Oak Creek Elementary

Coyote News - December 2, 2022

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Principal's Message

Oak Creek Families,

December is here and with it, lots of fun and family activities. Our team is working hard to make the two weeks we have here in school meaningful and engaging for students. Thank you in advance for prioritizing school, even with so many other things happening for us all. Our focused character trait for December is empathy. Think of different ways you can ask your child(ren) to consider other people's perspectives, and celebrate it when you see it happening!

Please make sure to read below for important information, including information about OBOB, i-Ready, two "bee" opportunities, and more! If you have any questions, please see the FAQ section below, or feel free to reach out to myself or Tess Kristoffersson at kristoft@loswego.k12.or.us.

Thank you,

Barb Keeton

In This Message:

Updated in Every Edition:

  • Principal's Message
  • Dates to Remember
  • PTO Corner

NEW In This Edition:

  • Supporting Students at Home with i-Ready Personalized Instruction (My Path)
  • More OBOB Information
  • Purposeful People: Empathy

Repeated Information:

  • Oregon State Assessment Opt-out form
  • Two "Bee" Opportunities!
  • Nurses' Note
  • Holiday Outreach
  • Recognitions and Observations in November

LOSD District News:

  • "I Love Lake Oswego" Clothing Closet
  • The Music Man
  • SafeOregon
  • Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App

Dates to Remember!

December 8: Vision Screening

December 19-January 2: Winter Break - No School

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Good Neighbor Request

Our families and community are asking parents to remember that parking on the side of Kingsgate creates hazardous conditions for others who are driving and walking in the area. Please find other options during arrival, dismissal, and other events.

Supporting Students at Home with i-Ready Personalized Instruction (My Path)

To unlock i-Ready's full potential, students should access 45 minutes of instruction per subject (reading and math) per week. Each student's i-Ready Personalized Instruction (My Path) provides instruction at their individual level, providing them with additional instruction and opportunities to practice the skills they need to be successful. With holiday breaks coming up, i-Ready Personalized Instruction (My Path) is an excellent option to help keep your student's skills sharp and extend their learning. If you have any questions about how to access i-Ready Personalized Instruction (My Path) on your student's device, please feel free to contact your teacher.
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OBOB Information

We sure hope everyone is enjoying their books and teams now that sign-ups have closed!

The OBOB team has put together a slideshow of basic information about OBOB at OCE for families and students that are involved. Take a look!


Thank you to all those who have volunteered to help with OBOB! If you have not reached out yet, please do. We have various times and categories for the types of help needed.

The OCE OBOB team is hosting a parent volunteer meeting on December 6th at 7pm over zoom. Join us.

Topic: OBOB Parent Meeting

Time: Dec 6, 2022 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting


Meeting ID: 948 8465 8509

You can also reach out to THE OCE OBOB Team by communicating with the PTO - Please email: Kirstin Martin at oakcreekelementarypto@gmail.com

For all other questions please contact The OCE School Librarian & OBOB Book Club Coordinator email: Darcy Benson at bensond@loswego.k12.or.us

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



Purposeful People

Dear Oak Creek Community,

This month’s Social Emotional Learning focus is EMPATHY. One way to think about Empathy is “understanding and connecting with other people’s feelings.” Empathy is a practice that can help us grow strong relationships. Empathy is one of three traits we will focus on throughout the year that helps students Be Kind. Throughout the school, students will be developing skills like perspective-taking, conflict resolution, and leadership.

Have some fun connecting as a family this month while practicing Empathy. Here is a “PurposeFull Pursuit” for you to complete together, if you wish.

Find a time to celebrate all the ways you have seen each other practice Empathy. Take turns sharing responses to the following prompts or make up your own. Remember to practice Empathy as you listen to each other.

  • What is one way a family member has shown you Empathy lately?

  • Share about a time someone was a good friend to you.

  • Share about a time when you felt like someone really listened to you.

  • Share about a time you worked with a family member to resolve a conflict successfully.

  • Share about a time you stopped to look at a situation from someone else’s point of view.

  • Share about someone you think is a good leader. What can you learn about leadership from that person?

Thank you for your partnership! It’s an honor to watch our school community grow with Empathy!


Roxanne Davidson

Ms. D 💙 Oak Creek Elementary School Counselor 💙 davidsor@loswego.k12.or.us


Hello Oak Creek!

We need volunteers! If you are registered in the Raptor volunteer system and are available, please sign up on the links below.

Vision Screening Volunteers

Wreath Pickup Volunteers

Hour of Code

Order your yearbook! Pre-order for $25. If you make a “Direct Ask” donation, or a donation over $175, a yearbook is included.

Thank you for your donations to the PTO! 2022 donations are tax-deductible with EIN#: 81-3009316.

Explore, play, and create alongside your kiddo with Hour of Code.

