The Summer Current

LOSD News • Aug. 28, 2020

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

LO Students Awarded for Outstanding Video

High School Athletics Potential Restart

New Meal Service

Tech Info Sessions for Families

Pickups for Devices, Textbooks, Materials

Technology Protection Plan

Cohorts and Schedules

Meet and Greet Meetings

Smart Start Meetings

LO Online Late Sign Ups

Adjustments to School Times

Updated School Calendar

Back to School Nights Scheduled

Dashboard For County Health Metrics

Verify Student Info Before Returning to School

Lake Oswego Public Library Eager for Students

Regular Reminders:

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

Message from the Superintendent

This week we welcomed back teachers and staff who participated in full days of professional development, planning, collaboration and preparation. The professional development our staff was able to participate in was robust, spanning trauma-informed practices, relationship-building in the virtual environment, social-emotional learning, best practices in distance learning, bias awareness, social justice, assessments, academics, technology, and more.


In addition to this, administrators and teachers have been working on the very complex puzzle of creating schedules for this school year, which is a far more challenging task than in a typical school year. All this to say we are getting very prepared for welcoming students to this virtual back-to-school season. Schools are looking forward to seeing families at device distribution and the virtual meet and greets next week.


I know this is not easy for anyone, and like you, I am eager for us to have this pandemic behind us so that we can all be in-person together again soon. What I want you to know more than anything is that we care deeply about your children and we are doing all we can to provide a high quality, caring and connected experience for them. Although this school year will be unlike any other, one thing is clear, we are all adapting and LOSD leaders, teachers and staff are dedicated to opening this school year with new skills, some risk-taking and lots of love for our students.

LO Students Awarded for Outstanding Video

Two Lake Oswego High School students won the first-ever Portland metro area middle and high school video contest hosted by the Regional Coalition of Clean Rivers and Streams (RCCRS). RCCRS is a partnership of local public agencies who teach people about how stormwater pollution impacts rivers and streams, and steps to protect water.


Liza Wadell and Serena Rothman won the 55-second video award: Everyday Water Pollution Prevention. Congratulations to these stellar youth storytellers! Their video will be screened at the Portland Ecofilm Festival.

High School Athletics Potential Restart

We have heard parent concerns about pausing sports and conditioning and we want you to know we hear you. We care very much about the wellbeing of our students and we do know and understand that activities and sports are important aspects of well-rounded health and wellness.


As such, we are actively working on a plan to be able to safely resume sports and conditioning. The improving Clackamas County health metrics are encouraging, and we have received other good news from our insurers, both of which are informing our planning. We will be communicating with you soon as our plan develops further, and we hope to be able to implement the plan in upcoming weeks.

New Meal Service

Monday, Aug. 31 is the last day of summer meal pickup at Lake Oswego High School. The new meal service schedule begins the following week.


For the 2020-21 school year, LOSD is providing meals for all students Mondays and Wednesdays at the locations below. * Due to Labor Day holiday, meal pick up will be on Tuesday, Sept. 8.

  • Lake Grove Elementary, 11 a.m. - 12 pm.
  • River Grove Elementary, 11 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Lake Oswego High School, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.
  • Lakeridge High School, 11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m.

Meals should be picked up at the school site located closest to your household. Present your student's first and last name to the cashier. Students must be enrolled in LOSD. Face coverings are required.


Oregon has new expanded income guidelines for the 2020-2021 school year. Now more LOSD families can qualify their households for free meals. You can fill out the application on line. Go to: https://www.ode.state.or.us/apps/frlapp or via hard copy which is attached. Return the hard copy to either your school office, email it to mcdowelj@loswego.k12.or.us or mail it to LODS Food Services, PO Box 70, 2501 Country Club Road, Lake Oswego, OR, 97034-0070.


For students paying for meals and interested in participating in the pickup meal program, to add money to your child's account, please go to myschoolbucks.com.

