Lightning Newsflash

Lakeridge Middle School's weekly newsletter.

January 12, 2022

News from Lakeridge Middle School

Students of the Month

Each month, staff nominate students who have embodied one of our key traits here at Lakeridge Middle School for recognition as a Student of the Month. Students of the Month receive a certificate, recognition in the announcements and in Newsflash, and a small recognition gift. This week, we recognized our students of the month for each of the months in first trimester (September, October, and November). See below for the themes and photos of those students of the month. Next week we'll recognize our December students of the month in this space. Then, you can expect to see a new student of the month announcement each month through the end of the school year.

COVID Reminders

Four key reminders from district messaging about COVID-19:

  1. Don’t go to School Sick Please don’t send your child to school with ANY illness symptoms, no matter how mild. This includes a runny nose or scratchy throat.
  2. Required Face Coverings Our districts will continue to require masks in all buildings. Please make sure to remind your child to wear their mask over their nose and mouth at all times indoors (except when actively eating or drinking). Based on CDC mask recommendations (see Considerations for Children), we encourage the use of well fitting and comfortable masks for optimal protection.
  3. Wash Hands Frequently Protocols and systems are implemented to ensure access to soap, water, and alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol available throughout LOSD school buildings. Schools will prioritize handwashing with soap and water after students or staff use the restroom and throughout the day, as appropriate.
  4. Distancing ​​Physical distancing of 3 feet will be maintained in the classroom to the extent possible. Students and staff will be asked to be mindful of physical distancing throughout the school day. During meal time, physical distancing of 6 feet will be maintained.

Thanks to everyone for reminding your kids about the importance of following our safety protocols so that we can keep everyone healthy and safe. We'll keep reminding them too!

In-person Volunteering

While we may delay the return of volunteers to campus for a time due to current COVID guidelines from the district, it's a fine time to complete the paperwork required to volunteer with us. See the details below.

Per COVID-19 requirements and board policies, volunteers need to verify the following requirements before volunteering in schools:

  1. Complete Background Check through school Raptor system
  2. Sign the form acknowledging knowledge and understanding of district policies (below)
  3. Show Proof of Vaccination at the school office

Statement of Knowledge and Understanding - LOSD District Policies

All contractors, volunteers, and visitors must agree to follow District policies, the most important of which are summarized or referenced below:

  • No smoking or other uses of tobacco products, alcoholic beverages or other controlled substances on District property, including parking lots and fields.

  • No firearms, fire pits, indoor barbecues, candles, fog machines, balloons or fireworks may be used on School District property.

  • Park in designated parking areas only. Violators will be towed at the owner's expense.

Please click on this link to sign the form that states you know and understand the information and the policies listed above.

Girls Basketball Registration is happening now!

Girls Bball begins in January. Registration is open on the community schools website and must be completed by THIS FRIDAY, January 14th.

The start of the season is being postponed until February 7th due to updates to the COVID guidelines. We will still run a full 6-week girls basketball season and look forward to it being safe and fun for all our students who sign up to participate.

All middle school sports are "no cut," so come participate in the fun and build your basketball skills by signing up. Make sure you have a current medical release on file in the office. Find the details on the Community Schools website here:

Opportunities to join our team!

Have you ever thought about working here at Lakeridge Middle School? We have positions now posted that might be a good fit for you! Join our team!

Counseling Corner

One of the key parts of nearly every Character Strong advisory lesson is the “Character Dare.” This is an invitation near the end of most lessons to put the content that they are learning into action in the real world. Listed below are the grade specific character dares, with some recommended questions to ask your student(s) if you would like some conversation starters about their weekly dare. Remember: They will receive their lesson/dare on Thursday so you are seeing it before them. We are also including a family character dare for you to try if you would like. We dare you!

8th Grade Character Dare: Taking Flight

Track your success with your goal until we next meet. How many days in a row can you stay true to your goal? When it gets hard, then think about your value(s). What is something you can do to track your success toward reaching your goal? What did you learn today that might make reaching your goal more likely?

7th Grade Character Dare: Intensity Insights

At the end of today, see if you can write down 3 feelings you felt. Next to each, write down how intense that feeling was (low, medium, high). What is 1 new feeling word you talked about today you will look out for? What are 3 places or situations today where you can be more aware of feelings?

6th Grade Character Dare: What Do You See?

Spend today noticing values you appreciate in others. Pay attention to the things people do for you that make you feel seen, connected, or happier. Make a list of 3 things you notice before we next meet. What is 1 value you hope you will see today? What is 1 value you have seen today that you could write down?

Family Character Dare: Book Club

Choose a book as a family this week and spend the next few weeks reading it together and checking in. Have a list of conversation starters ready to go just in case you need help getting the conversation started. You can get this list from a teacher at your student’s school or your local librarian. Decide on how many pages or chapters you’ll get through each week and make time to chat about it with consistency until it’s finished! Or do a read aloud as a family and anyone who is comfortable can read it out loud for everyone.

If you are looking for a parenting resource during these heavy times, here is a 6 minute video from Character Strong with practical mental health tips for Parents/Guardians and Families.

Here are also a couple of links/phone numbers to some helpful resources:

Clackamas County Covid Resources

National Suicide Prevention Lifeline 1–800–273-TALK (8255)

For basic resources and other concerns call, 2-1-1

Request to meet with your counselor

If your child ever needs support after school hours, there are many other resources available including the 24-Hour Clackamas County Crisis and Support Line at 503-655-8585 and

District Information

Registration for New Students

Registration for the 2022-23 school year (all grade levels) will begin January 19, 2022. This is for new students who have never enrolled in Lake Oswego before and for returning students who are not currently enrolled but will re-enroll for next year. Registration is online through ParentVUE. Parents do not need to register students for 2022-23 who are currently attending during the 2021-22 school year.

Fee Waivers

Requests for resident fee waivers or fee reductions, except for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), will be processed using the attached form. Please complete the form and submit it to the department or school which collects the applicable fee or fees.

Food Service Information


This school year (21-22) the Lake Oswego School District will be offering breakfast and lunch meals* at no charge to all students. Breakfast meals will be served in Grab-n-go style as students arrive to school. Our lunch meals will offer healthy tasty entrees, fresh fruits and vegetables with a seasonal rotation of local farm produce and organic products when available.

*one breakfast and one lunch per student per day

For information about Food Services, please visit our web page.

For information about part-time job opportunities in Food Services, please visit the employment web page:

Routine and Repeated Reminders

Daily Announcements

Want to see what's scrolling on our electronic signage right now? You can see it live here.

Last Week's Newsflash Information

Are you looking for repeated info from a previous week's Newsflash? We try not repeat info too often because we want to focus on the news you need the most each week. If you're looking for info from previous editions of Newsflash you can browse our archive here:

Connections and Supports