LO Boy Scouts – Tree Lot

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Boy Scout Troop 127’s Christmas Tree Lot at George Rogers Park is open despite construction!  A Lake Oswego tradition for 68 years, we have locally-grown noble firs & wreaths plus free cookies and cocoa!  Open 7 days starting November 28th – December 13 (or until sold out) see our Facebook page and flyer for hours and a map of our new loading zone.


Vision Screening – December 8th

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Lake Oswego School District will be conducting the annual vision screening for students in your child’s school on December 8th.  Vision screening will be done by the Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing Foundation.  The OLSHF uses a Spot screener to do the vision screening.  It looks like a large camera that takes a picture of your child’s eyes.

More information about Spot:


You will receive screening results within two weeks of the screening day, if your child is to be referred to a vision specialist.

If for some reason your child is absent on the vision screening day, or the Spot screener could not take an adequate picture of your child’s eyes; an LOSD District Nurse will screen your child’s vision using a distance eye chart.

You have the right to decline vision screening for your child.  Please let your child’s teacher know if you would not like your child to participate.

If you have any questions or concerns, please contact:

Ann Nelson, LOSD District Nurse, 503-534-2470, Ann.Nelson@Loswego.k12.or.us

Katie Levin, LOSD District Nurse, 503-730-1179, Katie.Levin@Loswego.k12.or.us

Inclement Weather and Emergency Closure Information

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Severe weather, power outages, or other conditions may require schools to cancel classes, start late, or close early.

In most circumstances, the decision to cancel classes or start late will not be made the night before, but will be made before 6 a.m. on the day of the weather event.

When schools must close early during the school day, every effort is made to provide parents with as much warning as possible.

School will be in session if the majority of our students can travel safely. Because of the varied topography within district boundaries, hazardous conditions occasionally may exist in a limited area while roads in the remainder of the district are safe for travel. If parents believe conditions in their area make it unsafe for students to travel to school, the district will support their decision to keep their children at home.

For additional information about emergency closures, including extended programs, please check out the following link on the district webpage:



Picture Retake Day – November 18



If you have not yet been photographed this year, or are not pleased with your purchased photograph and would like another go at it, please come see us on Wednesday, November 18th.  This is the last opportunity to have your school picture taken this year.

To pre-order for Retake Day CLICK HERE   

Detailed instructions:


click “order photos online”


PICTURE RETAKE POLICY: We want you to be 100% satisfied with your photos.  This means that if you are unhappy for any reason we will retake your photo.  If you do choose to have a retake session done, please be aware that the original photo will be deleted so you will not be able to order that photo.


  1. Anyone who has not had their 2015-2016 school year school photo taken;
  2. New students and students absent on the original picture days;
  3. Students returning their purchased package who wish to have their photo retaken;
  4. Students wanting to order for the first time (payment or proof of payment must be presented onsite without exception).

***Please note: We do not do retakes for students who are only wanting the yearbook photo redone and are not purchasing pictures.


If you have any questions, please contact us at Smile@AisAPhotography.com or 503-636-9650 and we will be happy to help.




A is A Photography

A local family-owned & operated business.

Smile@AisAPhotography.com / 503-636-9650

16869 SW 65th, Box 6 / Lake Oswego, OR / 97035



Hallinan HOPES Committee – Students Making a Difference!

Below is a message from the Hallinan HOPES Committee Chair, Susan Schrader!  We are so proud of the efforts our students, families, and staff makes towards being a positive force in the community and around the globe!  Thank you for your generosity and kindness.
Hi!  A Mission Mahalo volunteer met us at Hallinan this morning.  The Hallinan community gave 235 pounds of candy and 106 letters to Mission Mahalo to be included in care packages for our armed service personnel.  We are particularly excited about the letters.  They are as unique and beautiful as the students who wrote them.   It was clear to me that our students used their best writing, spelling, and art work for the letters.  What a gift!
Speaking of gifts,  the Hallinan community donated 230 books to the Children’s Book Bank during our Book Fair!   Hallinan HOPES has decided to continue to collect books until winter break.  We invite Hallinan families to bring in new or gently used books and to put them in the blue book box in our lobby.  Books can be for children or adults. We will ensure that the books get to the Children’s Book Bank for distribution to the families they serve.

The Hallinan HOPES committee met this morning.  Here’s a preview of what’s to come:
  • Hallinan Families can bring joy to families in Clackamas County by contributing unwrapped new toys to Mrs. Landau’s annual holiday toy drive.  Please bring in your toys to the Hallinan library before December 4th and Mrs Landau will get them to Compassion in Action of Clackamas County.
  • As you’re aware, Jen Enge is coordinating and encouraging our holiday class parties to include a community-centered element.
  • HOPES is coordinating student volunteer shifts at the Tualatin School House Pantry.  We will collect needed items for the pantry too.  Details to follow…
  • Around February 2016 HOPES will invite our students to create care packages for foster kids. Children often spend hours in DHS offices waiting for their foster family assignment and make this transition with nothing of their own.  HOPES is coordinating gift bags for these children with the goal of making it a bit easier.  Again…more to follow.

