Westridge Wildcat News

February 14th, 2020

In This Edition

  • Important Dates
  • Message from the Principal
  • STEM night
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream
  • Poster Contest
  • School News
  • OBOB Results
  • Office Information
  • District News

Important Dates:

  • A Midsummer Night's Dream Poster Contest due February 18th
  • PTSO Meeting: February 20th from 8:30-9:15am (Room L-132)
  • Special Guest Speaker: Doreen Dodgen "Deviced" February 25th (time and location TBA)
  • A Midsummer Night's Dream production: March 7th 2:00pm and 4:00pm

Message from the Principal:

Dear Wildcat Families,

Last night over 300 Wildcat students and their families joined us for our "Sweet on STEM and Literacy" Night. It was an incredible event, full of learning, building, playing, and family fun!

Westridge teachers and staff had a blast planning and creating this community building event for our school, but we could not have done it without our amazing parent volunteers! A HUGE shout out to PTSO Volunteer Coordinator, Carly Dodds who organized and gathered a team of artistic and creative parents who made and set up the colorful candy themed decorations. Thank you Rebecca Weinstein, Megan Finley, Tori Plummer, Sarah Fry, Kristen Hilton, Amber Williams, Brandie Riley, Heather Molnar, Ariel Smits, Vanessa Gebbie, Magda Cooley, Shannon Whitaker, and any other parents who helped with set up and.or take down whose names did not make it on this newsletter. Your continued support of Westridge helps to make these elementary years truly special and memorable for us all.

We hope you enjoy a wonderful long weekend!

Warmest regards,

Principal Montgomery

STEM and Literacy Night 2020!

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!

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Poster Contest!

Design a poster for our Midsummer’s Night's Dream production!

Do you like to draw? Westridge is looking for you to use your talents to design a poster for our play. Submit your entry by Tuesday, February 18th to be considered. One entry per person.

Please make sure your poster meets the following criteria:

-use one side only of 8 ½ by 11 white paper

-colored pencil, crayons and/or markers are acceptable.

-use a thin black Sharpie to outline your illustration

*PLEASE NOTE – all information about the play will be added digitally later. You do not need to include anything but your name.

*Turn in to the front office by 3pm Tuesday, February 18th, 2020.

School News:

Oregon Battle of the Books results!

Nearly 80 Westridge students gathered this last weekend at the school to show off all the reading, learning, and studying they've done in Westridge's annual Oregon Battle of the Books (OBOB) Competition. This year was by far the largest event we've ever put on, with 50 battles spread across a 3rd Grade competition with 7 teams participating and a 4th/5th competition with 12 teams participating. In each battle, two teams face off and answer a series of trivia questions drawn from the reading list of 16 books. If one team gets a question wrong, the other team gets a chance to steal the points!

In the 3rd Grade competition, all of the teams got to play in at least 4 battles over the course of the morning. After initial pool play, the top two teams from each pool advanced to the semifinals based on total points scored. In Pool B, the Book Troopers and Magic Pigeons advanced. In Pool A, the top two teams were the Fantastic Foxes and Team Meep, with Team Meep besting the Fantastic Foxes by 1 question in their pool play matchup, but the Foxes winning the pool by virtue of accumulating more total points. In the semifinals, both teams from pool A advanced in hard-fought double-length battles to earn a rematch in the final. These well-read, studious, and brave third graders then played their final battle in the gym in front of an audience of well over a hundred. Team Meep and the Fantastic Foxes traded blows in the early questions before the Fantastic Foxes pulled away in the later going. Congratulations to Alex, Fletcher, Ian, Keelyn, and Mason for all of their hard work and on their performance this weekend. We are excited to see what you can do in the years to come!

