Westridge Wildcat News

September 3, 2021

Message from the Principal:

Hello Westridge Community,

What an incredible week with your children! We are so lucky to share in their educational and social emotional journey. Thank you for all of the support, kindness, and excitement you bring to the Westridge community. I also want to thank you for your graciousness as we continue to navigate arrival, dismissal, busing, lunch, and more. Following our procedures listed below will help us all!

Have a wonderful three day weekend,

Jules Laaperi



Arrival and Dismissal Reminders:

At Arrival:


  • Do not let your child out of the car until you reach the front of the car line at the cones.
  • Pull into the most forward position in the car line (AT THE CONES), and keep moving forward as the cars in front of you leave the area.
  • Do not get out of your car. We will help your student out of the, passenger side door.
  • Pull close to the curb so other parents that have retrieved their student can pass you on the left and pull out of the car line.
  • Please wait your turn to arrive in the front of the car line- do not jump the line if you see a spot open in front of the first car. This is how accidents happen.

At Dismissal:


  • To help expedite dismissal, please place the PikMyKid placard on the passenger side window with your student's name and their teacher name.
  • Announce your arrival on PikMyKid using the Green Announce button.
  • Pull into the most forward position in the car lines, and keep moving forward as the cars in front of you leave the area.
  • Do not get out of your car. We will help your student into the back, passenger side door.
  • If you see your child, please wait to load them until you are at the front of the line so a STAFF MEMBER can load the student into the car.
  • We only allow students to load in the first three vehicles to limit traffic flow and ensure the safety of our students and staff.
  • Please be patient and respectful. Our staff is doing everything we can to get your child to you safely.

If at all possible, please avoid driving to the school to pick your child up in the car line. If you can walk, bike or carpool, please do so!

Save the Dates!

September 6: Labor Day- NO SCHOOL

September 9: Early Release Thursday at 2 pm

September 16 - Early Release Thursday at 2 pm

September 23 - Early Release Thursday at 2 pm

September 30 - Early Release Thursday at 2 pm

October 8 - Professional Day - No School

October 4th: Back to School Night (more info coming soon!)

October 20th: School Picture Day

Playdates and Bus Passes:

At this time, per our district Nurses we are not allowing students to ride the bus to playdates. If you are arranging a playdate, please have your child walk, bike or get picked up in the car. You can change delegation to the parent picking up on PikMyKid. Please note, that if you have a regular child care arrangement, exceptions can be made. Please contact the office to do so.

Thank you for your understanding!

Meet the Westridge Specialists!

Action Items:

  • Install the PikMyKid dismissal app and register on your smartphone. We will begin using the app September 7th.
  • Car pick up: Students getting picked up in the car line should have a PikMyKid car tag on the passenger side of the car.
  • Car pick up: Please talk to your child about waiting for a staff member to load them into the car when they see you in the car line. This is VERY important for safety.
  • Please walk, bike, or carpool to school as much as possible to alleviate traffic on Royce Way. Your neighbors thank you!

PikMyKid: What you need to know

On Tuesday September 7th we will begin using the PikMyKid Dismissal System that we have mentioned in our newsletter. We hope you have all downloaded the App, Registered in the system, and practiced a little. If not, please do so this week. As always, you may contact the school office if you have any questions directly related to Westridge and your child's dismissal plan or our procedures.

Here is the process for dismissal:


If you are planning to drive to the school and wait in the CAR LINE to pick up your child, place the PikMyKid Car Tag in your front, passenger side window. When you arrive on campus, the green "Announce" button will activate on your app. Please "announce" for your child and that is all you need to do. Our staff will be notified that you are here and bring your child to the car once you arrive at the front of the line. If you used PMK last year, you'll notice this year that we are attempting to use TWO pick up lanes to speed up the process. PLEASE be very careful and aware as we put children in cars. Even if you see your child as you enter the parking lot, please only let your child in the car with a staff member, near the cones marked 1) 2) or 3) at the front of the line. This is very important for student AND staff safety. We only load children into the vehicle from the passenger side, so please make arrangements with your vehicle set up if necessary. Your patience and flexibility is very appreciated as we navigate this process.


PikMyKid is also to be used for kids that RIDE THE BUS home or to the Strings program (Orchestra) once it starts up. Once you are approved for a bus by the office staff (please call or email the office to do so) you may designate days in which your child rides the bus. If your child rides the bus every day, you may change your Primary Pick Up Mode to bus and only change it on days you need a different pick up plan.


If you plan to WALK to school to pick up your child, please announce that you are here by using the green announce button. This will tell the teacher that a parent is here to collect their child. If your child walks home with friends or on their own, you do not need to "announce". Your child's teacher will press a "dismiss" button once they leave the classroom and you'll receive a notification that they have been dismissed.


If your child is going to Extended Care, please choose that option on your app. If it doesn't show up as an option, please call the office and we can approve you. You must already be registered with the Extended Care program to be approved for the bus.


If you need someone other than a parent/guardian to pick up your child, please have them download the app as well. You will need to add them as a delegate so that they can announce their arrival as well. It's very helpful that this person has a car tag as well (or peice of paper in the window with the student name/s and PMK 3-digit number). If you need an extra car tag, please email me.


