Westridge Wildcat News

March 12, 2021

Important Message - Action Required: Announcing PikMyKid!

Dear Wildcat Community,

Thank you to all our families who have already signed up for the PikMyKid dismissal app. We appreciate all our families who are already starting to use it to pick up their children, or make "go home plan" changes. We are currently still in testing mode until we go live on March 29. As we move forward using the PikMyKid Dismissal System, we hope you have all downloaded the App and have registered in the system. If not, please do so as soon as possible.

After Spring Break we will begin using PikMyKid. Don’t worry, this process is in place at hundreds of schools across the country and being used by almost 1,000,000 parents. Here is the process:

Step 1: Place the PikMyKid Car Tag in your front window on the passenger side of the car so that it is visible to staff on the sidewalk of the pick up area. (If you have not received your car tag, please email stewardj@loswego.k12.or.us)

Step 2: When you arrive at Westridge to pick up your child, the "Announce" button on your PikMyKid App will turn green. Once you push the button the system will alert us you are in line to pick up your child. (Note: The button will only turn green once you are within the PikMyKid geofence that is "placed" around Westridge, ensuring that parents are actually on campus when they announce). This will help us sequence the children in the same order as you have entered the campus, thus speeding the dismissal process even more.

That's it! We will take care of the rest. If you need to make any changes to your child’s dismissal status such as delegation to a different pickup individual, car line to walker, walker to bus rider or any other change, simply do it in the app. You will receive a notification that we received your change. It’s as simple as that.

We have had so many parents register already. Thank you for your tremendous support as we move forward.

Here is a short parent training video, if you're interested in taking a peek!


Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions or concerns,

Jodi Steward

Secretary to Principal Montgomery

Westridge Elementary School



Save These Dates!

3/14 - Daylight Savings Time Begins - Turn your clock forward an hour

3/17 - 9:30 - 10:30am Wednesday Curbside Pickup Westridge Library

3/22 - 3/26 - Spring Break / No School

3/29 - PikMyKid goes LIVE

4/2 - Conference Prep Day - Students do NOT attend school in person. ASYNCHRONOUS LESSONS posted by 8am

4/8 & 4/9 - Parent Teacher Conferences (Virtual) Signups are coming soon!

4/13 - Picture day! (Hybrid during AM/PM cohorts, LO Online 4:00-4:30pm) Information coming soon.

April 2nd - Conference Prep Day is Asynchronous

Our original 2020-21 school calendar listed Friday, April 2 as an 11:00 a.m. early release day to allow elementary teachers time to prepare for conferences on April 8-9. All hybrid and LO Online students will participate in an asynchronous day (independent learning and practice that has been assigned by their teacher). All lessons will be posted for all students (AM and PM cohorts) by 8:00 a.m. Science, Health and Social Studies lessons will also be posted by 8:00 a.m. depending on the rotation schedule.

No Dogs on Campus

We love your sweet dogs, but to keep all our Wildcats safe and sound, we ask that you do not bring your dog on campus. We have students who have phobias around dogs and we want to keep all our students feeling safe.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Grab and Go Meal Distribution:

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We are so excited to to see the Westridge campus filling with returning students, teachers, and staff. We look forward to re-connecting with many of you again in the days and weeks ahead, and we hope you'll be able to join us for our next virtual PTSO general meeting. During this meeting, we will be joined by Gary Kieser, student counselor, who will discuss "Problem-Solving between Children and Parents: a System for Collaboration." Mr. Kieser will cover three methods of solving short and long term problems with resources to use at home.

Monday, April 5

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.



Meeting ID: 850 3039 9559

Passcode: 617894

If you would like to review minutes from previous meetings, you can find them at https://www.losdschools.org/Page/2439.

Critical Message from the Westridge Office:

With the anticipation of students returning to in-person school, now is a great time to update the office if you've had a phone number, email address or emergency contact change. It is imperative that the front office have accurate contact information for your family, in case we need to contact you during the school day. Please put your changes in writing and email them to Jodi at stewardj@loswego.k12.or.us or Andrea at murphya@loswego.k12.or.us

On that note, we are here to help make sure your child and you have the best year ever! Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We are in the office Monday through Friday from 7:30am - 3:00pm.

Jodi Steward and Andrea Murphy

Westridge Elementary School Office


Counselor's Corner - News you can use from Mr. Kieser

Lunchtime social groups:

I'm excited to announce that I will be resuming my lunch-time social groups after Spring Break with some small schedule changes:

Kindergarten-Mondays 11:30-12:00

2nd grade-Tuesdays 11:30-12:00

4th grade-Thursdays 11:30-12:00

Students can use these instructions to access the Zoom link through their Clever account, or you can use this link directly:


SEL theme for March: Cooperation!

Dear Westridge families, I am excited to announce that our Social-Emotional Learning theme for the month of March is Cooperation. Lessons are published each Monday at 8:00 in my Google classroom. For more information on our theme and how to find my Google Classroom, please see the letter below:

Cooperation SEL Newsletter

Gary Kieser, MA, LPC

School Counselor

Westridge Elementary School

503-534-2371, ext. 3932

LOSD Distance Learning Resources

New Student Registration for 2021-22 School Year

Registration for the 2021-22 school year will begin soon.

