MS Messenger

March 15

 Hearts out to Mittleman Jewish Community Center and Portland Jewish Academy 

NOTE FROM HEAD OF MIDDLE SCHOOL ANN SULZER

We are constantly trying to help students see that they can contribute to positive change and be that “power for good” that we aspire to in our Mission Statement. This week, students shared the notes you see above with the Mittleman JCC and Portland Jewish Academy in response to a bomb threat that their community received last week. We know that this is connected to a string of anti-Semitic attacks that have taken place around the country and here in Portland. In moments like this, it is easy to feel helpless or angry, particularly as an adolescent who feels fairly powerless on a regular basis. When we can offer opportunities that are positive, when we provide chances to be allies, and when our students see the power of compassion, we are creating leaders who will carry the OES Mission statement far into the world beyond the work we do in our classrooms and hallways.

As you head into Spring Break in the coming weeks, I wish you all relaxation and rejuvenation, possibly some sunshine here or elsewhere, and safe travels.

PARENT HAPPENINGS 

March 15 - 24

8th Grade Language Trips & Portland Plunge

March 27 - 31

Spring Break: NO SCHOOL

April 3

Classes Resume

April 6
6:00PM - 8:00PM 

Community Conversations: "What's in a Label? Thinking about Diversity and Racial Categories"
Speaker: Ann Su
LS Library 

April 10
8:00AM - 9:00AM 

MS PAL Meeting
MS Commons 

April 10
6:30PM - 7:30PM 

MS FCD (Freedom from Chemical Dependency) Parent Info Night
MS Commons  

April 12 
8:00AM - 9:30AM 

Parent Community Link (PCL)
DVR 

April 12
6:00PM - 7:30PM 

An Exploration of Community Partnerships at OES
MS Commons  

April 14 

Good Friday: SCHOOL IS OPEN

April 20
6:00PM - 7:30PM 

7th Grade Science Inquiry Night
MS Commons 

April 26 - 27

Great OES Book Swap (GOBS)
US Library 

April 28
7:00PM - 9:00PM  

MS Spring Social
MS Commons 

Please note that new information to the Messenger each week will be marked *New* or *Updated.* Scroll below for details. Please submit your news and updates to Kate Barker Swindell: swindellk@oes.edu. Thank you!

HERE'S WHAT'S NEW OR UPDATED THIS WEEK:

Please Be a Thoughtful Driver *New*
Soy Nut Butter Recall *New*
Pi Day Praises *New*
New Arrivals at OES School Store *New*
Aardy Auction Was a Huge Success! *New*

PLEASE BE A THOUGHTFUL DRIVER *NEW*

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!

Accordingly, 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 clarkc@oes.edu. Thank you.

SOY NUT BUTTER RECALL *NEW*

As you may be aware, the SoyNut Butter Co. is recalling its I.M.Healthy Original Creamy SoyNut Butter due to a nationwide E. coli outbreak linked to its products. Bon Appetit at OES only serves the Wowbutter soy butter brand to our school community so the recall does not affect the soy butter served by Bon Appetit.  http://www.wowbutter.com/

PI DAY PRAISES *NEW*

Thank you to our generous 6th grade parent pie bakers, pie servers and pie cleaner-uppers. This year's tremendous Pi Day was both educational and delicious and we couldn't have done it without you!
-- Karen Seder and Ann von Ofenheim

NEW ARRIVALS AT OES SCHOOL STORE *NEW*

Cycling Jerseys are now available in the School Store!  Be sure to contact Madeleine (menashem@oes.edu) if you're interested!  Store hours are 2:00PM - 4:00PM each school day, and by appointment. The Store is located in the Morris House, below Admissions.



AARDY AUCTION WAS A HUGE SUCCESS! *NEW*

Oh, What a Night! The song might not be from the ’80s, but the title pretty much sums it up. We came, we saw, we rocked it like a hurricane

THANK YOU. On behalf of the most amazing team of volunteers ever assembled, thank you for your generosity. Your bids, purchases, and paddle raises resulted in $530,000 in auction revenue. With this money, we can continue to support AASK, provide our teachers with professional development opportunities, and tackle some much needed projects that would not happen otherwise. The phrase “we couldn’t have done it without you” is used so frequently as to become trite, but please know it took every single person at the Auction and many others who weren’t in attendance to pull this all together.

In fact, the 377 attendees enjoyed a fabulous event that happened because of the work of 105 volunteers, both on Saturday night and throughout the year. Volunteers who logged data entry hours, created class projects, solicited businesses for donations and advertising, planned parties, loaded trucks full of items to bring to the event, cleaned it all up once it was over, and much, much more. These volunteers gave countless hours of their time to make this Auction the best it could possibly be, and it was!

Well done, OES! You are like, totally awesome!

