Westridge Wildcat News
April 2, 2021
Health Lessons and Erin's Law Instruction
Asynchronous health is completed for grades 1-5, for this school year. Kindergarten will finish the week of April 12. Per SB 856, Erin's Law, four additional lessons will be taught by classroom teachers in April. Please see the information below regarding Erin's Law.
Students have two health magazines that will not be covered during asynchronous lessons. Families may review these materials with their children.
What Is Erin’s Law?
In 2015, the Oregon legislature passed SB 856, also known as Erin’s Law. Erin’s Law requires the development and adoption of child sexual abuse prevention programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade in all Oregon public schools.
SB 856 mandates that all Oregon Public Schools provide:
A minimum of 4 instructional sessions (equal to or greater than a standard class period) of sex abuse prevention instruction per year for grades kindergarten through 12
Sexual abuse instruction that is integrated and part of required district comprehensive sexuality education plan and is aligned with state standards
Instruction that is age appropriate, medically accurate, and is not shame or fear based
Instruction that is culturally inclusive and is responsive to diverse students including race, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation
A parental involvement component to inform parents about child sexual abuse topics
A professional training component for administrators, teachers and other school personnel
Elementary teachers will begin these lessons in April. Look for specific communication from your child’s teacher.
For additional information, including opt-out forms, please contact your classroom teacher or Brittanie Bates at firstname.lastname@example.org , our RTI Coordinator.
Opt-out forms should be turned in by Friday, April 9 (or prior to the lessons).
TAG Testing Moved to the 2021-22 School Year
Please feel free to connect with our building TAG Coordinator, Mrs. Swanson at email@example.com if you have any questions.
Dear Wildcat Community,
You are all doing great with the PikMyKid app! I want to thank those of you who are using the app at dismissal time. We are constantly evaluating how we can make the dismissal process go smoother and quicker for everyone.
We ask that you continue to follow dismissal protocols to ensure the safety of our students and staff as we load students into cars. We ask that parents pull all the way forward in the car line to have their child loaded into the car by a staff member. Even though it might be faster to have your child come out to your car as soon as they see it arrive, it does not allow staff to verify that the child is going home with their designated person. Following this protocol also creates a more regulated flow of traffic. Please encourage your child to wait until you have reached the front of the car line to enter the vehicle as directed by a staff member.
Whether you are walking to get your child or you are in the car line, when you arrive on campus, please press the green "Announce" button, which will allow us to get your child ready to go. You may make changes to the dismissal plan up to 10 minutes prior to the bell via the app. Thank you for your support as we pilot this dismissal platform in the interest of safety and accountability.
Conferences & i-Ready Reports
Elementary conferences on April 8-9 will be virtual.
Parents/guardians will receive a Sign-Up Genius (email) from your teacher to schedule your conference by March 29. (If you do not receive a link, please reach out to your teacher)
Winter i-Ready Family Reports will be shared and discussed at conferences.
The Teacher Workday on Friday, April 2 will match the Fall routine (asynchronous lessons posted, teachers available until 10:45 am). PE, Music, and STEM may also post asynchronous lessons. Students do not report to school on 4/2.
- Hybrid students will have pictures taken during their normal in person class time.
- School pictures for LO Online students will be on April 13th from 4:00-4:30pm here at the school in the gym by Dorian Photography.
LO Online Students only: To ensure we are maintaining social distancing guidelines, please sign up for a time slot to have your child's picture taken. Picture day sign up for Westridge LO Online Students (This sign up is for LO Online students ONLY.)
Please note that retakes will not be done at the school this year, but you can make arrangements to have them done at the Dorian studio.
You have the ability to order pictures online by visiting dorianstudio.com and searching for
Westridge Elementary. Your online order can be placed before and up to four (4) days after picture
After the 4-day grace period expires, a personalized access key will be sent home with picture
delivery. A $7 shipping and handling fee will be added to all orders made with a personalized
access key and orders will ship directly to your home.
Yearbook Pictures Deadline is April 9th!
