Winter days inspire reflection and introspection.
NOTE FROM HEAD OF MIDDLE SCHOOL ANN SULZER
This year we have been piloting a new approach to our conversations and work with students that we call Community Commitments. Recognizing the power of Restorative Practices that value conversation and reflection, these five guidelines are dedicated to furthering that work, and they have become our grounding for who we are as a school and who we aspire to be. Hoping to make the Community Commitments more visible in our everyday lives, Andrea Rosselle and Jem Pritchard, who work with our art classes, and students across the Middle School, painted the lettering for the Community Commitments, and they are slowly going up on our walls. As Middle School teachers, we understand that learning at this time in life is built on a model of a spiral, and you continually circle back to the important lessons instead of presenting them once and hoping they stick. We hope by seeing these words every day, they will become not just a structure for our work together at OES, but a deeper understanding of who we are as individuals in the wider world.
Middle School Community Commitments:
- Respect yourself, others, and the environment.
- Build relationships.
- Recognize the impact of your actions.
- Respond constructively.
- Take responsibility.
Spring Sports Registration Due
|February 15 -17||
Middle School Student and Parent Conferences
|February 21 - 22
7:00PM - 8:30PM
8th Grade Acting Performance
|February 23 - 24||
Upper School Science Fair
12:30PM - 5:00PM
Warner Pacific Band Festival
6:30PM - 8:00PM
All School Instrumental Concert
MS PAL Meeting
Special Chapel for Ash Wednesday
All School Choral Concert
Parent Community Link (PCL)
The OES Eighties Auction
11:20AM - 11:50AM
6th Grade Pi Recitation Contest
8:15AM - 8:55AM
9:00AM - 9:45AM
6th Grade Pi Day
|March 15 - 24||
8th Grade Language Trips & Portland Plunge
|March 27 - 31||
SPRING BREAK: No School
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HERE'S WHAT'S NEW OR UPDATED THIS WEEK:
Special Chapel for Ash Wednesday Observance *New*
6th Grade Pi Day Celebration *New*
Aardy Auction Update *New*
OES Visual Arts and Performing Arts Department Presents "Animal Farm" *New*
Admissions: Online Health and Permission Forms for the 2017-2018 School Year Are Due May 1 *New*
New Arrivals at OES School Store *New*
6th Grade Math Club Schedule Change *New*
Spring Sports Registration - Due By Friday, February 17 *Updated*
SPECIAL CHAPEL FOR ASH WEDNESDAY OBSERVANCE *NEW*
Ash Wednesday takes place on Wednesday, March 1. The Middle School will have a special Chapel that morning at 11:20AM. Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of Lent, the forty days in the church season that lead to Easter. During Lent, many Christians engage in spiritual disciplines such as fasting, prayer, or helping those in need. It is a time when Christians take stock of their lives, notice obstacles that keep them from encountering God and intentionally try to “return” (or “repent”) and be in a right relationship with God and all people.
On Ash Wednesday, we follow the Episcopal practice of offering the “Imposition of Ashes.” The ashes come from blessed palm branches that have been burned (in advance). The Imposition of Ashes — when the ashes are placed on a person's forehead — are a tangible reminder that each of us is part of the cycle of all living things. As with any specifically Episcopal tradition offered at OES, students may choose if they wish to receive the Imposition of Ashes. I encourage you and your students to discuss Ash Wednesday, so that you can decide as a family whether receiving ashes is an appropriate choice.
On Tuesday, February 28, the entire school will celebrate “Mardi Gras,” or Fat Tuesday, by enjoying breakfast food for lunch. Historically, during Mardi Gras, people tried to use up all the fats or rich foods in their homes before the fasting season of Lent. Our Middle School students always look forward to this annual special lunch!
As with any Chapel, you are welcome to come on Ash Wednesday. Please contact me if you have any questions (firstname.lastname@example.org).
6TH GRADE PI DAY CELEBRATION *NEW*
The 6th graders are celebrating Pi Day on Tuesday, March 14. Math classes will be held in the commons for a variety of Pi activities including the consumption of pie! (E block is from 8:15AM - 8:55AM and F block is from 9:00AM - 9:45PM.) Ms. Seder and Ms. von welcome parents who would like to help serve Pi during the math classes. We also welcome any home made or store bought pies to be brought in on Pi Day. Please use the following link to volunteer to bring pie or serve pie during E or F block OES MS 16-17 6th Grade Pi Day. Remember to put your child’s name, teacher, and block on your pie. And please NO NUTS! If you have any questions about signing up please direct them to the MS Volunteer Coordinator Jodi Wilkins email@example.com.
AARDY AUCTION UPDATE *NEW*
It’s Prom Night on March 11 at Montgomery Park!
You want a most excellent time at the most happenin' event since the 1980s? Book on over to sign up, and then glam yourself up....
Choose among some bodacious ticket options quickly as ticket sales are on the rise!
- Homeroom tickets: Sign up as a couple, or come single for the choicest event since the 1980s! Decide later if you want to stay on campus (Montgomery Park) for Aardie’s “post-prom” activities.
