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September 23, 2020

News from Lakeridge Middle School

Book Pickup

We are offering additional pickup days Thursday (9/24) or Friday (9/25) between 10am-2pm at our Palisades location. If you cannot attend this pick up window and need any of the hard copy materials listed below, please call the office to coordinate a make up time (503-534-2343).


  • 6th - 8th Grade Social studies textbooks
  • 7th Grade Language Arts novels, The Outsiders
  • The Grade Body Shop Health Curriculum for grades 6-8
  • 6th Grade Spanish Immersion materials


Please remember that while we await our new school building (opening later this fall), many of our physical library materials have been boxed and stored. At this time we are prioritizing only those essential hard-copy materials students need and appreciate everyone's flexibility in accessing available online versions of textbooks and other materials.

Construction Corner

Did you miss the PTO Meeting this evening? Watch for an update next week where we'll share a link to the recording. In the mean time, check out this virtual tour updating parents of our progress on the new building that Dr. Schultz shared during the meeting.

Oregon Battle of the Books

Oregon Battle of the Books sign ups are open! Find your team of 4 or 5 and complete the Google Form to register. Deadline: Nov. 1st. Start Reading!


6th to 8th Grade Division: Start Reading!

  • Amal Unbound by Aisha Saeed
  • Amina’s Voice by Hena Khan
  • Ghost Boys by Jewell Parker Rhodes
  • Greenglass House by Kate Milford
  • If I Ever Get Out of Here by Eric Gansworth
  • Mark of the Thief by Jennifer A. Nielsen
  • The Miscalculations of Lightning Girl by Stacy McAnulty
  • Moving Target by Christina Díaz González
  • New Kid by Jerry Craft
  • The Next Great Paulie Fink by Ali Benjamin
  • No Fixed Address by Susin Nielsen
  • Refugee by Alan Gratz
  • Sal and Gabi Break the Universe by Carlos Hernandez
  • Skulduggery Pleasant by Derek Landy
  • Squint by Chad Morris & Shelly Brown
  • Undefeated by Steve Sheinkin

School wide Instruction- Behavior Expectations

This week all students watched and discussed a presentation about our school wide behavior expectations during one of their classes. We are sharing that presentation with parents this week so you can be in the know about what we're asking of our learning community. Thanks for supporting and reinforcing these messages at home.

Distance Learning Attendance Info

All students are expected to be present for live interaction (through Zoom or Google Meet) at the beginning of each class period. If students are absent we will be calling and/or emailing to check in and problem-solve with families.

If your child(ren) will NOT be logging into class for one of the following reasons:

  • Illness
  • Appointment
  • Family Emergency
  • Planned Absence

please call (503-534-2343 option 1) or email (reckerc@loswego.k12.or.us) to let us know.


Homework Requests: Students are responsible to check StudentVUE on Synergy, Google Classrooms, or email a teacher directly to obtain homework for missed instruction time.


Planned Absences (for one or more days): At Lakeridge Junior High, we value student attendance and achievement. We appreciate your honest communication about your child's attendance and understand that sometimes it is unavoidable for students to miss school. Please notify the office when your student will be missing one or more days of school. Click here to notify LMS of a planned absence. Students should communicate with teachers.

School Advisory Committee Members Wanted

LOSD has positions open for two of our district and three of our school advisory committees (SAC). The Bond Accountability Committee (BAC) has two openings. The Talented And Gifted (TAG) Advisory Committee is seeking a representative from Oak Elementary, Lake Oswego High School and Lakeridge High School. Lakeridge Middle School SAC and Forest Hills and Hallinan Elementary SACs each have two-four openings. Committee members are appointed to serve two-year terms, 2020-2022.


Are you interested in one of these positions? Please complete and submit the attached application to the chair of the committee listed below by Tuesday, Sept. 22 at 4 p.m. Applications will be reviewed, and recommendations sent to the School Board for appointments.



All other board-appointed committees are complete at this time. The application process for the next term will open in February of 2021.

