The Current

LOSD News • February 4, 2022

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

Celebrating Lunar New Year

Black History Month Resolution

School Counselor Appreciation Week

Draft Boundary Maps For Community Feedback

Kindergarten Spanish Immersion Registration

Coming Up: Information Session About the Standard Response Protocol

Budget Committee Applications Due Today

School Board Meeting

DEIAC Committee Meeting

Transportation Facility Update

LOSD COVID-19 Information:

  • LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard

LO Schools Foundation Board Applications Open

Community:

  • Rotary's SASEE Award Nominations Open
  • Lake Oswego Youth Lacrosse Registration
  • LO Little League Baseball Registration
  • Pacer Youth Baseball Registration
  • LOJ Baseball Registration
  • Softball Registration Open
Regular Reminders:
  • What's New at Community School
  • Hunger Fighters: New Pantry Hours
  • Clothing Closet
  • Safe Oregon
  • Get Social with LOSD

Message from the Superintendent

As promised in last week’s newsletter, we have assessed and have made decisions to adjust the three protocols LOSD implemented or put on hold at the beginning of January. Our district’s decisions -- including the ones being made today -- have been centered on providing successful full time, in-person instruction and protecting the health and wellbeing of our community. Because our learning community’s COVID-19 reported cases and absences continuing to trend down and vaccination rates continuing to climb up, we are adjusting the following protocols:


  • LOSD will begin welcoming volunteers into our schools during the school day starting Monday, Feb. 7. As originally planned, we will gradually welcome additional classroom volunteers and classroom needs are at the discretion of teachers. Please continue to work with your schools to complete volunteer requirements in preparation of returning to our classrooms.

  • LOSD is lifting the elementary outdoor mask requirement, per Oregon Health Authority (OHA) guidance, effective Monday, Feb. 7. This will allow elementary students to take a mask break during outdoor activities such as recess and outdoor PE. This also means adults are not required to wear masks outdoors when on school campus. Students may opt to keep on their masks while outdoors, and that choice will be supported.

  • LOSD is increasing the number of spectators at indoor extracurricular activities including athletics and performing arts events. Please see school communications for details.


I understand that people in our learning community are at different stages of comfort regarding the pandemic and mitigation measures. I am confident in our decisions to reduce some of the restrictions because our community has taken such great care in doing your part to help protect the health and safety of our learning community. Please continue to practice consideration and kindness with each other as we make strides to navigate our way out of the pandemic together.

Celebrating Lunar New Year

Lunar New Year, commonly referred to as Chinese New Year, is one of the most important holidays of the year for more than one billion people around the world. Tuesday, Feb. 1 marked the beginning of the 15-day celebration to honor ancestors, reflect on the past year, and bring good luck and fortune to the year ahead.


In LOSD, our youngest to our oldest students participated in Lunar New Year activities to learn more about the culture. Ms. Chris’ pre-kindergarten class made traditional tiger costumes in honor of 2022 being the Year of the Tiger, which symbolizes courage, bravery and resilience. The Asian American Student Union at Lake Oswego High hosted a week full of activities, from making and hanging banner and lantern decorations to greeting each other with pins and guava candy and encouraging the sharing of new year's resolutions. It was a heartwarming week of wishing our learning community prosperity and health in the new year.

Black History Month Resolution

The Lake Oswego School Board adopted a resolution at the January 24 meeting that LOSD will celebrate the month of February as Black History Month and encourage our public schools to infuse instructional learning activities to incorporate the contributions of Black Americans throughout the school year. Activities will be highlighted at the School Board meeting Monday and shared in upcoming editions of the newsletter throughout the month.


The month of February is the time that we, as a nation, recognize Black History Month and this year’s theme of “Black Health and Wellness,” which acknowledges the legacy of Black scholars and medical practitioners in Western medicine, but also considers activities, rituals and initiatives that Black communities have done to be well.


