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LOSD News • June 3, 2022

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

Congratulations 2022 Graduates

Celebrating Pride Month

National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Extended Care Update

Champions STEAM Champ Camp

School Board Meeting

You're Invited: Farewell to River Grove

Last and First Days of School Schedule

Save the Date: Smart Start 2022

Please Stay Home When Sick

Swim Lessons at Lake Grove Swim Park

LOSD COVID-19 Information:

  • Vaccine Mandate For Adults During School Day
  • Community Level: Medium
  • Mitigating the Spread of COVID-19
  • OHA COVID-19 Exclusion Guidance
  • LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard

State Assessment Score Reports

Time to Verify Your Student's Information

Community:

  • Respond to Racism Presents: Native Children and the legacy of Residential Schools in Oregon

  • You're Invited: Amateur Radio Field Day

  • Hunger Fighters is Moving

  • The Library Rover: Pop Up Services

  • LO Library Summer Reading Program

Regular Reminders:
  • What's New at Community School
  • Clothing Closet
  • Safe Oregon
  • Get Social with LOSD

Message from the Superintendent

Graduation is a special time to celebrate our students reaching the pinnacle of their education in our schools. We are very proud of the Lake Oswego and Lakeridge graduates for all that they have accomplished, who they have become, and what they have to look forward to.


A lot of hard work led to this joyful occasion. The Class of 2022 experienced high school much differently than how anyone could have expected. They endured, bonded, and persevered. These graduates deserve to be recognized for reaching this significant milestone. Congratulations!

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Celebrating Pride Month

Pride Month is celebrated throughout the month of June, including at our schools. Affirming our lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer and/or questioning, intersex, asexual, two-spirit, and countless affirmative ways (LGBTQIA2S+) by showing respect, freedom, tolerance, equality, and pride is one way we demonstrate how we value inclusivity. Students in schools that support LGBTQIA2S+ inclusivity are less likely to feel unsafe because of their identity.


In LOSD, we strive to create a culture of belonging that inspires all of our students to be critical thinkers who contribute positively to our complex world. Let's join in celebrating Pride Month.

National Gun Violence Awareness Day

Today is National Gun Violence Awareness Day and many in our learning community are wearing orange to show support for life-saving gun safety measures and safe and protected schools. Ongoing gun violence in our country has brought poignant attention to the day, which is recognized every first Friday of June.


LOSD was one of the first school districts in Oregon to pass Policy KGBB banning firearms on school grounds, and has partnered with Be Smart to promote safe firearm storage.

Extended Care Update

We are pleased to announce that our elementary schools will be providing extended care services next school year. Last week, each elementary principal assembled a committee consisting of parents and staff members to evaluate proposals from district-approved third-party childcare providers. Next week, families will be able to register directly with their neighborhood school’s child care provider. Six of the seven schools selected Champions, and one selected Camp Fire Columbia (Forest Hills). We are excited to partner with Champions and Camp Fire Columbia to better meet the demand for child care across our community.


Champions and Camp Fire Columbia are building their enrollment landing pages, which should be ready next week. Stay tuned for more information.

Champions STEAM Champ Camp

Beginning July 5 and throughout the summer, Lake Grove will be hosting the Champions STEAM Champ Camp from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Kids will team up with friends to solve head-scratching problems and complete spy-worthy quests that stretch their understanding of different people and places. Campers will also practice STEAM skills through hands-on activities, create inspiring art and discover new things about themselves and the world around them. The weekly registration fee is $75 per child. For more information and other summer programming visit the Community School website and STEAM camp registration.

School Board Meeting

Monday, June 6

Executive Session: 5:00 p.m.

Public Hearing: 6:00 p.m.

Contract Review: immediately following public hearing, approx. 6:10 p.m.

Regular Session: immediately following CRB, approx.approximately 6:20 p.m.

Click here for the agenda posted on district website

Administrative Building Boardroom


The Lake Oswego School Board meetings are being held in person and are open to the public. In-person attendance is limited to those who occupy available seating first and observe meeting guidelines for conduct. Doors will open approximately 15 minutes prior to the start of the public session. All may observe the public session remotely by clicking here.


Board members take both written and in-person testimony. Click here for instructions for members of the public who wish to provide in-person testimony. Submit an email to the Board Secretary kelli.cranston@loswego.k12.or.us by 12 p.m. day of the meeting. IMPORTANT: Type “In-Person Testimony” in subject line.

You're Invited: Farewell to River Grove

Before construction begins for the reimagined school, LOSD is hosting an open house at River Grove. All current and past River Grove learning community members and residents are welcome to give a fond farewell to the building.


Wednesday, June 8

4:30-6:30 p.m.

River Grove Elementary

Set Up Meal Accounts for 2022-23 School Year

It has been a pleasure serving all of our students' meals this school year. Our universal free meals waiver with USDA expires on June 30, 2022. That means starting in August 2022, LOSD will be serving meals under the free/reduced/paid categories. Additional information on how to set up a school meal account and free/reduced meal applications can be found on under Nutrition Services on the district website.

Last and First Days of School Schedule

June 10 is the last day of school for students in grades K-11. It is an early dismissal schedule.

  • Early dismissals for elementaries is 11:00 a.m.
  • Early dismissals for middle schools is 12:00 p.m.
  • Early dismissals for high schools is 12:50 p.m.

First days of 2022-23 School Year

Aug. 29: first day for students in grades 1-5, 6 and 9.

