Westridge Wildcat News

August 30, 2019

In This Edition

  • Message from Principal Montgomery
  • Key dates
  • Important office information
  • District News

Message from Principal Montgomery:

Dear Wildcat Families,

What an amazing first week! The building is beautiful and everyone has been very accommodating as we build new systems and coordinate continued unpacking and construction. A huge thank you to the PTSO for our beautiful new furnishings in the staff room, office, library and Innovation Lab!

New this year, we are excited that every student will engage in an additional 60 minutes of PE activity weekly. Power PE was created to fulfill the state mandate for 120 PE minutes per week. Our amazing PE Teacher, Melissa Della Paolera will lead students through fun physical activities for 15 minutes at the beginning of lunch recess Monday through Thursday to work on PE standards while embedding social-emotional learning.

Enjoy your weekend,

Principal Montgomery

Important Dates:

  • September 2nd - Labor day: NO SCHOOL- offices closed
  • District SAC meeting September 23rd at LOHS Cafeteria
  • Back to School Night: October 1st 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Picture day: October 9th
  • Picture retakes: November 19th

Office Information:

Bell Schedule:

  • 8:10am - doors open
  • 8:20am- Tardy bell
  • 2:40 Dismissal (Thursdays are early release at 2:00pm)

Reporting Absences

If your child is going to be out of school or tardy to school due to travel, illness, or appointments please make sure to email your classroom teacher AND Andrea Murphy at murphya@loswego.k12.or.us

District News:

Medical Alert: Message from the District Nurse


This letter is to inform you that there are students in your child’s school and extended day care who have a life-threatening food allergy to:


We are a “nut-aware” district and not a “nut-free” district. But, it is our goal to ensure that every student in our school is as safe as possible. Because these students cannot be in contact with peanuts and tree nuts we are requesting that you consider not sending these foods to school, when possible.

Please discuss the following with your child:

● Do not offer, share or exchange any foods or utensils with other students at school. Please do not wipe food onto the floor.

● Hand washing and cleaning desks with soap and water or baby wipes after eating decreases the chance of cross contamination on surfaces at school.

● If your child rides the bus, remind him or her that there is a “no eating on the bus” policy.

● Please help your child to understand that some foods he or she freely enjoys can be dangerous to others.

Please do not send in peanut/tree nut products for classroom celebrations or projects. Additionally, all food sent in for these occasions must be commercially prepared and have an ingredient label. Fresh fruits and vegetables are acceptable. Wash carefully.

Individual teachers may be speaking to his or her class about food allergies, and inviting the students’ questions and comments.

Thank you so much for your consideration with this issue.

LOSD District Nurses: Lisa Flaherty-McBee, Hannah Moriniti, Ann Nelson

Annual State Assessment Notification- Reminder

The Oregon Department of Education publishes an annual notice regarding state tests in English Language Arts and Math. Please review the AnnualNotice for Statewide Tests for information regarding why participation matters, an explanation of the right to opt out, testing windows, and other resources.

Safe Oregon

The Oregon State Police is pleased to announce the availability of SafeOregon, a new school safety tip line program available to all public k-12 schools in Oregon. SafeOregon is a way for students, staff, or other members of the public to anonymously report and share confidential information of a threat or a potential threat to student safety. Trained staff are available 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year reached through a phone call, text message, mobile application or website. The main goal of SafeOregon is to intervene at the earliest possible point in the life of a young person who is struggling, helping them when they need it, before the situation turns into a tragedy.

SafeOregon is designed to encourage Oregon students to share and respond to anything that threatens their safety or the safety of others, anything that makes a student feel unsafe, or if a student knows someone who feels unsafe. Here are a few examples: safety threats, violence, threats of violence, fights, drugs, alcohol, weapons, bullying or friends that talk about hurting themselves, harassment, intimidation, cyber bullying, or self-harm.

Tips can be submitted 24/7/365 through the SafeOregon.com web portal, by email to tip@safeoregon.com through the SafeOregon mobile application (available for android or ios device), or by calling or texting 844-472-3364. Tips are promptly analyzed and routed for the most appropriate follow up and urgency. This may be to school officials, law enforcement, community mental health programs, or other appropriate local or state agencies. Tip Line staff make sure follow-up is noted.

For more information, please visit safeoregon.com.

Additionally, it is a violation of ORS165.570 to improperly use the SafeOregon system.

PTSO News!

2019-2020 PTSO Team!

Your Westridge Parent Teacher Student Organization is excited for the new school year! We would like to introduce you to your new 2019- 2020 PTSO team!

Jamie Severson - PTSO President

Megan Busbee - Outgoing PTSO President

Erin Bateman - Incoming Treasurer

Ahnawake Kriese - Treasurer

Ashley Markham Williams - Communications Officer

Rachel Rittman - Outgoing Communications Officer

Laura Edelen & Carly Dodds - Volunteer Coordinators

The first PTSO General meeting will be held Thursday September 19th at 5:30 pm in the Westridge Library. All are welcome to attend!

There are plenty of opportunities to volunteer at Westridge and as well as your child's classroom community. The PTSO volunteer sign up link is available on the Westridge PTSO Facebook page and below:


Please be sure to like us on Facebook for updates on events, volunteer opportunities and information.

PTSO Fundraiser 2019:

Westridge Wildcat Fundraiser 2019

Each year, we count on our Westridge community to fund the PTSO budget for everything from field trips to library furniture. And each year, our kids benefit directly from the generosity of folks like you. This year the Wildcat Fundraiser will begin August 23rd and end October 17th. Your support is much needed and deeply appreciated! Please click here for more details: https://www.losdschools.org/Page/7313

Donations can be made at: tinyurl.com/wildcatfund

Payment plan options: tinyurl.com/wildcatfundoptions

WHO? Hopefully everyone! Our goal is 100% participation.

WHAT? Fundraising for the PTSO budget for 2019-2020. Our goal is for the Wildcat Fundraiser to be our only major fundraising event this year. The PTSO spends approximately $300.00 on each student, and so we ask that families contribute $300.00 for each Westridge student in their family. Every dollar counts and every dollar goes back to the student experience at Westridge. Though the ask is for a specific amount, we welcome any gift that fits your family’s budget.

WHERE? Online at: https://tinyurl.com/wildcatfund

(Feel free to share this link with grandparents, relatives, friends and neighbors.)

WHEN? The Wildcat Fundraiser runs from August 23 – October 17, 2019. The Silly Sock Hop on October 17th will be our final celebration event.

WHY? The PTSO budget sponsors Westridge field trips at every grade level, Art Literacy, the Science Fair, educational support materials and library books, to name just a few – things that we consider essential to every child’s experience at Westridge. Last year we were able to use these funds to fully furnish our library and update our climbing wall.


Is this different than the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation fundraising drive? Yes! LOSF funds several teacher positions district-wide, while this fundraiser supports the student experience here at Westridge.

Can I email you with questions? Yes! If you would like to chat further about how this money is spent, please do not hesitate to reach out. All donations to Westridge PTSO are tax-deductible and may be eligible for corporate matching. Let us know if you would like to pay by installment or by check. You can direct fundraiser-specific questions to westridgewildcatfund@gmail.com

Are there prizes? Yes! The grade level with the highest level of participation will receive a grade-wide prize that will be announced at the Silly Sock Hop. If multiple grades reach 100% participation, they will all receive prizes! The family that brings in the largest total dollar amount (including corporate match) will win VIP Parking for 2020-21.

What counts as participation? Any dollar amount given counts as participation!

Can I split up my donation into monthly increments? Yes! Check out our payment plans at https://tinyurl.com/wildcatfundoptions

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.