Westridge Wildcat News

March 11, 2022

Message from the Principal

Dear Westridge Community,


On Monday, March 14, masks at Westridge, and throughout the District, including on our buses, will become optional for all students, staff, and family members. For many families this is exciting news, while we also know there are many families who are not ready to forgo face coverings yet. To wear, or not wear, a face covering is a personal decision and our learning community will support your family's choice either way. All students will be able to eat lunch together in their classroom, keeping three feet apart whenever possible. Families of students who need or want increased distancing should talk with their teachers.


Teachers showed this video to their classes this week. We encourage you to watch this video at home and discuss your household's plan with your child prior to Monday. Visit the LOSD COVID-19 Information page for more information and FAQs.


We want everyone to feel like they belong at Westridge, knowing and remembering that we are Better Together.


With gratitude,



Jules Laaperi

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Principal

Save the Dates!

3/17 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

3/21-3/25- Spring Break - NO SCHOOL

3/31 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

4/1- Early Release at 11am (Elementary work day)

4/4-4/8- Scholastic Book Fair

Volunteering at Westridge:


In order to volunteer, please make sure you have the following on record with the school:




  • Register with Raptor by bringing your photo ID into the office. (If you've registered in years prior, you do not need to do it again)

Reminders for Parents and Guardians:


  • Please pull all the way forward in the car drop off and pick up line.
  • Please remain in your car during pick up and drop off in the car line. If you need to get out of your car for any reason, please park.
  • Check the Lost and Found inside the school!
  • Have your child bring a water bottle every day.

Daylight Savings Reminder

Don't forget Daylight Saving Time begins on Sunday, March 13, 2022 at 2:00 A.M. On Saturday night, clocks are set forward one hour (i.e., losing one hour) to “spring forward.”

Diversity Week Volunteers Needed!

Westridge will celebrate our first ever Diversity Week in April and we need your help. This year's focus will be on cultural heritage from around the world. Do you have ties to a country with rich traditions that you'd like to share with our students? If so, please email WestridgePTSO@gmail.com by March 25th to get involved.

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OBOB Update!

Congratulations to team Fungus Chungus for winning our Fourth/Fifth School tournament and securing Westridge's bid to Regionals in April. Alex, Fletcher, Ian, Keelyn, and Mason won their grade level for three years running with the same roster, something that has never happened at Westridge before. They broke through this year to take the school championship after narrowly missing it last year as fourth graders. They faced stiff competition in the Fifth Grade division from the Rebel Readers (Hazel, Sydney, Brynn, and River) and got a spirited game from the Wildcat Wonders (August, Gordon, Henry, and Jordan) in the Fourth vs. Fifth final this week.


Look for an update next week on our Third Grade competition, which is finishing up too late today for publication in this newsletter.


The future of OBOB at Westridge is bright. Almost exactly one-third of our Third and Fourth Grade student body participated in OBOB this year, with many, many enthusiastic readers.


Thank you to Mrs. Calbreath, Mrs. Shambaugh, Ms. Tran, Ms. Matteri, Miss Jaques and Ms. Laaperi for all the support and sharing of classroom space that made this year's tournament a success. Thank you also to the many parent (and even former Westridge parent) volunteers who stepped forward to run the tournament over the last many weeks. It takes a village, and we are so fortunate to have such a tremendous cadre of helpers.


This year, our Westridge OBOBers collectively read hundreds of books (nearly a thousand), well over a hundred thousand pages, and tens of millions of words of high-quality children's literature.


What is OBOB?
The Oregon Battle of the Books is a reading and trivia competition that serves as a statewide celebration of literacy and good books. 3rd to 5th grade students form teams of three to five members, then read and study from a common list of 16 books selected by the State OBOB committee each year. Teams square off in a series of "Battles" to show off how much they have learned by answering questions about the books. Watch out if you get a question wrong -- the other team gets a chance to steal the points!


It is never too early to start thinking about next year's competition. The 2022-2023 books are fantastic, and the almost final list can be found here (scroll down to the 3-5 division): https://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/2022-2023-obob-partial-title-list/

How Can I Get Involved?

Rebecca Weinstein has generously offered to head up the OBOB competition for the 2022-23 season -- be sure to reach out if you are interested in helping next year (it's so fun!).

STEM Supplies needed:

If you have any empty 2 liter bottles laying around, our STEM class could use them! There will be a plastic bin in the vestibule to collect them.

Board Advisory Applications Open

The Lake Oswego School Board of Directors invites students, teachers, staff members, parents/guardians and community residents to consider serving on its advisory committees. As part of its continuous efforts to increase communication with the public and to provide for citizen involvement, the Board appoints advisory committees to consider matters of district-wide importance. Committees meet monthly, September through May.


Applications and committee charters are available on the district website under School Board. Please submit your application by Friday, April 15 at 5 p.m. Possible interviews following submission, and notification of selected committee members by May 10, 2022.


Board-appointed District Advisory Committees

Culture of Belonging

Achieve Equitable Academic Outcomes

Promote Health & Resiliency

Teach & Practice Sustainability

Bond Accountability Committee

Long Range Facility Planning


Board-appointed School Advisory Committees

School Advisory Committee

Youth Truth Surveys

As part of LOSD’s efforts to create a culture of belonging and to achieve equitable academic outcomes, we will once again administer the Youth Truth survey to all staff, parents, and students in grades 3-12. The Family Survey link is ytsurvey.org/losdfamily22, and it will be accessible beginning Monday, February 28. The YouthTruth survey is confidential, and responses from children and parents will be held in the strictest confidence. We encourage everyone to participate. This will be an important piece of information for administrators to improve our students' experiences at school.


Elementary students in grades 3-5 will also complete the survey between February 28 and March 25. This is a vital opportunity for students to provide feedback and help guide the school’s improvement plan. The survey will take 15-30 minutes to complete and will be offered during school hours.


*Please note that parents may opt their child out of the survey if they would like. Click here for the opt-out form.

Student Attendance:

If your child will be absent, please email your student's teacher and copy the office at murphya@loswego.k12.or.us. Please list the date your child will be absent and any illness symptoms.


If you need to pick your child up early from school, please let the teacher and the office know ahead of time.

Oregon State Assessment Opt-Out Form

Every year, Oregon students take assessments to meet federal requirements. The purpose of these assessments is to provide data that schools can use to ensure each and every child is on track and achieving learning goals.

State law requires us to inform you that a form is available from the State Department of Education that allows you to opt your child out of the math and English Language Arts assessments for the current school year. Should you wish to opt out your child, fill out the form and submit it to the main office at your child’s school. Please note the submission deadlines listed on the form. Meeting the deadline will help the school with planning and preparation. If you wish your child not to participate in the science assessment for grades 5, 8, and 11, submit this request in writing to the principal of your child's school.

If you have questions or want more information about state assessments, please contact your child’s principal or teacher(s).

Click here for opt-out form for Math and English Language Arts.

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.)

Contact information for the Westridge PTSO

Westridge Elementary School

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.