Westridge Wildcat News

August 13th, 2021

Message from the Principal:

Dear Westridge Community,

I cannot believe our start of the year is less than three weeks away! In preparation for students to return for five full school days a week, we have been working hard at Westridge to prepare. Some of that preparation has included the opportunity to hire new staff. For example, we will be welcoming a new Learning Specialist, Student Support Specialist, Literacy Specialist, Educational Assistants, and most recently, a 3rd grade teacher! With new staff comes endless possibilities and the opportunity to grow and learn from one another. As soon as our hiring is complete I will be excited to introduce you to our newest members of the Westridge community.

As a reminder our office will be open our regular hours beginning next Monday, August 16th. If there is anything you need in the meantime please don’t hesitate to reach out!


Jules Laaperi

Save the Dates!

August 13th: Bus Registration Due

August 18th: Kindergarten Meet and Greet 4-6pm (more info below)

August 26th: Smart Start 1:00-3:00pm

August 26th: 3:00pm-4:00pm School Supply Drop off and Grade Level Meet and Greet for all students and families under the covered area on the Westridge Playground

August 30th: First day of school!

September 6th: Labor Day- NO SCHOOL

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

October 20th: School Picture Day

School Arrival and Dismissal Times

Following are the arrival and dismissal times for each school level.


MTWF: 8:20 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.

TH: 8:20 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Middle School

MTWF: 9 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.

TH: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

High School

MTWF: 8:25 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

TH: 8:25 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.

Click here for the full schedule on the district website.

School Supply Drop off and Meet and Greet:

Join us on August 26th from 3:00-4:00 on the Westridge playground covered area where students and families will have an opportunity to drop off their school supplies and meet their teachers!

Kindergarten Meet and Greet:

Welcome To Westridge Kindergarten Playdate!

Join us on August 18th from 4-6pm at the Westridge Playground located behind the school.

Mingle with other students and parents plus chat with members of the PTSO and learn about ways to get involved during the 2021-2022 school year.

Siblings are welcome but please RSVP on the evite so we know who to expect.

If you did not receive the evite please email westridgeptso@gmail.com

Virtual LO Sign up: Deadline August 17th at 5pm

Sign ups are now open for 2021-22 Virtual LO. Please click here to sign up your student for the online learning program -- complete one form for each student. Sign ups are due by Tuesday, Aug. 17, 5 p.m., to allow time for students to receive materials.

Visit the district website home page trending topics, Virtual LO for more information.

Register for the Bus! Due TODAY

Please click here to register for the bus for the 21-22 school year. Please register TODAY so that the bus barn (Student Transportation of America) can build their routes in a timely manner.

For questions about the bus, please contact Student Transportation of America at 503.387.5078

School Supply Lists: 2021-2022


  • 2 dozen #2 Ticonderoga pencils, sharpened
  • 1 Paper Mate White Pearl eraser
  • 1 pair child-size Fiskars rounded tip scissors
  • 1 set 10 count Crayola broad washable markers
  • 1 set 24 count Crayola Twistable crayons
  • 1 set 12 count Crayola Twistable Colored Pencils
  • 12 small white glue sticks (no colored, please)
  • 1 bottle Elmer’s white school glue
  • 1 single tray Prang watercolor paints
  • 1 Mead wide ruled composition book (not spiral)
  • 1 box tissues
  • 3 pkgs. unscented baby wipes
  • 1 box ziploc sandwich baggies
  • 1 container disinfecting Clorox wipes
  • 1 Purell Hand Sanitizer
  • 1 set of headphones in a Ziploc bag, labeled with your child’s name
  • Pencil Box (single sided)

First Grade (brand specific please)

  • 24 Pack Crayola Crayons (x2)
  • 12 Pack Broad Line Crayola Washable Markers
  • 2 white erasers
  • 2 Ultra Fine Point black Sharpies
  • 4 Fine Tip black Expo pens
  • 24 Ticonderoga Pencils
  • 4 Elmers glue sticks
  • 1 pair of Fiskar scissors
  • 2 plastic pocket folders (sturdy)
  • 1 wide ruled spiral notebook
  • 1 plastic pencil box
  • Crayola watercolors paint set (12 or 16 count)

Optional and Appreciated

  • Lysol wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Baby wipes
  • Tissue box

Second Grade (brand specific please)

  • 2 boxes of 24 count Crayola crayons (NO BIGGER THAN 24 COUNT CRAYONS)
  • 1 set Crayola broad washable markers
  • 1 set Crayola fine washable markers
  • 1 set of 24 count colored pencils, sharpened
  • 4 dozen #2 Ticonderoga pencils, sharpened
  • 2 Paper Mate White Pearl erasers
  • 8 small white glue sticks (no colored please)
  • 1 ultrafine black Sharpie marker
  • 4 Expo brand black fine tip dry erase markers (black only please!)
  • 2 wide-ruled spiral journal
  • 3 Mead wide ruled composition books
  • 1 box of tissues
  • 2 packages of unscented baby wipes
  • 1 pack of disinfecting wipes (Clorox, Lysol or Kirkland)
  • 1 Purell hand sanitizer
  • 1 set of headphones or earbuds in a ziplock bag labeled with your child's name
  • Last name A-M: 1 package of gallon size ziplock bags
  • Last name N-Z: 1 package of sandwich size ziplock bags


Third Grade (brand specific please)

