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LOSD News • December 10, 2021

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

Recognition for Community Transition Program

LO Student Receives 2021 Unsung Hero Award

Learning About and How to Play the Marimba

Fond Farewell to Mid-year Retirees

LOSD COVID-19 Information:

  • Vaccination Status of LO Residents
  • Lifting Elementary Outdoor Mask Requirements
  • New Exposure Notification Protocols
  • Local Vaccination Clinics
School Board Meeting

DEIAC Meeting

SSPAC Meeting

English As A Second Language Adult Class

How to Opt Back In to Text and Voice Messages

Lakeridge High School Blood Drive

Recognition Opportunity for Oregon Educators

Rotary's SASEE Award Nominations Open


  • City of Lake Oswego Community Survey
  • Healing Trauma and Resilience Summit

Regular Reminders:

  • What's New at Community School
  • Hunger Fighters: New Pantry Hours
  • Clothing Closet
  • Safe Oregon
  • Get Social with LOSD

Message from the Superintendent

Please click here for an end-of-year video message from Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Schiele. The message was filmed at Lakeridge High School in the classroom of veteran teacher Jim Provost, who proudly displays photos of his past students. Connections between teachers and students can last a lifetime!

Recognition for Community Transition Program

LOSD's Paul Smith, a student in our Community Transition Program, is the featured success story in a national transition newsletter. Congratulations to his teacher Rollie Wilson and Nan Deane, who has been instrumental in restoring job placements for our students.

Paul Smith - featured Student Success story

LO Student Receives 2021 Unsung Hero Award

Lake Oswego High School student Julia Bohannon will be awarded a City of Lake Oswego 2021 Unsung Hero Award. The LOSD Superintendent nominated Julia for her passion for activism and social justice, as well as her leadership and desire to make a positive impact in the community. Julia is the co-founder of the district’s Black Student Mentorship Program and has been leading the program since 2020. She also serves as a youth facilitator and frequent collaborator for Respond to Racism and a student member of the LOSD Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Advisory Committee. Please join us in thanking Julia for her contributions to our community and congratulating her on a well deserved honor!
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Learning About and How to Play the Marimba

LOSD fourth and fifth graders across the district are learning how to play Marimba in their music classes. Picture above is one of the three classes at Forest Hills that recently performed three songs they had learning during the unit.

The marimba is a percussion instrument consisting of a set of wooden bars struck with yarn wrapped or rubber mallets to produce musical tones. Resonators or pipes are suspended underneath the bars to amplify the sound of the wooden bars.

Musical instruments like the marimba have a rich history throughout the entirety of Sub-Sahara Africa, as well as throughout Central America. Today marimbas have become widely popular around the world being used throughout Africa, South East Asia, Europe, North America, South America and Central America.

Fond Farewell to Our Mid-Year Retirees

We have a few LOSD staff members who are leaving the district for retirement before the end of the school year. They will be missed! Join us in wishing our retirees a warm farewell.

  • Dasya Mansfield, Food Services
  • Lee Brown, Counselor
  • Marie Sharyon-Merino, Special Education
  • Sue Grove, Special Education
  • Susan Fuller, Learning Specialist
  • Wende Milner, Secretary
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Vaccination Status of LO Residents

Our community is making great progress in being vaccinated against COVID-19! Clackamas County Public Health shared with LOSD its latest data on how many Lake Oswego residents have received at least their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccine. The following data is as of December 5 for all residents (not just those who are enrolled in LOSD) ages 5-18 who live in the two Lake Oswego zip codes.

97034: 5-11 year old: 53%

97035: 5-11 year old: 43.4%

Average: 48.2%

97034: 12-18 year old: 100%

97035: 12-18 year old: 80.2%

Average: 90.1%

Lifting Elementary Outdoor Mask Requirements

We are continuously monitoring the status of the virus, and making changes when allowed that support the health and wellbeing of our learning community and ensure successful in-person instruction. That requires we remain flexible and willing to pivot.

