Westridge Wildcat News

November 8, 2019

In This Edition

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

Important Dates:

  • NO School: November 11th (Veterans Day)
  • Picture Retakes November 19th
  • PTSO Meeting : November 21st 8:30am
  • NO School November 25-29th

Westridge Quick Reference Links:

School News:


Dear Wildcat Families,

We appreciate all your sock donations in the month of October. We collected 703 pairs of socks! On behalf of Janus Youth and our Wildcat Leadership Team we are grateful for your donations.

Thank you,

Wildcat Leadership Team

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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.

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STEM Lab Supplies needed:

The STEM lab is in need of the following supplies:
  • Tape
  • Yarn/String
  • Felt

Thanks for your continued support!

Getting to know your Westridge Staff: The Fifth Grade Team!

Each week we will interview a team on our staff. This week, we met up with our fabulous Fifth Grade Teachers.

Lisa Bales:

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: I was born in Germany and lived there until I was almost 3, went to elementary and middle school in Salem, and graduated high school in Redmond.

Q: Where did you go to college?

A: Both of my Bachelor's Degrees are from Oregon State University and my Masters Degree is from University of Hawaii at Manoa.

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

A: I spent 2 weeks in Germany, and then took a couple smaller trips to Bend, Mt. Hood, and the Coast.

List 3 fun facts about yourself:

1. I have never broken a bone.

2. I am an only child.

3. I hated coffee until I became a teacher. Now I can't live without it!

Lizz Pilkington:

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: grew up in California

Q: Where did you go to college?

A:I had the opportunity to attend several colleges ranging from San Diego State to UC Santa Cruz. I was an arts and science major, and followed this up with a credential program focusing on environmental education.

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

A: This summer I explored the islands along the west coast. I am determined to move to an island one day.

List 3 fun facts about yourself:

1.I love to travel to unusual places, my favorite being Beqa Island off the southern coast of Fiji. There were 9 tribes on the island and no electricity. I spent my time snorkeling and visiting schools on nearby islands

2. I am interested in training therapy dogs. My Bernadoodle, "Bernadettte", was one of the youngest to complete her training certification.

3. I love to read and have been in the same book group for 24 years.

Lindsay Harvey:

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: I grew up in Southern California. I lived in a city called Chino Hills which is about 20 minutes away from Disneyland!

Q: Where did you go to college?

A: I did my undergraduate studies at Lewis & Clark College and received my Master's Degree and Reading Endorsement from George Fox University.

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

A: YES! My family and I love to travel together. This summer we took trips to Kawaii, Bend, and Disneyland.

List 3 fun facts about yourself:

1. I am obsessed with ALL THINGS DISNEY!

2. I swam for Lewis & Clark College. I still hold a couple of school records in individual events.

3. My husband and I love to run half marathons together. The last race we ran was the Tinkerbell Half Marathon at Disneyland!

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!
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The Lost and Found is OVERFLOWING!

Please have your child check the lost and found for any missing items! We have many lovely coats and sweatshirts that will end up getting donated if they are not claimed!

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!

Wildcat Wreath Fundraiser!

Calling All Wildcats! We need your Paws!

Please consider helping the 5th Graders by selling wreaths and greenery !

All proceeds go to helping create the 5th Grade Celebration!

Activities such as “ The SNEAK” ( secret end of the year field trip) decorations for the gym and ceremony send off for the 5th grade class !

BUT I’M NOT a 5th Grader ?

Not YET … but you will be and we would LOVE your help keeping this

Westridge Wildcat Tradition Alive !!!

What do I have to do ?

Take your order form and ask your friends, neighbors and relatives “Would you like to purchase a wreath or centerpiece ?”

It’s just like selling popcorn or cookies for the Boys/ Girls Scouts!

All you have to do is write the customer name and number and mark which items they want!

Then Collect a check or cash made out to Westridge PTSO with a NOTE: WREATHS

*ORDERS DUE BY noon November 18th ! *

Pick up day is Evening of December 2, 2019

Can we ship a wreath to Aunt Edna in Florida ?

YES you can ! Prices and Forms are different! Come see us at the POP up event after school OR pick up a separate order form in the office and add a personalized note and turn in with your selling sheet !

NOTE: Continental U.S . only

Can you accept Paypal?

We can BUT we’re still learning!

Come See us at the POP up table after school Nov 12, 13, 14 !!

That’s IT !

GIFT CARD Prizes to TOP 3 sellers ( Greatest Quantity of Orders) !

GO WILDCATS and A BIG Thanks from your 5th Grade Wildcats Buddies

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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.

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'll 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.)

The following four parties will be hosted in December:


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


Kindergarten Winter Party - Thursday, December 5th, 4:00 - 5:30 p.m

Register at https://tinyurl.com/kinderparty2019

Registration opens Tuesday, November 12th at 9:00 a.m.

Space limited to 25 students


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


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

Register at https://tinyurl.com/3rdgradeparty2019

Registration opens Wednesday, November 13th at 9:00 a.m.

Space limited to 30 students


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

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.

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Rotary Club "SASEE" Award Nominations

Nominations Now Open for the Lake Oswego Rotary Club’s "SASEE" Awards

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?"

The Lake Oswego Rotary Club would like to recognize and support the people who make education in Lake Oswego exceptional.

As part of its continuing commitment to education, the Lake Oswego Rotary Club will again be awarding thousands of dollars in cash and scholarships in several SASEE categories. In each case, SASEE award recipients will have the opportunity to “pay it forward” by passing their monetary award on to their

school or Service Above Self 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."

Finalists in all of the categories will be honored at the SASEE Awards Banquet, which is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2020 at the Tualatin Country Club. To nominate someone who embodies "Service Above Self" or for more information about the

program, go to https://www.rotarysasee.org.

Nominations close on Jan. 10, 2020.

District News:

Oregon State Assessments Opt-Out Form

Every year, Oregon students take assessments prescribed by the State Department of Education. The purpose of these assessments is to provide data that schools can use to ensure each and every child is on track and achieving learning goals. Results are also used to inform course placement and provide focused feedback to students and parents.

State law requires us to inform you that a form is available from the Oregon Department of Education that allows you to opt your child out of the math and English Language Arts assessments for the 2019-20 school year. Should you wish to opt out your child, fill out the form and submit it to the main office at your child’s school. Please note the submission deadline of January 1, 2020. Meeting this deadline will help your child's school with planning and preparation, and is particularly critical for 11th graders who test earlier than other students.

If you have questions or want more information about state assessments, please contact your child’s principal or teacher(s).

Click here for opt-out form for Math and English Language Arts

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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 features all of the memorable songs from the animated film, with music and lyrics by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez, plus five new songs written for the Broadway production.

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

December 21 at 1 p.m.

All performances will be held in the LMS cafeteria.

Click here to reserve your tickets today! https://www.eticketexpress.com/event/lakeridgejh/frozen_jr

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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

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