Office Hours

Our office at Palisades is typically staffed every weekday from 9AM-4PM. If you need to arrange pickup of unclaimed student materials, answers to a question, help connecting with the right resource or any other assistance you are welcome to call us at 503-534-2343.

Back to School Night- RESCHEDULED

Update your calendar for the new date of Back to School Night: October 6th at 6:30PM. More details and links to come as this annual parent night approaches.

Student Clubs & Activities

Student Clubs General Information

It is time again for our after school clubs to start. We hope to have several fun options for students to choose from. Research shows that kids who are involved and connected to school activities outside of class do better in class. In the past, our clubs have included Robotics, Arts & Crafts, Dungeons & Dragons, Queer Straight Alliance, Anime, Card Game Club, Jr. Thespians and more! If there isn't a club that matches a student's interest, they can start one by filling out our Club Application. Watch this space in the next few weeks as our returning clubs start up and as we add new ones. Encourage your child to choose a way to connect that's right for them!

District Information

Fee Waivers

Requests for resident fee waivers or fee reductions, except for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), will be processed using the attached form. Please complete the form and submit it to the department or school which collects the applicable fee or fees.

New for the 2020-2021 School Year FREE MEALS FOR ALL ENROLLED LOSD STUDENTS AND COMMUNITY AGES 1-18

USDA Extends Free Meals for Kids Through December 31, 2020
meal programs can continue operating as funding allows


Meal Pick Up Schedule


Lake Grove (Mon & Wed 11-12)

River Grove (Mon & Wed 11-12)

LOHS (Mon & Wed 11:45-12:45)

LHS (Mon & Wed 11:45-12:45)


Monday pick up includes breakfast and lunch for Monday and Tuesday. Wednesday pick up includes breakfast and lunch for Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday.


USDA’s Food and Nutrition Service (FNS) is extending a suite of USDA nationwide meal waivers through the end of 2020, or until available funding runs out. This includes:


  • Permitting meals to be served outside of the typically-required group settings and meal times;
  • Allowing parents and guardians to pick-up meals for their children at no cost.


Meals should be picked up at the school site located closest to your household. Face covering required. Information regarding meal services is changing rapidly. For the most up-to-date information, please visit https://www.losdschools.org/Page/141 If you have any questions, please contact the Food Service office at mcdowelj@loswego.k12.or.us or 503-534-2361.

PTO Updates

News from the Parent Teacher Organization

Watch this space next week for a video recap of tonight's PTO meeting! Read on for two important PTO announcements.

Invest in our Learning Community

Lakeridge Middle School families (returning and new), we want to let you know how much you are appreciated. These first few weeks of school have been challenging, yet you are making it work. We also are doing our best to provide support to our LMS students, teachers, and staff. Because of COVID restrictions, PTO operates a little differently this year, especially when it comes to fundraising and financial expenditures. PTO membership for LMS families is now automatic (no dues are required), but your donations support the evolving needs of Lakeridge Middle School. If you are able to make a donation to PTO this year, please consider a $100 gift or any amount that is meaningful to you. For a full overview of PTO and the LMS programs we typically support, please visit the PTO website. Questions? Please email PTO fundraising coordinator Sarah Howell.

Lakeridge Cares

Lakeridge Cares is a new volunteer PTO committee that partners with LMS counselors and district programs to provide assistance to LMS and LOSD families. Families can give and/or receive support through Lakeridge Cares, and typical donations might include:


  • grocery store gift cards
  • prepackaged and nut free snacks
  • food items for LO Hunger Fighters Food Pantry (www.hungerfightersoregon.org)
  • books
  • holiday gifts
  • clothing for ILLO (I Love Lake Oswego) clothing closet — ILLO is a student managed, donation-based clothing closet for students in LOSD and Lake Oswego (https://www.ilovelakeoswego.com)
  • emergency support


Please visit the PTO website to learn about Lakeridge Cares, how to donate, or to contact a LMS counselor. To volunteer for Lakeridge Cares, please sign up here or email PTO volunteer coordinator Kemi McLaren.

Connections and Supports