.  If you are in the choir, please check times with Adam Steele.  You can probably do both the full meeting and perform in the choir.)  

The plan is for all travelers to meet at Harman Swim Center (on Scholls Ferry just past Denney Road) at 3:30, and then we'll return to campus as a group for the rest of the meeting. Students - please make arrangements to miss any after school athletics or activities on March 5 and remember to bring your swimsuit!  For the assessment, you will most likely be asked to swim 200 meters.

Thank you.

Peter Langley, Amanda Weber-Welch, Jenny Cleveland

Student and faculty Winterim groups will meet on March 9, and Winterim begins March 15. Be sure to ask your student what they have learned about their group, and if you have any questions about the course, please contact the course leaders or the Winterim Director, Christina Meyerhoff.

“Developing Winning Learners and Leaders”

Saturday, March 10, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

Registration Limited to 400 students from across the state. 

Each school will be limited to 20 participants. 

Asking student-athletes to be leaders without preparing them for the responsibility is unfair. Often much is expected of our leaders, but seldom do we intentionally teach them the necessary skills in order for them to succeed. The Oregon Girls Sports Leadership Summit is designed to give female student-athletes with an interest in leadership the same instruction, encouragement, and practice that we give athletes before competition. This summit is recommended for all female student athletes in grades 9-12. This exciting summit will be jam-packed! Over the course of the day we will celebrate the history of Title IX, enjoy keynote motivational speakers, and collaborate in break out sessions that will include hot button topics like, defining my leadership style, what are my values as a leader and where will sports help take me in my future. Students will “Explore” what it takes to be a leader, “Connect” with their peers, “Commit” to leadership, and “Create” their own leadership style, with female students from around the state of Oregon. 

Attention OES students, Faculty and parents: if you are interested in being involved in the planning and execution of this event or are interested in attending, please contact Missy Smith-founder and director of The Oregon Girls Sports Leadership Summit.

Looking for a fun and easy way to help bring magic to the auction? Then we have just the thing for you! Donate to your child’s grade Class Basket!  Each class has a unique theme and the items needed to fill each basket vary in both size and dollar amount. It can be as easy as a gift card, a quick trip to the store, or a cash donation so we can do the shopping for you! Join us in enhancing our children's education by clicking on the link below, signing up for an item (the items on the signup event are just suggestions—feel free to come up with your own item to include), and bringing the item(s) to the Upper School office by February 15th. Please remember to fill out a contribution form with your donation. They are located in the class basket bins in the office, or you may complete one online at: oes.edu/auction on the upper right side, under "Donation." Please contact Janice Pulley with any questions. Thank you for making our school dreams come true!  

 9th grade sign up link

10th  grade sign up link

11th grade sign up link

12th grade sign up link

OES is offering two more SAT and one ACT prep classes this spring. We are giving priority to juniors. However, we may have some spaces available for sophomores, and for classes that fill, we will also start a wait list in case of cancellations. Class details are offered below.

The last two classes will involve taking a full practice test on Saturday and then reviewing and correcting answers on Sunday.


Prep Class for May 5 SAT - $300
Saturdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28 and Sunday, April 29 / 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Prep Class for Jun 2 SAT - $300
Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26 and Sunday, May 27 / 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Prep Class for June 9 ACT - $300
Saturdays, May 12, 19, 26, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 / 1:00-4:00 pm

  • To register, fill out the form here.
  • All classes include the appropriate book below.
  • Billing will be added through your student account.
  • Cancel 2 weeks prior to first class for full refund.


The Official SAT Study Guide: College Board 2018 edition
The Official ACT Prep Guide 2018 edition


Dear Parents and Students,

I’m writing to you in order to outline a few details and particulars of the test preparatory courses that I will be teaching this spring and summer. Each class will focus on strategies specific to the SAT and ACT as well as general test-taking skills and will center generally on one content section including Math, English, and Reading (and, to a lesser extent, Science) for the ACT and Reading, Writing, and Math for the SAT. The final weekend will be spent putting all of the skills together to practice and ensure that students are ready and confident on test day. During each three-hour module, I will provide a lesson for the given section and then allow students ample time to practice. We will work on general strategies and potential tricks, repetition and consistency, time management skills, test-taking strategies and techniques, and breaking down difficult concepts to make them easier to process. I often encourage students to discover answers themselves as the ultimate goal is for them to become independent, self-confident learners, both on this test and in education generally. I am keenly aware of the particular pressures associated with these exams and I believe it is an important part of my job to help assuage student’s anxiety about standardized testing. I will work very hard to help every student succeed in whatever strategy is needed while also emphasizing that each student is unique and that I can make no guarantee for any student’s test scores and/or improvement. I feel honored to have the opportunity to work with each student and to join the OES community.


