OCE Coyote News and Updates

Friday, September 18

In This Edition

  • Message from Principal Sarlos
  • Reminder Message from OCE School Counseling Team
  • Science Bags Available
  • Important Dates to Remember (Specials and Advanced Math Starting Monday 9/14)
  • Special Classes Start September 14
  • Tech Support Resources
  • New Meal Service
  • Hunger Fighters Food Pantry - Pickup or Delivery! Saturday Only Hours

  • Meet Your OCE PTO

A Message from Principal Sarlos

Dear Coyote Families,

I was able to go into many virtual classrooms this morning and say Hello to your students. Teachers and students alike were working hard and being cheerful! Several classrooms were talking about our theme of the month: Courage. It was lovely to hear the kids talk about things they have done that take courage. I would like to say to all of you that I believe it takes great courage to parent at this time with the way the pandemic and the fires are impacting all of our lives. Thank you for having so much courage as you support your children and our system as we persist in trying to make this online schooling the best it can be.

I am optimistic seeing all the student and teacher faces this morning that we will get there. I also had the chance to hear some students share writing which was lovely!

Secondly, in a message from Dr, De la Cruz earlier this week, she pointed out that this is Hispanic Heritage Month. Here are some resources you may find helpful in addressing Hispanic heritage and legacy in our nation this month:

Hispanic Heritage Month Resources For Teachers, Parents, & Kids

I hope the rain will truly clear our air and your kids will be able to play outside this weekend!

As always, thanks for your patience, flexibility, and grace.


Principal Sarlos

Reminder Message from OCE School Counseling Team

Dearest OCE Families and Students,

Welcome to the 2020-2021 school year! We are so excited to be back connecting with students and families. As you all know, this will be a school year unlike any that has come before. This requires new ways of teaching and learning, and our Lake Oswego School Counseling Programs are no exception. Oury job as school counselors is to support the social, emotional and academic success of all students in our school and online community. Please know that while there may be struggles ahead as we navigate this new platform for teaching and learning, we are truly in this together!

School counseling is a very relationship-driven endeavor, which can be very challenging in a distance learning and hybrid learning environment. To help facilitate connection, LOSD school counselors are making efforts to be as accessible as possible for students and parents. We have added Zoom to our technology tools for virtual meetings with both students and families.

If you would like to request a meeting or phone call from us, please use this form to submit your request:

Grades: K-1 Request to Connect with Ms. Pope or by email at popej@loswego.k12.or.us

Grades 2-5 Request to Connect with Ms. Thompson or by email thompsod@loswego.k12.or.us.

We are also fortunate to have an amazing graduate level School Counseling intern with us this Fall - Brittney Harmon. She will assist us with student sessions and community outreach as we embark on this new school year together.

Social Emotional Learning opportunities will continue for our Coyotes. Each month we will explore the following character traits together: Social Emotional Learning opportunities will continue for our Coyotes. Each month we will explore the following character traits together: Courage, Kindness, Respect, Empathy, Perseverance, Responsibility, Gratitude, Cooperation, Honesty, Creativity.

Look out for more information on our September trait, Courage!

Starting Monday, September 14th at 8am, we will be posting weekly lessons in our Google Classrooms. Check out our new Virtual World for full access to our lessons, resources to set up your own Calming (Peace) Corner at home, additional activities to try throughout the week, Counselor contact request form, LOSD and Community resources, and so much more!

K-2 Google Classroom

3-5 Google Classroom

Additionally, please click on the following link for additional family support resources: OCE Family Support Resources

Thank you for your patience and perseverance during these times. Together, we can support all students at Oak Creek Elementary. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or need additional support.


OCE Counseling Team

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Science Bags Available

Science bags are at the school and will be ready for pick up Monday morning beginning at 7:30AM. Just a reminder that science bags are very limited and for families in need.

As a reminder, here is the message from our district Science Team: If you are unable to purchase or have limited access, we have a limited amount of science supplies that are available to you from the Lake Oswego School District. This is based on need, not convenience.

