Westridge Wildcat News
February 11, 2022
Message from the Principal
Dear Westridge Community,
During the month of February we, along with the rest of the district, have the joy of celebrating Black History Month. At Westridge the celebration is both schoolwide and classroom specific. For example, during library, Mrs. Calbreath has been reading beautiful picture books by black authors that celebrate black lives, or give a historical perspective. In addition, I have offered to read aloud to each and every classroom to continue this learning throughout the month.
In first grade students are becoming empowered as they study children who made a difference during the civil rights movement. In fourth grade students are researching famous black Americans who have contributed so greatly to our society.
I am proud to be part of the Westridge community and the Lake Oswego School District for our commitment to celebrating and embracing diversity, equity, and inclusion. Black History Month is just one of the ways we exercise that commitment. Thank you for your partnership in this worthy endeavor.
Save the Dates!
2/11- Semester 1 Report Cards post to ParentVue at 4pm (login information below)
2/17 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm
2/21 - No School - Presidents Day
2/22- Restaurant Fundraiser at Fills! (Details below)
2/22-2/25 Kindness Spirit Week (Details Below)
2/24 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm
2/28- Deadline for 5th grade fundraising orders (details below)
Fifth Grade Fundraiser:
Ready to order? Click here: Fifth Grade Fundraiser Order Form. Payment is accepted via check or Venmo. Please be sure to indicate that your payment is for the Fifth Grade Celebration to ensure funds are allocated correctly.
Thank you so much for your support!
The Fifth Grade Classes
Kindness Spirit Week!
In celebration of our character trait of the month, please join us for Kindness Spirit Week!
Tuesday, February 22: Make a New Friend! Wear something that represents something you like. Find others who share your interest!
Wednesday, February 23: Dreaming of Kindness! Wear your pajamas!
Thursday, February 24: Hats off to Kindness! Wear a hat to school.
Friday, February 25: Wildcat Spirit Day: Wear your Westridge spirit wear or school colors!
Westridge Spelling Bee!
Congratulations to our Westridge Spelling and Vocabulary Bee Champion, 5th grader Mateo Davis! The Bee lasted 16 rounds with several tiebreakers between Mateo and Levi Duman, our second place speller. Mateo will move on to represent Westridge at the Regional Bee. The winning word was renal - of, relating to, or involving the kidneys.
Congratulations to all our Westridge spellers!
Reminders for Parents and Guardians:
- Please do not park in the back parking lot at the end of the day. We have students leaving the building at this time and it is not safe to have cars pulling in and out of that area. This area is only for staff parking, so please keep that in mind.
- Please have children bring a water bottle to school each day.
- While we encourage children to get outside and play on the playground after school, we do require that children are supervised by an adult while on the field or on the school playground.
- Please remain in your car during pick up and drop off in the car line. If you need to get out of your car for any reason, please park.
Volunteering at Westridge:
LOSD will begin welcoming volunteers into our schools during the school day starting Monday, Feb. 7. As originally planned, we will gradually welcome additional classroom volunteers and classroom needs are at the discretion of teachers.
In order to volunteer, please make sure you have the following on record with the school:
- Show or email your vaccination card to Jodi Steward or Andrea Murphy (email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Complete the Statement of Understanding prior to your volunteer shift
- Register with Raptor by bringing your photo ID into the office. (If you've registered in years prior, you do not need to do it again)
Have you ever wanted to work at Westridge?
Temporary Educational Assistant - Medical Needs
6.5 hours per day for 186 days (pro-rated)
Hours: 8:00 am - 2:30 pm
Wage: $15.14 - $19.81/hour (depending on experience)
Location: Westridge Elementary School
Visit the LOSD Human Resources website here to view more details
Accessing your ParentVue Account:
Activation keys do expire so if you need us to create a new one, please contact the office. If you do not remember your password, please go to the login page and click the "I am a parent" button, then click the "Forgot Password" link. You will receive an email with a link to reset your password.
For more information, please see the user guide here
Standards-Based District Report Card
The Lake Oswego School District uses a standards-based report card for students in elementary schools. This report card measures a child’s progress toward proficiency or mastery of the priority standards in Reading, Writing, Language, Speaking, and Math.
This approach provides the means for communicating a child’s learning in more specific terms. Standards-based reporting articulates clear end-of-year grade-level standards for each subject. Using the scale below, teachers will communicate where a child resides on a learning continuum by indicating the student’s progress toward mastery of each identified grade-level standard.
The standards-based reporting scale:
4: The student works consistently at an in-depth and complex level within or beyond the end of year standard*
3: The student meets the grade-level expectation of the standard
2: The student nearly meets the end of year standard
1: The student demonstrates limited proficiency on the end of year standard
Important notes about the scale:
● Reporting is based on the end-of-year grade-level expectation. Therefore, proficiency would not be expected in the middle of the school year.
● A “2” represents the expected target for the majority of the school year as this indicates the child is progressing with the standard as expected. A “3” will be given when the student completely meets the grade-level standard.
● Details of what is expected at mastery level can be found on the report card or on the list of assessed grade-level standards.
● A “1” may prompt additional communication from the classroom teacher so parents will better understand their child’s learning journey.
*It is rare that a child will receive a “4” especially at the end of the first semester. A “4” score may prompt additional communication from the classroom teacher to discuss ways he/she is meeting the child’s unique learning needs.
Behavior Learning Targets are approached differently than end-of-year standards. For more information about your child’s progress, please contact the classroom teacher.
If you need to pick your child up early from school, please let the teacher and the office know ahead of time.
Oregon State Assessment Opt-Out Form
State law requires us to inform you that a form is available from the State Department of Education that allows you to opt your child out of the math and English Language Arts assessments for the current 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. Please note the submission deadlines listed on the form. Meeting the deadline will help the school with planning and preparation. If you wish your child not to participate in the science assessment for grades 5, 8, and 11, submit this request in writing to the principal of 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.
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.)