If you were not able to attend the auction, you can still consider signing up for an easel party. Several are not yet full. These are a great way to donate to the cause and have fun with other members of our OES community.  The options include:

Lower School Basketball Clinic

On Saturday, September 16, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. in the OES Gym, Lower School Students can join Dino Tanner, former OSU point guard and owner of Tanner Sports for a morning filled with skills, drills and pointers. Dino is a private basketball trainer and coach, as well as the coach of the OES girls’ middle school team. Lunch and drinks will be provided. The cost is $25. per guest.

Middle School Volleyball Clinic

On Saturday, October 14, 2017 at 9:00am.in the OES gym, Middle School Students can join Volleyball Coach Jennifer Horman and Assistant Athletic Director Missy Smith for a 3 hour volleyball clinic. Work on serving, passing, setting, blocking and more! Snacks will be provided. The cost is $25. per guest.

Adults Only ’80’s Party

Here's your chance to relive your youth! We parents will tear it up on Saturday, September 16, 2017, at 7:00 P.M., a party at the Multnomah Arts Center, kicking it old school style in their auditorium. Great food, wine, and beer will sustain you while you jam out to the sounds of '80's cover band GS3. All the fun of your youth; this will be one for the ages!

All party Sign ups are here.

MS SPRING SPORTS UPDATE 

MS Spring Sports are here!  Practice schedules up to spring break can be found on the OES Athletics website. The scheduling meeting for lacrosse is in late March, and the website will be updated during spring break. -- Dennis Sullivan, OES Athletic Director

ATTENTION 8TH GRADE PARENTS: UPPER SCHOOL COURSE REGISTRATION 

Upper School Course Registration for 9th graders is on Monday, May 15, 7:00PM - 8:30PM. This event is for all students entering 9th grade in Fall 2017 and their parents. Join us to meet new students in your grade and register for classes. Watch for more information this spring!

SIGNUPS FOR INTEREST IN VOLUNTEER LEADERSHIP POSITIONS FOR 2017-2018 

It is time to start thinking ahead to our next school year. The Parent Community Link (PCL) is looking for people to help lead our many volunteer efforts. Please take a moment to investigate the different volunteer leadership positions open for Lower, Middle and Upper School for 2017-2018.
 
Please express your interest in being considered for a specific position by clicking the following link – Interest in Volunteer Leadership Positions for 2017-2018
 
By clicking “Sign-up,” you are expressing interest and will be contacted by a representative from PCL. All interested individuals will be contacted by members of PCL between March and April to determine if a placement might work and to discuss options. We look forward to hearing from you!
 
Please also feel free to contact Courtney Fitzloff (PCL Chair) or Ruchi Prakash (All School Volunteer Coordinator) with any questions.
 
Thank you for your consideration! 

BASKETBALL UNIFORM COLLECTION IN MS OFFICE

With winter sports coming to a close and spring sports about to get rolling, it is now time to get those basketball uniforms turned in. There is a box in the MS office labeled "Uniforms" so you can easily drop them off. Please get those uniforms in ASAP so that they can be inventoried and will be ready for next season. Thanks! --  Missy Smith

ADMISSIONS: ONLINE HEALTH AND PERMISSION FORMS FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR ARE DUE MAY 1 

Paper forms (as applicable) to be completed and returned to OES by August 1:

Physical Forms (required for students who will be in Grades K, 7, 9, and 11 in the 2017-2018):

Allergy Information Form and Action Plan – Update annually
Asthma Action Plan – Update annually

6TH GRADE MATH CLUB SCHEDULE CHANGE 

Please note that the 6th grade math club has been changed to Fridays from 3:30PM - 4:30PM in RGS. Please email Ann von Ofenheim if you have questions.

FOESL AND GOBS

Friends of OES Libraries (FOESL) is starting to coordinate this year's Great OES Book Swap (GOBS), planned for the week of April 24. As we move from hosting GOBS every other year to every year, this is a great time to get involved.

If you were inspired to clear out your bookshelves over winter break or as part of a New Year's resolution, please save your books to share at GOBS!  We will look forward to collecting gently used children's, young adult, and adult books (no textbooks, please) to share and exchange within our community this spring, with any remaining books being donated to local libraries or charities. We're likely to be able to start accepting donations the week of April 17.

Please also consider joining us at a future meeting of FOESL to help plan campus events that celebrate our community's love of books and reading, including author visits, literary festivals, and the now-annual GOBS event.  

Friendly people. Fun events. Small time commitment!

Upcoming meetings on Tuesday mornings 8:05AM - 9:30AM in the DVR:

  • April 18

  • May 23

Changes posted to FOESL website if any occur.

TECHNOLOGY TIPS FOR FAMILY TECH USE

Thanks to all who attended the November PAL Technology presentation or the follow up showing of Screenagers in December.  It is exciting to build the partnership between OES and the parent community around technology best practices. There are resources available from these events at this link.

Make sure you have a look at the tools available for you to have Family Agreement discussions around technology. The tool we have demonstrated is http://www.irules.co/builder/. While there are others that may suit your family or child's age better, it is a good start for most.  

