The Current

LOSD News • May 8, 2020

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week

Nurse Appreciation Week

Community Rallies Around Hector

LMS Teacher Named PE Teacher of the Year

Planning for Next Year

School Board Meeting

Facilities Planning Survey

Elementary Family Tips for Seesaw

Hunger Fighters Modifies Pickup Times

Please Verify Your Student's Information

Distance Learning Resources & Services

Reminder: Outside School Facilities Closed

Be Sure to Wear Face Coverings at School Pickups

LO Youth Advisory Recruitment

Youth Football Registration

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Message from the Superintendent

We have one more month of distance learning this school year, and we are committed to continuously improving the experience for all involved. We are all focused on our students, and I would like to hear from them directly. Right now, one of our best ways to connect and make sure we hear as voices as possible is through surveys.


Please encourage your middle school and high school students to take the survey I emailed it to their LOSD Gmail accounts earlier this week.


If you have an elementary student, I would appreciate it if you would help them complete this survey designed just for kindergarteners through fifth graders.


Thank you.

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Celebrating Our Teachers and Staff

In celebration of Teacher and Staff Appreciation week, the LOSD district leadership team and school board directors created a special message to express our appreciation. From signs and notes to special treats, our community's gestures of gratitude throughout the week show how much we care and think about our teachers and staff. From the bottom of our hearts, thank you.

Celebrating Our Nurses

In education and around the world, we are celebrating nurses. These heroes have always led with care and compassion, and now their courage is being recognized more than ever. We are extremely appreciative of our school nurses, and all nurses in our community and around the world. We are forever grateful for your service.

Community Rallies Around Hector

By far the most hopeful event of the week was the wonderful news about the LOSD employee who was the first in Oregon to test positive for Covid-19. Many of you may already know that it was Forest Hills building engineer, Mr. Hector Calderon. With the family’s permission, we are able to share that on Tuesday Hector was transferred to a rehabilitation center and is now well on his way to recovery.


We are overjoyed about Hector and his family and thankful to the heroic medical workers. Our community has rallied for Hector, and shown such care for him. Hector was able to share his gratitude in this touching video message.


Forest Hills is collecting cards on Thursday, May 14 to bring to Hector. You may send a message to Hector c/o Forest Hills Elementary School, 1133 Andrews Rd., Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

LMS Teacher Named PE Teacher of the Year

SHAPE America, the society for health and physical educators, announced that Todd Stoddard is its 2020 National Middle School Physical Education Teacher of the Year!


Todd teaches at Lakeridge Middle School. We are extremely proud of his accomplishments, his dedication and his commitment to students. Those who are selected to be part of SHAPE's program serve as top ambassadors for excellent, standards-based teaching in physical and health education and dance. It takes an extraordinary amount of dedication and commitment, as well as a mastery of certain skills and knowledge, to be selected as a National Teacher of the Year.


Congratulations Todd!

Planning for Next Year

We are making plans for what next school year may bring. While we anticipate guidance from the Governor and Oregon Department of Education, we know that we need to plan ahead for a few possibilities. We appreciate all of your feedback through our surveys. We are assessing our current distance learning practices, and considering what we need to change, develop or improve, should we need to continue with this teaching and learning model in any way next year. We anticipate we will plan for three potential scenarios: 1) in person with preventative measures, 2) hybrid model, or 3) remote learning as needed. We will keep you posted on new developments.

School Board Meeting

Board of Directors Meeting


Monday, May 11

Regular Session - 6:00 p.m.

Working Session - approx. 6:10 p.m.


See the full agenda and supporting materials here.


All board members and administrators will be participating in the meeting remotely. There will not be a public gathering in the LOSD Administration Board Room.


You can observe the meeting and listen to the discussion remotely in the same way you can with other board meetings. Simply click on the "View Live" link on losdschools.org. You can watch the meeting live or a recording afterwards.