Westridge Oregon Battle of the Books -- 3rd Grade Tournament Wrap Up
Congratulations to the Fireworks (Ella, Ryan, and Teddy) who pulled out a nail-biting 1 question victory over the Challengers (Brendan, Devon, Gordon, Henry, and Hines) in the finals of our 3rd Grade OBOB competition.
All of our OBOB 3rd graders did great -- every team got better each week; there was a lot of obvious delight with the fun nature of some of the books; there was much growth by kids challenged with some of the reading material that is designed for 4th and 5th graders; a lot of kids had a lot of fun.
It was a great set of results. We had a very competitive final, every team won at least one battle this year, and we did A TON of reading together. Collectively, the 16 books totaled nearly 2/3rds of a million words and clocked in at ~3,750 pages. Our small 3rd grade group read at least 5 million words of high-quality children's literature as part of the OBOB program this year.
Our 4th and 5th Graders get to start OBOB play through the month of April.
A special thanks to our librarian Mrs. Calbreath for her support of OBOB at Westridge this year and every year.
If you are interested in starting to read for next year, 15 of 16 titles have been selected and another will be after a student vote. https://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/2021-2022-obob-title-lists/
Wednesday Workshops for LOSD Elementary Students
Through a partnership with the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation, LOSD is pleased to offer another term of Wednesday Workshops enrichment classes to create more connection experiences for our LOSD elementary students only and offered free of charge.
Wednesday Workshops will run for 6 weeks from April 21, 2021 to May 26, 2021. Classes are scheduled from 9:15-10:15 a.m. and 10:30-11:30 a.m. and can accommodate both the AM and PM cohort schedules.
Wednesday Workshops sign up is through LOSD Community Schools and features fun, high-quality third-party instructors in science, robotics, engineering, art, world languages as well as activity classes in leadership, movement, writing, acting and more.
Lunchtime Social Groups with Mr. Kieser
2nd grade-Tuesdays 11:30-12:00
4th grade-Thursdays 11:30-12:00
Students can use these instructions to access the Zoom link through their Clever account, or you can use this link directly:
Counselor's Corner - News you can use from Mr. Kieser
Dear Westridge Families,
This April, we look forward to investing our time, head, heart and hands on the character trait of C R E A T I V I T Y in our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons, classrooms, and school.
One of the best things about being a human being is our ability to imagine! We get this cool part of our brain that allows us to not just think about survival, but also about sparkly space pigeons or colorful caterpillars or a cardboard box that is secretly a rocket ship. It is that same imagination that makes a sandbox into the moon that is capable of imagining the world’s problems as opportunities for new, bold, innovative solutions. This month, we will be talking about and practicing solving problems, working in teams, and dreaming up new perspectives! The only way we change the negative normals in our world is to have the Courage and Creativity to think differently and exercise our imagination to help make the world better!
The definition students will be learning this month is Creativity: Using your imagination to create something or solve a problem.
Here are links for extension activities to explore CREATIVITY further as a family:
Asynchronous SEL lessons will be posted weekly by 8 a.m. each Monday morning on Google Classroom. Students may complete the one lesson at any time that week.
Westridge SEL (K-2): 76wndp6p K-2 Google Classroom link
Westridge SEL (3-5): q53zivt 3-5 Google Classroom link
Westridge School Counselor
Mystery Science Kits still available!
Preschool/Pre-K Applications Due April 2
For families interested in signing up their child for preschool or pre-kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year please visit the Extended Programs on the district website or click here to apply. Space is limited.
Application period closes: Friday, Apr. 2, 2021
Lottery Process: Monday, Apr. 5, 2021
Families will be notified by Friday, Apr. 9, 2021
Conclusion of Lottery Process
Following the completion of the lotteries, the district will make available any remaining slots in the classes on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications received after the lottery deadline will be date-stamped and enrolled in a class if space is available. If classes are full, applicants will be added to the wait list in order of receipt of application.
