OAK CREEK News
We wanted to thank all the parents in our primary grades for joining us at Music Shares these past weeks! The benefits of music education are well documented. Early exposure to music promotes collaboration and communication skills, creativity, self-expression, and leadership, and overall improved academic performance. Music is essential if we want to truly offer a world-class and well-rounded education to our students.
We are so fortunate in Irvine that we are able to offer quality music instruction to our students beginning with our youngest students in Transitional Kindergarten all the way through 12th grade. School districts across Orange County have cut back and even eliminated music in the face of budget challenges, and I am grateful that we have a partner in Irvine Public Schools Foundation who has committed to raising the funds to continue this program as part of every student’s educational experience.
Primary Music is funded entirely by parent and community donations to IPSF, and every dollar donated is matched by the City of Irvine, so even a small gift makes a big impact. I encourage you to visit the below link to make a donation to help keep music alive in Irvine!
The TEAM KIDS CHALLENGE Carnival is coming TO OAK CREEK on thursday, may 24th!
The TEAM KIDS CHALLENGE IS AT OAK CREEK!
WEEK 1: 4/23-4/27 Bring in gently used towels and blankets to donate to the Irvine Animal Shelter!
WEEK 2: 4/30-5/4 Bring in new art supplies to donate to OC CHOC!
WEEK 3: 5/7-5/11 Bring in canned goods to donate to Families Forward!
PATS (Parents Appreciating Teachers and Staff)
ORDER YOUR PATS! There is only one week left to show your teachers and other school staff how much you and your child appreciate all they do by ordering your PATS today! Our teachers enjoy receiving Parents Appreciating Teachers and Staff (PATS) certificates with your personal message and a small gift expressing your gratitude during Teacher Appreciation Week. www.ipsf.net/pats
ACTION NEEDED: LCAP Survey
The 2018-19 school funding survey, which is part of the 10-month Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) process, is now open through Sunday, April 22. By taking this survey, you will help IUSD identify annual goals, take action on those goals, and measure progress on academic achievement, school climate and parent engagement. Your input is critical to IUSD’s decision-making process and will help guide investments in the District’s priorities.
Your participation is important for our school and I would like to encourage you to take the survey. This year, there are two options for participation:
Option #1 is the condensed LCAP survey, which requests feedback on action items grouped by category. This survey has nine questions and one open response.
Option #2 is the comprehensive LCAP survey, which requests feedback on individual action items. This survey has 31 questions and one open response.
To learn more about the state’s funding system, including the Local Control Funding Formula and the LCAP, visit https://iusd.org/about/our-district/lcaplcff.
Thank you in advance for your participation!
April is Earthquake Preparedness Month!
We would like to take this opportunity to encourage our community to be prepared. Taking the following simple steps can help you and your family during an earthquake or other emergency.
Register your home and all family cell phones through the Alert OC system at AlertOC.com to receive emergency alerts and information!
What You Need to Know About School:
IUSD maintains responsibility for our students. Campuses in the Irvine Unified School District will be secured and students will be kept at school until they can safely be released to parents or authorized guardians through an established reunification process.
We prepare to be self-sufficient. Though IUSD works closely with the Irvine Police Department, the Orange County Fire Authority and other agencies, it may be necessary to coordinate our own response efforts if emergency personnel are tending to more immediate needs. IUSD staff members have been assigned specific roles and responsibilities, which are practiced during drills throughout the year.
Stay Connected with IUSD:
SchoolMessenger – IUSD uses SchoolMessenger to send general email, phone and text communications to parents, staff and community members throughout the school year. Schools and the District also use SchoolMessenger for emergency notifications. During an emergency, check your phone, voicemail and email first for the most up-to-date information from the District.
Keep Your Information Updated – Make sure your school has your most up-to-date contact information so they know how to reach you, your spouse and/or responsible caregivers to arrange for pick-up. During times of emergency the school telephones may be overwhelmed with calls, so it is important your school knows how to reach you.
IUSD Website – Visit iusd.org for updates and official information.
Social Media – Stay connected to the District on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter. Social media is an effective and real-time way to communicate, especially when phone lines are down.
Like IUSD on Facebook: facebook.com/irvineunifiedschooldistrict
Follow IUSD on Twitter: twitter.com/iusd
Follow IUSD on Instagram: instagram.com/irvine_unified
OC Student Council Book Drive through March 30th!
Oak Creek Student Council is currently holding a book drive to collect new and gently used books to donate to a lower income elementary school in Santa Ana. Their school would like to be able to provide books to each of their classes for a classroom library. The books will be used by the teachers and students for book reviews, reading circles, and just for fun reading material. They are interested in all genres, types, and levels of kid-friendly books. If you have any new or gently used books just laying around your house, please bring them in to donate to our book drive that goes until Friday, March 30. There are boxes in the pods, office, and library to leave your books to donate. We hope you all can donate, so Oak Creek can help a fellow elementary school build their libraries. Thank you!
