Westridge Wildcat News
May 6, 2022
Message from the Principal
Dear Westridge Community,
I cannot believe it is already May! With a new month comes a new character trait. This month’s trait is cooperation. Character Strong defines cooperation as working together and helping others. This spirit of cooperation is thriving at Westridge. Our Community Service Month in April is just one example of how we work together to help others. Beyond that, our students, families, and staff cooperate each day to support learning and growth.
Thank you for your cooperation and partnership as we head toward the end of our school year. We have so much to look forward to including the PTSO Carnival next Friday, May 13th. I hope you will join us for this outstanding community event!
Save the Dates!
5/6: K/1 Play 5:30 (Westridge Gym)
5/10: Deno's Pizza 5th grade fundraiser
5/13: 2nd grade field trip - OMSI
5/13: Carnival 5:00-8:00pm
5/18: 6th Grade Parent Night at LMS 6:30 (more info below)
5/25: 5th graders visit to LMS 9:15 am-11:00 am
5/25: 1st Grade Field Trip - Zoo
5/27: No School (Grading day)
5/30: Memorial Day - No School
6/6: 4th Grade Field Trip- Philip Foster Farm
6/8: 3rd Grade Field Trip - Willamette Jet Boats
6/8: 5th grade Sneak!
6/10: Last day of school - Early dismissal at 11:00am
Please slow down!
Field Trip Chaperones/Volunteers:
Also, the district requires that ALL volunteers complete the Statement of Understanding prior to your volunteer shift or field trip.
The Westridge annual Carnival is Friday, May 13, from 5 - 8 pm at the school. It takes all of us to make Carnival happen. As in years past, each classroom is assigned a booth or game to operate. If you plan on coming to Carnival, please sign up to work a quick shift at our classroom booth.
Sign up for your booth shift here:
Admission is free.
6th Grade Parent Night at LMS - 5/18 at 6:30 pm
Volunteers needed for next year!
COVID 19 Reported Cases Update
Parent Input Form for next school year:
Beginning April 29, LOSD needs parents/guardians of all students enrolled for the 2022-23 school year to log into ParentVUE and review/update your students' information through the Register/Verify tab. This benefits both families and schools by:
• Ensuring that schools have accurate information to reach parents and other contacts in both emergency and non-emergency situations. Verification is important even if your address or contact information has not changed over the past year because the school may have incorrect information from a previous year.
• Confirming parent email addresses for Google Classroom and other applications to participate in your student's learning.
• Enabling distribution of key information in the district's K-12 Family Handbook.
If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, go to the login page, click "I am a Parent," then click "Forgot Password." If you are unsure whether you have a ParentVUE account, contact your student's school. For assistance with the verification process, refer to the user guide on the LOSD website or contact your student's school.
Not attending Westridge next year?
If your student will be attending a school other than Westridge (or Lakeridge Middle School), please email Andrea Murphy at firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible.
May SEL Theme: Cooperation
Dear Westridge Families,
This month through our Social Emotional Learning (SEL) lessons, we will be introducing cooperation. As a school community, we will be examining how Cooperation looks, sounds, and feels. Cooperation is about assistance and support, about collaboration and teamwork, and it is a necessary tool in our toolbox for creating a community that cares for one another.
Students will be encouraged to use cooperation skills such as communication, self-awareness, and the ability to step up (or step back) when the time is right to best support whatever group you are working with. Using these skills will help us to work alongside one another and create things, together, that are better than anything we could create on our own.
The definition students will be learning this month for Cooperation is: working together and helping others.
For your reference, here are links for extension activities if you would like to explore Cooperation further as a family:
Westridge School Counselor
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.
i-Ready Spring Assessment
COVID-19 Reported Case Update
The LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard is up to date with the number of staff and students who have reported to LOSD testing positive for COVID-19, regardless of school exposure. With any potential exposure, people are advised to watch for illness symptoms and follow Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 exclusion procedures. Please contact Lisa McBee, District Nurse at email@example.com if your student has tested positive for COVID-19.
Volunteering at Westridge:
In order to volunteer, please make sure you have the following on record with the school:
- Show or email your vaccination card to Jodi Steward or Andrea Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
- Complete the Statement of Understanding prior to your volunteer shift
- 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)
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.)