The Current

LOSD News • Oct. 2, 2020

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

National Custodial Workers Recognition Day

Students, Families: Share Your CDL Experience

Updated ODE, OHA Health Metrics Criteria

Change in Meal Pickup Schedule

SRO Listening Sessions

Register for the School Bus

PSAT Test for October 14 Cancelled

School Board & Advisory Committee Meetings

Food Drive at LOHS

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Fire Prevention Week

Upcoming Candidate Forums

Flicks on the Farm

Regular Reminders:

  • 3 Ws: Watch Distance, Wear Mask, Wash Hands
  • Childcare Providers in Clackamas County
  • Local Testing Sites for Covid-19
  • Clackamas County Go Teams
  • Safe Oregon
  • Get Social with LOSD
  • Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App

Message from the Superintendent

LOSD is proceeding carefully and safely as we prepare plans for possible in-person instruction. What keeps me awake at night -- despite the absolute best efforts of all in our learning community -- is knowing that many of our students cannot be served by comprehensive distance learning. I am certain there is a way for us to overcome barriers and keep our community healthy and safe.

Guidance from the Oregon Department of Education (ODE) and Oregon Health Authority (OHA) is changing and fluid, and being clarified over time in ways that were not clarified before. I believe ODE and OHA are looking to learn from other states and countries who are opening schools safely (and those who are not).

As mentioned early this week we are heeding guidance and learnings as we prepare for limited in-person instruction. This enables us to conduct assessments for special education, as well as host small group instruction for students who are experiencing the greatest barriers to comprehensive distance learning.

Eventually, when county health metrics permit, we will phase in Hybrid K-3 in-person. To be clear, bringing back K-3 will be in hybrid for the AM or PM only in very small, stable cohorts of students, and we would phase in students slowly over time. Students would still have a half day of distance learning. Oct 19 would be the earliest we could do this and likely it would be after that. We will keep watching metrics and will make decisions that are safe as we are able.

I also want to clarify that we remain committed to LO Online for teachers and students who chose this year-long distance learning model.

Nothing about this school year is easy or straightforward. I am committed to working with teachers, staff members and families to help us navigate a path forward.

National Custodial Workers Recognition Day

Today is National Custodial Workers Recognition Day, a day set aside to celebrate and show appreciation to the many men and women who keep the places where we work, shop, learn, play, and live running smoothly.

Here in LOSD we cannot image a year where we appreciate our custodial staff more! From disinfecting and cleaning our facilities to protecting them from smoke damage and power outages, and everything in between, LOSD is very fortunate to have custodial staff that go the extra mile.

This spring our community showed its adoration for one of our custodial workers, Hector Calderon, who exemplifies how our custodial staff is such an integral part of our learning communities. Please join us in giving all of our custodial workers an extra special shout on this national day of recognition. Thank you!

Students, Families: Share Your CDL Experience

Students, parents, teachers and staff members' input has shaped how LOSD is implementing comprehensive distance learning. We would appreciate your feedback on your experience this school year thus far.

Please click here to take this survey for students and families.

This anonymous survey will remain open through Monday, Oct. 12. Results will be shared in a later edition of The Current.

Updated ODE, OHA Health Metrics Criteria

ODE has made limited small group instruction an exception to the health metrics, which is why this may happen as soon as LOSD is prepared.

ODE and OHA has suspended the state positivity rating, until further notice. It's unclear if this metric will be reinstated next month.

Per our public health authority representative, LOSD is focusing on Clackamas County health metrics. We are considering but not bound to Multnomah and Washington Counties' health metrics.

To follow the health metrics, LOSD is updating the district website each week with information provided by OHA and ODE. Click here for the latest metrics.

Change in Meal Pickup Schedule

Great news! Starting next week, LOSD is providing SEVEN DAYS of free breakfast and lunch meals to all children in the community ages 1-18. To accommodate these additional meals, LOSD is changing its pickup days effective Oct. 5 to Mondays and Thursdays (no longer Wednesdays). One meal kit per child. Face covering required. Information regarding meal services is changing rapidly.

