The Current

August 16, 2019

In this Message:

Superintendent's Blog

LOSD #1 District in Oregon – Niche

Communications Director Christine Moses to Leave District Position Mid-September

School Board Info

  • Board Meeting – August 19
  • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Committee Public Notice

Bond Info

  • Recruitment of Community Members for Bond Accountability Committee


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

School Related Info

  • Elementary School Summer Office Hours
  • School Start Dates and Start Times
  • Smart Start Welcome to the New Year
  • Online Verification Begins July 29 – September 20
  • Raptor Visitor Management System in Place for School Year
  • Parent/Guardian Survey to Guide Teacher Professional Development
  • Westridge Principal to Provide Literacy Support Across the District
  • Elementary Strings Registration Now Open
  • Annual Notice of State Assessments

Community Info

  • Lake Grove Swim Park Closes – August 23
  • Save the Date: Multi-City Equity Summit – October 19
  • Get Social

Regular & Repeated Reminders

  • SafeOregon
  • Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App
  • What's New at Community School?

Superintendent's New School Year Message

The Superintendent's blog can be found here. Dr. de la Cruz will be posting monthly to purposefully engage and inform parents and community members about various initiatives happening in our schools and district.

LOSD #1 School District in Oregon – Niche Ranking

Niche just released its 2020 Best Schools in America Rankings and Grades. For the third year in a row, LOSD ranks first in Oregon. Congratulations to our students, staff and parents for our shared success. You can find more information here.

District Communications Director Christine Moses to Leave Position Mid-September

LOSD's communications director Christine Moses will be leaving her post in mid-September. She will be focusing on diversity, equity, and inclusion work through her own company.

"Christine has done an exemplary job as LOSD's communications director that last two years," said Superintendent Lora de la Cruz. "She is following her heart in pursuing equity work. We will miss her and I wish her well."

The communications position will be posted as quickly as possible to ensure a smooth transition.

School Board Info

School Board Meeting – Monday, August 19

Lake Oswego Administration Building

August 19, 2019

Live streaming and archived video of School Board meetings are available at

I. SCHOOL BOARD – REGULAR SESSION – (Immediately following CRB appx. 6:00 p.m.)


The Board of Education values public input. The Board will actively listen to public comments, but will not engage in dialogue or respond to any comments or questions during public testimony. Guidelines for public input emphasize respect and consideration of others. Individuals will not be permitted to engage in conduct that interferes with the ability of other members of the public to offer comment to the Board or interferes with the ability of the Board to conduct its business.


4.1 Human Resources Report (Action) Dr. Atherton

4.2 Approval of Minutes (Action) Chair Wagner
• July 15, 2019 – Executive Session/Regular Session

4.3 Special Services Parent Advisory Committee Appointments (Action) Mr. Tomblin




6.1 Bond Advisory Committee Update (Info) Mr. Vandenberg

6.2 DEI Advisory Committee Charter Discussion (Info) Mr. Salerno Owens

6.3 Other Business (Info) Chair Wagner


The Lake Oswego School District’s mission is to be an inclusive and safe learning community with challenging opportunities that develop lifelong learners and contributing world citizens.

Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Committee – Public Notice

What: Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Advisory Committee Meeting

Date: Tuesday, August 20, 2019

Time: 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Location: Lake Oswego School District, Boardroom

2455 Country Club Rd, Lake Oswego, OR 97034


6:00-6:05 1. Welcome/Introductions/Selection of Timekeeper/Review of Agenda

6:05-6:10 2. Approval of July 25, 2019 Meeting Minutes

6:10-6:20 3. Announcement of Tri-Chair Voting Results

6:20-6:40 4. Conversation with Superintendent Lora de la Cruz

6:40-7:05 5. Update on DEIAC Charter from 04/19/19 Board Meeting

7:05-7:55 6. Subcommittee Progress and 2019-2020 Work

7:55-8:00 7. Closing & Adjourn

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


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

Nearly 1,500 students have not registered for the bus. 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

Elementary School Summer Office Hours

June 12 through August 21

Wednesdays: 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Regular office hours will resume on August 26.

2019 School Start Dates and Start Times

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

Welcome to the New School Year – Smart Start

We are so excited to welcome your student back to school in just a few days! It is important to us that your student with an IEP or 504 has a smooth transition into the school year. The district has partnered with the Student Services Parent Advisory Committee (SSPAC) to create a Smart Start Checklist. The Smart Start Checklist can be found here and contains important dates and information you will need to help your student prepare for the new school year.

On August 22, students with an IEP or 504 are personally invited to attend a Pre-First-Day Smart Start visit. This visit is a great opportunity for your student to meet their teachers and share with their teachers about how they would best be supported in their class. We have attached worksheets that your student may find helpful as they prepare for their Smart Start visit. Each school will let you know exactly when they will host the Pre-First-Day Smart Start visit.

Student Services Parent Advisory Committee (SSPAC) also wants you and your student to feel welcomed and supported at our school. More information can be found here.

Back-to-School Introduction Letters For Smart Start Visits

This is a helpful link to the Understood website where you can download Back-to-School introduction letters: Introduction Letter Templates for Smart Start Visits. These letters can help students and parents guide the conversation with teachers so that they get to know their students with IEPs and/or 504s during the scheduled Smart Start visits (Smart Start Checklist 2019-2020).

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.

Raptor Visitor Management System in Place for School Year

As part of the district's ongoing security efforts, the Raptor Visitor Management System will be rolled out this year. The system uses a person's drivers license to check the sex offender registry database. Please stop by your school this summer, on Wednesday mornings, to have your information input into the system. You can find more information here:

Westridge Principal to Provide Literacy Support Across the District

Westridge Elementary Principal Kari Montgomery will increase her support district-wide as coordinator of elementary literacy and assessment. By spending part of her time collaboratively assisting in refining the district's literacy plan and supporting literacy initiatives, she will be a resource for literacy specialists/coaches and teachers across the district with implementation. Ms. Montgomery will continue as principal of Westridge and will have former RTI Coordinator Ryann Furrer in the role of Dean of Students to support Westridge Elementary when Ms. Montgomery is collaborating across the district.

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:

Annual Notice of State Assessments

The Oregon Department of Education publishes an annual notice regarding state tests 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, testing windows, and other resources.

Community Events & Info

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.)

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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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