Oak Creek Coyote News

October 8, 2021

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Oak Creek Families,

As we continue to refine our dismissal process, I am asking families to help by thinking about the time they arrive to pick up their students. Our kindergarten and 1st grade students are released from class a bit earlier than the older students in order to avoid crowding in the hallways and to give time for the little ones to travel from the lower level up to the front entrance. Currently, these youngest students are standing and waiting because we end up with a line of cars waiting for older students who have not yet been released from class. To help with the flow, we are asking the following:

  • Parents with students in grades 2-5, please wait to pull into the lot until after 2:40 (2:00 on Thursdays). Arriving before 2:40 only blocks the line because those students are not available earlier.
  • Parents with students only in grades K-1 are welcome to pull into the lot starting at 2:25 (1:45 on Thursdays).
This will allow us to load most of our youngest students into cars and clear many of the cars a bit faster. We hope this will speed up the process for everyone. Thank you in advance for your consideration.

We are really enjoying the smiling faces in our hallway! Please continue to send in photos if you want your child's included.

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


Oak Creek Elementary

In This Message:

Updated in Every Edition:

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

In This Edition:

  • Picture Day Info! - NEW!
  • Dyslexia Awareness Month! - NEW!
  • Oregon Battle of the Books! - NEW!
  • CoGAT Screening is Coming!
  • National Hispanic Heritage Month
  • Register for Laker Youth Basketball
  • Student Emergency Supply Kits
  • Medical Alert from District Nurses
  • Calling All Recyclables for the Oak Creek STEM Lab!
  • Rainy Days Are a Coming!
  • Lost and Found!
  • Arrival/Dismissal Routines and Bus Routes -UPDATED DISMISSAL INFO!
  • Breakfast and Lunch Routines
  • Medication Drop Off
  • Student Illness Reminders: When to Keep Home from School
  • Oak Creek FAQs

LOSD District News:

  • How to Find LOSD Covid-19 Information
  • Nutrition Services
  • Annual State Testing Notice from ODE
  • Back to School Clothes at Clothing Closet
  • Hunger Fighters
  • SafeOregon
  • Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App

Dates to Remember!

October 14: School Picture Day

October 18: LO School Bond Town Hall: 5-6 p.m. Webinar

October 22: Early Dismissal @ 11:00AM

Oct. 25-Nov. 7: Virtual Scholastic Book Fair! (link coming soon)

October 28/29: No School (Conferences)

Picture Day is Thursday, Oct. 14!

Picture Day is Coming To Your School! ¡El día de la foto llegará pronto a su escuela!

Picture day information and online ordering are now available by visiting dorianstudio.com and searching for Oak Creek. Your online order can be placed before and up to four (4) days after picture day.

La información del día de la fotografía y los pedidos en línea ahora están disponibles visitando dorianstudio.com y buscando el nombre de su escuela. Su pedido en línea se puede realizar antes y hasta cuatro (4) días después del día de la foto.

Need More Assistance?

Contact our Customer Advocate Team by visiting dorianstudio.com, search for Oak Creek, and click on the yellow Help button associated with your picture day.

¿Necesitas más ayuda?

Póngase en contacto con nuestro equipo de defensa del cliente visitando dorianstudio.com, busque su escuela y haga clic en el botón amarillo de Help asociado con el día de la foto.

Here are some tips to make picture day great!

¡Aquí hay algunos consejos para que el día de las fotos sea genial!

Schedule haircuts

7-10 days prior to picture day is best!

Programar cortes de pelo Es el mejor 7 a 10 días antes del día de la foto!

Simple Clothing

Solid shirts or small

patterns, along with

sleeves, photograph best. A simple collared shirt is a timeless classic.

Ropa sencilla

Las camisas sólidas o los patrones pequeños, junto con las mangas. Una camisa de cuello simple es un clásico atemporal.

Logo and Text

Graphics or wording may not photograph completely and become partially cropped out of your picture.

Logos y texto

Es posible que los gráficos o los palabras no se

fotografíen por completo y que se recorten

parcialmente de la imagen.

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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. Reading instruction that is based upon a systematic and explicit understanding of language structure, including phonics is shown to benefit all readers, including those with dyslexia.

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.

OBOB: Oregon battle of the books!

OBOB is back and it will look a little different this year! Let’s re-introduce you to this event and introduce how OCE will be participating this year!

What: Oregon Battle of the Books is a statewide yearly event.

  • Students of all ages are invited to read as few or as many of the books on the OBOB list of children's novels.

  • Students can take their OBOB experience to the next level & create groups of people to form book clubs!

