Westridge Wildcat News

August 28, 2020

Message from the Principal

Dear Wildcat Families,

Staff returned to Westridge this week and we are all excited to see you at Supply and Device Drive-thru on Tuesday, 9/1 between 9 am and 3:30 pm at Westridge!

Supply and Device Drive-thru

We are preparing bags with school-issued devices (iPads for grades K-2 and Chromebooks for grades 3-5), books and materials for drive-thru pickup on Tuesday, September 1st.

Before arriving, families must complete The LOSD Student/Parental Consent & Technology Form -- one form for each student. If you arrive at the pickup without a form submitted, you will need to drive out of line to complete your form before returning to the line to pick up your school materials.

We now have an OPTIONAL technology device damage and loss protection plan for families. It is $20 per student, with a family maximum of $60. Please see losdschools.org for more details, including the LOSD FEE WAIVER available here.

9/1 - Supply and Device Drive-thru Schedule:

You are welcome to arrive at Westridge between 8am and 11am for families with last names A-K, and 11:30 - 3:30 for families with last name L-Z.

If you need internet access, please contact John Parke at parkej@loswego.k12.or.us to request a hotspot.

We are so excited to welcome new staff to Westridge this year! Please help us welcome our wonderful new educators.

Sydney Olson ~ 2nd Grade

Elizabeth McKay ~ LO Online 5th Grade

Alix Swanson ~ New TAG Coordinator

Angie Matteri ~ 5th Grade

Mai Tran ~ 4th Grade

Kelly Dehning ~ 4th Grade

Monique Jacobs ~ PE

Have a great weekend!

Principal Montgomery

Device and Materials Pick Up - Tuesday, September 1st

Westridge Device & Materials Pick-Up (Drive-Through)

Tuesday, September 1st from 8am - 3:30pm

8am - 11am ~ Families with last names starting with A-K

11:30am - 3:30pm ~ Families with last names starting with L-Z

Parents/guardians must complete and submit The LOSD Student/Parental Consent & Technology Form prior to device pick up on 9/1.

Meet & Greet and Smart Start Meetings Now Virtual

We have a change in plans for our Meet and Greet and Smart Start meetings.

The latest ODE guidance does not allow us to host in-person meet and greet events at our schools, unfortunately. In particular, the requirement of no more than 250 people (students, parents, staff, etc) on campus in a week is a deal breaker. This guidance applies to events held inside and outside, so meetings on our fields or under the outside covered areas are not viable options.

Teachers will be reaching out with new information about virtual one-on-one meetings with students, and will send a link to schedule a time by Thursday, August 27th.

Distribution of devices, books and materials will happen on September 1st, as stated above, so students can have their materials before the start of school. If you do not have internet access, for a hotspot please contact John Parke parkej@loswego.k12.or.us.

Thank you again for your understanding as we navigate guidance for the safety, health and wellbeing of all in our learning community.

Smart Start

Smart Start

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Smart Start is on 9/2-9/4. We are excited that we have an opportunity to meet with your student before the school year starts. For those of you who are new to us, Smart Start is an opportunity specifically for our students with 504s and IEPs, and their parents and guardians, to make introductions with their teachers and to feel prepared for the start of school.

This year’s Smart Start meetings are all virtual and set up by appointment. You should have already received an email from your teacher to schedule your Meet and Greet virtual meeting.

Teachers will be familiar with your student’s accommodations from the file given to them from your case manager. Please complete this one page document and either email it to your teacher in advance or bring it with you to your virtual meeting.

We are excited to get to know your student and you!

Bell Schedule

Please note that all students have classes in the morning and afternoon every day.

8-10:45 Morning Session

  • AM Cohort Math/Language Arts
  • PM Cohort Social Studies/PE/Music/Innovation/Health/Science

12:45-3:30 Afternoon Session

  • PM Cohort Math/Language Arts
  • AM Cohort Social Studies/PE/Music/Innovation/Health/Science

Thursdays ONLY:

8-10:25 Morning Session (same as above)

1:05-3:30 Afternoon Session (same as above)

Tech Info Sessions for Families

LOSD is hosting two technology information sessions for parents and guardians to help students get started with Google Classroom, Seesaw and Zoom.

Thursday, Sept. 3

3-4 p.m. -- Elementary School Tech Session


Thursday, Sept. 3

4-5 p.m. -- Middle and High School Tech Session


The LOSD Logic team will provide an overview of the three platforms, then open up the session for tech questions. Each session will be recorded, and posted on the district website along with other resources and services for families.

LOSD Student and Family Handbook 2020-2021

Click here to view the latest version of the Student and Family Handbook
LOSD Food Services Welcome Letter and Information

Learn about our Food Services options and how to apply for free and reduced lunch.

Updated School Calendar

Grade preparation and parent-teacher conference days have been recalibrated for the new first day of school and quarter schedule. Please click here for an updated district calendar for the 2020-2021 school year.

District Information - Verify Student Info Before Returning to School

Verify Student Info Before Returning to School

LOSD thanks all the parents who have already verified their students' information for the 2020-21 school year. If you haven't done so yet, please 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 contact information has not changed over the past year because the school may have incorrect information from a previous year.
  • Allowing parents to review the health conditions on file at your student's school.
  • Enabling distribution of electronic devices covered by the district's Technology Agreement

The verification window closes September 18, 2020.

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. Please note that verification is not part of the ParentVUE mobile app. However, a button in the app allows you to open verification in a web browser, or you can log into ParentVUE on a computer.

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.

Student Services FAQ Now Available

In addition to the Student Services Plan for the 2020-2021 school year, LOSD has now posted an accompanying Frequently Asked Questions document. Both the plan and the FAQ can be accessed on the district website under Roadmap to Reopening/Student Services and Departments/Student Services.

This information is specifically for students with 504 Plans and Individualized Education Plans (IEPs), as well as students in our ACCESS, Delta, Pathways, and Community Transition programs.

If after reading the Student Services FAQ you have specific questions, please email the Executive Director of Student Services, Patrick Tomblin, at tomblinp@loswego.k12.or.us.

Save the Dates

- September 1st ~ Device and Materials Pick UP - Pick up a device, curriculum resources, school supplies, and any other necessary school materials. Details regarding Smart Start will be forthcoming! *More details to come

- September 2nd, 3rd, 4th ~ Virtual Meet & Greet at Westridge and SMART START for students participating in Hybrid! Teachers will send out class communication and Meet & Greet sign-up links before August 27. During your individually scheduled Meet & Greet time, students will meet their WR teacher, and learn more about what the start of school will look like.

- September 8th ~ First Day of School! Hybrid and Online

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.