The Current

LOSD News • May 27, 2022

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

Honoring Our Veterans on Memorial Day

How to Talk About School Shootings

District-wide Advisory Committees Come Together

You're Invited: Farewell to River Grove

Transportation Facility Open House Survey

Last and First Days of School Schedule

Save the Date: Smart Start 2022

Please Stay Home When Sick

Swim Lessons at Lake Grove Swim Park

LOSD COVID-19 Information:

  • Vaccine Mandate For Adults During School Day
  • Community Level: Medium
  • Mitigating the Spread of COVID-19
  • OHA COVID-19 Exclusion Guidance
  • LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard

State Assessment Score Reports

Consider a Career In LOSD

Time to Verify Your Student's Information

Community:

  • Hunger Fighters is Moving

  • LO Library Summer Reading Program

  • 5th Graders, LO Teen Lounge Welcomes You

  • Cheer Team Registration

Regular Reminders:
  • What's New at Community School
  • Clothing Closet
  • Safe Oregon
  • Get Social with LOSD

Message from the Superintendent

My superintendent message often serves as a reflection of what has garnered much of the district's attention the past week, and what we look forward to in the coming days. It’s disheartening that for the second consecutive week we are addressing a senseless and horrific tragedy.


Despite the heaviness of this time, I am lifted by how our students and learning community have responded. Leaders of Students Demand Action organized peaceful walkouts at Lake Oswego and Lakeridge High Schools, gathering hundreds for a moment of silence followed by impassioned speeches and activism. While people are feeling powerless, our students are channeling their fears and anger into positive action.


I am also reassured by our students and families who said something when they saw some alarming social media posts in the aftermath of the Texas school shooting. Reporting tips in SafeOregon alerted our administrators and School Resource Officers, who were able to respond immediately. We are grateful for their courage to speak up.


My hope for our last two weeks of school is that we can spend our time celebrating students' promotions and graduations. Students, teachers, staff, and families have worked exceptionally hard this past year. Let’s cherish each other and our significant milestones and accomplishments!

Honoring Our Veterans on Memorial Day

There is no school Monday, May 30, for it is Memorial Day, an American holiday observed on the last Monday of May. On this day we honor the men and women who died while serving in the U.S. military. It was originally known as Decoration Day, and it originated in the years following the Civil War and became an official federal holiday in 1971. Many Americans observe Memorial Day by visiting cemeteries or memorials, holding family gatherings, and participating in parades. We honor those who made the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom.

How to Talk About School Shootings

Senseless violence is hard to understand. Following are resources to help talk about it.


Talking to Children About Violence: Tips for Parents and Teachers

Resources for Educators, Families to Discuss School Shootings


Please know that the safety of students and all in our learning community is LOSD's top priority. We continuously implement new policies, practices, and physical deterrents for greater safety in our schools. Learn more about school safety and security on the LOSD Safety and Security website.

District-wide Advisory Committees Come Together

The Lake Oswego School Board hosted its end-of-the-year district-wide advisory committee meeting at Lakeridge Middle School for the first time in-person in more than three years. Members of district and school advisory committees gathered to discuss highlights of the past year and look ahead to next year. A carousel activity was a huge hit for collecting and weighing feedback on what the district and schools should consider starting, stopping and continuing. The work at this meeting, and others throughout the year, is one example of our value of shared leadership.

You're Invited: Farewell to River Grove

Before construction begins for the reimagined school, LOSD is hosting an open house at River Grove. All current and past River Grove learning community members and residents are welcome to give a fond farewell to the building.


Wednesday, June 8

4:30-6:30 p.m.

River Grove Elementary

Transportation Facility Open House Survey

Thank you to all who attended the community open house to discuss plans for a new transportation facility. For information on what was presented and for a feedback survey, visit the Transportation Project website on losdschools.org. Input will help inform the district's plans.

Last and First Days of School Schedule

As we head into our last weeks of school, we want to remind families of the schedule for the last and first days of school.


Last days of 2021-22 School Year

May 31: last day for LOH seniors

June 1: last day for LHS seniors
June 2: Lake Oswego High School graduation
June 3: Lakeridge High School graduation
June 10: Last day for students in grades K-11; early dismissal schedule

  • Early dismissals for elementaries is 11:00 a.m.
  • Early dismissals for middle schools is 12:00 p.m.
  • Early dismissals for high schools is 12:50 p.m.

First days of 2022-23 School Year

Aug. 29: first day for students in grades 1-5, 6 and 9.

Aug. 30: first day for students in grades 7-8 and 10-12.
Sept. 1: first day for all kindergarteners


Aug. 29-31 is kindergarten orientation. Kindergartners will be invited to an orientation at their new schools one of those three days. Parents/guardians can expect an invitation from their principal by the week of Aug. 22 regarding their student's orientation day.

Save the Date: Smart Start 2022

Smart Start is an opportunity specifically for our students with 504s and IEPs, and their parents and guardians, to make introductions, connect with their teachers, and feel prepared and welcomed for the start of school. For the 2022-23 School Year, Smart Start will be held in-person at each LOSD school, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022, 1-3 p.m. More information about Smart Start is available on the district website.