  • If students want to take their OBOB experience a step farther, they can form a team and compete in a school wide quiz-show styled competition!

  • The winner of our school competition will be invited to compete at the Virtual Regionals competition!

Who: All readers & all types of reading are welcome!

  • Books are recommended for 3rd-5th grade readers.

Here is a link to book lexiles, length & descriptions. HOWEVER, Parent Reading, Group read-alouds, e-books & audio book read alouds all count as reading and are highly encouraged!

The OCE competition is reserved for 3rd-5th graders.

Where to Get Books on the OBOB List:

Free Options:

  • Our OCE School Library both in the building & Online.

  • Lake Oswego Public Library is a great supporter of OBOB! Check out their resources for books, ebooks, audiobooks, & for practice questions.

  • Borrow books on the list from friends!

Options that cost some:

  • Share the list with others as a “gift list” for your reader who might be looking for some new books.

  • Find friends who have books on the list and do a book swap.

Options that cost more:

  • Subscribe to an audiobook website.

  • Purchase books from local book stores or online.

When: Schedule


-Students - can begin reading today! Here is the 3-5 reading list.

-Adult Volunteers - This program needs support outside of the school and our PTO is ready for you. Let us know you can be involved by heading over to Sign Up Genius.

Now through October 31st:

-Enjoy Reading!

-Students who want to form groups & teams should begin discussing.


-Read more books and talk about them with your friends! -Students participating in the competition will submit forms for the team to sign up for OCE (forms & more details to come).


-Keep reading, discussing & start recommending books to people!

-All OBOB book clubs & teams will meet and discuss books joyfully.


-OCE OBOB book clubs will meet and discuss books joyfully

-OCE OBOB teams will practice for the competition.


-OCE OBOB book clubs will meet and discuss joyfully!

-OCE Competition happens this month (more details to come).


-OCE OBOB book clubs will meet and discuss joyfully!

-OCE’s school champion will practice and compete in the virtual OBOB reading competition!

We will share more soon! If you have questions for...

the PTO & their involvement with OBOB, email: Kirstin Martin at kirstin.e.martin@gmail.com

OCE OBOB teacher coordinator: Megan Lovelace at lovelacm@loswego.k12.or.us



CoGAT Screening is Coming!

In order to ensure equitable opportunities, all second and third-grade students will be assessed this fall using the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to screen for intellectual ability and eligibility for Talented and Gifted (TAG) support. This 60-minute in-classroom assessment measures reasoning and problem-solving skills in three different areas: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. Each area is designed to evaluate specific reasoning skills that strongly correlate to academic success. The district’s testing window for the CogAT screener will be October 11 through November 12.

National Hispanic Heritage Month!

Come to our new Lakeridge Middle School (4700 Jean Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035) to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) with Spanish teachers Teresa Sánchez and Julie Pacheco-Toye in an evening full of fun and cultural learning. Registration is free!


Is your son or daughter in grades 4-8 and interested in playing competitive basketball? Registration is now OPEN for the Laker Youth Travel Basketball (LOYTBA) 2021-2022 season! There will be an online informational parent meeting on Tuesday, Oct 5th at 7:30pm to learn more about the program. (A link will be provided on our website and by email.) Both the Laker Youth Basketball Board and the LOHS boys and girls varsity coaches will be in attendance to answer your questions. Go to Lakeoswegoyouthbasketball.com for additional information and to register your athlete TODAY!

PTO Corner

Dear Oak Creek Community,

The Oak Creek PTO is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) created to support Oak Creek Elementary School. Donations to the PTO are tax deductible and all the money we raise stays at our school. We provide services, scholarships, supplies, community building events, and grants to our teachers.

Mod Pizza – Halloween
Thank you for an amazing first Oak Creek Dines turn out! You raised $349.16 for our school.

Our next Mod Pizza fundraiser is Halloween. Order your pizza on Sunday, October 31st using the code “GR199072Z”. 20% of your meal payment will go to the Oak Creek PTO. We need 20 families to sign up here to make it a go. Sign Up Here

Holiday Cards – Minted

Check out Minted.com before you order your holiday cards. Use the code ”FUNDRAISEOAKCREEK” to save 20% and 15% goes to our Oak Creek PTO.

Membership Forms -Due October 8th

Please look for the membership forms heading home with your students. You may pay by check or online. Thank you if you have already paid your membership fees. I am so happy to see a good portion of you already have paid. Thank you!