New Student Registration for 2021-22 School Year
Registration for the 2021-22 school year will begin soon.
- January 20, 2021 for registering new students enrolling into grades 1–12 who have never enrolled in Lake Oswego before and returning students enrolling into grades 1–12 who are not currently enrolled but will re-enroll for next year.
- February 24, 2021 for registering new students enrolling into kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year.
- Students who are currently attending LOSD during the 2020-21 school year do not need to register for the 2021-22 school year.
LOSD is pleased to offer online registration through its parent portal, ParentVUE (contact your resident school for help with logging in). See the Registration & Verification page of the LOSD website for guidance.
Bias and Racial Incident Reporting Form and Information
On November 16, 2020, the LOSD School Board approved the ALL Students Belong Policy which prohibits the display of hate symbols and the use of hate speech in our school community. This is another step forward in our efforts of becoming an anti-bias and anti-racist organization and living up to the District’s core values of equity and inclusion. The All Students Belong Policy makes it clear that hate will not be tolerated nor accepted in our schools. We encourage students to stand against hate by interrupting and reporting any bias and/or racist incident that they witness or personally experience.
We want LOSD schools to be a safe, welcoming, and loving space where all students have the opportunity to be themselves and thrive socially and academically. If you have witnessed or experienced any harm directed to any student, teacher, or staff member based on perceived or actual identity, you can report to your administrator, a trusted staff member, by using the new elementary Incident Report or anonymously to SafeOregon.
Now Accepting Applications for Foundation Board of Directors
Are you interested in contributing to a dynamic volunteer organization dedicated to advancing our community's commitment to educational excellence?
Please consider applying for the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation is seeking parents/guardians, students and community residents to serve on its Board of Directors. Board members must demonstrate a commitment to the Foundation, the School District and the Lake Oswego community.
The term for new board members will begin June 2021. Board members commit to a two-year term and may serve up to three terms. Please click HERE to access the online application form. The application provides more information about being a board member.
Interested people should submit applications by Friday, April 9, 2021. The Nominating committee will review applications and conduct interviews in the April time frame. If you are unable to access the application, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to receive a pdf version of the application.
Lake Oswego Schools Foundation prospective board member application:
VIRTUAL PTSO GENERAL MEETING
We are so excited to to see the Westridge campus filling with returning students, teachers, and staff. We look forward to re-connecting with many of you again in the days and weeks ahead, and we hope you'll be able to join us for our next virtual PTSO general meeting. During this meeting, we will be joined by Gary Kieser, student counselor, who will discuss "Problem-Solving between Children and Parents: a System for Collaboration." Mr. Kieser will cover three methods of solving short and long term problems with resources to use at home.
Monday, April 5
6:00 - 7:00 p.m.
JOIN WITH ZOOM
Meeting ID: 850 3039 9559
If you would like to review minutes from previous meetings, you can find them at https://www.losdschools.org/Page/2439.
Restaurant Night at Chipotle
Thank you to everyone who supported our PTSO via the February Restaurant Night at MOD Pizza. We appreciate you and your orders and look forward to seeing you all at Chipotle in April!
Donating to Westridge PTSO
The Westridge Elementary PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization run by parent volunteers. Through parent and community donations, we help to fund field trips, technology, and over 30 school programs each year for the enrichment of Westridge students.
While in the midst of the ongoing COVID pandemic, we find ourselves in an especially unique position this year. Many of our community members have experienced financial hardships as a result of the pandemic. We realize that it may not be viable for your family to donate to our annual fundraiser, and thus, we are not hosting one during this academic year.
While our school year looks quite different this year, the need for resources to enrich the academic experience of each and every student is still very real. Therefore, we are still gratefully accepting donations. If you are in a position to donate and able to take advantage of your employer's corporate matching program, we encourage you to participate in giving. Your donations are incredibly valuable and allow us to support our teachers and students.
Thank you for considering donating to support our Westridge students. If you would like to donate at this time or at any time during the school year, please visit Tinyurl.com/wildcatfund.