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LOSD News • Oct. 16, 2020

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

SRO Listening Sessions: Survey and Interest Form

Recreation and Aquatics Center Project Advisory Committee Applications Due Oct. 18

School Board Meeting

LO Students Win International Architecture Competition

Retirement Plans for Patrick Tomblin

Student Services Back-to-School Video

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

LOSD Accessibility Tool: Underway

Foundation Hosting Virtual New Family Coffees

Student Accident and Sickness Insurance

State Board of Ed. Passes Resolution Supporting Black Lives Matter

State Report Cards Now Available

County Communication Survey

Regular Reminders:

  • 3 Ws: Watch Distance, Wear Mask, Wash Hands
  • Childcare Providers in Clackamas County
  • Local Testing Sites for Covid-19
  • Clackamas County Go Teams
  • Safe Oregon
  • Get Social with LOSD
  • Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App

Message from the Superintendent

A leader’s most important job is taking care of her people. Here in LOSD, the people I am charged to take care of are the students, teachers, staff, leaders, community members. In other words, everyone.

This pandemic, comprehensive distance learning, uncertainty and unrest have led to anxiety, stress, screen fatigue, and overwhelm for many families, students and educators. Being an educator is really hard right now. Being a parent trying to support your student is really hard right now. Being a student is really hard right now.

We are all in a state of constant adaptive challenge, and this can lead to depletion. I want to encourage everyone in LOSD to take care of yourself. From basic needs to emotional needs, it is really important - critical even - to find ways to refill your emotional battery. The wellbeing of every child and adult in LOSD is the most important factor for us to attend to right now. I encourage each person in our community to take time to encourage one another, to connect in ways you can, to enjoy nature, to take some deep breaths, and most importantly, to take care of yourself.

SRO Listening Sessions: Survey and Interest Form

In our efforts to build a sense of belonging for all in our learning community, the Lake Oswego School Board and District has taken the initiative of considering the presence of School Resource Officers in our school buildings.

We are seeking the feedback of students, families and staff members as we evaluate the SRO program and whether changes are necessary. Please click here to share your own experiences and beliefs regarding the LOSD SRO program in this anonymous survey. This survey data will be added to the Listening Sessions report, which will inform the School Board’s decision-making.

In private listening sessions, neutral outside facilitators will collect the different voices and perspectives in our community. The purpose of listening sessions are:

  • To hear and understand multiple perspectives and lived experiences of students, families, and staff in regards to the presence of SROs in our schools

  • To understand the impacts of SROs presence on our students

  • To prepare and present a report from the listening sessions to the LOSD School Board for consideration

If you are interested in participating in a listening session, please click here to submit your name and contact information and role/relationship to LOSD. Listening sessions composed of up to 14 individuals in similar roles (i.e. student, family, staff member). Participants will be invited to participate based on diversity of voices, order of submitting your interest form, and availability.

For more information about the process, please click here for a recording of the LOSD SRO Listening Session informational meeting hosted by LOSD on Oct. 8.

LO Recreation and Aquatics Center Project Advisory Committee Applications Due Oct. 18

Applications are being accepted for the Recreation and Aquatics Center Project Advisory Committee! Serve the community by sharing your insight and expertise with the Lake Oswego Parks & Recreation Department design team.

Submissions are due Sunday, Oct. 18 at 9 p.m.

For additional information, visit

For a link to the application visit

School Board Meeting

All are welcome to observe the meeting remotely.

Monday, Oct. 19

Executive Session: 5:30 p.m.

Contract Review Board: immediately following Executive Session, approx. 6:00 p.m.

General Session: immediately following CRB, approx. 6:15 p.m.

Please click here for the agenda and meeting materials.

You can observe the meeting and listen to the discussion remotely in the same way you can with other board meetings. Simply click on the "View Live" link on You can watch the meeting live or a recording afterwards.

