Westridge Wildcat News

April 9, 2021

TAG Testing Moved to the 2021-22 School Year

Each school year our second grade students are given a TAG screener where individual results can help recognize exceptional ability and/or gifted potential in our students. Due to the reduction in instructional time this school year, the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) will not be administered this spring, and instead all second and third-grade students will be tested in the fall of 2021 to accommodate the change in testing schedule for this school year.

Please feel free to connect with our building TAG Coordinator, Mrs. Swanson at swansona@loswego.k12.or.us if you have any questions.

Picture Day!

Picture day will be on April 13th with Dorian Photography.

  • Hybrid students will have pictures taken during their normal in person class time.
  • School pictures for LO Online students will be on April 13th from 4:00-4:30pm here at the school in the gym by Dorian Photography.

LO Online Students only: To ensure we are maintaining social distancing guidelines, please sign up for a time slot to have your child's picture taken. Picture day sign up for Westridge LO Online Students (This sign up is for LO Online students ONLY.)

Please note that retakes will not be done at the school this year, but you can make arrangements to have them done at the Dorian studio.

You have the ability to order pictures online by visiting dorianstudio.com and searching for

Westridge Elementary. Your online order can be placed before and up to four (4) days after picture


After the 4-day grace period expires, a personalized access key will be sent home with picture

delivery. A $7 shipping and handling fee will be added to all orders made with a personalized

access key and orders will ship directly to your home.

Thank you Brigid Halloran!

Thank you to the very talented Brigid Halloran, (mother of Jack Halloran in 1st grade) for taking some time to revamp Rocky, our Westridge Mascot. You'll see some of his new moves below! Thank you so much for sharing your talent Brigid!
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Yearbook Pictures Deadline is April 9th!

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Crunch and Munch with Mrs. Bates

1st grade Crunch and Munch

We will resume on 4/6!

Coding Club with Mrs. Bates

Coding Club-- Announcement

Our next coding club is on 4/16 at 11:15am.

Lunchtime Social Groups with Mr. Kieser

Kindergarten-Mondays 11:30-12:00

2nd grade-Tuesdays 11:30-12:00

4th grade-Thursdays 11:30-12:00

Students can use these instructions to access the Zoom link through their Clever account, or you can use this link directly:


Counselor's Corner - News you can use from Mr. Kieser

Dear Westridge parents, on April 5th I presented at the PTSO meeting on the topic of building problem-solving skills between parents and children. We recorded the presentation to make it available to everyone. My hope is that this information helps you begin building a systematic approach to solving problems, as well as teaching your child vital problem-solving skills. Below is a link to the presentation, and a PDF of the slides with live links to all of the resources mentioned in the talk. If you have any questions, please contact me at kieserg@loswego.k12.or.us.

PTSO Problem-Solving Presentation

PTSO Problem-Solving Handout

Gary Kieser, MA, LPC

School Counselor

Westridge Elementary School

503-534-2371, ext. 3932

LOSD Distance Learning Resources

Request to talk to Mr. Kieser

Mystery Science Kits still available!

Mystery Science kits are still available at the school for pick up. The office is open from 7:30am-3:30pm, where you can ask for the grade appropriate kit.

New Student Registration for 2021-22 School Year

Registration for the 2021-22 school year will begin soon.

  • January 20, 2021 for registering new students enrolling into grades 1–12 who have never enrolled in Lake Oswego before and returning students enrolling into grades 1–12 who are not currently enrolled but will re-enroll for next year.
  • February 24, 2021 for registering new students enrolling into kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year.
  • Students who are currently attending LOSD during the 2020-21 school year do not need to register for the 2021-22 school year.

LOSD is pleased to offer online registration through its parent portal, ParentVUE (contact your resident school for help with logging in). See the Registration & Verification page of the LOSD website for guidance.

Wednesday Workshops for LOSD Elementary Students

Through a partnership with the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation, LOSD is pleased to offer another term of Wednesday Workshops enrichment classes to create more connection experiences for our LOSD elementary students only and offered free of charge.

