CSD40 Update

Creswell School District - 5.6.22

In this update:

  • Message from the Superintendent
  • Upcoming Events and Key Dates
  • CHS Spotlight: Outdoor Club
  • At-home COVID-19 Tests
  • April in CSD
  • Family Resource Center
  • KITS - Kids in Transition to School
Community Resources
  • Preschool Promise - 2022-23 Family Interest List
  • University of Oregon - Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL)

Message from Superintendent Mike Johnson

Dear CSD Families,

Each year at schools across the nation, the first full week of May is recognized as Teacher Appreciation Week. At Creswell School District, we are fortunate to employ an incredible team of educators who are dedicated to our students' progress. They are creative, resilient, and inspiring in the ways they engage not only their pupils but one another. They share goals and encouragement while keeping students' well-being central in their planning and instruction. While 2022's Teacher Appreciation Week may be ending, I am grateful for CSD's teachers each week of the year.

We all have had special teachers who helped instill confidence, exposed us to new ideas, or urged us to dream big, including educators, parents, family members, peers, and mentors. I invite you to reach out to one of YOUR special teachers and let them know how much you appreciate them; I assure you it will make their day.

Mike Johnson

Upcoming Events and Key Dates

Following are some key dates and upcoming CSD events:

  • Monday, May 30th - NO SCHOOL - Memorial Day
  • Friday, June 10th - Creswell High School Graduation
  • Tuesday, June 14th - Creswell Middle School 8th Grade Promotion
  • Wednesday, June 15th - Creslane Elementary School 5th Grade Promotion

To view additional activities that are taking place around CSD, you can visit our academic and events calendars here.

CHS Spotlight: Outdoor Club

“Young people who have a connection to wilderness are more likely to be stewards of the land and we want to do whatever we can to foster that,” says CHS Outdoor Club advisor Liz Babbs. Babbs, who founded the club during the 2017-2018 school year, is delighted to once again be able to organize club outings for students.

“Our goal with the Outdoor Club is to reduce barriers for getting young people into the outdoors. Whether it is through learning leave no trace principles, access to expensive gear, free or reduced cost lessons and excursions, and exposure to skills required for the outdoors, we hope to get them as much access as possible.”

Through fundraising projects, direct support from the community, donations of climbing shoes from Elevation Bouldering Gym, and SPARK! Creative Learning grants from SELCO Community Credit Union, the Outdoor Club has been building their equipment inventory and helping cover costs to allow students the opportunity to try new activities.

Senior Lilly Heltman-Hogg says, "An experience I never would have had without Outdoor Club is learning to climb - both top rope and bouldering. I don't think I ever would have had the chance to just step out of my comfort zone and leap on high rocks. I think Outdoor Club really gave me access to rock climbing specifically by, one, giving me the equipment that I needed without too much cost, and encouraging me to do those things ... and just giving me the confidence to climb!"

This year, Babbs and assistant advisor Kori Wanner have, among other activities, taken students backpacking at Matthieu Lakes, hiking and camping at Sisters and Tumalo Falls, cross country skiing and climbing at Sisters Boulders.

The Outdoor Club is one of many extracurricular activities in which CHS students can choose to participate.

At-home COVID-19 Tests

ODE and the Oregon Health Authority (OHA) are partnering to expand at-home COVID-19 testing for all children in Oregon’s public K-12 schools. Starting in May, OHA will be sending iHealth COVID-19 tests to distribute to our student population. This distribution represents one strategy to increase access to testing resources in our school communities, especially as students head into the summer break during which they may no longer have access to testing at school.

Students and their families are encouraged to use these tests if they develop symptoms consistent with COVID-19 or who have had a known exposure to COVID-19.

To request a test kit, please fill out the form here.

April in CSD

Please enjoy this brief glimpse into some of the learning and activities that took place across the district during the month of April.
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4th Graders visit the State Capitol

As part of their Oregon unit, Creslane 4th graders recently traveled to Salem to learn more about Oregon's history and how our state government operates. Experiential learning opportunities like these allow students to connect theories and knowledge learned in the classroom to real-world situations.

Family Resource Center

The Creswell Family Resource Center at Creswell School District strives to help build stronger and healthier family relationships through educational activities, parenting programs and workshops, and partnering with community organizations. Helping families move from surviving to thriving is our ultimate goal.

If you think you or someone you know could benefit from services or assistance that the Family Resource Center offers, please complete this form to provide your contact information and connect with the FRC.

KITS - Kids In Transition to School

Registration is now open for a FREE kindergarten summer program at Creslane. KITS offers opportunities for students to get comfortable with their school, gain school readiness skills, and meet new friends.

To register your child, click here.

*** Please note that the KITS session dates have been updated. Morning and afternoon sessions will be available July 11 - August 25 ***

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Preschool Promise - 2022-23 Family Interest List

Preschool Promise provides free, high-quality preschool for 3 and 4 year olds. To qualify, families must meet age, income, and residency requirements. To learn more about their current program, visit their site here.

Preschool Promise has a 2022-23 Family Interest List so that families can be emailed or mailed the 22-23 application when it becomes available in early summer.

To get on that list, interested families can call, text (541-357-5819), or email (preschoolpromise@unitedwaylane.org) with:

  • Adult's first/last name
  • Child’s date of birth
  • If they would like the app emailed or mailed when it becomes available
  • Preferred language
  • Email or mailing address, depending on their request

Please see the flyers below for additional details.

University of Oregon - Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL)

The University of Oregon is accepting applications for their FREE Summer Academy to Inspire Learning (SAIL) pre-college program.

Their mission is to inspire middle and high school students from low socioeconomic, first-generation and underrepresented backgrounds from across the state of Oregon to pursue, enroll and succeed in higher education by providing first hand experiences with faculty, volunteers, college student mentors and university campus resources.

They offer hybrid programs, with a mix of in-person and virtual experiences, in addition to interactive & residential programs.

Summer Program Dates for 2022: August 1-5 & August 8-12. Click here to learn more and for the link to register.