Oak Creek Coyote News

October 22, 2021

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Oak Creek Families,

Our team is looking forward to next week and the opportunity to meet with families during conferences on Thursday and Friday, October 28th and 29th. This year, parents-guardians have the opportunity to choose a virtual Zoom conference or an in-person conference.

If you choose an in-person conference please note that people inside school buildings are required to follow current state guidance, including:

  • Wear a properly fitted mask over your face and nose while indoors.

  • Maintain 6 or more feet of distance from other adults; except household partners may be within 6 feet of each other.

  • Visitors are not allowed in schools while children are present. We are able to have in-person conferences for adults only.

    • Please note that for pre-arranged student-led conferences a child may attend their own conference, but we need to limit siblings attending to decrease the possibility of exposure, particularly with the possibility of unvaccinated individuals in the building. You will be notified directly if your child's teacher is planning for student-led conferences.

If you are unable to follow these guidelines, we ask that you sign up for a virtual conference instead. Teachers are prepared to offer a quality conference experience no matter the format, and they are looking forward to talking with you about your child’s progress.

If you have any questions, please see the FAQ section below, or feel free to reach out to myself or Carrie Beach at beachc@loswego.k12.or.us.

Thank you,

Barb Keeton


Oak Creek Elementary

In This Message:

Updated in Every Edition:

  • Message from the Principal
  • Dates to Remember
  • Counselor Corner
  • Message from Your PTO

In This Edition:

  • iReady at Home - NEW!
  • Dyslexia Awareness Month: Part 3 - NEW!
  • Thanksgiving Day Baskets Available! - NEW!
  • Scholastic Book Fair Coming Soon! - NEW!
  • LOSD Equity Audit - NEW!
  • Snacks Donation Request - NEW!
  • Oregon Battle of the Books!
  • Lost and Found!
  • Breakfast and Lunch Routines
  • Student Illness Reminders: When to Keep Home from School
  • Oak Creek FAQs

LOSD District News:

  • How to Find LOSD Covid-19 Information
  • Nutrition Services
  • Back to School Clothes at Clothing Closet
  • Hunger Fighters
  • SafeOregon
  • Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App

Dates to Remember!

October 18: LO School Bond Town Hall: 5-6 p.m. Webinar

October 19: Pie Pick-up (undercover area, starts at 1:15PM)

October 22: Early Dismissal @ 11:00AM

Oct. 25-Nov. 7: Virtual Scholastic Book Fair! (link coming soon)

October 28/29: No School (Conferences)

October 31: Mod Pizza Dines Night for Oak Creek!

November 11: NO SCHOOL: Veteran's Day

December 1: Picture Day RETAKES

December 9: Square 1 Art Delivery to OC

i-Ready for Reading and Math

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Are you looking for ways to support your child at home in Reading or Math, or are you curious how they are doing? To learn more, watch this short video about i-Ready at home!
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Part 3: Assistive Technology to Support Students with Dyslexia

Userway is Lake Oswego School District’s primary accessibility tool. When you see this graphic (or “widget”) on our district webpages, click on it to view a variety of accessibility tools, e.g., keyboard navigation, screen reader, pause animations, text spacing or color options. You can add this tool to your own computer at WCAG 2.1 AA Website Accessibility - Accessible Websites with UserWay | UserWay. Userway does not store information on users and is COPPA, FERPA, HIPAA, GDPR and ADA compliant.

Assistive Technology … Did you know?

Technology is changing and improving the school experience for students with dyslexia. Text-to-speech and speech-to-text software, calculators, and note-taking apps are common examples of “assistive technology”. Many of us enjoy audiobooks for pleasure reading, but audiobooks also can serve as a vital piece of assistive technology for those with learning differences such as dyslexia.

With audiobooks everyone can acquire new vocabulary, expand their knowledge and love of books, and enjoy complex or intriguing storylines. Because dyslexics have great listening comprehension, audiobooks enable independent access to school curriculum through “ear-reading” of complex or voluminous textbooks and novels.

