Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 1/13/22

Principal's Message

Dear Hallinan Families,


A huge thank you to our families and staff for diligently wearing properly fitting masks, washing hands, physical distancing and staying at home when sick. If you have questions about whether your child should stay home, please refer to this document for current guidelines. I've also added our District Nurse contact information below (see the Contacting Nurses re: COVID-19 section) for your reference.


Schools continue to be among the safest places due to layered mitigation measures being followed carefully. For everyone's safety, the District has determined that extending our added safety measures is prudent at this time. Please be aware that we will continue to postpone volunteers and guests in our schools, and masks will be required on campus at all times, including recess, for the time being. These added protocols will be evaluated every two weeks. We appreciate your grace and patience as we continue to navigate these challenging times.


be well,

Melissa Griffiths

Save These Dates

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

1/19 - Kindergarten Online Registration Opens

1/19 - Kindergarten Counts - Information Session Available Online

1/20 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

1/27 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

1/28 - No School - Grade Prep Day

Contacting Nurses re: COVID-19, Keep Student Home Until Your Receive a Response

Dear LOSD Families,


Thank you for contacting our district nurses with your COVID-19 related concerns. Our nurses are responding to each inquiry in the order that they are received. Due to the high volume of calls and emails they are experiencing, please expect a delayed response of up to 24 hours.


If you are emailing regarding a positive COVID-19 case or exposure, please keep your student home until you receive a response. Please click here for the current school exclusion guidelines.


If your student has tested positive for COVID-19, please email the nurse for your student’s school the following information and a nurse will get back to you as soon as possible:

  • Student’s First and Last Name

  • School

  • Date symptoms started, if any symptoms

  • Date tested positive and where the test was taken


Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Hallinan School Nurses,

Ann Nelson nelsona@loswego.k12.or.us

Nikki Retzlaff retzlafn@loswego.k12.or.us

PTO Information

Discount Spirit Wear!

We have a handful of Hallinan Hawks t-shirts and hooded sweatshirts that we're looking to find good homes for at a discounted price. The hoodies are $10 (all youth size large) and the t-shirts are $5 (we have youth sizes small, medium, and large available). If you're interested in purchasing one, please reach out to Fallon Mertz at fallon.mertz@gmail.com. Stay tuned for more spirit wear ordering options in the coming weeks!


OBOB
With COVID cases on the rise, we are committed to doing everything we can to make OBOB happen for our hardworking and wonderful kids this year. The state Oregon Battle of the Books tournament has been canceled, but regional tournaments will take place (for now) in April virtually. Local schools are being asked to make their own decisions and arrangements to declare a winning team by March 11 that will advance to regionals. We are strongly considering outdoor in-person OBOB battles for Hallinan students if indoor in-person battles are not possible by mid-February. Please stay tuned for further communications both here and sent directly to your team leads. We will not be sending emails to every parent/guardian of an OBOB participant; the parent/guardian designated as your team lead/coach is responsible for forwarding these updates to everyone on your team. Thank you for your patience and understanding and happy reading! Please reach out with questions to Lindsey Hargrove (lindseymhargrove@gmail.com) or Gillian Flaccus-Irving (grflaccus@msn.com).


Help Wanted

Are you looking for opportunities to be more involved in the happenings at Hallinan? Maybe you'd like to meet more fellow parents or interact more directly with the teachers and staff? You're in luck! We're currently recruiting board members for next year - no experience required! If you're interested, reach out to Erin at hallinanpresident@gmail.com.

2022-23 Registration

Registration for the 2022-23 school year (all grade levels) will begin January 19, 2022. This is for new students who have never enrolled in Lake Oswego before and for returning students who are not currently enrolled but will re-enroll for next year. Registration is online through ParentVUE. Parents do not need to register students for 2022-23 who are currently attending during the 2021- 22 school year. Information about registration, including Spanish Immersion, can be found here.

Kindergarten Counts

LOSD is opening up its new student registration on Wednesday, January 19. That includes students who will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2022. Information about Kindergarten and how to register will be pre-recorded and posted to the Hallinan website by 5:00 p.m. on January 19.
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Volunteer Requirements

We are looking forward to volunteers being back in our buildings. If you would like to volunteer, please make sure to complete the following requirements prior to your first day volunteering at Hallinan:


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.

Upcoming Health Lessons

Our teachers use the adopted Health Curriculum, The Great Body Shop, to teach the required Oregon Health Standards to our students. THE GREAT BODY SHOP is a comprehensive health education curriculum which is sequential, developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive, and medically accurate. The lessons align with Oregon’s Health Education Standards and are embedded with social-emotional learning. Watch your classroom teacher's newsletter for upcoming topics. If you would like to review the health curriculum, please contact the school office. More information, including an opt-out form if needed, can be found on the District website.

i-Ready Winter Assessment

This Winter, all K-8 students in Lake Oswego will complete two online i-Ready assessments in class. One is for math and the other is for reading. i-Ready is a program that will help us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform and tailor instruction to accelerate growth. This is the second of three i-Ready assessments we give each year, and results will be shared with parents in February. For kindergartners, this will be their first i-Ready assessment. Our Winter i-Ready window is open from January 3-28.

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).

Now Accepting Applications for Foundation Board of Directors

Are you interested in contributing to a dynamic volunteer organization dedicated to advancing our community's commitment to educational excellence?


Please consider applying for the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation is seeking parents/guardians, students and community residents to serve on its Board of Directors. Board members must demonstrate a commitment to the Foundation, the School District and the Lake Oswego community.


The term for new board members will begin July 2022. Board members commit to a two-year term and may serve up to three terms. Please click HERE to access the online application form. The application provides more information about being a board member.


Interested people should submit applications by Friday, March 4, 2022. The Nominating committee will review applications and conduct interviews in the March time frame. If you are unable to access the application, please contact woolfw@loswego.k12.or.us to receive a pdf version of the application.

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School Resource Offices

School Resource Officers (SRO) are full-time sworn police officers employed by the Lake Oswego Police Department (LOPD) to serve the Lake Oswego School District (LOSD) community. You can read more about their duties here.

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.


Hallinan Website - Click Here!

PTO Website - Click Here

Lake Oswego School District Website - Click Here