Westridge Wildcat News

January 21, 2022

Message from the Principal

Dear Westridge Community,


It has been so nice to have had a few dry days this week and it looks like there are even more sunny days ahead! With this weather I am reminded to look on the bright side. Despite the challenges we continue to face as a community, there are still so many positives to consider at Westridge. Students are continuing to learn about perseverance throughout the month. They are growing as readers, writers, and mathematicians. They are making music, being creative in STEM, and moving their bodies in PE. Our teachers are collaborating with one another. Our parent community is so supportive and generous. Our PTSO is working hard to plan events for the spring. There is just so much going well!


Sincerely,


Jules Laaperi

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Principal

Save the Dates!

1/27 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

1/28 - No School - Grade Prep Day

2/3 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

2/10 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

2/17 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

2/21 - No School - Presidents Day

2/24 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

Kindergarten Registration is open for 2022-2023

Click here for more information! Please keep in mind that your registration will not be accepted until we receive your Proof of Residency. We can't wait to meet our newest Wildcats!

Reminders for Parents and Guardians:

As we ease into 2022, please remember these important school rules and discuss them with your children:


  • Students staying after school to play on the school playground must be supervised by an adult. We have had reports of disrespectful behavior and students making poor choices when they are not supervised. It's also dangerous as accidents can happen causing injury.


  • Please keep Pokemon cards (and all other trading cards) at home. They are disruptive and cause a multitude of problems in the classroom and at recess.


  • At drop off and pick up in the car line, please stay in your car. If you need to help your child get out of the car, please park so that you can assist them. School staff does not assist in getting students out of car seats.


  • If your child arrives late to school, please have them come through the front door and check in at the office. Do not have them go directly to the classroom door.


Please call the office if you have any questions or concerns.


Thank you for your partnership!

Upcoming Health Lessons

Our teachers use the adopted Health Curriculum, The Great Body Shop, to teach the required Oregon Health Standards to our students. THE GREAT BODY SHOP is a comprehensive health education curriculum which is sequential, developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive, and medically accurate. The lessons align with Oregon’s Health Education Standards and are embedded with social-emotional learning. Watch your classroom teacher's newsletter for upcoming topics. If you would like to review the health curriculum, please contact the school office. More information, including an opt-out form if needed, can be found on the District website.

Now Accepting Applications for Foundation Board of Directors

Are you interested in contributing to a dynamic volunteer organization dedicated to advancing our community's commitment to educational excellence?


Please consider applying for the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation is seeking parents/guardians, students and community residents to serve on its Board of Directors. Board members must demonstrate a commitment to the Foundation, the School District and the Lake Oswego community.


The term for new board members will begin July 2022. Board members commit to a two-year term and may serve up to three terms. Please click HERE to access the online application form. The application provides more information about being a board member.

Interested people should submit applications by Friday, March 4, 2022. The Nominating committee will review applications and conduct interviews in the March time frame. If you are unable to access the application, please contact woolfw@loswego.k12.or.us to receive a pdf version of the application.
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Student Attendance:

If your child will be absent, please email your student's teacher and copy the office at murphya@loswego.k12.or.us. Please list the date your child will be absent and any illness symptoms.


If you need to pick your child up early from school, please let the teacher and the office know ahead of time.

i-Ready Winter Assessment

This Winter, all K-8 students in Lake Oswego 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 second of three i-Ready assessments we give each year, and results will be shared with parents in February. For kindergartners, this will be their first i-Ready assessment. Our Winter i-Ready window is open from January 3-28.

Oregon State Assessment Opt-Out Form

Every year, Oregon students take assessments to meet federal requirements. The purpose of these assessments is to provide data that schools can use to ensure each and every child is on track and achieving learning goals.

State law requires us to inform you that a form is available from the State Department of Education that allows you to opt your child out of the math and English Language Arts assessments for the current school year. Should you wish to opt out your child, fill out the form and submit it to the main office at your child’s school. Please note the submission deadlines listed on the form. Meeting the deadline will help the school with planning and preparation. If you wish your child not to participate in the science assessment for grades 5, 8, and 11, submit this request in writing to the principal of your child's school.

If you have questions or want more information about state assessments, please contact your child’s principal or teacher(s).

Click here for opt-out form for Math and English Language Arts.

Westridge Elementary School

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.