Oak Creek Elementary

Coyote News - May 27, 2022

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Artwork by Lam Hoang; OCE 4th Grader

"When the world is dark and the clouds turn black, we can help lighten the world...together."

Principal's Message

Oak Creek Families,

To quote the artwork above, by Lam Hoang, a 4th grader here at OCE, "When the world is dark and the clouds turn black, we can help lighten the world...together." I am very thankful for the Oak Creek community and the way people come together to support each other when times are "dark". I also appreciate the trust you place in our team to do what is best for your children, and to do all we can to ensure their safety while they are in our care. We take this role very seriously, and your support makes a difference.

I hope you are all able to take advantage of the extra time off of school and to spend some extra time with those you love this weekend!

Read below to find more information about many important items, including enrollment notes, our 2021-2022 yearbook, and summer reading fun! To make sure you see everything, click on the message so that it opens in your web browser. 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

In This Message:

Updated in Every Edition:

  • Principal's Message
  • Dates to Remember
  • Counselor Corner
  • Message from Your PTO
  • COVID-19 Reported Case Update

NEW In This Edition:

  • Yearbooks are Here!

  • News from the Library

  • Message from LOSD Nurses: Please Keep Sick Students Home

Repeated Information:

  • 6th Grade Success Class Info
  • Save the Date: Smart Start - August 25th
  • Thank You to the SMART Reader Program!
  • Oak Creek 5th Grade Celebration: Vaccinations and Exemptions

  • 2022-2023 Enrollment Verification

  • Not Coming Back to Oak Creek?

  • 2022-2023 Registration for New OCE Students

  • Lost and Found

  • State Assessment Score Report Info

  • i-Ready Spring Assessment

  • Summer Basketball Camp Sign-ups Available

  • Upcoming Health Lessons
  • Food Pantry Information

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!

Every Thursday is Early Release at 2PM

June 6: Field Day

June 8: Fifth Grade Field Trip to Oaks Park

June 9: Fifth Grade Celebration Ceremony

June 10: 11:00 AM Early Dismissal Last Day of Classes


Tuesday May 31st - All pre-sale yearbooks will be distributed to your student’s classrooms. The teachers will distribute to your students.

If you need one through a scholarship, please let your student's teacher know or you can contact one of our counselors: olsenw@loswego.k12.or.us or davidsor@loswego.k12.or.us.


If you did not pre-order a yearbook we will be selling yearbooks for $25 each (cash or check “Oak Creek Elementary PTO” only). Please look for a table outside the front of the school (grass area if not raining) or (undercover if raining) on the following days/times.

Wednesday June 1st - (8:05am - 8:25am) and (2:30pm - 2:50pm)

Thursday June 2nd - (8:05am - 8:25am) and (1:50pm - 2:10pm)

Friday June 3rd - (8:05am - 8:25am) and (2:30pm - 2:50pm)

News from the Library!

Summer Library Reading Challenge

The Summer Library Challenge “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” is the Lake Oswego Public Library’s 2022 summer reading, learning and exploration program for ALL ages and abilities. It will take place beginning June 1st and ending August 31st. We are excited to invite you to participate. Sign up online at lopl.org/summer to track your summer reading, complete outdoor challenges and enter your scavenger hunt finds. Babies, kids and teens may visit the children’s library for a FREE book courtesy of the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library and a BOGO coupon for The Booktique. Kids read all summer long and earn raffle tickets for one of 24 end-of-summer prize drawing bags full of prizes from local sponsors. Teens earn raffle tickets for weekly drawings for a Powell’s gift card.
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Message from LOSD Nurses: Please Keep Sick Students Home

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For Current 5th grade Families- A 6th grade Success Class is available through Community Schools!

LOJ is offering a summer class at the beginning of August to help students transition to 6th grade.

The class will take place at LOJ and will discuss grades, lockers, schedules, how to talk with teachers, organization and general school systems. Please follow the link to register your student if you are interested: Community Schools Registration


Carrie M. Trullinger

Lake Oswego Junior High

8th Grade Counselor

SAVE THE DATE: Smart Start - Thursday, Aug. 25, 1-3 p.m.

