Coyote Call

Friday, March 17, 2023

Principal's Message

Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Happy Book Fair beginning! Students will get a chance to browse and purchase throughout the week. The Book Fair will also be open in the evening on Thursday, March 23rd. Stop by for Family Conferences, FOOD TRUCK, and Book Fair. Lakewood Creek gets a percentage of food truck sales and book fair purchases.

If you have any pictures from the school year, please share with Calli Yong, HSO Co-President and official yearbook magician ( The deadline to submit pictures is 3/24. If you are interested in purchasing yearbook, the FINAL date to order is Friday, 3/31. There will be NO reprint orders this year.

Another request to complete the Five Essentials survey is below. We use the data to recognize celebrations and set goals for improvement for next year. Thank you!!!

Kelley Budd



ONE HUNDRED TWENTY-NINE parents (out of 640) have completed the 5Essentials survey, and 16 more who have started, but not completed! That's a 23% response rate so far. Thank you! We will get our results since we are over 20%!!! Let's keep it up. It doesn't take long, and we get valuable information from it, along with a higher "score" for parent participation. The window is almost closed, so please complete as soon as possible!


Mrs. Murgas needs your help! Can you volunteer to assist at the Book Fair for set up, register sales, or pack up? March 16-24, day and evening times available. Use the link below to sign up.


A book for EVERY student?

Lakewood Creek Elementary & The HSO want to give the opportunity and joy of leaving the Book Fair with a brand-new book to every Lakewood Creek student! Did you know, the average cost of a new book (with tax) is nearly $9.00? There are families in our community who are not able to afford extras like book fair purchases. Our goal is to leave no one out, and fundraise $5,400 to afford to purchase a new book for each student.

This is where you and our community come in! Please help us make sure every student at Lakewood Creek Elementary takes home a brand-new book this spring. Your generosity could be the SPARK a child needs to start a love of reading! Reading leads to improved brain development, increased communication skills, a love of learning, promotes self-confidence, creativity, and so much more! We appreciate your consideration of donating today and starting a lifelong journey of discovery for every student at Lakewood Creek Elementary.

Every dollar raised by Lakewood Creek Elementary HSO will be matched by Scholastic and donated to a Nation Charity for help continue spark the love of reading to other children in need. Additionally, every dollar spent at the Book Fair – including those raised by the HSO – will earn Lakewood Creek Elementary credit to purchase additional books for the school. Together, we can all make the difference in the lives of not only our children, but many others.

Spread the word! We all can be a part of the SPARK that creates a lifelong love of reading & learning!

Thank you for your consideration!

Fundraiser Ends Monday, March 20th

GOAL $5,400

DONATE TODAY - LC's Scholastic eWallet

Sponsor 1 Student: $9.00

Sponsor 2 students: $18.00

Sponsor 4 students: $36.00

Sponsor 10 students: $90.00

Sponsor a classroom: $225.00

Sponsor a grade: $900.00

Incoming Kindergarten, 2nd grade (& 6th, 9th grades)

Incoming K, 2, 6, 9, and 12th graders and new students will need updated forms. All families are encouraged to visit the website to see what will be needed for your child. Please submit completed forms as soon as possible, preferably prior to the end of this school year! All forms may be submitted to your current school. We want to avoid any school exclusions!

That's AVID! Family - School Connection

Costa's Levels of Thinking:

One of the core strategies that AVID utilizes to support students' academic growth is the implementation of Costa's Levels of Thinking to promote deep thinking about a topic.

Level 1 questions are simple recall. These can be thought of as "copy and pasting" level. These might include creating lists, definitions, or simple memorization.

Level 2 questions involve processing. Students need to bring two or more pieces of information together and requires the student to synthesize, find similarities, discover differences, or group concepts.

Level 3 questions require application. Again, students need to pull together multiple pieces of information, but also requires the student to utilize their own ideas to create a cogent answer. In this level, students evaluate, imagine, predict, and judge, which requires the combination of ideas that they have learned with their own thinking in order to apply that information.

At Home: Be sure to use level 2 and 3 questions in your discussions, especially non-academic discussions. "Why do you think the grocery store has aisles organized in this way?" "What would our home look like without interior walls?" "Do you think the dog understands our facial expressions? Why or why not?" "With more research about CTE from repeated head injuries, should tackle football be banned? Does the age of the player make a difference?" "Was ____ the right choice?"

