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June 9, 2021

News from Lakeridge Middle School

8th Grade Promotion

Our plans for 8th grade promotion will allow us to celebrate our 8th graders while also enjoying our beautiful outdoor setting in the LMS courtyard (Map here). Parents are invited to join us in celebrating their students by arriving to the courtyard through our main entry at 11am/3:40pm on June 15th. The exact schedule is as follows:

11am- front doors open for parents to enter courtyard (PM Session: 3:40)

11:10am- 8th graders process into the courtyard (PM Session: 3:50)

11:15-11:30am- Promotion ceremony (PM Session: 3:55-4:10)

11:30am- Dismissal (PM Session: 4:10)

*8th Graders! You will be sitting on the grass during the ceremony. Please dress accordingly.

In anticipation of high interest in the event, please limit participation to immediate family members or guardians and save celebrations with extended family (aunts, uncles, cousins, older siblings, etc. for outside of school). We are not imposing a two-person limit but do ask that you be mindful of the constraints on space and distancing as you determine who will attend to celebrate your 8th grader.

Some minimal seating will be provided for those that may need seating, but the best views will be standing. Parents should plan to stand/sit on the south and west sides of the courtyard. Everyone on campus is still required to wear a mask. LO Online students may participate virtually via webcam or by signing up for either the AM or PM cohort here.

Parents preferring to attend virtually may also do so via this link: Join Zoom Meeting. The brief promotion ceremony will include musical performance, a special literary reading, words of celebration and recognition, the presentation of the class to the high school administration, and a gift for each of our 8th graders. At the end of the ceremony students will be dismissed to join their parents for photos and departure. We are excited to have the opportunity to celebrate this class in a way that honors this milestone and launches them into high school in a celebratory fashion.

8th Grade Kudoboard

Plans for 8th Grade celebration, scheduled for Tuesday, June 15, are underway. To kickoff our celebration season, we are sharing the link to the 8th Grade Kudoboard.

A Kudoboard is a digital group card where families and friends can post notes congratulating our LMS 8th Graders for a job well done (think of it as signing your student's yearbook). We encourage and invite all of our LMS families and staff members to join us in acknowledging our 8th grade students and wishing them well on the transition to high school.

Here's how to post to the 8th Grade Kudoboard:

  1. Click here:
  2. Click on +Add to Board in the upper left of the page
  3. Write a positive message, add a photo or gif, and click Post
  4. Your name will appear at the bottom of your post, so students will see who sent each message

The deadline for posting messages on the 8th Grade Kudoboard is Sunday, June 13. Students will receive an email with a link to their 8th Grade Kudoboard during the last week of school.

Credit for High School Courses Completed Before Ninth Grade Declaration of Intent Regarding High School Transcript

Per policy JECDA-AR, students may earn high school credit for accelerated courses taken before ninth grade under specified conditions.

By default, all high-school-level courses taken at a middle school in Lake Oswego School District will appear on the student’s high school transcript. These credits accumulate toward graduation, but are not calculated into the student's cumulative high school GPA.

Please use this form to notify the middle school if you do not want the course to appear on the high school transcript.

ATTENTION 7th Graders! BC Leader Application Deadline

The deadline for BC Leader applications is tomorrow (Thursday, June 10). You can complete your application here:

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Info for future 6th Grade Families

One of the best things you can do during the summer to prepare for middle school? Read books! Pick things you love. There are great ideas at the links from our library below.

ALSO: Watch for more communication from us at the start of August about open house opportunities, first day of school info (6th graders only on the first day!), and more good stuff. We're eager to see you at school next year!

Summer Reading

Reading Colors Your World: The Lake Oswego Public Library 2021 Summer Challenge begins June 1st. We are inviting all families to register online at, set their own goals, and read all summer long. Your FREE book is yours to claim as soon as you register. We’ve created some extra challenges that go beyond reading, including a city-wide scavenger hunt. Log your time spent reading, complete challenges, and find all the colors of the rainbow hidden in our city parks, and you’ll earn raffle tickets good for our End-of-Summer prize drawings. We can’t wait to see you at the Summer Library Challenge Headquarters (706 Fourth St.) soon.

Students will be receiving LOPL postcards at their home address with more information about the summer reading challenge.

LAST CALL FOR: 2020-2021 Photo Submissions for our Distance Learning Magazine

Please add up to five photos depicting Lakeridge Middle School students for our 2020-2021 Distance Learning Magazine. The photos should focus on students having fun and following their academic or social interests. All uploads will be checked for inappropriate content. A QR code featured in the printed magazine will direct viewers to an online photo gallery full of community submissions. If you do not wish to make a Google account, please ask your student to assist by logging into their school Google account. Thank you!

Counseling Corner

This week’s character strong SEL lesson 30: Reflections / Final Lesson includes an overview of the different strategies and topics we have talked about this year. After reminding the students of the topics, they can choose one of four ways to reflect and share that with a friend or classmate. Consider asking your student to share their reflection with you and you can share your thoughts on the year as well.

