Lakeridge Middle School's weekly newsletter.
March 15th, 2023
YouthTruth Survey CLOSING SOON! Make sure your voice is heard!
YouthTruth family surveys are open. Please take the survey before it closes at midnight on March 24 by clicking this link: ytsurvey.org/losdfamily23
All LMS Students will be surveyed during advisory on Monday, March 20th. If you do not wish for your child to participate in the YouthTruth Survey, please let us know by completing this form no later than Friday, March 17th.
The survey needs to be completed in one sitting; about 15 minutes to complete.
We ask that one member of each household fill out the survey.
If you have more than one child who attends the same school, you may respond to the survey multiple times - one time per child.
If you write any comments, please do not include your name or anything else that might identify you. Your responses are anonymous, and they will be combined with the responses of other parents and guardians before being shared back with school and district leadership.
If you have any questions about the survey, or our plans for how we will use your feedback, please contact Dr. Schultz. We sincerely thank you for taking the time to provide your feedback. Your response is incredibly valuable to us.
Student shout-out time!
Last month you may remember that OBOB team T-BOL became LMS’s school champs, and now they are also our regional champs! On Saturday, March 4, T-BOL competed against 21 other teams from the Portland metropolitan area to claim victory and earn a spot at the state OBOB tournament in April. Way to go!!
Sydney Nguyen, Enid Rittman, Keelyn Kriwanek, Mason Sackett (not pictured: Ian van Asselt)
Speech and Debate News
On Saturday, March 11, six intrepid LMS students competed against 73 other middle schoolers from the region in the Thammana Middle School Speech and Debate Tournament. Justin Zou placed FIRST in Public Forum, debating whether or not the United States should enforce a maximum age limit for elected government officials. Justin and Kaede Jones also ranked highly in Radio Commentary. Congratulations to these students!
Back row: Anna Pelletier (high school coach), Justin Zou, Kaede Jones, Isabelle Wilson, Adrian Jones. Front row: Everest Gao, Hannah Ibser, Ms. Cochran
Spelling Bee Update
Remember how last month Iris Vanderlip became the LMS school Spelling Bee champion? Since then, she competed against all other regional school winners on an online test and secured one of ten spots for the regional oral Spelling Bee that will occur this Saturday! The winner of Saturday’s competition goes to the National Scripps Spelling Bee. We are all rooting for you, Iris!
Advisory Committee Applications Due Soon
We need you! Please consider applying for our school or district advisory committee for terms starting next school year. There is one application for all committees; in the form mark the committee that is of interest to you. Only committees with vacancies -- School Advisory Committees (SAC) and Long Range Facility Planning (LRFP) -- are listed in the application for this period. See the charters posted on the School Board Advisory Committees web page for more information about each committee.
Applications are due Friday, April 7 at 5 p.m. Recommendations and selections will be made in April. All applicants will be notified by May 1.
Upcoming Author Visit
April Henry will be visiting Lakeridge Middle School and Lake Oswego Junior High on April 10th, 2023, and you can order her books here!
Please place your order before March 28th and we will see to it that your order is delivered at the event.
When you place your order, please mention in the checkout notes: The name of the the school and the student's name for personalization. If you don't want the book personalized, please specify "Just signature".
No pressure for anyone to purchase a book - we will have copies to borrow from the library - but this is in case they would like a signed copy on the day of the presentation.
Lunch Room Protocol Adjustment for Ramadan
In support of students who may be fasting in observance of Ramadan, we offer all students the option to go directly to the library, gym, playground, and covered play areas at this time of year. This is an adjustment to our typical practice of opening those spaces 10 minutes into the lunch period. Students who need additional accommodations for PE or other parts of the day should reach out to their grade level counselor.
Save the Date- 8th Grade Celebration
We are eager to celebrate our 8th graders' completion of middle school and will continue our tradition of having a special ceremony for 8th graders and their families followed by a fun field trip organized by our PTO in the final week of school. Please mark your calendars for Wednesday, June 7th. We'll share more details about the events of the day as it gets closer. Watch for more info in the months ahead.
We are excited to announce our upcoming LMS Career Day Friday, April 7th!
Career Day is an important part of the work our school counseling department does to help students develop their academic, personal, social and career readiness skills. This will be a great opportunity for our students to learn about a wide variety of careers they might like to pursue. We are asking parents, guardians and community members to give a 25 minute presentation on their occupation and roles in the career world for three short morning sessions. We will provide a list of suggestions to help you plan your presentation, as well as student leaders to help you throughout the day.
If you can help support our students in their college and career readiness from 8:30am - 12:30pm, please use the link below to sign up by Monday, March 13th: Career Day Speaker Sign Up
We would also appreciate it if you could spread the word to community members that might be able to participate. We need at least 74 speakers to give all students six different career experiences. Your help is needed and greatly appreciated!
