Westridge Wildcat News

December 13, 2019

In This Edition

  • Important Dates
  • Message from the Principal
  • School News
  • Office Information
  • PTSO News
  • District News

Important Dates:

  • No School: Winter Break December 23rd-January 3rd
  • No School: January 20th (Martin Luther King Jr. Day)
  • Kindergarten Information Night January 22nd 6pm-7pm (Westridge Library)
  • No School: January 24th: (Grade Prep day)

Message from the Principal:

Dear Wildcat Families,

Westridge is committed to student’s academic achievement, health, social and emotional well-being. It is important for students to be at school each day. Each minute of the school day provides opportunity for learning, and it is noticeable when students miss class time. Regular attendance and being on time is essential to successful school performance. Frequent absences and tardiness impact your child’s learning opportunities. We look forward to your student arriving on time and attending school every day. We do realize this is the season for illnesses and on certain occasions students will have a necessary and excused tardy or absence. We are committed to supporting your child, if there are additional ways we can support to help improve regular and on time attendance, please reach out to your child's teacher, RTI Coordinator Lindsay Kopacek, or the front office staff.


Principal Montgomery

School News:

Congratulations to Elizabeth Roberts for winning First Place at the National Geographic Bee!

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Getting to know your Westridge Staff:

Each week we will interview a team on our staff. This week, we met up with our office staff, Andrea Murphy and Jodi Steward and also Principal Montgomery!

Andrea Murphy:

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: I grew up in Portland, Oregon

Q: Where did you go to college?

A: I got my BS at Oregon State University

Q: Did you go on any trips this summer? If so- where?

A: Yes, I did a lot of hiking in Sun Valley and Sunriver.

List some fun facts about yourself:

  • I love to walk, run, swim, ski and play tennis.
  • I'm half German and half Swedish.
  • I was in a few bodybuilding contests and triathlons a long time ago!

Jodi Steward:

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: I was born in Missoula, Montana but grew up in Springfield, Oregon

Q: Where did you go to college?

A: Southern Oregon University in Ashland, Oregon

Q: Did you go on any trips this summer? If so- where?

A: I surprised my husband with a trip to Ireland this summer to celebrate his 40th birthday. He had no idea where we were going until we got to the departure gate at JFK.

List some fun facts about yourself:

  • I played Midfield on the first ever women's soccer team at Southern Oregon University.
  • I played roller derby for 5 years.
  • I am a womens gymnastics judge (and former gymnast!)
  • I love to surf! (Yes, in Oregon!)
  • I've climbed Mt. St. Helens twice (both times with my mom!)

Kari Montgomery:

Q: Where did you grow up?

A: Edmonton, Alberta Canada

Q: Where did you go to college

A. I received my Bachelor of Education at University of Alberta and Masters at Concordia University

Q: Did you go on any trips this summer? If so- where?

A. I was busy overseeing the construction at Westridge so I stayed close to home this summer.

List some fun facts about yourself:

  • I played snare drums in a marching band for many years
  • I have taught in 4 different countries (Thailand, Columbia, Canada and the US)
  • When I was 16 I won the Miss Teen Edmonton pageant and went on to compete in Miss Teen Canada.

Office Information:

Lost and Found: Do you recognize any items?

The Lost and Found is OVERFLOWING with coats, sweatshirts, hats and other random items! Please come check the Lost and Found before items get donated over Winter Break.

New cut off time for change of "go home" plan or bus passes:

If you need to change your child(ren)'s go-home plans or have a bus pass issued by the office, please let the office and teacher know via email by Noon. You can also call in to the office by Noon. If you have last-minute emergency changes, please call into the office instead of emailing. Thank you

Reporting Absences

If your child is going to be out of school or tardy to school due to travel, illness, or appointments please make sure to email your classroom teacher AND Andrea Murphy at murphya@loswego.k12.or.us

PTSO News!

Cookie Exchange donations needed!

The PTSO Hospitality Team is requesting cookie donations for next week's Holiday Cookie Exchange! Please click on the link provided to volunteer to donate 1-2 dozen of your favorite cookies (homemade or store bought) for the Westridge Teachers and Staff to enjoy and take home! Cookie donations should be dropped off before noon on Thursday, December 19th. This was a big hit among teachers and staff last year; let's make this year even bigger!


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Student Directory!

The student directory has gone green! Go to westridgeptso.membershiptoolkit.com to verify or add your family's information. Once your information is updated, download the membership toolkit app. This is the spot to find parent emails, class lists for parties, the PTSO newsletter and calendar.

Watch the PTSO newsletter this Sunday for details on upcoming teacher sign up parties and a holiday cookie exchange for our fabulous Westridge teachers and staff.

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Amazon Smile

With the holidays right around the corner we know many of you will be buying gifts for all of the people on your list. Shop at smile.amazon.com and select Westridge Elementary School PTSO as your charitable beneficiary and we will receive a portion of your purchase. You can shop and support the Westridge PTSO at the same time! Thanks for your support!

District News:

Making Sure You Receive Important District News

The Lake Oswego School District newsletter The Current is emailed to all families every Friday afternoon. It contains important district-wide news and information. As of this November, it is now coming to you from LOSD's new director of communications, Mary Kay Larson, mary.kay.larson@loswego.k12.or.us.

Because Mary Kay is a new sender, the newsletter message is going straight to many people's Spam folders. To recover the message and start receiving it directly in your in-box, please follow these steps:

  1. Go to your Spam folder.
  2. Find the message to move out of Spam.
  3. Click on “not spam” and the message will move to your in-box

Please note, in Spam, the newsletter formatting is compressed as a way of protecting your system from potentially unsafe content. Moving the message out of Spam will open up the newsletter in full view.

After moving the message out of your Spam folder once (maybe twice), your system should start accepting the newsletter directly into your in-box.

Thank you!

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Lake Oswego School District App:

Stay connected to the district and your school by subscribing to the Lake Oswego School District app! Click here to stay updated on information all around the district and receive urgent notifications.
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Safe Oregon

The Oregon State Police is pleased to announce the availability of SafeOregon, a new school safety tip line program available to all public k-12 schools in Oregon. SafeOregon is a way for students, staff, or other members of the public to anonymously report and share confidential information of a threat or a potential threat to student safety. Trained staff are available 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year reached through a phone call, text message, mobile application or website. The main goal of SafeOregon is to intervene at the earliest possible point in the life of a young person who is struggling, helping them when they need it, before the situation turns into a tragedy.

SafeOregon is designed to encourage Oregon students to share and respond to anything that threatens their safety or the safety of others, anything that makes a student feel unsafe, or if a student knows someone who feels unsafe. Here are a few examples: safety threats, violence, threats of violence, fights, drugs, alcohol, weapons, bullying or friends that talk about hurting themselves, harassment, intimidation, cyber bullying, or self-harm.

Tips can be submitted 24/7/365 through the SafeOregon.com web portal, by email to tip@safeoregon.com through the SafeOregon mobile application (available for android or ios device), or by calling or texting 844-472-3364. Tips are promptly analyzed and routed for the most appropriate follow up and urgency. This may be to school officials, law enforcement, community mental health programs, or other appropriate local or state agencies. Tip Line staff make sure follow-up is noted.

For more information, please visit safeoregon.com.

Additionally, it is a violation of ORS165.570 to improperly use the SafeOregon system.

Westridge Elementary

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.