If you mistakenly requested a bag, please email Carrie Beach at beachc@loswego.k12.or.us.

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Important Dates to Remember


TODAY: September 18 | Last day to verify student information in ParentVUE

October 6 @ 6:30 PM | Oak Creek Back to School Night (virtual, details to follow)

Special Classes Start Week of September 14

Starting on this week, students will begin participating in classes in the "other half of the day." These classes will be a mix of synchronous/live and asynchronous. Synchronous/live classes will be done over Zoom. Asynchronous activities will be posted in Google Classrooms.

Music, PE, and Innovation

  • Live Music classes over Zoom 2x per week
  • Live PE classes over Zoom, 2x per week
  • Live Innovation class over Zoom, 1x per week

Innovation and Social Emotional Learning (SEL)

  • Asynchronous Innovation activity posted every Monday in Google Classroom
  • Asynchronous Social Emotional Learning activity posted every Monday in Google Classroom

Social Studies, Science, and Health

  • Weekly rotation of Social Studies, Science, and Health
  • 1 subject per week
  • 1 activity posted daily in Google Classroom

Zoom links and other information will be provided next week. You can find Google Classroom class codes in student learning kits. See a 90-second video with instructions for adding Google Classrooms to your student's account.

Tech Support Resources

Check out our own Kindergarten Teacher, Deidre Bengston, explaining Clever, Google Classroom, and other apps: How to Clever & Zoom !!

Tech Information Sessions

LOSD hosted two Tech Information Sessions covering the “how tos'' for getting started with distance learning. The session recordings and presentations are posted on the district site under Resources/Tech Support for Families.

Tech Support Ticket

A majority of tech concerns can be resolved by submitting a Tech Support ticket -- the link is on all school and district homepages for easy access to help with passwords, log-ins, hardware fixes, etc.

Google Classroom Guardianship

By now all parents and guardians should have received an email requesting you to accept guardianship of your student's Google Classroom. If you need assistance with this request, please submit a request through the Tech Support button. Note: accepting guardianship simply gives you the option of selecting how often you would like to receive summaries (weekly, daily, or no summary) of your student's Google Classroom activity. Only student accounts have access to Google Classroom.

New Meal Service

LOSD is providing free packaged breakfasts and lunches for all children who wish to participate in our Grab & Go meal service. New flexibility from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) enables LOSD to provide free meals to all children ages 1 to 18, even if the children are not enrolled in LOSD, now through the end of December 2020.

Breakfast and lunch meals can be picked up on Mondays and Wednesdays at the following locations:

  • Lake Grove Elementary, 11 a.m. - 12 pm.

  • River Grove Elementary, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

  • Lake Oswego High School, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

  • Lakeridge High School, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Meals should be picked up at the school site located closest to you. Children may participate in one or both days of the week; they may pick up 2 days of meals on Mondays and 3 days of meals on Wednesdays. Face coverings are required at pickups.

Hunger Fighters Food Pantry - Pickup or Delivery! Saturday Only Hours

Hunger Fighters, located on the Lake Oswego High School campus, is continuing to serve clients in two ways. Clients are welcome to visit the pantry once a week on Saturdays ONLY between 1-3 p.m. to pick up pre-packed grocery bags, or Lake Oswego clients who are homebound, immunocompromised, and/or at-risk can sign up for grocery delivery.

NEW! ALL clients, including delivery clients, will be provided with perishables such as fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, eggs, meat, and/or dairy as available. Additionally, Hunger Fighters is providing masks to all clients who need one - just stop by and ask on a Saturday!

Delivery requests must be submitted by Thursday to receive a delivery of groceries on Saturday. Delivery clients must be home to receive the delivery of perishables. Visit www.hungerfightersoregon.org to submit a request and for more information on the delivery program.

MEET YOUR OAK CREEK PTO! Be on the lookout for more information to come!

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About Oak Creek

Reach out to us if you have any questions or need anything!

Address: 55 Kingsgate Rd., Lake Oswego, OR 97035

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