To make a donation, please click here: OC Donation

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


You may donate to the Oak Creek PTO through AmazonSmile at no cost to you. Please include us as your charity if you purchase any items through Amazon. You may change your charity HERE to Oak Creek Elementary PTO. Make sure you purchase items through amazonsmile.com instead of amazon.com. If you are using the App on your phone you will need to change the settings each 6 months to use amazonsmile.com instead of just amazon.com. “To activate AmazonSmile in the Amazon Shopping app, simply tap on “AmazonSmile” within the Programs & Features menu or Settings and follow the on-screen instructions.” More help is HERE. The PTO receives 0.5% of any purchase.

Fred Meyer

Do you shop at Fred Meyer? You can support the PTO at no cost to you. Instructions are HERE. Please choose “Oak Creek Elementary PTA” for our organization. Yes, this was created when we were still a PTA.

Attention: Google, Intel and Nike employees (Benevity)

The PTO is signed up for Benevity.com. Your company may give to the Oak Creek PTO if you spent time instructing your children at home or provided community service this calendar year. This is a huge deal and may provide $10 an hour that you have spent teaching your child. Other companies use Benevity and we would like to help you get set up. Reach out to OakCreekElementaryPTO@gmail.com if you need more information to set this up.

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.


We are 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 we are planning ahead!

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.

Thank you for your 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


Student Emergency Kits

If you have not already done so, please put together a student emergency supply kit to bring to your student's teacher. You can find the Emergency Supply Kit List here.

Kits will be kept in your students classroom for the duration of the school year and sent home with them at the end of the year.

Message from LOSD District Nurses

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Calling All Recyclables for the Oak Creek STEM Lab!

Before tossing into your recycling bin, the STEM Lab and Mrs. Speer are looking for donations for the following items:

  • Egg Cartons
  • Empty toilet paper rolls
  • Empty paper towel rolls
  • Empty yogurt cups
  • Shoe boxes
  • Flattened cereal boxes
  • Flattened cardboard
  • Plastic cups
  • Yarn/string
  • Straws- paper or plastic
  • Used golf balls and ping pong balls

Please make sure items are clean and dry before sending them to school.

If you're able to send any items in, please have your student place the item(s) in the bin that is in the hallway outside the the iLab.

Thank you!

Mrs. Speer

Lost and Found!

We are only into our third week of school but we have accumulated a substantial amount of jackets, water bottles, and various other items. We will hold onto found items until the winter break. After that, items will be donated. Parents or students may come into the vestibule and search lost and found between 8:10 am and 3 pm on school days. Thank you!

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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.


Resources and Programs

Oak Creek offers resources and programs to households that may need some support. These services are possible thanks to the federally funded Title IA program, the Lake Oswego School District, our PTO, Lake Grove Presbyterian Church, BeeLine Foundation, Love Inc., Kiwianas, and the Lake Oswego Rotary Club. This form can be returned to your student’s teacher, the school counselor or the front office. It will be kept confidential.


Please Contact Me

Backpack Program

This program provides healthy weekend snacks for students.

Lace Up for Love

Provides a pair of tennis shoes for students.

Thanksgiving Basket

Provides a basket during the Thanksgiving season for students and their family.

Holiday Basket

Provides a basket during the holiday season for the student and their family.

School Supplies

Provides school supplies for students


We can help provide an opportunity to participate in extracurricular activities through LOSD Community School. (Ex: Strings, Sports, Chess). Please apply to the Community School’s fee reduction and waiver program first. We can help with the remaining funds or if you don’t qualify.

Please contact me if new programs become available.

I have a material need that is not listed here. Please contact me.

Your Name: __________________________________________________________________

Phone #:__________________________Email:_____________________________________

Student’s Name

Student’s Grade

Student’s Teacher

*Please add additional names to the back.

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

Dearest Oak Creek Families,

This month, we are exploring the social-emotional skill of Empathy. Empathy is an important trait for healthy relationships and being in community with others. There is always a need for Empathy in our world and it can start at home and in our schools.

The definition of Empathy that we will be using is: the ability to understand and connect to the feelings of another.

We are focusing on a few key pieces of Empathy such as knowing how we feel and having the language to describe those feelings, understanding how others are feeling and listening well to others so we can understand different perspectives and connect in more meaningful ways. We will explore ways that empathy can help us care for and stand up with, and for, others in our communities. We will celebrate what makes us different and the things that we share.

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


Roxanne Davidson (2-5th Grade Counselor)

Jodi Pope (K and 1st Grade Counselor)

Arrival/Dismissal Routines and Bus Routes

Families are welcome to drop students off beginning at 8:00 am, where students can line up in with their class in physically distanced lines. Students will be let into the building starting at 8:10, and class begins promptly at 8:20. Students will continue to enter their classrooms through assigned entrances (see below). We are asking that parents and caregivers do not park and walk their child/ren in. We will have many warm and welcoming adults who will be there to support students through the arrival process.