The Lake Oswego Public Library has many audiobook services here:

E-books and Streaming

LOSD assistive technology and audiobook resource information can be found here:

LOSD Audiobooks & Read-Aloud Tools

If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s learning, please contact the school principal and/or literacy specialist. Another great parent resource would be to contact your school’s Student Services Parent Advisory Committee (SSPAC) representative. Please see here to learn how to contact your school representative.

Thanksgiving Day Baskets Available!

As we approach the holiday seasons, Oak Creek wants to connect with families that could benefit from additional resource support. The district has a wonderful partnership with Hope Church and Lake Grove Presbyterian Church to offer Thanksgiving baskets for any LOSD families who may benefit! Please reach out before November 5th to your School Counselor (Jodi Pope popej@loswego.k12.or.us and Roxanne Davidson davidsor@loswego.k12.or.us) or School Social Worker (Tara Roland rolandt@losweego.k12.or.us) if you would like more information or to sign up. The Hope Church will be hosting pick-up days that are still to be determined. Delivery of the food boxes may be available. Listed below are what the boxes contain;

A meat selection voucher for Safeway or Albertsons

2 cans of green beans

2 cans of corn

6 potatoes

A gravy mix

1 box of stuffing

1 can of cranberry sauce

1 pie or assorted Gelatin/Pudding mixes

*Special Items that can accommodate families with Dietary Needs/Restrictions.

Scholastic Book Fair Coming Oct. 25!

We can’t wait to bring the joy of reading to Oak Creek with the Virtual Scholastic Book Fair on October 25 - November 7!

You’ll get to enjoy the magic of a Book Fair from the comfort of your home with our Virtual Fair experience. Kids can shop thousands of books online to discover new favorites and stock their shelves with this season’s most popular reads!

Plus, check out these special virtual shopping perks:

  • Access to over 5,000 products

  • Direct shipping to your home and FREE shipping on book-only orders over $25*

  • eWallet digital payment system that friends and family can contribute to

  • 25% in rewards earned for our school with all purchases!

Visit our Book Fair homepage to learn more and get started with virtual shopping:


Thank you for helping us build lifelong readers in our school community!

Happy reading!

LOSD Equity Audit

The Lake Oswego School District has engaged the Western Educational Equity Assistance Center (WEEAC) from the Metropolitan State University of Denver for a review of our practices, policies, and protocols in relation to instruction and educational equity. Between November 15-18, the WEEAC staff will be conducting virtual interviews and surveys with administrators, staff, teachers, students, and parents. Each interview will take 45-60 minutes with a WEEAC interviewer.

We are looking for parents to participate in a focus group. If you are interested, please complete this survey form: https://forms.gle/Z6ApYuhe1siXkVUB6

This information collected by the WEEAC Team is anonymous. Questions about the process can be directed to Colleen Toomey, Analyst at WEEAC (ctoomey1@msudenver.edu).

OBOB: Oregon battle of the books!

For more information, follow this link!

For questions, contact Megan Lovelace, at lovelac@k12.or.us

PTO Corner

Dear Oak Creek Community,

The Oak Creek PTO is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) created to support Oak Creek Elementary School. Donations to the PTO are tax deductible and all the money we raise stays at our school. We provide services, scholarships, supplies, community building events, and grants to our teachers.

Please welcome our newest member of the PTO, Grayce Moody! She will be our new Communications VP. Welcome Grayce!

We still have two positions available this year. Contact OakCreekElementaryPTO@gmail.com if you have questions or would like to join.

Poinsettias and *New* Christmas Cactus – Orders due October 29th
Our poinsettias are coming back to Oak Creek. This year we have a new plant, the “Christmas Cactus”. We have a wider variety of colors and sizes of the poinsettias. Check out the catalog HERE. Order HERE.

Wreaths and Centerpieces – Orders due October 29th
Last year it was so nice to send a gift to family and friends during the holiday season that we decided to continue it. Plus, these smell amazing and last the whole holiday season.

