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LOSD News • September 24, 2021

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

LOSD COVID-19 Information

  • New, Improved LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard
  • COVID-19 Student Screening Program: Elementary Enrollment Due Today
  • Volunteers Need to Be Vaccinated
Technology Consent Form Required, Device Damage and Loss Protection Program Offer

Suicide, Text to Talk About It

Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month

School Board Meeting

LOSD School Bond: What's In It for Your Schools

Community News

  • Laker Dance Game Day Workshop

  • Pacer Youth Basketball Season
  • Getting More Affordable Health Coverage
Regular Reminders:
  • Reporting Incidents at School
  • What's New at Community School
  • Hunger Fighters
  • Clothing Closet
  • Safe Oregon
  • Get Social with LOSD
  • Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App

Message from the Superintendent

We are nearly one month into the school year and still every day is cherished for learning and connection experiences. Pure joy is the sounds and sites of our schools filled with students.


At times it may feel like my focus is solely on keeping up with and responding to needs related to COVID-19, and other operational issues such as bus transportation. But as a learning community we are steadfast on delivering educational excellence and creating a culture of belonging. To these ends, many of our teachers and staff spent time this past week in professional development to increase inclusive practices and develop strategies for differentiation with our students.


We also had the opportunity to honor several National Merit Scholarship semi-finalists from both of our high schools: Alexandra Fefelova, Amber Prasad, Andrew Huang, Angela Su, Devin Von Arx, Drew Collin, Emma Cory, Eric Seeley, Josh Li, Katelyn Howard, Mayah Greenfeld, Nolan Berry, Ohsun Kang, Peter Gentry, Praveer Sharan, Ritchie Fu, Rory Detweiler Bedell, Sofia Corso, Sophia Wang, Steven Peng, and Tucker Wood. Congratulations Pacers and Lakers, we are proud of your academic successes!


People may be tired because establishing new routines and learning new things is hard. That’s to be expected for the start of a school year. Enjoy all that has been missed and be sure to take time to rest and restore for we have a full year ahead of us.

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New, Improved LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard

All LOSD COVID-19 information can be found on our district and school websites under the LOSD COVID-19 Information graphic (above). Included is information about guidance, protocols, notifications and more. This week's update includes a new, improved LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard. Please note, the image below is a screenshot from a point in time. Please visit the LOSD website for the most current dashboard, which is updated daily.

Screen shot of COVID-19 Dashboard

COVID-19 Student Screening Program: Elementary Enrollment Due Today

LOSD is partnering with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) to implement the K12 COVID-19 Student Screening Program for your child to get free weekly COVID-19 PCR tests through your school. The testing program is voluntary and requires active permission from students’ guardians. We are currently enrolling LOSD elementary students. Elementary student forms are due TODAY, Friday, Sept. 24 at 3:30 p.m. Soon, we will be enrolling students in all of our secondary-level schools.


For more information:

  • Click here for a recording of the Information Session with our partners at OHSU talking through the K12 COVID-19 Student Screening Program, and answering questions.
  • Visit ohsu.edu/k12testing for more information from OHSU about its K12 COVID-19 Student Screening Program, including videos of two of our sixth graders demonstrating the collection process.
  • If you have any questions, please email: covidstudenttesting@loswego.k12.or.us. This email has been set up to help answer questions in a timely manner, while our nurses focus on care for our students.

Volunteers Need to Be Vaccinated

Reminder, all school volunteers need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Show proof of vaccination to your school secretary.


All three COVID-19 vaccines are available at the following locations in Lake Oswego:


  • Lake Oswego Fire Department Station 214 (300 B Ave.) - email lgordon@ci.oswego.or.us for an appointment. First/second shots only.

  • Northwest Medical Clinic (9 Centerpointe Dr. A) - call (503) 352-5410

  • Check with our local pharmacies; walk-in and appointments available


Please click here to find additional vaccination sites near you.

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Technology Consent Form Required, Device Damage and Loss Protection Program Offer

Each student must have a Technology Consent Form on file each year. Click here to directly access the 2021-2022 Technology Consent form. Please fill out one form per student. Payment instructions for those who opt in for the damage and loss protection plan will be communicated to participating families.


LOSD is once again offering a Device Damage and Loss Protection Plan to ease the financial obligation if your student's district device is damaged or lost. When you fill out the Technology Consent form, "accept" or "decline" participation in the Protection Plan. The cost is $20 per student, with a family maximum of $60. Participation in the program is completely optional. Fee waivers are available for those with financial need.


Click here to directly access the 2021-2022 Technology Consent form. Please fill out one form per student. Payment instructions will be communicated to participating families.


For a complete description of the Device Damage and Loss Protection Program, please visit the district website under Computer Networking Service or click here.


