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October 14, 2020

News from Lakeridge Middle School

October Parent Feedback

We want to hear from you! If you missed the PTO Meeting this evening and want to participate in the feedback PearDeck that Dr. Schultz shared, you still can! Give your feedback by going to and entering the code "kta zye".

Here's a direct link to the peardeck for parent feedback:

Office Hours

Our office at Palisades is typically staffed every weekday from 9AM-4PM. If you need to arrange pickup of unclaimed student materials, answers to a question, help connecting with the right resource or any other assistance you are welcome to call us at 503-534-2343.

Student Clubs & Activities

Student Clubs General Information

It is time again for our after school clubs to start. We hope to have several fun options for students to choose from. Research shows that kids who are involved and connected to school activities outside of class do better in class. In the past, our clubs have included Robotics, Arts & Crafts, Dungeons & Dragons, Queer Straight Alliance, Anime, Card Game Club, Jr. Thespians and more! If there isn't a club that matches a student's interest, they can start one by filling out our Club Application. So far this fall we have 3 clubs ready to start meeting. See the details and descriptions below for how to join. If you’d like to start a new club, click this link for the form to propose one and some ideas on how it might work.

Girl Up Club

Girl Up is a campaign by the United Nations Foundation, that gives young and adolescent girls a voice, opportunity and structure to make a change in their communities. Girl Up inspires change and action to girls worldwide to become a force, and a voice in the gender equality movement, and to help bring social change. Our club learns, supports, and advocates for everything Girl Up stands for; such as equality in sports and education, STEM for social good, advocacy, awareness, fundraising, spreading your message, speaking up, and so much more. Our group welcomes everyone to become an ally or an advocate to our community. The Lakeridge Girl Up Club would love to see you join our part in the Gender Equality Movement.

Check out our website

Join the movement!

Math Club

Math Club is starting on 10/13--we will meet from 11:45 to 12:45 each Tuesday. Come and join your fellow students to solve interesting math problems and play some math games! Students of all grades and abilities from LMS are welcome. Our MathCounts competition team will be formed from students in the Math Club, so if you're interested in math competition, this is the club for you. Send an email to Mrs. Goehler( if you want to join in and she will send you the link for the Zoom Meeting! It's going to be fun

Queer Straight Alliance (QSA)

All Lakeridge Middle School students are invited to our weekly Queer Straight Alliance (QSA) lunch group. Every Friday we will get together after 2nd period to eat lunch over Zoom and enjoy a safe space to play games, do activities, learn about Queer culture, create Queer culture, problem solve, ask questions, share stories, explore identity, and get to know one another. All students are welcome, regardless of how you identify- LGBTQIA+. Come if you're Queer! Come if you're curious! Come if you're an Ally!

Reach out to Ms. Haffenreffer [pronouns: she/her] with questions.

Oregon Battle of the Books

OBOB signups are open! Find your team of 3 to 5 members and complete the Google Form to register. Deadline: Nov. 1st. Start Reading!

This year, the OBOB competition at LMS will be conducted remotely on a date to be determined in late February or early March. Even if we have returned to in-person instruction by that time, the event will be held over Zoom so that students in both AM and PM cohorts and LO Online students can all participate.

We understand that finding interested teammates might be a little more difficult this year than normal, so please be diligent in reaching out to friends and acquaintances who you know love to read. If you are not able to find a full team of at least 3 members by Nov. 1st, please sign up anyway at the link above and we will make an effort to match you with others in a similar situation.

What is OBOB?

The Oregon Battle of the Books is a reading and trivia competition that serves as a statewide celebration of literacy and good books. Over 35,000 students across three divisions (3rd-5th, 6th-8th, and 9th-12th) from schools all over Oregon form teams of three to five members, then read and study from a common list of 16 books selected by the State OBOB committee each year. Last year, the books featured over 5,500 pages and over 1 million words of high-quality youth literature. We estimate that our LMS OBOBers read well over 20 million words last year as part of the program.


AMC-8 is a math competition that will held on November 10th. All students are welcome to join, regardless of whether you want to be in the Math Club week to week. Send an email to Ms. Davidson ( if you are interested in participating. She will send you all the details for this math enrichment event!

PTO Updates

Did you join us for tonight's 6:30 pm October PTO meeting? No? Don't worry, you can watch the video on the school Youtube channel. Watch this space next week for a link to that.

Don't miss our next meeting. Each month the Zoom link can be found on our PTO website at
Have to miss the meeting? No problem! You can view PTO meetings on the LMS youtube channel. Just click here.