English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) 2017–18
Previously known as the CELDT, the English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC) are the tests used to measure how well students understand English when it is not the primary language they speak at home.
About the ELPAC - Students in kindergarten through grade twelve, who are classified as English Language Learners, will take the ELPAC Summative Assessment every year until they are reclassified as proficient in English. Students are tested on their listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.
To learn more about the ELPAC, please read the Parent Guide to Understanding the ELPAC, which can be found at https://www.cde.ca.gov/ta/tg/ep/documents/elpacparentguide.pdf. The ELPAC practice tests are another good resource. They can be found on the ELPAC Web site at https://www.elpac.org, where students and parents can view sample questions.
Our ELPAC testing dates are: April 12, April 20, May 4 and May 9.
More information will be shared about the ELPAC at our next ELAC meeting on Monday, April 9th at 3pm in the Oak Creek Library (childcare will be provided). Contact Amanda Geddes, Ed.D. with any questions. email@example.com
OAK CREEK BOOK FAIR - March 26th-29th!
The spring book fair will be going on next week, parent conference week, in the Oak Creek Library. Families & students may visit the book fair after school March 26-29 from 1:05p.m. to 2:30p.m. The entrance is through the green double doors by the lunch tables.
If you have any questions, please contact our librarian, Melissa Hutton at firstname.lastname@example.org. Happy reading!
Attention all incoming Kindergarten families!
Kindergarten Round-up is this Thursday night, March 8th, at 6pm in the library. This parent-only orientation is for parents of children planning on attending our Kinder program for the 2018/2019 school year. Children must turn 5 years old on or before September 1, 2018 (born between September 2, 2012 and September 1, 2013) to enroll in K. Please call our front office, 949-936-8550, if you have any questions regarding registration for Oak Creek Elementary School.
Congrats to our 6th grade Science Fair Finalists!
- Yuval Pesok, Michael Ray, and Gabe Delson
- Sarah Wilbur & Serena Chao; Alexis Natividad, Anisha Rai, & Hilary Jong
- Jonathan Witkin, Colin Kim, Sydni Hoang, Sofia Santero, Mia Amram, Devadarsini Umpathy, Natalia Morgan
THERE'S STILL TIME TO REGISTER!
This year’s annual Irvine Junior Games will be on Sunday, May 6, 2018. This event is open to all 4th- 8th grade students in IUSD. Registration has been extended for another week. If your child is interested in signing up, please click here and follow the directions.
Feel free to watch this Irvine JuniorGames video to see highlights from past Irvine Junior Games.
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Jeannette Klem at: email@example.com
We look forward to another amazing year for Oak Creek at the 2018 Irvine Junior Games.
It's Cold and Flu Season!
Hand washing is the number one way to prevent the spread of disease.
All next week, Oak Creek Elementary School will be participating in The Great Kindness Challenge! We are working to empower our students to create a culture of kindness. Please visit: https://thegreatkindnesschallenge.com/ for more information.
Whooooo is coming back next year?
In order to project reliable enrollment information District-wide, IUSD is requiring the completion and submission of a separate Residency Verification Form for each student in grades K-6. You will soon receive an email from IUSD about this process, and a hard copy of the form for Oak Creek Elementary School came home with your child today. Please complete and return this form as soon as possible and note that you must also submit two current and complete utility bills and a copy of a current photo ID (CA driver's license, CA ID card, passport, etc.) along with this form. All documents are due by March 9, 2018.
Intent to Return
In order for us to accurately determine our staffing needs for the 2018-2019 school year, we need to verify the continued enrollment of our existing Kindergarten through 5th Grade student population. At the bottom of the Residency Verification Form mentioned above, you will find a box including the Intent to Return Survey for your child(ren). We ask that you answer these questions once for each of your children who currently attend Oak Creek Elementary School (with the exception of sixth grade students). If your student(s) will not be returning to Oak Creek next year, please complete this portion and you do not have to complete the rest of the Residency Verification form above.
Questions regarding Residency Verification or the Intent to Return Survey? Please contact Angie Weiss at (949) 936-8553.
Reminder: First Annual WISE Owl Pancake Breakfast
at The Stand!
Start your weekend off right with a belly full of delicious pancakes while enjoying the company of the Oak Creek community on Saturday, January 27th. Tickets must be purchased in advance by this Saturday (1/20). Click here for more info or to buy tickets. All proceeds will be used to fund supplies for OC classrooms!
