The Summer Current

LOSD News • July 29, 2021

In this Message:

Coach, Teacher Brian Bartsch Celebration of Life

School Board Meeting Aug. 2

New School Board of Directors Take Office

Superintendent Medical Advisory Committee

LO Virtual Follow Up Session, Sign Ups

Extended Day Service

Elementary Strings

Bus Registration Required

School Arrival and Dismissal Times

Save the Date: Smart Start Aug. 26

Verify Student Info Before Returning to School

Schools Under Construction

Wildfire Preparedness

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Coach, Teacher Brian Bartsch Celebration of Life

Our community is grieving the unexpected passing of Brian Bartsch, a beloved teacher and coach in LOSD. Brian served as a physical education and health teacher in LOSD, most recently at Lake Oswego High School after teaching at Lake Oswego and Lakeridge Middle Schools. He served as a coach with the LOHS football program, junior varsity head coach and varsity running back/defensive back coach. He is a graduate of Lakeridge High School, Class of 1993.

A Celebration of Life for Brian will be held at the LO High Stadium, Thursday, Aug. 12, 11 a.m. A reception will follow in the cafeteria.

Our condolences to loved ones and all in our community who are touched by this loss of life.

School Board Meeting Aug. 2

Monday, Aug. 2

Regular Session -- 5:30 p.m.

Click here for the agenda posted on district website

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. Following are instructions for members of the public who wish to provide in-person testimony.

  • Submit an email to the Board secretary by 12:00 p.m. on the day of the meeting.

  • IMPORTANT: Type “In-Person Testimony” in the subject line.

  • To ensure you are provided an opportunity to provide in-person testimony, you must include your name, address, phone number, email address, and your affiliation with the district i.e. student, parent-guardian, community member.

  • Please include the topic of your testimony.

  • Each speaker will be sent an invitation to provide in-person testimony and will be assigned a time for providing such testimony.

  • Speakers are asked to arrive 10 minutes prior to their scheduled time to provide testimony to help ensure the meeting runs on time.

  • Comments will be limited 2 minutes per speaker to allow sufficient time for others to also offer public comment. Speakers will be prompted when 30 seconds remains for their comments and will be advised when they have reached the 2-minute time limit.

  • Speakers are asked to exit the Board room once they have submitted their testimony. They may observe the balance of the Board meeting via live-streaming through the District website at

  • A group of patrons with a common purpose should designate a spokesperson to speak on behalf of the group.

New School Board of Directors Take Office

At the first School Board meeting of the term, newly-elected board members Brian Bills and Neelam Gupta and re-elected board member Liz Hartman took the Oath of Office. Two new student representatives Alicia Li and Emily Zou were officially introduced to the board.

Additionally, the Lake Oswego School District Board of Directors appointed Director Kirsten Aird for the School Board Chair and Director Neelam Gupta for Vice Chair for the 2021-22 school year.

Superintendent Medical Advisory Committee

A medical advisory committee is being established to consult with the superintendent periodically on student health and safety protocols as the community continues to navigate the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Committee qualifications: Community medical professionals, especially those with a specialty in infectious diseases and epidemiology

Time commitment: Monthly meetings

Length of service: 2021-22 school year

To apply: Click here to submit an application by Friday, Aug. 13 at 5 p.m. Committee members will be selected by Superintendent Schiele by August 20.

Thanks for lending your expertise to this important volunteer role.

LO Virtual Follow Up Session, Sign Ups

LOSD hosted an introductory information session about LO Virtual. Please click here for a recording of that session to learn more.

LOSD is hosting a follow up session with Stride K12 Education to provide more details about the online learning experience, and answer questions not addressed in the first session.

Tuesday, Aug. 10

5-6 p.m.


The session will be recorded.

LO Virtual sign ups will open at the Aug. 10 session, and will be due Tuesday, Aug. 17, 5 p.m.

Extended Day Service

LOSD is reopening its Extended Day Service (before and after school) for the 2021-22 school year. Registration will open next week.

Extended Care will be hosted by LOSD Community Schools at Oak Creek and River Grove Elementary Schools. Students attending Lake Grove and Forest Hills will be bused from and to Oak Creek Elementary, and students attending Hallinan, Palisades and Westridge will be bused from and to River Grove Elementary.

Elementary Strings

Strings is back! The LOSD Beginning Strings Program is an after school program for students in grades 4 and 5 during the 2021-2022 school year who have no previous playing experience on an orchestral string instrument. Students will select and learn to play either the violin, viola, cello or upright bass after school in a group format three days per week. When students move up to orchestra in middle and high school, the orchestra class will occur during the school day.

View important program details here: Begin Your Musical Journey!

Calendar dates for 2021-2022 (link)

Parent-Student Info nights:

  • Wednesday, Sept. 1 and Tuesday, Sept. 7, Uplands Elementary, 7 p.m.
  • Come and try the instruments and learn about the program! (attendance is optional)

Registration via Community Schools will open mid-August 2021

Bus Registration Required, Due Aug. 13

Registration for bus transportation is now open. Go to the website under transportation, or click here for to complete your student's bus registration. You will need your student's ID number, which can be found on ParentVUE, or contact your school secretary. Please register by Aug. 13 for routes to be ready in time for the start of school.

Extended Care service will be located at Oak Creek and River Grove Elementary Schools. Bus service will be provided to and from those locations (Lake Grove and Forest Hills at Oak Creek and Hallinan, Palisades and Westridge at River Grove) to your student's elementary school before and after school. Please make note of either Oak Creek or River Grove in your registration form.

Elementary Strings will be located at Uplands. Bus service from your student's elementary school to Uplands is provided. If your student is participating in the program, please make note of Uplands in your registration form.

Palisades Elementary will have a shuttle bus service for students attending the elementary Spanish Immersion program. Shuttle stops around the lake will be determined by registered riders.

Per federal law, LOSD will require face coverings on school buses until further notice.

School Arrival and Dismissal Times

Following are the arrival and dismissal times for each school level.


MTWF: 8:20 a.m. - 2:40 p.m.

TH: 8:20 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Middle School

MTWF: 9 a.m. - 3:55 p.m.

TH: 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

High School

MTWF: 8:25 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.

TH: 8:25 a.m. - 3:05 p.m.

Click here for the full schedule on the district website.

Save the Date: Smart Start Aug. 26

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. For the 2021-22 School Year, Smart Start is in person Aug. 26, 2021, from 1-3 p.m.

Teachers will be familiar with your student’s plan and accommodations. To help better know your students, please complete the attached one-page profile or create one on your own ahead of time, and give it to the teacher at the Smart Start introduction.

Also, to assist in your family’s preparation for the new school year, please click here for a Smart Start checklist for parents and guardians of students with 504s and IEPs.

Verify Student Info Before Returning to School

Beginning April 30, 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. 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 and Technology Agreement.

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.

Schools Under Construction

Your 2017 bond dollars are hard at work making improvements at Lake Grove Elementary, Forest Hills Elementary, Lake Oswego High and Lakeridge High Schools. These schools are under construction for the summer. For the safety of all, please remain outside of the construction fence on these properties.

Wildfire Preparedness

Hot and dry weather conditions increase the risk of wildfires and the likelihood of safety-related power outages. So, PGE wants you to be prepared. Learn how to stay in the know, create an outage kit and make a plan to keep your family safe at
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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 pantry will be open all summer 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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