Smart Start is an opportunity specifically for our students with 504s and IEPs, and their parents and guardians, to make introductions and connect with their teachers and to feel prepared and welcomed for the start of school. For the 2022-23 School Year, Smart Start is in person Aug. 25, 2022, from 1-3 p.m.

Teachers will be familiar with your student’s plan and accommodations. To help get to know your students, please complete the attached one-page profile or create one on your own ahead of time, and give it to the teacher at the Smart Start introduction.

Also, to assist in your family’s preparation for the new school year, please click here for a Smart Start checklist for parents and guardians of students with 504s and IEPs.

See you on Aug. 25!

Special Shout Out and Thank You to the SMART Reading Program.

Oak Creek Elementary School has been fortunate to continue our partnership with SMARTReading.org. This year is its 30th year. SMART is a non-profit Oregon-wide organization that pairs adult volunteers with students to provide one-on-one reading support and new books for students to keep.

SMART has been working with the Oak Creek Kindergarten students for several years. During the pandemic, SMART has provided a book delivery model to our kindergarten students with 10 new books to keep. We want to thank SMART and our volunteer coordinator, Sarah Bass. We hope to be able to welcome back in-person SMART adult volunteers in the Fall. To learn more about SMART and volunteer opportunities, visit SMARTreading.org.

Oak Creek 5th Grade Celebration: Vaccinations and Exemptions

We are looking forward to celebrating your child with you at our end-of-year 5th grade celebration. To ensure that all may participate, LOSD is making an exception for end-of-year ceremonies and accepting exemption requests for unvaccinated adults to attend their child’s ceremony.

For any adult in your family who plans to attend the ceremony and is not vaccinated for COVID-19, please submit an exemption form along with a photo of your negative test to Carrie Beach at beachc@loswego.k12.or.us by June 8. We will not be able to collect exemption forms and tests at the ceremony. Thank you!

Medical Exemption Form

Religious Exemption Form

2022-2023 Enrollment Verification

Beginning April 29, LOSD needs parents/guardians of all students enrolled for the 2022-23 school year to log into ParentVUE and review/update your students' information through the Register/Verify tab.

This benefits both families and schools by:

  • Ensuring that schools have accurate information to reach parents and other contacts in both emergency and non-emergency situations. Verification is important even if your address or contact information has not changed over the past year because the school may have incorrect information from a previous year.
  • Confirming parent email addresses for Google Classroom and other applications to participate in your student's learning.
  • Enabling distribution of key information in the district's K-12 Family Handbook.

If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, go to the login page, click "I am a Parent," then click "Forgot Password." If you are unsure whether you have a ParentVUE account, contact your student's school. For assistance with the verification process, refer to the user guide on the LOSD website or contact your student's school.

Not Coming Back to Oak Creek?

If you are moving out of district and your students will not be attending a Lake Oswego school in the fall, please call the office at 503.534.2323 to let us know. Thank you in advance!

2022-2023 New Registrations

In order for us to be ready for school in the fall, please share with your friends and neighbors: Registration for the 2022-23 school year (all grade levels) is open online! 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.

Please Check Lost and Found!

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State Assessment Score Reports

This summer, LOSD will deliver students’ state assessment results online through ParentVUE rather than mailing paper. This is in keeping with the district’s strategic goal of sustainability and mirrors how we deliver report cards. Your child’s assessment reports will appear on your ParentVUE Documents page in late July. As you review your student’s English Language Arts, math, and science scores, please keep in mind:

  • An achievement level of 3 or 4 is considered to be on track for the student’s grade level.
  • Scores on state assessments are only one measure of a student’s academic progress. We use these scores in conjunction with classroom work and other daily, weekly, monthly, and term assessments to understand your student’s strengths and areas for improvement.

If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, go to the login page, click "I am a Parent," then click "Forgot Password." If you are unsure whether you have a ParentVUE account or need assistance, please contact your student’s school.

i-Ready Spring Assessment

Soon, elementary students in Lake Oswego will complete two online i-Ready assessments in class. One is for math and the other is for reading. As you know, i-Ready is a program that helps us determine your child’s strengths and areas for future growth. This is the third of three i-Ready diagnostic assessments we give each year, and the results will be shared with parents before the summer break. For kindergartners, this will be their second i-Ready assessment.

