Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 10/15/20

Principal's Message

Hello Hallinan Families,


I miss seeing your children so much - their smiles, hugs, high fives and stories brighten my day! While I am getting the opportunity to see them learn in the virtual environment, it's different and I can't wait to see them in person.


Relationship building is very important to me and our school community. To continue to get to know each other, we are going to start monthly HAL Hangouts in which students will have the optional opportunity to meet with their peers and staff members. Our first HAL Hangout will be on Friday, October 23. K-2 will meet from 11:30 am to 12 pm, and 3-5 will meet from 12 to 12:30 pm. Students are encouraged to bring their lunch and eat while we learn more about each other. Zoom meeting invitations will be sent next week to all student email addresses. Looking forward to seeing your students there!


We are also going to have a Virtual Spirit Week from Monday, October 26 through Thursday, October 29, to celebrate how we have positively navigated our first quarter of our twisty, turvy learning journey. Please see the grid directly below for our themes each day. We can't wait to see your student's creativity shine!


Have a great rest of the week!

Principal Griffiths

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Save These Dates!


10/16 - Hallinan Directory Info Due

10/22 - Thursday PLC (schedule time change)

10/23 - K-2 HAL Hangout (11:30 - 12:00)

10/23 - 3-5 HAL Hangout (12:00 - 12:30)

10/26 - 10/29 - Virtual Spirit Week

10/29 - Thursday PLC (schedule time change)

10/30 - Early Release Day (more details below)

11/5 & 11/6 - Virtual Conferences - No School Days

Early Release 10/30

Our original 2020-21 school calendar listed Friday, October 30 as an 11:00 a.m. early release day to allow elementary teachers time to prepare for conferences on November 5-6. With our distance learning model in place, Friday, October 30 will be an asynchronous day (independent learning and practice that has been assigned by their teacher). All lessons will be posted for all students (AM and PM cohorts) by 8:00 a.m. Science, Health and Social Studies lessons will also be posted by 8:00 a.m. depending on the rotation schedule.


Counseling Corner with Ms E

Click on the picture below and then click on the links for lots move information!
Distance Learning Help for Families

Button Link to the "Hallinan Help for Families for Distance Learning". Please click on this link for AM/PM Cohort Schedules, Specials Rotations, Google Codes and Tech Help and Support.

Hallinan Directory - Last Chance - Due 10/16!

Hallinan Directory - ACTION ITEM - Due 10/16!


Families, please update or enter your information in the Hallinan Directory so your child(ren)’s information will be included. The online directory is free to all Hallinan families (LO online and Hybrid) and is a great way to connect with other families.


Please consider making a donation to the Hallinan PTO if you are able so we can continue to support our teachers and programs. This can be done while updating information.


Returning Families: you do not need to create a new account. Login with your e-mail and password from last year.

New Families: please create a new account at hallinanpto.membershiptoolkit.com. Please remember to go back and check your email for the login verification.

For immediate access to the school directory, please download the Membership Toolkit app for your smartphone.

Contact Nicole Blum with directory questions, hallinandirectory@gmail.com.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

Userway is Lake Oswego School District’s primary accessibility tool. When you see this graphic (or “widget” shown to the right) on our district webpages, click on it to view a variety of accessibility tools, e.g., keyboard navigation, screen reader, pause animations, text spacing or color options. You can add this tool to your own computer at WCAG 2.1 AA Website Accessibility - Accessible Websites with UserWay | UserWay. Userway does not store information on users and is COPPA, FERPA, HIPAA, GDPR and ADA compliant.

Assistive Technology … Did you know?


Technology is changing and improving the school experience for students with dyslexia. Text-to-speech and speech-to-text software, calculators, and note-taking apps are common examples of “assistive technology”. Many of us enjoy audiobooks for pleasure reading, but audiobooks also can serve as a vital piece of assistive technology for those with learning differences such as dyslexia.


With audiobooks everyone can acquire new vocabulary, expand their knowledge and love of books, and enjoy complex or intriguing storylines. Because dyslexics have great listening comprehension, audiobooks enable independent access to school curriculum through “ear-reading” of complex or voluminous textbooks and novels.


The Lake Oswego Public Library has many audiobook services here:

E-books and Streaming


LOSD assistive technology and audiobook resource information can be found here:

LOSD Audiobooks & Read-Aloud Tools


If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s learning, please contact the school principal and/or literacy specialist. Another great parent resource would be to contact your school’s Student Services Parent Advisory Committee (SSPAC) representative. Please see here to learn how to contact your school representative.

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Hallinan Renovation Update

The Hallinan Elementary Renovation Project will bring significant improvements to the forty-year-old facility, including upgrades in safety and security, technology and seismic and infrastructure. Click here for more information.

Our Fabulous New Canopy - We can't wait to welcome you to Hallinan!

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Office Contact Information


At this time, Hallinan Elementary is closed for renovation. The best way to reach us is by email. Please contact Lee Gates if you need to schedule a meeting.



Office Phone: 503-534-2353

Principal Melissa Griffiths - griffitm@loswego.k12.or.us

Secretary Lee Gates - gatesl@loswego.k12.or.us

Secretary Linda Stevens - stevensl@loswego.k12.or.us


Hallinan Website - Click Here!