Oak Creek Coyote News

December 17, 2021

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Oak Creek Families,

As we finish the last day of school for this calendar year, we are very grateful to be serving students in such a supportive community, and we hope you all enjoy the extra time with your children over the break. Thank you for your ongoing support from home, and all of the expressions of gratitude and well wishes this last week!

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:

  • Volunteers Return to OCE
  • What is an SRO?
  • Oregon State Assessment Opt-Out Form
  • Kiwanis Virtual Santa
  • Breakfast and Lunch Routines
  • Student Illness Reminders: When to Keep Home from School
  • Oak Creek FAQs

LOSD District News:

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

Dates to Remember!

December 20-31: Winter Break

January 17: No School: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 28: No School: Grade Prep Day

February 21: No School: Presidents Day

March 21-25: No School: Spring Break

April 1: 11:30AM Early Dismissal

April 7-8: No School: Conferences

May 27: No School: Grade Prep Day

May 30: No School: Memorial Day

June 10: 11:30AM Early Dismissal Last Day of Classes

Tualatin Food Pantry

Holiday Hams, turkeys, and roasts along with some sides will be available during our regular business hours starting this THURSDAY, December 16! Come for your regular food, just the holiday kit or both! Available for all families in need from Tualatin, Wilsonville, West Linn, and Lake Oswego.

DONATIONS needed and accepted during regular hours as well as the hour before each day. Top needs: 25 more hams, sugar, flour, oil, canned veggies and canned fruit. Thank you!!

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Car Line Request

We are requesting that parents who are driving to pick up students in 2nd-5th grade, please avoid getting into the line before 2:40 (or 2:00 on Thursdays), even if they have younger siblings. We are trying to load students only in kindergarten and 1st grade before that time. When parents are waiting on older students who are not yet released from class, it grid locks our parking lot. We may have to start sending parents back out of the parking lot if they are here for older students too early. Thank you in advance for your help in creating a smooth and quick dismissal process for everyone.

Volunteers Returning to OCE - Starting with Kindergarten

We are excited to welcome back volunteers into our classrooms beginning in January! Volunteers and special guests are an integral part of our learning community and we look forward to reconnecting through service and support.

To make sure we are able to continue successful in-person instruction, we plan to introduce volunteers gradually to allow us to monitor possible transmission, adjust practices, and provide time to verify district volunteer requirements.

At the elementary level, we will start with kindergarten class volunteers beginning the week of January 10, and add more groups and grade levels in the coming weeks. The Art Literacy committee is organizing materials to launch in February.

At the middle and high schools, principals will work with teachers, staff and parent club leaders to begin introducing more volunteers and guests into our schools.

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteers need to verify the following requirements before volunteering in schools:

Let’s get prepared for January: If you are planning to volunteer in our school, please email a copy (or a photo) of your proof of vaccination to Carrie Beach at beachc@loswego.k12.or.us.

What is an SRO?

The Lake Oswego Police Department (LOPD) and the Lake Oswego School District (LOSD) work together with students, parents, teachers, and administrators to facilitate safe school environments that foster and support our Lake Oswego youth. School Resource Officers (SROs) provide consistent and readily available support for various K-12 schools within the City of Lake Oswego. This ongoing trust and relationship building supports a safer and more productive learning environment for our youth. To learn more about how our SRO's support our students and schools, please check out the SRO section of Safety & Security on the district website: https://www.losdschools.org/Page/8501

Oregon State Assessment Opt-Out Form

Every year, Oregon students take assessments to meet federal requirements. The purpose of these assessments is to provide data that schools can use to ensure each and every child is on track and achieving learning goals. State law requires us to inform you that a form is available from the State Department of Education that allows you to opt your child out of the math and English Language Arts assessments for the current school year. Should you wish to opt out your child, fill out the form and submit it to the main office at your child’s school. Please note the submission deadlines listed on the form. Meeting the deadline will help the school with planning and preparation. If you wish your child not to participate in the science assessment for grades 5, 8, and 11, submit this request in writing to the principal of your child's school. If you have questions or want more information about state assessments, please contact your child’s principal or teacher(s). Click here for opt-out form for Math and English Language Arts.

Kiwanis Virtual Santa

PTO Corner

Message from PTO!

