This is your weekly email from your Lakeridge Junior High PARENT CLUB (our version of a Parent-Teacher organization.) We’ll keep you up-to-date on our events and ways to get involved.
Welcome back parents! The Parent Club hopes you had a wonderful break with your families. We have many important events and volunteer needs coming up, so please read this newsletter carefully and feel free to contact us with questions.
IMPORTANT DATES (see details below)
- January 14, 6:30pm: Lakeridge Jr. High Forecasting Information Night for parents
- January 14, 6:30/7:30pm, Lakeridge HS Library: First BRAVE (Being Respectful and Valuing Everyone) Workshop
- *IMPORTANT* January 20, 6pm, Lakeridge HS Library: LOSD Long Range Facilities Planning Committee presentation to the public about their recommendations to the District across four areas: educational programming school grade organization alternatives, other district property use and future committee oversight. Recommendations include considering either replacing Lakeridge Junior High and Oak Creek Elementary schools OR consolidating the high schools into one campus (at LOHS) and consolidating the junior highs into one campus (at LHS). Public comment/questions encouraged.
- *IMPORTANT* January 25, 6pm, Lake Oswego HS: LOSD Long Range Facilities Planning Committee Recommendation to LOSD School Board. Open to the public.
- CANCELLED: January 27th Parent Club Meeting (please come to our evening meeting on 2/24 instead)
- February 17: Lake Oswego Schools Foundation Luncheon
- February 24, 7:30pm: Next General Parent Club Meeting - EVENING meeting and Long Range Facilities Planning Committee open forum to discuss potential school facilities changes. Parent questions/comments encouraged.
POTENTIAL CHANGES TO OUR SCHOOLS
The LOSD Long Range Facilities Planning Committee has been discussing our community’s school facilities and educational needs for months and are getting ready to present their recommendations to the School Board across four areas: educational programming school grade organization alternatives, other district property use and future committee oversight.
At this point, they are planning to recommend further research into two options, as presented by the LRFP Committee meeting on January 7th (click here for the full report)
- Option A: Replace Lakeridge Junior High and Oak Creek Elementary schools (the schools in the worst condition) and consider consolidating two of the existing elementary schools, resulting in a total of five elementary schools.
- Option B: Consolidate the high schools into one campus (located at the Lake Oswego High School site), consolidate the junior highs into one campus (at the Lakeridge High School site), create two replacement elementary schools (located at the Lakeridge Junior High site), consider alternative grade organization and reconfigured campuses.
There are 3 important meetings coming up that parents are encouraged to attend in order to understand the options and ask questions:
- January 20, 6-8pm (Lakeridge High School Library): The Long Range Facilities Planning Committee will present its findings to the public and will welcome comments and questions. This is the last open meeting before they present their recommendations to the school board.
- January 25, 6-9pm (Lake Oswego High School): The LRFP Committee will present their recommendations to the LOSD School Board. This is open to the public. Acceptance by the Board of the recommendations (in full or in part) will be followed by committees to study and pursue a bond to raise money for these changes.
- February 24, 7:30-9pm: Lakeridge Junior High Parent Club Meeting and Long Range Facilities Planning Committee open forum on the facilities research, potential changes and next steps. A few Long Range Facilities Planning Committee members and School Board members will be there to answer your questions. Parents are encouraged to attend.
VOLUNTEER NEEDS - PLEASE HELP IF YOU CAN!
- Student Forecasting: Parent volunteers needed to help 6th and 7th graders fill out their online forms to forecast their classes for next year. Training will be provided on January 22 from 10-10:30 and forecasting to occur January 25 & 26. Volunteer slots available for full or part day. Sign up here.
- Auction Help for Other Schools: There are two auctions coming up that need our parent volunteers (just as they volunteer for our auction). Each school needs 4-6 volunteers, so grab a friend or two and help where you can:
- Crossing Guard at Bryant & Jean Intersection - We are still looking for parents to help children crossing at the intersection of Bryant and Jean roads. The visibility is extremely poor and many parents have called the school with concern. Can you help, either before or after school gets out? Contact Kari Curry or Tamara DiVergilio with questions.
- Lunch Monitor: Be a part of your child's day by spending half an hour at school for lunchtime activity and outside supervision. It is super easy and doesn’t take much time. Three people needed every full school day. Schedule your preferred days and times. Sign up here.
