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.
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
STEM Lab Donations needed:
Please slow down!
Field Trip Chaperones/Volunteers:
Also, the district requires that ALL volunteers complete the Statement of Understanding prior to your volunteer shift or field trip.
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:
Admission is free.
6th Grade Parent Night at LMS - 5/18 at 6:30 pm
Volunteers needed for next year!
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.
Erin Bateman, Pantry Coordinator
Hunger Fighters Oregon
4th Grade Refugee Donation Drive:
Lakeridge Youth Cheer - Parent Meeting on 5/24
COVID 19 Reported Cases Update
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.
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 attending a school other than Westridge (or Lakeridge Middle School), please email Andrea Murphy at email@example.com 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.
Volunteering at Westridge:
In order to volunteer, please make sure you have the following on record with the school:
- Show or email your vaccination card to Jodi Steward or Andrea Murphy (firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com)
- Complete the Statement of Understanding prior to your volunteer shift
- 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)
If you need to pick your child up early from school, please let the teacher and the office know ahead of time.
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.
(Students should also be aware that intentionally providing a false report is a serious offense.)