Oak Creek Coyote News

January 21, 2022

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Martin Luther King, Jr.

A print by Dayat Banggai, reproduced by Mr. Bowen's 5th Graders

Principal's Message

Oak Creek Families,


This has been a very busy four day week! We have appreciated the break in the rain and we are looking forward to more dry days this coming week. It brings some much needed relief for our playground, and for those of us at arrival, dismissal, and recess; students and adults!


In February we will be having a Kindness Spirit Week! All the details are below! If you are

interested in OCE Spirit Wear, check out this website sponsored by our PTO! OCE Spirit Wear


Our team is very thankful for all of the positive and friendly people we see each day in the parking lot picking up and/or dropping off students, and those who are following the routines and procedures. Your consideration makes a huge difference! Thank you for helping us get students into school and back to their families quickly and safely each day. We love having them here in person!


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

Principal

Oak Creek Elementary

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In This Message:

Updated in Every Edition:

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


NEW In This Edition:

  • OCE Kindness Spirit Week- February 7-11
  • Friendship Day Celebrations


Repeated Information:

  • 2022-2023 Registration for New OCE Students
  • Application for Foundation Board of Directors
  • Upcoming Health Lessons
  • Advanced Math Students - Report Card Note
  • Oak Creek FAQs


LOSD District News:

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

Dates to Remember!

January 25: Fills Fundraiser - See note in the PTO Corner!

January 28: No School: Grade Prep Day

February 21: No School: Presidents Day

March 21-25: No School: Spring Break

April 1: 11:30AM Early Dismissal

April 7-8: No School: Conferences

May 27: No School: Grade Prep Day

May 30: No School: Memorial Day

June 10: 11:30AM Early Dismissal Last Day of Classes

2022-2023 Registration

Registration for the 2022-23 school year (all grade levels) will begin January 19, 2022. This is for new students who have never enrolled in Lake Oswego before and for returning students who are not currently enrolled but will re-enroll for next year. Registration is online through ParentVUE. Parents do not need to register students for 2022-23 who are currently attending during the 2021- 22 school year.

Friendship Day Celebrations

Oak Creek will have an optional Friendship Day celebration on February 14th that may include an afternoon classroom activity with a Valentine card exchange. Students may bring their cards to exchange on Monday, February 14th. These cards should NOT contain any edible items, but may include small trinkets/games/toys. Please remember that students should bring in enough cards for each classmate or none at all. Look for any more specific guidance and list of student names from your classroom teachers.

Now Accepting Applications for Foundation Board of Directors

Are you interested in contributing to a dynamic volunteer organization dedicated to advancing our community's commitment to educational excellence?

Please consider applying for the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation is seeking parents/guardians, students and community residents to serve on its Board of Directors. Board members must demonstrate a commitment to the Foundation, the School District and the Lake Oswego community.


The term for new board members will begin July 2022. Board members commit to a two-year term and may serve up to three terms. Please click HERE to access the online application form. The application provides more information about being a board member.


Interested people should submit applications by Friday, March 4, 2022. The Nominating committee will review applications and conduct interviews in the March time frame. If you are unable to access the application, please contact woolfw@loswego.k12.or.us to receive a pdf version of the application.

Upcoming Health Lessons

Our teachers use the adopted Health Curriculum, The Great Body Shop, to teach the required Oregon Health Standards to our students. THE GREAT BODY SHOP is a comprehensive health education curriculum which is sequential, developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive, and medically accurate. The lessons align with Oregon’s Health Education Standards and are embedded with social-emotional learning. Watch your classroom teacher's newsletter for upcoming topics. If you would like to review the health curriculum, please contact the school office. More information, including an opt-out form if needed, can be found on the District website.

Advanced Math Students - Report Card Note

Advanced Math Grades 1-5

For students advanced in math in Grades 1-5, the math teacher who has the advanced math student will fill out a form (see link below) and share it with the homeroom teacher as well as the building secretary. The building secretary will then upload it to Synergy as a report card document and will print a hard copy for the student’s file.


The homeroom teacher will include the following comment in the Math comments section of the report card: “(Student Name) has been placed in (Grade Level) Math. The advanced math grading sheet can be found by clicking on the Document tab in the ParentVUE portal.”

https://drive.google.com/open?id=11VbCQPMsbEv3QI6DFJ7dYztXceeC1HMSQgtym6unH3E


6th Grade Math and Above

For students advanced to a math class in the Middle School, the homeroom teacher will include the following comment in the Math comments section of the report card: “(Student Name) receives a grade directly from the middle school. Report Card on File.”

PTO CORNER

Message from PTO!

Dear Oak Creek Community,


Spirit Wear

It may be cold outside, but you can stay warm with spirit wear while saving big! Use code: “BUNDLEUP” to get 15% off sitewide. This offer will run through January 31st. There is also free shipping on all orders over $100!

Oak Creek Dines

Don’t forget to support Oak Creek in dining and donating on January 25th at Fills in Mercato Grove. Make sure to check out their online menu to check out their sweet and savory treats!

Directory Spot

With Valentine’s day around the corner, you can make addressing your children’s classroom valentines easier by utilizing DirectorySpot!

If you WERE a DirectorySpot user last year, please log in (same username and password) to review your families new data for this school year. Please make sure you have the latest version of DirectorySpot to see the new features (check the app store for any “updates”).

If you are a NEW user, you have been set up and can download DirectorySpot for free from the App Store (iPhone users) or Google Play (Android users), or you can also access the data from the web.

Here at Oak Creek, the PTO uses DirectorySpot to share information with our school community. DirectorySpot is a mobile, private, and secure directory platform customized for our school. It’s purpose is to provide a way to communicate with families about events and activities at Oak Creek as well as tools to help people stay connected. All schools in the Lake Oswego School District use DirectorySpot for this purpose. It can also serve as a way to look up class lists by teacher and as an online family directory.

You can access the directory, once you have your account and password set up,via the internet here or via the Android or Apple app.

For your security, the directory is by invite only. As a new family to Oak Creek, you should have received an email on how to set up your account. The email detailed how you can download the app and directs your family to set up a password for your account. Only Oak Creek families and staff can access our directory. Information for the directory is pulled directly from the school district’s enrollment data. If for some reason, information is missing or incorrect, you can edit the information yourself at any time and choose which information you wish to share or not share. If you log in and see your family’s data, note that you are the only one who can see this information aside from the DirectorySpot Oak Creek Admin.

If you have questions please refer to this helpful guide.

Still have questions?

Email us at ocedirectoryspothelp@gmail.com

Donations

To make a donation, please click here: OC Donation

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

Yearbooks

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. More information is HERE.

Volunteers

We are still 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 as of January 2022 volunteers should be allowed into the school with proof of vaccination and ID!

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

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

Sincerely,

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

OakCreekElementaryPTO@gmail.com

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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.


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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

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FAQ's

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 included is the recording of LOSD'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.

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.

SafeOregon

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.


https://www.safeoregon.com/

(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/


Interested in OCE Spirit Wear? Check out this website sponsored by our PTO! OCE Spirit Wear