  • 1 pack of 24 Crayola colored pencils, sharpened and not erasable
  • 48 Ticonderoga #2 pencils sharpened
  • 2 Paper Mate Flair black 1.0 medium point pens
  • 1 set of Crayola Broad Line Markers
  • 1 set of Crayola Fine Line Markers
  • 2 Sanford Magic Rub eraser
  • 2 large white Avery brand glue sticks 1.27 ounce
  • 2 packs disinfecting wipes (Clorox, Lysol, or Kirkland)
  • 1 box Kleenex
  • 1 Purell Hand Sanitizer
  • 1 pkg Post it® Notes, 1½" x 2"
  • 1 pkg Post it Notes 3" x 3"
  • 1 1 inch D-Ring Heavy Duty View 3-Ring Binder
  • 1 handheld pencil sharpener

Fourth Grade (some items are brand specific)

  • 1 set of 24 Crayola Colored pencils - sharpened (labeled)
  • 2 highlighters (yellow and pink)
  • Black Ink Paper Mate Flair pens, medium point, pack of 2
  • 2 dozen Ticonderoga pencils- sharpened
  • 2 Sanford Magic Rub erasers
  • Scissors
  • 2 X-acto or Boston brand sliding door handheld pencil sharpener
  • Earbuds with a microphone for ipads & laptop computer (labeled)
  • 3 Mead composition books (students will use theirs, they do not need to be labeled)
  • 3 pocket folders (students will use theirs, they don't need to be labeled)
  • 1 box tissues
  • 2 packs of disinfecting wipes (Clorox, Lysol or Kirkland)
  • 1 Purell hand sanitizer
  • One 1 1/2 inch Simply (brand) View Binders with Round Rings, white
  • 1 set of Avery Big- Tab Insertable plastic dividers with pockets

Fifth Grade:

  • 1 handheld pencil sharpener (Exacto/Boston manual slide door)
  • 1 pencil eraser
  • 6 single subject spirals, 150 page or more, single subject
  • 3 folders with pockets
  • 1 set crayola colored pencils, 24 count, sharpened
  • 2 boxes of tissue
  • 2 dozen Ticonderoga #2 pencils, sharpened
  • 3 highlighters (pink, yellow, green)
  • 1 packet of expo dry erase markers- Black only please
  • 2 large white Avery glue sticks 1.27 ounce (no colored, please)
  • 4 containers clorox disinfecting wipes
  • Earbuds for laptop computers and state testing (with microphone)
  • Bottle of Purell Hand Sanitizer
  • Last name A-M: - Bottle of White Liquid Elmer's Glue
  • Last name N-Z: 3x3 Post-it Notes
  • 1 Zippered Pencil Pouch- 3 ring zippered pencil pouch with dimensions of around 9 inches x 7 inches. See example here: Pencil Pouch

Save the Date: Smart Start August 26th

Smart Start is an opportunity specifically for our students with 504s and IEPs, and their parents and guardians, to make introductions with their teachers and to feel prepared for the start of school. For the 2021-22 School Year, Smart Start is in person Aug. 26, 2021, from 1-3 p.m.

Teachers will be familiar with your student’s plan and accommodations. To help better know your students, please complete the attached one-page profile or create one on your own ahead of time, and give it to the teacher at the Smart Start introduction.

Also, to assist in your family’s preparation for the new school year, please click here for a Smart Start checklist for parents and guardians of students with 504s and IEPs.

Verify Student Info Before Returning to School

Parents-guardians of all students enrolled for the 2021-22 school year need to log into ParentVUE and review/update your students' information through the Register/Verify tab. This benefits both families and schools by:

  • Ensuring that schools have accurate information to reach parents and other contacts in both emergency and non-emergency situations. Verification is important even if your address or contact information has not changed over the past year because the school may have incorrect information from a previous year.
  • Confirming parent email addresses for Google Classroom and other applications to participate in your student's learning.
  • Enabling distribution of key information in the district's K-12 Family Handbook and Technology Agreement.

If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, go to the login page, click "I am a Parent," then click "Forgot Password." If you are unsure whether you have a ParentVUE account, contact your student's school. For assistance with the verification process, refer to the user guide on the LOSD website or contact your student's school.

Extended Day Service

Registration is open for LOSD Extended Day Service (before and after school) for the 2021-22 school year on the district website under Extended Programs or by clicking here.

Extended Care will be hosted by LOSD Community Schools at Oak Creek and River Grove Elementary Schools. Students attending Lake Grove and Forest Hills will be bused from and to Oak Creek Elementary, and students attending Hallinan, Palisades and Westridge will be bused from and to River Grove Elementary.

Elementary Strings:

Strings is back! The LOSD Beginning Strings Program is an after school program for students in grades 4 and 5 during the 2021-2022 school year who have no previous playing experience on an orchestral string instrument. Students will select and learn to play either the violin, viola, cello or upright bass after school in a group format three days per week. When students move up to orchestra in middle and high school, the orchestra class will occur during the school day.

View important program details here: Begin Your Musical Journey!

Calendar dates for 2021-2022 (link)

Parent-Student Info nights:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 1 and Tuesday, Sept. 7, Uplands Elementary, 7 p.m.
  • Come and try the instruments and learn about the program! (attendance is optional)

Registration via Community Schools will open mid-August 2021

Back to School Clothes at Clothing Closet

I Love Lake Oswego Clothing Closet is a donation-based closet that provides clothing items and hygiene products for residents, students, and employees that work or live within Lake Oswego.

Open Saturdays

9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Visit https://www.ilovelakeoswego.com for more information.

Hunger Fighters:

The pantry will be open all summer for contactless curbside pickup every Saturday from 1-2:30 p.m. Visit the website for more info. www.hungerfightersoregon.org


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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