Voice Newsletter

March 8, 2017



The cast and crew of the musical Animal Farm, presented March 1-4. Awesome job, everyone! (Photo credit: John Holloran.)


Winterim is just around the corner.  Students and teachers are engaged in preparation work for courses that will take them to experiences as broad as international travel and local service. This program is a hallmark of our commitment to engagement in our community, both local and global, as well as an opportunity for refreshment and renewal. A reminder that successful completion of Winterim each year is a requirement for graduation.

The winter musical, “Animal Farm,” just ended a successful run in the Great Hall. It was a wonderful, zany, thought-provoking production involving actors, puppeteers, musicians, and tech crew. Congratulations and thanks to all those who contributed to this effort. The spring one-act plays, written by the Playwriting class, are holding auditions this week, open to all students.

A reminder about bike safety on Nicol Road and on the OES campus: We have students and employees who commute by bike to school. Recently an Upper School student on a bike was struck by a car on Nicol Road. Fortunately, he wasn’t hurt (though the bike was damaged). Please exercise extreme caution on Nicol Road and on campus and give bikes plenty of space.

And another reminder that school will resume after Spring Break on Monday, April 3rd (not the 4th, as originally scheduled). 


March 11 OES Auction, 5:00 pm, Montgomery Park
March 12 Sophomore Cultural Event, 5:30 pm, Artists Repertory Theater
March 16-23 Winterim
March 20 9th Grade College Parent Night, 7:00 pm, Great Hall
March 24 No US Classes
March 27-31 Spring Break
April 3 Classes Resume (C day added)
April 4 9th Grade PAL Meeting, 8:00 am, DVR
April 6 Community Conversation - What's in a Label? Thinking about Diversity and Racial Categories - Speaker: Ann Su, 6:00 pm, LS Library
April 7 Senior Pictures, 7:45 am - 1:00 pm, US Project Rm
April 12 PCL, 8:00 am, DVR


Honeywell Instant Alert
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.

Attendance REMINDER
Please remember to call or email in advance if your child is going to miss school or be late for any reason. Doing so will help us keep your child safe. Email USAttend or call US Attendance Coordinator, Kim Groh, at (503) 768-3169.

John Holloran Athletic Event Galleries
For more photos by John Holloran (Director of Studies/Upper School History Teacher), please visit his SmugMug account. Often we feature his photos in the VOICE and this is a great way for you to see them all!

OES Food & Allergy Policy
I invite you to read through our policy: OES Food and Allergy Policy.
Please contact OES Nurse, Elaine Elliott, with any questions or concerns (elliotte@oes.edu).


The Sophomore Cultural Event is an annual outing, one that is underwritten by an endowment fund, one that helps students develop their ties to each other and their identity as a class.

This event is part of our class social curriculum and all 10th grades students are expected to attend - play tickets and food has to be arranged well ahead of time (no assessments will be due for Sophomores on Monday).

Students should dress for a nice cultural event where they will be ambassadors for the school. 

This year’s 10th grade class has tickets to “Feathers & Teeth” at
Artists Repertory Theater  Sunday Night (March 12) 7:30 pm.

OES school buses will transport students from OES to the venue and back.

Beginning time:
Arrive at OES 5:30pm for dinner
The event begins with a specially prepared/catered gourmet Japanese-themed meal that students have helped arrange with Bon Appetit and Bamboo Sushi

Leave OES by school bus at 6:45 pm 

Arrive at Artists Repertory Theater  (1515 SW Morrison St.) at 7:15 pm

Play Begins 7:30 pm - 9:30pm

End Time: 
Buses return students to OES by 10 pm.

Students need to ride together with us on the bus to the Theater

Parents can arrange with John Holloran, the Head Class Advisor, to be picked up afterward from the Theater.

If you are interested in chaperoning and would like to join us for the show, John is likely to have a few extra tickets…(dinner included).


Winterim 2017 begins on March 16! If your child is participating in a trip for Winterim this year you should have  heard from the trip leader with details,. All Winterim groups will meet this Friday, March 10, during X period - be sure to ask your student what s/he learns about their course! 

Winterim is a fun, educational, community-building time for all upper school students. It's a chance for all of us to immerse ourselves in one area of study, and to work with a new group of people in a unique way. Having a large chunk of time also enables us to have some flexibility in our schedule in order to take advantage of opportunities in the community that don't fit within the school day. Please ask your child if there will be any days when their Winterim class will begin early or return to campus later than 3:00. Full participation in Winterim each year is a graduation requirement. If your child gets sick during Winterim, please let us know of their absence just as you would any other time during the school year. 

If you have questions prior to Winterim, please contact Christina Meyerhoff.


It’s Like Totally time for Aardy to get jamming!!!

You don’t need to be at the head of the class to get a seat at this year’s auction.  After Monday March 6, call 503-768-3156 to purchase your tickets. 

