OCE Coyote News and Updates

Friday, October 2

In This Edition

  • Important Dates and Information
  • Asynchronous Rotation Schedule
  • Upcoming Online Assessment for Reading and Math
  • October is Dyslexia Awareness Month
  • OCE Library is Open for Curbside Pick-up and Drop-off!
  • Counselors Corner!
  • Home and School Connection
  • Comprehensive Distance Learning Video Procedures and Protocols

  • Back to School Night Update
  • Technology Resources for Families

  • PTO Corner: Meadow Farms Fundraising and Drive by for Pie!
  • Message from Tech Support: Turn off Devices
  • Science Bags and Information
  • Register for the School Bus
  • School Advisory Committee (SAC) Openings
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Monday 5 @ 7:00 to 8:30 PM | LOSD Districtwide SAC Meeting

Thursday 1 | PLC Thursday Schedule

  • AM Cohort students will meet from 8:00 to 10:25 AM
  • PM Cohort students will meet from 1:05 to 3:30 PM
  • Specials schedule does not change

Friday 2 @ Noon to 2:00 PM | Curbside Library Pickup

Monday 5 @ 7:00 to 8:30 PM | LOSD Districtwide SAC Meeting

Tuesday 6 | Back to School Night (please see details below)

Friday 9 | Statewide Inservice / No School

Friday 30 | Early Dismissal

Asynchronous Rotation Schedule

Week of October 5

  • Kindergarten / 1st Grade - Social Studies
  • 2nd Grade / 3rd Grade - Health
  • 4th Grade / 5th Grade - Science

1 asynchronous lesson posted per day, posted at 8 AM in Google Classroom

Yearlong Subject Rotation Schedule

Upcoming Online Assessment for Reading and Math

We will be using a new diagnostic tool this year to inform our reading and math instruction called i-Ready. i-Ready will help us monitor academic progress throughout the school year. Feel free to watch this short video about iReady. What is i-Ready?

How does the diagnostic work?

This adaptive tool adjusts its questions to suit your child’s needs. Each new question is based on their answer to the previous question. Due to the adaptive system, it is assumed that a child may miss at least half of the questions. No grade is given because the purpose is to determine how best to support their learning. Therefore, please refrain from helping your student.

How can I help my child prepare for the i-Ready diagnostic?

Remind them:

  • Have paper and pencil ready to go. Put all other devices and tools away.

  • Do their best on each question.

  • The test is adaptive - some questions will be easy and some they will not know. It is expected they will get only about half of the questions correct.

  • They must answer each question before they move to the next question.

  • The test is finding out what they know and what they still need to learn; it is not graded.

  • The teacher/proctor’s Zoom will remain open and the iReady will be monitored.

  • Return to the Zoom screen at the end time given by the teacher/proctor.

  • Please direct questions to your classroom teacher. Parents, please refrain from helping students with the diagnostic.

When will I find out my child’s results?

Once the testing is complete, data and diagnostics will be shared with teachers. We will be given training on how to interpret iReady results in the coming weeks. Teaches and teams will be able to utilize the information to help guide instruction. You can expect to see a more detailed report once we have completed the initial diagnostic district-wide.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning disability in reading. People with dyslexia have trouble reading at a good pace and without mistakes. They may also have a hard time with reading comprehension, spelling, and writing. But these challenges aren’t a problem with intelligence.

Children and adults with dyslexia struggle to read fluently, spell words correctly, and memorize rote facts such as multiplication tables, among other challenges. But these difficulties have no connection to their overall intelligence. While people with dyslexia can be slow readers, they often, paradoxically, are very fast and creative thinkers with strong reasoning abilities.

Dyslexia can’t be “cured” – it is lifelong. But with appropriate instruction, an individual with dyslexia can learn to read, write, and spell and can become a highly successful individual.

Get the facts on Dyslexia from the International Dyslexia Association (IDA): Fact Sheets

Video: What is Dyslexia? https://youtu.be/zafiGBrFkRM

Ways to help your child at home: https://www.understood.org/en/learning-thinking-differences/child-learning-disabilities/dyslexia/dyslexia-strategies-you-can-try-at-home?_ul=1*jhht1b*domain_userid*YW1wLTY5YzJjRVMxUnU3YU03WDduMFdORVE

Each week in October, we will feature a message about dyslexia in this newsletter. If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s learning, please contact the school principal and/or literacy specialist. Another great parent resource would be to contact your school’s Student Services Parent Advisory Committee (SSPAC) representative. Please see here to learn how to contact your school representative.

