Elementary Early Release will occur weekly beginning next year


Some changes for the 2016-17 school year have just been approved.  We will be moving to weekly early release.  This is to align with the secondary schools and save instructional time while providing our teachers with weekly opportunities to meet in Professional Learning Communities.

  • Beginning next year, early release for elementary students will occur each Thursday at 2:45 p.m. (No change to early release for junior high and high school students.)

  • High School early dismissal day (PSATs/inservice) changed from 10/12/16 to 10/19/16

  • 10/21/16 and 3/24/17 will be early dismissal half-days for elementary instead of no school days

  • Daycare will once again be onsite.  No busing to Uplands Elementary necessary given the later time frame.

Beginning Strings


Orientation meetings will be held for parents and next year’s 4th  and 5th grade students who wish to participate in the string program for the 2016-2017 school  year. This meeting is for beginning string students only, not for those who are continuing on to orchestra.

Parents and students should try to attend one of the following fun and informative meetings to learn about the beginning strings program and the enrollment process.  We offer an evening meeting in May and a morning meeting in June to choose from.  There will also be an evening meeting in September for late comers, but we encourage you to attend in May or June.

Wednesday, May 11, 7:00-7:45 pm


Friday, June 3, 8:00-8:45 am

(Late Comers: Tuesday, September 6th, 7:00-7:45 PM)



Uplands Library

2055 Wembley Park Rd.



  • Introduction and philosophy
  • Demonstration of the Instruments: violin, viola, cello, bass
  • Opportunity for students to try each instrument
  • How to acquire an instrument of the right size
  • Answers to your questions



  • Classes meet at the Uplands building before school
  • Classes meet 4 days each week (5 days in the beginning)
  • Students may ride buses or parents may drop them off
  • Students are bused directly to each elementary school after class


If you cannot attend a meeting, you can still join.  You will find answers to your questions and a link to enrollment on the district web page at: http://www.edline.net/pages/Lake_Oswego_School_District/Academics___Programs/strings

(Enrollment will open in May.  Please wait for the enrollment link until then. )  For any further questions you can contact Kristy Hewitt, the district music coordinator, at hewittk@loswego.k12.or.us.  We look forward to having your child as a member of the Lake Oswego Beginning Strings Program.

Heads Up – Closure on Laurel for Final Paving


I just wanted to give you a heads up about a closure of Laurel Street next Tuesday and Wednesday (4/26 – 4/27).  The closure of Laurel narrows is for final paving of the road.  I’ve contacted the bus provider and the PTO chair to inform them of this closure.  Please forward this information to the folks within your organization or anyone you feel could benefit from it.  If you have any questions please contact me directly.

Thank you.



Matthew Tipton, PE

City of Lake Oswego


Foster Care Backpack Project – HOPES Committee


The HOPES committee is facilitating a project to assemble backpacks full of fun, comforting items for children who have to leave home in a hurry to enter foster care. They often go without any personal items at all. These backpacks will include things like a small stuffed animal, new socks, age-appropriate book, colored pencils and paper,  a deck of playing cards, and an encouraging note. Each class will be compiling items for one child in their specific age group. Be watching for a SignUp Genius, and please discuss this project with your child. If they had to leave home quickly, in a stressful situation, what might be comforting to them? What would they like to contribute? This is a great opportunity to help our children develop Empathy and understanding of life situations different from their own. Please contact Audrey Buchanan or Meri Harper with any questions. Thanks!

Apply For Hallinan School Advisory Committee!


School Advisory Committee / SITE Council at Hallinan Needs Your Voice!

These committees are established in each school to facilitate communication among the school, its community and the School Board. The committees meet with the principal on a monthly basis to provide input, ask for clarification, and provide representation from the parent community, school and community at large on decisions that affect the education of students, district facilities and other topics at the district and school level. School Advisory Committee members are appointed by the School Board to serve a two-year term.

If you are interested, please fill out the one page application by clicking here.

Thank you so much for considering!  Please contact the office with questions.

LOSF Phonathon – Volunteers Needed!


Phonathon Volunteers Needed: April 19-21

The Foundation’s Phonathon is only two weeks away, and we are looking for volunteers to make calls.  This Phonathon will help raise the remaining $900,000 we need to reach our $2 million goal by June 30th.

It is a great opportunity for groups to volunteer as well.  Maybe you are part of a mom’s club, dad’s club, book club, school club, an employee at a local business, or any other group.  It’s always fun to participate as a group, and we have plenty of space to accommodate those who want to volunteer together.

  • Dates: April 19th-21st, 2016
  • Time: 5:30-8:30pm
  • Location: District’s Central Office at 2455 SW Country Club Road
  • Training: Never made calls before? No problem. We will provide training each night so you will feel prepared.
  • Food, Prizes & Loads of Laughter and FUN:  The Foundation will provide our volunteers with dinner and drinks.  There will also be lots of prizes, loads of laughs and a barrel of fun to be had each night for our volunteers!

Don’t wait, sign up today and help us continue to work towards reaching 2 million dollars!