The Current

LOSD News • March 18, 2022

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

Spring Break Next Week

LOSD Women's History Month Spotlight of the Week

LOJ Student Wins Lions Club Peace Poster Contest

School Board Meeting Tuesday, Mar. 29

Inviting Elementary Boundary Board Testimony

Board Advisory Committee Applications Open

Seeking Student School Board Representatives

LOSD Safety Symposium April 7

Asian Cultural Festival April 16

LOSD Safety Symposium April 7

LO Sustainability Resource Fair April 24

Youth Truth Surveys

LOSD COVID-19 Information:

  • Stay Home When Ill & Test for COVID-19
  • OHA COVID-19 Exclusion Guidance
  • OHSU Student Screening Enrollment Reopened
  • Community Transition Level: Green
  • LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard

Community:

  • Outside the Art Room Teen Art Showcase

  • Shifting Gears/Gifting Gears Event

  • If I Were Mayor Contest Entries Due Today

  • Last Call for SASEE Award Nominations

Regular Reminders:
  • What's New at Community School
  • Hunger Fighters
  • Clothing Closet
  • Safe Oregon
  • Get Social with LOSD

Message from the Superintendent

Spring break has arrived, which means we are more than two-thirds of the way through the school year! It's been both a joyous and a rigorous year as we reset our routines and ramp up our teaching and learning. Please take our week-long break to rest and restore, for we have a lot more to look forward to as we re-establish more and more events and traditions.


The last part of the school year is always a busy season, filled with huge strides in learning and plenty of new and exciting experiences. Add to that fall and winter activities that we had to push out to spring, and we’ve got a very full calendar for April, May and June!


Over this past year, I have seen incredible dedication from our administration, teachers and staff and wonderful partnership with our parents/guardians on behalf of our students. The overriding feeling in our learning community has been a deep appreciation for being back together. I am looking forward to being together even more in the coming months.


See you in a week. Until then, enjoy the break!

Spring Break Next Week

All public schools in the state of Oregon, including LOSD schools, are out for Spring Break next week. There will be no classes March 21-25. School will resume on Monday, Mar. 28. Enjoy the break!
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LOJ Student Wins Lions Club Peace Poster Contest

Lake Oswego Junior High Eighth Grader Collin Hanada took first place in the local club and district levels of the "WE ARE ALL CONNECTED" 2021-22 Lions Club International Peace Poster Contest.


Collin's detailed creation depicts Atlas carrying a heart-shaped world and images of the many elements of and places on Earth including the Seven Wonders of the World all connected by strands of DNA. “Peace is when people can co-exist and treat each other well despite their differing beliefs,” said Collin.


Thank you to the Lake Oswego Lions Club and LOJ art teacher Debora Owen, who has embraced the poster contest and turned it into a class project for the past several years.

School Board Meeting Tuesday, Mar. 29

Tuesday, Mar. 29

Regular Session: 6 p.m.

Click here for the agenda posted on district website

LOSD Boardroom


The Lake Oswego School Board meetings are being held in person. Board members, staff, invited guests, and members of the community signed up and confirmed to give in-person testimony are able to attend the meeting in person. All are welcome to observe the public session remotely by clicking here.


Board members take both written and in-person testimony. Click here for instructions for members of the public who wish to provide in-person testimony. Submit an email to the Board Secretary kelli.cranston@loswego.k12.or.us by 12:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting. IMPORTANT: Type “In-Person Testimony” in the subject line.

Inviting Elementary Boundary Board Testimony

The Lake Oswego School Board is inviting public testimony about the proposed elementary boundary changes at its meeting on Tuesday, Mar. 29.


Please click here for instructions for providing public testimony, either written in advance or verbal in person. If you have any question about the process, please contact the Executive Assistant to the Superintendent and Board Secretary Kelli Cranston at kelli.cranston@loswego.k12.or.us.


LOSD has proposed changing attendance boundaries for balancing enrollment between Lake Grove and Oak Creek Elementary Schools to ensure that students have access to equitable educational experiences. Information about the boundary review process, including the new proposed boundary map, is available on the district homepage Trending Topics, Elementary Boundary Review 2022.

Board Advisory Committee Applications Open

The Lake Oswego School Board of Directors invites students, teachers, staff members, parents/guardians and community residents to consider serving on its advisory committees. Applications and committee charters are available on the district website under School Board. Please submit your application by Friday, April 15 at 5 p.m. Possible interviews following submission, and notification of selected committee members by May 10, 2022.

Seeking Student School Board Representatives

Lake Oswego and Lakeridge High School students currently in grades 9-11 are invited to apply to serve as the student representatives on the Lake Oswego School Board for the 2022-2023 school year. Below are links to more information and the application. Current student representatives Alicia Li and Emily Zou will be hosting an informational meeting after Spring Break for those who are interested in learning more.


Board Student Rep Information

Board Student Rep Procedures

Board Student Rep Application

LOSD Safety Symposium April 7

LOSD is hosting its first annual LOSD K-12 Safety Symposium. The in-person event is an opportunity for parents/guardians and community residents to learn about safety issues affecting students and actions that can be taken to create a safer community.


Thursday, Apr. 7

Doors open at 5.30 p.m.; Sessions begin at 6 p.m.

Lakeridge High School

Asian Cultural Festival April 16

All are invited to the Asian Cultural Festival being hosted by the Lake Oswego High School Asian American Student Union (AASU) on Saturday, Apr. 16. The festival will feature Asian culture through performances, food, activities, and cultural exhibits.


AASU is accepting sponsorships and donations -- click here for more details. Please contact lohsaasu@gmail.com with any questions.