Wednesday Workshops will run for 6 weeks from April 21, 2021 to May 26, 2021. Classes are scheduled from 9:15-10:15 a.m. and 10:30-11:30 a.m. and can accommodate both the AM and PM cohort schedules.

Wednesday Workshops sign up is through LOSD Community Schools and features fun, high-quality third-party instructors in science, robotics, engineering, art, world languages as well as activity classes in leadership, movement, writing, acting and more.

Please click here to go to the Wednesday Workshops landing page on the LOSD website for more information and to register for a class.


We are so excited to to see the Westridge campus filling with returning students, teachers, and staff. We look forward to re-connecting with many of you again in the days and weeks ahead, and we hope you'll be able to join us for our next virtual PTSO general meeting. During this meeting, we will be joined by Gary Kieser, student counselor, who will discuss "Problem-Solving between Children and Parents: a System for Collaboration." Mr. Kieser will cover three methods of solving short and long term problems with resources to use at home.

Monday, April 5

6:00 - 7:00 p.m.



Meeting ID: 850 3039 9559

Passcode: 617894

If you would like to review minutes from previous meetings, you can find them at https://www.losdschools.org/Page/2439.

Donating to Westridge PTSO

The Westridge Elementary PTSO (Parent Teacher Student Organization) is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization run by parent volunteers. Through parent and community donations, we help to fund field trips, technology, and over 30 school programs each year for the enrichment of Westridge students.

While in the midst of the ongoing COVID pandemic, we find ourselves in an especially unique position this year. Many of our community members have experienced financial hardships as a result of the pandemic. We realize that it may not be viable for your family to donate to our annual fundraiser, and thus, we are not hosting one during this academic year.

While our school year looks quite different this year, the need for resources to enrich the academic experience of each and every student is still very real. Therefore, we are still gratefully accepting donations. If you are in a position to donate and able to take advantage of your employer's corporate matching program, we encourage you to participate in giving. Your donations are incredibly valuable and allow us to support our teachers and students.

Thank you for considering donating to support our Westridge students. If you would like to donate at this time or at any time during the school year, please visit Tinyurl.com/wildcatfund.

PTSO Fundraiser: Minted

We are excited to announce that you can now use promo code FUNDRAISEWESTRIDGE all year long on minted.com. The PTSO will receive 15% of all orders when this code is entered at check out. Go ahead and get your Valentine’s orders in! Minted has a great variety of fun custom gifts such as cards, handbags, puzzles, art gifts, etc.

Reminder - Closed Campus

We are so fortunate to have students back at school learning. Unfortunately some of them are choosing to visit our campus during the school day when they do not have classes and distracting others. Students are only welcome on campus during their cohort's time for in-person instruction. All LOSD playgrounds are closed from 8-4 Monday-Friday. We want to ensure everyone's safety and do not have staff to supervise children during their asynchronous learning times.

No Dogs on Campus

We love your sweet dogs, but to keep all our Wildcats safe and sound, we ask that you do not bring your dog on campus. We have students who have phobias around dogs and we want to keep all our students feeling safe.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Bias and Racial Incident Reporting Form and Information

On November 16, 2020, the LOSD School Board approved the ALL Students Belong Policy which prohibits the display of hate symbols and the use of hate speech in our school community. This is another step forward in our efforts of becoming an anti-bias and anti-racist organization and living up to the District’s core values of equity and inclusion. The All Students Belong Policy makes it clear that hate will not be tolerated nor accepted in our schools. We encourage students to stand against hate by interrupting and reporting any bias and/or racist incident that they witness or personally experience.

We want LOSD schools to be a safe, welcoming, and loving space where all students have the opportunity to be themselves and thrive socially and academically. If you have witnessed or experienced any harm directed to any student, teacher, or staff member based on perceived or actual identity, you can report to your administrator, a trusted staff member, by using the new elementary Incident Report or anonymously to SafeOregon.

ODE State Assessment Notice

The Oregon Department of Education publishes an annual notice regarding state assessments 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.

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