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Lakeridge Middle School's weekly newsletter.

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September 16, 2020

News from Lakeridge Middle School

Stay safe, stay connected.

Thanks everyone for allowing us to prioritize the safety and well being of members of our community with the unexpected wildfire and smoke closures this past week. We know this has been an added stress and disruption during an already unusual start to school and appreciate how everyone has worked to be patient, flexible, and caring through it all. We are fortunate to have a community that takes care of one another and we'll continue to do that as we all settle into our distance learning routines in the weeks ahead. Below you'll find helpful news and resources. Thinking of you all.


Stay safe and stay connected,


Dr. Schultz

Book Pickup

Ms. Reid has been hard at work in our "library" at Palisades since school began. From helping organize our school-wide checkout to following up with individual problem-solving, she's moved mountains of materials from the old library to temporary facilities at Palisades and to storage facilities while we await the opening of our new building. We're so thankful for her good work helping us get materials in the hands of our students.


That work continues next week when she and our office team will offer additional pickup days Thursday (9/24) or Friday (9/25) between 10am-2pm at our Palisades location. If you cannot attend this pick up window and need any of the hard copy materials listed below, please call the office to coordinate a make up time (503-534-2343).


  • 6th - 8th Grade Social studies textbooks
  • 7th Grade Language Arts novels, The Outsiders
  • The Grade Body Shop Health Curriculum for grades 6-8
  • 6th Grade Spanish Immersion materials


Please remember that while we await our new school building (opening later this fall), many of our physical library materials have been boxed and stored. At this time we are prioritizing only those essential hard-copy materials students need and appreciate everyone's flexibility in accessing available online versions of textbooks and other materials.

Parenting Students' Social Media Use

If you've been an LMS Parent for very long, you know we often share resources on what we call "Digital Parenting." We'll be doing at again this year.


This week, we're thinking about social media and the ways in which it can be both a source of meaningful connection for kids in a time of social distance and a source of pain for everyone when it is misused. Parents are an important partner with us in helping kids make intentional, kind, and thoughtful choices about their social media engagement.


Here are some resources to help you think about conversations you can be having with your child around this issue.

The Problem with Parents, Kids, and Social Media
Below, you'll find more resources to help parents and kids navigate social media well.

School wide Instruction- Behavior Expectations

Next week all students will watch and discuss a presentation about our school wide behavior expectations during one of their classes. We are sharing that presentation with parents this week so you can be in the know about what we're asking of our learning community. Thanks for supporting and reinforcing these messages at home.

Office Hours

The LMS Office at Palisades will remain closed due to air quality issues until at least Friday 9.18.20 . In the meantime, please leave us a voicemail or email us for support. We're here for you even when we're not able to be in the office in person.


Our office at Palisades is typically staffed every weekday from 9AM-4PM. If you need to arrange pickup of unclaimed student materials, answers to a question, help connecting with the right resource or any other assistance you are welcome to call us at 503-534-2343.

Back to School Night- RESCHEDULED

Update your calendar for the new date of Back to School Night: October 6th at 6:30PM. More details and links to come as this annual parent night approaches.

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. Watch this space in the next few weeks as our returning clubs start up and as we add new ones. Encourage your child to choose a way to connect that's right for them!

District Information

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.

New for the 2020-2021 School Year FREE MEALS FOR ALL ENROLLED LOSD STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY AGES 1-18

USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020
meal programs can continue operating as funding allows


Meal Pick Up Schedule


Lake Grove (Mon & Wed 11-12)

River Grove (Mon & Wed 11-12)

LOHS (Mon & Wed 11:45-12:45)

LHS (Mon & Wed 11:45-12:45)


Monday pick up includes breakfast and lunch for Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday pick up includes breakfast and lunch for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.


USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is extending a suite of USDA nationwide meal waivers through the end of 2020, or until available funding runs out. This includes:


  • Permitting meals to be served outside of the typically-required group settings and meal times;
  • Allowing parents and guardians to pick-up meals for their children at no cost.


Meals should be picked up at the school site located closest to your household. Face covering required. Information regarding meal services is changing rapidly. For the most up-to-date information, please visit https://www.losdschools.org/Page/141 If you have any questions, please contact the Food Service office at mcdowelj@loswego.k12.or.us or 503-534-2361.

Connections and Supports