Westridge Wildcat News

March 13, 2020

In This Edition

  • Message from the Principal
  • District News
  • Office Information
  • District News

All LOSD classes resume April 1, 2020

Message from the Principal:

Dear Wildcat Families,

During this unprecedented time, I know that many in our community are feeling increased anxiety and a sense of uncertainty on how what is happening impacts not just our own lives, but also the lives of the people we care about and the world in general. While times like this can bring up significant challenges, this is also a time when we often see the best of people.

Our Wildcat families have been overwhelmingly positive, understanding, and supportive of the decisions being made at the district and school level to keep our staff and students safe. The compassion, patience, and understanding that I have seen modeled by teachers, staff, and parents has been a timely reminder that our school community is intertwined and that we are truly stronger when we work together.

I know many families are wondering how they can support their child’s education at home during this break. At this time, we are recommending the following online learning sites listed in the table below. Teachers will also be sharing specific grade level information in their class newsletters. While these things cannot replace classroom learning, they are ways to support continued practice.

If you are looking for guidance on how to support your child through this event, please consider looking at the following document from the National Association of School Psychologists Talking to Children About COVID-19. CLICK HERE

Please continue to stay tuned for further updates. Take care of yourselves and your families. We care about each of you and look forward to resuming normal operations as soon as possible.

With care,

Principal Montgomery

Help Serve Your School District:

Interested in getting involved? If so, consider serving on one of the district and board-appointed advisory committees. As part of its continuous efforts to increase communication with the public and to provide for citizen involvement, the School Board appoints advisory committees to consider matters of district-wide importance. Committees meet monthly, September through May.

Committee members are appointed to serve two-year terms, except SSPAC is three-year term. For terms beginning in June 2020, please complete and submit the attached application to the chair of the committee or principal of the SAC of interest to you by Friday, April 3. Applications will be reviewed, and recommendations sent to the Board for appointments on Monday, April 27. Applicants will be notified by the following week.

Stay Up to Date on COVID-19 Health News:

For up to date communications regarding school health news, please visit LOSD District Website at https://www.losdschools.org/Page/7577

Now Accepting Applications for Foundation Board of Directors

Are you interested in contributing to a dynamic volunteer organization dedicated to advancing our community's commitment to educational excellence?

Please consider applying for the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation is seeking parents/guardians, students and community residents to serve on its Board of Directors. Board members must demonstrate a commitment to the Foundation, the School District and the Lake Oswego community.

The term for new board members will begin June 2020. Board members commit to a two-year term and may serve up to three terms. Please click HERE to download. The application provides more information about being a board member.

Interested people should submit applications by Friday, March 6, 2020. The Nominating committee will review applications and conduct interviews in march. Please send your completed application via email to woolfw@loswego.k12.or.us or mail it to Lake Oswego Schools Foundation, PO Box 70, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

Elementary Boundary Review

The Boundary Review Committee presented their recommendations to the superintendent on Wednesday, March 11. To view the most current iteration of the boundary map (and past drafts), as well as meeting materials, minutes and Frequently Asked Questions, please visit the boundary landing page on losdschools.org. Please note that the most current information should be posted by Friday.

Office Information:

Reporting Absences

If your child is going to be out of school or tardy to school due to travel, illness, or appointments please make sure to email your classroom teacher and our new attendance email wrattendance@loswego.k12.or.us
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Lake Oswego School District App:

Stay connected to the district and your school by subscribing to the Lake Oswego School District app! Click here to stay updated on information all around the district and receive urgent notifications.
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Safe Oregon

The Oregon State Police is pleased to announce the availability of SafeOregon, a new school safety tip line program available to all public k-12 schools in Oregon. SafeOregon is a way for students, staff, or other members of the public to anonymously report and share confidential information of a threat or a potential threat to student safety. Trained staff are available 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year reached through a phone call, text message, mobile application or website. The main goal of SafeOregon is to intervene at the earliest possible point in the life of a young person who is struggling, helping them when they need it, before the situation turns into a tragedy.

SafeOregon is designed to encourage Oregon students to share and respond to anything that threatens their safety or the safety of others, anything that makes a student feel unsafe, or if a student knows someone who feels unsafe. Here are a few examples: safety threats, violence, threats of violence, fights, drugs, alcohol, weapons, bullying or friends that talk about hurting themselves, harassment, intimidation, cyber bullying, or self-harm.

Tips can be submitted 24/7/365 through the SafeOregon.com web portal, by email to tip@safeoregon.com through the SafeOregon mobile application (available for android or ios device), or by calling or texting 844-472-3364. Tips are promptly analyzed and routed for the most appropriate follow up and urgency. This may be to school officials, law enforcement, community mental health programs, or other appropriate local or state agencies. Tip Line staff make sure follow-up is noted.

For more information, please visit safeoregon.com.

Additionally, it is a violation of ORS165.570 to improperly use the SafeOregon system.

Oregon State Assessments Opt Out:

Every year, Oregon students take assessments prescribed by the State Department of Education. 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. Results are also used to inform course placement and provide focused feedback to students and parents.

State law requires us to inform you that a form is available from the Oregon Department of Education that allows you to opt your child out of the math and English Language Arts assessments for the 2019-20 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.

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

Westridge Elementary

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.