The 4th/5th Grade competition this year was huge -- two pools of six teams each squaring off in 5 rounds across the morning, spread across 6 classrooms all hosting simultaneous battles. The top 3 finishers in each pool would advance to afternoon knock-out games -- the two pool winners earned byes into the semifinals and the 2nd and 3rd place teams crossed over to play in a pair of quarterfinal matches. In each pool, there were upsets and ties, pitched battles and furious comebacks. In Pool A, the Champion Readers (Addie, Chloe, Poppy, and Terra) barely eked out a 1st place finish, by just two points over Mystery, Inc. In an equally close battle for 3rd place, The Readers of Venom just outpaced the Baby Sharks for the last spot in the quarterfinals. In Pool B, the scoring was a bit more spread out, with the Fearsome Foursome (Ashlyn, Grace, Kyra, and Laurel) topping the group, followed by the Lightning Readers and the Rad Reading Rabbits. As it turned out, the afternoon knock-out rounds were evenly represented by 4th grade teams (the Fearsome Foursome, Mystery, Inc., and the Readers of Venom) and 5th grade teams (the Champion Readers, the Lightning Readers, and the Rad Reading Rabbits).

Both quarterfinal battles were dramatic and well-played. In the end, both 5th Grade teams advanced over their 4th Grade opponents, setting up semifinals of the Champion Readers vs. the Lightning Readers and the Fearsome Foursome vs. the Rad Reading Rabbits. In hard-fought semifinals, the Champion Readers and the Fearsome Foursome both proved that their earlier pool wins were for real and that they deserved to advance to the school final. For the second time in 3 years, the Westridge Final featured the top 4th grade team taking on the top 5th grade team. This year was an incredibly close and emotional final battle. With 32 of the hardest questions we could throw at them, both teams shined, but neither could build a lead of more than 5 or 10 points at any point. With just 6 questions to go, they found themselves tied. Coming down to the wire, the Fearsome Foursome were able to pull just 1 question ahead to claim the school championship. We congratulate Ashlyn, Grace, Kyra, and Laurel for their hard-work and their amazing display of knowledge and talent. We are proud to have them as Westridge's representative to the Regional Championships and wish them the best of luck next month!

What is OBOB?

The Oregon Battle of the Books is a reading and trivia competition that serves as a statewide celebration of literacy and good books. Roughly 30,000 3rd to 5th grade students across Oregon form teams of three to five members, then read and study from a common list of 16 books selected by the State OBOB committee each year. This year the books featured over 4,000 pages and nearly 650,000 words of high quality children's literature. We estimate that our Westridge OBOBers read well over 25 million words this year as part of the program.

The OBOB program at Westridge is entirely volunteer run with the support of librarian Mrs. Calbreath and all of the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade teachers. It is funded by your generous donations to the PTSO. Please inquire about how you can get involved in next year's competition.

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Hello parents! Yearbook deadline is starting to loom and we still need many photos to fill the pages. Information is below on how to easily submit your photos so that your kids can see themselves on the pages of the yearbook and reminisce at the end of the school year!

If your pictures are on your phone and you would like to easily transfer them, please download the app ImageShare (blue box with “is” in it). It is both android and iOS compatible. You will need to create an account and reference our school project #024454.

Once you do this, you will see a bar that states “choose from caller” and this will give you access to all of the pictures on your phone. What you send will get uploaded directly to our yearbook site for the committee to then use. PLEASE send UNEDITED pictures with the NAME OF THE TEACHER NOTED in the notes section, if at all possible. This ensures the pictures get put on the correct class pages. (There is no need to give me the names of the children in the pictures.)

If you are uploading from your computer, or don’t want to download the app, you can go to the website: images.balfour.com Here you will do the same as above and create an account and then upload your pictures via the website.

The yearbook committee will make final decisions about which photos will be placed in the yearbook.

Many thanks in advance to all of you great photographers!

Denise Shulman

Yearbook Committee Chair

STEM supply donations needed!

Do you have any bottle caps laying around? Our STEM Facilitator, Mrs. Melton would love ALL of your plastic bottle caps (any size!) for upcoming projects in the STEM lab! Thank you for your continuing support- this community is amazing!

Office Information:

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:

Save the Date! Special Guest Speaker!

Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 25 where we as Elementary Principals have invited Doreen Dodgen-Magee, author of the book "Deviced!: Balancing Life and Technology in a Digital World" to speak to parents of our LOSD community.

She is an excellent speaker about the topic of finding balance while living in today's digitally-focused world. Specifically, she will highlight and discuss changes in the brain that result from excessive technology use and offers an approach to the digital world that enables more informed and lasting change and a healthier long-term perspective. We will share the exact time and location as soon as we can. Hope to see you there!

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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.

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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

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.