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LOSD News • December 13, 2019

In this Message:

Kindergarten Registration Coming Up

Share Your Tales from Middle School

Responsive Commitments to Policy JFCF/GBNA

The Truth About Vaping

PeachJar on Pause

School Board Meeting

Long Range Facilities Planning Committee Meeting

Diversity, Equity and Inclusion Advisory Committee Meeting

Weather Event Communications

Student Success Act: Your Survey Feedback

Seeking Student Nominees for SASEE Award

Rotary Needs Host Family for Exchange Student at Lake Oswego High

School-Related Info:

  • Lakeridge Middle School Musical
Community Info:
  • Winter Camps at Environmental Learning Center
  • 15th Annual Preschool Forum

Regular Reminders:

  • Get Social with LOSD
  • SafeOregon
  • Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App
  • What's New at Community School?

Kindergarten Registration Coming Up

Mark your calendar for Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020, for registration and information night for students starting kindergarten in the 2020-2021 school year.

Registration for kindergarteners, and all students who are new to LOSD, will open online that day at

An information night, Kindergarten Counts, will be hosted at each elementary school that evening, 6-7 p.m. Kindergarten Counts will provide parents and guardians an opportunity to meet the principal, kindergarten teachers, and other parents. You will learn about several upcoming opportunities for your new student between now and the first day of school.

Plan to register and attend Kindergarten Counts at your student's resident elementary school. Visit to verify. LOSD welcomes kindergarteners who will be five years old by Sept. 1.

Share Your Tales from Middle School

As we anticipate a move out of the current school building and into a new Lakeridge Middle School in fall 2020, LOSD wants to honor the stories and experiences that have taken place at 4700 Jean Road over the years. Whether you have memories from the Bryant, Waluga, Lakeridge Junior High or Lakeridge Middle School days, we want to hear from you.

Help LMS Theatre Arts with a salute to the lives impacted by this community institution. We are looking for real stories and memories from people who were/are students, staff, parents of students of our school. Poignant, funny or just interesting stories are welcome as long as they're middle school appropriate. If your story is selected, the creative writing class will dramatize it for the Theatre arts department to produce as a spring play in 2020. Not all submissions will be selected, but we hope this can be part of a fitting celebration of this building’s impact on our community from 1962 to 2020.

Please respond with your story and share this Google Form.

Responsive Commitments to Policy JFCF/GBNA

Part of LOSD’s commitment to having school environments free from all forms of discrimination includes making sure all policies for expectations, as well as procedures for reporting and addressing complaints, are widely understood. LOSD Policy JFCF/GBNA is the Hazing/Harassment/Intimidation/Bullying/Menacing/Cyberbullying/ Teen Dating Violence/Domestic Violence policy.

Schools also use a guiding document, LOSD administration responsive commitments to policy JFCF/GBN, to communicate with students expectations and responses to incidents. This document is shared in school newsletters and websites for middle and high schoolers. Additionally, related topics are discussed at school-wide assemblies held at the beginning of each semester.

Also, LOSD has invited Coaching Peace consultant Diana Cutaia to lead teachers and staff in a training on how to support students' expectations and responses.

The Truth About Vaping

Parents, teens and community residents are invited to come hear renowned expert Michael DeLeon of Steered Straight speak on vaping and the dangers associated with vaping.

Wednesday, Jan. 8

6:30-9 p.m.

Lakeridge High School Auditorium

Lake Oswego Chamber of Commerce is hosting a coffee for Michael to speak to local business leaders the following morning.

For more information about Michael DeLeon and Steered Straight, visit

PeachJar on Pause

LOSD uses a service called PeachJar to dissemination information about enrichment opportunities for students in our community. We provide this service in lieu of paper flyers going home in students' backpacks. LOSD has put a temporary pause on PeachJar so that we may clarify our criteria and objectives for what information and opportunities will be disseminated. We expect to share updated guidelines and resume the community service in January.

School Board Meeting

Board of Directors Meeting

Monday, Dec. 16, 2019

LOSD Administration Building

Live streaming and archived video of School Board meetings

Agenda Summary:

I. Contract Review Board - 5:45 pm

II. School Board Regular Session - approx. 6:00 pm

See the full agenda and supporting materials here.

Long Range Facilities Planning Committee Meeting

All are welcome to attend.