We are partnering with Minted for a fundraiser! Order cards and invitations on minted.com and save 20% on your order, while 15% of your order is donated to the Oak Creek PTO. Use code: FUNDRAISEOAKCREEK when ordering.

Thank you for visiting Killer Burger! We made over $400!

Questions? OakCreekElementaryPTO@gmail.com

Oak Creek Elementary PTO Executive Committee

Kirstin Martin / President

Amanda Schade / Treasurer VP

Samantha McCaskey / Assistant Treasurer VP

Page Donnelly/ Membership VP

Brooke Mattern / Communications VP

Holli Hansford / Co-Events and Enrichment VP

Barry Hansford / Co-Events and Enrichment VP

Steve Farnham / Co-Fundraising VP

Heather Shoyer / Co-Fundraising VP

Lauren Terpstra / Parental Involvement VP

Rachel Wilde / Secretary VP

Teressa Raine / Sustainability VP

Oregon State Assessment Opt-Out Form

Each school year, Oregon students take assessments to meet federal requirements. The purpose of these assessments is to provide data that schools can use to ensure that 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.
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History Bee and Spelling Bee

Two exciting upcoming opportunities!

The Who Was History Bee- Grades 3-5

Students in grades 3-5 will have the opportunity to participate in The Who Was? History Bee! Reading and participating in the Bee is a fun way to learn and test your knowledge about people in history. The Bee will start with a classroom competition the week of November 28th. Winners from each class will move on to the school bee the week of December 12th. The school finalist will write an essay the week of March 20th to compete in the Western Regionals.

Scripps National Spelling and Vocabulary Bee- Grades 4-5

Our 4th and 5th graders will have an opportunity to participate in the Scripps National Spelling and Vocabulary Bee. Classroom competitions will be the week of January 3rd. The top scorers from each class will participate in the school bee the week of February 6th. The school winner will then move on to the regional bee in March.

Check your student's Google Classroom for additional information and helpful study links. For questions, please contact our TAG Coordinator, Alix Swanson. (swansona@loswego.k12.or.us)

Nurses' Note

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Please click here to: Learn when to keep your children home from school.

VISION SCREENING: Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation will soon be conducting their

annual vision screening of K,1,3,and 5th grades.


On the day of your school's vision screening, please consider donating any old glasses you have to the Lions Club. Click for more information

IMMUNIZATIONS: Is your child up to date? Check here and be sure to update school records before you leave for Winter Break.

Contact your District Nurse.


Oak Creek Elementary is able to offer resources to households that may need a helping hand over the holidays. Below is a brief description of holiday resources that are being offered. Please complete the form if you would like to be contacted to receive any of these services.

Use this link to complete the form:


If you have questions please feel free to contact us. Your privacy will be respected.

Roxanne Davidson, School Counselor

davidsor@loswego.k12.or.us 503.534.2323

Kristin Guelsdorf, District Social Worker

guelsdok@loswego.k12.or.us. 971.204.9555

Recognitions, Observations in December

We have a lot to celebrate and acknowledge this month. All teachers and staff are encouraged to find ways to recognize these and other awareness opportunities to help create a culture of belonging in our schools.

Special Education Day, December 2, commemorates the anniversary of our nation's first federal special education law, the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act, signed by President Ford on December 2, 1975.

International Day of People with Disabilities, December 3, is an international observance promoted by the United Nations since 1992. It has been observed with varying degrees of success around the planet.

Human Rights Day, December 10, is observed every year on the day the United Nations General Assembly adopted, in 1948, the Universal Declaration of Human Rights (UDHR). The UDHR is a milestone document, which proclaims the inalienable rights that everyone is entitled to as a human being - regardless of race, colour, religion, sex, language, political or other opinion, national or social origin, property, birth or other status. Available in more than 500 languages, it is the most translated document in the world.

Bill of Rights Day, December 15, was ratified on December 15, 1791. Understanding the Bill of Rights is also an important part of the naturalization test.

Hanukkah, December 18-26, also known as the Festival of Lights, is a Jewish festival commemorating the recovery of Jerusalem and subsequent rededication of the Second Temple at the beginning of the Maccabean revolt against the Seleucid Empire in the 2nd century BCE. Academics and work permitted.

Christmas, December 25, commemorates the birth of Jesus of Nazareth. In Christianity, Christmas marks the beginning of the larger season of Christmastide, which lasts twelve days. Traditions include the sending of cards, decorating with poinsettias and a Christmas tree, singing Christmas carols, and giving gifts. Recommended accommodations: Observe with no school, meetings or events.

Kwanzaa, December 26-January 1, is an annual holiday affirming African family and social values. During the festival, families and friends gather together and exchange gifts. People also light a series of black, red, and green candles, which are symbols of the seven basic values of African American family life — unity, self-determination, collective work and responsibility, cooperative economics, purpose, creativity, and faith.

If we've missed a recognition opportunity, please email kristoft@loswego.k12.or.us.

LOSD District News

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"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/

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