We hope you all have a good week,

Your LMS Counseling Team

School Counselors:

Callie Charon (6th)

Monica Binder (7th)

Marcy Watts (8th)

Tuesday Office Hour:

Callie Charon (6th): Student and Family Office Hour 1:00 - 2:00

Monica Binder (7th): Student and Family Office Hour 1:00 - 2:00

Marcy Watts (8th): Student and Family Office Hour 1:00 - 2:00

Request to meet with your counselor:

If your child ever needs support after school hours, there are many other resources available including the 24-Hour Clackamas County Crisis and Support Line at 503-655-8585 and

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Library Book Return

It’s springtime! Music, flowers, and a time for books to begin to make their way home to a new building!

Have books that you ARE NOT using in 4th Quarter? Please, begin now to send them to hybrid classrooms with your student. If you are an LO ONLINE student, your books can be dropped at the curb bin or brought inside to the LMS Foyer.

Summer Office Hours

June 16th - June 25th we will be open Monday - Friday 9:00 - 3:00 pm

The office will be closed June 28th - July 30th.

Starting August 2nd our office will be open Monday - Friday 9:00 am - 3:00 pm

Please call (option #5) or email Marian Kahler for any enrollment / withdrawal / transfer or transcript requests.

Please call (option #8) or email Jessica Easterly for General Questions.

Be Well & Have a Wonderful Summer!

Smart Start

SAVE THE DATE: Smart Start Thursday, Aug. 26, 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 with their teachers and to feel prepared for the start of school. For the 2021-22 School Year, Smart Start is in person Aug. 26, 2021, from 1-3 p.m.

Teachers will be familiar with your student’s plan and accommodations. To help better 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. 26!

Parent Teacher Organization

Please welcome your new LMS PTO Executive Board for 2021/2022!

President Brian Madden

Vice President Maria Kimberling
Secretary Ashley Foster
Treasurer Ahnawake Kriese
Assistant Treasurer Amy Fowler
Volunteer Coordinator Sarah Foster
Fundraising Coordinator Sarah Howell

Also please welcome your 2021/22 PTO Committee Chairs and Coordinators:

Audrey Buchanan, Sarah Howell, Vicky Hua, Jason Karls, Jessica Klein, Brooke Krawetz, Jerome Lee, Natalie Loomis, Jennifer McUne, Susan Rieflin, Andrea Serochi, Adrienne Southard, Marsha Stone, Jie Wang, Tobi Webster, Heather Wick.

Want to volunteer with PTO next year? A few signups are still available here:

District Information

Lakeridge Cheer Team

See the flyers included below for information about signing up for the cheer team at Lakeridge Cheer as well as their rec team.

Pacer Dance Team

Pacer Dance Team will be hosting an open summer conditioning program for all students interested in joining PDT. This will give them the opportunity to learn and develop skills. It also opens up the opportunity for someone without a studio dance background to see what skills they can learn before heading into tryouts for the Game Day Team the week of August 16.

The link to the teams page is below if you want to see the structure of skills between the Game Day Team and the Competition Team. Auditions for the competition team will be the week of Sept. 13. The flyer is also linked here.

Questions? Contact Coach Moore at

Oregon Student Voice Opportunity

Oregon Student Voice, a student led nonprofit which aims to make students authentic partners with other education stakeholders in the K-12 education system, is holding their annual Empower Rally (virtually on Zoom this year due to COVID 19) which hosts middle and high school students across Oregon. It will be held on June 12th and 13th, with 4 different sessions and 2 each day. Interested? Registration is free and the google form can be opened on the flyer through the QR code or link. Students can register for up to all 4 sessions.


Registration Link

Vaccination Clinic

The Lake Oswego Fire Department is hosting several COVID-19 vaccine clinics at Lakeridge Middle School. The clinics are for Pfizer vaccine first and second doses on: June 9, June 16, June 30, July 7, July 14, July 21. Following are instructions for how to participate in the clinic.

1. Schedule an appointment using this website or QR code:

Currently open for scheduling: June 9; you may schedule an appointment for other dates soon.

2. Complete Vaccination Consent Form.

For ages 12-14 years, parents/guardian consent is required. For ages 15-17, parent/guardian consent is encouraged but under Oregon law, minors 15 years of age and older may consent to their own medical treatment including vaccinations. Please print and complete consent from and bring it to the appointment. There will be extra forms available at the clinic.

COVID-19 Vaccine Consent Form - English

Formulario de consentimiento de vacunación contra el COVID-19

3. At The Clinic.

Wear your mask and observe physical distancing guidelines.

Wear short sleeves.

There is no payment or insurance billing.


Click here for a flyer about the LOFD Vaccine Clinics at Lakeridge Middle School.

Please Verify Your Student's Information

  • Parents, Please Verify Your Student's Information: Beginning April 30, LOSD needs parents/guardians of all students enrolled for the 2021-22 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 and Technology Agreement.

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.

Hunger Fighters Oregon

The pantry will be open all summer for contactless curbside pickup every Saturday

from 1-2:30 p.m.! Visit our website for more

We’re also hiring! We are currently in the process of searching for our first Executive

Director to manage the pantry. It is a part-time position, starting as soon as possible.

You can find all the information here: HFO - We're Hiring

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.

Grab and Go Meal Distribution

See the flyer below for summer grab and go info.

For the most up-to-date information, please visit

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