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Tech Info Sessions for Families

LOSD is hosting two technology information sessions for parents and guardians to help students get started with Google Classroom, Seesaw and Zoom.


Thursday, Sept. 3

3-4 p.m. -- Elementary School Tech Session

https://loswego-k12-or-us.zoom.us/j/85881040215


Thursday, Sept. 3

4-5 p.m. -- Middle and High School Tech Session

https://loswego-k12-or-us.zoom.us/j/81192139844


The LOSD Logic team will provide an overview of the three platforms, then open up the session for tech questions. Each session will be recorded, and posted on the district website along with other resources and services for families.

Pickups for Devices, Textbooks, Materials

Schools are preparing bags with school-issued devices (iPads for grades K-2 and Chromebooks for grades 3-12), textbooks and materials for drive-thru pickups at each school. Families are strongly encouraged to use a school-issued device because these devices are pre-loaded with all of the necessary applications and e-books. If you choose to use your own device, it is incumbent upon you to load all of the applications.


Before arriving at school pickups, families must complete The LOSD Student/Parental Consent & Technology Form -- one form for each student. If you arrive at the pickup without a form submitted, you will need to drive out of line to complete your form before returning to the line to pick up your school materials.


If you need internet access, please contact John Parke at parkej@loswego.k12.or.us to request a hotspot.

Technology Protection Plan

We now have an OPTIONAL technology device damage and loss protection plan for families. It is $20 per student, with a family maximum of $60. Please see losdschools.org for more details, including the LOSD FEE WAIVER available here.


If you sign up for the protection plan, you will receive an email soon with payment options.


Please submit LOSD fee waivers for technology protection to the office of the assistant superintendent at armstroe@loswego.k12.or.us.

Cohorts and Schedules

Schools are preparing class assignments and schedules for all students in Hybrid and LO Online. Elementary schedules were shared this past week and middle and high school schedules will be shared by end of day Monday, Aug. 31.


If you do not receive your student's schedule, please contact your school principal.

Meet and Greet Meetings

School principals will be reaching out to families to communicate when you may expect to hear from your teachers about scheduling Meet and Greet and Smart Start appointments. They will also explain the format and logistics for the Meet and Greet and Smart Start meetings as each school is having to make adjustments in a very short timeframe.

Smart Start Meetings

As with everything in this COVID era, rapidly changing information and flexibility are a constant. Please disregard any previous Smart Start information as we have had to make a few, major changes. Please click here for the update on what is planned for your student with a 504 or IEP, including an updated parent/guardian checklist and student one-page profile.

LO Online Late Sign Ups

If you change your mind and wish to sign up your student for LO Online, you may email your school principal to add your name to the waiting list. Sign ups will be accepted on a class availability basis.

Adjustments to School Times

School start and end times have been adjusted slightly. While all are virtual and bus transportation is not required, high school students’ day will start 30 minutes later than originally planned. Also, Thursdays’ schedule is altered to accommodate teachers’ professional learning communities (PLC). PLC is an extremely valuable time for teachers to share best practices and brainstorm innovative ways to improve teaching and learning that drives student achievement. This year PLC time will be as important as ever. Following are the updated times for each school level:


High School Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

  1. 8:30 - 9:45

  2. 9:55 - 11:10

  3. 1:00 - 2:15

  4. 2:25 - 3:40


High School Thursday (PLC Day)

  1. 8:30 - 9:35

  2. 9:45 - 10:50

  3. 1:40 - 2:45

  4. 2:55 - 4:00


Middle School Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

  1. 9:00-10:15

  2. 10:25-11:40

  3. 1:30-2:45

  4. 2:55-4:10


Middle School Thursday (PLD Day)

  1. 9:00-10:05

  2. 10:15-11:20

  3. 2:10-3:15

  4. 3:25-4:30


Elementary Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday

8:00-10:45 AM Group

12:45-3:30 PM Group


Elementary Thursdays (PLC Day)

8:00-10:25 AM Group

1:05-3:30 PM Group

Updated School Calendar

Grade preparation and parent-teacher conference days have been recalibrated for the new first day of school and quarter schedule. Please click here for an updated district calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.

