Westridge Wildcat News

December 20, 2019

In This Edition

  • Important Dates
  • Message from the Principal
  • School News
  • Office Information
  • District News

Important Dates:

  • No School: Winter Break December 23rd-January 3rd
  • No School: January 20th (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • Kindergarten Information Night January 22nd 6pm-7pm (Westridge Library)
  • No School: January 24th: (Grade Prep day)

Message from the Principal:

Dear Wildcat Families,

It is so incredible to think that we are already at the winter break! As we wrap up the last days of 2019, I hope your child and family are able to enjoy the gift of time. Relax as you play in one of our local parks. Enjoy the season and go for a walk to see holiday lights with warm cocoa in hand. Enjoy a meal together as a family. Have a night in with the family and play a favorite board game. Curl up with a great book together. The most important things in life are family and friends, so this holiday season my holiday wish is for your family to spend quality time with both.

On behalf of myself and all of our Wildcat staff, from our hearts to your homes we send you all the warmest holiday wishes and here’s to a prosperous new year for all! We look forward to seeing you on January 6th, 2020.

Kari Montgomery


School News:

Congratulations to our Life Skills winners for Gratitude!

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STEM Lab Supplies Needed:

The STEM lab is in need of used tennis balls! Thank you for your continued support for all the fun STEM projects!

Getting to know your Westridge Staff:

Each week we will interview a team on our staff. This week, we met up with some of our Educational Assistants!

Amy Fratzke:

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: Pleasanton, California

Q: What are your favorite things to do in your free time?

A: I love to run and watch my boys play sports!

Q: Did you go on any trips this summer? If so- where?

A: I went to Spain and Portugal.

List 3 fun facts about yourself:

1. I'm a twin.

2. I went to school in Italy for a term in college.

3. After college, I wanted to travel so I became a flight attendant.

Julie Regan:

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: Bloomington, Minnesota

Q: What are your favorite things to do in your free time?

A: Hiking, snowshoeing, reading, spending time with family

Q: Did you go on any trips this summer? If so- where?

A: Minnesota to visit family; hiking trips to Mt Rainier and Central Oregon

List 3 fun facts about yourself:

1. I’ve been to 39 National Parks and all 50 states.

2. I have three kids and all three are currently in college.

3. I was a psychology professor before I became a mom.

Kristen Hoevet:

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: I grew up in Newport Beach, California

Q: What are your favorite things to do in your free time?

A:I love to spend time with my family, walk my dog Miles and go see movies.

Q: Did you go on any trips this summer? If so- where?

A: We went on a Disney cruise this summer to the southern Caribbean. We also went to Disney World. So much fun!

List some fun facts about yourself:

I met my husband at Westridge.

Chris Groner:

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: Bend OR

Q: What are your favorite things to do in your free time?

A: My favorite things to do are to spend time with my family, work in my garden, and take walks out in nature.

Q: Did you go on any trips this summer? If so- where?

A: This summer I stayed in Oregon and did lots of fun things with family and friends.

List 3 fun facts about yourself:

1. I love to watch the hummingbirds that come to my feeders.

2. I use to work in architecture on big buildings and even some schools.

3. Even though I’ve been to many fancy places my favorite vacation spot is Wallowa Lake right here in Oregon

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Thank you Westridge Families!

Many families donated cookies to the staff so that we could build cookie boxes to take home to our families. We are blown away by the variety and volume of your generosity. We are all getting through the days, buzzed on sugar and feeling loved. Heartfelt thanks!

Office Information:

New cut off time for change of "go home" plan or bus passes:

If you need to change your child(ren)'s go-home plans or have a bus pass issued by the office, please let the office and teacher know via email by Noon. You can also call in to the office by Noon. If you have last-minute emergency changes, please call into the office instead of emailing. Thank you

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:

Lakeridge High Stadium Cover Update and an Exciting End of Year Contribution Opportunity

If you have not had a chance to walk behind the gym and check out the progress on our new stadium cover at Lakeridge High then you will be happy to know that we are moving along nicely. Trees have come down and demolition of the old press box has begun. With this milestone construction project really picking up momentum it is time for our community to start thinking about the concessions build out and the branding we would like to see as part of the finished look.

Lakeridge High School and our surrounding fields are a community gathering space and we are proud to finally have a facility that will reflect the talents of our young people and the commitment our families and community members have to our students in support of their endeavours. It is a space where students from kindergarten to 12th grade can be found competing and thriving in their extra curricular events. It is where we show up to be a Pacer Family.

The funds the school board has generously earmarked for this project will provide the cover, seats, the infrastructures to support this new project as well as 10 new restrooms and the rough build out for the concessions space. The trimmings of that concessions space and any branding we want to add to the structure become our community responsibility.

With that said we have begun our campaign to raise 100K to put toward that community portion of the project. We are thrilled to start the campaign by saying we have a 20K matching donation offer and with that we are reaching out to all of our families to get that first 20K raised before the end of the year. With the year coming to an end, we want to make sure families have an opportunity to donate, if they would like, as a part of their 2019 charitable contributions. Bob Barman, former school board member and staunch Lakeridge supporter, has offered to host a reception on January 8th at his home from 6:30 to 8:00 for anyone who donates 1K or higher.

If you want to contribute any amount before the end of the year please drop off your contribution to the office by this Friday December 20 at 3:00 or you can mail a check to our PO Box 739 to arrive by December 27th. Donation received after will count as a contribution for 2020. Any amount will help get us closer to the matching donation as well as our overall goal of 100K. Let’s do this Pacer Family!!

Please make checks payable to Memo Line:

Pacer Athletic Club Stadium

Mail to:

Lakeridge High School

PO Box 739

Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034

Questions Contact:

Britt Weiler


As always, thank you for your support of our community!

Desiree Fisher Kurt Schultz Dan Draper Kari Montgomery Melissa Griffiths

Lakeridge High Lakeridge Middle Rivergrove Westridge Hallinan

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.

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.