Summer Begins & A Fond Farewell


Dearest Hallinan Families,

What a fantastic end to a wonderful year at Hallinan – and what love and kindness you all showed in my final days here.  I have been truly honored to be your principal for the past four years.  Thank you for the gift of your children that inspire us every day!  I know that I am moving to a place that is full of new learning and more amazing children that will continue to expand my LO family, but I am still so very sad to say goodbye.  Special thanks to all the children for learning our new school song to surprise me and to the PTO for the beautiful reproductions of student art.  I will treasure my memories of this school.

One of the parents requested that I post my Fifth Grade Celebration speech here and I am happy to oblige – I believe it accurately conveys my feelings at this moment in time.  Have a fantastic summer and know that you are a special and amazing school community.  With love and fondness ~ Sara


5th Grade Celebration 2016

In thinking about what I wanted to say to you today – besides how much I am going to miss you, how I have such faith in your ability, and how I am excited for your future years – I came to a couple realizations.

  1. This may be the only time you see me in a Lakeridge Junior High School Shirt
  2. We are going to middle school together! TOGETHER we are moving on to the next level.  And with that comes some sadness mixed with excitement.

Nearly every day one of the Hallinan students – especially the younger ones – comes up to me with wide and honest eyes and asks me directly, why are you leaving us?  And quite frankly, it is a good question that I struggle to answer.  I usually don’t know exactly what to say.

You have spent the last six years in an elementary school (I have spent 18).  For me the beauty of Hallinan and elementary school in general is the joy we take in watching our youngest children grow to be in the place that you are now.  I would be willing to bet that many if not all of you have fond memories of being in Kindergarten and exploring the world of school for the first time – whether it was the first time you had hot lunch or when your dad came to school as the mystery reader, reading with your big buddy that seemed SO OLD or coloring a picture with brand new crayons.  When you return to Hallinan to visit in future years, these memories will come flooding back, just as they will for me.  You’ll remember the friends that made you feel like you were a part of something great and the teachers who were determined to help you be successful.  The halls and the hexamid will look smaller, and the work on the walls will look simple.  But in reality – they haven’t changed.  YOU will have changed.  You will be bigger.  You will be wiser.  You will be more confident in your ability to lead and experiment and learn.

And that is the reason why we all have to go.  

We are leaving for middle school because it is the next step we need to take to grow ourselves into better people.  We are going into a world together where we are unsure of what our day to day will be like or how we will navigate the new expectations.  We are probably all a little concerned that all these new people will like us.  I mean – WE know we are awesome – but these are complete strangers!  Or we might be worried that the work might be too hard or that we might get overwhelmed at times and we will be too shy to ask for help when we need it.  

It’s sorta scary for us.  It’s a big risk.

But to go along with that, there is an excitement about how are are going to change in this new world.  We are certain to have new experiences that are fun and challenging – and you know I love a good challenge!  We are going to be in interesting classes with topics that are specific and alluring – I for one cannot wait to go sit in the Architecture class!  I honestly think about it on almost a daily basis.  We are thinking about what it will be like to actually do lunch in a cafeteria.  I’m guessing this is more of a concern for me rather than all of you.  For you – how awesome!  Literally ten times the kids around you to socialize with and get to know. How fantastic will be to have lockers?  Students – I actually have my own bathroom in my office!  We will all be decorating!  

But more importantly than that we know that we will be changing on a whole other level.  We will begin to become improved versions of ourselves as we push ourselves to learn and grow within a brand new environment.  And in front of many other people’s eyes, we will fail in ways that feel devastating and we will have mini successes that feel like we are on top of the world.  And so it goes as we continue on our journeys.  The one thing you can count on is constant change – either the ones we make happen or the ones that just happen to us.

There is a famous lyric from the musical Wicked that says,

I’ve heard it said,

That people come into our lives

For a reason

Bringing something we must learn.

And we are led to those

Who help us most to grow if we let them.

And we help them in return.

Well, I don’t know if I believe that’s true

But I know I’m who I am today

Because I knew you.


Like a comet pulled from orbit

As it passes a sun,

Like a stream that meets a boulder

Halfway through the wood.

Who can say if I’ve been changed for the better

But because I knew you.

I have been changed for good.


Hallinan has changed us for good, and middle school – on both sides of the lake – will as well.  And when any of those five or six years olds ask us why we are leaving, we can now tell them that we have to go so that we will continue to grow and be of service to others. This is what every person in this room is hoping for us as we take this step together.

Congratulations, fifth graders.  I will miss you, and I am so very proud of you!

