Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 1/7/21

Principal's Message

Dear Hallinan Families,


I hope you had a wonderful holiday and break! We had quite a journey in 2020, and as we embark into 2021 let us remember to learn from the past (we were given a lot of opportunities in 2020!), embrace the present, and hope for the future, when we are all back together at Hallinan.


Thankfully, the future may not be too far away! On Tuesday, the District announced the timeline of our gradual transition to in-person instruction, starting with elementary schools. Please see the table under 'District Information' (below) for the first day of school for each grade level. We'll be providing more detailed information about in-person instruction in the upcoming weeks.


I am so excited to see our students return to Hallinan. We are ready to open the doors and welcome you back. We may not know all that 2021 holds for us, but we do know that our Hallinan Family will succeed together!


Melissa Griffiths

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Save These Dates!

1/11 - Library Lunch Break for K-2, 12 to 12:30 pm

1/18 - Martin Luther King Jr Day - No School

1/22 - HAL Hangouts K-2 11:30 am to 12 pm

1/22 - HAL Hangouts 3-5 12 to 12:30 pm

1/25 - Library Lunch Break for K-2, 12 to 12:30 pm

1/27 - LOSD CARES Workshop Resilience Panel” 5 to 6 pm

1/29 - Teacher Grade Prep - No School

2/3 - World Read Aloud Day

2/24 - Registration opens for Kindergarten and Spanish Immersion Kindergarten

2/24 - Kinder Counts Information Night

Counseling Corner with Ms E

After seeing the news yesterday, we want to encourage our families, teachers and staff to check in with each other, and our students, to make sure everyone has a safe space to discuss, process and ask for help if needed. If you or your family is having a difficult time discussing the disturbing events that occurred at the Capitol yesterday these resources may be helpful:


NPR: What to say to kids when the news is scary


PBS Kids: Helping kids navigate scary news stories


beyondblue.org: Talking about scary stuff in the news


When Bad Things Are Happening


You may also reach out to Counselor Brittany Erspamer or Principal Melissa Griffiths.

Library News

Online Check Out and Curbside Pick-up will start next week! 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.


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

Welcome Back Hallinan Families!

2021 is off to a busy start and we want to keep you informed about all the important changes. Stay tuned for the January PTO Newsletter (next week), a (virtual) PTO meeting, opportunities to help welcome our teachers and staff back to the building and upcoming HOPES activities.


In addition to finding the latest information from our school, the district and PTO here in the Hawk Squawk, you can also find the PTO on social media:

FB. hallinan elementary

IG. @hallinanpresident

These next few weeks are going to be full of new information and that can be overwhelming but please remember we are all working together to bring a safe and comfortable transition into our next phase. As always, don’t hesitate to reach out with questions via email: hallinanpresident@gmail.com

First Day of In-Person School for Students by Grade Level

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LOSD Library News

Click Here to read the LOSD Library Newsletter. You'll find information about World Read Aloud Day on February 3, our new Learn360 streaming resource, activities for students and lots more! .

Introducing LOSD CARES: Connection and Resilience in Education Series

These are challenging times and almost everything about our daily lives looks different. LOSD strives to support our community and mental health continues to be a top family concern. In partnership with the LOSD Wellness Team (school counselors, social workers and district psychologist) and community mental health partners, LOSD is developing a workshop series for parents and guardians to support, inform, and empower families on issues surrounding mental health.


Workshops will be held virtually via Zoom and will include focused discussions and question and answer opportunities. Please mark your calendar for the first workshop Wednesday, Jan. 27, 2021, 5-6 p.m.: Resilience Panel” with Shannon O’Dell, PsyD & Pediatric Associates of the Northwest.


In the meantime, please complete this family interest survey: LOSD CARES Survey . Your input will help shape future workshops.

Kindergarten Registration for 2021-22

Save the Date - Wednesday, February 24, 2021:


  • Hallinan will also hold a virtual information night (Kinder Counts) for incoming kindergarten parents to meet the school's staff, start the online registration process and learn about kindergarten in 2021-22
  • Kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year opens!


More information to come! Please call the office (503-534-2353) with any questions.

Spanish Immersion Kindergarten Registration & Lottery for 2021-22

Spanish Immersion Program Kindergarten Applications Important dates for the 2021-2022 school year:


  • Application available on the District website: February 24, 2021
  • Application Deadline: March 12, 2021, 3:30 p.m.
  • Lottery Date: March 17, 2021, 3:00 p.m.
  • Lottery Notification: March 19, 2021



Should the district receive more applications than spaces available, a lottery will be held. Those wishing to participate in the lottery must submit their application to the District Administration Office no later than 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021.


Younger siblings of students currently in kindergarten through 4th grade of the Spanish Immersion program have priority for enrollment only at the kindergarten level. Sibling priority does not apply to current siblings on the waitlist. If you currently have a child enrolled in the District’s kindergarten through 4th grade Spanish immersion program, you will have the first choice for enrollment in the kindergarten program. You will not be entered into the lottery, but you must submit an application to the program prior to the March 12, 2021 (3:30 p.m.) lottery deadline to be assured a slot. Slots not filled from sibling applications will be available in the general lottery.


Visit the LOSD Spanish Immersion Website for more details.

LOSD Meal Update

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The Hallinan Elementary Renovation Project has brought significant improvements to our forty-year-old facility, including upgrades in safety and security, technology and seismic and infrastructure. We are close to being finished and I am so very happy with the results. Here's one more photo of the progress of the outdoor classroom. We look forward to its completion.

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


Hallinan Website - Click Here!