Dear Oak Creek Community,

Happy Holidays! We hope you have a wonderful end to 2021 and look forward to seeing you in 2022. Have a great break!

Safe Routes

Our school is getting safer!

Oak Creek Elementary PTO was recently awarded one of twenty-five $500 mini-grants from the Safe Routes To School program; a national effort to encourage students and families to “walk and roll” to school. New MUTCD compliant LED safety vests and LED stop sign paddles were purchased to assist school crossing guards by enhancing visibility.

Please notice and stop for the flashing crossing guards before and after school. We also ask that you do not park on Kingsgate road by the school in the "No Parking" locations. Those that have parked there are endangering children and families. Thank you for taking a little more time to ensure safety first!

Winter Bingo!

Stay busy this break with our Bingo card that has been sent home. You may download and print it out at home if you do not have one. Try to fill out all the squares you can. Send your bingo card to OakCreekElementaryPTO@gmail.com by Monday, January 3rd to be entered for a chance to win! Please send incomplete Bingo cards too if you did some.

Directory Spot

Are you looking for playdates this winter break? Enter your information into the directory so other families can find your information and contact you.

Here is how:

If you WERE a DirectorySpot user last year, please log in (same username and password) to review your families new data for this school year. Please make sure you have the latest version of DirectorySpot to see the new features (check the app store for any “updates”).

If you are a NEW user, you have been set up and can download DirectorySpot for free from the App Store (iPhone users) or Google Play (Android users), or you can also access the data from the web.

Here at Oak Creek, the PTO uses DirectorySpot to share information with our school community. DirectorySpot is a mobile, private, and secure directory platform customized for our school. It’s purpose is to provide a way to communicate with families about events and activities at Oak Creek as well as tools to help people stay connected. All schools in the Lake Oswego School District use DirectorySpot for this purpose. It can also serve as a way to look up class lists by teacher and as an online family directory.

You can access the directory, once you have your account and password set up,via the internet here or via the Android or Apple app.

For your security, the directory is by invite only. As a new family to Oak Creek, you should have received an email on how to set up your account. The email detailed how you can download the app and directs your family to set up a password for your account. Only Oak Creek from the school district’s enrollment data. If for some reason, information is missing or incorrect, you can edit the information yourself at any time and choose which information you

wish to share or not share. If you log in and see your family’s data, note that you are the only one who can see this information aside from the DirectorySpot Oak Creek Admin.

If you have questions please refer to this helpful guide.

Still have questions?

Email us at ocedirectoryspothelp@gmail.com

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.


To make a donation, please click here: OC Donation

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


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. More information is HERE.


We are still 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 as of January 2022 volunteers should be allowed into the school with proof of vaccination and ID!

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. We still have two positions available this year. Contact OakCreekElementaryPTO@gmail.com if you have questions or would like to join.

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

Grayce Moody / Communications


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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.


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

Message from OC Counselors (Snack Donation Requested)

Dear Oak Creek Families,

December 2021

During the month of December, we look forward to investing our time, head, heart and hands on the character trait of C R E A T I V I T Y in our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons, classrooms, and school.

One of the best things about being a human being is our ability to imagine! We get this cool part of our brain that allows us to not just think about survival, but also about sparkly space pigeons or colorful caterpillars or a cardboard box that is secretly a rocket ship. It is that same imagination that makes a sandbox into the moon that is capable of imagining the world’s problems as opportunities for new, bold, innovative solutions. This month, we will be talking about and practicing solving problems, working in teams, and dreaming up new perspectives! The only way we change the negative normals in our world is to have the Courage and Creativity to think differently and exercise our imagination to help make the world better!

The definition students will be learning this month is:

Creativity: Using your imagination to create something

or solve a problem.

We believe involving families in our Social Emotional Learning is important. The letters linked below include activities, conversation starters, reading lists, and more for you to explore CREATIVITY further as a family:

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

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

Wishing you and your family a season of peace, love, and joy.


Roxanne Davidson and Jodi Pope

School Counselors

davidsor@loswego.k12.or.us Grades 2-5

popej@loswego.k12.or.us GradesK/1

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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.

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 current lunch/breakfast menu here: LOSD Lunch/Bfast Menu

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.

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.

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.


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/