Westridge Wildcat News

March 19, 2021

Important Update!

Dear Wildcat Community,

Thank you to everyone who has downloaded the PikMyKid app! As we go "live" using this dismissal platform on Monday March 29th,. We ask that you continue to follow dismissal protocols to ensure the safety of our students and staff as we load students into cars. We ask that parents pull all the way forward in the car line to have their child loaded into the car by a staff member. Even though it might be faster to have your child come out to your car as soon as they see it arrive, it does not allow staff to verify that the child is going home with their designated person. Following this protocol also creates a more regulated flow of traffic. Please encourage your child to wait until you have reached the front of the car line to enter the vehicle as directed by a staff member.

It is imperative that all parents/guardians of Hybrid students download and register for the PikMyKid app and have their car tag displayed on the passenger side of the car. Parents that have not done so, may be asked to pull out of the car line so that we can verify your information. When you arrive on campus, please press the green "Announce" button, which will allow us to get your child ready to go. You may make changes to the go home plan up to 15 minutes prior to dismissal via the app. Thank you for your support as we pilot this dismissal platform in the interest of safety and accountability.

I hope you all have a wonderful Spring Break!

Principal Montgomery

Save These Dates!

3/22 - 3/26 - Spring Break / No School

3/29 - PikMyKid goes LIVE

4/2 - Conference Prep Day - Students do NOT attend school in person. ASYNCHRONOUS LESSONS posted by 8am

4/8 & 4/9 - Parent Teacher Conferences (Virtual) Signups are coming soon!

4/13 - Picture day! (Hybrid during AM/PM cohorts, LO Online 4:00-4:30pm) Information coming soon.

Conferences & i-Ready Reports

  • Elementary conferences on April 8-9 will be virtual.

  • Parents/guardians will receive a Sign-Up Genius (email) from your teacher to schedule your conference by March 29. (If you do not receive a link, please reach out to your teacher)

  • Winter i-Ready Family Reports will be shared and discussed at conferences.

  • The Teacher Workday on Friday, April 2 will match the Fall routine (asynchronous lessons posted, teachers available until 10:45 am). PE, Music, and STEM may also post asynchronous lessons. Students do not report to school on 4/2.

April 2nd - Conference Prep Day is Asynchronous

Our original 2020-21 school calendar listed Friday, April 2 as an 11:00 a.m. early release day to allow elementary teachers time to prepare for conferences on April 8-9. All hybrid and LO Online students will participate in an asynchronous day (independent learning and practice that has been assigned by their teacher). All lessons will be posted for all students (AM and PM cohorts) by 8:00 a.m. Science, Health and Social Studies lessons will also be posted by 8:00 a.m. depending on the rotation schedule.
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Picture Day!

Picture day will be on April 13th with Dorian Photography. Hybrid students will have pictures taken during their normal in person class time. LO Online students will have an opportunity to have their photos taken from 4:00-4:30. All retakes will be done at Dorian's studios, not at the school this year. We will be sending more information home on ordering pictures after we return from Spring Break.

Yearbook Pictures Needed!

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We are so excited to to see the Westridge campus filling with returning students, teachers, and staff. We look forward to re-connecting with many of you again in the days and weeks ahead, and we hope you'll be able to join us for our next virtual PTSO general meeting. During this meeting, we will be joined by Gary Kieser, student counselor, who will discuss "Problem-Solving between Children and Parents: a System for Collaboration." Mr. Kieser will cover three methods of solving short and long term problems with resources to use at home.

Monday, April 5

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.



Meeting ID: 850 3039 9559

Passcode: 617894

If you would like to review minutes from previous meetings, you can find them at https://www.losdschools.org/Page/2439.

Critical Message from the Westridge Office:

With the anticipation of students returning to in-person school, now is a great time to update the office if you've had a phone number, email address or emergency contact change. It is imperative that the front office have accurate contact information for your family, in case we need to contact you during the school day. Please put your changes in writing and email them to Jodi at stewardj@loswego.k12.or.us or Andrea at murphya@loswego.k12.or.us

On that note, we are here to help make sure your child and you have the best year ever! Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We are in the office Monday through Friday from 7:30am - 3:00pm.

Jodi Steward and Andrea Murphy

Westridge Elementary School Office


Counselor's Corner - News you can use from Mr. Kieser

Lunchtime social groups:

I'm excited to announce that I will be resuming my lunch-time social groups after Spring Break with some small schedule changes:

Kindergarten-Mondays 11:30-12:00

2nd grade-Tuesdays 11:30-12:00

4th grade-Thursdays 11:30-12:00

Students can use these instructions to access the Zoom link through their Clever account, or you can use this link directly:


SEL theme for March: Cooperation!