- Varsity Seating: Get big time recognition in the yearbook (catalog), in addition to courtside seating.This is the perfect ticket if you’re in for Aardy’s Post Prom activities. If you and your nine BFFs are ready to go, set your Student Council Table now!
Class baskets this year are so gnarly: Are you down for a donation? Go to your class link at signup.com and bring in your fave contribution to make the basket just chill!
Pink Floyd might prefer our Wall of Wine: Grab your favorite bottles of red, white or something in between, valued at $25 or more and bring them in to add to the wall now. Champagne valued at $25 or more is also welcome.
Bodacious donations still welcome!!!
Consider one of the following donation ideas or come up with one of your own:
- Vacation home: A magical week or weekend at your secret mountain or beach hideaway would be totally ace!
- Airfare Mileage: Make a package even more glam and bring in some miles from your recent air travel missions!
- Gift Certificates Galore: Who’s up for dinner out? The Movies? Or a trip to Disneyland? Come up with your own rad idea, or check in with the Auction Office to see if there is something special to complete a package. A few that are always auction faves are those for hot hotels and B&Bs, rad restaurants, and sick special events.
OES VISUAL AND PERFORMING ARTS DEPARTMENT PRESENTS "ANIMAL FARM" *NEW*
OES Visual and Performing Art Department Presents:
By George Orwell
Adapted by Peter Hall
Music and Lyrics by: Adrian Mitchell and Richard Peaslee
March 1 - 4
Curtain rises at 7:00PM
Adapted from George Orwell’s political fable by the same title, Animal Farm, tells the tale of a group of animals who rebel against their human caretaker and overtake their yard with the intention of establishing equality, freedom, and happiness for all. Inevitably, however, the new rule becomes a cruel tyranny of its own led by the pigs.
Seating will be available to reserve starting on February 17, on a first-come, first-served basis.
Please visit the OES Greenroom Blog for more information and seat reservation link.
Directed by: David Gomes
Instrumental Music Director: Nancy Teskey
Vocal Music Director: Jeri Haskins
ADMISSIONS: ONLINE HEALTH AND PERMISSION FORMS FOR THE 2017-2018 SCHOOL YEAR ARE DUE MAY 1 *NEW*
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):
NEW ARRIVALS AT OES SCHOOL STORE *NEW*
Cycling Jerseys will soon be available in the School Store! Be sure to contact Madeleine (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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.
6TH GRADE MATH CLUB SCHEDULE CHANGE *NEW*
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.
SPRING SPORTS REGISTRATION – DUE BY FEBRUARY 17 *UPDATED*
We rely on this registration for scheduling and hiring, so please respond by this Friday, February 17. Please click on this link, enter your child's name, and click on which sport they would like to play this spring. If your child does not plan on participating this spring please enter your child's name and click "none."
Thank you! Dennis Sullivan, OES Athletic Director
JUDGES REQUIRED FOR UPPER SCHOOL SCIENCE FAIR
The Upper School Aardvark Science Fair is looking for parents/grandparents to judge their projects. If you don’t have any kids attending the OES Upper School, you are eligible to judge Upper School science projects. It is a requirement that you have a science/engineering education or work related experience.
The Aardvark Science Exposition is also known as the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair OES-Affiliated Science Research Competition. It is a science, engineering, computer science and math research competition for OES students in 9th to 12th grade. Students with their research poster boards are interviewed by judges and celebrated at the evening awards ceremony.
US Aardvark Science Fair judging is on Friday, February 24, 2017 during school hours at the SPARC (The OES Sports and Recreational Center located at 6699 SW Oleson Road, Portland, OR) and it will be a 4-5 hour commitment.
This is a rough schedule of the fair:
8:00AM - Orientation- Hot breakfast for judges
8:30AM - 10:00AM - Judges view exhibits
10:00AM -12:30PM - Student Interviews
12:30PM - 2:30 PM - Selection of finalists (lunch included)
Please go to www.nwse.org and sign up to judge the Aardvark Science Expo. This will enable you to choose your category and to view abstracts before the fair. If you have any additional questions, please email Tanya Horvat
We need around 70 judges. Thanks for volunteering!
VOLUNTEERS REQUIRED FOR UPPER SCHOOL SCIENCE FAIR
We require volunteers to supervise visitors during the Open House at the annual Aardvark Science Expo. Main responsibilities will be greeting visitors, helping folks locate bathrooms or drinking fountains, and reminding folks to behave and not touch the exhibits or toss tennis balls. It is also a nice opportunity to peruse the exhibits.
US Aardvark Science Fair volunteers are required on Thursday, February 23, 2017 during school hours from 8:00AM – 5:00PM in 2-hour shifts, at SPARC (The OES Sports and Recreational Center located at 6699 SW Oleson Road, Portland, OR) and it will be a 1-2 hour commitment.
To sign up, please click the link here - Volunteers for US Science Fair. If you have questions please email Bevin Daglen
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:
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.
8TH GRADE SCIENCE INQUIRY PROJECT INFORMATION
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.
For ALL absences and appointments - planned or day-of - please email the office at email@example.com 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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com or call 503-768-3127 if your child will be late or absent from school.
Afternoon Change of Plans: Please email firstname.lastname@example.org 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 email@example.com.