OCE Coyote News and Updates

Sunday, September 13

In This Edition

  • Message from Principal Sarlos
  • Message from OCE School Counseling Team
  • 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

  • Note from Your PTO

A Message from Principal Sarlos

Dear Oak Creek Community,

Thanks once again for your understanding and support as we navigate this unusual year. We have many staff members in the LOSD who live in areas that are now in level 2 or 3 evacuations. We appreciate your understanding that they needed to be home and make sure they are prepared for whatever was coming. Some of our staff members have evacuated and some are hosting family members who have evacuated.

As a reminder, school is cancelled for tomorrow, Monday, September 14.

We are all in touch now making sure everyone is safe and has what they need. Whenever we are able to start school up again, we will definitely focus on connecting with and supporting our students. On behalf of our staff, we care about each and every one of you and hope that your families and friends in the surrounding areas impacted by fires are safe.


Principal Sarlos

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

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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Important Dates to Remember (Specials and Advanced Math Starting Week of 9/14)


Week of Sept. 14 | 1st Day for Specials and Advanced Math Classes

  • Includes synchronous/live Music, PE, and STEM via Zoom
  • Includes asynchronous Social Studies, Science, Health, STEM, and Social/Emotional Learning (SEL) posted in Google Classrooms
  • Includes Advanced Math Classes (if applicable): For questions about Math Advancement, please email our TAG Coordinator Alix Swanson at: swansona@loswego.k12.or.us

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

Monday, Aug. 31 is the last day of summer meal pickup at Lake Oswego High School. The new meal service schedule begins the following week.

For the 2020-21 school year, LOSD is providing meals for all students Mondays and Wednesdays at the locations below. * Due to Labor Day holiday, meal pick up will be on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

  • 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 your household. Present your student's first and last name to the cashier. Students must be enrolled in LOSD. Face coverings are required.

Oregon has new expanded income guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year. Now more LOSD families can qualify their households for free meals. You can fill out the application on line. Go to: https://www.ode.state.or.us/apps/frlapp or via hard copy which is attached. Return the hard copy to either your school office, email it to mcdowelj@loswego.k12.or.us or mail it to LODS Food Services, PO Box 70, 2501 Country Club Road, Lake Oswego, OR, 97034-0070.

Please visit the LOSD Food Services Page for more information.

For students paying for meals and interested in participating in the pickup meal program, to add money to your child's account, please go to myschoolbucks.com.

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.

Note from Your PTO

Dear Coyote Families,

With the pandemic and now the devastating wildfires, just a reminder we are here for support and resources as needed. Please don't hesitate to reach out to us.

Our thoughts, love, and care are with all those fighting and affected by the wildfires.

Stay safe and healthy.


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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

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/OakCreekPTA/