Community Life

"Gathering makes me feel like I have a stronger connection with the OES community. Being able to hear the voices of your fellow classmates and see the faces while they are making announcements, brings us all together in a special way." Senior


Gatherings at OES provide a safe, playful, and valuable forum for student leadership, the sharing of important and timely announcements, the honoring of celebrations and transitions, and the thoughtful and civil reflection on our shared values.

Gatherings of our entire school community (including parents, staff and alumni) take place three times a year, and include the Opening of School Belltower Gathering, St. Nick’s Chapel, and Mt. Hood Climb Service Day Belltower Gathering.


Chapel in each division offers a sacred and inclusive space for intentional conversation and reflection. While grounded in the Episcopal tradition, Chapel provides opportunities for students to share, honor and seek value in the rich variety of religious traditions. In doing so, all are encouraged to explore their spiritual growth, and to contemplate their innate responsibility to the greater good of our world.

Retreat of Fun

The boarding community hosts an annual Retreat of Fun, inviting day students who have participated in the Backyard Exchange Program to join in this weekend of music, food, water, and fun!


Homecoming at OES is celebrated by all divisions with a week of activities including Spirit Week and an all community BBQ between Varsity soccer games.

Middle and Upper School Socials

Socials include a variety of fun activities beyond dancing, like ping pong, board games, and movies. Upper School Socials include: Homecoming, Semi-Formal, and Prom. Middle School Socials include a fall and spring social.

Lower School Fall Festival and Picnic

This is an annual event for Lower School families with family-friendly games, music, and fun food!

Grandparent and Special Friends Day

Each November, OES invites Grandparents and Special Friends to campus for breakfast and time in the classrooms with their students.

Aardvark Science Expo

Aardvark Science Expo is a science, engineering, computer science, and math research competition for Upper School students. Students with their research poster boards are interviewed by professional judges and celebrated at an evening awards ceremony.