Recently, several parents have voiced concerns about safety in the Hallinan parking lot, particularly at arrival and dismissal. As you know, our lot is small, and we are doing our absolute best to get children in to and out of the cars in a timely, safe fashion. However, we rely on all of our parents and community members to help us by following basic safety rules and by exercising as much patience as possible. Here are some requests, from your principal to you:
- If you need extended time, please park. For example, if your child forgets an item, has something heavy to pack, or you have small children in the car, we ask that you park your car rather than leave it unattended in the line.
- Always, always use the crosswalk.
- Please maintain a slow and safe speed through the lot.
- Please do not drop your students off or pick them up from the top of the hill. Please enter the parking lot and drop kids off at the curb. It is permissible to have 4-5 cars at the front of the line releasing students, but if you are still on the hill or anywhere near traffic, please wait.
- Remind your students to walk and to use caution. Even when they are late.
- Please do not park in the car line or the fire lane. Please do not park in the auction spots unless you are the designated family.
- Please do not park in the cul de sac behind the school. This is a fire lane.
- Above all, I would rather have a student be late than have them hurt. Safety first!
I am working with the buses in the afternoon to get the loaded and on their way as fast as possible. Thank you so much in advance for your help.
As we approach the end of the first trimester, teachers will be preparing your students’ first Progress Summary Reports for 2013-14. The district is working with a new operating system, Synergy, that has imposed some changes to our reporting system. The one change that will be most noticeable is the limited space allocated for teacher comments. Only a specified number of characters may be used; therefore, the system imposes brevity. Teachers necessarily will be limiting their comments to meet the space restrictions, while still providing the most valuable information to you regarding your children’s social and academic development.
Thank you for your continued support of our schools and teachers.
Jonnie Shobaki, Ph.D.
Director of Elementary Programs
Lake Oswego School District
2455 Country Club Rd.
Lake Oswego, Oregon 97034-0070
Toy and Joy/Compassion in Action of Clackamas County
Sponsored by: Lake Oswego Classified Employees
Please help fill the donation box with new unwrapped toys, games, books and other gifts for children up to ages 18! Drive is running now until boxes are picked up on December 6th. For more information go to: http://ciacc.org/About_Us.html
Did you hear about the surprise Hallinan Caroling last year? Were you green with envy that they did not hit your street? Well, you are in luck. The caroling will happen again – bigger and better than ever – only this year, you can decide where they will go! $1.00 gets you one ticket ($5.00 gets you SIX) to enter into the raffle for this year. All proceeds benefit Hallinan Elementary. Drawing will take place on December 5th! Come buy your tickets today – you could be the lucky winner!
In the event of an emergency, the district will initiate its emergency phone system to notify parents. All phone numbers on record for each parent and guardian will be called.
Because of the cost involved in using this system, use will be limited to emergencies. An early morning forecasted weather event will not be considered an emergency.
The district will send an e-news blast via district listserv to notify parents, assuming that power is available. Please be aware that some service providers may not deliver bulk e-mail messages immediately.
The district subscribes to the FlashAlert newswire, which distributes emergency information and news releases to news media outlets, including local TV and radio stations. As information is posted to FlashAlert, it is also accessible on the district’s FlashAlert page.
Media outlets ask that school districts notify them only if schools will not be operating on normal schedules. They will not report that schools are opening on time. If no information is reported by media or on the district’s FlashAlert page, it means that schools are opening on time.
Please note that messages provided to the FlashAlert newswire are brief by design. FlashAlert and media organizations have developed a set of standard messages that school districts are asked to use when possible. This allows media outlets to quickly decipher the many messages they receive when multiple school districts have weather-related closures, and to quickly post the information on their news crawl with minimum editing.
LOSD uses Twitter as an additional communications channel, enabling parents and students to receive urgent communications online and as text messages on their cell phones. This is the fastest way to receive notifications.
If you’re new to twitter, create an account at twitter.com.
If you have additional questions, please visit the district website at:
Let it SNOW!
A huge thank you to all of our students and families who Trick or Treated for UNICEF this Halloween! I rolled our donations into the bank and was excited to hear that we collected $1065 for the victims of the natural disaster in the Philippines! Special thanks to Mrs. Ford’s class for heading up this annual project.
We also collected 388 PAIRS OF SOCKS in our Sock Drive to benefit Friends of the Children! This awesome non-profit provides paid, professional mentors for students in the Portland Metro area from Kindergarten through graduation. Awesome work!
I will have details on the Candy for Troops Drive when I hear our final totals! Thank you for all that you do for others and the lessons that you instill in your children about gratitude and giving!
America Recycles Day is a nationwide celebration of recycling that takes place every year on November 15th. This year, Hallinan was invited to have student representatives present to talk about how our school works to make a difference for our environment!
The event took place on Saturday, November 16 (one day after the official ARD), in Lake Oswego. It was co-hosted by the City of Lake Oswego and Republic Services. These students represented our Green Team and presented information about our initiatives and efforts. Thank you !
Dear Hallinan Parents,
Down in the music room the 1/2′s will be presenting the Chinese folktale, Tikki Tikki Tembo. We hope you have a chance to view the shadow puppet play the last week before winter break. Check below for the class performance time. See you there!
(Hallinan Music Teacher)
Hall – Monday, December 16th – 9:15
Mather – Monday, December 16th – 10:00
Graver – Tuesday, December 17th – 9:15
Butcher – Wednesday, December 18th – 9:15
Urbanski – Thursday, December 19th – 9:45
Every year I find it important to provide families with information about the significance of the “non-gift” holidays so that they may share the history behind the missed day of school. This coming Monday will be the day that we observe Veterans Day, so our school will be closed. Please feel free to share the following information pertaining to the history and significance of this important day! Please also scroll down to the bottom for a list of great children’s books on this topic.
VETERANS DAY HISTORY
On the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month of 1918 an armistice between Germany and the Allied nations came into effect. On November 11, 1919, Armistice Day was commemorated for the first time. In 1919, President Wilson proclaimed the day should be “filled with solemn pride in the heroism of those who died in the country’s service and with gratitude for the victory”. There were plans for parades, public meetings and a brief suspension of business activities at 11am.
In 1926, the United States Congress officially recognized the end of World War I and declared that the anniversary of the armistice should be commemorated with prayer and thanksgiving. The Congress also requested that the president should “issue a proclamation calling upon the officials to display the flag of the United States on all Government buildings on November 11 and inviting the people of the United States to observe the day in schools and churches, or other suitable places, with appropriate ceremonies of friendly relations with all other peoples.”
An Act (52 Stat. 351; 5 U. S. Code, Sec. 87a) was approved on May 13, 1938, which made November 11 in each year a legal holiday, known as Armistice Day. This day was originally intended to honor veterans of World War I. A few years later, World War II required the largest mobilization of service men in the history of the United States and the American forces fought in Korea. In 1954, the veterans service organizations urged Congress to change the word “Armistice” to “Veterans”. Congress approved this change and on June 1, 1954, November 11 became a day to honor all American veterans, where ever and whenever they had served.
In 1968 the Uniforms Holiday Bill (Public Law 90-363 (82 Stat. 250)) made an attempt to move Veterans Day to the fourth Monday of October. The bill took effect in 1971. However, this caused a lot of confusion as many states disagreed with this decision and continued to hold Veterans Day activities on November 11. In 1975, President Gerald R. Ford signed Public Law 94-97 (89 Stat. 479), which stated that Veterans Day would again be observed on November 11 from 1978 onwards. Veterans Day is still observed on November 11.