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.


Jules Laaperi



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

Action Items:

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).
Tech form:Prepare for Rain!
  • 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.

Neighborhood Notice:

There have been multiple phone calls from your neighbors about parents double parking or blocking driveways in the neighborhood cul-de-sacs and streets surrounding Westridge in the afternoon during dismissal. Please be kind to your neighbors and abide by all traffic laws. Safety is our top priority, always.

If you find it difficult to find adequate, legal parking, please come through the car line.

No Dogs on Campus:

Although we love our furry friends, due to safety and allergy concerns, there are no dogs allowed on campus.

Thank you for understanding.

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.

Click HERE to directly access the 2021-2022 Technology Consent form.

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

Thank you,

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

Calling all journalists! After a pause due to the pandemic, we are hoping to resume work on What's Up, Westridge?, the Westridge student newspaper, written by the kids, for the kids! The Westridge student newspaper is open to writers in 5th grade. We meet twice a month (approximately 1x every other week) and publish one issue per month. Ideally we will be able to hold our introductory meeting early-mid October, and meeting times will be at lunch recess via Zoom. Questions? Please contact Stef Fogarty at svfogarty@gmail.com.

PTSO News!

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 volunteerwestridge@gmail.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 westridgeptso@gmail.com. Deadline is September 30.

Get your Wildcat merch here!

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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.

COVID-19 Information:

If you would like information on COVID-19 and LOSD, please click here

Chromebook or iPad Problems?

Please submit a tech request to https://losdhelp.zendesk.com/ or scan this QR code.

i Ready:

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

The Oregon Department of Education publishes an annual notice regarding state assessments in English Language Arts and Math. Please review the Annual Notice for Statewide Tests for information regarding why participation matters, an explanation of the right to opt out, and test windows.


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.)

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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.