If you have additional questions, please contact an LMS counselor:
Callie Charon, email@example.com
Monica Binder, firstname.lastname@example.org
Marcy Watts, email@example.com
Please reach out to the wellness team if you have any questions or concerns:
Monica Binder 6th Grade Counselor:firstname.lastname@example.org
Marcy Watts 7th Grade Counselor: email@example.com
Callie Charon 8th Grade Counselor: firstname.lastname@example.org
Kylie Goertz Social Worker: email@example.com
Janie Jenkins Psychologist: Jenkinsj@loswego.k12.or.us
LMS Office 503-534-2343
Student Activities and Athletics
Track and Field
Registration is open for co-ed Track & Field!
To participate you must be completely registered by Friday, March 24th by doing ALL the following:
1. Submit a 2022/2023 LMS Athletic Clearance Form to the front office. In most cases, this requires a physician’s signature. Please refer to this form. If you have submitted a form after March 2022, that will be accepted.
2. Register and Submit the $150 Athletic Fee per sport on the Community School Website. **The deadline to withdraw from the program and request a refund is 3/28/2023.
3. Return or pay for any missing uniforms from previous sports.
*The registration deadline is firm and late registrants will be placed on a wait list.
Practices & Meets
All participants are expected to attend an orientation Monday, March 20th, 4:10 – 5:15. The first practice will be Tuesday, March 21st at 4:10.
Starting Monday, April 3rd practices will take place every Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, and Friday, 4:10 – 5:30*, unless there is a meet, half day, or no school. When we have a Thursday meet, we will not hold practice the following Friday. *If your athlete needs to take the activity bus home they will be allowed to leave early.
There will be one meet each week beginning the week of April 10th.
The season concludes with the district meet on May 16th at Tualatin High School.
**Selected athletes will be invited by coaches to participate in the district meet. The selection criteria will be based upon competition results, as well as regular participation in practices throughout the season.
Athletes who qualify for State in Corvallis will have the option to continue for one more week.
One-way transportation will be provided to all meets. Parents are expected to transport athletes home. If you ride home with someone other than your parents, you must provide your coach with a note or email from your parents.
By participating in the track program, you are expected to attend all practices and meets unless you are excused due to illness or an emergency. (If you are absent from school, you may not attend practice or a meet that day.)
Parent Teacher Organization (PTO)
MOTHER’S DAY FLOWER BASKET FUNDRAISER
Mother’s Day is May 14th this year and we are having our annual Flower Basket Fundraiser! We are offering 12” Hanging Flower Baskets for $40 each, which matches the retail price at Al’s garden centers for 2023. These flowers do best in Sun lit areas, not as well in shaded areas!
You can order anytime between March 3rd and April 20th. Pick up will be on Thursday, May 4th between 3-6 PM. Here’s the link to make your Flower Basket order while supporting the Lakeridge Middle Schoo PTO: https://snwbl.it/dJN3xe
Questions? Email firstname.lastname@example.org
VOLUNTEER AT THE SPIRIT STORE
The LMS Spirit store builds community, gives student volunteers the chance to learn real life skills, and store proceeds support our PTO. Win, win, win! We need parent and student volunteers to make this happen. Please sign up here if you can help on an upcoming Wednesday or Friday between 12:15-1:45. Volunteers need to be approved through the Volunteer Application that can be found here.
ACADEMIC ENRICHMENT FUND
Thank you to everyone that has supported our students and staff by donating to the Lakeridge Middle School 2022-23 Academic Enrichment Fund. If you have not yet donated, please take moment to do so. Our goal is $125 per family, but donations of any size are welcome and greatly appreciated. Check with your employer for company match! Funds will be used to provide teacher grants and school-wide enrichment activities in the latter half of this school year.
Donations to the PTO are tax deductible: https://lakeridge-middle-school-pto.snwbll.com/22-23-lakeridge-middle-academic-enrichment-fund
Feel free to contact our LMS PTO Fundraising Director, Ashley Foster with any questions at email@example.com
FOLLOW LMS PTO ONLINE
ART LITERACY NEWS
7th Grade Renaissance Unit Starting THIS WEEK!
7th Grade students will be learning about the great Renaissance masters: Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo, and Raphael, while discovering the transformative art that was produced during this era. For the hands-on project, students will mimic fresco painting techniques to create water color tile paintings inspired by images from Michelangelo’s Sistine Chapel.
If you would like to help in class with the Hands-on Project (passing out materials, cleaning up, etc.), there are still volunteer positions available.
8th Grade Civil War Unit Starting right after Spring Break!
This will be the last Art Literacy unit for 8th graders in the LOSD. This unit shows how art was used to both document the Civil War and tell stories of the people who were affected by war and reconstruction.
