The Current

August 23, 2019

In this Message:

Superintendent Back to School Message

  • School Construction Updates
  • Raptor Visitor Management Update

Harmony Academy

Bond Info

  • Recruitment of Community Members for Bond Accountability Committee

Food Services


  • Register NOW for the Bus; Deadline - Passed
  • Bus Routes Are Posted on District Website

School Related Info

  • School Start Dates and Start Times
  • Back to School Nights (BTSN)
  • Online Verification Begins July 29 – September 20
  • Parent/Guardian Survey to Guide Teacher Professional Development
  • Elementary Strings Registration Now Open

Community Info

  • Lake Oswego Police to Conduct School Zone Enforcement Detail
  • Community School Changes for 2019-2020 School Year
  • Lake Grove Swim Park Closes – August 23
  • Save the Date: Multi-City Equity Summit – October 19
  • Get Social

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Superintendent Back to School Message

School Construction Updates

Dear LOSD Families,

We are excited for the start of an amazing year in LOSD, and we have much to celebrate. As we gear up to start the 2019-2020 school year, I would like to thank our community for investing in the improvement of our schools through the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation, the Learning Levy, and the capital construction bond, each of which enable us to enhance teaching, support for students, and school facilities across our district. The bond work is improving each school in some way, from seismic improvements to safety features to large scale construction.

All of our staff members are busy preparing for the beginning of the school year. Our bond and construction teams are working especially hard, around the clock, to be sure our schools are ready to open. I am providing you here with an update about a few of our construction projects.

River Grove: The modular (Innovation Lab) is planned to be complete in late September, covered play is receiving structural upgrades and will not be available until the second week in September. The new vestibule is receiving finishing touches and should be complete within the first two weeks of September.

Lake Oswego Junior High: The work in the gym will continue into late fall, this will take up some of the back parking lot for materials. Technology upgrades continue throughout the building, there will be some configuration occuring after the start of school. The new vestibule is receiving finishing touches and should be complete within the first two weeks of September.

High Schools: Secure vestibules are nearly complete and the second set of doors will be installed within the first two weeks of September.

Westridge: Finishes will continue during off hours, as well as roof work and exterior classroom doors being replaced. Phase two brick replacement will occuring during summer 2020.

Many of the finishing touches in schools are in the areas of secure vestibules and security functionality, which are very important to us, as the safety of our students is our number one priority.

We are planning for all schools to open on time. Thank you for your patience during this exciting improvement work. We look forward to seeing our students and families in our schools on their first day of school.



Lora de la Cruz, Ed. D.


First Day of School with the Raptor Visitor Management System

We are excited to welcome everyone back to school. As a reminder, with safety being our top priority, schools will ultimately be utilizing the Raptor Visitor Management system. As previously announced, this system will enhance school safety by screening and registering visitors to our schools during the school day. On the first day of school, staff will greet students and parents when entering the building. The Raptor Visitor Management system may be functional in your school that day, which may increase the time needed to access the building, especially for parents that have not pre-registered in the Raptor system. Please bring your driver’s license or passport with you.

Thank you in advance for having patience with us the first week of school as we operationalize our new security procedures and systems. Most importantly, we can’t wait to see each and everyone one of you soon!

Harmony Academy

Bond Info

Applications Welcome for Bond Accountability Committee

Lake Oswego School District is seeking qualified applicants for this committee, which will continue to play a key role in ensuring transparency and accountability in the implementation of the 2017 school improvement bond.

For an explanation of committee member roles, responsibilities and qualifications, please see the committee charter here.

Deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 23

Click here for link to application

Food Services

Important Information

School Lunch
Lunches served at LOSD offer delicious entrees, whole grain rich grain items, unlimited fresh fruits and vegetables, and milk. Students serve themselves from a fruit and veggie bar that has fresh salad greens, at least four types of vegetables and two types of fruit. Students are encouraged to choose fresh fruits and vegetables that are available with every school lunch.

We will be offering organic salad mix, organic baby carrots and organic whole apples along with more house made entrees and more items sensitive to dietary restrictions. Check out the menu at:

School Breakfast
Breakfast is served at all our schools. If morning meals are difficult for your family, let the School Breakfast Program help you out!

