Oak Creek Elementary

Coyote News - May 20, 2022

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Principal's Message

Oak Creek Families,

With the improving weather, we have more students walking and riding their bikes to school. We love to see students and families making this choice! It is also important to know that this has has lead to a few near misses with automobiles just off campus. If you child is walking to or from school, or riding their bike, please take the time to review safety practices with them. We want to make sure everyone stays safe!

Read below to find more information about many important items. To make sure you see everything, click on the message so that it opens in your web browser. 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

Principal, Oak Creek Elementary

In This Message:

Updated in Every Edition:

  • Principal's Message
  • Dates to Remember
  • Counselor Corner
  • Message from Your PTO
  • COVID-19 Reported Case Update

NEW In This Edition:

  • Oak Creek 5th Grade Celebration: Vaccinations and Exemptions

  • Hunger Fighters New Location and Hours

  • Not Coming Back to Oak Creek?

Repeated Information:

  • Request for PTO Support

  • State Assessment Score Report Info

  • Tualatin Food Pantry Information

  • 2022-2023 Enrollment Verification

  • i-Ready Spring Assessment

  • Summer Basketball Camp Sign-ups Available

  • OCE State Testing (OSAS) Information

  • 2022-2023 Registration for New OCE Students
  • Upcoming Health Lessons
  • Oak Creek FAQs

LOSD District News:

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

Dates to Remember!

Every Thursday is Early Release at 2PM

May 27: No School: Grade Prep Day

May 30: No School: Memorial Day

June 6: Field Day

June 8: Fifth Grade Field Trip to Oaks Park

June 9: Fifth Grade Celebration Ceremony

June 10: 11:00 AM Early Dismissal Last Day of Classes

Oak Creek 5th Grade Celebration: Vaccinations and Exemptions

We are looking forward to celebrating your child with you at our end-of-year 5th grade celebration. To ensure that all may participate, LOSD is making an exception for end-of-year ceremonies and accepting exemption requests for unvaccinated adults to attend their child’s ceremony.

For any adult in your family who plans to attend the ceremony and is not vaccinated for COVID-19, please submit an exemption form along with a photo of your negative test to Carrie Beach at beachc@loswego.k12.or.us by June 8. We will not be able to collect exemption forms and tests at the ceremony. Thank you!

Medical Exemption Form

Religious Exemption Form


Ms. Benson sends big thanks to parents for their support of the Scholastic Book Fair! Look at the comfortable stools she purchased with some of the proceeds!
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Not Coming Back to Oak Creek?

If you are moving out of district and your students will not be attending a Lake Oswego school in the fall, please call the office at 503.534.2323 to let us know. Thank you in advance!

Please Check Lost and Found!

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Request for PTO Support

Oak Creek Families,

My name is Kirstin Martin, and I am the current PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) President. Our PTO provides grants to each of our teachers, cover field trip costs, bring science and art to the classrooms, and organize events like the Jogathon. We keep money we raise in our school only. We need volunteers to help to make this possible.

Most of our volunteer executive board members also hold full time jobs. Our activities are made possible by spreading out our work among many volunteers. We now need those volunteers to step up. We are looking to bring in many new Kinder, 1st and 2nd grade volunteers but also need those parents in 3rd, 4th and 5th that have not yet come forward.

Please reach out to OakCreekElementaryPTO@gmail.com for more information. We are choosing new members for our 2022-2023 executive board May 17th and would like to add volunteers to our roster for next year. No prior experience necessary. Just a desire to add to our Oak Creek Community!

Kirstin Martin

Oak Creek Elementary PTO -President

State Assessment Score Reports

This summer, LOSD will deliver students’ state assessment results online through ParentVUE rather than mailing paper. This is in keeping with the district’s strategic goal of sustainability and mirrors how we deliver report cards. Your child’s assessment reports will appear on your ParentVUE Documents page in late July. As you review your student’s English Language Arts, math, and science scores, please keep in mind:

  • An achievement level of 3 or 4 is considered to be on track for the student’s grade level.
  • Scores on state assessments are only one measure of a student’s academic progress. We use these scores in conjunction with classroom work and other daily, weekly, monthly, and term assessments to understand your student’s strengths and areas for improvement.

If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, go to the login page, click "I am a Parent," then click "Forgot Password." If you are unsure whether you have a ParentVUE account or need assistance, please contact your student’s school.

Tualatin Food Pantry Information

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2022-2023 Enrollment Verification

Beginning April 29, LOSD needs parents/guardians of all students enrolled for the 2022-23 school year to log into ParentVUE and review/update your students' information through the Register/Verify tab.

This benefits both families and schools by:

  • Ensuring that schools have accurate information to reach parents and other contacts in both emergency and non-emergency situations. Verification is important even if your address or contact information has not changed over the past year because the school may have incorrect information from a previous year.
  • Confirming parent email addresses for Google Classroom and other applications to participate in your student's learning.
  • Enabling distribution of key information in the district's K-12 Family Handbook.

If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, go to the login page, click "I am a Parent," then click "Forgot Password." If you are unsure whether you have a ParentVUE account, contact your student's school. For assistance with the verification process, refer to the user guide on the LOSD website or contact your student's school.

i-Ready Spring Assessment

Soon, elementary students in Lake Oswego will complete two online i-Ready assessments in class. One is for math and the other is for reading. As you know, i-Ready is a program that helps us determine your child’s strengths and areas for future growth. This is the third of three i-Ready diagnostic assessments we give each year, and the results will be shared with parents before the summer break. For kindergartners, this will be their second i-Ready assessment.