OCE Library is Open for Curbside Pick-up and Drop-off!

What is school without great books to read? The school library is now “Open” for curbside pickups. Follow the link: https://bit.ly/OakCreekReads for information on how to place holds on books, and how you can pick them up. Here is a video with more information.

Our next curbside pickup will be Friday, October 9 between noon and 2:00 PM. Please place holds by Wednesday evening to guarantee we have time to pull it for Friday. We recognize that not all parents will be able to come during this time. If you are unable to pick up your books during the scheduled curbside pickup, please email carrollz@loswego.k12.or.us, and we will find a convenient solution for your circumstances. We want all students to have access to library books!

Also, any current checked out library books can be returned by bringing them to the curbside pickup, so that other students can enjoy them. We look forward to seeing you.

Please visit the Oak Creek Library Website for additional details and information.

Counselors Corner!

Dearest Oak Creek Families,

This month through our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons, we will be introducing the character trait of Empathy. Empathy is an important skill for creating connected and kind communities and developing healthy relationships. There is a growing need for more Empathy in our world. As anxiety increases in our culture, Empathy decreases. As more hate speech incidents occur in the world, as people use empathy less, we begin to see a divided and fractured community and world.

So, we are working to develop a few key skills in order to live more empathetic lives. As a school community, we will be examining how Empathy looks, sounds, and feels. First, developing an “emotional vocabulary” to make sure we have the words to understand and describe what we are feeling personally. Second, being able to connect with others based on their feelings, even though we may not have the exact same story or perspective as someone else. Finally, we will think about how being an upstander when empathy is not being used can help support our community members and stop harmful actions.

The definition students will be learning this month for empathy is: the ability to understand and connect to the feelings of another.

For your reference, here are links for extension activities if you would like to explore empathy further as a family:

K-2 Empathy Family Letter 3-5 Empathy Family Letter

K-2 Empathy Family Letter in Spanish 3-5 Empathy Family Letter in Spanish

Asynchronous SEL lessons will be available to students weekly by 8 a.m. each Monday morning. Students may complete these supplementary lessons at their convenience any time throughout the week. Students will find their grade level lessons in their respective Google Classroom:


Jodi Pope (K-1) & Diana Thompson (2-5)

Oak Creek School Counselors

Home and School Connection

Please visit this link for the September and October editions of Home and School Connection: Sept and Oct Home and School Connection.

Comprehensive Distance Learning Video Procedures and Protocols

LOSD has detailed our Comprehensive Distance Learning Video Procedures and Protocols to provide students, parents, and instructional staff with information, expectations, and guidelines for the use of live (synchronous) interactions and recorded (asynchronous) instructional videos for students. Click here to read the procedures and protocols, and find the document posted on losdschools.org under Tech Support for Families.
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Back to School Night Update

Back to school night is an event for Principals and teachers to welcome you back to school, introduce ourselves, and present key information for the year. We want to keep the intention of it, but change the delivery method to be more fitting with the times. Due to recent issues with hosting large events on Zoom, we will instead package this year's Back to School Night in a video for you to watch in the comfort of your own home and at a time you find most convenient. On Tuesday, October 6, you will receive an email from your student's teacher with a video from me on behalf of the entire school and a video from your student's teacher. As always, teachers are available for private follow up.

Technology Resources for Families

How-to Tech Resources for Families

LOSD has created a number of how-to videos and other resources for students and their families to help navigate school technology. Please click here or go to the losdschools.org and click on Tech Support for Families under Trending Topics to access all of the resources. Resources are being added to this site frequently.

Authenticate Emails

Students need to use their school-issued Gmail account to access Zoom sessions. To make sure your student has access, please click here for a step-by-step process for authenticating their emails and other Zoom access tips.

Tech Support Ticket

If after reviewing the tech resources there is still an issue, please submit a submit Tech Support ticket . The link -- https://losdhelp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us -- is on all school and district homepages for easy access to help with passwords, log-ins, hardware fixes, etc. This is the most efficient way to get your tech issues resolved quickly.

Internet Access

If you do not have internet access, please email john.parke@loswego.12.or.us to request a hot spot.

Google Classroom Guardianship

By now all parents and guardians should have received an email requesting you to accept guardianship of your student's Google Classroom. If you need assistance with this request, please submit a request through the Tech Support button. Note: accepting guardianship simply gives you the option of selecting how often you would like to receive summaries (weekly, daily, or no summary) of your student's Google Classroom activity. Only student accounts have access to Google Classroom.

