Westridge Wildcat News

August 20, 2019

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Welcome to the 2019-20 school year!

This has been a busy summer! Our building and staff are getting ready to welcome you back for another great school year! I am excited to share that thanks to the generosity and commitment of our parents and community, the bond work at Westridge has given us an incredible, fresh, and innovative learning environment for our Wildcats. We cannot wait to see you on Monday, August 26th.

As we button up finishing touches at Westridge, please note that campus will continue to be closed to the public through the end of the day August 23rd, 2019. We appreciate your patience and know that the anticipation is just as exciting for us as it is for you and your families! Please note teachers will be prioritizing being prepared for teaching your children over decorated bulletin boards and finishing touches to classroom décor.

Looking forward to seeing you all on Monday, August 26th!

Principal Montgomery

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Bulk School Supply Update!

If you contributed to bulk school supplies last spring, the Green Committee has your school supplies covered! This week the green committee will sort supplies into boxes for each teacher/classroom so that every classroom is equipped and ready to go for the start of the school year. Reminder that because these are bulk communal supplies your student will not receive a “kit” of supplies. You only need to send: a backpack, lunch bag, 3 inch 3 ring binder for Jaques class only, and a 4 function only calculator (add, subtract, multiply, divide) for sixth grade math class

If you didn’t participate if bulk supplies, the supply lists can be found here. Please send these items with your student(s) on the first day of school, unless otherwise indicated by the classroom teacher.
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Have a child on an IEP or 504? Join us for Smart Start!

Hi Westridge Parents/Guardians,

Please follow the link, Smart Start Checklist 2019-2020 to the LOSD Smart Start Document. The document is to assist parents and students with special education and/or 504 services. It has helpful information regarding transportation, case managers, and a before school opportunity to meet your student's classroom teacher and case manager.

Smart Start is scheduled on Thursday, August 22 @ 1:30-3:00pm* at Palisades Elementary in the Gym. You can find Palisades at 1500 Greentree Ave, Lake Oswego, OR, 97034. Due to continued construction, no public access to Westridge will be permitted. We hope to see you at Palisades!

*This time is exclusively for students experiencing disabilities (IEP or 504 services) to ensure parents and students have dedicated time with their case manager and classroom teacher.

Smart Start Checklist 2019/2020

Student Introduction Templates for Smart Start (Downloadable)

Principal Montgomery

Introducing Our Westridge Staff:

Our incredible staff is looking forward to welcoming you and your children into the 2019-20 school year! This year we have several new staff as noted below.

Kindergarten – Mrs. Blankenship, Mrs. Fagan, and Mrs. Houska

Grade 1 – Mrs. Johnson, Mrs. Pauls, and Mrs. Solomon

Grade 2 – Mrs. Hanberg, Mrs. Howard (NEW), and Mrs. Milberg

Grade 3 – Ms. Carter, Mrs. Shambaugh, and Mrs. Swanson

Grade 4 – Mrs. Bullock, Ms. Jaques, Mrs. Phelps (NEW), and Ms. Schoen (NEW)

Grade 5 – Ms. Bales, Mrs. Harvey, and Mrs. Pilkington

Attendance/Records Secretary – Andrea Murphy

Counselor – Mr. Kieser

Custodian – Garrett Wagner

Dean of Students – Ms. Furrer

DELTA Teachers – Mrs. White and Mrs. Adams (NEW)

Education Assistants – Mrs. Fratzke, Mrs. Godfrey, Mrs. Groner, Mrs. Liss,

Mrs. McKinney, Mrs. Pribyl, Mrs. Regan, Mrs. Taylor, Mrs. Waite

Engineer – John Russel

Lead Secretary – Jodi Steward

Learning Specialist – Mrs. Krull

Library Technician – Mrs. Calbreath

Literacy Specialist/Coach – Mrs. Troike

Music – Mrs. McMahon (returning)

PE – Mrs. Della Paolera

RTI Coordinator/Coach – Mrs. Kopacek

School Psych .5 – Mrs. Vogel

Speech Language Pathologist .5 – Ms. Szanasy

STEM Facilitator – Mrs. Melton

Medication at School?

If your child will be taking any form of medication at school, please visit the Office once school starts to fill out the necessary paperwork. Andrea and Jodi in the Office can assist you - thanks!
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Increased Safety & Security - Raptor Technology

We are excited for the start of school and we are excited to welcome everyone back to school. As a reminder, with safety being our top priority, all schools are now utilizing the Raptor Visitor Management. On the first day of school, Westridge will have staff greeting students and parents when entering the building, and every parent will be welcomed as they drop off their student(s).

The Raptor Visitor Management system will be functional in our school that day. Please have patience with us in the first week of school as we operationalize our security procedures and systems. Please bring your state issued picture ID to register with the Raptor Visitor system!

Learn more about how to register: LOSD & Raptor

Student Enrollment Verification (action item)

Parents of all students enrolled for the 2019-20 school year must log into ParentVUE and review/update their students' information through the Online Registration tab.

Schools rely on parents to ensure that this information is correct so they can contact the appropriate people during an emergency, respond to a medical situation, and communicate non-emergency information effectively. If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, go to the login page, click "I am a Parent," then click "Create New Account or Reset Password" and choose "Forgot Password." For guidance, visit the LOSD website (under "Enrolling and Transfer > Online Registration) or contact the school at 503-534-2371. We appreciate your help!

Back to School Night- NEW!

Please note – new date for Westridge Back to School Night is Tuesday, October 1st from 6pm to 7:30pm. More details to come!

Seeking Applications for Bond Accountability Committee

Lake Oswego School District is seeking qualified applicants for the Bond Accountability Committee. This committee plays a key role in ensuring transparency and accountability in the implementation of the 2017 school improvement bond.

For an explanation of committee member roles, responsibilities and qualifications, please see the committee charter here.

Deadline to apply is 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 23

Click here for link to application

Annual State Assessment Notice

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

Save the Date!


8/26 - First Day of School (all students grades 1-5)

8/29 - First Day of School (Kindergarten students)

10/01 – Back to School Night

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.