Please Stay Home When Sick

COVID-19 or not, for the health of our learning community, it's important to stay home well feeling ill. Our school nurses are sharing the guide below with symptoms to stay home.
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Swim Lessons at Lake Grove Swim Park

Lake Grove Swim Park trained lifeguards will be offering swim lessons this summer. All children who reside in Lake Oswego are eligible to register for lessons. Swim lessons will be offered from 11-11:30 a.m. and 11:30-12 p.m. starting at the end of June through mid-August.


NEW: Register for Lake Grove Swim Park lessons through Community School. Registration for all swim lesson sessions will open Wednesday, Jun. 1.


Image is a painting by Lake Oswego resident and artist James McGrew, " The Leap (My Daughter Learning to Swim in Lake Oswego)"

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Vaccine Mandate For Adults During School Day

The state mandates that all adults in schools during the school day be fully vaccinated. School districts may grant exemptions. Three percent of LOSD employees have exemptions; LOSD requires people with exemptions test weekly testing, which we can administer with fidelity for this small group. At this time, we do not have the capacity to track weekly tests for volunteers and guests.


We are making an exception for the one-time, end-of-year ceremonies and accepting exemption requests for unvaccinated adults to attend their child’s ceremony, such as the 5th grade celebration.

Community Level: Medium

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looks at the combination of three metrics — new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population in the past 7 days, the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past 7 days — to determine the COVID-19 community levels. Using this data, the COVID-19 community level is classified as low, medium, or high. Clackamas County is currently in medium (yellow). Click here to follow the CDC COVID-19 Data Tracker Weekly Review.

Mitigating the Spread of COVID-19

The combined burden of COVID-19, flu, and other respiratory viruses co-occuring in communities means schools need to continue being vigilant about health and safety. Masks are recommended. LOSD is monitoring COVID-19 transmission and unusual absenteeism or illness within cohorts; offering free testing for students and staff; and excluding from school, as required by the state, individuals who have COVID-19 like symptoms.


Families are asked to help mitigate the spread:

  1. If your child is sick with COVID-like symptoms, do not send them to school.

  2. Seek a COVID-19 test. Obtain free Covid-19 at-home test kits at Covidtests.gov.

  3. Notify your school nurse

  4. Vaccination remains the best protection against serious illness from COVID-19 and reduces spread of the disease. Get Vaccinated Oregon.

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LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard

The LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard is up to date. The 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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State Assessment Score Reports

This summer, LOSD will deliver students’ state assessment results online through ParentVUE rather than mailing paper. This is in keeping with the district’s strategic goal of sustainability and mirrors how we deliver report cards. Your child’s assessment reports will appear on your ParentVUE Documents page in late July.


If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, go to the login page, click "I am a Parent," then click "Forgot Password." If you are unsure whether you have a ParentVUE account or need assistance, please contact your student’s school.

Consider a Career In LOSD

Did you know more than a third of LOSD employees are Lake Oswego residents, and many are parents of students in our district? Not only is Lake Oswego a great place to live and go to school, it is a great place to work!


If you or someone you know are interested in joining our district, please apply. LOSD is continuing the focus on diversifying our licensed and classified staff, and leadership. Diverse includes gender, ability, race, ethnicity, and more. Find all employment opportunities on losdschools.org / Careers.

Time to Verify Your Student's Information

Parents/guardians of all students enrolled for the 2022-23 school year need to review/update your students' information. Log into ParentVUE and access the Register/Verify tab.


If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, go to the login page, click "I am a Parent," then click "Forgot Password." If you are unsure whether you have a ParentVUE account, contact your student's school. For assistance with the verification process, refer to the user guide on the LOSD website or contact your student's school.
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LO Library Summer Reading Program

The Summer Library Challenge “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” is the Lake Oswego Public Library’s 2022 summer reading, learning and exploration program for ALL ages and abilities. It will take place beginning June 1 and ending August 31. Sign up online at lopl.org/summer to track your summer reading, complete outdoor challenges and enter your scavenger hunt finds.


The Lake Oswego Public Library is located at 706 Fourth Street, Lake Oswego. For more information, contact the Children’s desk at 503-697-6580 or visit the Lake Oswego Library website.

5th Graders, LO Teen Lounge Welcomes You!

Join the LO Teen Lounge for a meet and greet for incoming sixth graders. Lake Oswego Parks & Rec will be hosting both a virtual and an in-person tour of the Lounge, as well as offering summer drop-in hours for students in incoming grades 6-12 on Mondays and Fridays this June-August.

Virtual: Friday, May 20; 5-6 p.m.: Hear all about the Teen Lounge and take a virtual tour. To register: https://us02web.zoom.us/meeting/register/tZUvde6trzsvE9LybCdukn-9Vn5v-dS_bFwG


In Person: Friday, May 27; 4-7 p.m.: This is open to all students currently in grades 5-11, and it is the first opportunity for current fifth graders to see and visit the Teen Lounge. Parents are also invited, and will have opportunities to talk to staff about all of LOPR’s teen programming opportunities.


Contact Jordan Morales at (503) 534-5434 or jmorales@ci.oswego.or.us if you have questions or would like additional information.

Cheer Team Registration

Interested in learning the FUNdamentals of cheerleading and cheer at Lakeridge Youth Football games in the fall? Register for our Youth or Junior Sideline Cheer Teams by May 30th! Registration links on www.lakeridgecheer.com
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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.

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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