Science Bags and Information

Just a reminder that if you requested a Science bags, they are at the school and ready to be picked up. Just come by the office between the hours of 7:30-3:30.

For more information, support videos, materials, and handouts, please visit the following website that Mr. Zurcher put together: Science Parent Website. Note that you may substitute materials as necessary.

Thank you!

Register for the School Bus

In preparation for students being able to attend school in person, we need to be ready to provide bus transportation for those who need it. We are encouraging families to walk, bike or carpool, when possible. If you think your LOSD student will need to take the bus to or from school at any time during the 2020-2021 school year, please register them now.

Click here to register for bus transportation for 2020-21 school year.

Registration will remain open until Monday, Oct. 5, before begin determining exact bus routes. The sooner people register, the fewer route changes need to be made once bus service begins. Thank you in advance for your prompt response in this essential preparation for onsite school.

School Advisory Committee (SAC) Openings

Oak Creek has positions open for the School Advisory Committee (SAC). Each school has a School Advisory Committee that provides an important communication link between the school board, the school, and the community. SAC members work to facilitate citizen involvement in the decision-making process of the school. SACs assist school principals in establishing priorities and goals, suggesting ways to address issues, and assisting with the collection of information and citizen opinion.

Committee members are appointed to serve two-year terms, 2020-2022. If you are interested, please complete and submit the SAC application Carrie Beach (beachc@loswego.k12.or.us) by Friday, Oct. 2. Applications will be reviewed, and recommendations sent to the School Board for appointments.

New Meal Service

LOSD is providing free packaged breakfasts and lunches for all children who wish to participate in our Grab & Go meal service. New flexibility from the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) enables LOSD to provide free meals to all children ages 1 to 18, even if the children are not enrolled in LOSD, now through the end of December 2020.

Breakfast and lunch meals can be picked up on Mondays and Wednesdays at the following locations:

  • Lake Grove Elementary, 11 a.m. - 12 pm.

  • River Grove Elementary, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.

  • Lake Oswego High School, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

  • Lakeridge High School, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Meals should be picked up at the school site located closest to you. Children may participate in one or both days of the week; they may pick up 2 days of meals on Mondays and 3 days of meals on Wednesdays. Face coverings are required at pickups.

Hunger Fighters Food Pantry - Pickup or Delivery! Saturday Only Hours

Hunger Fighters, located on the Lake Oswego High School campus, is continuing to serve clients in two ways. Clients are welcome to visit the pantry once a week on Saturdays ONLY between 1-3 p.m. to pick up pre-packed grocery bags, or Lake Oswego clients who are homebound, immunocompromised, and/or at-risk can sign up for grocery delivery.

NEW! ALL clients, including delivery clients, will be provided with perishables such as fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, eggs, meat, and/or dairy as available. Additionally, Hunger Fighters is providing masks to all clients who need one - just stop by and ask on a Saturday!

Delivery requests must be submitted by Thursday to receive a delivery of groceries on Saturday. Delivery clients must be home to receive the delivery of perishables. Visit www.hungerfightersoregon.org to submit a request and for more information on the delivery program.

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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/

PTO Corner: Meadow Farms Fundraising and Drive by for Pie!

We have two fundraisers happening!

Meadow Farms Fundraising... please visit this flyer for more information and how to get started. Orders need to be in by November 6.

Also, Drive by for Pie! November 10th is our pie day! It is just in time for the holidays. Some of the pies are ready to bake like the handmade or artisan pies. Don’t forget to order a Pumpkin Chiffon Pie that you just thaw and eat. Yes, it's that time of year already!

How do you get your pies? (It is as easy as pie!)

First, order your pies at the Oak Creek Elementary PTO website by Friday, October 23rd.


Second, drive through the Oak Creek Elementary parking lot on Saturday, November 10th at 3:30pm. Your order will be ready and waiting to be placed in your trunks. I don’t know about you, but I am thinking Thanksgiving dinner will be much easier with a delicious premade pie!

PTO fundraisers support teachers and classrooms, science nights, class parties, field trips, Art Lit, and Staff Appreciation Week, scholarships, and more! Scholarship donations go to those OCE families in need (meals, field trips, school supplies, glasses, etc.).

Please note that in addition to ordering pies at oakcreekpto.square.site, you may also make donations to the OCE PTO.

Thank you for your support!