Westridge Wildcat News

October 30, 2020

Message from the Principal

Hello Wildcat Families,


We sure enjoyed seeing how our Wildcats had fun as they participated in our virtual Spirit Week! You will see many fun pictures shared below.


Next week we have our virtual parent/teacher conferences. Teachers will be sharing information with you regarding your child's progress, listen to any concerns you may have, answer questions and also share your Wildcat's family report from the i-Ready assessment students took this fall. We are excited to connect with you during this scheduled time.


Enjoy a beautiful fall weekend!

Principal Montgomery

Parent Support - Distance Learning Survival Skills

Dear Westridge Parents and Guardians,


Thank you for joining our first Parent Support Meeting - Distance Learning Survival Skills workshop. Mr. Kieser and Mrs. Bates covered practical strategies to structure learning at home and navigate some of the frustrations that come with it.


For those who could not attend, we have included the recording below.


Mr. Kieser

Distance Learning Parent Night Video Recording

Coffee & Connection

In honor and observance of the Veteran's Day holiday, our next coffee will be offered on Wednesday, November 18th from 9:00am - 9:30am. This is an informal time to just connect, ask questions, and learn together as we go through the school year. This next session, join myself and Mrs. Bates, our RTI Coordinator through the link below. Bring a cup of coffee, or just call in and let's connect!


Join Zoom Meeting

ID: 89488956670
Password: 537256


‪(US) +1 929-205-6099‬

Passcode: 537256

Virtual PTSO General Meeting:


Please join us Monday, November 2, 6:00 - 7:00 p.m. for our next virtual PTSO General Meeting!


JOIN WITH ZOOM:

https://zoom.us/join

Meeting ID: 814 3389 0275

Passcode: 802468


AGENDA:

  • Principal's Update
  • PTSO executive board member recruitment
  • Treasurer Update
  • Fundraising: online donation link, Amazon Smile, Minted.com
  • 5th Grade fundraiser
  • Online Scholastic Book Fair
  • Open Discussion
  • Next Meeting Announcement


Did you miss our last meeting? If so and you'd like to get caught up, please see our meeting minutes posted here: https://www.losdschools.org/domain/110.


* Future meetings tentatively planned to be held the first Monday evening of each month. Dates are subject to change, so please be on the look out for future communications.

Support Westridge Through Amazon Smile

As the holiday shopping season begins, please remember that supporting Westridge is easy with the AmazonSmile app! With every eligible purchase, AmazonSmile donates 0.5% to the school - same products, same prices, no cost to you! As every dollar helps benefit our teachers and students, please make sure you go to your account settings and select Westridge Elementary School PTSO as your charity of choice!

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4th Grade Mystery Science Kits: Pick up at Palisades School:

All 4th grade students will need to pick up a Mystery Science Kit on TUESDAY NOVEMBER 3rd between the hours of 3pm- 6pm.

Drive through pick up will be held at PALISADES SCHOOL (1500 Greentree Ave, Lake Oswego).

All LOSD 4th graders will need a kit. There is NO COST for these kits.

Please contact Bryan Toye at toyeb@loswego.k12.or.us with questions.

Westridge Elementary Fall Scholastic ONLINE Book Fair!

November 6th - 19th

Please feel free to share this link with family and friends:

https://www.scholastic.com/bf/westridgeelementaryschool6

5th Grade Annual Wreath Fundraiser

New this year: Soup Collection to benefit Oregon Food Bank


All Grades Encouraged to Participate!


WHO: The 5th grade class invites our Westridge Community and beyond including neighbors, grandparents, family, and friends. Don’t forget that we can ship anywhere in the continental USA!

WHAT: Holiday Wreath and Greenery Sale. Don’t need a wreath or want to do both? Consider making a Soup Donation benefiting the Oregon Food Bank.

WHERE: All wreath and soup orders will be accepted online. Wreaths will be staged/picked up at a 5th grader’s house locally near Westridge. Soups will be sent directly to the Oregon Food Bank.

WHEN: Order now through Nov. 13th! Wreath pick up will be Dec 2nd.

HOW: Click on the links below. Order now! A PayPal invoice will be emailed to you. Open the PayPal link to pay. If you do not have PayPal it will allow you to pay as a guest.

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Questions and Answers about the 5th Grade Fundraiser

Q: Where does the Money go?

A: Every 5th grade class is responsible for raising money to support their 5th grade Celebration event at the end of the year.

Q: Why did you add “Soup Collection” to the “Wreath Sale” this year?

A: Every year, the 5th grade class “usually” takes a field trip to the Oregon Food Bank to help package food baskets for people in need. Instead of missing out on the opportunity to help our friends at the OFB we figured out a way to help while maintaining proper social distance.

Q: How is the quality of the wreaths?

A: You will not find a better wreath! Wreaths are local from Teufel Farms in Portland and have been in business for 130 years!

Q: I am in! How can I order a wreath and donate some soup?

A: View/Order Wreaths and Greenery: tinyurl.com/FifthGradeWreathSale

To Donate Soup, view the Wildcat video, and learn more about this new fundraiser:

https://soul-warming-fundraising.myshopify.com/products/westridgeoregon97034

LOHS Black Student Union Mentorship Program:

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Tutoring Through Lakeridge High School Interact Available

Lakeridge High School Interact, a Rotary sponsored service club run by Lakeridge students, is offering elementary school tutoring.


We know there are always some students who struggle with classwork, so we would like to provide our assistance. We are offering free virtual tutoring sessions for elementary students grades 2-5. This includes help with homework, study tips, and general questions. The sessions will take place Tuesdays after school (4pm-6pm) on zoom from October 20th through the end of November. If you are interested, please fill out the attached form and a club member will contact you with more information. Any questions can be directed to the Interact Club email: lointeractclub@gmail.com


Tutoring Session Form: https://forms.gle/EZCKFpBYWF2Nq8Hm9

Student Spotlight

Inspired by the book, The Little Old Lady Who Wasn't Afraid of Anything - kindergarten student Lyon Hosono from Mrs. Houska's class creates his own version of the popular story.
Shadow Puppet Story

Wildcat Costumes fun for Virtual Spirit Week!

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Lakeridge High School Drive Thru Halloween "Night": Postponed

It has come to the school's attention that a Lakeridge student has recently tested positive for COVID-19. Although this individual only had limited contact with a small number of our volunteers, those few who were potentially at risk are now getting tested.

Lakeridge High School is taking serious precautions to prevent the spread of COVID-19, for we value the health of our community above all else. It is for this reason that we have made the difficult decision to postpone the drive-thru event until November. We hope that this postponement will grant us time to ensure that the drive-thru will be as safe as possible.

Tech Support:

Tech Information Sessions

LOSD hosted two Tech Information Sessions covering the “how tos'' for getting started with distance learning. The session recordings and presentations are posted on the district site under Resources/Tech Support for Families.


Tech Support Ticket

A majority of tech concerns can be resolved by submitting a Tech Support ticket -- the link is on all school and district homepages for easy access to help with passwords, log-ins, hardware fixes, etc.


Google Classroom Guardianship

By now all parents and guardians should have received an email requesting you to accept guardianship of your student's Google Classroom. If you need assistance with this request, please submit a request through the Tech Support button. Note: accepting guardianship simply gives you the option of selecting how often you would like to receive summaries (weekly, daily, or no summary) of your student's Google Classroom activity. Only student accounts have access to Google Classroom.

ODE State Assessment 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, testing windows, and other resources.
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