Oak Crest Family Tiger Topics

September 16, 2022

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The Start of Something Great

Oak Crest Families,

I am so proud of our students and staff this week. We have all put in a ton of effort, and are already seeing routines in place, relationships growing, and learning in many forms. The kids have come to school ready to be their best each day and that is essential for the excellence that we envision for ALL of our Oak Crest Tigers.

Our school day is exhausting. It takes time to build the endurance needed for learning. Creating routines at home ( and breaking summer habits) will go a long way in the success of your child. To the degree possible, try to help your kids get more sleep, eat healthy, and talk about their school day at home. These three home routines make a huge difference at school.

Thank you for your partnership in education. Have a great weekend!

Be You, Be RED!

Ben Tressel

Oak Crest Principal

Important Dates to start the school year:

M Sept 19th (Day 4), T 20th (Day 1), W 21st (Day 2) Th 22nd (Day 3), F 23rd (Day 4)

  • Sept 20th - 2:15pm 5th/6th Tiger Strong @ Cafeteria
  • Sept 27 - 2:15 All School Meeting
  • Sept 29 - Bus Safety Presentations
  • Oct 3-7 - Homecoming Spirit Week
  • Oct 4 - 2:15 Gr 3-6 Tiger Strong @ Gym
  • Oct 7 - Homecoming (We will visit JSH for a 2:30 pep fest, more details to come)
  • Oct 12 - Picture Retake Day
  • Oct 20-21 - No School - Education MN Conference
  • October 24-28 - Wolf Ridge 6th Grade.
  • Nov 2nd - E-Learning Day (students stay home)
  • Nov 11th - Veteran's Day

TIGER TARGET (Sept 19-23): I can celebrate similarities and differences among classmates.

A big part of being inclusive is recognizing the good in others. Sometimes, we see a connection between another person and ourself that can build a friendship. Sometimes, we see a difference that we admire or sparks curiosity. It is good to be different and unique, it makes each of us special and adds to our collective strengths as a school. When we celebrate our similarities and differences, it helps us welcome and include each other.

Being RED is a way of life at Oak Crest!

This week, I have had the privilege to join each classroom. Students explained to me what it means to "Be RED" in their classroom. Themes of kindness, respect, hard work, empathy, persistence, teamwork, responsibility and fun were woven through the building. Each class has set the year up for success by creating these norms and agreements. To the right is an example from Mrs. Greisen's 4th grade. This foundation helps students feel included, welcome, and prepared to be great. I encourage you to talk to your kids and ask what they think Being Red at home, or at practice, or in the neighborhood looks and feels like? We believe that the Be RED philosophy is not reserved for only our school buildings.

We also talked about being proud of our school and our accomplishments. It is safe to say that Tiger Pride is alive and well at Oak Crest.

School Safety

We have been working hard to make our school safe for all students at all times. We take the job of handing off students to appropriate families and guardians very seriously. We will not allow any adult into the building near Oak Crest children without presenting a valid ID. We are all aware of the horrific scenarios that have taken place in other schools, and we will not take any risks.

You must bring your ID with you to enter our building as a visitor, volunteer, or to check your child out/in for the day.

Thank you for complying with this request to benefit the safety of ALL of our children.


If you are interested in helping out a classroom or teacher by providing some supplies that may make learning more fun and effective, check out the teacher wish lists with links to Amazon. In the past we had a giving tree, but we found that this is an easier way to send support and make your child's new teacher smile!


Infinite Campus Support

Infinite Campus is a great tool to access student information, grades, fees, and more. It is the student information system that we rely on most in Belle Plaine Schools. Please be sure to access this site to update health and personal info, pay iPad insurance, pay fees for roller skating and field trips, access the school store for snack cart, and more.

Use this link to login or download the app pictured above for quick access on your device.

Our system expert, Teri Kiewatt can be reached for additional support such as login credentials at tkiewatt@belleplaine.k12.mn.us

Ben Tressel


Oak Crest Elementary

1101 W. Commerce Dr. Belle Plaine, MN 56011



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