Westridge Elementary

Wildcat Newsletter - May 2nd, 2020

In This Edition:

  • Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week - NEW!
  • Counselor's Corner
  • Reminder: Outside facilities as closed - NEW!
  • Save the Date - NEW!
  • Seesaw for Families Troubleshooting Tips - NEW!
  • Tips for Motivating your Student to Learn - NEW!
  • LOSD Distance Learning for All Overview
  • LOSD Family Guid to Google Meet
  • LOSD Tech Support Request
  • LOSD Distance Learning Support Portal
  • Yearbook Photos Needed
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Counselor's Corner

Dear Students and Families,

In an effort to provide support to students and families, your school counselor has created a Request to Check-In Google form:

Request to Talk to Mr. Kieser

If you have a need for counseling support, please click on the link, fill in the information (make sure to click submit ;) and then I will communicate with your parents/guardians to set up a virtual check-in with me.

Please see below for the district guidelines about virtual student contact:

  • The goal of any 1:1 contact between counselor and student is to provide direct social-emotional support.

  • All contact must be through Google Meets for video and Google Hangouts for audio.

  • All contacts between school staff and students must be scheduled through parents.

  • Contacts with 10 or fewer students cannot be recorded.

  • Students have the option to participate without mic and/or camera.


Gary Kieser, MS, LPC

Westridge Elementary School Counselor

Reminder: Outside School Facilities Closed

Until further notice, LOSD needs to follow executive orders that mandates school campuses remain closed through June 30. That includes school fields, tracks, courts and playgrounds. When the Governor's reopening plan includes athletic facilities, the previous mandate may relax and we may be able to reopen our facilities. Thank you for your continued cooperation for the safety and well being of all in our community.


May 18 - 22 (tentative) - Pick Up for Student Personal Items and Library Book Drop Off

May 25 - Memorial Day / Distance Learning will be adjusted

May 26 - District SAC Meeting 7pm (virtual details to be shared closer to the meeting)

June 5 - Last Day of Distance Learning


LOSD staff made a 20 minute video for families about some tips for troubleshooting and helping students at home with Seesaw. We hope you find these helpful!

Video: Seesaw Tips and Troubleshooting for Families

Slides: Seesaw Tips and Troubleshooting for Families

Site with lots of family and student resources.

Tips for Motivating Students to Learn

It can be hard to motivate our children to learn at home. LOSD behavior specialists have created a video about what parents can do to structure things differently at home to increase student's expectations to learn. Doing schoolwork with home rules and expectations may work for some students, but not all. When it's time for school at home, setting expectations differently from typical home life may help.

Click here to watch the video and click here to read the tip sheet.

LOSD Distance Learning for All

Distance Learning for All began on Monday, April 13. Teachers and staff are now providing teaching and learning in accordance with guidance from the Oregon Department of Education. Please click on the button to review all details.

Need Tech Support?

Having trouble with your device? Please submit a help request ticket here or go onto losdschools.org if you run into any technology concerns. Your help request ticket will get routed to the best person to assist you with your needs.

*Distance Learning Resources*

Distance Learning Resources on losdschools.org is a new central location for parents and guardians to find resources, instructions and supports while schools are closed. This is your ONE STOP SHOP!

Resources range from setting up Seesaw and Google Classroom and submitting a requests for tech support and passwords, to participating in our "grab and go" meal service and registering for emergency childcare.

Yearbook Photos Needed!

The show must go on and we need your help! We WILL be putting out a yearbook this year and we need help to fill a special section on this truly historic event. How (and where) are your kids learning and what are they doing to stay busy? What inspiring things are they doing in hopes of a better day and how are they staying connected to their friends and teachers? Send your photos to the yearbook team at Westridge.Yearbook.2020@gmail.com and please be sure to add your child's teacher to the photo for proper identification.

Office Contact Information

At this time, we are working remotely. We will check voicemails daily, but the best way to reach us is by email.

Office Phone: 503-534-2371

Principal Kari Montgomery - montgomk@loswego.k12.or.us

Principal's Secretary Jodi Steward - stewardj@loswego.k12.or.us

Attendance/Records Secretary Andrea Murphy- murphya@loswego.k12.or.us

Westridge Elementary

All members of our community are committed to providing a safe and inclusive learning environment that cultivates empathy, creates challenging opportunities, and fosters lifelong learning.