Per Clackamas County Public Health recommendations and in consultation with our medical advisory committee, we are lifting outdoor masking for our elementary students starting after Jan. 14. This timing will allow even more students to be fully vaccinated. Face coverings will continue being an option outdoors for individuals who choose to wear them.

New Exposure Notification Protocols

LOSD is making an adjustment to our COVID-19 notification system. Starting January 3, new cases of COVID-19 will be communicated through the LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard exclusively. We will no longer be sending mass email notifications about new cases of COVID-19 in our school communities.

The objective of notifications was to prompt our community to take precautionary measures, including wearing masks, watching distance, washing hands, and staying home when feeling ill. These measures are being practiced and enforced, regardless of exposure notices.

While community notification is being moved to the dashboard, direct communication to individuals identified as possible close contacts will remain the same as part of our implementation of the COVID-19 response protocol plan.

Local Vaccination Clinics

Clackamas County is hosting several local COVID-19 vaccination clinics. Appointments are required, unless otherwise noted. The following dates and locations have been confirmed:

  • Abundant Life Church’s Parking Lot (FEMA mobile vaccine van)– Drive thru vaccine clinic on 12/12 from 1:00pm – 5:00pm and 12/13 – 12/14 from 10:00am – 5:00pm. Offer Pfizer (5+), Moderna (18+) and Johnson & Johnson (18+). All doses, including boosters, available. No appointment needed.
  • Molalla United Methodist Church - Indoor vaccine clinic each Monday from 4:00pm - 7:00pm. Offer Pfizer (either dose, 5+). Moderna (either dose, 18+) and Johnson & Johnson (18+). Boosters for all vaccines are also available. Appointment required.
  • Canby Foursquare Church – Indoor vaccine clinics each Tuesday from 4:00pm – 8:00pm. Offer Pfizer (either dose, 5+), Moderna (either dose, 18+) and Johnson & Johnson (18+). Boosters for all vaccines are also available. Appointment required.
  • Providence Willamette Falls Community Center – Indoor vaccine clinics each Thursday from 3:30pm – 7:00pm. Offer Pfizer (either dose, 5+) and Moderna (either dose, 18+). Boosters for Pfizer and Moderna are also available. Appointment required.
  • Clackamas Town Center – Indoor vaccine clinic in the mall, on the second floor Suite #203 (next to Lens Crafters) each Thursday and Friday from 10:30am – 7:00pm. Offer Pfizer (either dose, 5+), Moderna (either dose, 18+) and Johnson & Johnson (18+). Boosters for all vaccines are also available. Appointment required.
  • Sandy Community/Senior Center – Indoor vaccine clinic each Friday from 2:00pm – 5:00pm. Offer Pfizer (either dose, 5+), Moderna (either dose, 18+) and Johnson & Johnson (18+). Boosters for all vaccines are also available. Appointment required.

For more information or to make an appointment, visit the Clackamas County vaccine website . Please note if you do not see “Pfizer Pediatric Vaccine” as an option on the scheduler, then appointments are full for that clinic

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School Board Meeting

Monday, Dec. 13

Regular Session -- 6 p.m.

Click here for the agenda posted on district website

Lake Grove Elementary

Lake Oswego School Board meetings are being held in person. Board members, staff, invited guests, and members of the community signed up and confirmed to give in-person testimony are able to attend the meeting in person. All are welcome to observe the public session remotely by clicking here.

Board members take both written and in-person testimony. Click here for instructions for members of the public who wish to provide in-person testimony. Submit an email to the Board Secretary by 12:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting. IMPORTANT: Type “In-Person Testimony” in the subject line.

DEIAC Meeting

All are welcome to observe the Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Advisory Committee meeting.

Tuesday, Dec. 14

6-7:30 p.m.

You can access the Zoom link through the district calendar.

SSPAC Meeting

All are welcome to observe the Student Services Parent Advisory Committee meeting.

