Westridge Wildcat News

June 10, 2022

Message from the Principal

Dear Westridge Community,

Together we accomplished so much this school year, most importantly strong academic and social emotional growth for each and every one of our students. Thank you for partnering with us to make this year a great one. Personally, I would like to thank you for your warm welcome and embracing me as your school’s principal. It has been an absolute joy to serve this community. I will truly miss this special place.

This time of the year in schools brings about change. The following staff members will be moving on next year:

Kendra Hogue

Katie Ware

Rachael Cornell

Mariel Hollowell

Amy Fish

We want to thank them for all of their efforts, dedication, and service!

In addition to these changes, I am also happy to announce the plan for our principal on leave. Earlier this week, the district announced the selection of Laura Weaver as the Westridge principal. Next year, Laura will take a leave of absence for the first semester. To support this transition, Lakeridge High School Assistant Principal Noah Hurd will serve as our acting principal. We are pleased to have an experienced Lake Oswego administrator to support our Westridge Community during this transition. Let’s welcome Noah to the Westridge community!


Jules Laaperi



Save the Dates!

6/10: Last day of school - Early dismissal at 11:00am

6/13: Last day to pick up Medications from the office

6/13: Lost and Found items will be donated

8/25: Smart Start 1-3pm

Extended Care at Westridge Announcement

We are pleased to announce that Champions will provide before and after-school programming for our Westridge students next school year. Champions’ accredited programs have more than 30 years of experience providing high-quality out-of-school-time services that balance education and fun in a safe, enriching environment. Their school-year program will be conveniently located right here at Westridge.

Guided by Champions’passionate teachers, our students will have the chance to explore their curiosity and interests and build confidence and community through hands-on projects and activities. In addition, time will be set aside each day for homework support/completion, healthy snacks, and fitness.

For a closer look into the Champions experience, click here for a virtual tour of the program.

Families may register for Champions starting Monday, June 13th - enroll here.

2022-2023 Verification

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.

Smart Start Thursday August 25th 1-3pm

Smart Start Thursday, Aug. 25, 1-3 p.m.

Smart Start is an opportunity specifically for our students with 504s and IEPs, and their parents and guardians, to make introductions and connect with their teachers and to feel prepared and welcomed for the start of school. For the 2022-23 School Year, Smart Start is in person Aug. 25, 2022, from 1-3 p.m.

Teachers will be familiar with your student’s plan and accommodations. To help get to know your students, please complete the attached one-page profile or create one on your own ahead of time, and give it to the teacher at the Smart Start introduction.

Also, to assist in your family’s preparation for the new school year, please click here for a Smart Start checklist for parents and guardians of students with 504s and IEPs.

See you on Aug. 25!

Smart Start 2022-2023

Parent/Guardian Checklist

2022-23 School Year

This information is designed to assist parents and guardians of students with IEPs and 504s to identify and plan for important dates in preparation for the upcoming school year.


  • You will receive an introductory phone call or email from your student’s case manager between August 23-25, 2022. If you do not hear from your case manager by then, please contact Student Services at karen.stewart@loswego.k12.or.us.

  • The opportunity for students with IEPs and 504s to meet with your teachers before school begins is called Smart Start. This voluntary event gives students an opportunity to introduce themselves, as well as provide any important information about how they learn and how best to support them. Smart Start is Thursday, August 25, 1-3 p.m.

  • Students are encouraged to complete a one-page profile to share with your teachers during their introductory meetings. Please click here for a fillable elementary and secondary option that can be emailed or printed. Or, your student is welcome to make one of their own.

  • Transportation per IEP: Students who receive specialized transportation will receive confirmation of bus transportation plans from Student Transportation of American by August 26.


  • Elementary Smart Start meetings are Thursday, August 25 between 1-3 p.m. Students may visit with their teacher at any time during this time.

  • During your time with the teacher, you and your student will:

    • Make introductions.

    • Share your one-page student profile information.


  • Middle and High School Smart Start meetings are Thursday, August 25 between 1-3 p.m. Students may visit with as many of their class period teachers as they choose during this open house.

    • Make introductions.

    • Share your one-page student profile information.


  • Principals will notify all families when final class assignments and schedules are posted.

  • All of your student’s teachers will have access to their IEP or 504. They will review the document in advance of your Smart Start appointment to facilitate an effective and efficient introduction. If you have questions or concerns about this, please contact your student’s case manager. If you are unsure who is your student’s case manager, please contact Karen Stewart.

  • Special education and related services will be organized with a finalized schedule during the week of August 29, 2021. If you have questions, please contact your student’s case manager.

**If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Student Services Department at 503-534-2359 or email karen.stewart@loswego.k12.or.us

Champions STEAM Champ Camp

Beginning July 5 and throughout the summer, Lake Grove will be hosting the Champions STEAM Champ Camp from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Kids will team up with friends to solve head-scratching problems and complete spy-worthy quests that stretch their understanding of different people and places. Campers will also practice STEAM skills through hands-on activities, create inspiring art and discover new things about themselves and the world around them. The weekly registration fee is $75 per child. For more information and other summer programming visit the Community School website. You can reach the STEAM camp registration page by clicking here.

COVID 19 Reported Cases 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 District Nurse Lisa McBee at mcbeel@loswego.k12.or.us. if your student has tested positive for COVID-19.

State Assessment Score Reports

This summer, LOSD will deliver students’ state assessment results online through ParentVUE rather than mailing paper. This is in keeping with the district’s strategic goal of sustainability and mirrors how we deliver report cards. Your child’s assessment reports will appear on your ParentVUE Documents page in late July. As you review your student’s English Language Arts, math, and science scores, please keep in mind:

  • An achievement level of 3 or 4 is considered to be on track for the student’s grade level.
  • Scores on state assessments are only one measure of a student’s academic progress. We use these scores in conjunction with classroom work and other daily, weekly, monthly, and term assessments to understand your student’s strengths and areas for improvement.
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 or need assistance, please contact your student’s school.

Not attending Westridge next year?

If your student will be returning to Westridge next year (or if you have a 5th grader going to Lakeridge Middle School), then there is no action needed on your part.

If your student will be attending a school other than Westridge (or Lakeridge Middle School), please email Andrea Murphy at murphya@loswego.k12.or.us as soon as possible.


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.)

Contact information for the Westridge PTSO

Westridge Elementary School

All members of our community are committed to providing a safe and inclusive learning environment that cultivates empathy, creates challenging opportunities, and fosters lifelong learning.