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LOSD News • October 25, 2019

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

Superintendent Listening Sessions Next Week

Feedback Surveys: Input Needed by Oct. 27

Community Engagement Meeting About Pool

Celebrating Red Ribbon Week Oct. 28-Nov. 1

Project Yum! Kiwi Berries are Here!

October Is Dyslexia Awareness Month

October is National Principals Month

School-Related Info:

  • Lake Oswego High School Musical

Community Info:

  • Free Vaccination Clinics
  • New Information for Quitting Vaping

Regular Reminders:

  • Get Social with LOSD
  • SafeOregon
  • Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App
  • What's New at Community School?

Message from the Superintendent

Last Saturday, LOSD hosted the first Multi-City Equity Summit at Lake Oswego High School. It was heartening to see many community members from across neighboring cities come together to learn and grow in the realm of equity. Civic leaders, law enforcement, fire fighters, elected officials, educators and district leaders spent the day engaged in learning about bias awareness, inclusivity, self-reflection, racism, intersectionality and more.

As I reflect on not only this day, but also on the path ahead, I know that we have exciting work to do as we continue to cultivate environments that are welcoming and honoring of all members of our communities. Afterall, equity, at its core, is rooted in relationships. Inclusion is rooted in a willingness to hear and accept multiple perspectives, and to develop relationships with people who are different than us. All of our lives can be enhanced by engaging in authentic experiences of learning about each others experiences, culture, abilities, race, ethnicity, and identity. When we build communities in which everyone feels they belong, we all win.

Superintendent Listening Sessions Next Week

We want to hear from you! Superintendent Dr. Lora de la Cruz will be holding parent listening sessions to get to know you and to hear your perspective on any topic you'd like to share. Four sessions will be held across the district with each night dedicated to specific schools. If you are unable to attend your school's listening session, you are welcome to attend a session that is more convenient.

Monday, Oct. 28, 6-7 p.m.

Location: Lakeridge High School - Library

Target Audience: Lakeridge High School, Lakeridge Middle School, Hallinan Elementary

Tuesday, Oct. 29, 6-7 p.m.

Location: Lake Oswego High School - Library

Target Audience: Lake Oswego High School, Forest Hills Elementary, Lake Grove Elementary

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 6-7 p.m.

Location: River Grove Elementary - Library

Target Audience: River Grove Elementary, Westridge Elementary

Tuesday, Nov. 5, 6-7 p.m.

Location: Oak Creek Elementary @ Uplands - Gym

Target Audience: Oak Creek Elementary, Lake Oswego Middle School

Feedback Surveys: Input Needed by Oct. 27

We are seeking your input on a number of district-related initiatives. If you haven't had a chance to do so already, please complete the two short surveys below today. They are designed to take less than five minutes of your time.

The first survey is seeking your input about elementary school boundaries. Click here to participate:

The second survey is seeking your input about students' social-emotional learning needs. Click here to participate:

Both surveys are open for input through Sunday, Oct. 27, 2019.

We appreciate your continued engagement as we embark on key initiatives shaping the current and future experiences of our students. Thank you for your time and feedback.

Community Engagement Meeting About Pool

Please join us and share your opinion and insights as Lake Oswego School District and the CIty of Lake Oswego develop a final concept and design for a new community pool that will be a shared asset for the two entities to be enjoyed by the residents of Lake Oswego.

Lakeridge High School Library

Wednesday, Nov. 6

6-8 p.m.

This first community engagement opportunity will provide LO residents with:

  • Background on work that has been done, to date.
  • Review of program components under consideration.
  • Review the four sites that are under consideration.
  • An opportunity to get your feedback to the design team so they can get back to Council and School Board on a final recommendation on location and program components.

Light refreshments and snacks will be provided.

Celebrating Red Ribbon Week Oct. 28 - Nov. 1

Red Ribbon Week is a national initiative to increase drug awareness and prevention among school children. ​By participating in Red Ribbon Week, students are encouraged to speak out in support of healthy choices.

