PJ and Movie Night – A Parent’s Night Out!


Join the PTO and  the Hallinan Foundation team on Thursday, April 17 from 5:30-8:00 for a fun event to support this year’s foundation campaign.

For $10 per child (with a cap of $30) your Hallinan Hawk will get to enjoy a fun movie with popcorn, the company of their classmates AND you will be supporting the LOSD Foundation.

This event takes a lot of folks working together to make it happen. Do you have a some time to help out? If so, please use the following link to sign up to help:


Pre-school-aged children are welcome to join their siblings if a parent or other responsible adult attends to provide childcare.

Questions? Contact Hallinan’s Foundation Captain, Eleanor Laws.

LOSD Foundation Update


Please read the following message from Sara Patinkin, Director of the LOSD Foundation:

Become a Sustainer of the Foundation

An easy way to support the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation is to become a monthly, quarterly or bi-annual sustainer of the Foundation. By choosing to support the Foundation with a regular donation you support an organization that invests in our teachers, students and schools.

It’s easy to be a sustaining donor.  Your donation can be processed with a debit card, credit card or directly from a bank account.

Here is a chart showing how different donation amounts breakdown:

Donation Amount Monthly Quarterly Bi-Annual
$5,000 $416.76 $1,250 $2,500
$2,500 $208.34 $625 $1,250
$1,250 $104.17 $312.50 $625
$750 $62.50 $187.50 $375
$500 $41.67 $125 $250
$250 $20.84 $62.50 $125
$100 $8.34 $25 $50
$50 $4.17 $12.50 $25

For those who choose to be sustainers of the Foundation, you must renew your support annually, as the Foundation’s systems do not keep credit card information on file.

To become a sustainer or renew your support please call the Foundation office today at 503-534-2106.

Please sign up yourself if you haven’t already or share this link with those who might be interested in volunteering:


We will begin sending out weekly eblasts on Fridays thanking every donor who has make a pledge or donation to the campaign and endowment this year.  These emails will start this Friday.

If you have any questions please let me know.


Sara Patinkin, Executive Director

Lake Oswego Schools Foundation

Monday-Thursday 8:30am-1:30pm

[email protected]

503-534-2106 – direct line



Common Core – What is the Smarter Balanced Assessment?

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In keeping with my series on the Common Core State Standards, I thought it would be helpful to talk a bit about the assessments that will accompany them. As many of you know, our students currently begin their statewide assessments in third grade, and they test in Reading & Math. By fifth grade, we add the Science Assessment. The testing window begins in October, but we typically do not test students until after Winter Break to give them the benefit of as much instruction as possible. Using the current assessment system (Oregon Assessment of Knowledge and Skills or OAKS), we have the opportunity to retest students who do not meet the standard in any area. This decision is made on a student by student basis with parent input.

Beginning next year, our students in 3rd through 5th grade will participate in the Smarter Balanced Assessment in English Language Arts and Math. It will be geared towards the newly adopted Common Core Standards rather than the Oregon Statewide Standards, and there will be just one opportunity, most likely in May. The assessments will be interdisciplinary and will require more short answer responses rather than the current multiple choice format. To get a sense of what the tests and performance tasks look like, please click on the following link and take a look at the sample items. Scroll partway down the page for the links. As always, we are available for your questions!

Click Here for the SBAC Sample Items and Performance Tasks

Common Core – What Does it LOOK Like?


Here is an excellent video that shows actual classrooms implementing the Common Core Standards in Math and English Language Arts. What you see here is very similar to the type of lessons that are already happening in your children’s classrooms, and my hope is that you will see that Common Core does not mean BIG changes in instruction. Instead, it brings a focus and depth that was not previously addressed in the Oregon Content Standards.


Click here to view the video

April 14th – Full Day Inservice, No School for Students

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Due to the inclement weather in February, we missed a half day inservice that included much needed teacher training for Professional Learning Communities, a format that will be utilized next year for teacher data teams. We are combining that half day with the scheduled half day on April 14th to create one full day, thereby not adding another day of disruption to the schedule. Thank you for understanding that this time is critical for keeping our teachers trained and focused on best practice within the classroom. Extended Care will be available.

Lake Oswego Rotary Dictionary Donation



We were so very fortunate to have a visit and presentation from the Lake Oswego Rotary today who brought brand new dictionaries for every third grader at Hallinan! This is a lovely tradition that I have been able to be a part of in the past, and I was so pleased to be presented with the opportunity once again. Students are briefly introduced to the purpose of Rotary, but even more than that, reminded that even as adults, we have appreciation for books and the written word. The students were thrilled. Special thanks to Lake Oswego Rotary! Please come back anytime!


Myths About the Common Core



Just in time for Spring Break, here is a new post aimed at helping all of our stakeholders understand the Common Core Standards and Smarter Balanced Assessment (if you haven’t seen the other two, you can check them out in the archives). My goal is to provide you with information that will hopefully alleviate some of the anxiety that seems to be cropping up about what the CCSS will mean for students. One common myth I have heard recently is that the Common Core requires us to teach math skills (such as subtraction) in a new fangled, new age manner that looks pretty confusing to the average person. Keep in mind that the Common Core Standards are just standards – not instructional techniques. They give us guidance about the conceptual and skill based knowledge that students should have taken to a level of mastery within a grade level benchmark. They encourage critical thinking and discourse to discover multiple ways to solve problems – they do not prescribe one way to teach. Please know that we have been preparing for new standards for several years, and our teachers have done an amazing job of implementing appropriate instruction that addresses the changes to come.

The following link provides a list of Common Core myths and the facts behind them. Please read at your leisure. Enjoy!

Click here to read the article!


Newsflash: Kids Like Coming to Hallinan

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The Oregonian recently published a study about attendance rates in the greater metropolitan area and the impact of attendance on school success. Hallinan was the only school outside the WLWV school district to make the top ten! This is a direct reflection of the culture and climate in our building. Our students want to be here every day, and that MEANS SO MUCH! Thank you for making it a point to help your students understand the importance of attendance AND for partnering with us to give them everything they need to be successful. Hallinan is, without a doubt, an awesome place to be every day.

Click Here to read the article!

(Click on the best/worst elementary attendance link halfway down the page.)


Emergency Plans for Unscheduled Closures


At the beginning of the year, all parents and guardians fill out an emergency school closure form that notes their personal family plans in case of an unscheduled closure, emergency, or natural disaster. After our last snow day, it became apparent that many parents do not remember what they listed as plans for their children, causing the office to need to make many calls that morning to ensure that students got home safely and according to plans. This will not always be a possibility should there be a unforeseen emergency. I respectfully act that you do the following:

  • Update any contact information that may have changed since the beginning of the year with the front office. This includes cell, home, and work phone numbers, email addresses, and mailing addresses.
  • Make sure you are aware of what you listed as your emergency closure plans. You may have kept the pink copy, as it was in triplicate form. If you have misplaced it, that is totally understandable. Please just check in with your child’s teacher so that you can make adjustments if needed.
  • Please be aware of who you placed on your emergency contacts list. Let the front office know if you need to add/delete anyone.
  • Know your child’s bus route number.
  • Connect with your neighbors if they are included in your plan.
  • Discuss your plan with students if it is developmentally appropriate.

Having up-to-date information helps us to keep all children safe. Thank you!