Westridge Wildcat News

November 1, 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:

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

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

Emily Bullock:

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: Loveland, Ohio (suburb outside of Cincinnati)

Q: Where did you go to college?

A: Ohio University and University of Portland

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

A: Japan, Hawaii, Bend, Seattle

List 3 fun facts about yourself:

1. I am the shortest person in my family.

2. My favorite part about Saturday mornings is drinking coffee and watering my houseplants.

3. My favorite nighttime snack is air popped popcorn.

Britta Jaques:

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: Portland, yet my house was just down the street from LO high school.

Q: Where did you go to college?

A: Oregon State University for undergrad...Go Beavs!! Lewis and Clark for graduate school. Both schools have orange and black as their school colors.

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

A: I went to the beach and Walla Walla with my best friends and Napa for a mother/daughter trip!

List 3 fun facts about yourself:

1. I’ve seen sloths and monkeys in Costa Rica, but my dream is to see a giraffe in its natural habitat.

2. I’ve never broken a bone nor had a cavity.

3. I love to sing loudly in the car or while doing karaoke.

Kathrine Phelps:

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: During my elementary school years I lived in Swaziland, Africa.

Q: Where did you go to college?

A: I attended the University of Maryland for undergraduate studies and went to New York University for graduate studies.

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

A: I enjoyed the summer hot weather of Cabos San Lucas, Mexico.

List 3 fun facts about yourself:

1. I am addicted to Miruken's Tonkatsu Shoyu ramen noodles. A bowl of that is the ultimate comfort food in my book!

2. In warmer, sunnier weather I love e-biking down to the Portland location of Powell's from Lake Oswego.

3. I have traveled to over 23 countries and lived in three of them at least two years or more.

Meghan Schoen:

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: Sherwood, Oregon

Q: Where did you go to college?

A: Pepperdine University

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

A: Yes, I went to Ireland and Scotland!

List 3 fun facts about yourself:

1. I've traveled to 8 countries so far.

2. I played soccer with a broken foot for 3 months without knowing it.

3. I have a huge sweet tooth!

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!

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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:

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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

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.