Back to School Nights Scheduled

Back-to-school nights with school principals and teachers will be virtual this year. The opening session for each school and Student Services is posted on the district meeting and event calendar, and principals and Student Services will be sharing more details soon.

Dashboard For County Health Metrics

For a school district to return to in-person instruction with a Hybrid model, the metrics of both county and statewide conditions must be met. Click here for a dashboard that makes it easy to see how close a county is to meeting metrics necessary for in-person instruction and what exceptions can be considered.

Verify Student Info Before Returning to School

LOSD thanks all the parents who have already verified their students' information for the 2020-21 school year. If you haven't done so yet, please 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 contact information has not changed over the past year because the school may have incorrect information from a previous year.
  • Allowing parents to review the health conditions on file at your student's school.
  • Enabling distribution of electronic devices covered by the district's Technology Agreement


The verification window closes September 18, 2020.


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. Please note that verification is not part of the ParentVUE mobile app. However, a button in the app allows you to open verification in a web browser, or you can log into ParentVUE on a computer.

Lake Oswego Public Library Eager for Students

The Lake Oswego Public Library is eager to support all young learners in our community. In addition to providing curbside hold pickups, they are offering a variety of library services in the library parking lot (4th St and E Ave) Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.-1p.m. If you or your child don't have a library card yet, an application can be processed during your visit; just bring a proof of residence to get a new card immediately. Youth Librarians are ready to assist students with whatever they need, and will likely encourage browsing of tables brimming with fiction and non-fiction books, leveled readers, audio-books, and DVDs - all for on-the spot check out.

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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.

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 children@211info.org
  • 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 ccrr@clackesd.org.

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

Summer Counseling Supports for Students

While school is out for the summer, the LOSD Wellness Team of counselors, social workers and psychologists has prepared an updated list of resources for students and families. Please click here for resources for mental health and social-emotional supports.


If your concern is urgent, call the 24-7 Clackamas County Crisis and Support at 503-655-8585.

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.

Hunger Fighters Food Pantry - Pickup or Delivery!

Hunger Fighters, located on the Lake Oswego High School campus, is continuing to serve clients in two ways. Clients are welcome to visit the pantry once a week either on Saturday between 1-3 p.m. or Wednesday between 4-6 p.m. to pick up pre-packed grocery bags, or Lake Oswego clients who are homebound, immunocompromised, and/or at-risk can sign up for grocery delivery.


NEW! ALL clients, including delivery clients, will be provided with perishables such as fresh fruits and vegetables, bread, eggs, meat, and/or dairy as available. Additionally, Hunger Fighters is providing masks to all clients who need one - just stop by and ask!


Delivery requests must be submitted by Thursday to receive a delivery of groceries on Saturday. Delivery clients must be home to receive the delivery of perishables. Visit www.hungerfightersoregon.org to submit a request and for more information on the delivery program.

Clothing Closet Expands Service

I Love Lake Oswego provides clothing and essential hygiene products to people in need. It has expanded its services to everyone in the community. Families should contact the service through its website, phone or email. Provide your needs and clothing sizes. Volunteers will either deliver the items, or make arrangements for pick up.


Website: www.iLLOclothingcloset.org

Email: info@ilovelakeoswego.com

Call/Text: 503-882-0880

Clackamas County Go Teams Ready to Help

Clackamas County recently developed “Go Teams.” These staff members go out into the community to help individuals and families who are struggling with anxiety, unemployment, grief and a host of other emotional and social problems that are becoming more and more common during this time.


Call Clackamas County Go Teams at 503-655-8585.

SafeOregon

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.


https://www.safeoregon.com/

(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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