Westridge Wildcat News

November 19, 2021

Message from the Principal

Dear Westridge Community,


Next week, on both Monday and Tuesday, we will connect as a staff through valuable learning experiences. Teachers will explore topics related to our district’s Strategic Plan and continue to work on planning high quality instructional experiences for our students. We hope that while we learn you are able to connect as a family, enjoy a slower pace, and express your own messages of gratitude.


Sincerely,


Jules Laaperi

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Principal

Save the Dates!

November 22-26: No School (Inservice/Holiday)

November 29: Vision Screening (grades K,1,3,5)

December 3: Picture Retake Day

December 20-January 2nd: Winter Break (No School)

January 17: No School (Martin Luther King Day)

January 28: No School (Grade Prep)

February 16: Immunization Exclusion day (see info below)

February 21: No School (President's day)

Need to pick your child up early from school? We can help!

We understand that sometimes parents need to pick their children up early from school, especially with holidays and winter break coming up. In order to make sure that your teacher and the office are informed of your plans, please try your best to follow this protocol when you need to pick up your child:


  • Please email your child's' teacher and the office the day of, so that they know that the student will be leaving early.
  • When you're on your way to the school to pick up your child please call the office and let us know you're on your way. We will call down to the classroom and have your child start packing up. There is no need to let the office know via email days in advance.
  • Please come to the office to pick up your child. Do not go to the classroom door.


Thank you!


Office Phone number: 503-534-2371

Office email addressses: murphya@loswego.k12.or.us OR stewardj@loswego.k12.or.us

TOY DRIVE for children in foster care:

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Vision Screening November 29th: Grades K,1,3,5

Dear Parents and Guardians:


Lake Oswego School District will be conducting the annual vision screening for students in your child’s school:


Westridge Elementary School on Monday, Nov. 29 at 8:45am.


Vision screening will be done by the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation. The OLSHF uses a Spot screener to do the vision screening. It looks like a large camera that takes a picture of your child’s eyes.


More information about Spot:


http://www.welchallyn.com/en/products/categories/physical-exam/eye-exam/vision-screeners/spot-vision-screener.html


You have the right to decline vision screening for your child. Please let your child’s teacher

know if you would like your child to OPT-OUT of vision screening.


If your child is referred to a vision specialist, you will receive screening results within two

weeks of the screening day.


If for some reason the Spot screener could not take an adequate picture of your child’s eyes; a vision screening will be done using a distance eye chart.


If you have any questions or concerns, please contact the Westridge office at 503-534-2371.

Immunization Exclusion Day:

February 16, 2022 is exclusion day for students that are not up to date with their required immunizations. If you have any questions about your child's immunizations, please contact Andrea Murphy at murphya@loswego.k12.or.us


For a list of required immunizations please visit our Nurses website here

Student Attendance:

If your child will be absent, please email your student's teacher and copy the office at murphya@loswego.k12.or.us. Please list the date your child will be absent and any illness symptoms.


If you need to pick your child up early from school, please let the teacher and the office know ahead of time.

Oregon State Assessment Opt-Out Form

Every year, Oregon students take assessments to meet federal requirements. 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.

State law requires us to inform you that a form is available from the State Department of Education that allows you to opt your child out of the math and English Language Arts assessments for the current 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 deadlines listed on the form. Meeting the deadline will help the school with planning and preparation. If you wish your child not to participate in the science assessment for grades 5, 8, and 11, submit this request in writing to the principal of your child's school.

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.

Westridge Elementary School

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.