Westridge Wildcat News

September 6, 2019

In This Edition

  • Important Dates
  • School News
  • Office Information
  • District News
  • PTSO News

Important Dates:

  • PTSO Meeting: September 19th at 5:30 pm in the Westridge Library
  • District SAC meeting September 23rd at LOHS Cafeteria
  • Back to School Night: October 1st 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Picture day: October 9th
  • Picture retakes: November 19th

School News:

Student Newspaper Club!

Who: Aspiring student journalists!

What: Did you know Westridge Elementary has its very own student newspaper called What’s Up, Westridge?

When: This year we will meet bi-monthly on Tuesdays from 2:45-3:15 in the library. Our first meeting will be held in early October, after construction is complete.

Why: Students choose their article topics, which can include non-fiction or fiction pieces, illustrations, puzzles, games, etc. No story is too small and no experience is required. Come check it out!

Questions: Contact the parent leaders, Stef Fogarty (svfogarty@gmail.com) or Sarah Barrera (sarahbarrera@gmail.com).

Office Information:

Bell Schedule:

  • 8:10am - Doors open
  • 8:20am- Tardy bell
  • 11:50am (end of first recess)
  • 12:25pm (end of second recess)
  • 2:40 Dismissal (Thursdays are early release at 2:00pm)

Reporting Absences

If your child is going to be out of school or tardy to school due to travel, illness, or appointments please make sure to email your classroom teacher AND Andrea Murphy at murphya@loswego.k12.or.us

District News:

Annual State Assessment Notification- Reminder

The Oregon Department of Education publishes an annual notice regarding state tests in English Language Arts and Math. Please review the AnnualNotice for Statewide Tests for information regarding why participation matters, an explanation of the right to opt out, testing windows, and other resources.

Safe Oregon

The Oregon State Police is pleased to announce the availability of SafeOregon, a new school safety tip line program available to all public k-12 schools in Oregon. SafeOregon is a way for students, staff, or other members of the public to anonymously report and share confidential information of a threat or a potential threat to student safety. Trained staff are available 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year reached through a phone call, text message, mobile application or website. The main goal of SafeOregon is to intervene at the earliest possible point in the life of a young person who is struggling, helping them when they need it, before the situation turns into a tragedy.

SafeOregon is designed to encourage Oregon students to share and respond to anything that threatens their safety or the safety of others, anything that makes a student feel unsafe, or if a student knows someone who feels unsafe. Here are a few examples: safety threats, violence, threats of violence, fights, drugs, alcohol, weapons, bullying or friends that talk about hurting themselves, harassment, intimidation, cyber bullying, or self-harm.

Tips can be submitted 24/7/365 through the SafeOregon.com web portal, by email to tip@safeoregon.com through the SafeOregon mobile application (available for android or ios device), or by calling or texting 844-472-3364. Tips are promptly analyzed and routed for the most appropriate follow up and urgency. This may be to school officials, law enforcement, community mental health programs, or other appropriate local or state agencies. Tip Line staff make sure follow-up is noted.

For more information, please visit safeoregon.com.

Additionally, it is a violation of ORS165.570 to improperly use the SafeOregon system.

PTSO News!

PTSO Fundraiser 2019:

Let's Reach Our Goals!

Each year, we count on our Westridge community to fund the PTSO budget for everything from field trips to library furniture. And each year, our kids benefit directly from the generosity of folks like you. This year the Wildcat Fundraiser runs from August 23rd to October 17th. Thus far this year, we have raised over $20,000 (including corporate match) towards our goal of $100,000. Your support is much needed and deeply appreciated! Please click here for more details: https://www.losdschools.org/Page/7313

Donations can be made at: tinyurl.com/wildcatfund

Payment plan options: tinyurl.com/wildcatfundoptions

2019-2020 PTSO Team!

Your Westridge Parent Teacher Student Organization is excited for the new school year! We would like to introduce you to your new 2019- 2020 PTSO team!

Jamie Severson - PTSO President

Megan Busbee - Outgoing PTSO President

Erin Bateman - Incoming Treasurer

Ahnawake Kriese - Treasurer

Ashley Markham Williams - Communications Officer

Rachel Rittman - Outgoing Communications Officer

Laura Edelen & Carly Dodds - Volunteer Coordinators

The first PTSO General meeting will be held Thursday September 19th at 5:30 pm in the Westridge Library. All are welcome to attend!

There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer at Westridge and as well as your child's classroom community. The PTSO volunteer sign up link is available on the Westridge PTSO Facebook page and below:


Please be sure to like us on Facebook for updates on events, volunteer opportunities and information.

Westridge Elementary

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.