Dear Westridge families, I am excited to announce that our Social-Emotional Learning theme for the month of March is Cooperation. Lessons are published each Monday at 8:00 in my Google classroom. For more information on our theme and how to find my Google Classroom, please see the letter below:

Cooperation SEL Newsletter

Gary Kieser, MA, LPC

School Counselor

Westridge Elementary School

503-534-2371, ext. 3932

LOSD Distance Learning Resources

Preschool/Pre-K Applications Due April 2

For families interested in signing up their child for preschool or pre-kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year please visit the Extended Programs on the district website or click here to apply. Space is limited.

Application period closes: Friday, Apr. 2, 2021

Lottery Process: Monday, Apr. 5, 2021

Families will be notified by Friday, Apr. 9, 2021

Conclusion of Lottery Process
Following the completion of the lotteries, the district will make available any remaining slots in the classes on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications received after the lottery deadline will be date-stamped and enrolled in a class if space is available. If classes are full, applicants will be added to the wait list in order of receipt of application.

New Student Registration for 2021-22 School Year

Registration for the 2021-22 school year will begin soon.

  • 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.

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.

Crunch and Munch with Mrs. Bates

Crunch and Munch With Mrs. Bates

To help students that are staying online to learn and students that are moving to hybrid learning connect. Crunch and Munch times will be shifted.

1st grade: Tuesday 11:30-11:50

3rd grade: Thursday 11:30-11:50

Coding Club with Mrs. Bates

To help more students connect we will be adjusting the time of coding club. This way students that are taking part in LO Online and in hybrid learning can still come together. We will continue to meet on Fridays but will shift the time to 11:15-11:45pm.

Lunchtime Social Groups with Mr. Kieser

I'm excited to announce that I will be resuming my lunch-time social groups after Spring Break with some small schedule changes:

Kindergarten-Mondays 11:30-12:00

2nd grade-Tuesdays 11:30-12:00

4th grade-Thursdays 11:30-12:00

Students can use these instructions to access the Zoom link through their Clever account, or you can use this link directly:


Now Accepting Applications for Foundation Board of Directors

Are you interested in contributing to a dynamic volunteer organization dedicated to advancing our community's commitment to educational excellence?

Please consider applying for the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation is seeking parents/guardians, students and community residents to serve on its Board of Directors. Board members must demonstrate a commitment to the Foundation, the School District and the Lake Oswego community.

The term for new board members will begin June 2021. Board members commit to a two-year term and may serve up to three terms. Please click HERE to access the online application form. The application provides more information about being a board member.

Interested people should submit applications by Friday, April 9, 2021. The Nominating committee will review applications and conduct interviews in the April time frame. If you are unable to access the application, please contact woolfw@loswego.k12.or.us to receive a pdf version of the application.

Lake Oswego Schools Foundation prospective board member application:


Restaurant Night at Chipotle

Who's ready for another reason to order takeout? Chipotle (8 Centerpointe Drive) will donate 33% of proceeds from Saturday, April 3 between 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. to Westridge Elementary PTSO. Please show the below flyer to the cashier, either printed out or on your phone. Alternatively, you can order online for pickup using the Chipotle app or website using promo code 8ANZXWY. (Please note: ordering delivery is not permitted for this fundraiser.)

Thank you to everyone who supported our PTSO via the February Restaurant Night at MOD Pizza. We appreciate you and your orders and look forward to seeing you all at Chipotle in April!

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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.

PTSO Fundraiser: Minted

We are excited to announce that you can now use promo code FUNDRAISEWESTRIDGE all year long on minted.com. The PTSO will receive 15% of all orders when this code is entered at check out. Go ahead and get your Valentine’s orders in! Minted has a great variety of fun custom gifts such as cards, handbags, puzzles, art gifts, etc.

No Dogs on Campus

We love your sweet dogs, but to keep all our Wildcats safe and sound, we ask that you do not bring your dog on campus. We have students who have phobias around dogs and we want to keep all our students feeling safe.

Thank you for your cooperation.

ODE State Assessment Notice

The Oregon Department of Education publishes an annual notice regarding state assessments in English Language Arts and Math. Please review the Annual Notice for Statewide Tests for information regarding why participation matters, an explanation of the right to opt out, testing windows, and other resources.

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