Procedures for providing public testimony: The Board of Education values public input. If you wish to comment on an agenda item or another item not on the agenda, please submit your comments by 12:00 noon on Monday, Oct. 19, 2020 by emailing IMPORTANT: Please type “10/19/20 Testimony” in the subject line and include your full name in the body of the email. Names of patrons providing input will be read during the meeting and their written testimony will be posted online under the agenda item for which their testimony pertains to. All non-agenda item testimony will be posted online under agenda item 3.0. For testimony received after the 12:00 noon deadline, names of patrons will not be read during the meeting, however, their testimony will be posted online at the conclusion of the meeting in accordance with the aforementioned procedures.

LO Students Win International Architecture Competition, A Year in the Making

Lake Oswego students Meena Breaden, Connor Kraft and Zaden Brandimore, under the guidance of their LOJ Architecture teacher Wendy Hinderhoefer, won the SchoolsNEXT International "School of the Future" competition.

The team has been working on their project for more than a year. They were scheduled to present in March 2020 but the contest was delayed due to COVID-19. They subsequently won their regional contest and performed their presentation for the international competition last week.

Their project, named StoneEdge Middle School, centers around an immersive curriculum that educates the whole student, links their learning to the real world and their future, and is supported by S.M.A.R.T. Architecture (Scientific, Multi-purpose, Artfully Designed, Responsive, Thoughtful).

The SchoolsNEXT competition sponsored by a4le challenges middle and high school students to design and model a school of the future with "sustainable and resilient learning spaces that encourage innovation, critical thinking and collaboration."

The LO team showed commendable leadership skills, creative thinking, dedication to each other, and passion for their project. Their project and video will be premiered at the Association for Learning Environments LearningSCAPES Virtual Conference, November 4-6, 2020.

Retirement Plans for Patrick Tomblin

It's with mixed emotions we announce that LOSD Executive Director of Student Services Patrick Tomblin will be retiring from education this year. Patrick has spent his life's work serving in special education, with his last 14 years supporting students as the head of LOSD's student services.

Patrick plans to retire at the end of February, in good health and ready to start the next chapter of his life with his wife in his home state of Florida. We are excited for Patrick, and his new view of sandy beaches and blue ocean waters.

"It has been an honor and a privilege to work with all of you," said Patrick to his staff members. "I know that as I take this step, the student's are in good hands -- yours -- as they always have been."

LOSD is making plans to fill the position being vacated by Patrick. More information will be available soon.

Student Service Back-to-School Video

The LOSD Student Services Department has prepared a video to introduce our learning community to all of its services, including: special education, section 504, developing English language learners, counseling, social emotional learning, crisis recovery, psychology and nursing services.

To watch the back-to-school video, please click here or visit Student Services on the district website.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Assistive Technology…Did you know?

Technology is changing and improving the school experience for students with dyslexia. Text-to-speech and speech-to-text software, calculators, and note-taking apps are common examples of “assistive technology”. Many of us enjoy audiobooks for pleasure reading, but audiobooks also can serve as a vital piece of assistive technology for those with learning differences such as dyslexia.

With audiobooks everyone can acquire new vocabulary, expand their knowledge and love of books, and enjoy complex or intriguing storylines. Because dyslexics have great listening comprehension, audiobooks enable independent access to school curriculum through “ear-reading” of complex or voluminous textbooks and novels.

The Lake Oswego Public Library has many audiobook services here:

E-books and Streaming

LOSD assistive technology and audiobook resource information can be found here:

LOSD Audiobooks & Read-Aloud Tools

Weekly District Dyslexia Video: Assistive Technology Hype Video, (includes our LOSD student advocates Bridget and Mac):

If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s learning, please contact the school principal and/or literacy specialist. Another great parent resource would be to contact your school’s Student Services Parent Advisory Committee (SSPAC) representative. Please see here to learn how to contact your school representative.

LOSD Accessibility Tool: Underway

Userway is Lake Oswego School District’s primary accessibility tool. When you see this graphic (or “widget”) on our district webpages, click on it to view a variety of accessibility tools, e.g., keyboard navigation, screen reader, pause animations, text spacing or color options. You can add this tool to your own computer at WCAG 2.1 AA Website Accessibility - Accessible Websites with UserWay | UserWay. Userway does not store information on users and is COPPA, FERPA, HIPAA, GDPR and ADA compliant.

