Westridge Wildcat News


In This Edition

  • Important Dates
  • Quick Reference Links
  • School News
  • Office Information
  • PTSO News
  • District News

Important Dates:

  • Picture Retakes November 19th
  • PTSO Meeting : November 21st 8:30am
  • NO School November 25-29th

Westridge Quick Reference Links:

School News:

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Picture retakes: November 19th

Picture retake day is quickly approaching. If we did not see you on picture day or you would like a new image, Dorian Studio will be taking pictures on 11/19/2019. Picture packets can be picked up in the office. If you had pictures taken on the original picture day but would like your child's photo taken again- please bring the original photo packet back on retake day to hand to the photographer.

Pre-orders for picture packages may be placed online at ios.mydorian.com using Westridge Elementary's access key, F5ADX2S5. Online pre-orders using your school's access key are available up to 4 days after retake day. After the 4-day grace period, parents can call the customer advocate department at (800) 826-3535 to place an order.

Pre-Order Online

For order accuracy, please return your completed envelope on picture day for all payment types.

Getting to know your Westridge Staff:

Each week we will interview a team on our staff. This week, we met up with our STEM Teacher: Mrs. Melton, PE Teacher: Mrs. Della Paolera, Music Teacher: Mrs. McMahon and our Library Tech Specialist: Mrs. Calbreath!

Catherine Melton:

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: SW Portland

Q: Where did you go to college?

A: Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo for my BS, Portland State for my Masters

Q: Did you go on any trips this summer? If so- where?

A: Whistler, BC to race a half ironman

List 3 fun facts about yourself:

1. I love to run

2. I have visited over 30 countries on six continents

3. I love penguins and manatees

Lindsay McMahon:

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: Beaverton Oregon

Q: Where did you go to college?

A: Pacific Lutheran University; University of Michigan and Portland State University

Q: Did you go on any trips this summer? If so- where?

A: ummm, yes! Mallorca. Spain, Leipzig, Dresden and Berlin Germany and back to the USA

List 3 fun facts about yourself:

1. I can speak German! I loved getting to put those skills to use last year while in Berlin

2. I love bowling and ran my bowling league

3. Although I sing opera and classical music, I can bust out a good rendition of the rap portion of TLC's "Waterfalls"

4. I decided I wanted to be an elementary music teacher after working for Portland Opera’s Hansel and Gretel touring show.

Melissa Della Paolera:

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: I was born in New Mexico and moved to Oregon when I was 2.

Q: Where did you go to college?

A: I graduated from Portland State University, but also took classes at community college and Multnomah Bible College.

Q: Did you go on any trips this summer? If so- where?

A: We got to go to a wedding in South Dakota followed by a road trip to Minnesota, Wisconsin, and Michigan. We also visited Idaho. Now I have been to all 50 States!

List 3 fun facts about yourself:

1. I really love teaching PE at Westridge

2. I love painting and photography.

3. I have my own recorder and ukulele.

Lauren Calbreath:

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: I moved to Beaverton, Oregon when I was 8.

Q: Where did you go to college?

A: University of Oregon, GO DUCKS!

Q: Did you go on any trips this summer? If so- where?

A: Laguna Beach and a lot of camping in Bend

List 3 fun facts about yourself:

1. DIY house projects are my favorite.

2. I love ALL sports.

3. I was born in Louisiana.

Office Information:

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The office needs extra pants!

It's that time of year where kids get muddy at recess (whether on accident or on purpose!) The office has a small supply of extra clothes, but we are in desperate need of boys and girls sweats (or leggings) size small. If your kids have grown out of some, we will take them off your hands!

New cut off time for change of "go home" plan or bus passes:

If you need to change your child(ren)'s go-home plans or have a bus pass issued by the office, please let the office and teacher know via email by Noon. You can also call in to the office by Noon. If you have last-minute emergency changes, please call into the office instead of emailing. Thank you

Reporting Absences

If your child is going to be out of school or tardy to school due to travel, illness, or appointments please make sure to email your classroom teacher AND Andrea Murphy at murphya@loswego.k12.or.us

PTSO News!

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My Membership Toolkit:

We are excited to announce that we will be using Membership Toolkit for our Directory this school year.

Once you create a Membership Toolkit Account, you will have access to the Directory. This directory is completely optional and voluntary and will include the information of families who wish to be included and have personally added their information into this directory. This is to ensure that we respect the desired privacy of our community members.

If you had an account with My School Anywhere your information has been migrated to Membership Toolkit. You can update/edit your family & student information as you wish. Families who had the My School Anywhere App can delete the app.

The Membership Toolkit App is available for free in the Apple Store and in Google Play.

Here's what you need to do:

  • Go to westridgeptso.membershiptoolkit.com
  • Click on the Register/Login button.
  • If you already have an account with another organization that uses Membership Toolkit you can use the same email and password to login. You can then proceed to the numbered steps below.
  • Select "Create Account" and fill in the name, email, and password information.
  • Click "verify my email" and then check your email for a link to complete the process. The link expires in 2 hours. If you do not receive the email, check your spam or junk folders.
  • Once you have verified your email address, log back in and finish the registration process.
  1. Complete the Parent/Family and Student Information.
  2. Complete the Directory/Publish Preferences.

Once the Primary Account is set up, the Primary User can "invite" other email addresses to access his/her account. This allows the Secondary User to have their own login information, but still have access to the family account.

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Amazon Smile

With the holidays right around the corner we know many of you will be buying gifts for all of the people on your list. Shop at smile.amazon.com and select Westridge Elementary School PTSO as your charitable beneficiary and we will receive a portion of your purchase. You can shop and support the Westridge PTSO at the same time! Thanks for your support!

