Join the Hallinan Unicycle Club!

unicycle club
Hello Unicyclers - It is that time again to start up our club!
The program will be as in year’s past, we will meet every Tuesday morning from 8:00 am to 8:50 am, in the Hallinan Gym. Our first day will be October 13th, 2015.  We will still do the Portland Jr Rose Festival parade in the springtime too!  The program is open for those in kindergarten thru the 5th grade. Unicycles are provided free of charge.  Sign up with the Community School website:
See you on Tuesday!!

Jog-A-Thon and Walk/Bike to School is October 7!


This year, on Wednesday, October 7th,  we are combining 2 Hallinan traditions for a fitness extravaganza.  

1 – Get ready to Walk n’ Roll your way to school for International Walk + Bike to School Day. Put on those walking shoes or strap on your helmet for your morning commute to school. Students will be greeted at the front of the school with hot chocolate, snacks and more. Raffle prizes include a bike helmet, umbrellas and a pair of crazy socks. If you’re interested in organizing a “walking school bus” for your neighborhood, contact Lynne Thompson at:

2 – The Jog-a-thon – This much anticipated Hallinan event is also on Wednesday, October 9th.  This is a key fundraiser for Hallinan.  It’s not too early to solicit sponsors for your child’s Jog-a-thon.    Here’s how it works: throughout the day on Wednesday, each grade will come out to run around the Hallinan track.  We will keep track of each child’s laps so that they can have their sponsors contribute to help Hallinan acquire much needed gym and equipment upgrades for our students.  

You will find more information on both events at the Hallinan PTO website.

Lindsay McGrath & Lynne Thompson

Jog-a-thon Chair  & WTS Chair


Hallinan Garden Recipes!

garden veggies

A request was made for the recipes used during our Garden Party last week.  I will add more to this post when they are given to me!  Everything was delicious and students were awesome about trying new foods.  :)

Confetti Corn
Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten


2 tablespoons good olive oil
1/2 cup chopped red onion
1 small orange bell pepper, 1/2-inch diced
2 tablespoons unsalted butter
Kernels cut from 5 ears yellow or white corn (4 cups)
1 1/2 teaspoons kosher salt
1 teaspoon freshly ground black pepper
2 tablespoons julienned fresh basil, minced fresh chives, and/or minced fresh parsley leaves


Heat the olive oil over medium heat in a large saute pan. Add the onion and saute for 5 minutes, until the onion is soft. Stir in the bell pepper and saute for 2 more minutes.

Add the butter to the pan and allow it to melt. Over medium heat, add the corn, salt, and pepper and cook, stirring occasionally, for 5 to 7 minutes, until the corn just loses its starchiness. Season to taste, gently stir in the basil or other green herbs, and serve hot.

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Crispy Roasted Kale
Recipe courtesy of Ina Garten


2 bunches curly kale (about 2 1/2 pounds)
1/4 cup good olive oil
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper
Fleur de sel


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees F. Arrange 3 oven racks evenly spaced in the oven.

Lay each kale leaf on a board and, with a small sharp knife, cut out the hard stem. Tear large leaves in half. Place the kale in a large bowl of water and wash it well. Drain the kale and dry it in a salad spinner. Dry the bowl, and put the kale back in the bowl.

Toss the kale with the olive oil, 1 teaspoon kosher salt, and 1/2 teaspoon pepper. Divide the kale among 3 sheet pans or roast them in batches. If you put too much kale on one pan, it will steam rather than roast and will never become crisp. Roast for 15 minutes, until crisp. Sprinkle with fleur de sel and serve hot.

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Annual Peace Pole Dedication

peace pole celebration


Mr. Haynor, Mrs. Cole, Mrs. Arnold, and Mrs. Hagedorn led their students through “I Got Peace On My Fingers” and “The More We Get Together” as a way to celebrate World Peace Day and re-dedicate our Peace Pole in the Hallinan Garden on September 21st.  Students also talked about ways to be peaceful in the classroom and how we practice kindness throughout our day.  Lake Oswego Rotary was gracious enough to attend and celebrate with us!


Hallinan Woods Planting Party


Friends of Hallinan Heights Woods Planting Party in Hallinan Woods Sunday, October 11, 1-3 pm Sunday, November 8, 1-3 pm Bring the family; join with friends & neighbors to help plant natives in Hallinan Woods. After 10+ years of work, Hallinan Woods is finally free of invasive species. It’s time to continue the restoration of this special natural area in our neighborhood by replacing the invasive plants with ones that belong there: vine maples, snow berries, Oregon grape, thimble berry, ferns, etc. We need your help in this ongoing effort. The city will provide the plants. It’s up to us to get them in the ground. Rain or shine, come prepared with appropriate clothes & shoes/boots. Bring gloves & shovels if you have them. The city will provide some also. Jim & Barbara Fisher, FHHW co-chairs, 503-636-3153,

Hallinan Garden Party!


A very special thanks to Renae Bedolla and all the parent volunteers that helped our very FIRST Hallinan Garden Party become a reality and a success!  Students were able to sample foods from our garden and engage in activities that helped them to better understand how seeds and plants develop and grow!  What a wonderful way to celebrate this resource.  We are looking forward to this becoming an annual event!

Join Hallinan PTO!


Hallinan Elementary is home to an amazing community of families who are dedicated to the education of their children.  That dedication and commitment is a major reason why our school continues to provide and outstanding educational experiences for our students year after year.

We invite you to join the Hallinan PTO community and help lay the groundwork for another successful school year!  PTO Membership dues remain $20 per family.  This includes access to our new online school directory.  Hard copies of the directory are also available for an additional $5 fee.

If you are a returning Hallinan Elementary School family…

you should have received an email with a custom link to your Hallinan Directory account from the sender named: ”Hallinan Elementary”.  That message contains your family’s custom link to confirm your directory information, update your child/s’ teacher/s and to pay your Hallinan PTO invoice. Note: The message was sent to the email address in the Hallinan ’14-15 Directory.  Look in your Spam/Junk folder if you can’t find this message in your inbox.

Click here for links for online registration and/or pdf.