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Lakeridge Middle School's weekly newsletter.

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April 28, 2021

News from Lakeridge Middle School

Teacher Appreciation Week begins May 3rd

The deadline for all Kudoboard website posts is May 5th!

We have built a Kudoboard for each of our LMS teachers. What's a Kudoboard? Just like it sounds, it's an online message board where LMS families can send positive messages (Kudos!) to their teachers. Please spend a few minutes with your student(s) to submit notes of appreciation to their teachers. Be sure to participate so that your messages will be included in time for our surprise Kudoboard delivery to teachers next week.

Here's how it works:

  1. Click on the "thank a teacher now" button below and find your teacher(s) name on the list.
  2. When your teacher's Kudoboard appears, click "+Add to Board" in the upper left
  3. Add a positive message, a photo or gif, and click "Post" (Your name will appear at the bottom of the post, so your teacher will know who sent the message)

TAG Capstone Reviewers

We are seeking judges for our 8th Grade TAG Capstone presentations.These student presentations are an interesting way to hear about students' learning and growth through middle school. If you are interested and can commit to reviewing and providing guided feedback on 3 or more 5-10 minute video presentations between May 19th - 26th, please click here to submit your name to me. You will receive an email with more details and a link to the projects and feedback form by May 19th. If you have questions, contact TAG Coordinator, Cheri Davidson at

iReady Spring Assessment

Our Spring iReady diagnostic assessment will take place during the week of May 3rd. Similar to fall and winter, students will be testing in the areas of math and reading. As a reminder, the goal of i-Ready is to help us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year. i-Ready also provides data to inform and tailor instruction. This is the third and final i-Ready assessment for this school year, and results will be sent home at the end of May.

All students will be given time during Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Wellness classes on Monday, May 3rd, and Tuesday, May 4th. Hybrid students will take the assessments in person, and LO online students will be given time to take the assessments at home. Teachers in the above-mentioned content areas will devote their entire class time on Monday and Tuesday for their students to complete the assessments. If hybrid students need more time to finish, they will have time on Thursday and Friday to complete the assessments at school. If LO online students need more time, they will need to complete the assessments independently from home by the end of the week (May 7th). Students who finish early will be offered asynchronous activities. Given that students completed the assessments in the fall and winter, they should be comfortable navigating the platform.

Students who receive accommodations via a 504 or IEP will receive additional communication from their learning specialist and/or counselor. All of the accessibility tools are outlined in detail on this document.

The purpose of the i-Ready assessment is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning. We appreciate your partnership in supporting and encouraging your student(s) to do their best.

Please contact Assistant Principal, Ryann Furrer at if you have any questions.

Counseling Corner

The many difficulties arising from the Coronavirus pandemic is something that none of us have control over. Feeling like our lives are out of control is highly stressful. Science says that trying to change stressors that we cannot control actually increases the stress. In this lesson we put that research into practice by helping students to focus on things they do have control over in their lives. One way to add a sense of control into our lives that also helps take our minds off uncontrollable stressors is to engage in Gratitude practices. Focusing our attention on parts of our lives that we are grateful for has been proven to increase wellbeing. And of course, social connection is critically important during this time. Reaching out and communicating our appreciation for people who bring joy to our lives supports wellbeing both through increasing gratitude and social connections. Finally, hope has been shown to be a critical ingredient to resilience. The Hope-building activity in this lesson aims to boost optimism and positivity toward the future even during these difficult times.

We hope you all have a good week,

Your LMS Counseling Team

School Counselors:

Callie Charon (6th)

Monica Binder (7th)

Marcy Watts (8th)

Tuesday Office Hour:

Callie Charon (6th): Student and Family Office Hour 1:00 - 2:00

Monica Binder (7th): Student and Family Office Hour 1:00 - 2:00

Marcy Watts (8th): Student and Family Office Hour 1:00 - 2:00

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

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Getting Real about Our Kids' Mental Health: CARES Event May 12th at 11:30am.

Join our adult LOSD community & caregivers on Zoom for a conversation with local parent, advocate, & speaker, Tara Rolstad.

Library Book Return

It’s springtime! Music, flowers, and a time for books to begin to make their way home to a new building!

Have books that you ARE NOT using in 4th Quarter? Please, begin now to send them to hybrid classrooms with your student. If you are an LO ONLINE student, your books can be dropped at the curb bin or brought inside to the LMS Foyer.

Get involved!

LMS Theatre Arts Troupe Zoom-a-thon

This is the LMS Theatre Arts Troupe, wanting to inform you of a fun theatre opportunity coming up for your students! We are holding a Zoom-a-Thon!