Also, take a look at these relevant videos from Common Sense Media: Six Ways to Help your Kids Stop Multitasking During Homework and Teens and Tech: The New Landscape. Common Sense Media is an independent nonprofit organization dedicated to helping kids thrive in a world of media and technology. They offer resources for parents on all aspects of media technology: apps, movies, games and more.

MS MATH SUPPORT GOOGLE CALENDAR 

New Math Support Calendar is available on Middle School Resources Website.You may also access the direct link here: Google Calendar. Your children have been given a link to this calendar and we wanted to share it with you as well

HONEYWELL INSTANT ALERT - PLEASE REGISTER ASAP

It is important to be ready for what nature throws our way. OES contracts with an emergency announcement calling service that will notify families of school delays and closures and other emergencies. In order to receive these announcements, you must register with Honeywell Instant Alert. Learn more.

E-BOOK CHARGES ON STUDENT ACCOUNTS 

Students will be charged $12 for E-Book usage on their next student bill. Please contact Liz Weiler, US Math Department Chair, with questions.

MORNING ARRIVAL TIME IS 7:30AM

Please remember that our doors are unlocked at 7:30AM. Even if your child is let in by early arriving faculty or staff, there is no adult supervision until then. If you need to drop your child off earlier than 7:30AM, please make sure they go to the reception lobby in the main building where they can wait until the MS doors unlock.

ATTENDANCE NOTE

For ALL absences and appointments - planned or day-of - please email the office at msattend@oes.edu or call the office at 503-768-3127. These attendance emails go to Lisa, Marcy and Kate who collectively take care of entering your child's whereabouts into our database and letting teachers know who will be present, absent, leaving early or arriving late. Since our campus is spread out with band, choir, art and PE in different buildings, keeping track of all our students is sometimes tricky so we are most appreciative when parents communicate plans for their children's absences as far in advance as possible. Conversely, unless you need to let your child know about a change in their afterschool schedule, we do not need to be notified about afterschool plans. If you have any questions, please don't hesitate to contact us. Thank you so much! 

TECHNOLOGY IN THE MIDDLE SCHOOL 

MS Resources Website: Student Calendars, Class Updates and Helpful Resources

New this year, Middle School faculty are posting monthly updates about classes on the MS Resources website. This is the same site we use each year to provide student and family access to all MS class calendars. There are also links for the Daily Announcement display as well as OES Athletics, and a helpful list of “Who to Contact in the Middle School.” Please bookmark this site: https://sites.google.com/a/go.oes.edu/mshome/ or access it from the MS Messenger webpage under Helpful Resources.

TDAP VACCINE FOR 7TH GRADERS

Attention 7th Grade Parents: Per Oregon law, your child needs to be up to date on their TDAP booster. Please email the date of your child's latest TDAP/Tetanus booster to our school nurse, Elaine Elliott. If your child is not up to date with their booster, please contact your medical provider to complete this requirement.

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.

TRAFFIC REMINDERS

Please see www.oes.edu/traffic for maps and descriptions of the new drop off and pickup patterns this year. It is critical that you do not arrive early for pickup in the afternoon and that you adhere to the designated areas for drop off and pickup for all the children’s safety.

AN IMPORTANT MESSAGE FROM ELAINE ELLIOTT, SCHOOL NURSE

Dear OES Families,
As with many of our school policies and protocols, there is occasionally the need to review, clarify and revise both current language and best practice. I am pleased to let you know that the "OES Food and Allergy Policy" has now been updated.
In keeping with our Food and Allergy Policy, we are amending the title of our school program as “Allergy Aware.” While the title has changed, the practice of how we manage allergens in our dining halls and classrooms remains the same. Allergens will still be labeled in our dining halls, and special age-appropriate care and support will continue for all of our younger students. In collaboration with Bon Appetit, we will continue to ban nuts and nut products from all of our dining halls and classrooms.
I invite you to read through our policy: OES Food and Allergy Policy
As always, please feel free to contact me with any questions or concerns elliotte@oes.edu.
Warm Regards,
Elaine Elliott

MS FRIENDLY REMINDERS

MS Doors Open at 7:30AM. If your child arrives before that, please be aware that the Great Hall is open to students to wait.

Attendance: Please email msattend@oes.edu or call 503-768-3127 if your child will be late or absent from school.

Afternoon Change of Plans: Please email msattend@oes.edu or call 503-768-3127 only if your child is not aware of changes to their afternoon pick up plans. We ask that you kindly inform us of these changes by 2:00PM. We will leave a note on your child's locker. All school bus related questions should go to Robbi Garvin.

After 3:05PM, the best way to locate your child (if they are working with a teacher or in Extension) is to call or email the Director of the After School Program, Meghan Powers, 503-416-9299 or powersm@oes.edu.

 

 


 

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