Boys/Girls Summer Basketball Camp Sign-ups Now Available

Summer basketball camps for both boys and girls are happening this summer! Sign-ups are now available through Community School! Link here: Summer Basketball Camp Sign-Ups

Volunteer Requirements

We're are excited to welcome volunteers back into our schools!! Please watch for communication from your child's teacher about when the opportunity will be available in their classroom, and check out our website for volunteer requirements.

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.

Counselor Corner

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Dear Oak Creek Families,

During May, we will work together to practice the character trait of COOPERATION in our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons, classrooms, and throughout our school.

As a school community, we will be examining how Cooperation looks, sounds, and feels. Cooperation is about assistance, support, collaboration, & teamwork. It is a necessary tool in our toolbox for creating a community that cares for one another.

Students will be encouraged to use cooperation skills such as communication, self-awareness, and the ability to step up (or step back) when the time is right to best support whatever group you are working with. Using these skills will help us to work alongside one another and create things, together, that are better than anything we could create on our own.

The definition students will be learning this month is COOPERATION: working together

& helping others.

Here are links for extension activities to explore COOPERATION further as a family:

K-2 COOPERATION Family Letter (English) 3-5 COOPERATION Family Letter (English)

K-2 COOPERACIÓN para Familias (En Español) 3-5 COOPERACIÓN para Familias (En Español)

In Partnership,

Roxanne Davidson & Wendy Olsen, School Counselors

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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.

503-534-2323 davidsor@loswego.k12.or.us

Food Pantry Information

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Message from PTO!

Dear Oak Creek Community,

We are coming to the end of the school year. I would like to thank our 2021-2022 PTO! Jesse, Juli, Wendy, Iris, and Grayce will be moving on. Thank you all for serving our community! Rachel, Samantha, and Kirstin will return for the 2022-2023 school year.


Yearbooks are arriving! Your students will be bringing home their yearbooks from school if you preordered one or more. We did order extras for those of you that missed the pre-order. The books will be $25 each. Look for the yearbook table in front of the school.

Engraved Bricks

Have you seen the cool personalized bricks in front of the school? Have you wished you could get one installed for your kiddo? If so, here’s your chance! The PTO is again selling personalized bricks this year. Bricks can be purchased through the online PTO store at Order Form. Once you have ordered a brick, use this google form to send us the message you want on it HERE, or feel free to email Iris Tilley at itilley@barran.com with any questions.

School Supplies- Orders Due June 10th!!

Returning Oak Creek families can now purchase School supplies for next year. Here is the link for school supplies: Supplies. These supplies will be ready at the beginning of next school year. You will not need to worry about having to find your student's supplies during the shipping crisis.


Are you feeling like showing some school spirit? Here is a link to our Oak Creek Spiritwear.

Oak Creek Spiritwear

Don't miss this chance to save on our entire Oak Creek Elementary School tie-dye lineup! All tie-dye short sleeves, tie-dye long sleeves and tie-dye hoodies are $5 off now though May 8th.


To make a donation, please click here: OC Donation

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

As tax season approaches, we remind you that all PTO donations are Tax Deductible.

EIN: 81-3009316 (for tax records)

PTO Website

If you are interested in joining the PTO please reach out via email and check out our website- PTO Website, OakCreekElementaryPTO@gmail.com.

Thank you for your continued 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


COVID-19 Reported Case Update

The LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard is up to date with the number of staff and students who have reported to LOSD testing positive for COVID-19, regardless of school exposure. At Oak Creek, we had 3 cases reported in the last week. With any potential exposure, people are advised to watch for illness symptoms and follow Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 exclusion procedures. Please contact Ann Nelson, nelsona@loswego.k12.or.us, if your student has tested positive for COVID-19.


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?

Currently. masks are optional for students, staff and volunteers. 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

"I Love Lake Oswego" Clothing Closet Open to Entire Community!

I Love Lake Oswego Clothing Closet has received an overwhelming amount of support and donation during the pandemic. We want to give back to our community and encourage our community to lean on us not for just hard times, but for up cycling, sustainability, and for our environment. In the past the closet was just for students, and since the pandemic we have opened our doors to anyone within our community.

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


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.)

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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

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