Westridge Wildcat News

February 18, 2022

Message from the Principal

Dear Westridge Community,

This week was a busy one with Friendship Parties on Monday, the 100th day of School on Tuesday, the continuation of Black History Month, and the continuation of our school wide focus on kindness. Students engaged in meaningful celebrations, read alouds, and learning opportunities. Next week we will spread more joy and celebrate kindness through our Kindness Spirit Week! Please see the details below.

With spirit,

Jules Laaperi



Save the Dates!

2/21 - No School - Presidents Day

2/22- Restaurant Fundraiser at Fills! (Details below)

2/22-2/25 Kindness Spirit Week (Details Below)

2/24 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

2/28- Deadline for 5th grade fundraising orders (details below)

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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.

Fifth Grade Fundraiser:

The Fifth Grade classes are fundraising for our end of year celebration and we need your help! This year we are selling hand crafted and locally sourced artisanal baskets at a cost of $40 each. Sales will run through February 28th and all proceeds go towards the cost of our special Fifth Grade Celebration festivities such as: sneakaway field trip, t-shirts and swag bags, school gift, slideshow, and certificates of promotion, and celebration ceremony materials. This is a rite of passage for all Fifth Graders and we appreciate your support!

Ready to order? Click here: Fifth Grade Fundraiser Order Form. Payment is accepted via check or Venmo. Please be sure to indicate that your payment is for the Fifth Grade Celebration to ensure funds are allocated correctly.

Thank you so much for your support!

The Fifth Grade Classes

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Art Literacy Volunteers needed!

If you are interested in volunteering for Art Literacy this year, please email WestridgeArtLit@gmail.com (please include which classroom your child is in).

Reminders for Parents and Guardians:

  • Please do not drop students off before 8:00am. There is no supervision until then and children have too long to wait until the bell rings.
  • Please do not park in the back parking lot at the end of the day. We have students leaving the building at this time and it is not safe to have cars pulling in and out of that area. This area is only for staff parking, so please keep that in mind.
  • Please have children bring a water bottle to school each day.
  • While we encourage children to get outside and play on the playground after school, we do require that children are supervised by an adult while on the field or on the school playground.
  • 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.

Volunteering at Westridge:

As per Dr. Schiele's message in the Current:

  • LOSD will begin welcoming volunteers into our schools during the school day starting Monday, Feb. 7. As originally planned, we will gradually welcome additional classroom volunteers and classroom needs are at the discretion of teachers.

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

Have you ever wanted to work at Westridge?

We have a job opening for your consideration!

Temporary Educational Assistant - Medical Needs
6.5 hours per day for 186 days (pro-rated)
Hours: 8:00 am - 2:30 pm

Wage: $15.14 - $19.81/hour (depending on experience)
Location: Westridge Elementary School

Visit the LOSD Human Resources website here to view more details

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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.


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.


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

Contact information for the Westridge PTSO

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Email: westridgeptso@gmail.com

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.