The Current

March 8, 2019

In this Message:

  • LO Learning Levy
  • Register for the Bus for 2019-20
  • Volunteer Info Session for TEALS
  • Kindergarten Registration – Deadline May 1
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art Scholarships and Clackamas ESD Art Show
  • Junior Windjammer Camp
  • "Listening to Young People" Conversation Night
  • Weather Emergency Communications
  • SafeOregon
  • Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App
  • What's New at Community School?

LO Learning Levy

On February 25, our School Board unanimously approved an enhanced local option levy request that will be going to local voters May 21. The ballot will include a measure to approve our local option levy at $1.64 per $1000 assessed value; a 25 cent increase over the current local option levy of $1.39. As you may know, our current levy is one of five funding streams that support our local schools. The five funding steams include the local option levy, the LO Schools Foundation, the construction excise tax, state funding, and the school construction bond. Of all of these, the levy is the only local voter-approved operational funding we receive dedicated to programming and personnel. The current levy comprises approximately 13% of the District’s overall operating revenues and pays for more than 80 teaching, licensed, and classified staff positions across the District. Levies are usually renewed every five years; our current levy was last renewed in November, 2013.

We are calling this year’s levy the “Learning Levy.” If passed, levy funds would be dedicated to staffing positions to support STEM, literacy, and social and emotional well-being. This levy, if passed, would fund an additional 20 licensed staff – giving us 100+ levy-supported teachers and staff across the District. These licensed staff would not only help maintain or reduce class sizes at our schools, but they would also support our progress toward individualized learning and social-emotional learning initiatives at each of our schools.

Each school has a parent who has volunteered to bring you additional information. Please reach out to your school volunteer listed below and visit for more information.

Forest Hills, Bill Woodruff,
Hallinan, Lisa Decker,
Lake Grove, Salumeh Loesch,
Oak Creek, Ellen Lazaris,
River Grove, Sara Pocklington,
Westridge, Quinn Neiland,
Lakeridge Junior High, Sarah Howell,
Lake Oswego Junior High, Neelam Gupta,
Lakeridge High School, Susan Stohl,
Lake Oswego High School, Liz Welch,

Register for the Bus for 2019-20

Registration is now open for bus transportation for the 2019-20 school year.

Please complete the registration form with as much detail as possible. This will help us create our routing schedule for the 2019-20 school year. Call the Transportation Department at 503-387-5078 with questions. Please note that this request does not guarantee transportation. Restrictions apply to students that are open enrolled or who live within the walk zone. Bus Registration Deadline is August 1, 2019.

Access the registration form here.

Volunteer Info Session for TEALS

Computer Science Education Advocates: 70% of OR and SW WA High Schools Need Your Help. Volunteer to help a teacher teach computer science!

Are you a computer science professional who wants to help develop the next generation of Oregon techies? Come learn more about the Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS Program and how coding pros like you are changing lives as TEALS volunteers!

Computer science (CS) is a vital driver in today’s global innovation economy, but most U.S. high schools – including more than 75% of Oregon high schools – are unable to offer rigorous CS courses. Without CS in high schools, our students are missing out on essential computational skills that will help them succeed in any career they wish to pursue, and professional skills that could lead to an economically secure future.

TEALS seeks to change that reality. Our volunteers work directly with classroom teachers to help them build and grow their CS teaching capacity through yearlong support and training to inspire the next generation of innovators and computer scientists.

If you’re interested in learning more about the opportunity to help shape students’ career opportunities – all while having fun – come learn how TEALS might be the right fit for you!

TEALS Volunteer Info Luncheon

Monday, March 18 or Tuesday, March 19

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


1414 NW Northup St. #900

Portland, Oregon

Lunch provided by TEALS

Register here:

If you can’t attend either of these options, you can still sign up to volunteer and/or help:

· Read the Frequently Asked Questions.

· Watch the online volunteer session and apply at

· Forward this info to people you know who might be interested to let them know about the information session.

If you have questions, please contact Helen Henry, ( PNW TEALS Senior Regional Manager, for more information.

Kindergarten Registration – Deadline May 1

  • Lottery Deadline: May 1, 2019
  • Lottery Tier 1: Siblings currently attending the same resident school will be given priority and will not go into the lottery but MUST register by the May 1 deadline
  • Lottery Tier 2: Age-eligible registrations received by May 1, 2019
  • Lottery Tier 3: All registrations (including sibling and early admission) received after May 1, 2019, are subject to availability
  • Lottery Date: May 8, 2019
  • Lottery Notification Date: May 10, 2019

Pacific Northwest College of Art Scholarships and Clackamas ESD Art Show

The Clackamas Education Service District Art Show is a regional art show that celebrates the extraordinary artistic talent of middle and high school students in Clackamas County. During the May 2 awards ceremony, there will be numerous awards all students will be eligible for, but we wanted to highlight an exciting scholarship for seniors. Five individual seniors from Clackamas County will be awarded a $20,000 scholarship to the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

The Pacific Northwest College of Art is a private fine arts and design college in Portland, Oregon. Established in 1909, the art school grants bachelor of fine arts degrees and graduate degrees.

If you are interested in this opportunity please connect with an art teacher to discuss which piece you'd like to submit to the CESD Art Show.

For more information contact Kelsey Cardwell, Strategic Communications Officer at 503-675-4058 or

Junior Windjammer Camp

The Lake Oswego High School Windjammers choir presents a day of fun and music for kids in grades K through 5! Sign up to hang out with the Windjammers and learn a song and dance routine on Saturday morning to perform with the choir during their Variety Show on Saturday, March 9!

Sign up soon as there are a limited number of spots available. Registration is required.

Registration is $40 and includes a t-shirt, snack, and free ticket to the show.

Register online here.

Saturday, March 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Lake Oswego High School Choir Room

2501 Country Club Drive; LO

"Listening to Young People" Conversation Night

When: May 1, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: River Grove Elementary School, 5850 McEwan Road; LO

Who is invited: All Lake Oswego community members

*Childcare and food will be provided

What does it look like when adults really listen to young people? Cultural beliefs about young people perpetuate myths that cause harm, especially when combined with laws that control their physical and emotional autonomy and limit their ability to participate in public life. Young people experiencing marginalization for any reason—race, gender, sexuality, ability—also have the added layer of not being taken seriously because of their age, yet the history of social justice movements in the United States is deeply connected to young people’s agency, autonomy, and power. Join Oregon Humanities Conversation Project facilitator Emily Squires, and the River Grove Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team for a conversation that asks folks to explore their own beliefs about what it means to be young, and to reflect on their individual relationship to power as it relates to age.

Website link:

Weather Emergency Communications

Winter is here, please review the emergency communications page of our district website which can be found here. The District has a new Twitter account which will be used for emergency communications. Please follow @LOSD_Proud for the fastest way to receive all urgent notifications.


If parents are ever concerned about a student’s well-being, feel free to reach out to your principal. It is important to keep your lines of communication open and maintain strong partnerships between students, families, staff, and other resources.

SafeOregon also is an effective way to report a tip regarding safety threats or potential acts of violence to our students or schools.

(Students should also know that intentionally providing a false report is a serious offense.)

Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App

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What's New at Community School?

The LOSD Community School offers enrichment and athletic programs and activities for students of all ages, including robotics, STEM, arts, language, and theater.

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