Westridge Wildcat News

September 17, 2021

Message from the Principal:

Greetings from Westridge!

We are so grateful to be back together. Each day we are truly living into our theme of Better Together. Students are collaborating, connecting, and growing. As I see students rushing eagerly into the building each morning, I am reminded of how important it is to keep our students learning and thriving together. Because of this we are diligently focused on keeping your children safe. We are opening windows, washing our hands, sanitizing, and distancing, all while learning new and amazing content. In addition, we thank you for doing your part to keep us all safe.


Jules Laaperi



Save the Dates!

September 23 - Early Release Thursday at 2 pm

September 23- PTSO General Meeting Via Zoom (link below) 7pm

September 25/26- Decorate the Town In Blue and Yellow (see information from the PTSO below)

September 30 - Early Release Thursday at 2 pm

October 4th: Back to School Night (more info coming soon!)

October 6- National Walk/Bike to School Day

October 8 - Professional Day - No School

October 14- Run, Walk and Roll with Rocky the Wildcat

October 20th: School Picture Day

October 21- School Wide Virtual SockHop

Action Items:

  • Change your child's "go home" plan accordingly in PikMyKid. THIS MUST BE DONE PRIOR TO 1PM. No changes are accepted on the PikMyKid app after 1pm.
  • "Announce" on PikMyKid when you are on campus if you're here to pick up your child as a walker or a car rider.
  • Ask your child to check the lost and found! We will have a table outside the front of the school occasionally for parents to check.

No Dogs on Campus:

Although we love our furry friends, due to safety and allergy concerns, there are no dogs allowed on campus.

Thank you for understanding.

Arrival and Dismissal Reminders:


  • To ensure everyone's safety, please do not arrive at Westridge prior to 8am as student supervision is not available. Our staff will be outside at 8am to welcome students and assist them out of vehicles, provide crosswalk supervision and greet buses. Students should remain in vehicles until a staff member is present.
  • If your child arrives to school after the tardy bell (8:20am) please have them go through the front door of the school and not the classroom exterior door. They will need to check in with the office before going to class.

  • PikMyKid will only let you make changes to your go home plan until 1pm. Changes that need to be made after 1pm will not be allowed unless it is a true emergency. (Please call the office if this is the case).

The Rain is Arriving at Westridge

Please make sure your student has proper clothes for recess.

Rain Coats and water resistant shoes are essential for all students.

Recess will still happen even in the rain. Students will be sent out as a complete class. For health and safety reasons students WILL NOT be able to remain inside. Under extreme weather conditions alternative arrangements will be made.

Along with rainy weather is colder weather. Windows will be kept open so please make sure your student is dressed appropriately for cooler classrooms.

In addition we will plan to eat outside, under cover, as often as possible.

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.

PTSO News:

Mark Your Calendars! We have lots of events coming in the next 30 days which means lots of information coming at you. Please check our social media accounts for the latest information on all of them. https://www.facebook.com/Westridgeparents OR https://www.instagram.com/westridge.ptso/?hl=en Follow these accounts as a lot of information will be posted here throughout the year.

September 23 @7pm PTSO General Meeting Please join us by ZOOM for the first meeting of the year. We will be laying out our budget for the year, our upcoming events, opportunities to get involved and a guest appearance from our Principal.


September 25/26- Decorate the Town In Blue and Yellow (see information below for details)

October 6- National Walk/Bike to School Day

October 14- Run, Walk and Roll with Rocky the Wildcat

October 21- School Wide Virtual SockHop

Decorate the Town in Blue and Yellow

This year back to school looks a bit different but that doesn't mean that we are not bursting with Wildcat pride! Help us celebrate back to school by decorating your door, fence, bushes, etc. with Wildcat spirit. This is a contest so make sure you submit a photo of your work!

Here is how it will work:

1. MASCOT! Flier came home today with Rocky the mascot on the back.

2. ADDRESS! Let us know that you plan to participate by submitting your address to the following link: https://forms.gle/XeG923nfLXUAspMp7.

3. DECORATE! Use the mascot, streamers, chalk, balloons. Get creative! It can be on your fence, door, driveway, tree etc. Have fun with it! Get your decorations out for viewing the weekend of September 25th and 26th.

4. WALK, DRIVE, ROLL! around all weekend checking out the Wildcat pride. Map of participating houses will be available.

5. SUBMIT! Send your photo of your creation to westridgeptso@gmail.com by evening Monday September 27th. Please only include a photo that you would approve for use on social media.

6. VOTE! Photos will be added to the Westridge Elementary PTSO Facebook page. Voting will take place from September 28th and close October 1st.

Let’s Decorate the Town!

COVID-19 Information:

If you would like information on COVID-19 and LOSD, please click here

i Ready:

This Fall, all students in Grades 1-8 will complete two online i-Ready assessments in class. One is for math and the other is for reading. i-Ready is a program that will help us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform and tailor instruction to accelerate growth. This is the first of three i-Ready assessments we give each year, and results will be shared with parents in October.

The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s skill level. Each item a student receives is based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier ones. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning.

In Lake Oswego, the Fall i-Ready window is open from September 7 to October 8.

ODE Annual Notice

The Oregon Department of Education publishes an annual notice regarding state assessments in English Language Arts and Math. Please review the Annual Notice for Statewide Tests for information regarding why participation matters, an explanation of the right to opt out, and test windows.


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.


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

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