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LOSD News • April 22, 2022

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

LO Sustainability Resource Fair Sunday

Committee Applications Due Monday

Curriculum Adoption Feedback Due Monday

Promoting Autism Acceptance Month

School Board Meeting

Legal Budget Committee

High School Variety Shows Performing This Weekend Only

Lakeridge Middle School Presents Matilda Jr.

Receiving Text Messages from LOSD

LOSD COVID-19 Information:

  • Places to Access Vaccines
  • Stay Home When Ill & Test for COVID-19
  • OHA COVID-19 Exclusion Guidance
  • Community Transition Level: Green
  • LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard

Community:

  • Lake Oswego Nonprofit Grant Program

  • LO Youth Football Spring Clinic Registration

  • Lakeridge Youth Football Spring Clinic Registration

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

Message from the Superintendent

What better time to recognize how we are all interconnected than on Earth Day, a day celebrated by billions of people around the globe. Let’s join together in promoting awareness and practicing sustainable living for the health of our environment.


In LOSD, teaching and practicing sustainability is a strategic priority, inspired by activism from our students who share serious concerns about our changing environment and care deeply about progressing our practices to protect precious resources. At the last board meeting, student leaders on the LO Green Team, as well as our Sustainability Teacher on Special Assignment, provided an overview of how thinking, behaviors and practices are evolving in our schools and they made recommendations on what we can do to adapt more environmentally-friendly ways of living.


In honor of Earth Day, we can all learn things to support the planet and get connected locally at our first annual Lake Oswego Sustainability Resource Fair. It’s being held at our sustainably built and operated new Lakeridge Middle School this Sunday, April 24, 11-2 p.m. More than 20 organizations will be sharing resources, and hosting activities for all ages at the interactive event. I always learn something valuable from our sustainability aficionados, and I think you will, too.

LO Sustainability Resource Fair Sunday

LOSD is partnering with the City of Lake Oswego’s Sustainability Advisory Board, Lake Oswego Sustainability Network, and Oswego Lake Watershed Council to hold the first annual Lake Oswego Sustainability Resource Fair. The fair is free and open to all.


Sunday, Apr. 24

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Lakeridge Middle School


Connect with community members who are interested in sustainability and learn how you can help protect the environment, save money, and give back to your community. Kids can participate in arts and crafts and everyone can tour the new Lakeridge Middle School and its sustainable design features. There will also be a tree seedling giveaway!


Food will be available for purchase from Poblano Pepper PDX, including vegetarian and vegan options.


Lake Oswego Electric Tool Exchange

PGE will also be holding an electric tool exchange where you can recycle your gas-powered yard tool and purchase an electric model. Take a step towards a clean energy future and receive up to $110 off select EGO brand electric tools! Advance registration with PGE is required to participate in the tool exchange. Visit portlandgeneral.com/apriltoolexchange(link is external)o register and pre-order your tool.

Committee Applications Due Monday

Thank you to all who have submitted applications. We are still in need of more parents/guardians, students, teachers and staff members to lend their voices, expertise, experiences and perspectives to our district wide and school advisory committees. Applications and committee charters are available on the district website under School Board. Please submit your application by Monday, Apr. 25. Your service is greatly appreciated.

Curriculum Adoption Feedback Due Monday

The Language Arts and World Languages Curriculum Adoption Committee, made up of LOSD teachers, specialists, staff and administrators, presented to the Lake Oswego School Board its recommendations for new Language Arts and World Language curriculum. Click here to review the recommended Elementary, Middle School, and High School curriculum, available for public review through April 25.

Promoting Autism Acceptance Month

Autism Acceptance Month, previously named Autism Awareness Month, in April aims to celebrate and promote acceptance for the condition that occurs in one in every 54 children in the United States, including many students in LOSD. Throughout the month, we will address questions to build understanding.


What does it mean to be an ally? Allies are listeners, learners, and supporters. Being an ally first and foremost means listening to and amplifying Autistic voices because Autistic people are the experts of their own experience. Allies prioritize the voices of actually Autistic people above their own, and they learn more about Autistic perspectives by seeking out content by Autistic individuals–books, articles, blog posts, social media content, artwork, and others. Likewise, allies support Autistic people and Autistic led organizations by letting the experts take the lead. Allyship also means simply being kind, accommodating, and inclusive to Autistic individuals in school and the community.

