Westridge Wildcat News

April 15, 2022

Message from the Principal

Dear Westridge Community,

A few weeks ago I mentioned that we would start a school-wide focus on Bucket Filling after Spring Break. As a reminder and as explained in the book, Have you Filled a Bucket Today?, bucket filling is “...when you treat others with kindness and respect...”

Now that this initiative is underway, we have celebrated students this week for all types of Bucket Filling. This has included highlighting participation, respect, kindness, doing the right thing even when you think no one is watching, and listening to directions the first time. Over the weekend you might consider asking your child(ren) how they are filling buckets at home and at school!

With a full bucket,

Jules Laaperi



Save the Dates!

4/18-5/9 - OSAS Testing (details below)

4/21: 3rd Grade Musical 5:30pm

4/22: Earth Day Westridge Spring Clean Up 2:40-5:00pm

4/29: Yearbook photos are due

5/13: Carnival 5:00-8:00pm

5/27: No School (Grading day)

5/30: Memorial Day - No School

6/10: Last day of school - Early dismissal at 11:00am

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3rd Grade Musical!

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Opt out or Hold Covid Screening Kits:

LOSD is preparing for the last distribution of COVID-19 Student Screening testing supplies.

Please let us know if your student does not need any more supplies through the last collection day, Wednesday, Jun. 8.

  • If you are interested in un-enrolling your K-12 student in the program, click OPT OUT to complete the OPT OUT form.

  • If you are interested in your student continuing to participate in the program, but do not need any more supplies, click HOLD to complete the HOLD form.

No need to do anything if your student is planning to participate and needs to receive supplies in this last distribution.

Thank you.

Oregon State Assessments Testing Schedule: Grades 3-5

OSAS Schedule and Reminders

Oregon State Assessment will take place in April and May. Teachers will also be sending out information in their newsletters.

Prepare your student for testing by ensuring:

  • They are well rested
  • Have healthy breakfast, lunch and snack options
  • CHARGED chromebook
  • Encouragement - we believe in them!

If a student has a smartphone or watch, these will need to be kept in backpacks during testing as access to them creates an impropriety, per state assessment regulations.

OSAS Testing dates: Grades 3-5

  • Feb 24-March 10 - English Language Proficiency Assessment (ELPA)

  • Monday, April 18 - Friday, April 22 - Science (Grade 5 Only)

  • Monday, April 25 - Friday, April 29- English Language Arts Testing

  • Monday, May 2 - Friday, May 6 - Math

  • Monday, May 9 - Friday, May 20 - Make-ups

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.
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Asian Cultural Festival on April 16th!

Mark your calendars! All are invited to the Asian Cultural Festival being hosted by the Lake Oswego High School Asian American Student Union (AASU) on Saturday, Apr. 16, 12pm - 5pm at the high school. The festival will feature Asian culture through performances, free food samples, and over 15 different activities/exhibits including fashion exhibits, arts and crafts, and bollywood dancing with DJ Prashant.

There is free admission to the general event, but due to limited space in the auditorium, tickets are required to watch the performances. The show is from 2 pm to 3:30 pm and includes 10 acts. Performances include lion dancers, martial arts, traditional Asian instruments, cultural dance, and much more. To buy tickets or learn more about the event, please visit AsianFestivalLO.com.

LOSD families can get discounted tickets (only $3 each) with the promo code: LOSDSTUDENT

Volunteering at Westridge:

In order to volunteer, please make sure you have the following on record with the school:

  • Register with Raptor by bringing your photo ID into the office. (If you've registered in years prior, you do not need to do it again)

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.


Parents-guardians who have concerns about a student’s well-being are encouraged to reach out to their principal, and to maintain strong lines of communication and partnership 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 be aware that intentionally providing a false report is a serious offense.)

Contact information for the Westridge PTSO

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.