Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 12/2/21

Principal's Message

Dear Hallinan Families,

And, just like that, it's December! Our character trait this month is CREATIVITY - using your imagination to create something or solve a problem. We see examples of creativity all over Hallinan and we'll share some of them over the next two weeks. Today, I am especially proud to share a few of the very creative and beautiful decorations our students designed for the Doernbecher Hospital HOPES Service Project. A huge thank you to our amazing PTO for the brilliant ideas and supplies that brightened so many lives!

And, fortunately for us, we are excited to welcome our fabulous and creative volunteers back to Hallinan beginning in January! We are grateful for your patience and flexibility as we follow District guidance and bring volunteers back gradually, starting with kindergarten class volunteers, the week of January 10. Volunteers are such an integral part of our learning community at Hallinan and we can't wait to have you back. We will keep you posted as to when additional volunteers will be invited back to Hallinan. Please see the Volunteer Requirements section below for specific requirements to volunteer this school-year.

Looking forward to seeing you soon!

Melissa Griffiths

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Save These Dates

12/3 - Photo Make-up Day, bring packet back if you choose to do retakes, go to: Dorian Studio for more information

12/9 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

12/16 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

12/20-21/31 - No School

1/3 - Welcome back!

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.

Counselor's Corner

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November Project Wrap

A HUGE thank you to our staff and students for their participation in letter writing to military members! We mailed over 300 letters to Operation Gratitude to be sent in care packages to deployed service members. Classes also participated in making decorations which were lovingly put up on the 10N floor of Doernbecher Children’s Hospital this past weekend.

December Giving

HOPES is pleased to support 3 ways to give back this month.

1. Snack Bags for Alder Elementary. Participating classes will decorate and pack bags with non perishable breakfast and snack items for our friends at Alder Elementary. These bags are sent home at the beginning of the winter break and provide relief to the many food insecure students attending Alder. Be on the lookout for a Sign Up Genius from your student(s) room parent with needed items.

2. DHS Toy Drive. Bring your new and unwrapped toy to the silver bins in the vestibule starting Dec 6! All toys will be given to children in foster care in Multnomah County.

3. Donate Button. Want to give but don’t have time to shop? We got you covered! Simply go to Hallinan’s Directory https://hallinanpto.membershiptoolkit.com/open_forms and click the “December Giving” tab to donate. Donations will be used to purchase coats for Alder Elementary Students and items needed for children in foster care.

Thank you to ALL our Hallinan Families for supporting HOPES and making it a unique and special part of the Hallinan culture. You are AWESOME!


E-mails confirming the team registrations for the 2021-2022 Oregon Battle of the Books went out to the parent listed as team leader/coach on Nov. 20, followed by a detailed e-mail explaining more details about OBOB, a loose timeline, information about audio books, where/how to find the 16 books and several links with very helpful resources, including how to find practice questions. (The bottom line is that kids should start on the books and the next two months should be about reading!)

Because of the Thanksgiving vacation and junk mail issues, we are learning that some of you did not see those e-mails. If you have not received TWO emails from us by now, please e-mail your OBOB co-chairs Lindsey Hargrove and/or Gillian Flaccus-Irving at lindseymhargrove@gmail.com and grflaccus@msn.com. As always, please also feel free to reach out with questions to either co-chair as well.

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).

Message from Lakeridge High School

Hi parents! We hope you are all enjoying the holiday season and time with family. For a great opportunity to celebrate the holidays and spend time with family, we want to invite you all to Lakeridge’s December Holiday Movie night! Cozy up in your favorite PJs with a cup of hot cocoa and come watch Elf (rated PG) in the Lakeridge Auditorium from 6:30-8:45pm on December 4th. Tickets are $5, hot cocoa and treats will be available for sale. All proceeds go towards Senior Graduation. We hope to see you all there and Happy Holidays from Lakeridge High School!
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Hi Hallinan Families,

My name is Megan Tian, and I am a junior at Lakeridge High School and a member of the district-wide Lake Monsters robotics team. We are doing a holiday fundraiser selling light-up card kits which are a fun and educational holiday activity combining arts and crafts with STEM. Each kit will include access to videos explaining how to assemble the cards, and how the basic circuitry works to make it light up. Find more info and order here: bit.ly/circuit-cards.

Thank you so much for your time and consideration. Your support helps our team conduct STEM outreach events at hospitals and underserved schools, build robots for competitions, provide scholarships to our team members, and so much more.

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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