Start your bidding early when you check out the class projects!
You’ll be down to bid early and often when you see this year’s class art projects.  These big time works of art were on display during Lower School Conferences.  If you cannot attend the auction, you can still bid on the project through Friday 3/10 with an absentee bid.

Look in your mailbox for your catalog.  EVERY family gets an Auction Catalog this year.  You can also view it online here.

NOTE:  If you want to be part of the fun, but can’t get to the auction, then break the rules.  Just click on this link to sign yourself up for an absentee bid

Get your Golden Ticket
Don’t get burned and miss the opportunity of the decade to win your favorite Live Package for just $100.  That’s right! You can purchase your Golden raffle ticket(s) right here.  Only 250 tickets will be sold, so don’t get caught in the cold.   Look through your catalog for descriptions of each package. Tickets will be sold through the night of the auction as long as supplies last.  You need not be present to win.


Friends of the Dorm community, Spring Break is nearly upon us and some of our dorm students are in need of a home-stay for that week: 3/25 to 4/2/17. If you are able to host a student, please email Brad Hoffman.  Thank you.



We are going to set a brilliant record: Robin's goal is that ALL Seniors will have submitted ALL required Service Project Proposals before Spring Break. This has never been accomplished before, but the great class of 2017 is going to do it. Only 6 more Proposals to go... BRAVO, '17!

Students of all classes who are enrolled in Winterims with a service component: Remember, you still have to turn in paperwork or submit Proposals to get your SLcredit. 

As always, lots of SL info for all grade levels on the SL website


It is time to start thinking ahead to our next school year. The Parent Community Link 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 2017-18

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 Parent Community Link 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 (Parent Community Link Chair) or Ruchi Prakash (All School Volunteer Coordinator) with any questions.

Thank you for your consideration! 

Courtney Fitzloff (PCL Chair) and Ruchi Prakash (All School Volunteer Coordinator) 


Online Health & Permission Forms 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 school year)

Allergy Information Form and Action Plan – update annually
Asthma Action Plan – update annually
Driving Permission Form (Boarding students – update annually)
Overnight Permission Form (Boarding students – update annually)


    Friends of OES Libraries (FOESL) is starting to coordinate this year's Great OES Book Swap (GOBS), planned for the week of April 24th.  

    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 17th.

    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 8:05 - 9:30 am in the DVR:

    April 18th
    May 23rd

    Changes posted to FOESL website if any occur.


    Qs?: Rebecca Thompson, rebecca.n.thompson@gmail.com


    Attention all Junior Parents - the Grad Party volunteer "Sign Up" link is open!

    Every year, the current 11 grade parents host an all-night party for the graduating seniors. This event provides the graduates with a fun, safe and memorable night to close out their OES experience.

    This is an OES tradition, and 11 grade parents will receive the same benefit next year when our kids graduate. As you can imagine, it will take a lot of volunteers to help run the event and we'd love to have 100% participation from our 71 local 11th grade families.

    The date is June 16th 2017 (Friday) to early morning of June 17th 2017 (Saturday). The graduation party will be held at a location conveniently located close to OES. Volunteers will be told the location as we get closer to the date - please help us keep the secret!

    The sign up link is available now on the OES website (OES/Parents/Volunteers/US) and HEREThere are three shifts to cover the night.

    Please take a minute to sign up for a shift or two, and use the upcoming conference dates to do your DHS check. OES requires that all volunteers must have a DHS background check. If you need one, the application process only takes 5 minutes but you must be present at upper school administration office with your photo ID. However, the approval process actually takes 4 to 6 weeks - so we ask you to get this started as soon as possible. The US office is generally open between 8:00-4:00 and will be accepting applications during conferences. If you need to schedule something outside of these hours, or have any volunteer questions. please contact Julie Solomon or Jessica McVay.

    Don't forget to recruit your friends and your spouse to signup, too!  We need everyone's support to make this night a success!   


    Ron Silver, historian extraordinaire and famed Winterim guide, is leading a summer trip to Boston and Philadelphia.  Please e-mail Kati Stenstrom to sign-up. 

    Dates: June 20-28, 2017
    Cost: $1300-$1500 per person based on double occupancy. Cost includes meals but does not include airfare.
    Participants: Open to parents with students (entering 9th grade or older) and to students entering 10th grade or above without parents. 12 participants only.
    Course instructors: Ron Silver, Colleen Shoemaker

    Description: This trip is a chance to explore the events and factors that changed 13 independent colonies into the United States of America. We'll use Boston and Philadelphia as the base to experience how we went from content subjects of a far away King to revolutionaries wanting our own government. In the Boston area we'll spend two days walking the Freedom Trail, reliving the Boston Massacre, the Boston Tea Party, the start of Paul Revere's ride (with William Dawes as well) and look at Colonial life. We'll wrestle with the conflicts of John and Sam Adams, James Otis and John Hancock, all wanting revolution, and Governor Hutchinson and General Gage, good men, who wanted order and the status quo. We'll spend one day at Lexington Green where "the shot heard round the world" was fired and then on to Concord to the "rude bridge that arched the April flood", as the Regulars first realized the rabble would shoot back, and not back down. After that we'll travel via high speed Acela train to Philadelphia , where both the Declaration of Independence and the United States Constitution were authored. We'll go to Carpenter's Hall, where the First Continental Congress met, Independence Hall where our government was created, as well as other buildings that served as the nation's capital before the establishment of Washington, D.C. We'll also spend a day at Valley Forge to fully appreciate the experience and sacrifice of the Revolutionary War soldier.