LO Sustainability Resource Fair April 24

Save the Date! LOSD is partnering with the City of Lake Oswego, Lake Oswego Sustainability Network, and Oswego Lake Watershed Council to host the first annual Sustainability Resource Fair. Lake Oswego residents of all ages are welcome to attend the free open house event. Local organizations will share resources for living a more sustainable lifestyle.


Saturday, Apr. 24

11 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Lake Oswego Middle School

Youth Truth Surveys

As part of LOSD’s efforts to create a culture of belonging and to achieve equitable academic outcomes, we are administering the annual Youth Truth survey to all parents/guardians, staff members, and students in grades 3-12. Please click here to complete the Family Survey for parents/guardians. The survey takes about 15-30 minutes to complete.

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Stay Home When Ill & Test for COVID-19

If your student experiences any of the following symptoms, please have them stay home, and contact their school office or district nurse about possible exclusion from school and COVID-19 testing.


Primary COVID-19 symptoms: • Cough • Temperature of 100.4 degrees F. or higher or chills • Shortness of breath or Difficulty breathing • New loss of taste or smell


Non-primary COVID-19 symptoms: • Fatigue • Muscle or body aches • Headache • Sore throat • Nasal congestion or runny nose • Nausea or vomiting • Diarrhea


Resources:

  1. You may obtain free Covid-19 at-home test kits at Covidtests.gov.

  2. Vaccination remains the best protection against serious illness from COVID-19 and reduces spread of the disease. Find a vaccine appointment for ages 5 and older at Get Vaccinated Oregon.

  3. Please Keep Ill Students Out of School guide for communicable disease symptoms.

  4. Covid-19 Exclusion Summary Guidance for K-12 chart (see image below)

  5. Click here for LOSD nurse contact information

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Student Screening Enrollment Reopened

LOSD is reopening enrollment for K12 students in the Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU) COVID-19 Student Screening Program. Students who are unvaccinated for COVID-19 are encouraged to enroll in the screening program. Enrollment and testing is voluntary and requires active permission from students’ guardians.


If you are interested in enrolling/re-enrolling your K-12 student in the program, click here to complete ENROLLMENT forms. Enrollment forms are due by Tuesday, Mar. 29.


Also on the LOSD COVID-19 student screening site are form to HOLD, OPT OUT and REQUEST LABELS for student already enrolled.

Community Transition Level: Green

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) looks at the combination of three metrics — new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population in the past 7 days, the percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients, and total new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 population in the past 7 days — to determine the COVID-19 community level.


Using this data, the COVID-19 community level is classified as low, medium, or high. Clackamas County is currently in low (green). Click here to follow the CDC COVID-19 Data Tracker Weekly Review.

LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard

The LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard is up to date, corresponding with new reporting protocols for Clackamas County Public Health. The new dashboard shows the number of staff and students who have reported to LOSD testing positive for COVID-19, regardless of school exposure.

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Outside the Art Room Teen Art Showcase

Please join the Youth Action Council for the 5th Annual Teen Art Show. More than 35 teen artists will gather together to sell and showcase their amazing artwork ranging from paintings, pottery, photography and more! The event is free to attend, open to all ages and will feature a silent auction to raise funds for the Children’s Healing Art Project (CHAP).


Friday, Mar. 18

6-8 p.m.

Christ Church Parish in Cummins Hall, 1060 Chandler Rd.


Click here for more information.

Shifting Gears/Gifting Gears Event

Shifting Gears/Gifting Gear was created with the goal of passing on sporting equipment to families that would enjoy it when your family has outgrown it. If you have sporting gear -- in good/safe/working condition -- that your family/children have outgrown, please drop it off. This event is totally FREE! Donating gear does not guarantee that you will find replacement gear for your family. It does however get it out of your garage and into the hands of an excited child who will love it.


Drop-off Gear

See "Types of Gear" HERE for a listing of gear that can be dropped off for other families to enjoy.

Monday, Apr. 4- Wednesday, Apr. 6

3 p.m. - 6 p.m.
River Grove Elementary Gym


Pick-up Gear

Come "shop" (FREE) for gear that your family might enjoy!

Friday, Apr. 8

9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
River Grove Elementary Gym


Volunteers Needed
If you are interested in volunteering please sign-up HERE. Any bike mechanic hobbyists? They are looking for a couple people to do basic tune-ups and sizing (see sign-up).


See the Shifting Gears/Gifting Gear website HERE for additional details and community participation.

If I Were Mayor Contest Entries Due Today

Mayor Joe Buck, along with the Oregon Mayors Association, invite Lake Oswego students grades 4-12, including home-schooled students, to participate in the “If I Were Mayor...” contest where students can share their creative and inspirational ideas about what they would do as a mayor. Entries must be submitted by March 18, 2022. Click here for more information.

Last Call for SASEE Award Nominations

Do you know an educator, support staff member, student or citizen who demonstrates a commitment to education through work, projects and activities that emphasize "service above self?" LO Rotary Club wants to recognize and support the people who make education in Lake Oswego exceptional. Click here to submit your nomination. Nominations are due Saturday, Mar. 19

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What's New at Community School?

The LOSD Community School is offering virtual enrichment programs and activities for students of all ages including culinary, STEM, arts, language, and athletics.


Check out this week's edition.

Hunger Fighters

The Hunger Fighters Food Pantry, located on the Lake Oswego High School campus in the house that is green, has new hours: Wednesdays from 5-7 p.m. and Saturdays from 1-2:30 p.m. Visit the website for more info. www.hungerfightersoregon.org

Back to School Clothes at Clothing Closet

I Love Lake Oswego Clothing Closet is a donation-based closet that provides clothing items and hygiene products for residents, students, and employees that work or live within Lake Oswego.


Open Saturdays

9 a.m.-12 p.m.


Visit https://www.ilovelakeoswego.com for more information.

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.)

Get Social: Follow, Share, Engage

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

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