Foundation Hosting Virtual New Family Coffees

The Lake Oswego Schools Foundation is keeping its tradition of hosting new families coffees, albeit virtually this year!

Parents and guardians who are new to the district are invited to join other new families, your principal and school Foundation board representatives for coffees hosted for each school. The first coffee is for the Oak Creek Elementary community, Thursday, Oct. 22, 10-11 a.m.

Click HERE to RSVP so that the Foundation may know how many people to expect. Everyone who attends the virtual coffee will receive a free Chuck's Coffee card (located at Chuckie Pies in downtown Lake Oswego), sent as soon as you RSVP.

The Lake Oswego Schools Foundation is an independent non-profit whose sole mission is to provide more teachers for students, equitably. To find out more, visit or contact Whitney Woolf, 503-534-2106

Student Accident and Sickness Insurance

At the onset of every school year, LOSD offers families the opportunity for optional student accident and sickness insurance. For more information, please click here.

State Board of Ed. Passes Resolution Supporting Black Lives Matter

The Oregon State Board of Education has passed a resolution declaring “Black Lives Matter.”

The resolution strongly supports justice and dignity for all Black people and renews the Board’s commitment to anti-racism, equity, and access to education as a core value. It also urges Oregon school districts, public charter schools, and education service districts to take several actions to support Black students, educators, and community members including renewing their commitment to anti-racism and strengthening networks of support for students and families who are experiencing increased harassment, violence, bullying, or hatred based on race.

For more information about the resolution, please click here.

State Report Cards

The 2019-2020 state report cards were released to the public yesterday. Please click here to view the report cards. The results are limited due to the COVID-10 shutdown last spring.

Clackamas County Communications Survey

Clackamas County is conducting a survey on how it can better communicate with multiple audiences in times of crisis. The survey collects no personal information and is very short; it should take just a couple of minutes to complete. Please consider sharing your input in the survey by clicking here.

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What's New at Community School?

The LOSD Community School is offering virtual enrichment programs and activities for students of all ages including culinary, STEM, arts, language, and athletics.

Check out this week's edition.

3 Ws: Watch Distance, Wear Mask, Wash Hands

In order to bring students back into schools, we must control the COVID-19 transmission in our community, and in the tri-county area. We are seeing increases in children with COVID-19 around the country, which is a concerning trend. The community's actions (wear mask, wash hands, watch distance) directly impact our schools.

Local Testing Sites for Covid-19

For testing Covid-19 sites in our area, please click on the county:

Clackamas County COVID-19 Testing Sites

Washington County COVID-19 Testing Sites

Multnomah County COVID-19 Testing Sites

Oregon Health Authority has also released a webpage that allows users to put in their address or zip code to find the nearest testing site. Click here to find a testing site near you

Childcare Providers in Clackamas County

Clackamas County currently has 76 childcare providers who have openings for child care. 211 is the first point of contact if parents are interested in reaching out about child care options in the area. Parents will need to have the following information ready when working with 211.

  • parent first name and last name
  • child’s DOB and first name
  • address to search for care (near home or work)
  • email address to send referrals
  • any childcare requests
  • days/times needed

Parents can reach 211 in the following ways:

  • Calling 211 1-866-698-6155 - Listen to the prompt for child care and press the specified number
  • Texting the keyword “children” or “niños” to 898211 (TXT211)
  • Emailing
  • Click here to visit the website

Clackamas CCRR can support parents if they aren't able to connect with 211. CCRR can be reached at (503) 675-4100 or via e-mail at

Tutoring Resources

Are you looking for someone to tutor your students? Many people, including students, reach out to LOSD offering assistance. Each year LOSD updates its list of approved tutors. Click here to access that list.


Parents 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.)

Get Social: Follow, Share, Engage

LOSD has ramped up its social media presence. Please join us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @LOSD_Proud

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