    Travel: In an effort to accommodate family summer travel plans, the trip group will meet in Boston on the evening of June 20. Students traveling without a parent will be welcome to travel one or both directions with trip leader Ron Silver, flying into Boston and out of Philadelphia.


    At Long Last!  This is your opportunity to order an OES Bike Jersey! Available in Men's and Women's sizes (see chart below) for $79.

    Place your order by sending your size to menashem@oes.edu.

    Store Hours and NEW LOCATION

    The on-campus school store is located in the MORRIS HOUSE, and is open 2:00 to 4:00 p.m. Monday through Friday and by appointment.


    Click on the following link to access the yearbook site US Yearbook 2016-17. Here, you will find helpful information for all students (and parents) to access.

    If you have any questions, contact Sue Jensen.

    Senior deadlines:
      PARENT ADS: March 10, 2017


    AP Exams

    It is time to register for AP Exams, which take place from May 1-12 during the school day at OES. Those of you planning on registering need to print out and complete the registration form and give it to Kim or Paula in the college counseling office (in the library) by Wednesday, March 15. Students in AP courses will also be reminded about registration by your teacher. Extra forms are available on the bulletin board outside the College Counseling office.

    Due to Mt. Hood Climb Service Day on May 10, we will be offering the late testing date (5/17) for the English Language and Composition Exam.

    We generally don’t give AP Exams that are not listed on the registration form, due to limited space and proctors.

    Please use one form to register for any and all exams that you intend to take.

    Read the instructions carefully and make sure that you indicate any and all AP exams that you intend to take. You will need a parent signature (Deri, Brad, or Peter if you live in the dorms). If you are taking more than three exams or exams for which you are not in an AP course, you will need permission from the appropriate people (see instructions on AP form).

    If you are in doubt as to whether or not you should take an AP exam, please talk with the appropriate teacher and Paula Sutton (college counselor).

    If you are in doubt about taking an exam, it is better to sign up now and cancel in early April (full refund) or cancel closer to the exam (you will be refunded all but $15 of the $93 fee). 

    9th Grade Parent Night—College Admissions and Finding Balance in a College Prep School

    Monday, March 20 @ 7:00-8:30 pm in the Great Hall

    Please join us for an evening presentation regarding what parents of freshmen need to know about college admissions. As your child makes choices about academics and extracurricular activities, we want you to be well informed about how this all works in relation to college. We find that a college night early in high school helps alleviate stress, gets accurate and well-timed information into your hands, and puts you in an even better position to support your child.

    College Night for Parents of Sophomores 

    We have scheduled our annual College Night for Parents of Sophomores on Tuesday, April 25. Our presentation will take place in the Middle School Commons from 7:00-8:45 pm. The college counselors will offer an overview of the college search and application process (landscape of college admissions, a timeline, roles in the process, resources, testing, and lots of reassurance). There will be time for questions. This event is designed to provide you with helpful information as your child heads into the junior year. Handouts from the evening will be e-mailed to parents following the event. 

    SAT/ACT Tests

    Please note the following test dates and registration deadlines. Enter the school code when you register (380915) and if you are taking the ACT, it is important to include the optional writing test. There is a late registration deadline for each test date that requires an additional fee. See the testing websites for additional information.

    SAT/ACT Dates and (Registration Deadline):

    SAT testing

    • May 6 (4/7, late 4/25)
    • June 3 (5/9, late 5/16)

    ACT testing

    • April 8 (3/3, late 3/17)
    • June 10 (5/5, late 5/19)


    • 9th Grade PAL – Next meeting: Tuesday, April 4, 8:00 am, DVR. Questions? Contact Clare Rathbone.
      • Upcoming meetings:  5/1.
    • 10th Grade PAL – Next meeting: Tuesday, April 11, 9:00 am, Platt. Questions? Contact Rico McIver
      • Upcoming meetings: 5/8
    • 11th Grade PALNext meeting: Tuesday, April 18, 8:00 am, Platt. Questions? Contact Jennifer Hapke.
      • Upcoming meetings: 5/15 (DVR).
    • 12th Grade PAL – Next meeting: April 24, 8:00am, DVR. Questions? Contact Holly Hady
      • Upcoming meetings: 5/22
    • Monthly US PAL notes are now accessible by doing the following:
      • www.oes.edu
      • Click on “Parent Home Page” at the bottom
      • Scroll down and click on “Get Connected”
      • Click on “PCL & PAL Minutes”
    • PAL meeting Calendar (all grades)






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