Westridge Wildcat News

May 13, 2022

Message from the Principal

Dear Westridge Community,


With our Carnival this evening (from 5-8) I am feeling so grateful for our amazing PTSO. Without our PTSO and our amazing volunteers, events like this simply would not be possible. A special thank you for Rebecca Weinstein and Megan Finley for their valiant efforts in putting together such a wonderful event!


Along with the Carnival, the PTSO has also accomplished two amazing and joyful weeks of theater, a rocking fitness month, a transformative community service month, sponsored the STEM assembly, helped pull off the Book Fair and much, much more! Without the efforts of our PTSO Board, Jen Singer, Crystal Metras, Rebecca Weinstein, and Katie McElhaney, none of this would be possible. Thank you!


If you are interested in participating in PTSO next year, please reach out right away! Next Thursday at 7pm via Zoom we will have elections for next year’s board.


With gratitude,


Jules Laaperi

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Principal

Save the Dates!

5/13: Carnival 5:00-8:00pm

5/18: 6th Grade Parent Night at LMS 6:30 (more info below)

5/25: 5th graders visit to LMS 9:15 am-11:00 am

5/25: 1st Grade Field Trip - Zoo

5/27: No School (Grading day)

5/30: Memorial Day - No School

6/6: 4th Grade Field Trip- Philip Foster Farm

6/8: 3rd Grade Field Trip - Willamette Jet Boats

6/8: 5th grade Sneak!

6/9: 5th Grade Celebration at 10:30

6/10: Last day of school - Early dismissal at 11:00am

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STEM Lab Donations needed:

We need wine corks for a project in the STEM lab! If you have some collected and need a home for them, please drop them off in the bin in the school vestibule.

Thank you!

Please slow down!

Safety is our highest priority here at Westridge. This starts every morning with drop off and ends with dismissal. Please slow down in our parking lot and on Royce. Please follow directions and school policies and procedures. We have students, staff and vehicles that are all at risk when you are in a hurry or not paying attention to your driving. Thank you for partnering with us to make Westridge a safe place!

Field Trip Chaperones/Volunteers:

This is a reminder that if you plan on going on a field trip as a chaperone, we need to see proof of your Covid-19 vaccine. Please email Jodi Steward (stewardj@loswego.k12.or.us) a picture of your card or show it in person next time you are in the building.


Also, the district requires that ALL volunteers complete the Statement of Understanding prior to your volunteer shift or field trip.


Thank you!

Carnival!

The Westridge annual Carnival is Friday, May 13, from 5 - 8 pm at the school. It takes all of us to make Carnival happen. As in years past, each classroom is assigned a booth or game to operate. If you plan on coming to Carnival, please sign up to work a quick shift at our classroom booth.


Sign up for your booth shift here:

https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080B45AAA928A0F94-westridge1


Admission is free.

6th Grade Parent Night at LMS - 5/18 at 6:30 pm

LMS is eager to welcome future 6th grade parents to an evening of presentations that will help you prepare for life as a middle school parent. The night will include a counselor presentation about parenting a middle schooler, information from 6th grade teachers about what to expect academically in middle school, and a panel of current 6th grade students giving you the scoop on what life is really like as a student at LMS.

Volunteers needed for next year!

Looking for a way to volunteer in a regular and impactful way at Westridge? Consider stepping into the role of leading Westridge’s monthly student newspaper, What’s Up, Westridge?, written by and for the students! Please contact Stef Fogarty at (619)977-5299 or svfogarty@gmail.com if you’re interested. No journalism experience required and you will learn everything you need to know!

Hunger Fighters Household Donation Drive:

Many thanks to those who so generously supported the fifth grade service project last week! With your help, we will now be able to distribute 265 pounds of household items to over 1000 clients within our community who suffering from food insecurity. These items are not covered by SNAP benefits so are highly desirable when clients come to us for assistance. We also collected $160 in cash donations, which will go directly to Hunger Fighters to support their endeavors.


Warmly,


Erin Bateman, Pantry Coordinator

Hunger Fighters Oregon

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4th Grade Refugee Donation Drive:

Check out our 4th grade class pictures to celebrate their refugee donation drive!

Lakeridge Youth Cheer - Parent Meeting on 5/24

Registration for the 2022-23 Youth Rec Sideline Team is now open. There will be a parent meeting on Thursday, May 24th at 6:30 pm in the LHS Cheer Gym. It is open to all incoming 3rd-5th graders - girls and boys welcome. For more information and to register, visit lakeridgecheer.com
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COVID 19 Reported Cases Update

The LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard is up to date with the number of staff and students who have reported to LOSD testing positive for COVID-19, regardless of school exposure. With any potential exposure, people are advised to watch for illness symptoms and follow Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 exclusion procedures. Please contact District Nurse Lisa McBee at mcbeel@loswego.k12.or.us. if your student has tested positive for COVID-19.

State Assessment Score Reports

This summer, LOSD will deliver students’ state assessment results online through ParentVUE rather than mailing paper. This is in keeping with the district’s strategic goal of sustainability and mirrors how we deliver report cards. Your child’s assessment reports will appear on your ParentVUE Documents page in late July. As you review your student’s English Language Arts, math, and science scores, please keep in mind:

  • An achievement level of 3 or 4 is considered to be on track for the student’s grade level.
  • Scores on state assessments are only one measure of a student’s academic progress. We use these scores in conjunction with classroom work and other daily, weekly, monthly, and term assessments to understand your student’s strengths and areas for improvement.
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 or need assistance, please contact your student’s school.

2022-2023 Verification

Beginning April 29, LOSD needs parents/guardians of all students enrolled for the 2022-23 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.


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.

Not attending Westridge next year?

If your student will be returning to Westridge next year (or if you have a 5th grader going to Lakeridge Middle School), then there is no action needed on your part.


If your student will be attending a school other than Westridge (or Lakeridge Middle School), please email Andrea Murphy at murphya@loswego.k12.or.us as soon as possible.

Opt out or Hold Covid Screening Kits:


LOSD is preparing for the last distribution of COVID-19 Student Screening testing supplies.

Please let us know if your student does not need any more supplies through the last collection day, Wednesday, Jun. 8.


  • If you are interested in un-enrolling your K-12 student in the program, click OPT OUT to complete the OPT OUT form.

  • If you are interested in your student continuing to participate in the program, but do not need any more supplies, click HOLD to complete the HOLD form.


No need to do anything if your student is planning to participate and needs to receive supplies in this last distribution.


Thank you.

Volunteering at Westridge:


In order to volunteer, please make sure you have the following on record with the school:




  • Register with Raptor by bringing your photo ID into the office. (If you've registered in years prior, you do not need to do it again)

Student Attendance:

If your child will be absent, please email your student's teacher and copy the office at murphya@loswego.k12.or.us. Please list the date your child will be absent and any illness symptoms.


If you need to pick your child up early from school, please let the teacher and the office know ahead of time.

SafeOregon

Parents-guardians who have concerns about a student’s well-being are encouraged to reach out to their principal, and to maintain strong lines of communication and partnership between students, families, staff, and other resources.


SafeOregon is also an effective way to report a tip regarding safety threats or potential acts of violence to our students or schools.


https://www.safeoregon.com/

(Students should also be aware that intentionally providing a false report is a serious offense.)

Contact information for the Westridge PTSO

Westridge Elementary School

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.