HOPES Project – Fostering Hope


The Hallinan Community came out in force for the end of year HOPES project, “Fostering Hope.” You exceeded our goal of one backpack per classroom. Twenty two foster children will receive brand new backpacks filled with comforting, entertaining and essential items like playing cards, books, night lights, socks, toothbrushes, stuffed animals, and craft kits. In true Hallinan style, many of our students added personal and encouraging notes. A few examples:  One second grade class created a “happy book” filled with art and statements about what made each student happy.  Several students included jokes.  As an example:  Why did the spider cross the road?  To get to its web site!  PLEASE ensure your students know that their contributions will make another child’s transition into foster care a little easier with some special items to call their own and a nice bag in which to carry them.
A HUGE shout out to our Hallinan teachers for discussing the project with their students and encouraging a special kind of class unity in behalf of a child in need. They learned priceless lessons about empathy and giving. Go Hawks!

Spirit Week at Hallinan


Our highly anticipated Spirit Week will kick off on May 31st this year.  We encourage you to join in the fun, but keep it simple!  We have done our best to arrange for days that are not terribly difficult to participate in – and we hope that all students show their Hallinan spirit on these days!

  • Tuesday, May 31st– Pajama Day
    • Easiest one by far!  Wear your pjs.  Remember appropriate shoes, and no blankets or stuffed animals please.
  • Wednesday, June 1st – Adults Dress Like Kids/Kids Dress Like Adults
    • Do your best to look like any staff member here at Hallinan!  We will do our best to look like you!
  • Thursday, June 2nd – Hallinan Day
    • Wear your Hallinan Hawks shirt or just wear blue!  We will be taking the whole school photo on this day!
  • Friday, June 3rd – Sports Team Day
    • You know Dr. Deboy isn’t having a Spirit Week without a chance to wear Blazer & Duck gear!  Represent your favorite sport team – any sport, any team – or maybe even wear your own uniform from your club team!  Please leave sports equipment at home!


Please let the front office know if you have any questions.  Can’t wait!

Beginning Strings and Orchestra for 2016-17


Beginning Strings and Elementary Orchestra News

Enrollment is now open for the 2016-17 school year.  Registration is being managed through Community Schools.  You can find the registration on the Community Schools page or go directly to:

Beginning Strings

Elementary Orchestra

For more information about our string program, please visit:

If you didn’t attend the May 11 meeting, you can join us for the Beginning Strings Parent Orientation Meeting Friday, June 3, 8:00-8:45 am, Uplands library

Kristy Hewitt

District Music Coordinator

Lakeridge Junior High Information Night


It’s time to kick-off planning for our fall fundraiser, Oktoberfest!  Please join us at the Oktoberfest Information Night on Thursday, May 26th from 7-8pm – see our website for full details.  Meet the committee and learn how our signature event makes a difference!

We need your help, and have volunteer jobs to fit any schedule.  All current and incoming LJHS parents are welcome – questions and RSVP to by 5/23.

Julie Davidson

Fundraising & Auction Chair

LJHS Parent Club

cell: 971 205 8075

Oktoberfest 2016 – Saturday, October 15 @ Marylhurst!

Sign up to Volunteer or Donate an Auction Item!

You can also check us out on our website and

Helping to keep Lake Oswego the #1 school district in the nation!

Traffic Alert Message from the City of LO


Traffic AlertLaurel Street road closure planned to begin Monday, May 9, and remain closed to vehicles and pedestrians through the end of May, from Cornell to Bickner.  Residents living within the closure zone, Cornell to Bickner, will continue to have access to their homes throughout the construction. Work is expected to begin at 7 a.m. until 6 p.m. with the road remaining closed overnight.  Signs indicating detour route will be in place to assist drivers traveling through the area.   Please allow extra time and expect noise and some delays.

If you have questions or concerns about this project please call the Construction Hotline, staffed during normal business hours at 503-635-0261 and we will return your call promptly.

We appreciate your patience as we work to complete this complex project in the neighborhood.

Thank you, PTO Hospitality Committee!


We have had a wonderful week filled with bouquets, sweet notes, massages, and food, food, food!  Thank you to everyone who helped to make this Staff Appreciation Week special for us.  At Hallinan, we love our students and families, and I am always impressed by my staff’s dedication to going the distance so that all kids are learning, growing, and experiencing success.  We are thankful that you take the time to recognize us in such a special way!

Community Bond Summit

We wanted to make you aware of our upcoming Community Bond Summit. The Summit will be held on Saturday, May 14th, 10am – 12pm at Lakeridge Junior High School.

This is an opportunity for you to view the Bond Development Committee’s recommendations for bond projects and give feedback to the committee.

Thank you for your continued interest in this important process. We value your input and participation as we work towards providing improved learning environments for our students that will sustain the tradition of educational excellence for which our schools are known.

If you have any questions regarding the Community Bond Summit, please contact the Project Management office at 503/534.2213.