The Current

LOSD News • May 7, 2021

In this Message:

Appreciation and Gratitude for Teachers & Staff

National School Nurse Day May 6

Honoring Arab American, Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritages

Getting Real About Our Kids Mental Health

Last Call: Your Intentions for Next School Year?

SASEE Award Show

Library Employee of the Year Award

DEI Committee Meeting

Please Verify Your Student's Information

Summer Program Update

Vaccine Clinic Coming to LO for Students

Equity Summit Registration

Teen Lounge Open House

LO Parks & Rec Summer Events

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  • Get Social: Follow, Share, Engage @wearelosd
  • What's New at Community School
  • Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App
  • Back-to-School Clothes at Clothing Closet
  • COVID-19 Vaccine Information
  • 3 Ws: Watch Distance, Wear Mask, Wash Hands
  • Safe Oregon

Appreciation and Gratitude for Teachers & Staff

Every year at this time, we turn our attention to expressing gratitude for all that our teachers and staff do each and every day to serve and support students and families. This year we want to amplify that gratitude, given the extraordinary conditions of this school year. THANK YOU to each and every educator who has been willing to try new things, to have a flexible mindset during a year of rapid changes, and for persevering to connect with students in meaningful ways.

National School Nurse Day May 6

If ever there was a year to celebrate our school nurses this is it! We could not survive -- literally and figuratively -- without our school nurses’ dedication, care, compassion, and willingness to go above and beyond every single day. Our school nurses have been locked step with our students, families, teachers, staff and administrators to help us understand the ever changing guidance and keep us safe and feel truly supported. Our school nurses are our district heroes. We are forever grateful for your service.

Honoring Arab American, Asian American & Pacific Islander Heritages

In recognition of the heritages honored nationally in the month of May, the Lake Oswego School Board issued two proclamations at its most recent meeting. One proclamation recognizes Arab American Heritage Month and another proclamation recognizes Asian American and Pacific Islander Heritage Month. Both proclamations can be found by clicking here on the district website under School Board.


As leaders of an educational institution we speak up on behalf of people in our community, particularly those who have been historically marginalized and made targets of hate. It has been disturbing to hear reports of harassment and discrimination in our community. In LOSD, we will not tolerate hate and we implore our community to listen, to exercise kindness and respect, and seek to understand and appreciate one another.

Getting Real About Our Kids Mental Health

Join our LOSD community and caregivers for a virtual workshop, "Getting Real About Our Kids' Mental Health: Parenting in a Pandemic" with parent, speaker and advocate Tara Rolstad. This workshop is intended for parents and guardians.


Wednesday, May 12

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

https://loswego-k12-or-us.zoom.us/j/83352357070

Last Call: Your Intentions for Next School Year?

Please take a moment to complete the answers in this survey to help LOSD in our planning for next school year. The survey will remain open through the end of day Monday, May 10.


So far, we have heard from about half of our current and incoming students. Of those who have responded, here are the shared students’ intentions for next school year:

  • Plans to attend an LOSD school in person --88.9%

  • Plans to attend an LOSD online program -- 3.1%

  • Plans to attend a school outside of LOSD -- 1.4%

  • Is graduating this year -- 0.9%

  • Does not know -- 7.3%


Of those who marked "does not know," a majority attributed it to one of the following: status of vaccination rates; status of COVID-19 cases; or certainty in-person school in the fall.

SASEE Award Show

Once again this year, the Rotary Club of Lake Oswego will be presenting SASEE Awards to local individuals who have gone above and beyond to support education in our community. SASEE is an acronym for Service Above Self: Educational Excellence. This year’s awards will be presented on video, and you are cordially invited to the premiere:


Tuesday, May 18

8:00 p.m.

Here’s a link to the show: https://youtu.be/YT4Jr2h2emM


As in the past, SASEE Awards will be presented in three categories, Students, Educators, and Community Citizens. This year, our presenters are all past SASEE recipients. The Awards Video takes place at the newly opened Lakeridge Middle School, and the program was intentionally shot all over the school, so you could get a virtual tour while you watch.