Mondays will provide 3 days of meals. Thursdays will provide 4 days of meals. Pickup locations and times will remain the same.

SRO Listening Sessions

In our efforts to become an anti-racist school district, LOSD has taken the initiative of considering the presence of Safety Resource Officers in our school buildings. In order to examine this issue, we are inviting students, staff members and families to share experiences with SROs in private listening session where neutral outside facilitators will collect the different voices and perspectives in our community.

To learn more about the purpose, process and possible outcomes of these listening sessions, please attend the SRO Information Meeting:

Thursday, Oct. 8

5-5:30 p.m.

Zoom link:

This information meeting is open to the public and will be recorded. For more information, please see click here for information on the district website, under departments/diversity, equity and inclusion.

Register for the School Bus -- Due Oct. 5

In preparation for our students being able to attend school in person, we need to be ready to provide bus transportation for all students who need it. We are encouraging families to walk, bike or carpool, when possible. If you think your LOSD student will need to take the bus to or from school at any time during the 2020-2021 school year, please register them now.

Click here to register for bus transportation for 2020-21 school year.

Registration will remain open through end of day Monday, Oct. 5, before begin determining exact bus routes. The sooner people register, the fewer route changes need to be made once bus service begins. Thank you in advance for your prompt response in this essential preparation for onsite school.

PSAT Test for October 14 Cancelled

Due to health metrics for the state of Oregon we will not be able to host the PSAT on the October 14 date at Lake Oswego or Lakeridge High Schools. The College Board has proposed January 26, 2021, as an alternate testing day and we are hoping to be able to bring students in for PSAT on that date. As we get closer to the alternate date in January and also get closer to meeting the metrics for allowing this type of gathering we will keep students and families posted. Test results from the College Board's new January date will still be eligible for National Merit recognition.

School Board & Advisory Committee Meetings

All are welcome to observe the board of directors and parent advisory committee meetings remotely.

Monday, Oct. 5

School Board Regular Session: 6:30 p.m.

Advisory Committee Session: 7:00 p.m.

Please click here for the agenda and meeting materials.

You can observe the meeting and listen to the discussion remotely in the same way you can with other board meetings. Simply click on the "View Live" link on You can watch the meeting live or a recording afterwards.

Procedures for providing public testimony: The Board of Education values public input. If you wish to comment on an agenda item or another item not on the agenda, please submit your comments by 12:00 noon on Monday, Oct. 5, 2020 by emailing IMPORTANT: Please type “10/5/20 Testimony” in the subject line and include your full name in the body of the email. Names of patrons providing input will be read during the meeting and their written testimony will be posted online under the agenda item for which their testimony pertains to. All non-agenda item testimony will be posted online under agenda item 2.0. For testimony received after the 12:00 noon deadline, names of patrons will not be read during the meeting, however, their testimony will be posted online at the conclusion of the meeting in accordance with the aforementioned procedures.

Food Drive at Lake Oswego High School

LO Robotics team 18119 "Mostly Operational" has teamed up with the Oregon Hunger Fighters to create one of the first drive-through food drives.

Sunday, Oct. 11

12-2 p.m.

Drive-through the front of Lake Oswego High School to drop off donations

Please visit for information on preferred and accepted items for the food pantry.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Thanks to the following Dyslexia Handbook Committee Members for all of their hard work last year on the LOSD Dyslexia Handbook and Website: Amy Angel, Bridget Barnett, Jamie Chapman, Cecelia Clark, Mac Filiault, Susan Fuller, Shane Kelly, Monicah McGee, Janet Miller, Kari Montgomery, Jennifer Schiele, Heather Thompson, Patrick Tomblin, and Kelly Troike. #GoRedForDyslexia


What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a learning disability in reading. People with dyslexia have trouble reading at a good pace and without mistakes. They may also have a hard time with reading comprehension, spelling, and writing. But these challenges aren’t a problem with intelligence.