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019

4:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Palisades Elementary School, Room 20

1500 Greentree Ave., Lake Oswego

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Committee Meeting

All are welcome to attend the meeting.

Tuesday, Dec. 17, 2019

6-8 p.m.

District Administration Board Room

2455 Country Club Road, Lake Oswego

Weather Event Communications

As we edge closer to winter, please be sure to review the LOSD emergency communications page of our district website for information, including when and how you will be notified if we have a school closure or delay.

Student Success Act: Your Survey Feedback

As part of our requirements to receive grant funding from the Student Success Act, LOSD conducted a needs assessment survey with the Lake Oswego community last month. We were thrilled to hear from more than 3,000 student, teacher, parent, and community voices.

What you shared as the greatest areas of need:

  • Address and support student mental health

  • Increase options for alternative pathways

  • Increase diversity and adopt culturally responsive pedagogy and curriculum

  • Support differentiation and SPED students

  • Adjust the schedule to support student mental health

  • Decrease class size

Please click here for a complete summary of your feedback.

More about SSA: In May, the Oregon Legislature and the Governor signed the Student Success Act (HB 3427). The new law provides funding, in the form of a grant, to all Oregon schools. The funds must be used to increase student outcomes by addressing five specific areas of importance: reducing academic disparities, meeting students’ mental and/or behavioral health needs, providing equitable access to academic courses, allowing teachers and staff sufficient time to collaborate and review student data and develop strategies to support all students, and establishing strong partnerships for student achievement.

Seeking Student Nominees for SASEE Awards

Lake Oswego Rotary Club is seeking more student nominees for this year's SASEE Awards, which honor service above self in educational excellence.

Do you know an educator, support staff member, student or citizen who demonstrates a commitment to education through work, projects and activities that emphasize "service above self?" LO Rotary Club wants to recognize and support the people who make education in Lake Oswego exceptional.

To nominate someone, go to Nominations close on Jan. 10, 2020.

LO Rotary Club awards thousands of dollars in cash and scholarships in several SASEE categories. In each case, SASEE Award recipients have the opportunity to “pay it forward” by passing their monetary award on to their school or project.

  • Teachers, administrators and support staff: $1,000 for their school or project
  • Students: $1,000 for their school or project
  • Citizens: $2,500 scholarships awarded in their names to students who also demonstrate "service above self"

Rotary Needs Host Family for Exchange Student at Lake Oswego High

The Rotary Club of Lake Oswego is seeking one family who would like to host an international exchange student for the second half of this school year (mid-January through end of school year). The exchange student is currently attending Lake Oswego High School.

Host families are asked to provide meals, a bedroom and transportation to and from school. The Rotary Club provides the student with a monthly stipend for contingency expenses.

Interested families should contact Ken Jensen, the youth exchange officer for Rotary Club of Lake Oswego. Ken can be reached at or by calling 503-819-4448.

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Lakeridge Middle School Musical

Come enjoy a performance from the talented students at Lakeridge Middle School as they present this enchanting modern classic! Frozen JR. is based on the 2018 Broadway musical and it features all of the memorable songs from the animated film plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.

Dec. 12, 13, 14, 19, 20, 21 at 7 p.m.

Dec. 21 at 1 p.m.

Lakeridge Middle School cafeteria

Click here to reserve your tickets today!

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Winter Camps at Environmental Learning Center

Environmental Learning Center through Clackamas Community College is offering three-day camps over winter break for students in grades first through fifth.

Monday, Dec. 30, Thursday, Jan. 2 and Friday, Jan. 3

9 a.m. - 4 p.m.

19600 Molalla Ave., Oregon City

Click here to register.

Scholarships and before and after care offered.

15th Annual Preschool Forum

Looking for a preschool your future LOSD student? Check out the 15th Annual Preschool Forum.

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020

6-8 p.m.

Christ Church, 1060 Chandler Rd., Lake Oswego

Meet representatives and caregivers from dozens of local schools to learn about different teaching philosophies and get a feel for the wide range of opportunities available in Lake Oswego and across the region. This event is co-sponsored by the Lake Oswego Mothers Club and Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation.

For more information, visit or contact Connie Harrell at

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Get Social: Follow, Share, Engage

LOSD has ramped up its social media presence. Please join us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @LOSD_Proud


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