Library Employee of the Year Award

Oregon Library Association has awarded the 2021 Library Employee of the Year Award to Lauren Calbreath for showing leadership, initiative, and willingness to share skills and going above and beyond to serve her Westridge community.


Lauren communicates her love of books and reading to her library patrons every day, whether on Zoom or in person. During the pandemic, she has dedicated herself to implementing a new curbside pickup system for getting books to students. Now, with hybrid in-person school in session, she is also delivering bins of books with student requests to classrooms. Through it all, she also provides tech support and other services to her school community. The library is the heart of Westridge because of Lauren the exemplary library media assistant.


We appreciate Lauren for sharing her passion for books and reading, and providing access for all students, teachers, and staff, even during this challenging year. Please join us in congratulating Lauren on her recognition!

DEI Committee Meeting

All are welcome to observe the meeting.


Tuesday, May 11

4:30-6:30 p.m.


Please see the district calendar for information to access this meeting.

LO Equity Summit: Register Today

Join us for the first virtual Equity Summit: A Spirit of Unity on Saturday, May 15, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. All are welcome to participate.


Please click here to register.


This Equity Summit is being planned by the Lake Oswego School District, the City of Lake Oswego, the Chamber of Commerce, Respond to Racism and LO for Love. Together we will take another step forward in ensuring equitable access, inclusion and opportunity for all our community members.


For questions, please contact Teresa Sanchez at sanchezt@loswego.k12.or.us or Megan Phelan at mphelan@ci.oswego.or.us.

Please Verify Your Student's Information

Beginning April 30, LOSD needs parents-guardians of all students enrolled for the 2021-22 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 and Technology Agreement.


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.

Summer Program Update

LOSD is solidifying plans for our robust summer program. Following are more details updates on what you may expect from our summer program, including:

  • Academic support for students rising to grades 1-5 with unfinished learning as determined by diagnostic assessments; students rising to grades 6 -8 needing math and literacy instructional boosts; and students rising to grades 10-12 needing credit recovery towards graduation. In-person classes will be offered five days a week, July 12-30, from 8-11:30 a.m. High school credit recovery classes will be offered, some in-person and some online. Families will be notified by principals with program specifics.

  • Kindergarten Transition to support our youngest students in acclimating to school before entering kindergarten in the fall. Kindergarten Boost is a two-week program, offered July 26-29 and August 2-5, 9 a.m.-12 p.m. You can register with LOSD's Community School by clicking here.

  • Enrichment classes and camps for all students to create connections and experience something fun and new; these experiences will be offered in the afternoons of the academic program, as well as throughout the summer. In-person offerings, which will be FREE, are in development, and will be posted soon.

  • Emergency Childcare for school-aged children who need adult supervision during the summer months; this program is guided by state and county regulations for childcare during the pandemic until further notice.


We will be able to offer for free the academic program and will supplement the cost of the enrichment programs through the new Oregon Department of Education’s Summer Enrichment Grant.

Vaccine Clinic Coming to LO for Students

LOSD is working with the City to coordinate a vaccine clinic in Lake Oswego for students eligible to get the COVID-19 vaccines. All Oregonians over age 16 are now eligible to get the vaccine. People ages 16-17 must get the Pfizer vaccine. People over 18 can get either Pfizer or Moderna. You do not need to show identification, a social security number or proof of insurance if you do not have it.

The Teen Lounge Open House

Join the LO Teen Lounge for a meet & greet for incoming 6th graders! We will be hosting both a virtual and an in-person tour of the Lounge, as well as offering summer drop-in hours for incoming grades 6-12.


Virtual: Friday, May 14; 5-6pm: Hear all about the Teen Lounge and take a virtual tour! To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZAuduqrrD0iHNPcVis7DddIH39qt5iQD-O7


In Person: Friday, May 21; 4-7pm: This is open to all students, and it is the first opportunity for current 5th graders to see and visit the Teen Lounge. Parents are also invited, and will have opportunities to talk to staff about all of LOPR’s teen programming opportunities.