If you wish to comment on an agenda item or another item not on the agenda, please submit your comments by Monday, May 11 at 12 p.m. to losdschoolboard@loswego.k12.or.us. IMPORTANT: Please type “5/11/20 Testimony” in the subject line and include your name in the body of the email. Names of patrons providing input will be read during the meeting and their written testimony will be posted online under the agenda item for which their testimony pertains to. All non-agenda item testimony will be posted online under agenda item 2.0. For testimony received after the 12:00 noon deadline, names of patrons will not be read during the meeting, however, testimony will be posted online at the conclusion of the meeting in accordance with the aforementioned procedures.


Thank you for your continued engagement and participation during our school closures.

Facilities Planning Survey

LOSD bond work continues during distance learning, and the Long Range Facilities Planning Committee is looking towards our future. Please harken back to when we could be inside our schools, and complete the school facility adequacy survey. Thanks for your input.

Elementary Family Tips for Seesaw

The LOSD Innovation team has made a video with tips for troubleshooting and helping students at home with Seesaw. We encourage families of elementary students to check out this information.


Click here for the video.


Click here for slides.


Click here for more resources for families.

Hunger Fighters Modifies Pickup Times

Hunger Fighters, located on the Lake Oswego High School campus, has changed hours for its Saturday pickup to 1-3 p.m. The hours for pickup on Wednesday remains the same 4-6 p.m.


Clients who pickup groceries will receive perishable items as well such as produce, bread, dairy or eggs. Hunger Fighters cannot currently provide such items to delivery clients, but it is working towards that goal.


Hunger Fighters has started a delivery program for homebound, immunocompromised and at-risk individuals and families in Lake Oswego. Requests must be submitted by Thursday to receive a delivery of non-perishable groceries on Saturday. Visit the website and click the link to submit a request. www.hungerfightersoregon.org/delivery.html

Please Verify Your Student's Information

LOSD needs parents/guardians of all students enrolled for the 2020-21 school year to log into ParentVUE and review/update your students' information through the Register/Verify tab. If you tried earlier, the ParentVUE link is working now. 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 contact information has not changed over the past year because the school may have incorrect information from a previous year.
  • Allowing parents to review the health conditions on file at your student's school.
  • Enabling distribution of electronic devices covered by the district's Technology Agreement


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. Please note that verification is not part of the ParentVUE mobile app. However, a button in the app allows you to open verification in a web browser, or you can log into ParentVUE on a computer.

Reminder: Outside School Facilities Closed

Until further notice, LOSD needs to follow executive orders that mandates school campuses remain closed through June 30. That includes school fields, tracks, courts and playgrounds. When the Governor's reopening plan includes athletic facilities, the previous mandate may relax and we may be able to reopen our facilities. Thank you for your continued cooperation for the safety and well being of all in our community.

Be Sure to Wear Face Coverings at School Pickups

With new guidance from the CDC, everyone involved in meal and device pickups, and other scheduled school visits, must wear face coverings.


Our LOSD nurses have created a "Do's and Don'ts of Cloth Face Coverings and Hand Hygiene" for your reference. Please click here or go to the Health Alert landing page for details.

LO Youth Advisory Recruitment

The City Council seeks your help and cooperation in selecting its youth advisory members for the 2020-2021 school year. Positions are available to current sophomores and juniors who reside within the city limits of Lake Oswego.


There are seven positions available on five advisory boards including the Historic Resources Advisory Board, Library Advisory Board, Sustainability Advisory Board, Transportation Advisory Board, and Parks, Recreation & Natural Resources Advisory Board.

Interested students should submit an application and a letter of recommendation from a faculty member from their school.


Applications can be submitted from April 20 through May 31 on the city website.


Interviews will be held on Thursday, June 11 or Saturday, June 13, with appointments made on July 7.

Youth Football Registration

Lakeridge Youth Football has opened up registration for Fall 2020 Tackle Football. The early bird registration discount has been extended to June 30, and the program is offering a 100 percent refund should the season be cancelled 100 percent. Scholarships are available.


Please go to www.lakeridgeyouthfootball.org to register your child and to find a ton of information about the program.

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SafeOregon

Parents 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.


https://www.safeoregon.com/

(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 @LOSD_Proud

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