School Board Meeting

Monday, Apr. 25

Executive Session: 5 p.m.

Contract Review Board: approximately 6 p.m.

Regular Session: approximately 6:15 p.m.

Click here for the agenda posted on district website

LOSD Administration Building


The Lake Oswego School Board meetings are being held in person and are open to the public. In-person attendance is limited to those who occupy available seating first and observe meeting guidelines for conduct. Doors will open approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the public session. All may observe the public session remotely by clicking here.


Board members take both written and in-person testimony. Click here for instructions for members of the public who wish to provide in-person testimony. Submit an email to the Board Secretary kelli.cranston@loswego.k12.or.us by 12 p.m. day of the meeting. IMPORTANT: Type “In-Person Testimony” in subject line.

Legal Budget Committee

Wednesday, Apr. 27

6 p.m.

Click here for the agenda posted on district website

LOSD Administration Building


The meeting is held in person and open to the public. In-person attendance is limited to those who occupy available seating first and observe meeting guidelines for conduct. Doors will open approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the public session. All may observe the public session remotely by clicking here.

High School Variety Shows Performing This Weekend Only

The review are in! The Lakeridge and Lake Oswego High Schools' Variety Shows are must-see events. Catch them while you can this weekend only. Purchase tickets through the link and QR code below.
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Lakeridge Middle School Presents Matilda Jr.

Lakeridge Middle School Theater Arts presents Matilda Jr, a gleefully witty ode to the anarchy of childhood and the power of imagination. Order tickets through the QR code in the flyer (left).


May 12, 13, 14, 19, 20 and 21

All dates have shows at 7:30 p.m.; Matinee May 14 at 1 p.m.

Lakeridge Middle School


Order tickets through the QR code in the flyer or click here to purchase tickets.

Receiving Text Messages from LOSD

We are hearing that some in our learning community are not receiving notifications. For example, some did not receive a text message about the snow day sent on Monday, April 11.


If you are NOT receiving notifications from LOSD via text, phone or email, please click here to complete a form. We will use this information to reactive your contact information in the system, or follow up with you about other steps.


Please note, the system is used for all school and district-wide mass communications. People cannot be removed from some communications (i.e. bus messages) without being removed from all messages, including school delays and closers.

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Stay Home When Ill & Test for COVID-19

If your student experiences any of the following symptoms, please have them stay home, and contact their school office or district nurse about possible exclusion from school and COVID-19 testing.


Primary COVID-19 symptoms: • Cough • Temperature of 100.4 degrees F. or higher or chills • Shortness of breath or Difficulty breathing • New loss of taste or smell


Non-primary COVID-19 symptoms: • Fatigue • Muscle or body aches • Headache • Sore throat • Nasal congestion or runny nose • Nausea or vomiting • Diarrhea


Resources:

  1. You may obtain free Covid-19 at-home test kits at Covidtests.gov.

  2. Vaccination remains the best protection against serious illness from COVID-19 and reduces spread of the disease. Find a vaccine appointment for ages 5 and older at Get Vaccinated Oregon.

  3. Please Keep Ill Students Out of School guide for communicable disease symptoms.

  4. Covid-19 Exclusion Summary Guidance for K-12 chart (see image below)

  5. Click here for LOSD nurse contact information

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Community Level: Green

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 low (green). Click here to follow the CDC COVID-19 Data Tracker Weekly Review.

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.


Starting this week, LOSD is notifying school communities of cases with updates in the dashboard every school day. With any potential exposure, people are advised to watch for illness symptoms and follow exclusion procedures outlined above.

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LO Youth Football Spring Clinic Registration

Lake Oswego Youth Football is excited to offer a four-session clinic in May with the LOHS varsity coaching staff. This no-contact camp will focus on skill development and agility training for players of all levels in current grades 2-7. Please click here to register!

Lakeridge Youth Football Spring Clinic Registration

Lakeridge Youth Football is thrilled to again work with Head Varsity Football Coach Spencer Phillips to offer a fun and worthwhile football training experience this spring. Please click here to register; be sure to sign up your athlete for the grade they will enter in fall 2022.

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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

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

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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