For fee waiver forms click here. Please mail the completed form to:

Lake Oswego School District Office

c/o James Miller

PO Box 70

Lake Oswego, OR 97034


Have a Technical Question or a device that's not working? Please submit a work order here: https://losdhelp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us

September, Text to Talk About It

September is Suicide Prevention Month. One way to connect with someone is through text.


If you text "Oregon" or "Home" to 741741 it will connect you via text messaging to a supportive, trained human. This resource is trained to handle crisis situations, but is also available for anxiety, relationship problems, sadness, or any other reason you might want to reach out to a human. The service is free, and available 24/7.


For resources in Spanish, visit: https://www.crisistextline.org/recursos-en-espanol/


If it feels awkward to ask someone about their mental health, seize the awkward. For more information and resources visit: https://seizetheawkward.org/learn/resources

Hispanic and Latinx Heritage Month

LOSD Spanish teachers Teresa Sánchez and Julie Pacheco-Toye are hosting an evening full of fun and cultural learning for adults in our learning community. Each week, Ms. Sanchez and Ms. Pacheco-Toye will teach a beginners Spanish lesson followed by a Flamenco and Salsa dance. All adults in our learning community are invited to participate in this opportunity to immerse in the Spanish language and culture!


Space still available, click here to register today!

  • Lesson 2: Thursday, Sept. 30 (6--8 pm @ Lakeridge Junior High School Commons)
  • Lesson 3: Thursday Oct. 7 (6--8 pm @ Lakeridge Junior High School Commons)

Wearing masks and maintaining distance will be required.

School Board Meeting

Monday, Sept. 27

Regular Session -- 6 p.m.

Click here for the agenda posted on district website


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 kelli.cranston@loswego.k12.or.us by 12:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting. IMPORTANT: Type “In-Person Testimony” in the subject line.

LOSD School Bond: What's In It for Your Schools

LOSD is on track to complete all capital projects promised in its 2017 bond measure -- on time and on budget. Now, LOSD is turning its focus to the necessary work of a second bond.


LOSD School Bond Measure 3-577 on the upcoming November ballot proposes projects for a second phase in the planned three-part construction and capital improvement program. Click here to find information on the district website about the school bond. Included is a list of proposed projects for each school.

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Laker Dance Game Day Workshop

The Lake Oswego High School Dance Team is hosting its annual Youth Workshop.Open to ALL youth, pre-K through 8th grade.


Friday, Oct. 8 (No school for statewide Professional In-service Day)

Location

  • If dry: LOHS Football Field
  • If wet/rainy: Lake Grove Elementary, undercover

Time: 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., Check-in at 10:30 a.m.

Price: $45 for pre-paid or $50 at the door


Workshop includes: Youth Workshop t-shirt for each registered dancer, showcase performance Oct. 8, and halftime performance with Laker Dancers at football game on Oct. 22.


To register go to www.LOSDschools.org and search for: LOHS Dance Team Workshop. For questions or assistance with registration, please contact Laurie at: iveylaurie@gmail.com, 703-477-7770.

Pacer Youth Basketball Season

Registration is open for all players who are trying out for a team. Registration can be completed via this Team Snap registration page. There is a $30 tryout fee that includes free clinics (optional); dates are listed below.


Players should plan to attend at least one of the two days of tryouts:

October 9-10

Lakeridge High School Gymnasium


Pre-tryout optional clinics

Girls: September 28 and 30, October 5 and 7

Boys: September 27 and 29, October 4 and 6

All clinics are 5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.

Lakeridge High School Gymnasium

Getting More Affordable Health Coverage

The Oregon Health Insurance Marketplace wants families to know about different kinds of coverage available to you. Get started at OregonHealthCare.gov. Enroll by Dec. 15, 2021, for 2022 health coverage.
  • More savings are now available.
  • More people are now eligible for savings.
  • Preview plans and savings in less than five minutes.
  • Free expert help is available near you.
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Reporting Incidents at School

LOSD Incident Reports are for students and adults to report incidents that occur in school. Incidents may be microaggressions, harassment or discrimination related to race, ethnicity, religion, age, disability, gender, gender identity, sexual orientation, or any other aspect of identity. The following incident reports by school level can be accessed on the district and school websites under Resources, and through QR codes on posters at schools.


Elementary Incident Report

Middle School Incident Report

High School Incident Report


Incidents may also be reported to an administrator, a trusted staff member, or anonymously to SafeOregon.com.

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

Hunger Fighters Oregon Food Pantry offers assistance to anyone in the community by providing fresh, canned and boxed foods. A delivery program is also available. More info can be found at hungerfightersoregon.org.

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 https://www.ilovelakeoswego.com for more information.

SafeOregon

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.


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 @weareLOSD

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