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In this Message:

    • School Board Meeting – October 16
    • Dyslexia Information & Resources
    • Oregon State Assessments Opt-Out Form
    • Frogtown - Celebrating Diversity through Music
    • Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Committee Meeting – October 15
    • LO Schools Foundation hosting Meet & Greets this Month
    • Peachjar – New Electronic Flyer Communication System
    • Extended Day: No School/Early Release Days
    • Special Services Parent Advisory Committee Openings
    • TAG Parent Night Information
    • Historic Resources Advisory Board
    • Lake Oswego Ski Swap - October 13
    • SafeOregon
    • Nominate a Staff Member, Teacher or Student for the SASEE Awards
    • Subscribe to the Lake Oswego Schools App
    • What's New at the Community School

    School Board Meeting – October 16

    Tuesday, October 16, 2018
    Work Session: 5:30 p.m.
    Lake Oswego School District 
    2455 Country Club Road; LO


    1.0  Call to Order

    2.0  Welcome to Visitors

    3.0  Finalize Superintendent Profile for Superintendent Search

    4.0  Adjournment

    The Lake Oswego School District’s mission is to be an inclusive and safe learning community with challenging opportunities that develop lifelong learners and contributing world citizens.

    Dyslexia Information & Resources

    October is Dyslexia Awareness Month. Our District provides the latest information and resources for parents to support students who have been diagnosed with dyslexia. Through a collaborative process with the help of parents, SSPAC, and the Communications Department, the resources will be updated throughout the year. You can find all of the information here 

    Oregon State Assessments Opt-Out Form

    Every year, Oregon students take assessments prescribed by the State Department of Education. The purpose of these assessments is to show individual student growth over time and to provide data that schools can use to ensure each and every child is on track and achieving learning goals. Results are also used to inform course placement and provide focused feedback to students and parents.

    Due to new Oregon guidelines, Lake Oswego 11th graders will take state assessments earlier this year than in past years. While each high school's testing calendar is not yet finalized, we expect assessment in math and English Language Arts (ELA) to begin by early February and be completed for most students before Spring Break. Students in grade levels 3–8 will take the assessments later, as in previous years.

    Oregon state law requires us to inform you that a form is available from the Oregon Department of Education that allows you to opt your child out of the math and ELA assessments for the 2018-19 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 deadline of January 1, 2019. Meeting this deadline will help your child's school with planning and preparation, and is particularly critical for 11th graders due to the earlier high school assessment schedule this year.

    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

    Frogtown – Celebrating Diversity through Music

    Saturday, October 13 at 1:00 p.m.
    Lakewood Center for the Arts
    Headlee Mainstage
    363 S. State Street; Lake Oswego

    Tickets: $17/adults; $12/students

    Nearly all of LOSD's 3rd grade students attended Frogtown this week. It takes kids on a musical journey through blues, funk, soul, and pop by Emmy-winning writer/composer Philip Pelletier. An acclaimed celebration of cultural diversity, FROGTOWN comes alive through riveting live music performances featuring Portland all-stars LaRhonda Steele, Heather Christie, and saxophonist Peter Petersen.

    Click here to purchase tickets online, or call the Lakewood Box Office at 503.635.3901 to order

    Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Advisory Committee Meeting – October 15

    Monday, October 15, 2018
    6:00 to 8:00 p.m.

    Meeting to be held in the boardroom at the District Office
    2455 Country Club Road; Lake Oswego

     Meeting Agenda:

    1. Welcome/Introductions
    2. Approval of 09/17/2018 Minutes
    3. Report back of outside workgroup meetings
    4. Historical Context of Data in Oregon, LOSD
    5. Review of Purpose of the LOSD DEI Committee
    6. LOSD Steps towards Equity
      a. Equity Teams in Buildings/Trainings
    7. Subcommittees
      a. Focus
      b. Meeting times
      c. Format for reporting back
    8. Update on Superintendent Search
    9. Review of Action Items
    10. Adjourn

    LO Schools Foundation Hosting Meet & Greets this Month

    Join us for a casual gathering to learn more about how the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation benefits your student. Parent volunteers, on behalf of the Foundation, are hosting meet and greets at their homes throughout the month of October. Visit for a listing of event dates and locations, and please RSVP to the one that suits you best so we may know how many guests to expect.