Introducing Interim Principal, Patricia Mulhaupt
As previously announced, OC Principal Carlo Grasso will be off campus several days each week starting in January, in order to begin planning for the opening of IUSD's newest K-8 school in fall 2018. On the days that he is off campus, OC students, teachers and parents will continue to enjoy the support and leadership of Assistant Principal Dr. Mandy Ferrell. In addition, former IUSD principal Pat Mulhaupt will be on campus on the days that Mr. Grasso is working off site. She has been a respected leader within our district for many years, starting with her service as the founding principal of Springbrook Elementary School.
Please welcome her and introduce yourself when you see her around campus, and feel free to contact her via email at firstname.lastname@example.org .
LOST AND FOUND
Please stop by the front of our school next week to visit our Lost & Found. Any items not claimed by Thursday are going to be donated to a local charity. There are sweatshirts and lunch boxes aplenty just waiting to be reunited with their owners.
IUSD APAAS PROGRAM
If you are interested in learning more about APAAS, an Alternative Program for Academically Advanced Students in grades 4-6, please attend the annual Parent Night for more information. This meeting will be held on Wednesday, January 24, 6:00 pm - 7:30 pm at Portola High School's Theater, 1001 Cadence, Irvine. The APAAS 2018-2019 school year application will be open January 25 through February 16, 2018. Further information regarding APAAS and the program application can be found at http://iusd.org/education_services/elgate.html.
The Irvine Unified School District conducts an annual Multiple Criteria Measure screening process for all students in 3rd through 7th grades to identify students for placement in the GATE program. The screening process takes place automatically for students within the school day and over the course of the school year. The Otis Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT) is an optional, fee-based assessment. If administered by IUSD, it will be considered as one measure of achievement within the screening process. The OLSAT measures a student's verbal, nonverbal, and quantitative abilities that relate to a student's academic success in school. Students do not need to take the OLSAT to be identified for the GATE program. If your family is interested in registering for the OLSAT, please visit this link: OLSAT Registration. Further information regarding the OLSAT and the GATE screening process can be found on IUSD’s GATE website.
*** REMINDER: YOU HAVE ONE WEEK LEFT TO COMPLETE YOUR PROJECT! ***
Please bring your invention, inventor’s log, and display board* to the library before school on Monday, December 11th.
*If you choose to do the video pitch instead of a display board, please upload the video to You Tube or Google Drive and share the link with Mrs. Vitarelli at email@example.com. Please be prepared to give a 1-2 minute explanation about your intervention anytime during the week when Mrs. Vitarelli comes to pull you out of class for a short interview session. Judging will be held during the week and the winners will be announced on December 14th . Inventions will be on display in the Library December 11-14.
For a complete list of links and resources related to this competition, click here.
Thank you for your participation!!!
1st Trimester Report Cards are now available!
To check your child's progress and access their report card, please log on to your parent portal account at https://my.iusd.org and go to Grades > Standards Based Report Card.
Please contact your child's teacher with any questions or concerns.
Eaglecreek: OC parents who do not live in the gated neighborhood adjacent to our field are reminded to refrain from attempting to access this street to drop off your children. IPD will be patrolling as well to ensure compliance.
Lighted Crosswalk: Please exercise caution on Dovecreek as you approach the crosswalk. The flashing lights are temporarily out of order (repair scheduled), so please be vigilant for WISE Owls and community members who may be crossing the street.
Bussing now available! If you live in one of the Spectrum neighborhoods and have not yet signed up your children to ride the bus, please click here for more information.
Updates & Info from IPSF: Please take a moment to read the November IPSF Ambassador Alert!
Thank You: The Educational Excellence Fund is off to a great start. Thank you for your incredible support so far. If you haven't had a chance to donate yet , now is the time to make your annual pledge to help IPSF support all IUSD students. The City of Irvine will generously match your donation dollar for dollar - doubling the impact at our school. This means that with a $50 donation, $100 will go toward your child's education! To give now, CLICK HERE! .
Please Spread the Word: In honor of #GivingTuesday on November 28, we are turning Irvine ORANGE! All students, parents, and teachers/staff are invited to wear orange to school on November 28 to show support for IPSF and educational excellence in Irvine! All K-8 students will receive a free wristband for participating in the orange-out. Share your spirit on social media using #SupportIPSF #GivingTuesday!!
Because We All Need A Little Help...
RSVP today to save your spot at this valuable upcoming Parent Workshop.
It will be held at the nearby Quail Hill Community Center and is only $15 for Irvine residents.
Click here for more info.
Busses Come to the Creek!
At long last, we will begin providing bussing for our WISE Owls who live outside of the immediate neighborhood of our school. The goal of arranging this transportation is to alleviate some of the vehicular congestion that is present in our parking lots and surrounding streets in the mornings and afternoons. While we are optimistic about this service supporting our goal of more expedited drop off and pickup routines, we do anticipate that in the beginning, there may be some challenges or delays as we figure out the best way to orchestrate our car, bus, and pedestrian traffic. To this end, we ask for your cooperation with the following:
- Demonstrate calm, cooperative and respectful engagement of all traffic and school personnel while coming to and going from our school. In short- be W.I.S.E please!
