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LOSD News • October 4, 2019

In this Message:

Student Success Act: How Should We Spend $5.2M?

Elementary Boundary Review Process: Here's Your First Opportunity to Weigh In

School Board Meeting

Superintendent Listening Sessions

October Is Dyslexia Awareness Month

LOS Foundation New Family Meet and Greet Events

Listserv Delivery Issue for Addresses

School-Related Info:

  • Student Services Back-to-School Night
  • Lake Oswego Ski Swap
  • Laker Dance Youth Clinic
Community Info:
  • Fire Prevention Week
  • Save the Date: Multi-City Equity Summit – October 19

Regular Reminders:

  • Get Social with LOSD
  • SafeOregon
  • Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App
  • What's New at Community School?

Student Success Act: How Should We Spend $5.2M?


What would be your priorities for improvements to educational programs?

Adding days to the school year?

Adding hours to the school day?

Hiring more teachers?

Investing in arts, music education, PE, science?

Hiring more student success coaches? More counselors?

The district wants to hear your voice as we plan for future investments in education made possible by the Student Success Act.

Please join in and tell us what you think! Take the Needs Assessment Survey and let us know what's working, what we could do better, and what your priorities are for program improvements.

The survey will be available online until October 14.

Thank you for engaging in this important process.

Elementary Boundary Review Process: Your First Opportunity to Weigh In

As announced last week, the district will be reviewing elementary school boundaries this year to ensure adequate space at our K-5 schools, while balancing elementary enrollment districtwide.

The first step in this process will be coming up next week, when all parents will receive an email invitation to engage in a short survey asking for your expectations regarding your school and its environment. The survey is being conducted by Critical Data Strategies, which is working with Flo Analytics to assist the district with this elementary boundary review process.

Please watch for this invitation to participate. The survey will be open for a 5-day window.

School Board Meeting

Board of Directors Meeting

LOSD Administration Building

October 7, 2019


Live streaming and archived video of School Board meetings

Agenda Summary:

I. Contract Review Board - 5:45 pm

II. School Board Regular Session - approx. 6:00 pm

III. School Board Work Session - approx. 6:10 pm

Monday's Work Session will include a presentation by representatives from Flo Analytics, who will provide an overview of the elementary boundary review process.

See the full agenda and supporting materials here.

Superintendent Listening Sessions

The Superintendent wants to hear from you! Dr. Lora de la Cruz will be holding parent listening sessions to get to know you and to hear your perspective on any topic you'd like to share. Four sessions will be held across the district with each night dedicated to specific schools. If you are unable to attend your school's listening session, you are welcome to attend a session that is more convenient. Listening sessions will be held as follows:

Monday, October 28th at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Lakeridge High School - Library

Target Audience: Lakeridge High School, Lakeridge Middle School, Hallinan Elementary

Tuesday, October 29th at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Lake Oswego High School - Library

Target Audience: Lake Oswego High School, Forest Hills Elementary, Lake Grove Elementary

Wednesday, October 30th at 6:00 p.m.

Location: River Grove Elementary - Library

Target Audience: River Grove Elementary, Westridge Elementary

Tuesday, November 5th at 6:00 p.m.

Location: Oak Creek Elementary @ Uplands - Gym

Target Audience: Oak Creek Elementary, Lake Oswego Middle School

October Is Dyslexia Awareness Month

What is Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is an unexpected difficulty in reading in an individual who has the intelligence to be a much better reader.

Children and adults with dyslexia struggle to read fluently, spell words correctly, and memorize rote facts such as multiplication tables, among other challenges. But these difficulties have no connection to their overall intelligence. While people with dyslexia can be slow readers, they often, paradoxically, are very fast and creative thinkers with strong reasoning abilities.

Dyslexia can’t be “cured” – it is lifelong. But with appropriate early supports, dyslexic individuals can learn to read, write, and spell and can become highly successful students and adults. (Source:

Read about the signs of dyslexia here:

Get the facts on Dyslexia from the International Dyslexia Association (IDA):

Video: What is Dyslexia?

See Decoding Dyslexia for Resources and October Events:

Each week in October, we will feature a message about dyslexia in this newsletter. If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s learning, please contact the school principal and/or literacy specialist. Another great parent resource would be to contact your school’s Student Services Parent Advisory Committee (SSPAC) representative.