The project will be Linocut Printmaking, a technique similar to wood engraving techniques used for Civil War era newsprints. Students will design their own image, carve it into a linoleum block, and make personalized ink prints.
The training for this unit will be April 4th from 12-1:15 pm in the LMS Conference room. Check out the Sign up Genius below for more information and to Volunteer.
LHS Pacer Baseball's Play it Forward Auction & Gala
What: Come celebrate and support our Pacer Baseball Community with dinner, drinks, friends, live and silent auction, wine wall, party boards and so much more...Tables and tickets are now available!
When: April 15, 2023
Where: Celebrate Catering Event Space, Lake Oswego
Tickets and Tables are now available!
Click here to learn more about sponsorships.
Click here to purchase a table or your individual tickets.
Interested in other ways you can support the auction? Reach out to the committee at Auction.Pacerbaseball@gmail.com
Local Contest Opportunities!
“If I Were Mayor…” Contest
What would you do if you were the mayor of Lake Oswego?
Submit a 500-1,000-word essay explaining your creative and inspirational ideas about what you would do as mayor of LO by March 24, 2023 and be in the running for amazing prizes:
First place = $250 gift card to a Lake Oswego business of your choice
Second place = $150 gift card to a Lake Oswego business of your choice
Third place = $100 gift card to a Lake Oswego business of your choice
You might be wondering about the extent of a mayor's power. You might also be wondering what services Oregon cities provide residents. Satisfy your curiosity about those wonderings and get more details about how to enter the contest: https://www.ci.oswego.or.us/citymanager/if-i-were-mayor
The Rotary 4-Way Test Contest
Rotarians created a 4-Way Test so that when faced with a moral or ethical dilemma, one can apply the test and arrive at an ethical solution. The 4-Way test asks us to evaluate the proposed solution’s truthfulness and fairness. It asks us to consider if it will build goodwill and be beneficial to all concerned.
Eighth-graders can either give a speech or create a video.
Seventh-graders can either write a creative story or create a video.
Sixth-graders can create a video.
Our school’s winner in each category (speech, writing, or video) will win $200!
Our school’s runner-up in each category (speech, writing, or video) will win $100!
Learn more by clicking HERE for a flier. The due date is March 16, 2023.
While hand sanitizer is a great option, it cannot replace good handwashing. Be sure to wash your hands after using the restroom,sneezing or coughing, or touching your face to help keep our community healthy.
If your student has a health plan that includes an Antihistamine (Benadryl), please be aware that you must provide it. If your child has an allergic reaction or potential exposure to allergen and you have not provided it, we will have to call 911 per the regulations and guidelines of OHA/ODE/CCESD.
If you would like to speak to your school nurse, click the link below for contact information.
New Application for School Volunteers
For the safety of children, volunteers are required to have an approved background check when volunteering in schools.
To help streamline compliance with state and school board policies, which require that all volunteers have background checks and knowledge of other board policies -- as well as state-mandated proof of vaccination (or a qualified exemption) -- we are introducing a new all-in-one volunteer application and approval process through ou Raptor Visitor Management System.
Submitting an online application initiates the background check process. Once submitted, applicants will receive an email upon approval of your background check and you will be given access through the onsite Raptor System at all schools. Please allow up to three weeks to process your approval.
Volunteers need to submit only one application for volunteering in all LOSD schools. Applications need to be submitted annually to capture changes in background checks, policies, and/or vaccination requirements.
Volunteer Application for LOSD
Thank you for applying promptly, and for your service to our students and schools. We are grateful for our volunteers.
Set up Meal Accounts
Serving New Developments for School Meals
The universal free meals waiver with USDA expired on June 30, 2022. That means starting this school year LOSD will be serving meals under the free, reduced, and paid categories.
We are able to provide free meals to more families using the Oregon Expanded Income Guidelines (EIG) this year. A family of four making $83,250 annually can now qualify for free meals compared to the USDA standard of $36,075. To set up your student's meal account or apply for free/reduced meals look for Meals under Find it Fast on district and school website homepages.
We are speeding up the lunch lines with new pinned/scanners at the point of sale (POS). Students can scan their ID barcode at the POS making it easy and fast to go through the lunch line. They can also use the pin-pad in case they forget or lose their ID badge.
- Secondary students can have the option of using the barcode on their Student ID card. They can also take a picture of it with their phone and use that picture at the POS. This is up to each school if they want to allow students to use their phones for this.
- Elementary students will be given a meal ID badge left in the classroom and used only when getting lunch.
Requests for resident fee waivers or fee reductions, except for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), will be processed using the attached form. Please complete the form and submit it to the department or school which collects the applicable fee or fees.
Connections and Supports
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. https://www.safeoregon.com/
In addition, below are reporting methods for parents-guardians or students to use to report issues related to racist, bias, or harassment incidents.
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