The LO Teen Lounge is located at 1060 Chandler Rd., Lake Oswego. Learn More at www.LOTeenScene.org. Any questions, please contact Jordan Morales at 503-534-5434 or teenprograms@lakeoswego.city

LO Parks & Rec Summer Events

Summer is approaching, and our Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation Community Events team has been working to plan a safe schedule of events for you to enjoy. Although this season looks different from past years, they recognize the important role that events play in placemaking, enriching lives, fostering wellness, and economic development.


Parks & Rec is delighted to announce they will be hosting several small-scale capacity-monitored outdoor events. These alternate events will take place in lieu of traditional large community events like the Fourth of July Star Spangled Parade & Celebration & the Summer Concert Series. All events will adhere to Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 guidance based on county risk level and are subject to change. Many require advanced registration. Events include:

  • Farmers’ Market: Saturdays, May 8-October 2, 8:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. at Millennium Park
  • Juneteenth: June 19, 4:30-6:30 p.m. at Millennium Park (co-presented with Respond to Racism)
  • Petals & Punch: June 27, 3-5 p.m. at Millennium Park. Features youth performers Mr. Hoo & comedian Angel Ocasio; registration required
  • Picnic in the Park: Thursdays in July & August, 6:30-8:30 p.m. Weekly concert and meal from local vendor. Enrollment based on lottery; registration required
  • Flicks at the Farm Carpool Cinema: July 30, Raya and the Last Dragon and July 31, Indiana Jones: Raiders of the Lost Ark, Luscher Farm; registration required
  • Movies in the Park: August 10 at Millennium Park featuring Moana and August 17 at Westlake Park featuring The Croods: A New Age; registration required
  • Drive-in Concert at Luscher Farm: August 21, 6:30-9 p.m. featuring Hit Machine; registration required.
  • Barnyard Bolt: August 28, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at Luscher Farm. Fun run featuring splashes, bubbles & obstacles; registration required
  • Barks in the Park: September 9, 5-7 p.m. at Hazelia. Pet-friendly event featuring DJ, costume competition and vendors.


For additional information, including registration requirements, pricing and performer lineup, visit the Parks & Recreation Community Events website at www.lakeoswego.city/ParksRecEvents. Registration opened May 3. Celebrate summer in Lake Oswego by participating in these extraordinary community events!

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Get Social: Follow, Share, Engage @wearelosd

LOSD has changed its social media handle. Please join us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @wearelosd

Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App

Stay connected to the district and your school(s) and receive urgent notifications by subscribing to the Lake Oswego Schools App.

Back-to-School Clothes at Clothing Closet

I Love Lake Oswego Clothing Closet is a donation-based closet that provides clothing items and hygiene products for residents, students, and employees that work or live within Lake Oswego.


Open Saturdays

9 a.m.-12 p.m.


Visit https://www.ilovelakeoswego.com for more information.

What's New at Community School?

The LOSD Community School is offering virtual enrichment programs and activities for students of all ages including culinary, STEM, arts, language, and athletics.


Check out this week's edition.

SafeOregon

Parents 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.


https://www.safeoregon.com/

(Students should also be aware that intentionally providing a false report is a serious offense.)

3 Ws: Watch Distance, Wear Mask, Wash Hands

In order to bring students back into schools, we must control the COVID-19 transmission in our community, and in the tri-county area. We are seeing increases in children with COVID-19 around the country, which is a concerning trend. The community's actions (wear mask, wash hands, watch distance) directly impact our schools.

Celebrating Our School Nurses

Yesterday was national school nurse day and if ever there was a year to celebrate our school nurses this is it! We could not survive -- literally and figuratively -- without our school nurses’ dedication, care, compassion, and willingness to go above and beyond every single day. Our school nurses have been locked step with our students, families, teachers, staff and administrators to help us understand the ever changing guidance and keep us safe and feel truly supported. Our school nurses are our district heroes. We are forever grateful for your service.