OSWEGO BRAVE WORKSHOP
First Official Workshop: January 14, Lakeridge High School Library (Elementary Parents: 6:30 - 7:30 pm; JR High & HS Parents: 7:30 - 8:30 pm)
Oswego BRAVE is an initiative created specifically by a committee of parents and educators in the district whose primary focus is to support a safe and positive learning environment for all of our students. Being Respectful and Valuing Everyone (BRAVE) means we are working together as a community to ensure all of our children feel heard and valued. Our intent is to support the district by providing resources and support as we work together to help recognize bullying behaviors, foster self-regulation, and build empathy toward others. Please join us on the 14th as we hear from Diana Cutaia from Coaching Peace Consulting, LLC. We appreciate your support and thank you for helping to make Lake Oswego such a wonderful community for families. - The Oswego BRAVE Executive Board
BRING IN YOUR BOX TOPS
Each one is worth 10 cents! Find participating BoxTops on hundreds of products. Please drop off BoxTops in the bright blue box hanging on the wall outside the LJHS office. Some are expiring soon so don't delay. If you have any questions, please contact the BoxTops Coordinator, Anne Lambson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for supporting our school!
SAVE THE DATE: LOSD FOUNDATION LUNCHEON
February 17th at the Oregon Golf Club
Tickets will go on sale in January. The keynote speaker is Rob Franek, Senior Vice President-Publisher at The Princeton Review. Rob is lead author or co-author of: The Best 397 Colleges, Colleges That Pay Your Back: The 200 Best Value Colleges and What It Takes to Get In, and The U Fits: Expert Advice on Finding the Right College and Getting Accepted. He has appeared over a dozen times on NBC "Today," as well as on ABC "Good Morning America," CBS "This Morning," and on several FOX, CNN, and NPR programs. The luncheon is sure to sell out, so be sure to purchase your tickets as soon as they go on sale.
**LONG RANGE FACILITIES PLAN DETAILS** (Courtesy of Liz Hartman, LOSD School Board)
The Long Range Facilities Plan (LRFP) for the Lake Oswego School District is required by law. The LRFP committee began in September and will present their findings on January 20, at Lakeridge High School. The Committee discussions included analysis of buildings in the event that they were only repaired and continued usage, repaired or reconstructed; and consideration whether the current uses mirror future needs or opportunities - and what an expanded education might look like while comparing facilities in other districts and across the nation providing resources for students. The committee is responsibly looking at as many potential scenarios as may rise for the district and community within the next 20 years. Watch for time and meeting structure information issued through the LOSD website.
The LRFP report will be presented to the School Board on January 25 at a work session following the January 20 public comment program. The board can accept the full report or portions of the report; the Board can recommend further studies by instructing the Superintendent; or the Board can send the report back to committee. If the Board accepts the document, it will be filed with the City of Lake Oswego for the long-range comprehensive plan inclusion. The Board will pursue public comment and input based on recommendations in the LRFP. If the report is accepted (all or in part), a bond research committee will be formed to take recommendations from this LRFP committee for further study as to what could be included in a bond and why these items are prioritized. Public comment and feedback is included in this process as well.
Following the recommendations of the bond research committee, the School Board would approve the report or send it back to committee. If the School Board approves the report, the next steps would be taken to pursue a bond campaign. There is no vote at the Jan. 25 session. It is a work session for the board to hear the recommendations of the committee, ask questions, and discuss next steps. The "decision" at the next meeting is to accept the report in whole or part OR send it back to committee OR determine what needs more study. If the board accepts the report, then the Superintendent will be given instructions to put together a bond development committee - to determine what would go into a bond, how many bonds over what period of time, and a construction schedule. Bond monies need to be expended over a specified amount of time. The bond development committee would then make recommendations to the Board - and go through continuing public input process. During this entire time, there will be online and public surveys going on (and reported to School Board meetings) to measure what the public would support or oppose. Please keep in mind that the School Board is planning for the next 20+ years - not 2016."
- Want to help but don’t see anything that fits your availability or interests? We can find something for you! You can sign up here or contact Kari Curry or Tamara DiVergilio with questions.
- See the PARENT CLUB WEBSITE or the LJHS WEBSITE for more information
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