Volunteers for Breakfast Buddies Needed! [click here]

The HSO is looking for volunteers to help make EACH of our Breakfast Buddies a success! You may sign up for as many BB as you'd like. Set-up begins at 7:30am. Event is from 8-8:30AM. We must be completely cleaned up by 8:40AM for student breakfast.

Schoolwide Second Step Focus

Second Step is the resource we use to teach social emotional skills in all our classes. Our fourth unit's theme is "Problem Solving." Problem Solving focuses on naming the problem, identifying and evaluating possible solutions, choosing the best option.

Over the next few weeks, your child should learn how to:

  • Kindergarten: demonstrate a problem-solving process in a given scenario.

  • 1st Grade: suggest one way to solve a problem in a given scenario.

  • 2nd Grade: generate possible solutions and select the solution that makes sense in a given problem.

  • 3rd Grade: solve a given problem using the STEP process.

  • 4th Grade: apply the STEP process and consider the points of view of everyone involved.

  • 5th Grade: apply the STEP process and consider the context in which they might best solve the problem

Professor HOWL

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HOWL Awards

Believe In the Power of Yet!

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(Breakfast Only 8:40, Doors Open 8:45) School Day 9:00-3:50

Click here for Breakfast and Lunch Menus

March Breakfast/Lunch Menus

Plan Ahead!

  • Friday, March 17: Book Fair begins
  • Monday, March 20: Specials "D" Day
  • Wednesday/Thursday, March 22/23: Family Conferences (flex hours) School is IN SESSION
  • Thursday, March 23: Book Fair Evening (4:00-7:30) and Food Truck!
  • Monday, March 27 - Sunday, April 2: Spring Break!
  • Monday, April 3: Return to school, Specials "B" Day
  • Tuesday, April 4: No School - Election Day
  • Wed-Thurs, April 5/6: School, Specials "C" and "D" Days
  • Thursday, April 6: HSO Breakfast Buddies - 4th Grade
  • Friday, April 7: No School
  • Monday, April 10: No School
  • Tuesday, April 11: Specials "E" Day
  • Thursday, April 13: HSO Meeting, 7pm
  • Monday, April 17: Alma Mater Monday
  • Monday, April 17: Specials "D" Day
  • Thursday, April 20: Spring Picture Day
  • Thursday, April 20: Mobile Food Pantry at LC, 5:00-6:30
  • Monday, April 24: Specials "D" Day
  • Monday, April 24: Early Childhood Parent Engagement Session
  • Wednesday, April 26: Administrative Professionals Day
  • Thursday, April 27: HSO Trivia Event vs. Boulder Hill
  • Mon-Fri, May 1-5: Educator Appreciation Week
  • Monday, May 1: Specials "D" Day
  • Thursday, May 4: HSO Breakfast Buddies - 5th Grade
  • Monday, May 8: Specials "D" Day
  • Thursday, May 11: HSO Meeting, 7pm
  • Monday, May 15: Specials "D" Day
  • Monday, May 22: Specials "D" Day
  • Tuesday, May 23: HSO 5th Grade Celebration
  • Wednesday, May 24: Field Day
  • Thursday, May 25: HSO Celebration (Food Trucks!)
  • Friday, May 26: Last Day of School, dismiss at 12:30, no lunches served

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A-B-C-D-E Calendar

ABCDE calendar for specials. Please follow the schedule from your child's teacher.

Attendance and Office Information

Attendance Phone Line 630-636-3201 - available 24 hours

School Office Hours 8:15-4:00

Consistent attendance at school is a great factor in student achievement and success. If your child is unable to come to school due to illness or unavoidable appointments, please contact the Lakewood Creek office by 9:15am. Please leave a message on the Attendance Line with a phone number stating the child’s name, teacher, and reason for absence. If we do not receive a message or note from you, we will need to call to locate the child. We are sorry if this causes any inconvenience for you. If students are absent during the day, they cannot attend after school or evening activities (this includes music programs and after school sports).


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About Lakewood Creek

Lakewood Creek Elementary School, home of the Coyotes, is located in Montgomery, Illinois. It is part of Oswego School District 308. We proudly serve around 650 students.