  • January 20, 2021 for registering new students enrolling into grades 1–12 who have never enrolled in Lake Oswego before and returning students enrolling into grades 1–12 who are not currently enrolled but will re-enroll for next year.
  • February 24, 2021 for registering new students enrolling into kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year.
  • Students who are currently attending LOSD during the 2020-21 school year do not need to register for the 2021-22 school year.

LOSD is pleased to offer online registration through its parent portal, ParentVUE (contact your resident school for help with logging in). See the Registration & Verification page of the LOSD website for guidance.

Bias and Racial Incident Reporting Form and Information

On November 16, 2020, the LOSD School Board approved the ALL Students Belong Policy which prohibits the display of hate symbols and the use of hate speech in our school community. This is another step forward in our efforts of becoming an anti-bias and anti-racist organization and living up to the District’s core values of equity and inclusion. The All Students Belong Policy makes it clear that hate will not be tolerated nor accepted in our schools. We encourage students to stand against hate by interrupting and reporting any bias and/or racist incident that they witness or personally experience.

We want LOSD schools to be a safe, welcoming, and loving space where all students have the opportunity to be themselves and thrive socially and academically. If you have witnessed or experienced any harm directed to any student, teacher, or staff member based on perceived or actual identity, you can report to your administrator, a trusted staff member, by using the new elementary Incident Report or anonymously to SafeOregon.

Spanish Immersion Kindergarten Registration & Lottery for 2021-22

For families interested in signing up their kindergarteners for the Spanish Immersion Program, please heed these important dates for the 2021-2022 school year:

  • Application available on the District website: February 24, 2021
  • Application Deadline: March 12, 2021, 3:30 p.m.
  • Lottery Date: March 17, 2021, 3:00 p.m.*
  • Lottery Notification: March 19, 2021

*Should the district receive more applications than spaces available, a lottery will be held. Those wishing to participate in the lottery must submit their application to the District Administration Office no later than 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021.

*Younger siblings of students currently in kindergarten through 4th grade of the Spanish Immersion program have priority for enrollment only at the kindergarten level. Sibling priority does not apply to current siblings on the waitlist. If you currently have a child enrolled in LOSD’s kindergarten through 4th grade Spanish immersion program, you will have the first choice for enrollment in the kindergarten program. You will not be entered into the lottery, but you must submit an application to the program prior to the March 12, 2021 (3:30 p.m.) lottery deadline to be assured a slot. Slots not filled from sibling applications will be available in the general lottery.

Visit the LOSD Spanish Immersion Website for more details.

Crunch and Munch with Mrs. Bates

Crunch and Munch With Mrs. Bates

To help students that are staying online to learn and students that are moving to hybrid learning connect. Crunch and Munch times will be shifted.

1st grade: Tuesday 11:30-11:50

3rd grade: Thursday 11:30-11:50

Coding Club with Mrs. Bates

To help more students connect we will be adjusting the time of coding club. This way students that are taking part in LO Online and in hybrid learning can still come together. We will continue to meet on Fridays but will shift the time to 11:15-11:45pm.

Lunchtime Social Groups with Mr. Kieser

I'm excited to announce that I will be resuming my lunch-time social groups after Spring Break with some small schedule changes:

Kindergarten-Mondays 11:30-12:00

2nd grade-Tuesdays 11:30-12:00

4th grade-Thursdays 11:30-12:00

Students can use these instructions to access the Zoom link through their Clever account, or you can use this link directly:


Now Accepting Applications for Foundation Board of Directors

Are you interested in contributing to a dynamic volunteer organization dedicated to advancing our community's commitment to educational excellence?

Please consider applying for the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation is seeking parents/guardians, students and community residents to serve on its Board of Directors. Board members must demonstrate a commitment to the Foundation, the School District and the Lake Oswego community.

The term for new board members will begin June 2021. Board members commit to a two-year term and may serve up to three terms. Please click HERE to access the online application form. The application provides more information about being a board member.

Interested people should submit applications by Friday, April 9, 2021. The Nominating committee will review applications and conduct interviews in the April time frame. If you are unable to access the application, please contact woolfw@loswego.k12.or.us to receive a pdf version of the application.

Lake Oswego Schools Foundation prospective board member application:


Donating to Westridge PTSO

The Westridge Elementary PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization run by parent volunteers. Through parent and community donations, we help to fund field trips, technology, and over 30 school programs each year for the enrichment of Westridge students.

While in the midst of the ongoing COVID pandemic, we find ourselves in an especially unique position this year. Many of our community members have experienced financial hardships as a result of the pandemic. We realize that it may not be viable for your family to donate to our annual fundraiser, and thus, we are not hosting one during this academic year.

While our school year looks quite different this year, the need for resources to enrich the academic experience of each and every student is still very real. Therefore, we are still gratefully accepting donations. If you are in a position to donate and able to take advantage of your employer's corporate matching program, we encourage you to participate in giving. Your donations are incredibly valuable and allow us to support our teachers and students.

Thank you for considering donating to support our Westridge students. If you would like to donate at this time or at any time during the school year, please visit Tinyurl.com/wildcatfund.

PTSO Fundraiser: Minted

We are excited to announce that you can now use promo code FUNDRAISEWESTRIDGE all year long on minted.com. The PTSO will receive 15% of all orders when this code is entered at check out. Go ahead and get your Valentine’s orders in! Minted has a great variety of fun custom gifts such as cards, handbags, puzzles, art gifts, etc.

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.

Westridge Elementary

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