Westridge Wildcat News

December 3, 2021

Message from the Principal

Dear Westridge Community,

This month our school wide focus is creativity. Walking the halls of Westridge there is endless evidence of our students’ creativity. The art is simply stunning and a reflection of who our students are. But the creativity at Westridge spans beyond just fine art. This morning, during a circle in Ms. Harrison’s class, students shared their creative outlets including singing, dancing, gymnastics, problem solving, and more. Westridge students exhibit creativity across settings including STEM, PE, Recess, Music, and in their classrooms. You may want to ask your child about their creative outlets, highlight their creativity in finding solutions to problems, and in thinking through tricky math problems.

Later this month students will get to showcase their creativity during our Westridge Winter Spirit Week. Below you will find the flyer for the event, which outlines the theme for each day for the week of December 13. We hope you will join us in building community and having some fun!


Jules Laaperi



Save the Dates!

December 13-17: Westridge Spirit Week (see below)

December 20-January 2nd: Winter Break (No School)

January 17: No School (Martin Luther King Day)

January 28: No School (Grade Prep)

February 16: Immunization Exclusion day (see info below)

February 21: No School (President's day)

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteers need to verify the following requirements before volunteering in schools:

Statement of Knowledge and Understanding - LOSD District Policies

All contractors, volunteers, and visitors must agree to follow District policies, the most important of which are summarized or referenced below:

  • No smoking or other uses of tobacco products, alcoholic beverages or other controlled substances on District property, including parking lots and fields.

  • No firearms, fire pits, indoor barbecues, candles, fog machines, balloons or fireworks may be used on School District property.

  • Park in designated parking areas only. Violators will be towed at the owner's expense.

Westridge Winter Spirit Week!

Need to pick your child up early from school? We can help!

We understand that sometimes parents need to pick their children up early from school, especially with holidays and winter break coming up. In order to make sure that your teacher and the office are informed of your plans, please try your best to follow this protocol when you need to pick up your child:

  • Please email your child's' teacher and the office the day of, so that they know that the student will be leaving early.
  • When you're on your way to the school to pick up your child please call the office and let us know you're on your way. We will call down to the classroom and have your child start packing up. There is no need to let the office know via email days in advance.
  • Please come to the office to pick up your child. Do not go to the classroom door.

Thank you!

Office Phone number: 503-534-2371

Office email addressses: murphya@loswego.k12.or.us OR stewardj@loswego.k12.or.us

Toy Drive for children in foster care:

Westridge Elementary is partnering with the Department of Human Services to help provide gifts to children in foster care. Each donated gift will be given directly to a child who is displaced from their family this year during the holiday season.

On any given day there are over 8,000 children in foster care in Oregon. These children are separated from their parents due to abuse or neglect and placed in foster homes, group homes or other settings. Holidays are an especially difficult time for children to be away from their families.

Starting December 1, 2021, there will be barrels in the Westridge lobby to collect new and unwrapped gifts to donate to a child in need.

Need gift ideas?

Age 0-2: Sensory toys, learning toys, blocks

Age 3-5: Creative play, playdough, puzzles, books

Age 6-7: Scooters, crafting supplies, sporting goods, books

Age 8-9: Legos, games, art supplies, books

Age 10-12: Slime sets, science kits, electronic games

Age 13-15: Wireless earbuds, gift cards, LED lights

Age 16+: Wireless speakers, gift cards, headphones, cosmetics

Anything you would purchase for your own children would make a great gift for a foster child.

Lakeridge Winter Movie Night!

Hi Westridge Community!

We hope you are all enjoying the holiday season and time with your families. For a great opportunity to celebrate the holidays and spend time with family, we want to invite you all to Lakeridge's December Holiday Movie night!

Cozy up in your favorite PJs with a cup of hot cocoa and come watch Elf (rated PG) in the Lakeridge Auditorium from 6:30-8:45 pm on Saturday, December 4th. Tickets are $5, hot cocoa and treats will also be available for sale. All proceeds go towards Graduation for the Lakeridge Seniors.

We hope to see you there and happy holidays from Lakeridge High School!

Thank you,

Lakeridge High School ASB

Immunization Exclusion Day:

February 16, 2022 is exclusion day for students that are not up to date with their required immunizations. If you have any questions about your child's immunizations, please contact Andrea Murphy at murphya@loswego.k12.or.us

For a list of required immunizations please visit our Nurses website here

Student Attendance:

If your child will be absent, please email your student's teacher and copy the office at murphya@loswego.k12.or.us. Please list the date your child will be absent and any illness symptoms.

If you need to pick your child up early from school, please let the teacher and the office know ahead of time.

Oregon State Assessment Opt-Out Form

Every year, Oregon students take assessments to meet federal requirements. The purpose of these assessments is to provide data that schools can use to ensure each and every child is on track and achieving learning goals.

State law requires us to inform you that a form is available from the State Department of Education that allows you to opt your child out of the math and English Language Arts assessments for the current school year. Should you wish to opt out your child, fill out the form and submit it to the main office at your child’s school. Please note the submission deadlines listed on the form. Meeting the deadline will help the school with planning and preparation. If you wish your child not to participate in the science assessment for grades 5, 8, and 11, submit this request in writing to the principal of your child's school.

If you have questions or want more information about state assessments, please contact your child’s principal or teacher(s).

Click here for opt-out form for Math and English Language Arts.

Westridge Elementary School

All members of our community are committed to providing a safe and inclusive learning environment that cultivates empathy, creates challenging opportunities, and fosters lifelong learning.