Eli Ronick

Bio for Eli Ronick

Eli brings over 10 years of teaching and tutoring experience to OES. He is a current adjunct professor in the World Languages and Literatures Department at Portland State University and has taught at the University of Portland. Before attending graduate school, he taught at a variety of schools in Portland including The Ivy School, Benson High School, and Lane Middle School as well as for two years in Seville, Spain, at Josefa Frias CEIP under a cultural exchange scholarship. Eli has taught the SAT and ACT for over 10 years and is the owner and head tutor of Tutors on Tires (tutorsontires.weebly.com), a private tutoring company in Portland that specializes in high school test prep. In his spare time, he loves to be outside biking, hiking, playing sports and inside researching and writing about modern Latin American and Spanish Civil War era cinema.

If your child—in any grade—is looking for a way to earn Service Learning hours, design a Service-Learning Project, or use his or her Power for Good, the Service-Learning Opportunities Page is regularly updated with new options. I also push Service Learning requests through email, so remind your child to check his or her email regularly. You will also find on the website all the details of the Service-Learning Requirement. Seniors must have their Service Learning requirements completed (including all paperwork) by 3 pm on Friday, May 25. That is a firm deadline. Questions? Contact Kara Tambellini, 503-416-9308.

Alex S, Alma N, and Maya L are doing a service project in NE Portland through SEI to help develop a lacrosse program for youth who would not otherwise have access to the game of lacrosse. 

We are doing a GEAR DRIVE for both girls and guys lacrosse gear!!! There will be bins in the high school and the middle school. Please donate any extra lacrosse gear you may have (cleats, goggles, sticks, pads, helmets)!


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 dropoff 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 dropoff 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!

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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.


Questions?: Email Rebecca Thompson or Carol Bull

Upcoming Events:

  • Junior College Panel, Tuesday, February 6, 7:00-9:00 pm, MS Commons
  • Speakers include Eric Staab, Dean of Admission and Financial Aid at Kalamazoo College and Lisa Meyer, Dean of Enrollment and Communication at Lewis and Clark College. Eric has also worked at Grinnell, St. Olaf, and the University of Chicago, and Lisa has worked at Whittier, Scripps, Pitzer, the University of La Verne, and Pacific University.  Mary Slayton, mother of Calla Slayton ’16, will be the parent speaker.
    Juniors will have time with the college representatives on Tuesday afternoon during school.
  • Gap Year Fair, Thursday, February 15, 6:00 pm, Cleveland High School. To register, click here.

SAT/ACT Test Prep Classes

Prep Class for May 5 SAT - $300
Saturdays, April 7, 14, 21, 28 and Sunday, April 29 / 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Prep Class for Jun 2 SAT - $300
Saturdays, May 5, 12, 19, 26 and Sunday, May 27 / 9:00 am-12:00 pm

Prep Class for June 9 ACT - $300
Saturdays, May 12, 19, 26, June 2 and Sunday, June 3 / 1:00-4:00 pm

  • To register, fill out the form here.
  • All classes include the appropriate book below.
  • Billing will be added through your student account.
  • Cancel 2 weeks prior to first class for full refund.


The Official SAT Study Guide: College Board 2018 edition
The Official ACT Prep Guide 2018 edition


Please note the following test dates and registration deadlines. Enter the school code when you register (380915) and if you are taking the ACT, it is important to include the optional writing test. There is a late registration deadline for each test date that requires an additional fee. See the testing websites for additional information.

SAT/ACT Dates and (Registration Deadline):

SAT testing

  • March 10 (2/9, late 2/28)
  • May 5 (4/6, late 4/25)
  • June 2 (5/3, late 5/23)

ACT testing

  • April 14 (3/9, late 3/23)
  • June 9 (5/4, late 5/18)
  • July 14 (6/15, late 6/22)
  • 9th Grade PAL -- Next meeting: April 3 (Tuesday), 8:00 am, DVR. Questions? Contact Kristin Bradley
    • Upcoming meetings: 4/3, 5/7
  • 10th Grade PAL -- Next meeting: April 9, 8:00 am, DVR. Questions? Contact Clare Rathbone
    • Upcoming meeting: 5/14
  • 11th Grade PAL -- Next meeting: February 20 (Tuesday), 8:00 am, DVR. Questions? Contact Alicia Morissette
    • Upcoming meetings: 4/16, 5/21
  • 12th Grade PAL -- Next meeting: February 26, 8:00 am, DVR. Questions? Contact Jennifer Hapke
    • Upcoming meetings: 4/23, 5/29

Monthly PAL minutes are accessible when logged into the Parent Portal in PCR. Just click on the link for PCL and PAL Meeting Summaries. You can see all upcoming Parent Leadership Meetings by going to the Parents section of our website at oes.edu/parents.

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