This year’s theme -- Send a Message, Stay Drug Free -- is a reminder that by staying drug free, you are sending a message to yourself and others about how much you value yourself, your overall health, your community and your future.

Each school is celebrating Red Ribbon Week in unique ways. Look to your principal's newsletter for specifics at your student's school.

Project Yum: Kiwi Berries are Here!

LOSD is always looking for new fresh items to enhance our lunch menu. Kiwi berries straight from Morning Shade Farm in Canby, Oregon, will be in our salad bars beginning in the middle of next week (as they ripen).

About the size of a grape, kiwi berries are a smaller and sweeter variety of kiwi fruit that have a smooth and edible skin. No need to peel!

LOSD Food Services strives to support student's academic success by serving appealing nutritious food in a positive and encouraging environment. Click here for more information on LOSD's school lunch program.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Gifted and Dyslexic?

Some kids with learning and attention issues have exceptional skills in certain academic areas. These kids are often called “twice-exceptional” learners. (You may sometimes see this abbreviated as “2E.”)

Some organizations estimate that there are hundreds of thousands of twice-exceptional learners in U.S. schools. But there are no hard numbers because so many of these students are never formally identified as being gifted, having a disability, or both. Your child may experience dyslexia and be talented and gifted (TAG).

In LOSD, both Student Services and TAG Services are responsible for meeting the needs of twice-exceptional students and should work in cooperation. The student’s abilities will determine appropriate instruction.

If you have questions or concerns regarding our child’s learning, please call the school principal, TAG coordinator, and/or literacy specialist. You can also contact your school’s representatives for TAG-AC (TAG Advisory Committee) or SSPAC (Student Services Parent Advisory Committee).

To read about twice exceptional students, visit UNDERSTOOD.ORG:

Gifted Children’s Challenges with Learning and Attention Issues:

LOSD 2E information:

October is National Principals Month

October is National Principals Month, a time to recognize all of our principals and assistant principals for their educational leadership, their support for students and staff, and their essential role in creating school cultures that foster respect and achievement. A big THANK YOU to all of you!

Let's say thanks to principals!
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Lake Oswego High School Musical

Come and enjoy the talented Lake Oswego High School drama cast and crew presenting the highly entertaining, Tony Award winning musical Chicago. LOHS will be performing the High School Edition of Chicago to ensure the production is more family friendly for all audiences.

November 7, 9, 14 and 16 at 7 p.m.

November 9 and 16 at 2 p.m.

Doors open 30 minutes prior to the performance.

All performances will be held in the LOHS auditorium.

Click here to reserve your tickets today!

$15 for adults and $10 for students and seniors.

Get ready to be dazzled with color, action and rip-roaring musical numbers that will have you wanting to jump out of your seats and join in on the fun!

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Free vaccination clinic

Clackamas County Health, Housing and Human Services is hosting a FREE to everyone vaccination clinic at Clackamas Town Center.

Wednesday, Nov. 6.

2:30 - 6:30 p.m.

Happy Valley, Oregon

In the event tent at N.W. corner of 82nd and Monterey Ave.

Vaccinations offered at the clinic:


MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella)

Hepatitis A

New Information for Quitting Vaping

Oregon Health Authority has developed new flyers outlining a number of resources available for helping adults and teens quit vaping. For information, visit:

LOSD prohibits the use, distribution or sale of tobacco products and inhalant delivery systems. For the complete policy, visit:

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Get Social: Follow, Share, Engage

LOSD has ramped up its social media presence. Please join us on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram @LOSD_Proud


Parents 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.)

Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App

Stay connected to the district and your school(s) and receive urgent notifications by subscribing to the Lake Oswego Schools App.

What's New at Community School?

The LOSD Community School offers enrichment and athletic programs, and activities for students of all ages including robotics, STEM, arts, language, and theater.

Check out this week's edition.

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