Westridge Wildcat News
September 24, 2021
Message from the Principal: Back to School Night
Dear Westridge Community,
As you know, now that we are back in school we are just as intent on staying in school. We are making decisions centered on protecting the health and safety of our community and ensuring students’ successful full time instruction.
Monday, October 4th is Westridge’s Back to School Night. We have been considering many different options on how to connect with our parents/guardians/caregivers in a way that suits most everyone. We shared considerations with the district’s medical advisory committee and our teachers and staff.
Our Westridge Back to School Night 2021 will be hosted via Zoom Monday, October 4. You will be receiving a Zoom link from your child’s teacher. During Back to School Night, you will be able to view a short video from me with messages from all of the groups you would typically hear from in the gymnasium (in addition to the teacher presentation/Q&A).
If you have children at other schools, please note that each school may do Back to School Night a little differently this year. Schools will be considering the best options for the community when their nights are near.
Thank you for your understanding as we make decisions to minimize the potential for exposure in our schools with the need to connect with our community.
Save the Dates!
September 25/26- Decorate the Town In Blue and Yellow (see information from the PTSO below)
September 30 - Early Release Thursday at 2 pm
October 4th: Back to School Night
October 6- National Walk/Bike to School Day
October 8 - Professional Day - No School
October 14- Run, Walk and Roll with Rocky the Wildcat
October 14- PTSO General Meeting
October 20th: School Picture Day
October 21- School Wide Virtual SockHop
Lost and Found!
- Put your child's name on their coats, jackets, water bottles and lunch boxes. All clothing in the lost in found without a name that is unclaimed will get donated if not claimed at the end of each month (starting on September 30th).
- Fill out the 2021-2022 LOSD Student/Parental Consent & Technology Form (see below for more info)
- Send your child in appropriate weather resistant coats and shoes to be prepared for rain next week! We eat lunch outside and go to recess outside unless extreme weather is present.
If you find it difficult to find adequate, legal parking, please come through the car line.
The Rain is Arriving at Westridge
Please make sure your student has proper clothes for recess.
Rain Coats and water resistant shoes are essential for all students.
Recess will still happen even in the rain. Students will be sent out as a complete class. For health and safety reasons students WILL NOT be able to remain inside. Under extreme weather conditions alternative arrangements will be made.
Along with rainy weather is colder weather. Windows will be kept open so please make sure your student is dressed appropriately for cooler classrooms.
In addition we will plan to eat outside, under cover, as often as possible.
Technology Consent/Device Damage and Loss Protection Plan
Hello LOSD Families,
Each student must have a Technology Consent form on file each year.
The District is once again offering a Device Damage and Loss Protection Plan to ease the financial obligation if your student's District Device is damaged or lost.
When you fill out the Tech Consent form, you will "accept" or "decline" participation in the Protection Plan. The cost is $20 per student, with a family maximum of $60. Participation in the program is completely optional. Fee waivers are available for those with financial need.
Please fill out one form per student. Payment instructions will be communicated to participating families. For a complete description of the Device Damage and Loss Protection Program, please visit the District's website at https://www.losdschools.org/Page/7761
Fee waiver forms can be accessed here: https://www.losdschools.org/domain/1838 Please mail the completed form to:
Lake Oswego School District Office
c/o James Miller
PO Box 70
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
Computer Network Services
Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month!
Come to our new Lakeridge Middle School (4700 Jean Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97035) to Celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month (September 15-October 15) with Spanish teachers Teresa Sánchez and Julie Pacheco-Toye in an evening full of fun and cultural learning.
Registration is free!
Westridge Student Newspaper
Thank you so much to all who made it to our first PTSO General Meeting last night. Save the date for our next meeting on October 14th.
Fundraising- While the year may look different, we want to be able to offer our kids the same amazing opportunities and experiences that Westridge is known for. The only way that we can do that is by hitting our fundraising goals of $100,000. Please see the flyer in your students folder that was sent home today for the break down of where those funds go. Our fundraiser goes for the next 30 days and we hope to surpass our goal. We recommend $300/student but any amount is appreciated. Your donation is 100% tax deductible and should be eligible for corporate matching so please ask your employer. To make your donation, use this QR code.
THIS WEEKEND! Decorate the Town in Blue and Yellow -WIN A PRIZE!!!
This year back to school looks a bit different but that doesn't mean that we are not bursting with Wildcat pride! Help us celebrate back to school by decorating your door, fence, bushes, etc. with Wildcat spirit. This is a contest so make sure you submit a photo of your work! https://forms.gle/XeG923nfLXUAspMp7 See the FB or IG page for full details. Don't miss the chance to join the fun.
Thursday, September 30th 10:30am-11pm
Our First Restaurant Night of the Year
Mod Pizza Bridgeport
Join us for dinner at Bridgeport Mod Pizza (7152 SW Hazel) where 20% of the sales from takeout, delivery and pick up will come back to Westridge Elementary. Every purchase earns money for our school. RSVP and get details at https://grouprai.se/f200285 Make a night out of it.
OCTOBER- Westridge Wildcats Fitness Month
Calling all active Wildcats! We are excited to get moving together in October- a time to move together and celebrate the importance of developing an active lifestyle! Save the dates for some FUN events coming your way. More details to come,
Oct. 6th- National Walk and Bike to School Day & Coloring Contest
Oct 14th- First Annual Run, Walk and Roll with Rocky
Oct. 21- Sock Hop Virtual Dance Party
If you would like to volunteer to be a part of any of these or future events please email email@example.com.
Do you have a local business and want to support our community? We are looking for sponsors for our Run, Walk and Roll Event! Your name will appear on the students t-shirts as well as in our directory. For more information please email firstname.lastname@example.org. Deadline is September 30.
Get your Wildcat merch here!
Chromebook or iPad Problems?
This Fall, all students in Grades 1-8 will complete two online i-Ready assessments in class. One is for math and the other is for reading. i-Ready is a program that will help us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform and tailor instruction to accelerate growth. This is the first of three i-Ready assessments we give each year, and results will be shared with parents in October.
The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s skill level. Each item a student receives is based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier ones. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning.
In Lake Oswego, the Fall i-Ready window is open from September 7 to October 8.
ODE Annual Notice
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.)