    Thank you to Chuck's Place for providing the coffee and refreshments.

    If you need special accommodations, please email

    Peachjar – New Electronic District Newsletter & Flyer Communication Platform

    The District is getting ready to launch a new electronic newsletter and flyer communication tool called Peachjar. The District's newsletter, "The Current" will be delivered every Friday as an email that will also contain district approved flyers.  

    This green initiative will save our school tons of paper and reduce copy costs by thousands of dollars. On top of that, posting school flyers in this electronic backpack removes a significant administrative burden from teachers, office staff, and volunteers. 

    No action is required on your part. You will receive a welcome email from our service provider (Peachjar) that includes a username and password. This is provided to give you the opportunity to manage your account and flyer delivery preferences. You do not need to login to receive or view school digital flyers.

    To ensure smooth delivery of this communication, we suggest you add to your email contacts. When you receive your first digital flyer, be sure to click “always display images.”

    This system is used exclusively for distribution of The Current newsletter and school-approved flyers. Your email address will not be shared or used for any other purpose. Thank you for supporting our efforts to ensure parents are well informed about school programs, activities, and events.

    Our target implementation date for the new District newsletter and flyer communication system is October 26, 2018.

    Extended Day: No School/Early Release Days

    Extended day care will be provided at Palisades including conference days. There will be no extended day care at Lake Grove on No School Days.

    Extended day care will be provided at Palisades and Lake Grove on all early release days.

    October 12: Extended Care only at Palisades (7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.)
    October 19: Extended Care at Palisades and Lake Grove
    October 25 - 26 (conference days): Extended Care only at Palisades (7:00 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.)

    Special Services Parent Advisory Committee Openings

    The Special Services Parent Advisory Committee currently has five At-Large positions available.
    Parent representatives from each school are appointed by the School Board to serve three-year terms on this committee.
    Click here for the Advisory Committee application.

    TAG Parent Night Information

    Thursday, November 1 at 6:30 p.m.
    Lakeridge High School – Library
    1235 Overlook Drive; LO
    You are invited to attend the District Talented and Gifted (TAG) Information night on November 1, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. in the Lakeridge High School library. This presentation will provide a K-8 overview of the TAG identification process, services, and parent resources. There will be an opportunity for break-out sessions to engage with other parents and to ask general questions.

    Historic Resources Advisory Board

    LO City Hall is now recruiting for the Historic Resources Advisory Board.  Applications can be filled out online until 11/15/18:

    Lake Oswego Ski Swap - October 13

    Saturday, October 13
    9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
    Lakeridge High School (new location)
    1235 Overlook Drive; Lake Oswego

    If you wish to sell your stuff on consignment you'll receive 70% of the sale price. 

    Huge savings on 1000's of new and slightly used skis, snow boots, snowboards, apparel, and accessories. Also at the swap you can purchase your Mt. Hood Meadows Season Pass and take advantage of exclusive MHM specials.

    All proceeds to benefit the Laker and Pacer Ski Teams


    If parents are ever concerned about a student’s well-being, feel free to reach out to your principal. It is important to keep your lines of communication open and maintain strong partnerships between students, families, staff, and other resources.
    SafeOregon also is an effective way to report a tip regarding safety threats or potential acts of violence to our students or schools.

    (Students should also know that intentionally providing a false report is a serious offense.)

    Nominate a Staff Member, Teacher, or Student for SASEE Awards

    The Lake Oswego Rotary Club invites you to nominate staff members, teachers, students, and community members that support Service Above Self: Educational Excellence.

    Subscribe to the Lake Oswego Schools App

    Stay connected to the district and your school(s) by subscribing to the Lake Oswego Schools App.

    What’s New at the Community School?

    The LOSD Community School offers enrichment and athletic programs and activities for students of all ages, including robotics, STEM, arts, language, and theater.

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