Thursday, Dec. 16

6-8 p.m.

You can access the Zoom link through the district calendar.

English As A Second Language Adult Class

LOSD Community School is offering an English as a second language (ESL) virtual course for adult students. The ten-week course will help improve English language skills by focusing instruction on the following: reading, writing, listening and speaking. In addition to these skills, the course will also focus on learning about the general aspects of American culture.

Click here to learn more and to register. The course begins in January.

How to Opt Back In to Text and Voice Messages

If you accidentally opted out of the LOSD communications system from your phone, following are instructions for opting back in. We highly recommend opting in to both the emergency and non-emergency messages, because not all important messages are flagged as emergency.

How to opt back in:

  • Phone calls: Call the Blackboard Phone Hotline at "855-502-STOP (855-502-7867)" from the phone line that has been opted out.
  • Text (SMS) messages: Reply START to "60680" from the phone line that has been opted out for non-emergency messages. Reply START to "54968" for emergency messages.
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Recognition Opportunity for Oregon Educators

LifeChanger of the Year is a national recognition program that honors K-12 public school educators and employees annually. Through Sunday, December 31, every K-12 school employee nominated for LifeChanger of the Year will receive:

  • A $25 donation in their name to an education nonprofit (learn more)
  • A holiday card personalized with a message from their nominator
  • A congratulatory poster and certificate mailed to their school
  • Automatic eligibility to win one of our 18 awards and cash prizes up to $10,000

Nominations are completely free and can be done anonymously if preferred. Anyone can nominate a K-12 school or district employee online.

Rotary's SASEE Award Nominations Open

The Rotary Club of Lake Oswego is seeking nominees for the 2022 SASEE Awards, which honor service above self in educational excellence. View the new SASEE Awards Highlights promotional trailer!

Do you know an educator, support staff member, student or citizen who demonstrates a commitment to education through work, projects and activities that emphasize "service above self?" LO Rotary Club wants to recognize and support the people who make education in Lake Oswego exceptional. Click here to submit your nomination.

The Rotary Club awards thousands of dollars in cash and scholarships in several SASEE categories. In each case, SASEE Award recipients have the opportunity to “pay it forward” by passing their monetary award on to their school or project.

  • Teachers, administrators and support staff: $1,000 for their school or project
  • Students: $1,000 for their school or project
  • Citizens: $2,500 scholarships awarded in their names to students who also demonstrate "service above self"
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City of Lake Oswego Community Survey

The City of Lake Oswego is conducting a survey to better understand the needs of residents, prioritize services, and guide policy discussions. The survey is administered independently through the ETC Institute, and takes approximately 12 minutes to complete.

Take the survey here:

Questions? Contact Charity Taylor at

Healing Trauma and Resilience Summit

The Coalition of African & African American Pastors (CAAAP) and Lines for Life are hosting a Healing Trauma and Resilience Summit. The event is designed to connect with community and address the effects of violence within Black, African and African American communities. All are welcome to the free event.

  • Town Hall with Portland Black leaders, Friday, Dec. 10, 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Workshops and Resource Fair, Saturday, Dec. 12, 2-7:30 p.m.

Register here: For questions about this event, contact Lines for Life at (971) 244-1366 or .

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What's New at Community School?

The LOSD Community School is offering virtual enrichment programs and activities for students of all ages including culinary, STEM, arts, language, and athletics.

Check out this week's edition.

Hunger Fighters: New Pantry Hours

The Hunger Fighters Food Pantry, located on the Lake Oswego High School campus in the house that is green, has new hours: Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 1-2:30 p.m. Visit the website for more info.

Back to School Clothes at Clothing Closet

I Love Lake Oswego Clothing Closet is a donation-based closet that provides clothing items and hygiene products for residents, students, and employees that work or live within Lake Oswego.

Open Saturdays

9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Visit for more information.


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.)

Get Social: Follow, Share, Engage

LOSD has ramped up its social media presence. Please join us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @weareLOSD

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