Arrival/Dismissal Times:


MTWF: 8:20 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.

TH: 8:20 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Click here for the full schedule on the district website.

Assigned Location for Lining Up and Entering the Building:

  • Kindergarten and 1st Graders: At the front entrance under the overhang
  • 2nd and 3rd Graders: Near the garden area (to the left of the front entrance)
  • 4th and 5th Graders: Near the West door to the building near the bike racks (to the right of the front entrance)

Please note: if your student is tardy (arrives after 8:20), please have them go through the front doors to the office to check in.

Parent Drop Off Notes:

In order to help with student safety and traffic flow in the lot and the neighborhood, please:

  • avoid arriving early.
  • pay close attention to staff.
  • pay close attention to pedestrians in the lot and neighboring streets.
  • if driving, come north up Kingsgate only, then through the parking lot.
  • encourage children who can to unbuckle car seats and get out on their own.
  • support your children who need assistance unbuckling.
  • say goodbye quickly and move safely out of the lot.
We will have staff members lining the way, welcoming your child and directing students to their waiting area.


All busses will arrive at the Melrose gate. Students will get off the bus at 8:10. We will have staff there to greet students and walk them to their teacher. Bus routes can be viewed here: LOSD 22-22 Bus Routes


Walkers should arrive between 8:00-8:10, but not before. Parents will need to walk students to school. Only the Kingsgate Crosswalk will have a duty.

Dismissal (Updated 10/8/2021):
  • Students will be walked by an adult to the the bus pick up area (on Melrose) or the parent pick up area (in front of the school).
  • Cars can begin lining up at 2:25 (grades K-1) and 2:40 (grades 2-5) (1:45 and 2:00 on Thursdays)
  • If you are meeting your child on foot, you can wait in one of the marked locations for your child to walk to meet you, (masks are not required, but strongly encouraged).
  • Please read below for specifics for each grade level:
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Breakfast and Lunch Routines

In order to keep our students safe we will be eating lunch outside as often as possible. When we do have to eat inside, due to rain or other weather related conditions, classes will spread out into the hallways to ensure 6 feet of distance is maintained between unmasked individuals. We have ordered mats for all students to sit on during lunch. Towels are no longer needed... thank you for your help with this!

Breakfast will not be served at school in the morning. Instead students can order a Grab-N-Go breakfast to take home at dismissal to eat the following morning before coming to school.

Please see the lunch/breakfast menu for Aug/Sept here: LOSD Aug/Sept Lunch/Bfast Menu

Medication Drop off

If your child has medication that they must take during the school day, or emergency medications that the school must keep on hand (EPI pens, etc.), please bring these medications as soon as possible, in their original containers. Please double check for expired medications as we cannot receive expired meds. PLEASE read this document regarding what is accepted and what is not, prior to bringing medications to the school.

The office is open and available to receive medications from 7:00am-3:00pm. The process can take a bit of time, so please be patient as we work through this very important piece of your child's wellness and safety.

Questions about medications or procedures? Contact the Oak Creek front office staff at 503-534-2323 or email our District Nurse, Ann Nelson at nelsona@loswego.k12.or.us.

Student Illness

If your child will be absent, please email your student's teacher and copy the office. Please list the date your child will be absent and any illness symptoms. See the guide below for information on when to keep your child home from school.

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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.

Will Extended Care be open?

Yes! Extended Care will be held at Oak Creek Elementary. Additional information and registration can be found on the Community School Extended Care website 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 new is the recording of last night'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.

Free Meals for All Students

This school year the Lake Oswego School District will be offering breakfast and lunch meals (one breakfast and one lunch per student per day) at no charge to all students. Breakfast meals will be served in Grab-n-go style as students arrive to school. Lunch meals will offer healthy tasty entrees, fresh fruits and vegetables with a seasonal rotation of local farm produce and organic products when available.

For information about Food Services, please click here to visit our web page.

For information about part-time job opportunities in Food Services, please click here to visit the employment web page.

Annual State Testing Notice from ODE

The Oregon Department of Education publishes an annual notice regarding state assessments in English Language Arts and Math. Please review the Annual Notice for Statewide Tests for information regarding why participation matters, an explanation of the right to opt out, and test windows.

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.

Hunger Fighters

The pantry will be open all summer for contactless curbside pickup every Saturday from 1-2:30 p.m. Visit the website for more info. www.hungerfightersoregon.org


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.)

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/