Oak Crest Family Tiger Topics

September 30, 2022


One of the most important things we do at Oak Crest is help students feel pride in themselves, in their school, and in their community. Homecoming week is all about school spirit and celebrating each other. We make each other better!

Please encourage your child to join in all of the Homecoming activities this week!

We have dress up days each day as well as many fun activities planned. The highlight will the the Friday Pepfest @ BPHS more important info below!

School spirit wear will be for sale all week from 7:45am-8:35am. We will have limited supplies of each item. Only cash is accepted. See picture of items for sale and try to plan accordingly. Money in envelopes with name is recommended.

This week was solid, next week will be epic!

Be You, Be RED!

Ben Tressel

Oak Crest Principal

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Important Dates:

M Oct 3rd (Day 2), T 4th (Day 3), W 5th (Day 4) Th 6th (Day 1), F 7th (Day 2)

Homecoming Spirit Week (Items for sale & dress up themes each day)

  • Oct 3 - Positive Message Monday (Wear a shirt with a kind/uplifting message)
  • Oct 4 - Pajama Day (No blankets/pillows/stuffed animals please)
  • Oct 4 - 2:15 Gr 3-6 Tiger Strong @ Gym (Royalty Visits)
  • Oct 5 - Backwards Day (be creative, and safe)
  • Oct 6 - Crazy Hair & Hat Day
  • Oct 7 - Homecoming TIGER PRIDE - Extreme School Spirit Day
  • Oct 7 - All school visit to BPHS for a 2:30 pep fest, end of day pick up at Chatfield)
  • 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 Program at Oak Crest - Spectators welcome
  • Nov 14 & 17 - Parent Teacher Conferences
  • Nov 20th - THE FEAST - Community Event 11am-2pm @ Oak Crest


The biggest Homecoming event is Friday at 2pm, we travel over to the Junior/Senior High and join the pepfest. Our kids get to experience and feel school spirit and pride and connect to the high school students who are playing, dancing and performing at the big events and games.

To make this possible, we change our transportation routines for one day.

*White route, red route, walkers, and trailblazer will all be dismissed from the high school.

*Parent pick up and Kids Co students will be escorted to Chatfield. The parent pick up line will be longer that day. Please prepare for that change by bringing your blue car sign.

*The pick up line will be on W Park Street. Begin lining up by the cemetery. You will follow the line into the Chatfield parking lot and will grab your children.

TIGER TARGET (October 3-7): I can be an upstander.

October is National Bully Prevention Awareness Month. We have a lot of strategies that we use at our school to prevent bullying, but the most effective way is to teach kids to be kind, learn empathy, and for everybody to be an UPSTANDER. An upstander is somebody who takes action to stop bullying of others. One way we teach students to be an upstander is by using the acronym ICI. It stands for interrupt, compliment, and invite away. Students have the ability to do these three steps to stop bullying in its tracks. "ICI can prevent bullying."


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E-Learning Day: Wednesday, November 2

On November 2, 2022, PK-Grade 6 students will be involved in an e-learning day while the 7-12 students will continue to attend school in person.

Our elementary teachers have been implementing a new literacy curriculum PreK-6 and a new math curriculum in 6th grade. This day will be used to facilitate ongoing professional development so that they can provide the best instruction possible to your child(ren).

Oak Crest students will bring their iPads home on Tuesday so they have access to independent work for Wednesday’s learning. They will not be asked to join a zoom meeting. If you do not have wifi access for this day, please contact your child’s teacher so that appropriate resources can be sent home with them.

Kids Company is only available for students who are currently registered. We are not registering any new students to utilize this service for November 2.

Thank you for adjusting your schedule to make it possible for our teachers to continue to learn and grow. We value every minute we have with our students, this is why we have decided to utilize our distance learning skills to keep learning outside of our school walls. We are confident that this time for teachers is necessary for us to be our best, and it will positively impact each student in our elementary schools.

September Tiger Pride Students of the Month

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Be RED Ticket Drawing Winners

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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!


School Safety

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.

Oak Crest Lunch Menu - October

Reminder - microwaves are not available for student use during the day.

We want you to work for our school!

We are short this year on substitute teachers and support staff. Occasionally, we need to fill a teaching position, or a paraprofessional, or even a nurse or office staff member. Being a sub for our school on occasion can earn you an extra few dollars and requires just a few easy steps, but it makes a huge difference in the lives of students! Plus you have the flexibility to work when you want!

If you are interested, visit our website : Belle Plaine Public Schools - Frontline Recruitment (applitrack.com)

You can also contact Amy Franck if you have any questions about the opportunities to help.


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Ben Tressel


Oak Crest Elementary

1101 W. Commerce Dr. Belle Plaine, MN 56011