The Current

March 1, 2019

  • School Board Work Session – March 2
  • Elementary Task Force Meeting – March 7
  • LOSD Facebook Page
  • Weather Related Communications to Parents
  • LOSD Celebrates Classified Employee Week – March 4 to March 8
  • All Invited to attend Tyler McNamer Speaking Event
  • Special Services Parent Action Committee Presents IEP 2.0
  • Now Accepting Applications for Foundation Board of Directors
  • New Organic Items Have Arrived
  • Volunteer Info Session for TEALS
  • Kindergarten Registration – Deadline May 1
  • Pacific Northwest College of Art Scholarships and Clackamas ESD Art Show
  • Junior Windjammer Camp
  • Sister City Host Families Needed
  • "Listening to Young People" Conversation Night
  • Weather Emergency Communications
  • SafeOregon
  • Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App
  • What's New at Community School?

School Board Work Session – March 2

Saturday, March 2, 2019

Work Session – 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

District Administration Building – Staff Development Room

2455 Country Club Road; LO

I. WORK SESSION – 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Facilitator: Dr. Rodney Blunck

1.0 Welcome and Opening Remarks

2.0 Operating Norms for the Day

3.0 Connecting Activity

4.0 Grounding Activity

5.0 Role Leveraging for Efficiency, Sustainability, and Impact

6.0 Explore Governance Opportunities

7.0 Opportunity Creation

8.0 Mutual Agreements

9.0 Next Steps

Note: The School Board will take a break at approximately 12:00 p.m. for lunch.

Elementary Task Force Meeting – March 7

March 7 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Lake Oswego School District – Staff Development Room

2477 Country Club Road; LO

LOSD Facebook Page

Lake Oswego School District OFFICIALLY has a Facebook page. We are thrilled to be able to show parents and community members just a small snapshot of what goes on in our District.

Our website,, remains the primary source for news and information about Lake Oswego School District, but our Facebook page will provide yet another avenue for those who wish to stay connected to the events and initiatives taking place in our schools. Thanks for being a part of our community!

Be sure to check out and "like" and share our page to stay up to date on all ten LOSD schools, upcoming events, activities, fun, and more!

Weather Related Communications to Parents

Our most important focus is the safety of our students. School closures and delays are considered emergency communications. If parents or guardians are listed first or second in Synergy, both will receive a phone call in the event of an emergency. Unfortunately, we are unable to selectively remove parents from the automated phone call.

LOSD Celebrates Classified Employee Week

Dear LOSD Classified Staff,

Each year during classified employee appreciation week, administrators, parents, and board members have the opportunity to publicly acknowledge your incredible work. This is an opportunity for us to formally recognize what is evident every day: our schools could not function without you.

The quality of education we are able to provide our students is dependent on many factors and many people. Without the hard work of our dedicated office staff, food service providers, custodians, educational assistants, library technology assistants and many, many more, our students wouldn't be able to get the education they need and deserve.

Classified staff represent a vital piece of our educational community, and you are relied on and trusted by students, parents, teachers, and administrators for the substantial contributions you make to the efficient, effective, and caring operation of our schools.

Your work is appreciated year-round, but we wanted to take the opportunity during this special week to send you a heart-felt “Thank you!"

Melissa Siegel

LOSEA Classified President

OSEA Zone II Director

All Invited to attend Tyler McNamer Speaking Event

Monday, March 4

Lakeridge High School Auditorium

1235 Overlook Drive

5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

As part of Lake Oswego High School Extraordinary Abilities Week, Tyler McNamer, a young author and a person with Autism, will be talking with LOJ students about empathy and sharing experiences from his book Population One: Autism, Adversity, and the will to Succeed by Tyler McNamer. You can find more about his book link and webpage link.

Special Services Parent Action Committee Presents IEP 2.0

Tuesday, March 5 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

Staff Development Room at Lake Oswego High School

2501 Country Club Road; LO

You hear a lot about inclusion, but what is it really? Is your child truly in the least restrictive environment (LRE)? This program is for parents and caregivers who have been through the IEP process, but want to step up their advocacy. You are an integral part of the IEP team. Make sure you know what you're doing. Join us as SSPAC partners with FACT Oregon for "IEP: 2.0". Feel free to bring your own IEP so you can follow along and ask the questions you've always wanted to ask.

Please note that the Staff Development Room is not in the main LOHS building, but is between the high school and swimming pool.

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? If so, please consider applying for the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation is seeking parents, guardians 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 in June 2019. Board members commit to a two-year term, and may serve up to three terms on the Foundation. The attached application provides more information on what is expected of board members.

Interested people should submit applications by Friday, March 1, 2019. The Foundation's nominating committee will review applications and conduct interviews in March. Please send your completed application via email to or mail it to Lake Oswego Schools Foundation, PO Box 70, Lake Oswego, OR 97034.

New Organic Items Have Arrived

Lake Oswego Food Service endeavors to purchase organic foods when possible. Beginning March 1, our salad bars will be serving organic spring mix, organic baby carrots, and organic whole apples.

Volunteer Info Meeting for TEALS

Computer Science Education Advocates: 70% of OR and SW WA High Schools Need Your Help. Volunteer to help a teacher teach computer science!

