Updated Wednesday, March 22nd
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(NEW) A MESSAGE FROM DAVID LOWELL
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 (firstname.lastname@example.org) and your child's teacher.
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 email@example.com. 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
(NEW) AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM OUR NURSE
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.
- Generalized Abdominal Discomfort
- Headache first, then nausea
(NEW) IMPORTANT MESSAGE REGARDING OUR NEIGHBORS
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 BehrenDirector of FacilitiesOregon Episcopal Schoolvonbehrenj@oes.edu
(NEW) SPRING READING! A MESSAGE FROM THE LIBRARY
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 firstname.lastname@example.org before the start of the day.
CONTACTING LOWER SCHOOL OFFICE OR EXTENSIONS
- For all plan changes and absences, please email email@example.com 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.
(NEW) CHAPLAIN'S CORNER
- April 4 Hidden Stories
- April 11 Passover
- April 18 Easter
(NEW) FAMILY FUN NIGHT
VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP POSITIONS FOR 2017-2018
Signups are here for Interest in Volunteer Leadership Positions for 2017-2018
SAFETY – EMERGENCY NOTIFICATION SYSTEMS
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.
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
HOW TO UPDATE YOUR CONTACT INFO
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 (parent.oes.edu) 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