Children and adults with dyslexia struggle to read fluently, spell words correctly, and memorize rote facts such as multiplication tables, among other challenges. But these difficulties have no connection to their overall intelligence. While people with dyslexia can be slow readers, they often, paradoxically, are very fast and creative thinkers with strong reasoning abilities.

Dyslexia can’t be “cured” – it is lifelong. But with appropriate instruction, an individual with dyslexia can learn to read, write, and spell and can become a highly successful individual.

Get the facts on Dyslexia from the International Dyslexia Association (IDA): Fact Sheets

Click here for a video What is Dyslexia?

Click here for ways to help your child at home.

Each week in October, we will feature a message about dyslexia in this newsletter. If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s learning, please contact your school principal and/or literacy specialist. Another great parent resource would be to contact your school’s Student Services Parent Advisory Committee (SSPAC) representative. Please see here to learn how to contact your school representative.

Fire Prevention Week

Serve up fire safety in the kitchen! Cooking is the number one cause of home fires and home fire injuries. This year’s Fire Prevention Week campaign “Serve Up Fire Safety in the Kitchen!” works to educate everyone about simple but important actions they can take to keep themselves and those around them safe.

Click here for more information and fun activities for the entire family.

Upcoming Candidate Forums

It's election season, including races for Mayor and City Council positions in the City of Lake Oswego. Organizations are hosting forums for citizens to meet the candidates and get informed. Upcoming events include two forums being co-hosted by Respond to Racism and the Lake Oswego Sustainability Network on YouTube Live, found on or

Candidate Forum -- Mayor

Friday, Oct. 9, 5 p.m.

Candidate Forum -- City Council

Wednesday, Oct. 14, 6:30 p.m.

Please email if you have a forum to share in this newsletter.

Flicks on the Farm

Take your family (and vehicle!) on an adventure to the fields of Luscher Farm for some physically distanced fun at City of Lake Oswego’s third carpool cinema. Watch Disney-Pixar's Onward.

Saturday, Oct. 3

Entry at 6 p.m.; Flick begins at dusk (approx. 7:15pm)

Luscher Farm

$39 for residents; $45 for non-residents.

Register online or call the Parks & Recreation front desk to enroll at 503-675-2549.

Registration is required for a parking space at this event. Staggered load-in based on vehicle size begins at 6 p.m. Assigned times will be communicated via email along with final logistics a few days prior to the event. Oregon Health Authority requires contact information for each person attending the event. Please be sure to list all members in your vehicle for contract tracing when registering; maximum per vehicle is eight.

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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.

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.

Local Testing Sites for Covid-19

For testing Covid-19 sites in our area, please click on the county:

Clackamas County COVID-19 Testing Sites

Washington County COVID-19 Testing Sites

Multnomah County COVID-19 Testing Sites

Oregon Health Authority has also released a webpage that allows users to put in their address or zip code to find the nearest testing site. Click here to find a testing site near you

Childcare Providers in Clackamas County

Clackamas County currently has 76 childcare providers who have openings for child care. 211 is the first point of contact if parents are interested in reaching out about child care options in the area. Parents will need to have the following information ready when working with 211.

  • parent first name and last name
  • child’s DOB and first name
  • address to search for care (near home or work)
  • email address to send referrals
  • any childcare requests
  • days/times needed

Parents can reach 211 in the following ways:

  • Calling 211 1-866-698-6155 - Listen to the prompt for child care and press the specified number
  • Texting the keyword “children” or “niños” to 898211 (TXT211)
  • Emailing
  • Click here to visit the website

Clackamas CCRR can support parents if they aren't able to connect with 211. CCRR can be reached at (503) 675-4100 or via e-mail at

Tutoring Resources

Are you looking for someone to tutor your students? Many people, including students, reach out to LOSD offering assistance. Each year LOSD updates its list of approved tutors. Click here to access that list.


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.

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

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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