Westridge Elementary

Wildcat Newsletter - May 22nd, 2020

In This Edition:


  • Wildcat Quaran-Talent Show Video- NEW!
  • Device Drop Off - NEW!
  • Memorial Day Holiday - NEW!
  • Student Verification - NEW!
  • Grading System for K-5 - NEW!
  • State Assessment - NEW!
  • Counselor's Corner
  • Reminder: Outside facilities as closed
  • Save the Date - NEW!
  • Tips and Information for Online Learning
  • LOSD Tech Support Request
WR Quaran-Talent Show Principal's Council Advertisement

LAST CHANCE TO SUBMIT ! Wildcat Quaran-Talent Show!

Calling all Wildcat performers to the digital stage!

The show must go on this year more than ever, so our annual talent show will be virtual style. We want to see all that artistry you have been attempting at home.

Have you made an epic fortress in your living room or knitted a sweater for your pet snake? Have you made a tower of all the books you’ve read (or all the books you’ve written)? Have you taught your dog to sit or your baby brother to roll over?

Well, here is your chance to showcase your stunning skills (just as long as they are safe and appropriate) with your Wildcat family. Get out your cameras to document the unique or fun things you are doing to stay safe and healthy at home. Here's how you can participate:

  • Please upload a video or photo for submission by DEADLINE EXTENDED TO MAY 26th. Videos need to be 1 minute or less in length and should be previewed and approved by parents before submission.

  • Parents, please submit videos in MP4 or MOV format or you may submit a photo to Kelly Troike at troikek@loswego.k12.or.us

  • Your submissions will be reviewed for appropriate content and music choices, then uploaded into a movie compilation in Seesaw for all Wildcats to enjoy.

  • The final performance will be shared with all of your fellow Wildcats during our final week of school.

  • If you have any questions, please contact:

Device Drop Off

All iPads and Chromebooks will be collected so that we can clean, repair, and update them for the fall. Please return your device to Westridge on the following dates:


1.Tuesday, June 9th ~ 9am thru 11am

2. Wednesday, June 10th ~ 12pm - 2pm


*Friday, June 5th ~ *FIFTH GRADE STUDENTS ONLY* (Students may drop off their devices at drive thru)

Memorial Day Holiday

Monday (May 25th) is a holiday. Because of this, there will not be instruction or posts on this day. We will shift everything by one day, meaning that:

*Tuesday will have Social Emotional Learning (SEL) posts by our Counselors

*Tuesday will have STEM posts by our Innovation Facilitator

*Tuesday will be the Prep Day for Teachers

*Wednesday-Friday will have posts from Teachers

Please Verify Your Student's Information

Beginning May 1, LOSD needs parents/guardians of all students enrolled for the 2020-21 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 contact information has not changed over the past year because the school may have incorrect information from a previous year.

  • Allowing parents to review the health conditions on file at your student's school.

  • Enabling distribution of electronic devices covered by the district's Technology Agreement


If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, go to the login page, click "I am a Parent," then click "Forgot Password." For assistance with the verification process, refer to the user guide on the LOSD website If you are unsure whether you have a ParentVUE account, or if you need assistance with the verification process, contact Jodi Steward at stewardj@loswego.k12.or.us Please note that verification is not part of the ParentVUE mobile app. However, a button in the app allows you to open verification in a web browser, or you can log into ParentVUE on a computer.

Grading System for Grades K-5

All LOSD report cards for students in grades K-5 will be available to parents/guardians electronically via ParentVUE by June 12. You will not receive your student’s report card in the mail this year. Please click here for instructions on how to log into ParentVUE. Contact Jodi Steward at stewardj@loswego.k12.or.us if you need an activation key. The second semester elementary report card message will state: "School closure was ordered by Governor Brown in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Academic progress is marked with an “S” as teachers do not have adequate summative assessment data for students." Elementary report cards will not have attendance data or individualized comments. Thank you for your engagement and participation in distance learning.

State Assessment

Each spring, students take various state assessments based on their grade level and participation in the district's English Learner program. This year, most Westridge students did not take the assessments due to the COVID-19 shutdown. If your student did complete a state assessment before March 13, their score will be shared with you as in past years. Thank you for your understanding.

Counselor's Corner

Dear Students and Families,


In an effort to provide support to students and families, your school counselor has created a Request to Check-In Google form:

Request to Talk to Mr. Kieser


If you have a need for counseling support, please click on the link, fill in the information (make sure to click submit ;) and then I will communicate with your parents/guardians to set up a virtual check-in with me.


Please see below for the district guidelines about virtual student contact:

  • The goal of any 1:1 contact between counselor and student is to provide direct social-emotional support.

  • All contact must be through Google Meets for video and Google Hangouts for audio.

  • All contacts between school staff and students must be scheduled through parents.

  • Contacts with 10 or fewer students cannot be recorded.

  • Students have the option to participate without mic and/or camera.


Sincerely,

Gary Kieser, MS, LPC

Westridge Elementary School Counselor

Reminder: Outside School Facilities Closed

Until further notice, LOSD needs to follow executive orders that mandates school campuses remain closed through June 30. That includes school fields, tracks, courts and playgrounds. When the Governor's reopening plan includes athletic facilities, the previous mandate may relax and we may be able to reopen our facilities. Thank you for your continued cooperation for the safety and well being of all in our community.

SAVE THE DATE!

May 25 - Memorial Day / Distance Learning will be adjusted to accommodate the holiday

May 26 - District SAC Meeting 7pm (Join the meeting: meet.google.com/hze-mdgs-twc)

June 5 - Last Day of Distance Learning

June 8 - SeeSaw access will be closed

Need Tech Support?

Having trouble with your device? Please submit a help request ticket here or go onto losdschools.org if you run into any technology concerns. Your help request ticket will get routed to the best person to assist you with your needs.

Office Contact Information

At this time, we are working remotely. We will check voicemails daily, but the best way to reach us is by email.


Office Phone: 503-534-2371

Principal Kari Montgomery - montgomk@loswego.k12.or.us

Principal's Secretary Jodi Steward - stewardj@loswego.k12.or.us

Attendance/Records Secretary Andrea Murphy- murphya@loswego.k12.or.us

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.