Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 12/16/21

Dear Hallinan Families,


It's been a fun and CREATIVE week at Hallinan. As part of our character strong curriculum, every month, we have a new theme and character trait that we practice. As we've shared, this month is CREATIVITY. One of our school-wide activities was to put our creativity caps on and work with our class family to decorate a door. A few of the outstanding and festive doors are shared below.


In addition, I've included a few photos of students making snow people with PE equipment and a photo of the walking group that was formed keep students moving while the fields are closed. I love all the creativity at Hallinan this month and am excited to celebrate it with a Spirit Day, tomorrow, Friday, December 17. I encourage students and staff to wear attire that speaks to their imagination and creativity. This could be based on a hobby, favorite sport, character, color or anything else they dream up - I can't wait!


Wishing you a safe and wonderful holiday season.

Encourage your children to read and be creative!


Melissa Griffiths

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Spelling Bee Congratulations

Congratulations to the following students who will represent their class in the 2021-2022 Hallinan Spelling Bee: Henrique Araujo, Emma Irving, Bennett Allen, Cooper Hill, Xiner Xu, Holton Corman, Charlotte Lindsey, Nathan Bizzano, Aria Salehi, Emerson Roddan, Lucas Buzawa, Amber Voelkel and Elise Irving!


The competition will be held on Wednesday, February 2nd. The winner of this school-level competition will have the opportunity to compete in the Pamplin Media Regional Spelling Bee, which takes place in mid-March, and features 4th-8th grade students from around the Portland area.

Save These Dates

12/17 - Creativity Spirit Day!

12/17 - Lost and Found will be donated to a worthy cause

12/20-21/31 - No School

1/3 - Welcome back!

1/6 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

1/13 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

1/17 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr Day

1/20 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

1/27 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

Lost and Found

Please suggest to your child that they stop by the main hall outside the office and look for items they may have lost. All items left at the end of the day on Friday, December 17th will be donated to a worthy cause.

PTO Information

I want to extend a huge thank you to everyone who has chipped in to make the last few weeks a special time for the kiddos, teachers, and staff. I hope everyone has a safe and happy winter break! We're all looking forward to what the new year will bring - including the return of Art Literacy and more opportunities to volunteer in the classroom!


PTO Positions Available

There are a number of PTO positions available that we are really hoping to fill in the new year, including Treasurer Elect, President Elect, and at least one Hospitality Committee member. If you're at all interested, please reach out to Erin at hallinanpresident@gmail.com.

HOPES Update

Snack Bags for Alder

Our AMAZING kids packed 500 bags with non perishable breakfast and snack items for our friends at our buddy school, Alder Elementary. This will provide much needed relief for many of their food insecure students during the winter recess. A special thanks to our families for sending in the snacks and our teachers for taking on this worthwhile project.


Toy Drive for DHS

Tomorrow if the final day to bring in a new, unwrapped toy for our toy drive for DHS. We will hand deliver these gifts to some of the many children in the foster care system in Multnomah County next week. Your generosity helps make their season a bit brighter.


Looking for ways to get involved with your children over the break or beyond? Visit www.handsonportland.org for ideas and outlets.

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteers need to verify the following requirements before volunteering in schools:


Statement of Knowledge and Understanding - LOSD District Policies

All contractors, volunteers, and visitors must agree to follow District policies, the most important of which are summarized or referenced below:

  • No smoking or other uses of tobacco products, alcoholic beverages or other controlled substances on District property, including parking lots and fields.

  • No firearms, fire pits, indoor barbecues, candles, fog machines, balloons or fireworks may be used on School District property.

  • Park in designated parking areas only. Violators will be towed at the owner's expense.

Oregon State Assessment Opt-Out Form

Every year, Oregon students take assessments to meet federal requirements. The purpose of these assessments is to provide data that schools can use to ensure each and every child is on track and achieving learning goals.


State law requires us to inform you that a form is available from the State Department of Education that allows you to opt your child out of the math and English Language Arts assessments for the current school year. Should you wish to opt out your child, fill out the form and submit it to the main office at your child’s school. Please note the submission deadlines listed on the form. Meeting the deadline will help the school with planning and preparation. If you wish your child not to participate in the science assessment for grades 5, 8, and 11, submit this request in writing to the principal of your child's school.


If you would like to opt out your child from state testing, have questions or want more information about state assessments, please click on the form below or contact your child’s principal or teacher(s).

Chromebook or iPad problems?

Please submit a tech request to https://losdhelp.zendesk.com/ or scan this QR code.

Contact Information

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


If your child will be absent, please email your student's teacher and copy the office at halattendance@loswego.k12.or.us. Please list the date your child will be absent and any illness symptoms. See this guide for information on when to keep your child home from school.


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