Not only during the month of February, but throughout the year, it is important that our district leaders, staff, and students and families learn, understand, and reflect upon the history, experiences, and contributions of Black Americans, in honor of those who have worked tirelessly and often without recognition for the advancement of humankind.

School Counseling Appreciation Week

National School Counseling Week is next week, a time to focus attention on the invaluable contribution school counselors make in our schools. We in LOSD are incredibly fortunate and very grateful to have such a wonderful team of counselors supporting each of our schools and working across our system. School counselors make a tremendous impact in caring for our students and helping them achieve success in school and in life. Their service is integral to being able to support the whole child, academically, emotionally, socially, and physically. Please join us in showing appreciation for your school counselor next week, and always.

Draft Boundary Maps For Community Feedback

The elementary boundary review committee is developing a boundary recommendation to balance enrollment between Lake Grove and Oak Creek Elementary Schools.


The first two draft boundary maps, accompanied by a survey to gather community feedback, can be found on the district website under Elementary Boundary Review 2022. Survey respondents are anonymous and a summary of feedback captured in the survey will be shared with the boundary committee for consideration at the next committee meeting Wednesday, Feb. 9.


Boundary Committee Meeting #2

Wednesday, Feb. 9

4-5:30 p.m.

https://loswego-k12-or-us.zoom.us/j/86895976104


All are welcome to observe the committee meeting. Thank you in advance for your engagement in this iterative process.

Kindergarten Spanish Immersion Registration

Registration is now open for students who will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2022. Families interested in the LOSD Spanish Immersion (SI) program, now hosted at Palisades World Language School, must register your kindergartener at your resident elementary school and submit an application for the SI program. More information about the SI program can be found on the district site, either under New Enrollment and/or Palisades school website. Following are important steps and deadlines:


Important dates for the 2022-2023 school year

  • SI Kindergarten Application available: Wednesday, Jan. 19
  • Click HERE for the SI Application.
  • SI Kindergarten Application Deadline: Friday, Mar. 11, 3:30 p.m.
  • SI Kindergarten Lottery Date: Wednesday, Mar. 16, 10:00 a.m.
  • SI Kindergarten Lottery Notification: Friday, Mar. 18

Should the district receive more applications than spaces available in our two classes of SI kindergarten, a lottery will be held.

Coming Up: Information Session About the Standard Response Protocol

LOSD's Safety and Security Administrator John Parke is hosting an Information Session for parents/guardians to learn more about the Standard Response Protocol. There will be a presentation followed by an opportunity to ask and answer questions. The session will be recorded and shared in The Current for those who cannot participate live.


Thursday, Feb. 10

5-6:30 p.m.

https://loswego-k12-or-us.zoom.us/j/82307969356

Budget Committee Applications Due Today

LOSD is currently accepting applications for two open positions on the Legal Budget Committee. The Legal Budget Committee consists of members of the LO School Board and five citizen members who are charged with reviewing and approving the budget for the upcoming school year. Citizen members are appointed to three-year terms and typically meet three to four times in the spring.


Click here for an application or visit the district website, Business & Finance Department. Applications are due February 4, by 5 p.m.

School Board Meeting

All are welcome to observe the public session live virtually.


Monday, Feb. 7

General Session - 6:00 p.m.

Click here for the agenda posted on district website

Meeting will be held live, virtually.


Board members will be taking both live and written testimony. Please click here for instructions on how to submit testimony for either way. Notification of live testimony and written testimony is due by Monday, Feb. 4 at 12 p.m.


You can observe the meeting remotely by clicking here.

DEIAC Committee Meeting

All are welcome to observe the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Committee Meeting.


Tuesday, Feb. 8

6-7:30 p.m.

Click here for the Zoom link on the district calendar

Transportation Facility Update

LOSD is seeking a Conditional Use Permit to place its transportation maintenance facility at 6333 Lakeview Blvd., which was previously an industrial building and is currently used as warehouse storage for the school district.


