Westridge Wildcat News

February 26, 2021

Message from the Principal

Dear Wildcat Families,

What an incredible week it has been! The joy and energy we all receive from having students back in classrooms has been palpable! We can't wait to have the rest of our Wildcats back in the building this coming week! A big THANK YOU to Lori Gaiotti who made our K-1 Wildcat's first day that much more special! Her yard card added the glitter for us all!

Please take the time to review the arrival and dismissal procedures below. This will help us as we continue to refine our processes.

A gentle reminder that ALL parents and children must wear an appropriate face covering as they walk up to our campus AND when they arrive on campus to drop off or pick up your child.

Enjoy the weekend!

Principal Montgomery


A few things we learned and some reminders for you to help things run smooth at arrival and dismissal:

At Arrival:


  • Parents may walk their child to the yellow barrier near Royce OR near our undercover area and then give your hugs and kisses. ONLY students are allowed on campus.
K-1 Students will go to a colorful flower near their classroom door

Grade 2-3 Students will stand on a star at the front entryway

Grade 4-5 Students will stand on a star or near a flower near their classroom door


  • Trusted adults will escort students from their bus to the flower or star near their classroom
K-1 Students will go to a colorful flower near their classroom door

Grade 2-3 Students will stand on a star at the front entryway

Grade 4-5 Students will stand on a star or near a flower near their classroom door


  • Pull into the most forward position in the car line, 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 back, 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.

At Dismissal:


  • K-1 Parents may stand near a flower by their child's classroom door
  • Grade 2-3 Parents may stand near a star at the front entryway
  • Grade 4-5 Parents may stand near a flower at their child's classroom door.
***Families who have more than one child at Westridge will meet at the flower or star near their YOUNGEST child's classroom***


  • Students will be escorted the their appropriate bus line by a trusted adult
  • Please teach your child their bus number


  • To help expedite dismissal, please create a visible placard on the passenger side window with your student's name and their teacher name.
  • Pull into the most forward position in the car line, 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 back, 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 teach your child to buckle their seat belt.

You will see a few photos and maps below.

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Save These Dates!

3/1 - First Day for Grades 2 and 3 students

3/3 - 9:30 - 10:30am Wednesday Curbside Pickup for LO Online

  • Requests due by noon the day before
  • Continues every Wednesday

3/4 - Grab & Go Meals will start being distributing in classrooms

3/5 - First Day for Grades 4 and 5 students

3/22 - 3/26 - Spring Break / No School

Critical Message from the Westridge Office:

With the anticipation of students returning to in-person school, now is a great time to update the office if you've had a phone number, email address or emergency contact change. It is imperative that the front office have accurate contact information for your family, in case we need to contact you during the school day. Please put your changes in writing and email them to Jodi at stewardj@loswego.k12.or.us or Andrea at murphya@loswego.k12.or.us

On that note, we are here to help make sure your child and you have the best year ever! Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We are in the office Monday through Friday from 7:30am - 3:00pm.

Jodi Steward and Andrea Murphy

Westridge Elementary School Office


Counselor's Corner - News you can use from Mr. Kieser

SEL theme for March: Cooperation!

Dear Westridge families, I am excited to announce that our Social-Emotional Learning theme for the month of March is Cooperation. Lessons are published each Monday at 8:00 in my Google classroom. For more information on our theme and how to find my Google Classroom, please see the letter below:

Cooperation SEL Newsletter

LOSD CARES event, March 10th 5-6:30

LOSD CARES is a Connection and Resilience in Education Series hosted by the LOSD Wellness team of our school counselors, social workers and psychologists. Working with community mental health partners LOSD has developed a workshop series for parents and guardians to support, inform, and empower families on issues surrounding mental health. Our next event is on March 10th from 5-6:30. For more information, please see our flier:

LOSD CARES March 10th flier

Updated Elementary Grab-and-Go Distribution Schedule

Monday, March 1

11:15 a.m.-12:15 p.m. curbside at Lake Grove and River Grove

Thursday, March 4

Classroom Distribution Begins at all Elementary Schools (K-3)

Friday, March 5

Classroom Distribution at all Elementary Schools (K-5)

· Thursday, February 25 and Monday, March 1 have new Grab-and-Go pickup time at the elementary schools to accommodate Hybrid in-person students' classroom schedule

· Thursday, March 4 Grab-and-Go meals will be distributed to students every day the students are in the classrooms. More detailed information is coming next week.

· Until the end of the school year, our high school Grab-and-Go curbside distribution will continue for LO Online students, secondary students, homeschooled students, and community students.

Grab-and-Go Meal Survey

Please complete this short five-question Grab-and-Go Meal Survey to help Food Services plan for our return to school.

Register for the School Bus

In preparation of our students being able to attend school in person, we need to be ready to provide bus transportation for all students who need it. We are encouraging families to walk, bike or carpool, when possible, but if you think your child will ever need to take the bus to or from school during the 2020-2021 school year they will need to be registered.

Please complete a registration for each child in your care. Thank you in advance for your prompt response in this essential preparation for onsite school. Register for the Bus with this link. For more information, see the Student Transportation of America website: https://www.losdschools.org/Domain/66

New Student Registration for 2021-22 School Year

Registration for the 2021-22 school year will begin soon.

  • January 20, 2021 for registering new students enrolling into grades 1–12 who have never enrolled in Lake Oswego before and returning students enrolling into grades 1–12 who are not currently enrolled but will re-enroll for next year.
  • February 24, 2021 for registering new students enrolling into kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year.
  • Students who are currently attending LOSD during the 2020-21 school year do not need to register for the 2021-22 school year.

