Wednesday Express

Updated Wednesday, March 22nd

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as items are listed by date and (NEW) submissions may appear at the end.


Thank you to OES parents Hilary O’Hollaren, Diane Jones and their many volunteers for a highly successful auction.  Attendees made the most of the 80’s theme, with many exceptional commitments to bringing long lost fashion trends back to life, all the while enjoying each other’s company and raising funds for our school.

Last Friday I met with representatives from across the school for our annual calendar summit to work out many details of the OES 2017-18 calendar.  After Spring Break, Sage Carter will have updated the OES Web Calendar with key events for next year. 

Vacation - See the school’s policy about Elective Absences. If your child is not able to attend school the days before spring break or is returning late from break be sure to inform the Lower School Office ( and your child's teacher. 

Accident Outreach

An upper school student was recently hit by a car while riding his bike to school. The incident happened when a driver making a left-hand turn onto Vermont from Nicol Road turned into the cyclist who was crossing Vermont via the sidewalk. The student was not injured but his bike was damaged, and the cost to repair it was $75. If you are the person who hit this student, we hope you will help this community member by paying his repair costs. Please contact Corbet Clark Thank you

Lower School Daily Schedule

  • 7:30 - Recess supervision begins PK-5th grades
  • 7:50 – School begins, 1st – 5th Grades
  • 7:50 – Gentle Start begins for PK, K and Primary
  • 8:10 – School begins for PreK, K and Primary


  • Monday, April 3 – Regular Lower School Classes
  • Friday, April 14, Good Friday – Regular Lower School classes
  • Friday, June 16 – Last Day of Lower School Classes


Dear Parents,

Lately, we have seen an increasing number of students in the lower school with a stomach virus.  This strain is very contagious and we are trying to do all we can to prevent students from contracting it.  

Please help us by monitoring your child for these symptoms and keeping them home from school if you suspect they are ill with:
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Generalized Abdominal Discomfort 
  • Fever
  • Headache first, then nausea
If your child does get sick, according to the Washington County Health Department, your child needs to be symptom free for 24hours before returning to school. The health department recommends washing your child's clothes in hot water and using a bleach solution to disinfect areas, especially bathrooms. 
As we are doing in the classes, please help us to remind your child to wash their hands often and especially before meals and direct contact with others.  Hand sanitizers are not effective with this virus.  We are hoping with Spring Break almost upon us, that this will be the end of the cycle for this virus!!
Thank you so much for your help!
Stay healthy!
Laura Moran, RN
Elaine Elliott, OES nurse 


OES often hears from our neighbors in the Montclair community about the volume and speed of school traffic driving through their neighborhood.  They report that this traffic has been particularly heavy in recent months.  There are no sidewalks on these streets, and this traffic feels dangerous to the frequent walkers.  Because we want to be good neighbors and honor these concerns, we ask our employees, students, and parents to avoid cutting through the neighborhood on Willowmere Drive and Westgate Way (the streets that intersect Nicol Road) on your way to and from OES.  We appreciate your cooperation in making our neighbors’ streets safer! 

Jon von Behren
Director of Facilities
Oregon Episcopal School


Spring Cleaning?  No way!  Spring Reading!  Besides relaxing and traveling, enjoy the extra time for reading over break.  We encourage you to track your reading and then share your book choices with us using either this form or your own list. We will be handing out reading forms all this week, so swing by the library to pick up yours (and a big stack of books!) Once we return, bring in your reading log and we just might have a little treat for you in return!
And why read? Study after study tells us that reading for pleasure:
Increases students’ engagement in learning, resulting in higher test scores and more positive attitudes about school and education
Improves reading achievement, which includes such things as as a strong vocabulary, a greater use of complex grammatical structures, and the development of a good writing style
Promotes cognitive development
Increases empathy and social skills
Is entertaining 
Is correlated with better health
Leads to a positive sense of well being
Reduces stress


Lower School classes begin at 7:50 AM Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday. Classes begin at 8:45 AM on Late Start Thursdays. Please plan to have your child here before the start time each day. It is very important for children to be in the classroom, jackets and backpacks put away, and materials ready at the beginning of class. Many classes start with a class meeting which set up each child for a successful day.

If you know your child will be absent or late please remember to send an email to before the start of the day.


As we move toward spring, we'd love to remind you about ways to contact the LS Office or Extension regarding your child's attendance or end-of-day plans:
  • For all plan changes and absences, please email or call the LS Office at 503-768-3143
  • To reach Extension about a class or after school activity, please call 503-416-9500.  After regular office hours these calls are transferred to an Extension cell phone to enable emergency calls regarding children currently in Extension between 3:15-6pm to get to the appropriate Extension staff. 
Thank you!


Three reflections occurred in Chapel this week. First, we honored the Hindu festival of Holi, listening to cellist David Eby share a story of Krisha. Continuing the celebration of spring, the fourth grade classes then taught us about water and their water fair on Thursday. Third, we gave our blessings to Ms. Simm's (moving), Ms. Williams (sabbatical) and the blessing of a safe delivery to Mrs. Griffin.   
Upcoming Chapels:
  • April 4       Hidden Stories
  • April 11     Passover
  • April 18     Easter 
Chaplain Heather+


It was so wonderful to see so many LS families at Family Fun Night! We hope everyone had a great time. We also wanted to thank all the incredible people that helped to make the event such a success. So a huge shout-out to the PE team, awesome parent volunteers, and the amazing US & MS students that graciously helped out as well. We could not have done it without all of you!
-Jennifer Young & Sonya King


Signups are here for Interest in Volunteer Leadership Positions for 2017-2018 

Read more about 2017-2018 Opportunities


OES contracts with an emergency announcement calling service that will notify families of school delays and closures. In order to receive these announcements, you must register with Honeywell Instant Alert. 

We strongly urge you to register with Honeywell Instant Alert in order to receive these messages. 

Enrollment Instructions
Instant Alert Sign-in Page


The sign up system is accessible online through SignUp with sign-ups available for the remainder of the school year. Please click the link below to access your specific teacher's volunteer sign-up link for "Scheduled Jobs" and "Projects":  

New to SignUp? No problem, it's easy to use! Click to find general info and instructions.  Please contact your room parent if you have any questions. 


When you have a new email address, phone number or other important contact information, what's the best way to let the school know about this important change? The OES Parent Portal ( was specifically designed to help you communicate those changes to us. That includes emergency contacts you might wish to add or edit. To access this feature simply log in to the portal, go to the Family page and choose the item you wish to edit from the list of links on the left-hand side. Keeping these details up-to-date is the best way to make sure we have correct information to communicate with and assist our families.


Friendly reminder: NEW Parent Volunteers must have a background check first before they can volunteer in your class. It is easy and convenient and it is all done on line. You may forward the links below to your new parents.

Here are the links for Background Check information:
Background Check link
Background Check FAQs


Thank you Kathleen Hicks for relaxing yoga.

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