Westridge Wildcat News

December 17, 2021

Message from the Principal

Dear Westridge Community,


Happy Winter Break! We just ended the week, the month, and the year strong with a wonderful winter sing along! It was fantastic to hear students’ voices come together to celebrate the season and enjoy our Westridge community. Please see the video below!


While we are excited for winter break, we are even more excited to welcome students back to school in 2022, because even in 2022, we are Better Together! We have so much to be thankful for this past fall and look forward to our continued collaboration and success this winter and spring. We wish you all a very happy holiday season and a wonderful winter break.


Warmly,


Jules Laaperi

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Principal

Happy Holidays from the Westridge Staff! See you in 2022!

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Save the Dates!

December 20-January 2nd: Winter Break (No School)

January 17: No School (Martin Luther King Day)

January 19: Kindergarten Registration opens ONLINE!

January 19: Kindergarten In -Person Open House

January 26: Palisades World Languages open house (in Person) for Kinder Spanish Immersion

January 28: No School (Grade Prep)

February 16: Immunization Exclusion day (see info below)

February 21: No School (President's day)

Westridge Holiday Sing-A-Long video!

Westridge Holiday Sing-A-Long Video

We had SO much fun singing with your children this afternoon. It was so nice to hear the voices fill the hallways and watch them dance to the music. Even Rocky the Wildcat made a special appearance! A special thanks to Mrs. McMahon who made this possible. Enjoy the video below!
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Welcoming Back Volunteers into Classrooms:

All of our schools are excited to welcome back volunteers into our classrooms beginning in January! Volunteers and special guests are an integral part of our learning community and we look forward to reconnecting through service and support.


To make sure we are able to continue successful in-person instruction, we plan to introduce volunteers gradually to allow us to monitor possible transmission, adjust practices, and provide time to verify district volunteer requirements. As a reminder, volunteering is at the discretion of the classroom teacher. Please connect with them to determine their needs.


Elementary schools will start with kindergarten class volunteers beginning the week of January 10, and add more groups and grade levels in the coming weeks. The Art Literacy committee is organizing materials to launch in February. Please contact your school's Parent Club President or Art Lit Coordinator if you are interested in volunteering -- the program can always use more helping hands!


Volunteers need to verify the following requirements before volunteering in schools:



Statement of Knowledge and Understanding - LOSD District Policies

All contractors, volunteers, and visitors must agree to follow District policies, the most important of which are summarized or referenced below:

  • No smoking or other uses of tobacco products, alcoholic beverages or other controlled substances on District property, including parking lots and fields.

  • No firearms, fire pits, indoor barbecues, candles, fog machines, balloons or fireworks may be used on School District property.

  • Park in designated parking areas only. Violators will be towed at the owner's expense.

What does our School Resource Officer Do?

In order to provide some clarity of the role and some of the responsibilities of our School Resource Officers, Officer Euscher and Officer Sheldon, please click here

Need to pick your child up early from school? We can help!

We understand that sometimes parents need to pick their children up early from school, especially with holidays and winter break coming up. In order to make sure that your teacher and the office are informed of your plans, please try your best to follow this protocol when you need to pick up your child:


  • Please email your child's' teacher and the office the day of, so that they know that the student will be leaving early.
  • When you're on your way to the school to pick up your child please call the office and let us know you're on your way. We will call down to the classroom and have your child start packing up. There is no need to let the office know via email days in advance.
  • Please come to the office to pick up your child. Do not go to the classroom door.


Thank you!


Office Phone number: 503-534-2371

Office email addressses: murphya@loswego.k12.or.us OR stewardj@loswego.k12.or.us

Immunization Exclusion Day:

February 16, 2022 is exclusion day for students that are not up to date with their required immunizations. If you have any questions about your child's immunizations, please contact Andrea Murphy at murphya@loswego.k12.or.us


For a list of required immunizations please visit our Nurses website here

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.

Oregon State Assessment Opt-Out Form

Every year, Oregon students take assessments to meet federal requirements. The purpose of these assessments is to provide data that schools can use to ensure each and every child is on track and achieving learning goals.

State law requires us to inform you that a form is available from the State Department of Education that allows you to opt your child out of the math and English Language Arts assessments for the current school year. Should you wish to opt out your child, fill out the form and submit it to the main office at your child’s school. Please note the submission deadlines listed on the form. Meeting the deadline will help the school with planning and preparation. If you wish your child not to participate in the science assessment for grades 5, 8, and 11, submit this request in writing to the principal of your child's school.

If you have questions or want more information about state assessments, please contact your child’s principal or teacher(s).

Click here for opt-out form for Math and English Language Arts.

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.