Invest in our Learning Community

Your Lakeridge Middle School PTO is here for you and responding to evolving needs to support our LMS students, teachers, and staff. If you are in a position to make a donation this year, we are asking for $100 per family or any amount that is meaningful to you. Thank you for your support!
Click here to donate, or visit the LMS PTO website at
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District Information

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

What are the signs of Dyslexia?

Dyslexia is a common condition that affects the way the brain processes written and spoken language. It can be associated with trouble reading, but it also can affect writing, spelling and even speaking. Many children have one or two of these issues on occasion. But kids with dyslexia have several of these issues, and they don’t go away.

Here are some signs to look for:

Preschool, Kindergarten, & First Grade:


  • Difficulty learning (and remembering) the names of letters in the alphabet

  • Seems unable to recognize letters in his/her own name

  • Mispronounces familiar words; persistent “baby talk”

  • Trouble learning common nursery rhymes

  • Doesn’t recognize rhyming patterns like cat, bat, rat

  • A family history of reading and/or spelling difficulties (dyslexia often runs in families)

  • Reading errors that show no connection to the sounds of the letters on the page—will say “puppy” instead of the written word “dog” on a page with a picture of a dog

  • Does not understand that words come apart

  • Cannot sound out even simple words like cat, map, nap

  • Does not associate letters with sounds, such as the letter b with the “b” sound

  • Complains about how hard reading is; “disappears” when it is time to read

  • A history of reading problems in parents or siblings


  • Curiosity

  • Great imagination

  • Ability to figure things out; gets the gist of things

  • Eager embrace of new ideas

  • A good understanding of new concepts

  • Surprising maturity

  • A larger vocabulary than typical for age group

  • Enjoys solving puzzles

  • Talent for building models

  • Excellent comprehension of stories read or told to him

Second Grade through High School:


  • Very slow in acquiring reading skills. Reading is slow and awkward

  • Trouble reading unfamiliar words, often making wild guesses because cannot sound out the word

  • Has a tough time sounding out unfamiliar words

  • Avoids reading out loud

  • Gets tripped up by word problems in math

School and Life

  • Trouble remembering dates, names, telephone numbers, random lists

  • Struggles to finish tests on time

  • Extreme difficulty learning a foreign language

  • Poor spelling

  • Messy handwriting

  • Low self-esteem that may not be immediately visible


  • Searches for a specific word and ends up using vague language, such as “stuff” or “thing,” without naming the object

  • Pauses, hesitates, and/or uses lots of “um’s” when speaking

  • Confuses words that sound alike, such as saying “tornado” for “volcano,” substituting “lotion” for “ocean”

  • Mispronunciation of long, unfamiliar or complicated words

  • Seems to need extra time to respond to questions


  • Excellent thinking skills: conceptualization, reasoning, imagination, abstraction

  • Learning that is accomplished best through meaning rather than rote memorization

  • Ability to get the “big picture”

  • A high level of understanding of what is read to him/her/they

  • The ability to read and to understand at a high level overlearned (or highly practiced) words in a special area of interest

  • Improvement as an area of interest becomes more specialized and focused—and a miniature vocabulary is developed that allows for reading in that subject area

  • A surprisingly sophisticated listening vocabulary

  • Excels in areas not dependent on reading, such as math, computers and visual arts, or in more conceptual (versus fact-driven) subjects, including philosophy, biology, social studies, neuroscience and creative writing

If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s learning, please contact the school principal and/or literacy specialist. Another great parent resource would be to contact your school’s Student Services Parent Advisory Committee (SSPAC) representative. Please see here to learn how to contact your school representative.

Fee Waivers

Requests for resident fee waivers or fee reductions, except for the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), will be processed using the attached form. Please complete the form and submit it to the department or school which collects the applicable fee or fees.

Effective October 5: Change in LOSD Grab & Go Meal Pickup Schedule

Great news! Starting the week of October 5, Lake Oswego School District is providing SEVEN DAYS of free breakfast and lunch meals to all children in the community ages 1-18. To accommodate these additional meals, LOSD is changing its pickup days effective Monday, October 5 to Mondays and Thursdays (no longer Wednesdays). One meal kit per child. Face covering required. Information regarding meal services is changing rapidly.

Lake Grove (Mon* & Thurs**) 11 to 12

River Grove (Mon* & Thurs**) 11 to 12

LOHS (Mon* & Thurs**) 11:45 to 12:45

LHS (Mon* & Thurs**) 11:45 to 12:45

*Mondays will provide 3 days of meals

**Thursdays will provide 4 days of meals

USDA and this institution are equal opportunity providers and employees.

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