LOSD is pleased to offer online registration through its parent portal, ParentVUE (contact your resident school for help with logging in). See the Registration & Verification page of the LOSD website for guidance.

Spanish Immersion Kindergarten Registration & Lottery for 2021-22

For families interested in signing up their kindergarteners for the Spanish Immersion Program, please heed these important dates for the 2021-2022 school year:

  • Application available on the District website: February 24, 2021
  • Application Deadline: March 12, 2021, 3:30 p.m.
  • Lottery Date: March 17, 2021, 3:00 p.m.*
  • Lottery Notification: March 19, 2021

*Should the district receive more applications than spaces available, a lottery will be held. Those wishing to participate in the lottery must submit their application to the District Administration Office no later than 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021.

*Younger siblings of students currently in kindergarten through 4th grade of the Spanish Immersion program have priority for enrollment only at the kindergarten level. Sibling priority does not apply to current siblings on the waitlist. If you currently have a child enrolled in LOSD’s kindergarten through 4th grade Spanish immersion program, you will have the first choice for enrollment in the kindergarten program. You will not be entered into the lottery, but you must submit an application to the program prior to the March 12, 2021 (3:30 p.m.) lottery deadline to be assured a slot. Slots not filled from sibling applications will be available in the general lottery.

Visit the LOSD Spanish Immersion Website for more details.

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Read Aloud Club with Mr. Kieser:

Starting January 13th, Mr. Kieser will host a weekly book read-aloud on Wednesdays from 11:00-11:30 geared for students in grades K-2, but everyone is welcome. Come for a story and connection with peers!

You can access all of Mr. Kieser's groups at this link or directly though your student's Clever account with these instructions!

Grade 3-5 Scratch Coding Club

Do you like to play computer games? Have you ever wondered how they were made? Come to our 3rd-5th grade Scratch Coding Club. We will use the Scratch website https://scratch.mit.edu/ to learn how to move a spirit and create different games. Come learn how to code in Scratch and share projects with your friends.

We will meet in Mrs. Bates Zoom Room on Fridays at 11 Am. I hope to see you there.

Crunch and Munch with Mrs. Bates

To help students that are staying online to learn and students that are moving to hybrid learning connect. Crunch and Munch times will be shifted.

1st grade: Tuesday 11:30-11:50

3rd grade: Wednesday 11:30-11:50

5th grade: Friday Paused during the transition to Hybrid

Coding Club with Mrs. Bates

To help more students connect we will be adjusting the time of coding club. This way students that are taking part in LO Online and in hybrid learning can still come together. We will continue to meet on Fridays but will shift the time to 11:15-11:45pm.

Social Time Munch

Mr. Kieser hosts lunch groups for Kindergarten, 2nd and 4th grades. This is a time for all students in each grade to come together to have lunch, chat and do an activity together. Lunch Group is from 12:00-12:25 on the following days:


2nd Grade-Thursday

4th Grade-Friday

Use this link or click on Mr. Kieser in your Clever Classroom to access any of Mr. Kieser’s groups:


Waste Less Wednesdays

This is an opportunity for 5th grade students to meet and learn with the Lake Oswego High School Green Team. In March, fifth graders will be learning about food waste and its impact in their science classes (March 3-5). They will also continue this learning in Innovation/STEM class with a project focused on helping to decrease food waste. In addition, they will have a chance to meet with the high school green team and learn more. See details below.

February 24, March 3, March 10 (11-11:30 am): Waste Less

Wednesday Adult-supervised meetings over Zoom. Activities will

include high student-led discussions (whole group and breakout

rooms, Kahoots, short videos, etc..)

Topics will include:

● Learn how to perform a home food waste audit;

● Discuss what we know about food waste and its impact

on the environment, as well as strategies for preventing food

waste at home

● Imagine how our food waste data can drive strategies

● Explore how small changes locally can add up to a big


Join Zoom Meeting


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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 2021. Board members commit to a two-year term and may serve up to three terms. Please click HERE to access the online application form. The application provides more information about being a board member.

Interested people should submit applications by Friday, April 9, 2021. The Nominating committee will review applications and conduct interviews in the April time frame. If you are unable to access the application, please contact woolfw@loswego.k12.or.us to receive a pdf version of the application.

Lake Oswego Schools Foundation prospective board member application:


Donating to Westridge PTSO

The Westridge Elementary PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization run by parent volunteers. Through parent and community donations, we help to fund field trips, technology, and over 30 school programs each year for the enrichment of Westridge students.

While in the midst of the ongoing COVID pandemic, we find ourselves in an especially unique position this year. Many of our community members have experienced financial hardships as a result of the pandemic. We realize that it may not be viable for your family to donate to our annual fundraiser, and thus, we are not hosting one during this academic year.

While our school year looks quite different this year, the need for resources to enrich the academic experience of each and every student is still very real. Therefore, we are still gratefully accepting donations. If you are in a position to donate and able to take advantage of your employer's corporate matching program, we encourage you to participate in giving. Your donations are incredibly valuable and allow us to support our teachers and students.

Thank you for considering donating to support our Westridge students. If you would like to donate at this time or at any time during the school year, please visit Tinyurl.com/wildcatfund.

PTSO Fundraiser: Minted

We are excited to announce that you can now use promo code FUNDRAISEWESTRIDGE all year long on minted.com. The PTSO will receive 15% of all orders when this code is entered at check out. Go ahead and get your Valentine’s orders in! Minted has a great variety of fun custom gifts such as cards, handbags, puzzles, art gifts, etc.

ODE State Assessment 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, testing windows, and other resources.

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