Westridge Wildcat News
Final Newsletter of 2020-21 School Year - June 18, 2021
Final Message from Ms. Montgomery
What an incredible journey the last five years have been! The last two years in particular have certainly tested us all as we navigated our incredible remodel, only to have to leave the building for almost a year on March 13 of 2020, and of course, working through the logistics of distance learning, LO Online, and coming back in hybrid. As I make my exit, I want to leave you with a few final thoughts, acknowledgements, and some announcements for the 2021-22 school year.
Westridge is not defined by any one person or role, but is instead the reflection of a team of dedicated educators, incredible students and amazing families who have collectively created an outstanding community. To that end, I want to say thank you to EVERY Wildcat, and acknowledge the following people who have given so much of their time and energy to support Westridge this year:
School Advisory Committee members: John Nieland, Quinn Nieland, Brian Madden, Christina Cooper, Cody Schuman, Megan Busbee, Heather Romero, Angie Matteri, Jolin Milberg, and Jodi Steward
PTSO: Heather Romero, and Erin Bateman (special shout out to Brigid Halloran for her incredible Wildcat designs and the phenomenal yearbook, Lori Gaiotti for her beautiful Yard Cards, Jamie Severson - past President, and Carly Dodds - past volunteer coordinator)
Fifth Grade Celebration Committee: Brian Madden, Megan Reed, Nicole Nieland (lead parents), Lisa Bales, Lindsay Harvey, Angie Matteri, Elizabeth McKay, and all the parents who gave of their time and energy to support our fifth grade students as they move on the the middle school.
On a personal note, thank you to Kirsty Reilly and the parents, students, teachers and staff who came by to say goodbye and make me cry yesterday with your beautiful farewell sign and parade. My heart is full and I am truly touched by your effort and outreach.
As with the end of every year, we have some shifting in personnel. Ms. Laaperi, your new principal, will be connecting over the summer with any additional moves or changes. Please join me in saying farewell to the following Wildcat teachers and staff who are moving on:
Lizz Pilkington - 6th grade math teacher - retiring after 25 years in LOSD
Mindi Taylor - BRTI - retiring after 24 years in LOSD
Janet Boulis - educational assistant - retiring after 10 years in LOSD
Maryellen Krull - learning specialist - moving out of state
Radha Joy - speech language pathologist - starting a new business
Kelly Dehning - 4th grade teacher - moving to a new district
Sarah Reeves - educational assistant - end of temporary contract
Sydney Olson - 2nd grade teacher - end of temporary contract
Elizabeth McKay - 5th grade teacher - end of temporary contract
Emily Bullock - 4th grade teacher on leave for 2020-21 school year - moved to new city
Melissa Della Paolera - PE Teacher on leave for 2020-21 school year - moved out of state
These Wildcats are moving on, but not leaving LOSD:
Sammy Bok - delta special education assistant - moving to a new role at LHS
Kelly Troike - literacy specialist/instructional coach - moving to a new role for LOSD
Congratulations to the following teachers and staff who are moving into new roles or are new to the Wildcat team:
Britta Jaques - former 4th grade teacher - joining the 3rd grade team
Katie Ware - former special education assistant - new BRTI
Adam Trowbridge - new to 4th grade team
Lana Lervick - new literacy specialist/instructional coach
Rosa Villeda - new to 4th grade team
And finally, a huge WILDCAT WELCOME to Ms. Jules Laaperi, incoming principal of Westridge Elementary. I am confident that I am leaving you all in great hands and I look forward to hearing about the amazing work you will all do together in the years ahead!
With love and gratitude,
Farewell from Mrs. Krull
It is with mixed bittersweet emotions that I have decided to resign my position as Westridge Learning Specialist effective with the upcoming 21-22 school year. My family has decided to move to North Carolina to pursue a different educational path for me and a new career path in Aerospace for my husband. Since I grew up on the East Coast, my family will be closer. Thank you for allowing me to teach and educate your child, and ensure that his/her educational goals were met. I have high hopes for each of them and know they will be in great hands! If you ever pass through North Carolina or our path should cross again, please reach out anytime.