Lake Oswego Schools Foundation Update

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Foundation Facts


Did you know that with your generous support, last year’s Lake Oswego Schools Foundation’s campaign raised 1.4 million dollars? This allowed the Lake Oswego School District to retain two teaching positions at each elementary school; and at our secondary schools it funded periods of math, science, language arts, social studies, ecology, marketing, band, PE and health.  Thank you to all of our donors! We couldn’t do it without your support each year!


For more information or to donate today please visit us at www.losfoundation.org

Cub Scouts Sign Up Night!


First grade boys and their parents are invited to join Pack 413 at Hallinan Elementary School!  Are you interested in camping, science, archery, crafts, fishing, field trips, playing games, exploring the outdoors, earning patches, or hanging out with friends?  Than Scouting is for you!  Come to the Sign Up Night on November 19th at 7pm in the Hallinan Library to sign up and learn more about Cub Scouts.  Contact Claire.Osterman@Scouting.org with questions and check out www.beascout.org to see what Scouting is all about.

Veteran’s Day – November 11, 2015

Hi all,

As you know, we will be honoring Veteran’s Day next week on Wednesday, November 11th.  This may be confusing for some families, as it is a day off in the middle of the week (with no corresponding long weekend).  Extended care will be available at Uplands Elementary.

I like to post some “kid friendly” explanations of Veteran’s Day so that students understand the purpose in having a day free from work and school.  Please feel free to use this if you wish!

Veterans Day

The nation honors military members on November 11

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President Barack Obama hangs a commemorative wreath during the Veterans Day Ceremony at the Tomb of the Unknowns at Arlington National Cemetery on November 11, 2013.

The nation celebrates Veterans Day on November 11 to honor all who have served in the military for the United States. Across America, various parades and ceremonies are held to celebrate the loyal services of our country’s armed forces. Some schools will have special events, too. What will your classroom do to celebrate Veterans Day?

History of the Holiday

At 11:00 A.M. on November 11, 1918, World War I was officially declared over. A year later, President Woodrow Wilson set aside November 11, 1919 as Armistice Day in the United States. Armistice is a term used to describe a formal agreement or truce. Wilson’s intention was to create a lasting peace after the war by remembering and honoring the sacrifices the military made during World War I.

Congress declared November 11 a national holiday in 1938. After a town in Kansas organized a local Veterans Day Parade, a Kansas representative proposed to change the holiday’s title. President Eisenhower officially changed the name of the holiday from Armistice Day to Veterans Day in 1954.

Showing Appreciation

Today, federal celebrations of the holiday remain close to its origins. The Veterans Day National Ceremony is held each year on November 11th at Arlington National Cemetery, in Washington D.C. The ceremony begins at 11:00 a.m. with a wreath laying at the Tomb of the Unknowns, a monument dedicated to military members who died in service and were unable to be identified. A parade of colors by veterans’ organizations follows the ceremony, with remarks from the President and other government officials.

To help show veterans how much they appreciate their service and sacrifice, some schools are participating in a program called Take a Vet to School Day. An organization called Got Your 6 and TV channel HISTORY have teamed up for this initiative to connect veterans of all ages with students across the country. The program provides resources to teachers and students to gain a better understanding of our nation’s history through a veteran’s experiences.

Resources can be found at history.com/veterans.

Safe Playground After Hours


I have been hearing about some troubling things happening on the playground after school hours and on the weekends. While we certainly cannot supervise during this time, we hope that parents will continue to encourage safe play that is conducive to a positive school culture and environment. For example:

  • Reference the playground rules on the windows near the side entrance if you are in doubt about how to safely use the equipment or play a game.
  • Please do not bring toy guys or weapons to our playground.
  • Please do not leave your dog unattended (at any time) or let them off leash when children are present.
  • Please promote all children being safe, kind, and responsible!

We would like our community to enjoy our playground year round – it is an amazing place for kids to be active and have fun.  Please assist us in keeping it fun and safe for all of our families.  If you see suspicious activity that is questionable in any way, it is always advised to call LOPD on their non emergency line: 503.635.0238.  Thank you!


As always, I was thrilled and honored to lead a short presentation in the gym for all of our grandparents and special friends that joined us on Wednesday.  It has become my practice to share a short video about gratitude on this day for several reasons.  One, it connects with our theme in November of giving thanks and recognizing the many blessings we have as a school community.  Two, it promotes the idea of mindfulness and taking just a moment to think about the many things we take for granted.  Most importantly, it puts an exclamation point on the gratitude we have for the many mentors in our students lives who took time out of their day to be a part of our world for that one hour – it means so much to us!

I am often asked for the link to the video, so I wanted to provide it once again here.  Have a lovely weekend!