If you need to make any changes to your child’s dismissal status such as delegation to a different pickup individual, car line to walker, walker to bus rider, car line to after school program, or any other change, simply do it in the app. You will receive a notification that we received your change.

Last but not least, you may not make changes to your child's dismissal plan after 12pm unless it is a TRUE emergency. If you have a true emergency, which we understand does happen- please call the office at 503-534-2371 and we can make the change for you. We will ONLY be using the dismissal plan that you as parents put in the app, so if your child is listed as a bus rider on PikMyKid they will be sent on the bus home so please make sure you make changes correctly so that your child goes home the way you intended.

Thank you for getting through this email. It is a lot of information and I appreciate your time. Feel free to call the office or email me if you have questions. I'm often out at dismissal, but unable to answer a lot of questions at the time as it's very busy, as I'm sure you've noticed!

Thank you,

Jodi Steward

Secretary to Principal Laaperi

Westridge Elementary School

Please note: If you want to know more, go to this link https://www.pikmykid.com/features/for-parents/

Nutrition Services:

Thank you LOSD parents/guardians for participating in our free breakfast and lunch meal programs. We made a change to our Grab-N-Go take home breakfast process and want to share it with you. In the morning your student can order a breakfast meal with their teacher. It will then be delivered near the end of the day. You do not need to order lunch in order to receive a breakfast meal. We also want to let you know that due to supply and staffing issues there may be changes to our menu next week. We will do our best to substitute a menu item for a similar option when available. Our department is hiring! Please check our available postings on the following link.


Medication Drop off:

If your child has medication that they must take during the school day, or emergency medications that the school must keep on hand (EPI pens etc), please bring these medications by as soon as possible in their original containers. Please double check for expired medications as we cannot receive expired meds. PLEASE read this document regarding what is accepted and what is not, prior to bringing medications to the school.

Questions about medications or procedures? Contact the Westridge front office staff at 503-534-2371 or email our District Nurse, Lisa McBee at mcbeel@loswego.k12.or.us

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.

PTSO News:

Hello! My name is Jen Singer and I have the honor of serving as the Parent Teacher Student Organization (PTSO) President for the 2021-22 school year. Our main goal is to raise funds to sponsor activities that provide a direct benefit to the students of Westridge. The funds we raise support not only academic enrichment but social and community building as well.

Your 2021-2022 PTSO Board

Jen Singer, President

Crystal Metras, Treasurer

Katie McElhaney, Assist Treasurer/Fundraising Chair

Rebecca Weinstein, Volunteer Coordinator

Kristina Luther, Communications Chair

We can not do this alone. While we have an incredible board to lead the way, without parent support of both time and money we can not make this a success.

How to Get Involved:

1. VOLUNTEERS NEEDED. Please go to this link and sign up to volunteer. We have many opportunities available throughout the year. Some are just for one day and some are ongoing. Sign up for the ones that best suit your family's availability. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLScQsXqlidzsBJSYNWrOrpgb-vt-BBkYdSUMbWgbSynQL-Tdrg/viewform

2. Attend PTSO meetings. The full calendar should be out soon but mark your calendar for Thursday September 23 at 7pm for our first meeting. While some will be in person, our goal is also to zoom them so that every family can be involved. We will be going over our goals as well as our spending plan for the year.

3. Show your School Spirit. We have partnered with a company this year to do all of our spiritwear online. Click the link here and you will be taken to the Westridge School Store. The items are awesome but you do have to browse to find them. You start by choosing the article of clothing, then the color of it and then one of the many designs. It is well worth the browse.

4. Fundraising: We have several sources for raising funds throughout the year but our goal is for the Wildcat Fundraiser to be our major fundraising event this year. The PTSO spends approximately $300.00 on each student, and so we ask that families contribute $300.00 for each Westridge student in their family. Every dollar counts and every dollar goes back to the student experience at Westridge. Though the ask is for a specific amount, we welcome any gift that fits your family’s budget.


5. Sponsorship Opportunities: We will also have sponsorship opportunities throughout the year. These opportunities will be available for our Fall Fitness Month as well as for Our School Directory Highlighted Businesses. The Sponsorship Opportunities can be found by clicking here.

6. School Directory: We will be introducing the school directory in October. This will be your source for all information regarding PTSO activities, school rosters, school calendar, etc. Be on the lookout for that coming next month.

We look forward to working with you throughout the year to make the best experience for you and your Wildcat Family.

i Ready:

This Fall, all students in Grades 1-8 will complete two online i-Ready assessments in class. One is for math and the other is for reading. i-Ready is a program that will help us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform and tailor instruction to accelerate growth. This is the first of three i-Ready assessments we give each year, and results will be shared with parents in October.

The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s skill level. Each item a student receives is based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier ones. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning.

In Lake Oswego, the Fall i-Ready window is open from September 7 to October 8.

ODE Annual Notice

The Oregon Department of Education publishes an annual notice regarding state assessments in English Language Arts and Math. Please review the Annual Notice for Statewide Tests for information regarding why participation matters, an explanation of the right to opt out, and test windows.


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.)

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