Westridge Wildcat News

November 5, 2021

Message from the Principal

Dear Westridge Community,

This month we are focusing on the character trait of Gratitude. Students will be exploring this trait throughout the month through lessons and activities, including the PTSO created Gratitude Forest in our halls. To extend the learning, consider asking your child what they are grateful for.

As for me, I am grateful for the Westridge Community. I am grateful for the beautiful art work in the halls, I am grateful for our amazing teachers and staff, I am grateful for each of our students, and I am grateful to our parent community. Thank you for collaborating with us, thank you for sharing your children with us and thank you for supporting our school community!

With gratitude,

Jules Laaperi



Save the Dates!

November 11- Veterans Day - No School

November 12: OBOB Registration Deadline

November 22-26: No School (Inservice/Holiday)

December 3: Picture Retake Day

A message from your neighbors:

The school has been getting numerous complaints of drivers speeding through the neighborhood near Westridge during arrival and dismissal. Our staff out in front of the school have also noticed an increase in speed of drivers and a general disregard for the crossing guard's directions.

This is a reminder that we have students walking, riding bikes and skating to and from school every day. Drivers that speed and do not follow the directions of our staff who are on traffic duty are putting the lives of students and staff at risk.

Please keep your speed at 20mph during these times of the day when children are coming and going from school. The crossing guards are there to help children safely cross the road. Please respect this role.

If you have older children that drive, please pass this message on to them as well.

Morning Drop off:

Here are a few reminders for Arrival in the mornings:

  • Please do not drop your child off in the back parking lot in the mornings.
  • Please do not allow your child to cross Royce without a crossing guard

As congested as Arrival and Dismissal can be, these rules help keep our students safe. Safety of our students is always our number one priority.

Important PTSO News:

Please watch this video for a special message about our PTSO fundraiser and the proposed budget. We are extending the deadline in the hopes that we will be able to fund all of our classrooms curriculum enrichment needs. For details, please watch.....

To donate https://bit.ly/FundourWildcats


Oregon Battle of The Books! Deadline approaching!

This is the last week to sign up to participate in OBOB!

**The Registration deadline is next Friday, November 12th. Even if you do not have a team set yet, please sign up your child if they want to participate and indicate that you would like help finding teammates in the Google form. This will allow us to help matchup interested players.**

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. 3rd to 5th grade students 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. Teams square off in a series of "Battles" to show off how much they have learned by answering questions about the books. Watch out if you get a question wrong -- the other team then gets a chance to steal the points! Find this year's book list here: https://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org/2021-2022-obob-title-lists/


Follow this link to register your player for OBOB. Form

How does OBOB work at Westridge?

  • The OBOB competition at Westridge is funded by the PTSO, run by parent volunteers, and coordinated with Librarian Mrs. Calbreath and the 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade teachers
  • Students form teams of 3 to 5 players in the Fall and begin reading the books
  • Parent volunteers may hold voluntary practice sessions with the kids in December and January
  • In each "Battle," two teams square off and answer questions in turn. Note that only a maximum of 4 players participate in each battle round. Teams of 5 will need to set a rotation
  • The highest scoring teams in preliminary play move on to knock-out rounds to crown a school champion
  • This year's competition is open to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade students

Please reach out to Librarian Lauren Calbreath, or one of the parent OBOB volunteers (Ken Kriwanek, Jenn Schultz, and Rebecca Weinstein) with any questions or concerns. Look to your teacher newsletters for more details.

Lakeridge Middle School presents Elf!

November 18 and 19 at 7 p.m.

November 20 at 1 p.m. and 7 p.m.

Lakeridge Middle School Auditorium

Tickets can be purchased through https://www.eticketexpress.com/event/lakeridgejh/elf_jr. or by accessing the QR code in the flyer.

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.

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.