OES Begins a New Year!
New energy and old traditions filled the air on Wednesday as our entire OES community gathered around the Belltower to celebrate the advent of a new school year! Employees, parents, special friends, and of course our wonderful students came together in recognition of this always-special day.
OES Head of School Mo Copeland, Board President Elizabeth Gewecke, each of our three Divisional Chaplains, 2017–18 student body president Jack M. '18, and the Rt. Rev. Michael Hanley, Bishop of the Episcopal Diocese of Oregon (pictured below) took turns speaking to the assembled Aardvark family.
"We are ready to go," remarked Mo. "We are ready to embrace the learning and discovery that are at the heart of OES." Bishop Hanley told a lively and engaging story about unexpected gifts and new beginnings, while Jack challenged every person present, no matter their role, to form deeper connections with others in the coming year.
Following these poignant offerings, the fifth-grade Class of 2025 proceeded to ring the great bell at the heart of our campus 148 times: one peal for each year that St. Helen's Hall/Oregon Episcopal School has been open. And as is the custom, each student shook hands with both Jack and Mo before heading off to start this year's learning adventures.
Welcome back to all!
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