In 2019, the City of Lake Oswego Design Review Commission (DRC) did not approve the district’s permit request, citing neighborhood resistance. At that time, the Lake Oswego School Board directed the district to pause on submitting an appeal to the DRC to allow time to assess and address suggested changes requested by the neighborhood before submitting a proposal.


Since then, LOSD has met with neighborhood leaders and conducted outreach to local residents to better understand cited concerns. The new proposal is being developed based on directions from the School Board to meet or exceed the development code and address neighborhood concerns. Those projects and operations included in the new proposal include:

  • Building a ten foot high sound wall along the east and north property lines

  • Building 2-8 foot high sound attenuating gates

  • Installing new landscaping, including street trees and bushes to screen the new sound wall

  • Constructing a sidewalk along the block of 65th

  • Routing buses to the greatest extent possible toward 65th Ave., McEwan Rd. and Lower Boones Ferry Rd. when departing and arriving at the facility, unless serving areas directly adjacent


More information about the proposed project, including images of the proposed changes, can be found in the documents submitted to the City posted on the district website under Strategic Initiatives.

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LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard

The LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard is up to date, corresponding with new reporting protocols for Clackamas County Public Health. The new dashboard shows the number of staff and students who have reported to LOSD testing positive for COVID-19, regardless of school exposure.

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Foundation Board Applications Open

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. Please click HERE to access the online application form. Interested people should submit applications by Friday, Mar. 4, 2022.

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Rotary's SASEE Award Nominations Open

The Rotary Club of Lake Oswego is seeking nominees for the 2022 SASEE Awards, which honor service above self in educational excellence. View the new SASEE Awards Highlights promotional trailer!


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?" LO Rotary Club wants to recognize and support the people who make education in Lake Oswego exceptional. Click here to submit your nomination.

Lake Oswego Youth Lacrosse Registration

Registration is open for Spring 2022 Lake Oswego Youth Lacrosse! The program is open to all children around the lake in grades 1-8. Please click here for a registration link and more information about the program.

LO Little League Baseball Registration

Registration is open for the Lake Oswego Little League Spring 2022 baseball season. Pre-K through 6th graders are welcome to register. Please visit www.lolittleleague.org/registration for more information.

Pacer Youth Baseball Registration

Pacer Youth Baseball registration is open for the spring 2022 season for grades K-8. Register by March 11, 2022 to secure a spot! For more information and to register, please visit: https://paceryouthbaseball.org/home

Lake Oswego Junior Baseball Registration

Registration for the Lake Oswego Junior Baseball Organization, (JBO) is open for the 2022 Spring Season:

  • Registration will stay open until March 3, 2022.
  • Practices will begin in March and the season runs through July
  • Regular season play is approximately 18 games
  • Practices and games will be held at Waluga and Westlake baseball fields


For more information and to register, please visit: https://www.lakeoswegojbo.com

Softball Registration Open

Lake Oswego Girls Softball registration is open for the Spring 2022 Little League season (rec competition for players ages 4-14). Register by Sunday, January 2 to take advantage of the league's "Winter Special" fee and save $25 per player. Final registration deadline is February 13.


Visit www.lakeoswegosoftball.org for more information.

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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.

Hunger Fighters: New Pantry Hours

The Hunger Fighters Food Pantry, located on the Lake Oswego High School campus in the house that is green, has new hours: Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 1-2:30 p.m. Visit the website for more info. www.hungerfightersoregon.org

Back to School Clothes at Clothing Closet

I Love Lake Oswego Clothing Closet is a donation-based closet that provides clothing items and hygiene products for residents, students, and employees that work or live within Lake Oswego.


Open Saturdays

9 a.m.-12 p.m.


Visit https://www.ilovelakeoswego.com for more information.

SafeOregon

Parents-guardians 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.


https://www.safeoregon.com/

(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 @weareLOSD

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