Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 4/1/21

Principal's Message

I hope everyone is well rested from spring break and happy to be back to school. I sure am!

Tomorrow, Friday 4/2, is an asynchronous day for all students. Teachers will post online lessons for AM and PM cohorts by 8 am and will use the day to plan for conferences. At your conference, on either 4/8 or 4/9, expect your teacher to provide updates on your student's progress and share Winter i-Ready assessment results.

Our office has received a lot of questions about what next school year may look like. As Dr de la Cruz has stated at recent school board meetings, she and the School Board have every intention to have all students back at school full time in the fall. And, that makes us all so happy at Hallinan!

I am delighted to share some of the great work being done by Hallinan students and I am so grateful for our wonderful teachers who inspire them.

Have a fantastic day!

Melissa Griffiths

Mrs Pilkington's Math Class

In Math 6 students graphed a real working constellation chart of the night sky. Here are Malia Kim and Logan Hendrix's charts.
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Mrs Larson's 5th Grade Class

Mrs Larson offered her class an optional writing assignment - the prompt was "What does it mean to be a welcoming nation?" Tori Chisholm and Lucas Sheridan submitted beautiful pieces. We are so proud of them!

STEM Activities

Under the guidance of STEM teacher, Mrs Doran, 4th grade created Volcano Tours - click on this link to view the padlet:

PNW Volcano Google Earth Tours completed by LOSD 4th Graders

And, 3rd grade designed Wind-Powered Vehicles - click on the links below for two fabulous examples:

Elliana Tipton

Jackson Kaluza

Science Supplies Available for K-5 grade students

Science supplies for students in Kindergarten through 5th grade are available on a first come basis to any family that wants them. You'll find them in the vestibule in large purple bins! Recently added: 2nd grade Plant Adventures and 5th grade Chemical Magic kits.

Watch STEM teacher Mrs Doran demonstrate a safe way to use the 5th grade chemical magic kits.

Mrs. Doran Experiments with Mystery Science Kits
Mystery Science Website

Click here for the Mystery Science curriculum and lots of fun things to learn and do!

Mrs Lindsey's 2nd Grade Flowers

Mrs Lindsey's class was inspired by the many blooming trees near Hallinan. They studied ancient chinese pottery for vase ideas. We love their beautiful art!
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Save These Dates!

4/2 - Teacher Work Day, Asynchronous lessons will be posted by 8 am for all students

4/5 - Library Lunch Break for K-2 at 12 pm

4/8-9 - Parent/Teacher Conferences - No School

4/12 - Photo Day for In-person and Online students - additional information below

4/12 - Library Lunch Break for K-2 at 12 pm

4/19 - Library Lunch Break for K-2 at 12 pm

4/23 - HAL Hangouts K-2 at 11:15 am; 3-5 at 11:45 am

Please click here for the updated school calendar posted on the district website. The School Board approved three additional days (June 14-16). The Teacher Workday will be on June 17.

Counseling Corner with Ms E

Library News

Online Check Out and Curbside Pick-up has started. Pick-Up on Wednesdays between 11:15 am and 12:15 pm; holds must be placed by the Tuesday before at 12 pm. Click on the photo below to learn all about Curbside Pick-Up. Returns can be made daily between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm. The Drop Box is located in the vestibule.

Don't forget - Library Lunch Break for K-2 students on Mondays from 12 to 12:30 pm.

Put on a Happy Face - Picture Day - 4/12

Hallinan Picture Day for all students is Monday 4/12.

  • In-person students will have their pictures taken during the school day.
  • Online students will have their pictures taken after school hours, between 4 and 4:30 pm. (A sign-up genius will be sent via email to online families later today.)

Families may order pictures online by visiting dorianstudio.com and typing Hallinan into the "school name here" bubble. Your online order can be placed anytime before, and up to four (4) days after, picture day. Paper order forms are available in the office for anyone that needs one.

After the 4-day grace period expires, a personalized access key will be sent home with picture delivery. A $7 shipping and handling fee will be added to all orders made with a personalized access key and orders will ship directly to your home.

Hallinan SAC Applications Due

Are you interested in serving on the Hallinan Elementary School Advisory Committee? As part of continuous efforts to increase communication with the public and to provide for citizen involvement, the LO School Board appoints school advisory committees to consider matters of district-wide importance. Committees meet monthly, September through May. Committee members are appointed to serve two-year terms, please click here for an application.

Applications are due Monday, April 12.

Ready! Set! Go!

Daily Home Screening for Students During COVID-19

Hallinan Help for Families for Distance Learning

Click here for Hybrid, Online and Specials Schedules, Google Classroom Codes and more!


Interested in getting involved or are a new member of the Hallinan family? Consider filling one of the open PTO board or Committee Chair positions for the 2021-22 school year. Please see the Sign Up Genius (click HERE) for a description of the positions. It’s a great way to get to know the families who make up our special community and volunteers are the foundation. It takes a village!

