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LOSD News • September 3, 2021

In this Message:

Message from the Superintendent

Honoring Labor Day

Opening New Palisades World Language School

Health & Safety Protocols Discussed in Detail

Diagnostic and Screening Testing Available

Five Back to School Safety Tips

No Bus Passes for Play Dates

Nutrition Services Breakfast Service Update

iReady This Fall

Lifeguards Needed

City Council Vacancy & Invitation to Apply

Let's Talk about Islamophobia

Regular Reminders:

  • Verify Student Info
  • Vaccination Sites Near Us
  • What's New at Community School
  • Hunger Fighters
  • Clothing Closet
  • Safe Oregon
  • Get Social with LOSD
  • Subscribe to Lake Oswego Schools App

Message from the Superintendent

What a week! Please click here for a brief video message from Superintendent Dr. Jennifer Schiele.

Honoring Labor Day

Monday, Sept. 6 is Labor Day, a national holiday that pays tribute to the contributions and achievements of American workers. It was created by the labor movement in the late 19th century and became a federal holiday in 1894.

Schools will be closed Monday in honor of Labor Day. All classes will resume Tuesday, Sept. 7.

Opening New Palisades World Language School

A huge shout out to our new Palisades World Language School staff and community. Not only did we pull off reopening schools, we opened a brand new elementary school! The teachers, staff members, and parents made it special for the students with the new paint, posters and balloons around the school. We are excited for all that's to come in our new immersion elementary school.

Health & Safety Protocols Discussed in Detail

At the School Board meeting Tuesday, the superintendent provided an extensive update on LOSD's mitigation protocols to minimize exposure and reduce the potential for spread in our schools. The update focused on the topics that have been coming into the board as questions: lunch, quarantining, vaccination status, testing, back to school nights, and air filtration. To listen to the full report, click here for a recording of the public session under Meetings, Available Achieves.

For what happens when a student or adult is quarantined, please review: LOSD Quarantine Plan. This plan and other information about LOSD health and safety protocols can be found on the district website under Roadmap to Reopening.

Diagnostic and Screening Testing Available

In addition to the in-school mitigation measures, LOSD is helping facilitate two types of testing in partnership with Oregon Health & Science University (OHSU). All testing is voluntary and requires active permission.

  • Diagnostic testing is for students and staff who show the primary symptoms of COVID-19 while at school or are exposed to COVID-19.
  • Screening testing is designed to detect COVID-19 in people who do not show symptoms. Our staff was given the instructions to sign up last week, and OHSU says they will be ready for students the week of September 20.

We will highly encourage all unvaccinated students to participate in the screening testing through OHSU. We will require unvaccinated staff who have an exemption to participate in weekly testing.

Five Back to School Safety Tips

The Oregon Health Authority and Oregon Department of Education have prepared these Five Back to School COVID-19 Safety Tips for supporting the state's back to school efforts.

No Bus Passes for Play Dates

In an effort to manage bus capacity and COVID-19 protocols, our schools are not able to accept bus pass requests for play dates. If a parent-guardians has a childcare arrangement, that is allowed with a signed note from the parent-guardian. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

Please click here for information about the bus transportation situation.

Nutrition Services Breakfast Service Update

Thank you LOSD parents-guardians for participating in our free breakfast and lunch meal programs. We made a change to our take-home breakfast process and want to share it with you. In the morning your student can order a breakfast meal with their teacher. It will then be delivered near the end of the day. No need to order lunch in order to receive a breakfast meal.

We also want to let you know that due to supply and staffing issues there may be changes to our menu next week. We will do our best to substitute a menu item for a similar option when available. LOSD Nutrition Services is hiring! Please click here to check our available postings on the following link.

iReady This Fall

This Fall, all students in Grades 1-8 will complete two online i-Ready assessments in class. One is for math and the other is for reading. i-Ready is a program that will help us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform and tailor instruction to accelerate growth. This is the first of three i-Ready assessments we give each year, and results will be shared with parents in October.

The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s skill level. Each item a student receives is based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier ones. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning.

Your school will be sending out a message with specific dates and information about i-Ready.

Lifeguards Needed

Lake Oswego Swim Club is hiring lifeguards for the fall and winter seasons. Current Red Cross lifeguard certification is required. The position offers flexible hours outside of school time and good pay.Please email Emily Melina at for more information.

City Council Vacancy & Invitation to Apply

City Councilor Daniel Nguyen is moving outside of Lake Oswego, creating a vacancy on the Lake Oswego City Council. The City Council will be appointing a resident to fill the remainder of his term, which runs through the end of 2022. Applications will be accepted through September 15. Applicants will be considered and the ultimate appointment will take place by Council vote on October 14.

All interested community members who meet the residency and registered voter requirements may apply. The application and more information can be located on the City’s website. If you have further questions, you can reach out to City Recorder Kari Linder at

Let's Talk about Islamophobia

All are welcome to attend a community forum to talk about Islamophobia hosted by Respond to Racism.

Monday, Sept. 13

7 p.m.

Instagram Live @respond_to_racism

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Verify Student Info Before Returning to School

LOSD needs parents-guardians of all students enrolled for the 2021-22 school year to log into ParentVUE and review/update your students' information through the Register/Verify tab.

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.

Vaccination Sites Near Us

All three COVID-19 vaccines are available at the following locations in Lake Oswego:

  • Lake Oswego Fire Department Station 214 (300 B Ave.) - email for an appointment. First/second shots only.

  • Northwest Medical Clinic (9 Centerpointe Dr. A) - call (503) 352-5410

  • Check with our local pharmacies; walk-in and appointments available

Please click here to find additional vaccination sites near you.

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 pantry is open for contactless curbside pickup every Saturday from 1-2:30 p.m. Visit the website for more info.

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 for more information.


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.)

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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