My School Bucks
All meal account balances roll over to the new school year. There is a secure online prepayment service to deposit money into your child’s school meal account at any time through a web site called


Free and reduced applications need to be submitted for the 2019-2020 school year. Apply for free and reduced school meal benefits at: or call 503-534-2361. Free and reduced school meal benefits include a breakfast meal and lunch meal. Extra items may be purchased.

Let’s Eat Together!


Register for the Bus Now!

School bus routes were set the first week in August!

Please complete the registration form with as much detail as possible. It will take about 3 minutes. This will help us create our routing schedule for the 2019-20 school year. Call the Transportation Department at 503-387-5078 with questions. Please note that this request does not guarantee transportation. Restrictions apply to students that are open enrolled or who live within the walk zone.

Bus Registration Deadline was August 1, 2019. Access the registration form here.

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Bus Routes Are Posted on District Website

Bus routes are determined by registered students. Bus routes have been posted on the district website. Because of late registrations, routes will change throughout the week. Please refer back to the website often. You can find bus route information here.

School Related Info

2019 School Start Dates and Start Times

To find out when your student starts school, please go here:

Online Verification Is Open

The District rolled out a new online verification process this summer. LOSD parents are invited to log into ParentVUE to review and update important information for their students for the 2019-20 school year. Find more information here: Online Verification closes September 20.

Parent/Guardian Survey Request: Professional Development Needs Assessment

Professional development for our staff is very important for the success of our students. Please take time to provide feedback to LOSD as we prepare to provide professional development opportunities for our staff during the 2019-2020 school year. Please take the survey here:

Thank you for your time!

Elementary Strings Registration Open

Elementary Strings registration is now open via Community Schools. Registration information can be found here:

Community Events & Info

Lake Oswego Police to Conduct School Zone Enforcement Detail

Date of Detail: Thursday, September 5, 2019

Time/Location: 7:55 a.m. – 9:15 a.m. at Lake Oswego HS/Lake Oswego Junior

LAKE OSWEGO – The Lake Oswego Police Department will be conducting a traffic safety detail to raise awareness of pedestrian issues in school zones related to speed. The goal is to increase safety in school zones and reduce the number of auto/pedestrian accidents within the City of Lake Oswego.

The grant funded enforcement detail will occur on Thursday, September 5, 2019, from 7:55 a.m. to 9:15 a.m. on Country Club Rd., adjacent to both Lake Oswego High School and Lake Oswego Junior High School. The 20-mph school zone in this area is marked with flashing yellow lights and enhanced school zone signage.

Failure to obey the posted school zone limit is a violation of Oregon Revised Statute 811.111 and can result in a citation with an enhanced fine of $325 or more.

For further information regarding this school zone enforcement detail, contact Lieutenant Clayton Simon of the Lake Oswego Police Department at (503) 635-0240.

Community School Changes for 2019-2020 School Year

Extended Day Programs

Extended Day programs will be located at both Lake Grove Elementary and Palisades Elementary.

Lake Grove Elementary is located at 15777 Boones Ferry Rd

Palisades Elementary is located at 1500 Greentree Ave

K-5 Enrichment Offerings

K-5 enrichment offerings will be offer ONLY at Palisades Elementary.

Transportation will be provided for Oak Creek, Forest Hills, and Lake Grove for offerings at Palisades Elementary.

K-5 Sport Enrichment Offerings

K-5 Sport enrichment offerings will be located at both Lake Grove Elementary and Palisades Elementary.

If you have any questions or need additional information, please contact the community school office at 503-534-2302.

Multi-City Equity Summit – Saturday, October 19

Save the Date: Multi-City Equity Summit

Saturday, October 19, 2019

8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Lake Oswego High School

The event is free and open to the public.

More information can be found here:

Lake Grove Swim Park Season Ends August 23

The end of the season for Lake Grove Swim Park is August 23.

Get Social: Follow, Share, Engage

LOSD has ramped up its social media presence. Please join us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram. @LOSD_Proud

Regular & Repeated Reminders


If parents are ever concerned about a student’s well-being, feel free to reach out to your principal. It is important to keep your lines of communication open and maintain strong partnerships 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 know that intentionally providing a false report is a serious offense.)

Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App

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What's New at Community School?

The LOSD Community School offers enrichment and athletic programs, and activities for students of all ages including robotics, STEM, arts, language, and theater.

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