Health Lessons

Asynchronous health is completed for grades 1-5, for this school year. Kindergarten will finish the week of April 12. Per SB 856, Erin's Law, four additional lessons will be taught by classroom teachers in April. Please see the information below regarding Erin's Law.

Students have two health magazines that will not be covered during asynchronous lessons. Families may review these materials with their children.

Erin's Law

What Is Erin’s Law?

In 2015, the Oregon legislature passed SB 856, also known as Erin’s Law. Erin’s Law requires the development and adoption of child sexual abuse prevention programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade in all Oregon public schools.

SB 856 mandates that all Oregon Public Schools provide:

  • A minimum of 4 instructional sessions (equal to or greater than a standard class period) of sex abuse prevention instruction per year for grades kindergarten through 12
  • Sexual abuse instruction that is integrated and part of required district comprehensive sexuality education plan and is aligned with state standards
  • Instruction that is age appropriate, medically accurate, and is not shame or fear based
  • Instruction that is culturally inclusive and is responsive to diverse students including race, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation
  • A parental involvement component to inform parents about child sexual abuse topics
  • A professional training component for administrators, teachers and other school personnel


Senate Bill 856, Sex Abuse Prevention Instruction

Erin's Law

Elementary teachers will begin these lessons in April. Look for specific communication from your child’s teacher.

Families may opt-out by completing this form and returning it to the office by Friday, April 9: Program Exemption Policy and Form

Bus Routes

In case you missed them, here are the updated bus routes.

Wednesday Workshops for LOSD Elementary Students

Through a partnership with the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation, LOSD is pleased to offer another term of Wednesday Workshops enrichment classes to create more connection experiences for our LOSD elementary students only and offered free of charge.

Wednesday Workshops will run for 6 weeks from April 21, 2021 to May 26, 2021.

Wednesday Workshops sign up is through LOSD Community Schools and features fun, high-quality third-party instructors in science, robotics, engineering, art, world languages as well as activity classes in leadership, movement, writing, acting and more.

Please click here to go to the Wednesday Workshops landing page on the LOSD website for more information and to register for a class.

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 June 2021. 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, April 9, 2021. The Nominating committee will review applications and conduct interviews in the April 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.

Lake Oswego Schools Foundation prospective board member application:


Bias and Racial Incident Reporting Form and Information

On November 16, 2020, the LOSD School Board approved the ALL Students Belong Policy which prohibits the display of hate symbols and the use of hate speech in our school community. This is another step forward in our efforts of becoming an anti-bias and anti-racist organization and living up to the District’s core values of equity and inclusion. The All Students Belong Policy makes it clear that hate will not be tolerated nor accepted in our schools. We encourage students to stand against hate by interrupting and reporting any bias and/or racist incident that they witness or personally experience.

We want LOSD schools to be a safe, welcoming, and loving space where all students have the opportunity to be themselves and thrive socially and academically. If you have witnessed or experienced any harm directed to any student, teacher, or staff member based on perceived or actual identity, you can report to your administrator, a trusted staff member, by using the new elementary Incident Report or anonymously to SafeOregon.

Clackamas County Safe & Strong

Clackamas County Safe & Strong is a new free program our county has launched (with the assistance of some federal grant funding) to support people who might be struggling with the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. More specifically, they are trying to address the mental health impacts of stress and worry, whether because of loss of employment, closure of businesses, loss of social contact, uncertainty, loss of routine, or just trying to stay as safe as possible. For more information, please see the links below.

Clackamas County Safe & Strong

OHA Safe & Strong Brochure

New Student Registration for 2021-22 School Year

Online Registration through ParentVUE is open for all new students for the 2021-22 school year. Students who are currently attending LOSD during the 2020-21 school year do not need to register for the 2021-22 school year. Please call the Hallinan office at 503-534-2353 or visit the Registration & Verification page of the LOSD website assistance. Please visit the Hallinan website for additional Kindergarten information.

Preschool/Pre-K Applications Open

For families interested in signing up their child for preschool or pre-kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year please visit the Extended Programs on the district website or click here to apply. Space is limited.

Lottery Process: Monday, Apr. 5, 2021

Families will be notified by Friday, Apr. 9, 2021

Conclusion of Lottery Process
Following the completion of the lotteries, the district will make available any remaining slots in the classes on a first-come, first-served basis. Applications received after the lottery deadline will be date-stamped and enrolled in a class if space is available. If classes are full, applicants will be added to the wait list in order of receipt of application.

Community Information

Gnome Hunt April 1st

The LO Parks Gnome Hunt kicks off April 1st! The Parks Stewardship program invites families to explore 21 natural park areas in the city. Each month, look for Blossom, Greenie, and Oak, our 3 gnomes that hide in 3 different natural park areas. The Gnome Hunt runs from April to October.

Visit lo-stewardship.org for monthly clues, maps, gnome trivia and cool interactive links to learn about birds, animals and native species. Each month, the Gnome Hunt invites you to discover park features such as a 10 ft. bird nest, foot bridges and more!

Office 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.

Hallinan Website - Click Here!