Please send an email to OakCreekElementaryPTO@gmail.com with the gift address and 150 character message, if you would like to send it as a gift. Otherwise, your order will be sent to you in the mail by default. The catalog is HERE with pictures. Order HERE. (Examples are in the office.)

Square 1 Art
This should be available soon. Artwork is being uploaded by the company.

Oak Creek’s students have been working on creating artwork for our Square 1 Art fundraiser. Families may search for their child’s artwork and shop for personalized products. Orders due by November 16th. Shop Here

Mod Pizza – Halloween
Thank you for an amazing first Oak Creek Dines turn out! You raised $349.16 for our school. Our next Mod Pizza fundraiser is Halloween. Order your pizza on Sunday, October 31st using the code “GR199072Z”. 20% of your meal payment will go to the Oak Creek PTO. We need 20 families to sign up here to make it a go. Sign Up Here

Employer Matching Grants

Your employer may match everything you have given to the PTO. Please investigate it for this calendar year. This can be a huge help for our school.

Holiday Cards – Minted

Check out Minted.com before you order your holiday cards. Use the code ”FUNDRAISEOAKCREEK” to save 20% and 15% goes to our Oak Creek PTO.


To make a donation, please click here: OC Donation

Your employer may match your donation. Don’t forget your spouse’s company too!

Yearbooks are up for pre-order and are $20 until February. Pre-orders will be unavailable, and you will need to purchase them in person for $25 each after they arrive. Pre-Order Here

Oregon Battle of the Books

We have added the option to donate $25 for a bundle of OBOB books to the school library. All students may use these books, not just those participating in OBOB. Order HERE. We are looking for helpers to record themselves reading the first book chapters. Book Titles Sign up in the volunteer sign up, below.


We are looking for volunteers. Please sign up HERE for events and activities you would like to participate in this year. No commitments required. Sign up and we will reach out to you. No volunteers are allowed in the school yet but we are planning ahead!

PTO Website

Check out our new website. It is still under construction so check back for updates on this page. PTO Website You will find the link to the ordering site here also.

Thank you for your support and doing your part in our wonderful community.


Oak Creek Elementary PTO Executive Committee

Kirstin Martin / President

Samantha McCaskey / Treasurer

Jesse Nguyen / Assistant Treasurer

Juli Webster / Membership

Rachel Wilde / Secretary

Wendy Jenkins / Parental Involvement

Iris Tilley / Sustainability

Grayce Moody / Communications


Lost and Found!

Parents or students may come into the vestibule and search lost and found between 8:10 am and 3 pm on school days. We will keep these items through conferences to give families who come to the school an opportunity to look through. Thank you!

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Counselor Corner

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Oak Creek Resources and Programs

Oak Creek is very fortunate to offer services for students or families experiencing need, thanks to the federally funded Title IA program, the Lake Oswego School District, generous donations from our community, PTO, Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, BeeLine Foundation, Love Inc., Kiwianas, and the Lake Oswego Rotary Club.

This form: OC Resources and Programs can be returned to your student’s teacher, the school counselor, or the front office. It will be kept confidential.


If you have any questions please feel free to contact us. Your privacy will be respected.

Jodi Pope, School Counselor 503-534-2323 popej@loswego.k12.or.us

Message from OC Counselors (Snack Donation Requested)

During the week of November 1st, the 4th and 5th grade classrooms will be engaging in an experiential learning event promoting empathy and disability awareness called Welcome to My World. Welcome to My World is a school-board approved program developed by the Special Services Parent Advisory Committee as an opportunity for students to experience what life might be like for an individual with a disability. The students will learn together with three stations: Speech and Language, Dyslexia, and Sensory Processing Disorder. At the end of the session, each class will reflect on their personal reactions to the experience, their thoughts about what it is like for students with a disability, and a plan for how to be a supportive community member to a peer who may be experiencing this disability. Ask your 4th or 5th grader:

  • What new perspectives do you have after that experience?