Goodbye from Mrs. Pilkington
Farewell from Ms. Joy
I want you all to know that working in education and working with such amazing students is terrifically rewarding, and simultaneously challenging, but truly an honor to be instrumental in the development of the young lives of those we work with. Lake Oswego is a great school district to work for, and I feel proud to have served these past 16 years in public education, but especially these past couple at Westridge, with a terrific team of educators and students.
Lastly, thank you to all the parents and families for being welcoming,inclusive and for all that you do to support our students and the community.
See You Around the District from Mrs. Troike
Dear Wildcat Families,
It is with such mixed emotions that I am leaving my position at Westridge to be an Instructional Coach and Teacher Mentor for all schools in the Lake Oswego School District. This was a hugely difficult decision to make but I am excited by the opportunity to do something so innovative at this point of my career.
Westridge has been my home and your children have been my family for over 21 years. While my role is shifting, it will continue to be a privilege to serve this community and its exceptional staff in LOSD. I am not going far off the 'ridge but spreading my wings a little broader around the lake.
Keep Your Devices!
Students in grades K-11 who are continuing with LOSD next year are asked to keep their devices (iPads Gr. K-2, Chromebooks Gr. 3-12 ) over the summer. Graduating seniors or students leaving the district need to turn in their devices to Westridge. Current 2nd graders will exchange their iPads for Chromebooks in August when they return to school.
If you have questions or need technical assistance, please submit a work order and our tech team will be happy to help. https://losdhelp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us
Virtual Talent Show!
Thank you to all who contributed to the Westridge Virtual Talent Show! Here are the participants in the order in which they appear.
Madilyn Bailey - Biking - 0:07
Brian Chen - 2nd Grade - Piano - 0:15
Altan Demir - 1st Grade - Swimming/One-Wheel/Tennis - 1:15
Andrew Park - 2nd grade - Rubiks Cube - 2:04
Nate Loomis - 1st Grade - Mountain Biking - 3:10
Ben Weinstein - 2nd Grade - Piano - 3:56
Charlie Kesler - 5th Grade - VR - 4:29
Adriana Luther - 4th Grade - Swimming - 5:19
Aaron Park - Kindergarten - Piano - 5:33
Chloe Williams - 1st Grade - Tennis - 6:27
Crosby McGiffin - 2nd Grade - Martial Arts - 6:49
Alexa Lamb - 2nd Grade - Trampoline - 7:33
Anna Kesler - 4th Grade - Video Editing - 8:25
Claire Wagner - Kindergarten - Gymnastics - 9:13
August Reilly - 3rd Grade - Piano - 9:52
Brendan Welter - 1st Grade - Dirt Bike - 10:51
Colette Swayze - Kindergarten - Trampoline - 11:39
Ella Athanasiou - Third Grade - Horseback riding - 13:15
Emma Rodgers - 3rd Grade - Ice Skating - 14:10
Tesla Campbell - Kindergarten - Dancing/gymnastics - 15:09
Ethan Punsalan - First Grade- Piano - 15:47
Evelyn Rodgers - Kindergarten - Ice Skating - 16:32
Margaret Fleming - 5th Grade - Ballet Twirl - 17:32
Lauren Klose - Kindergarten - Jokes - 17:47
Ian Van Asselt- 4th Grade - Javelin Throw - 18:39
Grace Edelen - 2nd grade - Piano - 18:51
Henry Hilton - 3rd Grade - Singing - 19:56
Jameson Bailey - Kindergarten - Swim/flip - 21:00
Maddie Gundersen - 2nd Grade - Piano - 21:32
Molly Welter - 3rd Grade - Dirt Bike - 22:26
Willa Mottl - Kindergarten - Drawing - 23:05
Oscar Williams - 5th grade - Guitar - 24:08
Raegan Westerdahl - Kindergarten - Skiing - 24:39
Olivia VanLoo - 2nd grade - Dog tricks - 25:17
Peyton Kossol - 1st Grade - Piano - 25:51
Sally Shoemaker - First Grade - Dance - 26:31
Ryder Mottl - 2nd Grade - Lip Sync - 27:32
Saylor Sedlak - Kindergarten - Trolls Dance - 28:32
Shane McElhaney and Wyatt Carter - 1st Grade - Martial Arts - 29:32
Troy Luther - 2nd Grade - Baseball - 30:33
Sivan Wizansky - 2nd Grade - Martial Arts - 30:44
Ximena Lewis - 5th Grade - Piano - 32:02
Please Verify Your Student's Information
- 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.