- Yield the right of way to busses as they enter and exit our lot and drop-off lane. They have priority access and must get to the curb in a timely manner in order to load and unload students. Larger busses will access the curb off Dovecreek, and smaller busses will access the curb at the front of our parking lot (see diagram below).
If you live in one of the Spectrum neighborhoods and have not yet signed up your children to ride the bus, please click here for more information.
We wish to thank the Oak Creek community at large for your patience and support as we work through the logistics of this new arrangement.
OAK CREEK ELEMENTARY
Currently, Oak Creek Elementary contacts parents and staff through occasional e-mail and phone calls. While this is a good way to send general notifications, the most expeditious way to notify our community in emergency situations is by text message. In order for us to contact you via text message, we need you to "opt-in" to this service first.
It is easy to "opt-in" to receive text messages:
- Text "Y" to 67587 from each wireless device you wish to receive texts on.
Not sure if you "opted-in" already?
- No problem! You can never "opt-in" too many times.
Still have questions? Visit IUSD's Text Message Frequently Asked Questions page.
Please take a moment to read the October Ambassador Alert from IPSF, for a complete rundown of all upcoming activities and news related to one of IUSD's greatest partners in education.
In addition, now is the time to make your annual pledge to help IPSF support all IUSD students. The City of Irvine will generously match your donation dollar for dollar - doubling the impact at our school. This means that with a $50 donation, $100 will go toward your child's education. We need your support to maximize this opportunity!
Please join me in becoming a supporter of IPSF so that we can continue to provide a world class education for your student, and every student. You can return the donation form you received with your mailer or go online to make a donation at www.ipsf.net/donate.
For more information about where your donation dollars go and how they can make an impact, visit ipsf.net.
Make your donation today to support educational excellence at Oak Creek!
Free coding classes --->
Taught by IUSD high school students!
All classes take place at South Coast Plaza's Microsoft Store.
Attention Oak Creek families:
Please consider helping our neighbors by donating non-perishable foods to South County Outreach. South County Outreach’s food pantry distributes emergency non-perishable and fresh food daily to as many as 3,000 residents a month and they could use our help to restock on much needed supplies.
Please visit their food pantry information page for details on how this program reaches the community. The flyer to the right also provides a list of the items they need the most.
The drive will be held November 6-17 with drop-off bins found in the office as well as each pod. Thank you in advance for your help in modeling the gift of giving and the importance of helping others to our students.
Halloween (10/31) is not a national or school holiday, but we do recognize that many of our students will participate to some extent in the opportunities for fun and revelry that this day presents. With this in mind and because it falls on a school day, students will be allowed to wear their costumes to school, should they desire to do so. Children who opt to come to school in costume are asked to observe the following guidelines:
• No masks
• No excessive face paint or gore
• No high heels
• Hats must be removed while indoors
• No replica weapons
• Dress code applies
Costumes must be comfortable enough to be worn for the entire day and still permit participation in regularly scheduled activities
Information Meeting for Students & PARENTS
WHEN: Friday, October 20th
2:20-2:50 (Primary Grades 2-3)*
(*parents are encouraged to attend)
2:55-3:20 (Upper Grades 4-6)
WHERE: ROOM 12 (Pod C)
WHO: All 2nd- 6th Grade students who are interested in being creative and innovative!!!
WHAT ELSE: for more info., click here
Parent Conference Week (10/2-10/6)
We look forward to seeing you all on campus this week for Fall Parent Conferences. This is an important opportunity for all parents to touch base with their child's teacher about how the year has been going so far, and learn/decide upon goals for improvement over the course of this school year.
If you have not already scheduled an appointment, please contact your child's teacher today!
In order to optimize teacher availability for these conferences, we have arranged for Monday through Thursday to be minimum days. Primary students will be dismissed at 1:05 pm and upper graders will be released at 1:40 pm each day. Please be sure to pick up your child in a timely manner each afternoon.
Also, be reminded that there is no school for students on Friday.
While we did not directly address last night's tragedy at school today, your children may come forward this evening with questions based upon what they have heard about it. The two articles linked to the right may provide you with some useful guidelines for responding to or initiating conversation with young children about this most horrific incident.
While you're here for parent conferences, feel free to visit the OC Scholastic Book Fair with your student!
The Book Fair is open to families after school (please enter through our lunch area).
OC Parent Bulletin (9/15/17)
OC Parent Bulletin (8/29/17)
OC Parent Back to School Bulletin (8/2017)