What is it? Our Zoom-a-Thon is one that is similar to a Jog-a-Thon. Students will collect pledges from different people in the community, who will give them a donation of their choice for every hour that they last on the Zoom meeting and participate in different theatre activities. The Zoom will be open for 12 hours, and during that time, different people will be holding different theatre activities. The activities can range from learning a dance to performing a skit, playing theatre games, or participating in theatre trivia.

Who can come? Anyone who attends LMS is encouraged and welcomed to join us for this event.

Why is it important? It is an opportunity to help keep the theatre arts in our school alive and well. It sets our troupe up to be able to do fun activities, perform shows, and go to state events in the future. (If your student isn't interested in attending but you would still like to donate to our troupe, please contact Franklin Dunwoody at

When is it? It starts Friday, May 14th, at 7:00 pm, and ends Saturday, May 15th, at 7:00 am. (There will be breaks for food, bathroom, and power naps in between activities)

How can you sign up? Use this link to register!

Thank you for your time and consideration. We hope to see your student there!

Take care,

LMS Theatre Arts Troupe 89673
If you have a question email Mr. Dunwoody at:

Student Clubs & Activities

Student Clubs General Information

It is time again for our after school clubs to start. We hope to have several fun options for students to choose from. Research shows that kids who are involved and connected to school activities outside of class do better in class. In the past, our clubs have included Robotics, Arts & Crafts, Dungeons & Dragons, Queer Straight Alliance, Anime, Card Game Club, Jr. Thespians and more! If there isn't a club that matches a student's interest, they can start one by filling out our Club Application. See the details and descriptions below for how to join. If you’d like to start a new club, click this link for the form to propose one and some ideas on how it might work.
See the clubs slideshow here!


LMS Writing Club

Friday's at Lunch, 12-1PM

Feel free to stop on by at our writing club every Friday at lunch! During our club meetings, we will respond to prompts, write stories, create poems, and do other fun activities. This is a safe space to just enjoy writing!

Please contact Alani LoBravo to get the zoom link:

BIPOC Affinity Group

We’ve launched affinity groups for our BIPOC students! Affinity groups “allow students who share an identity—usually a marginalized identity—to gather & talk in a safe space about issues related to that identity.” Ms. Easterly and Ms. Minson are advisors for this group. Our BIPOC Group meets at 12:30 on Thursdays via Zoom. Students can contact them with questions.

Cocoa and Coffee Club

Warm up Wednesday mornings with a cozy cup and visit with friends and classmates. This is a great place to connect, share a smile and help start your day!

Contact Melissa Evers to get the zoom link

Wednesday AM 8:30 - 9 am

Junior Thespians

Hey middle schoolers! You may have heard of Lakeridge’s wonderful drama program, but have you heard of our lovely Jr. Thespian troupe? Jr. Thespians are a non-profit organization. It’s a chapter of the Educational Theatre Association which sponsors the International Thespian Society. It’s our mission to not only do theatre, but promote, strengthen, and advocate for theatre arts in our community. Short answer, we encourage theatre in our community and have fun doing it! If you’d like to join our troupe, come to our meetings which are every Wednesday at 1:30PM. You can find the meeting link in our google classroom: st2cgps.

Hope to see you soon!!

-Your Jr. Thespian Officers

Girl Up Club

Girl Up is a campaign by the United Nations Foundation, that gives young and adolescent girls a voice, opportunity and structure to make a change in their communities. We are the Lakeridge Girl Up Club, a group of enthusiastic and empowered youth ready to make a difference. We are currently holding a fundraiser to help provide an education for refugee girls in places such as India, Liberia, Uganda, Guatemala, Malawi, and Ethiopia. Every 25 dollars that is donated will change a girls life by providing her with education for a year. Our first fundraiser goal is to raise 500 dollars to ensure that 20 refugee girls can experience education. The success of this fundraiser will not only create impacts on the entire future of a girl, but it will also help her stay safe from violence and be allowed to see a doctor. This fundraiser is very important to our club and all of our members because we all deeply value the opportunities we have to be able to learn and go to a great school. We are so fortunate to have what we have, especially during this pandemic we are so fortunate to have technology and the resources needed to learn online. We want to create life changing experiences and impacts because it isn’t fair that these girls aren’t given the opportunity and the access to education. Education is truly the building blocks to everything. We are fighting for gender equality, and all actions make an everlasting difference. It is often that in this fight for gender equality that those who don’t have privilege are left out of the actions for change. All humans deserve human rights and equality and we are helping with that. You can donate by either going here: OR by texting ‘DONATE’ to 971 - 808 - 9318 OR by emailing us at . We appreciate every cent and every action you do to help us make a difference in the world. Thank you for helping us change the world.