Are you a computer science professional who wants to help develop the next generation of Oregon techies? Come learn more about the Microsoft Philanthropies TEALS Program and how coding pros like you are changing lives as TEALS volunteers!

Computer science is a vital driver in today’s global innovation economy, but most U.S. high schools – including more than 75% of Oregon high schools – are unable to offer rigorous CS courses. Without CS in high schools, our students are missing out on essential computational skills that will help them succeed in any career they wish to pursue, and professional skills that could lead to an economically secure future.

TEALS seeks to change that reality. Our volunteers work directly with classroom teachers to help them build and grow their CS teaching capacity through yearlong support and training to inspire the next generation of innovators and computer scientists.

If you’re interested in learning more about the opportunity to help shape students’ career opportunities – all while having fun – come learn how TEALS might be the right fit for you!

TEALS Volunteer Info Luncheon

Monday, March 18 or Tuesday, March 19

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


1414 NW Northup St. #900

Portland, Oregon

Lunch provided by TEALS

Register here:

If you can’t attend either of these options, you can still sign up to volunteer and/or help:

· Read the Frequently Asked Questions.

· Watch the online volunteer session and apply at

· Forward this info to people you know who might be interested to let them know about the information session.

If you have questions, please contact Helen Henry, ( PNW TEALS Senior Regional Manager, for more information.

Kindergarten Registration – Deadline May 1

  • Lottery Deadline: May 1, 2019
  • Lottery Tier 1: Siblings currently attending the same resident school will be given priority and will not go into the lottery but MUST register by the May 1 deadline
  • Lottery Tier 2: Age-eligible registrations received by May 1, 2019
  • Lottery Tier 3: All registrations (including sibling and early admission) received after May 1, 2019, are subject to availability
  • Lottery Date: May 8, 2019
  • Lottery Notification Date: May 10, 2019

Pacific Northwest College of Art Scholarships and Clackamas ESD Art Show

The Clackamas Education Service District Art Show is a regional art show that celebrates the extraordinary artistic talent of middle and high school students in Clackamas County. During the May 2 awards ceremony, there will be numerous awards all students will be eligible for, but we wanted to highlight an exciting scholarship for seniors. Five individual seniors from Clackamas County will be awarded a $20,000 scholarship to the Pacific Northwest College of Art.

The Pacific Northwest College of Art is a private fine arts and design college in Portland, Oregon. Established in 1909, the art school grants bachelor of fine arts degrees and graduate degrees.

If you are interested in this opportunity please connect with an art teacher to discuss which piece you'd like to submit to the CESD Art Show.

For more information contact Kelsey Cardwell, Strategic Communications Officer at 503-675-4058 or

Junior Windjammer Camp

The Lake Oswego High School Windjammers choir presents a day of fun and music for kids in grades K through 5! Sign up to hang out with the Windjammers and learn a song and dance routine on Saturday morning to perform with the choir during their Variety Show on Saturday, March 9!

Sign up soon as there are a limited number of spots available. Registration is required.

Registration is $40 and includes a t-shirt, snack, and free ticket to the show.

Register online here.

Saturday, March 9 from 9:00 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Lake Oswego High School Choir Room

2501 Country Club Drive; LO

Sister City Host Families Needed

In March, the City of Lake Oswego will welcome Japanese middle-school students visiting from our sister city, Yoshikawa, Japan. The students will enjoy a week-long visit which will include time learning about local government, spending time with our students at Lake Oswego Junior High and enjoying our community with their host families.

Spending time with their American host families is surely a delight for each of the visiting students. Portland Educational Tour Center is seeking 17 families interested in hosting a student during their stay, between Friday, March 29 and Thursday, April 4. A per diem is available to each host family.

If you are interested, please contact Toshiko Morrow at 503-221-6132 or email at

"Listening to Young People" Conversation Night

When: May 1, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m.

Where: River Grove Elementary School, 5850 McEwan Road; LO

Who is invited: All Lake Oswego community members

*Childcare and food will be provided

What does it look like when adults really listen to young people? Cultural beliefs about young people perpetuate myths that cause harm, especially when combined with laws that control their physical and emotional autonomy and limit their ability to participate in public life. Young people experiencing marginalization for any reason—race, gender, sexuality, ability—also have the added layer of not being taken seriously because of their age, yet the history of social justice movements in the United States is deeply connected to young people’s agency, autonomy, and power. Join Oregon Humanities Conversation Project facilitator Emily Squires, and the River Grove Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Team for a conversation that asks folks to explore their own beliefs about what it means to be young, and to reflect on their individual relationship to power as it relates to age.

Website link:

Weather Emergency Communications

Winter is here, please review the emergency communications page of our district website which can be found here. The District has a new Twitter account which will be used for emergency communications. Please follow @LOSD_Proud for the fastest way to receive all urgent notifications.


If parents are ever concerned about a student’s well-being, feel free to reach out to your principal. It is important to keep your lines of communication open and maintain strong partnerships between students, families, staff, and other resources.

SafeOregon also is an effective way to report a tip regarding safety threats or potential acts of violence to our students or schools.

(Students should also know that intentionally providing a false report is a serious offense.)

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What's New at Community School?

The LOSD Community School offers enrichment and athletic programs and activities for students of all ages, including robotics, STEM, arts, language, and theater.

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