Westridge Wildcat News

February 28, 2020

In This Edition

  • Important Dates
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • School News
  • Office Information
  • District News

Important Dates:

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream production: March 7th 2:00pm and 4:00pm
  • PTSO Meeting March 19th at 1:15pm
  • Early release March 20th at 11:00am (No lunch will be served)
  • Spring Break: March 23-27th
  • Conferences April 2nd and 3rd

The students of Westridge Elementary School proudly present:

William Shakespeare’s

A Midsummer Night's Dream

Saturday, March 7, 2020

2:00 PM and 4:00 PM

Westridge Elementary School Gym

3400 Royce Way, Lake Oswego, OR 97034

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Free Admission! We welcome donations to help support the Wildcats Theater Production Team!

School News:

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Congratulations to the winners of the Curiosity Life Skill Award!

STEM Lab donations needed!

The STEM lab would LOVE any and all intact boxes, shoe box size and smaller ( tissue boxes, non-broken down cracker boxes, etc).

There is no longer a need for bottle caps, egg cartons, or TP tubes for the foreseeable future.

Thank you!!

Office Information:

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:

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Lake Oswego School District Hosts First Annual Safety Symposium

Lake Oswego School District (LOSD) is hosting its first annual Safety Symposium at Lakeridge High School in the auditorium on Tuesday, Mar. 3 from 6-9:15 p.m.

The Safety Symposium is intended for mature audiences and will provide information and tips from professionals and advocates to help ensure the safety and well-being of our students and schools.

Topics covered in the first annual event will include the dangers of e-cigarettes, secure gun storage and digital safety. Following is the itinerary for the evening:

  • Introduction: John Parke, Director of Safety and Security, LOSD

  • Opening remarks: How the teenage brain makes decisions: Jim Sanders, psychologist and Assistant Director of Student Services, LOSD

  • Dangers of e-cigarettes: Dr. Dean Sidelinger, MD, Oregon State Health Officer

  • Secure gun storage: Megan Busbee, Moms Demand Action; Debbie Lindgren and Katie Spurlock, BeSMART; and Tom O’Connor and Paul Kemp of GOFOR (Gun Owners for Responsible Ownership)

  • Digital (technology, phones and social media) safety tips: Bryan Sheldon, Safety Resource Officer for LOSD, Lake Oswego Police Department

“Keeping students, teachers and staff safe in our schools is the shared responsibility of all adult stakeholders. We are bringing together our community to discuss important safety topics as part of the district’s commitment to ensuring our schools are an inclusive and safe learning environment,” said John Parke, Director of Safety and Security for LOSD. “We plan to make the Safety Symposium an annual event where we bring in experts and resources to address timely topics of concern to our families.”

For more information, please contact Mary Kay Larson, Director of Communications, Lake Oswego School District, mary.kay.larson@loswego.k12.or.us.

Lakeridge Girls Lacrosse Clinic

Lakeridge Girls Lacrosse Clinic

Saturday, March 7, 2020 With Varsity Head Coach: Susan Bankowski JV Head Coach: Megan Logsdon Lakeridge Girls High School Lacrosse Players

Who: All youth girls, grades 1-8

What: LAX skills clinic

Learn new skills and practice with high school players

When: March 7, 2020 10am-12pm (please arrive 15 minutes early)

Where: Lakeridge High School, Turf 1

How: Register @ www.losdcommunityschool.com

Class title: LHS GIRLS LAX SPRING YOUTH CLINIC (Grades 1-8) For more information: pacerglax71@gmail.com

Cost: $45/player, $5 discount for siblings

Bring: Your stick, goggles, mouth guard, cleats and water bottle

The Pacers GLAX team is excited to introduce new players to the sport of lacrosse and to help experienced players elevate their game. Girls will be placed in groups according to age and experience.

Thank you for supporting the Lakeridge Girls Lacrosse Program.

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You are Cordially Invited

Please join us for our inaugural Foundation Gala – an evening dedicated to our wonderful community and the amazing schools we support.

We look forward to celebrating with you!

March 7, 2020

6:30 to 10:00 p.m.


525 3rd Street

Lake Oswego 97034

Buy Tickets

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Elementary Boundary Review:

The Boundary Review Committee has begun its work. The boundary committee is comprised of principals and parents from each elementary school as well as parents of students attending each middle and high school. They will be meeting weekly through the end of March to develop a recommendation on how to redraw elementary school boundaries starting in the 2020-2021 school year.

You may access all of the information shared and discussed at these meetings through the boundary landing page on losdschools.org. Additionally, the boundary committee will be hosting open houses on Feb. 5 at Lakeridge High School and Mar. 4 at Lake Oswego High School, 6-8 p.m. to share current thinking and gather your feedback.

At any time in the process, to provide comments regarding elementary boundaries, please email: info@loswego.k12.or.us.

Now Accepting Applications for Foundation Board of Directors

Now Accepting Applications for Foundation Board of Directors

Are you interested in contributing to a dynamic volunteer organization dedicated to advancing our community's commitment to educational excellence?

Please consider applying for the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation is seeking parents/guardians, students and community residents to serve on its Board of Directors. Board members must demonstrate a commitment to the Foundation, the School District and the Lake Oswego community.

The term for new board members will begin June 2020. Board members commit to a two-year term and may serve up to three terms. Please click HERE to download. The application provides more information about being a board member.

Interested people should submit applications by Friday, March 6, 2020. The Nominating committee will review applications and conduct interviews in march. Please send your completed application via email to woolfw@loswego.k12.or.us or mail it to Lake Oswego Schools Foundation, PO Box 70, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

Making Sure You Receive Important District News

The Lake Oswego School District newsletter The Current is emailed to all families every Friday afternoon. It contains important district-wide news and information. As of this November, it is now coming to you from LOSD's new director of communications, Mary Kay Larson, mary.kay.larson@loswego.k12.or.us.

Because Mary Kay is a new sender, the newsletter message is going straight to many people's Spam folders. To recover the message and start receiving it directly in your in-box, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to your Spam folder.
  2. Find the message to move out of Spam.
  3. Click on “not spam” and the message will move to your in-box

Please note, in Spam, the newsletter formatting is compressed as a way of protecting your system from potentially unsafe content. Moving the message out of Spam will open up the newsletter in full view.

After moving the message out of your Spam folder once (maybe twice), your system should start accepting the newsletter directly into your in-box.

Thank you!

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Lake Oswego School District App:

Stay connected to the district and your school by subscribing to the Lake Oswego School District app! Click here to stay updated on information all around the district and receive urgent notifications.
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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.

Oregon State Assessments Opt Out:

Every year, Oregon students take assessments prescribed by the State Department of Education. 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. Results are also used to inform course placement and provide focused feedback to students and parents.

State law requires us to inform you that a form is available from the Oregon Department of Education that allows you to opt your child out of the math and English Language Arts assessments for the 2019-20 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.

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

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.