  • How did you feel during each station? (ie. frustrated, confused, successful)

  • How will you show empathy to fellow community members, especially those who may be experiencing a disability?


As in past years we're reaching out to families for snack donations for kiddos who are in need. If you're able, we're looking for store bought individually wrapped snacks. Thank you in advance!

K-2 Empathy Family Letter 3-5 Empathy Family Letter

K-2 Empathy Family Letter in Spanish 3-5 Empathy Family Letter in Spanish


Roxanne Davidson (2-5th Grade Counselor)

Jodi Pope (K and 1st Grade Counselor)

Breakfast and Lunch Routines

In order to keep our students safe we will be eating lunch outside as often as possible. When we do have to eat inside, due to rain or other weather related conditions, classes will spread out into the hallways to ensure 6 feet of distance is maintained between unmasked individuals.

Breakfast will not be served at school in the morning. Instead students can order a Grab-N-Go breakfast to take home at dismissal to eat the following morning before coming to school.

Please see the current lunch/breakfast menu here: LOSD Lunch/Bfast Menu

Student Illness

If your child will be absent, please email your student's teacher and copy the office. Please list the date your child will be absent and any illness symptoms. See the guide below for information on when to keep your child home from school.

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What is the daily schedule?

First Bell - 8:10 am: Students are welcome to enter the building.

Tardy Bell - 8:20 am: Students who arrive later must check in with the office and receive a Tardy slip before going to their classroom.

Dismissal - 2:40 pm: Students taking a bus home will exit the building through lower doors, students being picked up by parents will exit the building through the top floor doors, students staying for after care will go to the assigned classroom.

Early Release on Thursdays - 2:00 pm

Will students and staff be wearing masks?

Yes, currently all students, staff and anyone who enters the building are required to wear masks. Additional information about mask requirements can be found here.

If you are still looking for an answer, please let us know by clicking here to submit your question.

LOSD District News

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How to Find LOSD COVID-19 Information

We have made all of our COVID-19 information easier to find on our district and school websites. Look for the new LOSD COVID-19 Information graphic (above) and find information about guidance, protocols, notifications and more.

Included is a new COVID-19 Dashboard, which notes all active cases in each school currently. Active cases are people who have been diagnosed with COVID-19 and are currently in their 10-day isolation period. Once the isolation period is complete, the case is removed from the dashboard. The dashboard is updated with exposure notices.

Also new is the recording of last night's Information Session about exposures and quarantining. We anticipate making these Information Sessions regular events to make sure we address all of your questions and concerns. Look forward to notices about upcoming sessions.

Free Meals for All Students

This school year the Lake Oswego School District will be offering breakfast and lunch meals (one breakfast and one lunch per student per day) at no charge to all students. Breakfast meals will be served in Grab-n-go style as students arrive to school. Lunch meals will offer healthy tasty entrees, fresh fruits and vegetables with a seasonal rotation of local farm produce and organic products when available.

For information about Food Services, please click here to visit our web page.

For information about part-time job opportunities in Food Services, please click here to visit the employment web page.

Back to School Clothes at Clothing Closet

I Love Lake Oswego Clothing Closet is a donation-based closet that provides clothing items and hygiene products for residents, students, and employees that work or live within Lake Oswego.

Open Saturdays

9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Visit https://www.ilovelakeoswego.com for more information.

Hunger Fighters

The pantry will be open all summer for contactless curbside pickup every Saturday from 1-2:30 p.m. Visit the website for more info. www.hungerfightersoregon.org


Parents-guardians who have concerns about a student’s well-being are encouraged to reach out to their principal, and to maintain strong lines of communication and partnership between students, families, staff, and other resources.

SafeOregon is also an effective way to report a tip regarding safety threats or potential acts of violence to our students or schools.


(Students should also be aware that intentionally providing a false report is a serious offense.)

Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App

Stay connected to the district and your school(s) and receive urgent notifications by subscribing to the Lake Oswego Schools App.

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/