Aug. 30: first day for students in grades 7-8 and 10-12.
Sept. 1: first day for all kindergarteners


Aug. 29-31 is kindergarten orientation. Kindergartners will be invited to an orientation at their new schools one of those three days. Parents/guardians can expect an invitation from their principal by the week of Aug. 22 regarding their student's orientation day.

Save the Date: Smart Start 2022

Smart Start is an opportunity specifically for our students with 504s and IEPs, and their parents and guardians, to make introductions, connect with their teachers, and feel prepared and welcomed for the start of school. For the 2022-23 School Year, Smart Start will be held in-person at each LOSD school, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022, 1-3 p.m. More information about Smart Start is available on the district website.

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Vaccine Mandate For Adults During School Day

The state mandates that all adults in schools during the school day be fully vaccinated. School districts may grant exemptions. Three percent of LOSD employees have exemptions; LOSD requires people with exemptions test weekly testing, which we can administer with fidelity for this small group. At this time, we do not have the capacity to track weekly tests for volunteers and guests.


We are making an exception for the one-time, end-of-year ceremonies and accepting exemption requests for unvaccinated adults to attend their child’s ceremony, such as the 5th grade celebration.

Community Level: Medium

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looks at the combination of three metrics — new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population in the past 7 days, the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past 7 days — to determine the COVID-19 community levels. Using this data, the COVID-19 community level is classified as low, medium, or high. Clackamas County is currently in medium (yellow). Click here to follow the CDC COVID-19 Data Tracker Weekly Review.

Mitigating the Spread of COVID-19

The combined burden of COVID-19, flu, and other respiratory viruses co-occuring in communities means schools need to continue being vigilant about health and safety. Masks are recommended. LOSD is monitoring COVID-19 transmission and unusual absenteeism or illness within cohorts; offering free testing for students and staff; and excluding from school, as required by the state, individuals who have COVID-19 like symptoms.


Families are asked to help mitigate the spread:

  1. If your child is sick with COVID-like symptoms, do not send them to school.

  2. Seek a COVID-19 test. Obtain free Covid-19 at-home test kits at Covidtests.gov.

  3. Notify your school nurse

  4. Vaccination remains the best protection against serious illness from COVID-19 and reduces spread of the disease. Get Vaccinated Oregon.

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LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard

The LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard is up to date. The dashboard shows the number of staff and students who have reported to LOSD testing positive for COVID-19, regardless of school exposure.

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Time to Verify Your Student's Information

Parents/guardians of all students enrolled for the 2022-23 school year need to review/update your students' information. Log into ParentVUE and access the Register/Verify tab.


If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, go to the login page, click "I am a Parent," then click "Forgot Password." If you are unsure whether you have a ParentVUE account, contact your student's school. For assistance with the verification process, refer to the user guide on the LOSD website or contact your student's school.
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Respond to Racism Presents: Native Children and the legacy of Residential Schools in Oregon

All are invited to the Respond to Racism online community meeting with presenter is Eva Guggemos, Associate Professor at Pacific University in Oregon, discussing Native Children and the legacy of Residential Schools in Oregon.


Monday, Jun. 6

6:30 p.m.

Register Today


This talk will discuss how and why one of the first residential schools in the nation was founded here in Oregon; what daily life was like for its students; work that is being done to document deaths and burials at the school; and how we can confront the residential school system's legacy of trauma.

You're Invited: Amateur Radio Field Day

All are invited to the American Radio Relay League (ARRL) and Lake Oswego Amateur Radio Emergency Service (LO ARES) annual Field Day at the Lakeridge High School east parking lot on Saturday, June 25, 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m.


In this annual nationwide event, amateur radio operators (hams) join more than 40,000 of their colleagues throughout North America to test their skills and introduce emergency communications to the public.


Field Day encourages hams to operate outdoors, contacting their counterparts across the country while using temporary antennas and alternate sources of power, such as portable generators, batteries or solar panels.


Lake Oswego ARES backs up the LO Fire Department’s communication system when called upon. During an earthquake, ice storm, or other disaster, it’s likely that electrical power, cellular service and normal communications may fail or become severely overloaded. “When all else fails,” LO ARES will be there to help.


Come and meet the amateur radio operators of the Lake Oswego ARES team, and learn about the many ways they are trained to assist Lake Oswego in the event of emergency. If you’re curious about amateur radio, interested in becoming a licensed amateur radio operator, or want to become a member of Lake Oswego ARES, this event will serve as a great introduction to the hobby.



More information about Lake Oswego ARES is available at www.LOARES.ORG.

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LO Library Summer Reading Program

The Summer Library Challenge “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” is the Lake Oswego Public Library’s 2022 summer reading, learning and exploration program for ALL ages and abilities. It will take place beginning June 1 and ending August 31. Sign up online at lopl.org/summer to track your summer reading, complete outdoor challenges and enter your scavenger hunt finds.


The Lake Oswego Public Library is located at 706 Fourth Street, Lake Oswego. For more information, contact the Children’s desk at 503-697-6580 or visit the Lake Oswego Library website.

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What's New at Community School?

The LOSD Community School is offering virtual enrichment programs and activities for students of all ages including culinary, STEM, arts, language, and athletics.


Check out this week's edition.

SafeOregon

Parents-guardians who have concerns about a student’s well-being are encouraged to reach out to their principal, and to maintain strong lines of communication and partnership 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.


https://www.safeoregon.com/

(Students should also be aware that intentionally providing a false report is a serious offense.)

Get Social: Follow, Share, Engage

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

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