Sign Up Parties!

Back by popular demand, our wonderful Westridge teachers are continuing the tradition of hosting grade-level sign up parties this year. These parties are super fun and allow students to spend some extra special time with their teachers and friends. We hope you will consider registering your child to experience a fun afternoon at Westridge with their teachers, and by doing so, you will also be contributing to our Westridge fundraising efforts! (Additional party details to come from teachers, Principal Montgomery, and Dean Furrer following sign ups.)

Four parties will be hosted in December. Please see details below:


Thursday, December 12th, 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Register at https://tinyurl.com/grinchparty2019

Registration opens Friday, November 15 at 9:00 a.m.

Space limited to 30 students


NOW FULL: Kindergarten Winter Party - Tuesday, December 5th, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

To be waitlisted, sign up at https://tinyurl.com/kinderparty2019

10 SPOTS LEFT: 2nd Grade Winter Festival Movie Night (pizza and hot cocoa included) - Tuesday, December 3rd, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

Register at https://tinyurl.com/2ndgradeparty2019

Registration opens Monday, November 11th at 9:00 a.m.

Space limited to 30 students


NOW FULL: 3rd Grade Winter Party - Thursday, December 5th, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.

To be waitlisted, sign up at https://tinyurl.com/3rdgradeparty2019

(All other grade level parties to are scheduled to occur in the New Year. More information to come in December.)

Mom's Night Out!

SAVE THE DATE! Mom’s Night Out is coming up on Thursday, December 5th. Watch your email and the PTSO Facebook page for more details coming soon.

Important message from the Yearbook Committee!

Hello parents! The school year is well underway and some of you may already have some pictures to share (back to school, Sock Hop, Halloween parties, etc.) I wanted to make sure to get you the information for how to share them for this year’s yearbook so that your kids can see themselves on the pages of the yearbook and reminisce at the end of the year!

If your pictures are on your phone and you would like to easily transfer them, please download the app ImageShare (blue box with “is” in it). It is both android and iOS compatible. You will need to create an account and reference our school project #024454.

Once you do this, you will see a bar that states “choose from caller” and this will give you access to all of the pictures on your phone. What you send will get uploaded directly to our yearbook site for the committee to then use. PLEASE send UNEDITED pictures with the NAME OF THE TEACHER NOTED in the notes section, if at all possible. This ensures the pictures get put on the correct class pages. (There is no need to give me the names of the children in the pictures.)

If you are uploading from your computer, or don’t want to download the app, you can go to the website: images.balfour.com Here you will do the same as above and create an account and then upload your pictures via the website.

The yearbook committee will make final decisions about which photos will be placed in the yearbook.

Many thanks in advance to all of you great photographers!

Denise Shulman

Yearbook Committee Chair

PS - If you are interested in helping the Yearbook Committee, please reach out to Denise at DeniseShulman28@gmail.com or call at 971-300-9991.

District News:

Making Sure You Receive Important District News

The Lake Oswego School District newsletter The Current is emailed to all families every Friday afternoon. It contains important district-wide news and information. As of this November, it is now coming to you from LOSD's new director of communications, Mary Kay Larson, mary.kay.larson@loswego.k12.or.us.

Because Mary Kay is a new sender, the newsletter message is going straight to many people's Spam folders. To recover the message and start receiving it directly in your in-box, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to your Spam folder.
  2. Find the message to move out of Spam.
  3. Click on “not spam” and the message will move to your in-box

Please note, in Spam, the newsletter formatting is compressed as a way of protecting your system from potentially unsafe content. Moving the message out of Spam will open up the newsletter in full view.

After moving the message out of your Spam folder once (maybe twice), your system should start accepting the newsletter directly into your in-box.

Thank you!

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Lake Oswego School District App:

Stay connected to the district and your school by subscribing to the Lake Oswego School District app! Click here to stay updated on information all around the district and receive urgent notifications.
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Safe Oregon

The Oregon State Police is pleased to announce the availability of SafeOregon, a new school safety tip line program available to all public k-12 schools in Oregon. SafeOregon is a way for students, staff, or other members of the public to anonymously report and share confidential information of a threat or a potential threat to student safety. Trained staff are available 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year reached through a phone call, text message, mobile application or website. The main goal of SafeOregon is to intervene at the earliest possible point in the life of a young person who is struggling, helping them when they need it, before the situation turns into a tragedy.

SafeOregon is designed to encourage Oregon students to share and respond to anything that threatens their safety or the safety of others, anything that makes a student feel unsafe, or if a student knows someone who feels unsafe. Here are a few examples: safety threats, violence, threats of violence, fights, drugs, alcohol, weapons, bullying or friends that talk about hurting themselves, harassment, intimidation, cyber bullying, or self-harm.

Tips can be submitted 24/7/365 through the SafeOregon.com web portal, by email to tip@safeoregon.com through the SafeOregon mobile application (available for android or ios device), or by calling or texting 844-472-3364. Tips are promptly analyzed and routed for the most appropriate follow up and urgency. This may be to school officials, law enforcement, community mental health programs, or other appropriate local or state agencies. Tip Line staff make sure follow-up is noted.

For more information, please visit safeoregon.com.

Additionally, it is a violation of ORS165.570 to improperly use the SafeOregon system.

Westridge Elementary

All members of our community are committed to providing a safe and inclusive learning environment that cultivates empathy, creates challenging opportunities, and fosters lifelong learning.