Westridge Wildcat News

June 3, 2022

Message from the Principal

Dear Westridge Community,


This week was filled with joy at Westridge! We had Pirates the Musical, our Kindergarten Family Picnic, 3rd Grades’ Living Museum, amongst strong learning experiences in each and every classroom. Next week we are looking forward to Field Day, Field Trips, our 5th Grade Celebration, and bringing this wonderful school year to a close.


As the year draws to a close, I am filled with gratitude that we were able to live into our theme of Better Together. Reflecting on the year reminds me of how important and lucky it was that we were all able to be together, for the entire school year! Thank you for doing your part to make our community a better place.


Sincerely,


Jules Laaperi

she/her/hers

Principal

Save the Dates!

6/6: 4th Grade Field Trip- Philip Foster Farm

6/8: 3rd Grade Field Trip - Willamette Jet Boats

6/8: 5th grade Sneak!

6/9: 5th Grade Celebration at 10:30

6/10: Last day of school - Early dismissal at 11:00am

Volunteer Needed

Have you always been interested in being a mascot but never had the chance? You are in luck! Our 5th grade classes are looking for one special volunteer to be Rocky the Wildcat for their promotion ceremony on June 9th from 11:30 - 1pm. Please contact Laura Denos at lrsegerlin@gmail.com if interested!

Champions: Extended Care at Westridge

We are pleased to announce that we will be providing extended care services at Westridge next year. Last week, we assembled a committee consisting of Westridge parents and staff members to evaluate proposals from district-approved third-party childcare providers. We selected Champions for our school community. The Champions team should have their enrollment web pages ready next week, so stay tuned for more information and instructions. We are excited to partner with Champions to better meet the demand for child care in our own neighborhood.

2022-2023 Verification

LOSD needs parents/guardians of all students enrolled for the 2022-23 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.


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.

Smart Start Thursday August 25th 1-3pm

Smart Start Thursday, Aug. 25, 1-3 p.m.


Smart Start is an opportunity specifically for our students with 504s and IEPs, and their parents and guardians, to make introductions and connect with their teachers and to feel prepared and welcomed for the start of school. For the 2022-23 School Year, Smart Start is in person Aug. 25, 2022, from 1-3 p.m.


Teachers will be familiar with your student’s plan and accommodations. To help get to 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.


See you on Aug. 25!

Smart Start 2022-2023

Parent/Guardian Checklist

2022-23 School Year

This information is designed to assist parents and guardians of students with IEPs and 504s to identify and plan for important dates in preparation for the upcoming school year.


BEFORE ALL STUDENTS GO BACK TO SCHOOL

  • You will receive an introductory phone call or email from your student’s case manager between August 23-25, 2022. If you do not hear from your case manager by then, please contact Student Services at karen.stewart@loswego.k12.or.us.

  • The opportunity for students with IEPs and 504s to meet with your teachers before school begins is called Smart Start. This voluntary event gives students an opportunity to introduce themselves, as well as provide any important information about how they learn and how best to support them. Smart Start is Thursday, August 25, 1-3 p.m.

  • Students are encouraged to complete a one-page profile to share with your teachers during their introductory meetings. Please click here for a fillable elementary and secondary option that can be emailed or printed. Or, your student is welcome to make one of their own.

  • Transportation per IEP: Students who receive specialized transportation will receive confirmation of bus transportation plans from Student Transportation of American by August 26.


ONE-ON-ONE MEETINGS FOR ELEMENTARY STUDENTS

  • Elementary Smart Start meetings are Thursday, August 25 between 1-3 p.m. Students may visit with their teacher at any time during this time.

  • During your time with the teacher, you and your student will:

    • Make introductions.

    • Share your one-page student profile information.


ONE-ON-ONE MEETINGS FOR MIDDLE AND HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS

  • Middle and High School Smart Start meetings are Thursday, August 25 between 1-3 p.m. Students may visit with as many of their class period teachers as they choose during this open house.

    • Make introductions.

    • Share your one-page student profile information.


THE FOLLOWING IS A CHECKLIST OF WHAT YOU CAN EXPECT FROM YOUR CASE MANAGER AND THE STUDENT SERVICES TEAM DURING THE FIRST MONTH OF SCHOOL:

  • Principals will notify all families when final class assignments and schedules are posted.

  • All of your student’s teachers will have access to their IEP or 504. They will review the document in advance of your Smart Start appointment to facilitate an effective and efficient introduction. If you have questions or concerns about this, please contact your student’s case manager. If you are unsure who is your student’s case manager, please contact Karen Stewart.

  • Special education and related services will be organized with a finalized schedule during the week of August 29, 2021. If you have questions, please contact your student’s case manager.

**If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the Student Services Department at 503-534-2359 or email karen.stewart@loswego.k12.or.us

Click here to RSVP

for the 5th grade post-ceremony celebration

Westridge 5th Grade Celebration: Vaccinations and Exemptions

We are looking forward to celebrating your child with you at our end-of-year 5th grade celebration. To ensure that all may participate, LOSD is making an exception for end-of-year ceremonies and accepting exemption requests for unvaccinated adults to attend their child’s ceremony.


For any adult in your family who plans to attend the ceremony and is not vaccinated for COVID-19, please submit an exemption form along with a photo of your negative test to Jodi Steward stewardj@loswego.k12.or.us by June 8. We will not be able to collect exemption forms and tests at the ceremony. Thank you!


Medical Exemption Form

Religious Exemption Form

Champions STEAM Champ Camp

Beginning July 5 and throughout the summer, Lake Grove will be hosting the Champions STEAM Champ Camp from 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Kids will team up with friends to solve head-scratching problems and complete spy-worthy quests that stretch their understanding of different people and places. Campers will also practice STEAM skills through hands-on activities, create inspiring art and discover new things about themselves and the world around them. The weekly registration fee is $75 per child. For more information and other summer programming visit the Community School website. You can reach the STEAM camp registration page by clicking here.

Respond to Racism Storytime: June 6

COVID 19 Reported Cases Update

The LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard is up to date with the number of staff and students who have reported to LOSD testing positive for COVID-19, regardless of school exposure. With any potential exposure, people are advised to watch for illness symptoms and follow Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 exclusion procedures. Please contact District Nurse Lisa McBee at mcbeel@loswego.k12.or.us. if your student has tested positive for COVID-19.

State Assessment Score Reports

This summer, LOSD will deliver students’ state assessment results online through ParentVUE rather than mailing paper. This is in keeping with the district’s strategic goal of sustainability and mirrors how we deliver report cards. Your child’s assessment reports will appear on your ParentVUE Documents page in late July. As you review your student’s English Language Arts, math, and science scores, please keep in mind:

  • An achievement level of 3 or 4 is considered to be on track for the student’s grade level.
  • Scores on state assessments are only one measure of a student’s academic progress. We use these scores in conjunction with classroom work and other daily, weekly, monthly, and term assessments to understand your student’s strengths and areas for improvement.
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 or need assistance, please contact your student’s school.

Not attending Westridge next year?

If your student will be returning to Westridge next year (or if you have a 5th grader going to Lakeridge Middle School), then there is no action needed on your part.


If your student will be attending a school other than Westridge (or Lakeridge Middle School), please email Andrea Murphy at murphya@loswego.k12.or.us as soon as possible.

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.

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.)

Contact information for the Westridge PTSO

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.