Summer Specials Sign Ups Open
LOFD Vaccination Clinic at Lakeridge Middle School
The Lake Oswego Fire Department is hosting several COVID-19 vaccine clinics at Lakeridge Middle School for students age 12 or older and their families. The clinics are for Pfizer vaccine first and second doses on: June 9, June 16, June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21.
Following are instructions for how to participate in the clinic.
1. Schedule an appointment using this website:
Currently open for scheduling: June 9; you may schedule an appointment for other dates soon. www.clackamas.us/coronavirus/vaccine
2. Complete Vaccination Consent Form. For ages 12-14 years, parents/guardian consent is required. For ages 15-17, parent/guardian consent is encouraged but under Oregon law, minors 15 years of age and older may consent to their own medical treatment including vaccinations. Please print and complete consent from and bring it to the appointment. There will be extra forms available at the clinic. COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form - English Formulario de consentimiento de vacunación contra el COVID-19
3. At The Clinic. Wear your mask and observe physical distancing guidelines. Wear short sleeves. There is no payment or insurance billing.
● A greeter will screen you for COVID-19 symptoms and direct you once you arrive. ● Staff will review your paperwork, and administer your vaccine. ● You will wait 15-30 minutes for post vaccination monitoring.
● If you have specific health concerns about getting the COVID-19 vaccine please ask your personal health care provider.
● If you need to cancel or reschedule, use the automated "cancel" link, and then reschedule.
● If you need information or assistance to reschedule your appointment please send an email inquiry to COVIDVaccine@clackamas.us.
Click here for a flyer about the LOFD Vaccine Clinics at Lakeridge Middle School.
SAVE THE DATE: Smart Start Thursday, Aug. 26, 1-3 p.m.
Smart Start is an opportunity specifically for our students with 504s and IEPs, and their parents and guardians, to make introductions with their teachers and to feel prepared for the start of school. For the 2021-22 School Year, Smart Start is in person Aug. 26, 2021, from 1-3 p.m.
Teachers will be familiar with your student’s plan and accommodations. To help better know your students, please complete the attached one-page profile or create one on your own ahead of time, and give it to the teacher at the Smart Start introduction.
Also, to assist in your family’s preparation for the new school year, please click here for a Smart Start checklist for parents and guardians of students with 504s and IEPs.
See you on Aug. 26!
Free COVID testing Clinics:
Vaccination Sites :
- Go to our website now to learn how to get an appointment scheduled: https://bit.ly/3vbTief. If you need assistance with scheduling or if you want to be on standby list, call the amazing team at the Public Inquiry Center at 503-655-8224 (Monday-Friday, 8 am-5 pm); English and Spanish available
- Vaccine Finder: Get Vaccinated Oregon
- Salem FairGrounds:
- As of today, you can just walk in or you can register online at Salem Health Vaccine
Westridge Summer School Counseling Activities
If you are looking for summer activities for your child, look no further than the Westridge School Counseling Family Resources Google folder. This folder has every school counseling asynchronous lesson from the 2020-21 school year. It also contains family activities, middle school transition tips, as well as family and individual self-care information. All of the activities are organized by character trait themes, so they're easy to find! This link will stay live over the summer, so check it out any time!
Gary Kieser, MA, LPC
LOPL SUMMER LIBRARY CHALLENGE:
The Lake Oswego Public Library 2021 Summer Challenge begins June 1st. We are inviting all families to register online at lopl.org/summer, set their own goals, and read all summer long. Your FREE book is yours to claim as soon as you register. We’ve created some extra challenges that go beyond reading, including a city-wide scavenger hunt. Log your time spent reading, complete challenges, and find all the colors of the rainbow hidden in our city parks, and you’ll earn raffle tickets good for our End-of-Summer prize drawings. We can’t wait to see you at the Summer Library Challenge Headquarters (706 Fourth St.) soon.
Students will be receiving LOPL postcards at their home address with more information about the summer reading challenge.
New Student Registration for 2021-22 School Year
Registration for the 2021-22 school year is happening now!
- 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.
ParentVUE and Website History
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.
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.