Westridge Wildcat News

February 4, 2022

Message from the Principal

Dear Westridge Community,

This month our Character Strong character trait is Kindness. We define kindness as the choice to act with words, gifts, or actions to bring appreciation, positivity, and encouragement to ourselves and others. I see daily acts of kindness here at Westridge. Students are kind to themselves, one another, adults, and to our community as a whole.

On Monday, I had the opportunity to read to one of our 3rd grade classrooms. We read Just Ask by Sonia Sotomayor. This book equates our diversity as people to the diversity of a beautifully lush garden, reminding us that having just carrots would just be dull and disappointing. It is our differences that make us the wonderful community we are. The class and I discussed how to show kindness to others and ourselves, especially when we experience differences. Students were insightful, thoughtful, and showed they know a life of kindness.

With gratitude,

Jules Laaperi



Save the Dates!

2/10 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

2/10- PTSO Meeting 7pm via Zoom (details below)

2/17 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

2/21 - No School - Presidents Day

2/22- Restaurant Fundraiser at Fills! (Details below)

2/24 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

Registration (all grades) is open for 2022-2023

Click here for more information! Please keep in mind that your registration will not be accepted until we receive your Proof of Residency. We can't wait to meet our newest Wildcats!

Have you ever wanted to work at Westridge?

We have a job opening for your consideration!

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

PTSO General Meeting: February 10th at 7:00pm

Please join the PTSO General Meeting via Zoom

Topic: PTSO General Meeting
Time: Feb 10, 2022 07:00 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Here is the Zoom Link

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Please send us pictures of your Wildcat for the 2022 yearbook. Photos from adventures, sports, playdates, hobbies, volunteering or just being silly!

Please limit your photos to 5 per student. We'll do our best to include as many as we can.

Send photos with name and grade of each student to yearbookwestridge@gmail.com


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.

February SEL Theme: Kindness

Dear Westridge Families,

This month we’re talking about the beautiful character trait of Kindness. The dictionary defines it as: “the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.” But it is so much more than that! The definition we are using in class is: Kindness: the choice to act with words, gifts, or actions to bring appreciation, positivity, and encouragement to others and yourself.

The key part of this definition? Kindness is a choice that we get to make every day to bring good things into our lives and the world. Those good things can look like more than just some kind words; kindness is given through our actions and our encouragement and our attitude and our gifts.

We will spend time thinking about how to be kind to ourselves, to our environment, to animals, and to one another. We will get to experience meaningful words through compliments and feel the joy that comes from showing appreciation to others.

K-2 Kindness Family Letter (English) K-2 Kindness Family Letter (Spanish)

3-5 Kindness Family Letter (English) 3-5 Kindness Family Letter (Spanish)


Gary Kieser

School Counselor



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Clothing Closet: Open to the community

I Love Lake Oswego Clothing Closet has received an overwhelming amount of support and donation during the pandemic. We want to give back to our community and encourage our community to lean on us not for just hard times, but for up cycling, sustainability and for our environment. In the past the closet was just for students, and since the pandemic we have opened our doors to anyone within our community.

Student Attendance:

If your child will be absent, please email your student's teacher and copy the office at murphya@loswego.k12.or.us. Please list the date your child will be absent and any illness symptoms.

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

Every year, Oregon students take assessments to meet federal requirements. 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.

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.

Westridge Elementary School

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.