Boys/Girls Summer Basketball Camp Sign-ups Now Available

Summer basketball camps for both boys and girls are happening this summer! Sign-ups are now available through Community School! Link here: Summer Basketball Camp Sign-Ups

Oregon State Assessment System: OSAS Testing Coming Soon!

Please help your child be ready to do their best on the state assessment by helping them remember to:

  • Get lots of exercise during the day and plenty of rest at night
  • Eat a healthy breakfast
  • Bring a book to read when they are finished
  • Bring their CHARGED chromebook and headphones (we will provide them for students who do not bring their own from home)
  • Leave smartphones/watches at home, or turn them into their teacher (If a student has a smartphone or watch during testing it can invalidate their test; smart phones and watches are an impropriety, per state assessment regulations)
  • Try their best, have a great attitude and a growth mindset!

If you have a child in grades 3-5, please review the schedule below, and remember to get students to school on time and avoid scheduling appointments on testing days if possible. Students do better when they can test with their class, instead of having to catch up at a different time. Thank you in advance for your support!

Updated OSAS Schedule

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Volunteer Requirements

We're are excited to welcome volunteers back into our schools!! Please watch for communication from your child's teacher about when the opportunity will be available in their classroom, and check out our website for volunteer requirements.

2022-2023 Registration

In order for us to be ready for school in the fall, please share with your friends and neighbors: Registration for the 2022-23 school year (all grade levels) is open online! This is for new students who have never enrolled in Lake Oswego before and for returning students who are not currently enrolled but will re-enroll for next year. Registration is online through ParentVUE. Parents do not need to register students for 2022-23 who are currently attending during the 2021- 22 school year.

Upcoming Health Lessons

Our teachers use the adopted Health Curriculum, The Great Body Shop, to teach the required Oregon Health Standards to our students. THE GREAT BODY SHOP is a comprehensive health education curriculum which is sequential, developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive, and medically accurate. The lessons align with Oregon’s Health Education Standards and are embedded with social-emotional learning. Watch your classroom teacher's newsletter for upcoming topics. If you would like to review the health curriculum, please contact the school office. More information, including an opt-out form if needed, can be found on the District website.

Counselor Corner

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Dear Oak Creek Families,

During May, we will work together to practice the character trait of COOPERATION in our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons, classrooms, and throughout our school.

As a school community, we will be examining how Cooperation looks, sounds, and feels. Cooperation is about assistance, support, collaboration, & teamwork. It is a necessary tool in our toolbox for creating a community that cares for one another.

Students will be encouraged to use cooperation skills such as communication, self-awareness, and the ability to step up (or step back) when the time is right to best support whatever group you are working with. Using these skills will help us to work alongside one another and create things, together, that are better than anything we could create on our own.

The definition students will be learning this month is COOPERATION: working together

& helping others.

Here are links for extension activities to explore COOPERATION further as a family:

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

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

In Partnership,

Roxanne Davidson & Wendy Olsen, School Counselors

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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.

503-534-2323 davidsor@loswego.k12.or.us


Message from PTO!

Dear Oak Creek Community,

Calling all graphic artists! We need a new graphic made for our Coyote Day shirts for next year. Reach out to the PTO if you would like to donate your skills to our school. Full credit will be given to you if you wish. Thank you for your help!

Engraved Bricks

Have you seen the cool personalized bricks in front of the school? Have you wished you could get one installed for your kiddo? If so, here’s your chance! The PTO is again selling personalized bricks this year. Bricks can be purchased through the online PTO store at Order Form. Once you have ordered a brick, use this google form to send us the message you want on it HERE, or feel free to email Iris Tilley at itilley@barran.com with any questions.


Are you feeling like showing some school spirit? Here is a link to our Oak Creek Spiritwear.

Oak Creek Spiritwear

Don't miss this chance to save on our entire Oak Creek Elementary School tie-dye lineup! All tie-dye short sleeves, tie-dye long sleeves and tie-dye hoodies are $5 off now though May 8th.

School Supplies

Returning Oak Creek families can now purchase School supplies for next year. Here is the link for school supplies: Supplies. These supplies will be ready at the beginning of next school year. You will not need to worry about having to find your student's supplies during the shipping crisis.


To make a donation, please click here: OC Donation

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

As tax season approaches, we remind you that all PTO donations are Tax Deductible.

EIN: 81-3009316 (for tax records)

PTO Website

If you are interested in joining the PTO please reach out via email and check out our website- PTO Website, OakCreekElementaryPTO@gmail.com.

Thank you for your continued 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


COVID-19 Reported Case Update

The LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard is up to date with the number of staff and students who have reported to LOSD testing positive for COVID-19, regardless of school exposure. At Oak Creek, we had 11 cases reported in the last week. With any potential exposure, people are advised to watch for illness symptoms and follow Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 exclusion procedures. Please contact Ann Nelson, nelsona@loswego.k12.or.us, if your student has tested positive for COVID-19.


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?

Currently. masks are optional for students, staff and volunteers. 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

"I Love Lake Oswego" Clothing Closet Open to Entire Community!

I Love Lake Oswego Clothing Closet has received an overwhelming amount of support and donation during the pandemic. We want to give back to our community and encourage our community to lean on us not for just hard times, but for up cycling, sustainability, and for our environment. In the past the closet was just for students, and since the pandemic we have opened our doors to anyone within our community.

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.)

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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/

Interested in OCE Spirit Wear? Check out this website sponsored by our PTO! OCE Spirit Wear

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