WHEN: Meetings weekly on Wednesdays @ 11: 45


Join the movement!

Math Club

Math Club meets from 11:45 to 12:45 each Tuesday. Come and join your fellow students to solve interesting math problems and play some math games! Students of all grades and abilities from LMS are welcome. Our MathCounts competition team will be formed from students in the Math Club, so if you're interested in math competition, this is the club for you. Send an email to Mrs. Goehler( if you want to join in and she will send you the link for the Zoom Meeting! Our Google Classroom join code is: xalrnpd. Come join the fun!

Queer Straight Alliance (QSA)

All Lakeridge Middle School students are invited to our weekly Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) lunch group. Every Friday we will get together after 2nd period to eat lunch over Zoom and enjoy a safe space to play games, do activities, learn about Queer culture, create Queer culture, problem solve, ask questions, share stories, explore identity, and get to know one another. All students are welcome, regardless of how you identify- LGBTQIA+. Come if you're Queer! Come if you're curious! Come if you're an Ally!

Reach out to Ms. Haffenreffer [pronouns: she/her] with questions.

Culinary Adventures Club

The Culinary Adventures Club will occur on Tuesdays from 12-1. Come learn what good, healthy food is. You’ll also learn how to cook and bake better. You’ll need access to your kitchen and some ingredients, while on Zoom. Email Ms. Charon to request an invitation to the zoom link.

Gaming Club

Meeting Times: 12-1

Days: Tues and Friday

Specific Criteria: Need to have access to a computer/laptop/other gaming device, have access to group games (examples Among Us, Fortnite, Minecraft, Roblox) and Zoom

What Season: All year

What do you want your members to get out of it:

To make new friends during the pandemic since we all can’t be together socializing at school

To join email: your name to get the zoom link.

Key Goals:

  • Help new students like me meet new people and feel more comfortable, confident and part of a group

  • To help students learn in a fun way team building skills

  • To give students a chance to practice being kind, taking turns and being respectful to others in a group environment

  • To teach patience and listening to each other

  • To give students a chance of building creativity skills

  • Science research shows that video games help the brain with memory and growth

Parent Teacher Organization

The deadline is approaching for enrolling as a Lakeridge Middle School Community Partner for the 2021-2022 school year. Please complete the online form at COMMUNITY PARTNERS or email PTO at if you would like to become a sponsor for next year. By partnering together with local businesses, our school benefits from extra support in exchange for highlighting these LO businesses through our LMS PTO communications (we do not advertise to students or at student events). To learn more about sponsorship levels and benefits, visit the PTO website at

I Love LO Clothes Closet

We are trying to spread the word about our closet and its services since we have so much inventory:

  • We are a donation-based clothing closet that provides clothing items and hygiene products for residents, students, and employees that work or live within Lake Oswego
  • Our new hours are from 9am-12pm on Saturdays
  • Our website is for more information

District Information

Meet the new superintendent

Dr. Jennifer Schiele wants to hear from you. Parents and guardians are invited to join her at a listening session to get to know you and hear your perspective on any topic you’d like to share. Each session is dedicated to a specific school level.

Middle School

Wednesday, May 5

5:30-6:30 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting

Your Intentions Next Year: Survey

LOSD is planning for in-person five full days a week for the 2021-22 school year.

As part of that plan, LOSD is exploring offering an online-only program for students who choose to remain fully remote for the 2021-22 school year. This offering will be different from LO Online. Next year's online program model will be dependent on interest in being remote.

We understand there are many unknowns at this time. Based on what you know now, please answer the questions in this survey to help LOSD in our planning. Please complete one survey for each student in your care. Thank you.

Equity Summit

Join us in our first virtual Equity Summit: A Spirit of Unity. All are welcome to participate and registration will be available in May.

Saturday, May 15

9 a.m. - 1 p.m.

This Equity Summit is being planned by the Lake Oswego School District, the City of Lake Oswego, the Chamber of Commerce, Respond to Racism and LO for Love. Together we will take another step forward in ensuring equitable access, inclusion and opportunity for all our community members.

For questions, please contact Teresa Sanchez at or Megan Phelan at

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.

Grab and Go Meal Distribution


Middle school hybrid students Grab & Go classroom distribution begins Monday, March 29. Please read the letter for details. For LO Online students Grab & Go distribution continues M & Thu 11:45am-12:15pm.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit

Connections and Supports