Cougar Pulse

November 2021

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Dear Families,

In the blink of an eye, the first quarter of the 21-22 school year has ended! It has definitely been a flash since students started walking though our doors at the beginning of September, but while the excitement of back to school may have worn off, the hard work of learning and working together is setting in at The Creek. One of the things we always pride ourselves on is our atmosphere of support and care for one another...we're a family, through good times and tough, we're there for each other. We've seen our share of challenges the past two months. Most of you have been impacted by the pandemic in various ways of late; maybe you've had your kids in quarantine and completing their learning from home; your child may have had a bus route or two canceled; you've had to miss work; you've had to comfort sick family or friends. Likewise, our school is impacted daily. Staff have become experts at adaptability and wearing many different hats in a given week. Through everything, our focus on taking care of and looking out for each other is what keeps us coming back and working hard everyday. We appreciate each and everyone of our families for doing the same and supporting us through the adversity the fall has thrown your way. We hope you feel that support reciprocated.The other benefit of family is that we get to celebrate the good stuff together, too, and we have a lot to share! Below you'll see names of our September Students of the Month (October coming soon!); we kicked off November with Spirit Week and our first school assemblies are just around the corner; students are earning Cougar Slips and Tokens for awesome behavior and having celebrations with their classes; our Kindergartners and first graders had their first field trip; Art projects are gracing the halls, and the sounds of aspiring musicians filling the air!...Lots to be proud of and thankful for, and thankfulness is our citizenship focus this month.

Upcoming schedule:

  • November 8th - Picture Retakes
  • November 9th - School Board Meeting, Santiam Travel Station, 6:00-8:00p
  • November 10th - Pudding Pies & Podcasts event for K-5 families 4:30-6:00p

  • November 10th - Latino Family/Parent Night (via Zoom), 6:00-7:00p
  • November 11th - No School - Veterans Day
  • November 12th - No School - Staff Preparation Day
  • November 24th-26th - No School - Thanksgiving Break
  • December 6th - Dental Screening
  • December 6th-10th - Scholastic Book Fair at Hamilton Creek School library
  • December 20th-31st - No School - Winter Break

Here's to a great November and a peaceful beginning to the holiday season!


Jordon Ford

Updated School Hours (as of November 1st)

K-8 Regular Schedule (M, T, Th, F):

Doors open at 7:20

Classes begin at 7:30


  • Kindergarten/1st at 2:09
  • 2nd/3rd at 2:11
  • 4th/5th at 2:13
  • 6th-8th at 2:15

K-8 Early Release Schedule (Wednesday):

Doors open at 7:20

Classes begin at 7:30


  • Kindergarten/1st at 12:09
  • 2nd/3rd at 12:11
  • 4th/5th at 12:13
  • 6th-8th at 12:15

School Meals are FREE!

Breakfast and Lunch are free for all students in 2021-22. Check out the menu!
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Staff Members of the Month

September's Staff Member of the Month was Julie Ragan. Julie is our Title I teacher and reading specialist at The Creek. She's a pretty amazing educator! Aside from running our Title program (and Lacomb School's, as well!) she supports teachers and assistants in becoming knowledgeable about best practices related to the science of reading. We're lucky to have Julie's many years of experience as a classroom teacher on our team. Thanks Mrs. Ragan!

October's Staff Member of the Month is Kelly Zaina. Kelly is in her second year as our Kitchen Manager having previously worked at Green Acres. Kelly's positive attitude is contagious and is felt anytime you enter the cafe or kitchen. She greets everyone with a warm welcome and works hard everyday to ensure our students get a healthy meal in a supportive environment. Thanks Mrs. Zaina!

Cougar Students of the Month (K-5) - Our Citizenship focus in September was Responsibility

Emerson Nelson

Avery Beaty

Kira Gazeley

Allie Killgore

Wyatt Libby

Ryder Jenkins

Conner Herb

Brooklyn Holt

Emerson Myers

Mathematicians of the Month - September

Leland Aldrich

Ivan Silcox

Jacob Adelman

Kayloni Parker

Chloe Sim

Colton Mackie

Archer King

Gabby Breshears

Noah Dodge

Writers of the Month - September

Rayna Benson

Ryan Tacy

Nala Duncan

Willow Stubenrauch

Leyla Solis Andrade

Ariannah Figueroa

Noah Turner

Kyle Johnson

Sadie Dalton

Optimist Award Winner - September

Kodi Hilchey - Kindergarten

BULB - Bringing Up Learning and Behavior - September

6th Grade - Alvin Villa-Madrid

7th Grade - Anthony Lambert

8th Grade - Kamber Barge

Middle School Winter Sports...

Click here for information about middle school athletics through Seven Oak Middle School.
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K-6 Basketball through Boys and Girls Club

Click here for info about upcoming early and late winter basketball season.

Free Library Cards for Kids!

Click here to see how.

Student and staff safety is our first priority!

Masks are required indoors.

At least 3 feet of social distance

Clean and sanitized hands.

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If your child has any of the above symptoms please keep them home and notify the school office. Thank you.