Westridge Wildcat News

September 20, 2019

In This Edition

  • Important Dates
  • Message from the Principal
  • Message from the Dean of Students
  • School News
  • Office Information
  • PTSO News
  • District News

Important Dates:

  • District SAC meeting September 23rd at LOHS Cafeteria
  • Health Curriculum Preview for all grades September 23rd 4:00-5:30pm (see message below)
  • Back to School Night: October 1st 6:00-7:30 pm
  • Picture day: October 2nd (Look for picture packets in backpacks!)
  • Welcome to my World October 8-9
  • Picture retakes: November 19th
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Message from the Principal:

Dear Wildcat Families,

Our annual Back to School Night is on October 1st. This parent/guardian-only event starts in the gym for a general information session, then parents are released to their child's classroom.

6:00 to 6:30 pm - Gym Session

6:35 to 6:55 pm - Classroom Presentation

7:00 to 7:20 pm - Classroom Presentation

7:25 to 7:45 pm - 6th Grade Math Session in Room 16 with Lizz Pilkington and Lisa Bales

We only have two classroom rotations so if you have more than two students you may need to plan accordingly.

This is also a great time to sign up for the new visitor check in system (Raptor). Jodi and Andrea will be on hand in the office starting at 5:00pm on Back to School Night to get parents/guardians set up in the system. This process takes about 2 minutes and will require your state issued ID or passport.


Principal Montgomery

Message from the Dean of Students:

Wildcat Families,

On Monday, September 23, 2019 from 4:00-5:30 in the Westridge Library there will be an opportunity for you to come and view your child's grade level Health curriculum. Here is a link to the Oregon Health Standards Oregon Health Standards that we are required to teach.

Thank you,

Ryann Furrer

Dean of Students

School News:

Welcome to My World - Volunteers Needed!

The Student Services Parent Action Committee presents Welcome to My World on October 8-9 at Westridge. Welcome to My World is an LOSD School Board-approved curriculum providing students with an introduction to neurodiversity and the opportunity to build the leadership skills of awareness and empathy. This year Welcome to my World will be presented to Westridge 4th graders on the topics of dyslexia, autism/sensory, and fine motor impairment. Training materials and a short training video are provided to volunteers ahead of time. Questions? Contact Westridge SSPAC reps Susan Fleming at sfleming24@gmail.com or Jennifer Harvey at jennifer.harvey@earthlink.net. Visit the sign up sheet at: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/20F084BA4AF2DA4FC1-welcome2

Student Newspaper Club!

Who: Aspiring student journalists!

What: Did you know Westridge Elementary has its very own student newspaper called What’s Up, Westridge?

When: This year we will meet bi-monthly on Tuesdays from 2:45-3:15 in the library. Our first meeting will be held in early October, after construction is complete.

Why: Students choose their article topics, which can include non-fiction or fiction pieces, illustrations, puzzles, games, etc. No story is too small and no experience is required. Come check it out!

Questions: Contact the parent leaders, Stef Fogarty (svfogarty@gmail.com) or Sarah Barrera (sarahbarrera@gmail.com).

Office Information:

Reporting Absences

If your child is going to be out of school or tardy to school due to travel, illness, or appointments please make sure to email your classroom teacher AND Andrea Murphy at murphya@loswego.k12.or.us

PTSO News!

PTSO Fundraiser 2019:

Great Job First Graders! Wildcat Fundraiser Going Strong

Please take a moment to watch the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation video linked below. The video explains why the separate Westridge PTSO and LOSF fundraisers here in Lake Oswego are both crucial and how both groups use the money raised to benefit our kids -- the video is short, simple and clear and you will be in the know after you watch it!


Each year, we count on our community to fund the Westridge PTSO budget in order to pay for everything from field trips to library furniture for our school. And each year, our kids benefit directly from the generosity of folks like you. This year the Wildcat Fundraiser runs from August 23rd to October 17th. Thus far we have raised over $42,000 towards our goal of $100,000! First grade is currently in the participation lead with 40% participation! Remember, any dollar amount counts towards participation! Your support is much needed and deeply appreciated.

Please click here for more details: https://www.losdschools.org/Page/7313

Donations can be made at: tinyurl.com/wildcatfund

Payment plan options: tinyurl.com/wildcatfundoptions

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Art Literacy!

Art Literacy at Westridge is shaping up!

Please bookmark this website for future reference: go to www.lakeoswegoartliteracy.org password: volunteer4loartlit to access classroom calendars, dates, coordinators handbook and volunteer tips.

The first "Artist Training- Mark Chagall" will be held Friday September 27th 1:40- 2:30 in the library at Westridge. (All Volunteers)

Please come in EARLY or check in at the front office at another time with your PHOTO ID to sign in to the new RAPTOR system. Trainings will be held in the library at Westridge, due to the openness of sound issues and space, we are requesting that siblings not attend the training meetings. As construction is completed, we may have access to hold evening trainings but at this time they are still working in the building after hours. Sorry for any inconvenience.

We hope to see you all there!

Your 2019-2020 Westridge Art Lit Committee

Kathryn Callahan

Clark Lee

Dawn O'Connor

Rebecca Weinstein

Volunteers Needed!

Westridge parents, it's time to take action! The PTSO is still looking for volunteers! Register as a Westridge parent volunteer at tinyurl.com/westridgevolunteers for your chance to win a $50 gift card to Duke's Public House in LO! Thanks to all of you parents whom have already completed the online form; you've automatically been entered to win! Drawing will be held on September 19th at the first PTSO meeting.
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National Walk/Bike to School Day!

Wednesday, October 2nd is National Walk/Bike to School Day! Students are encouraged to walk or bike to school with a parent, sibling or friend. There will be prizes waiting for you, as well as a map to mark how far you traveled! Please be sure to not arrive too early. Parent volunteers will not be onsite until 7:45 am. If you have any questions, please contact Maia Hampson #415-994-9167.

District News:

Safe Oregon

The Oregon State Police is pleased to announce the availability of SafeOregon, a new school safety tip line program available to all public k-12 schools in Oregon. SafeOregon is a way for students, staff, or other members of the public to anonymously report and share confidential information of a threat or a potential threat to student safety. Trained staff are available 24-hours-a-day, 365-days-a-year reached through a phone call, text message, mobile application or website. The main goal of SafeOregon is to intervene at the earliest possible point in the life of a young person who is struggling, helping them when they need it, before the situation turns into a tragedy.

SafeOregon is designed to encourage Oregon students to share and respond to anything that threatens their safety or the safety of others, anything that makes a student feel unsafe, or if a student knows someone who feels unsafe. Here are a few examples: safety threats, violence, threats of violence, fights, drugs, alcohol, weapons, bullying or friends that talk about hurting themselves, harassment, intimidation, cyber bullying, or self-harm.

Tips can be submitted 24/7/365 through the SafeOregon.com web portal, by email to tip@safeoregon.com through the SafeOregon mobile application (available for android or ios device), or by calling or texting 844-472-3364. Tips are promptly analyzed and routed for the most appropriate follow up and urgency. This may be to school officials, law enforcement, community mental health programs, or other appropriate local or state agencies. Tip Line staff make sure follow-up is noted.

For more information, please visit safeoregon.com.

Additionally, it is a violation of ORS165.570 to improperly use the SafeOregon system.

Westridge Elementary

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.