LOS Foundation New Family Meet and Greet Events

Welcoming all who are new to the district!

Please join parents and guardians who are new to the district at one of the following Meet & Greet events hosted by the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation. These casual gatherings are an opportunity to meet others who are new while learning more about the district.

New Family Meet & Greet Coffees

Tuesday, October 15, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

3244 Upper Dr., Lake Oswego, OR 97035


Tuesday, October 22, 9 to 11 a.m.

4300 Haven St., Lake Oswego, OR 97035


Wednesday, October 23, 9 to 11 a.m.

606 6th St., Lake Oswego OR 97034


Coffee & refreshments provided by Chucks Place

New Family Meet & Greet Happy Hour

Oregon Wine Reserve

Saturday, Nov. 2, 4-7 p.m.

600 N State St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Event is for adults 21 years and older


Complimentary child care provided at PLAY Boutique, 4-7 p.m.

464 1st St, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Service is for children 1 year and older

Listserv Delivery Issue for Addresses

We have become aware this week that parents with email addresses may be experiencing severely delayed delivery of school and district listserv messages.

The district's Computer Network Services Department has alerted Comcast to this issue and is working to resolve it.

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Student Services Back to School Night

Do you have a student receiving services through an IEP or 504 Plan? Student Services Parent Advisory Committee (SSPAC) invites you to their annual Back to School Night. Please join us on Thursday October 10th from 6:00-8:00p.m. in the Lake Oswego High School Cafeteria. This is the perfect opportunity to meet other parents, connect with staff, and get answers to your questions. We hope to see you there!

Lake Oswego Ski Swap

The 47th Annual Lake Oswego Ski Swap

Saturday, October 12


Lakeridge High School Cafeteria.

Consignment drop-off is 4-7pm, Friday, October 11.

Proceeds benefit the LOHS and LHS high school ski teams.

For more information, checkout our website:

Laker Dance Youth Clinic

October 11, 2019 NO SCHOOL - Statewide Professional Day

Lake Oswego High School Gymnasium

10 am- 1pm /Check in @ 9:30 am

$55 if you pre-register / $60 at the door

Open to youth Pre-K thru 8th Grade

  • Register by 9/30/19 and receive a complimentary T-shirt

  • Showcase Performance – 10/11/19 @ 12:45 PM

  • Half-Time Performance with the Laker Dancers – Oct 18th Football Game LOHS vs. Canby

Register Today! Click HERE or go to and find us by using email in the search box:
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Fire Prevention Week October 6-12

Not every hero wears a cape.


For some of us a "hero" is a larger-than-life character that swoops in to save the day. For others it is a high achiever who is looked up to as a role model or a stranger who in the moment of a crisis comes to the aid of others on the brink of tragedy. These are all heroes. But heroes can also be ordinary people who exhibit courageous behavior by taking small, but important, actions every day to keep themselves and those around them safe. They understand that house fires don't just happen to other people and that it's important to plan, just in case.

5 Behaviors That Can Increase Your Chance of Surviving a House Fire

1. Stay calm and focused.

2. Act immediately after the smoke alarm sounds.

3. Maintain your smoke alarms.

4. Be aware of the possibility of fire.

5. Get out and let the fire department put out the fire.


Multi-City Equity Summit – Saturday, October 19

After months of planning, Lake Oswego School District, along with 12 partner organizations, is pleased to announce the inaugural Multi-City Equity Summit, to be held Saturday, October 19, 2019, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. The event is free, open to the public, and food and beverages will be provided throughout the day. Due to the limited space and planning purposes, registration is required. Please register here.

Multi-City Equity Summit

Saturday, October 19, 2019

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lake Oswego High School

More information can be found here:
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Get Social: Follow, Share, Engage

LOSD has ramped up its social media presence. Please join us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @LOSD_Proud


Parents 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.

(Students should also be aware that intentionally providing a false report is a serious offense.)

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What's New at Community School?

The LOSD Community School offers enrichment and athletic programs, and activities for students of all ages including robotics, STEM, arts, language, and theater.

Check out this week's edition.

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