SPECIAL EDITION March 5, 2021

Welcome Back Grades 4 & 5

Message from the Principal

Dear Wildcat Fourth and Fifth Grade Families,


We are excited to welcome our Grades 4 and 5 students to in-person instruction tomorrow Friday, March 5. Please review the Arrival and Dismissal procedures either in this Special Edition to help us make sure things go smoothly. To help get you feel ready, please review ALL the information below.


Tips and Ideas:

  • Practice washing your hands for 20 seconds. CDC When and How to Wash Your Hands
  • Find a mask that is comfortable and get a few pairs. Masks should completely cover the mouth and nose, and fit snugly without gaps. Masks with exhalation valves and neck gaiters are not allowed. CDC Your Guide to Masks
  • IF your child needs a mask, we will have masks available.
  • Practice wearing your mask for extended periods.
  • Get a reusable water bottle. Water fountains will not be used in the school.
  • Review the arrival and dismissal map and the arrival video and make a plan for coming to and leaving school.
  • Complete the PARENT INFO for ARRIVAL below to tell the school exactly how you will be going home.
  • Collect the items you will need to bring to school. ALL school supplies will be provided.


On the Morning of 1st Day of School

  • Eat a big breakfast/lunch. There will be no meals or snacks at school.
  • Screen for signs of illness using the Daily Home Screening guide.
  • Fill up your water bottle.
  • Double check that you have your Chromebook and charger packed in your backpack.
  • Don't forget your coat. The classroom might be a little chillier than normal.


Principal Montgomery

Parent Info for Arrival and Dismissal - ACTION REQUIRED

In order to support our students, maximize instructional time, and mitigate COVID - 19 risk exposure, we require your cooperation with the following arrival and dismissal procedures.


Please complete this form to share your child's Go Home Plan before Monday morning if you have not already done so with your child's teacher.


This information is repeated in the video below.

Arrival and Dismissal 4th and 5th Grade

ARRIVAL AND DISMISSAL UPDATES

At Arrival:

- WALKERS

  • Parents may walk their child to the yellow barrier near Royce OR near our undercover area and then give your hugs and kisses. ONLY students are allowed on campus.

K-1 Students will go to a colorful flower near their classroom door

Grade 2-3 Students will stand on a star at the front entryway

Grade 4-5 Students will follow the blue arrows and walk around to the rear of the building where they will stand on a star or near a flower near their classroom door


- BUS RIDERS

  • Trusted adults will escort students from their bus to the flower or star near their classroom

K-1 Students will go to a colorful flower near their classroom door

Grade 2-3 Students will stand on a star at the front entryway

Grade 4-5 Students will follow the blue arrows and walk around to the rear of the building where they will stand on a star or near a flower near their classroom door


- CAR RIDERS

  • Pull into the most forward position in the car line, and keep moving forward as the cars in front of you leave the area.
  • Do not get out of your car. We will help your student out of the back, passenger side door.
  • Pull close to the curb so other parents that have retrieved their student can pass you on the left and pull out of the car line.


At Dismissal:

- WALKERS

  • K-1 Parents may stand near a flower by their child's classroom door
  • Grade 2-3 Parents may stand near a star at the front entryway
  • Grade 4-5 Parents may stand near a flower at their child's classroom door.

***Families who have more than one child at Westridge will meet at the flower or star near their YOUNGEST child's classroom***


- BUS RIDERS

  • Students will be escorted the their appropriate bus line by a trusted adult
  • Please teach your child their bus number


- CAR RIDERS

  • To help expedite dismissal, please create a visible placard on the passenger side window with your student's name and their teacher name.
  • Pull into the most forward position in the car line, and keep moving forward as the cars in front of you leave the area.
  • Do not get out of your car. We will help your student out of the back, passenger side door.
  • Pull close to the curb so other parents that have retrieved their student can pass you on the left and pull out of the car line.


You will see a few photos and maps below.

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PikMyKid - NEW Dismissal App Coming Soon!

In our ongoing efforts to enhance your children’s safety, we have decided to begin using the PikMyKid Dismissal Application. Throughout the country, it has been proven to simplify dismissal, reduce traffic congestion, and most importantly, improve overall safety. The unique features of PikMyKid allow you, as parents, to easily change pick up modes, quickly delegate to an alternate individual for pickup, change to an ‘After School’ program, and even schedule for future pickup mode, pickup individual, and after school programs. This app allows you to be in full control of your child’s dismissal and it gives us, the school, complete information regarding dismissal and the ability to acknowledge every change and to instantly check your child’s dismissal status should you have a question. We are very excited about this addition and know you will be too. Check your emails over the next week for additional information and we will be on our way to a safer, quicker, and more efficient dismissal process. To Learn a little more on your own, please check out the following link that will show you a few of the PikMyKid features. https://www.pikmykid.com/features/forparents/

Critical Message from the Westridge Office:

With the anticipation of students returning to in-person school, now is a great time to update the office if you've had a phone number, email address or emergency contact change. It is imperative that the front office have accurate contact information for your family, in case we need to contact you during the school day. Please put your changes in writing and email them to Jodi at stewardj@loswego.k12.or.us or Andrea at murphya@loswego.k12.or.us


On that note, we are here to help make sure your child and you have the best year ever! Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns. We are in the office Monday through Friday from 7:30am - 3:00pm.


Jodi Steward and Andrea Murphy

Westridge Elementary School Office

503-534-5371

Register for the School Bus

In preparation of our students being able to attend school in person, we need to be ready to provide bus transportation for all students who need it. We are encouraging families to walk, bike or carpool, when possible, but if you think your child will ever need to take the bus to or from school during the 2020-2021 school year they will need to be registered.


Please complete a registration for each child in your care. Thank you in advance for your prompt response in this essential preparation for onsite school. Register for the Bus with this link. For more information, see the Student Transportation of America website: https://www.losdschools.org/Domain/66

Westridge Elementary

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.