Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 10/22/20

Principal's Message

Hello Hallinan Families,


I'm excited to see your children in our HAL Hangout sessions tomorrow! Grades K-2 are invited to attend from 11:30 am to 12 pm, and grades 3-5 are invited to attend from 12 to 12:30 pm. All parents were sent Zoom invitations/instructions yesterday (10/21) to assist their children in joining the Hangout sessions. Students in grades 3-5 were sent instructions to their school email accounts.


Don't forget about Hallinan Spirit Week next week, Monday through Thursday, October 26 - 29. Please see the grid directly below for our themes each day. I'm still trying to decide which day I'll wear my red sparkly sneakers - or maybe I'll just wear them everyday. I'm excited to see your children express themselves next week!


Please make sure to scroll down to the PTO section below to see how the PTO is building connections during remote learning: a collaborative cookbook, book club for students grades 3-5 and room parent opportunities! I hope your family will participate in these fun, new activities.


Encourage your child to be creative!

Principal Griffiths

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Save These Dates!

10/23 - K-2 HAL Hangout (11:30 - 12:00)

10/23 - 3-5 HAL Hangout (12:00 - 12:30)

10/26 - 10/29 - Virtual Spirit Week

10/29 - Thursday PLC (schedule time change)

10/30 - Asynchronous Day (formerly Early Release Day, more details below)

11/5 & 11/6 - Virtual Conferences - No School

11/11 - Veterans Day - No School

11/12 - Thursday PLC (schedule time change)

11/19 - Thursday PLC (schedule time change)

11/23-11/27 - Thanksgiving Break - No School

Asynchronous Day 10/30

Our original 2020-21 school calendar listed Friday, October 30 as an 11:00 a.m. early release day to allow elementary teachers time to prepare for conferences on November 5-6. With our distance learning model in place, Friday, October 30 will be an asynchronous day (independent learning and practice that has been assigned by their teacher). All lessons will be posted for all students (AM and PM cohorts) by 8:00 a.m. Science, Health and Social Studies lessons will also be posted by 8:00 a.m. depending on the rotation schedule.

Counseling Corner with Ms E


Click on the picture below and then click on the links for lots move information!
Distance Learning Help for Families

Button Link to the "Hallinan Help for Families for Distance Learning". Please click on this link for AM/PM Cohort Schedules, Specials Rotations, Google Codes and Tech Help and Support.

Hallinan ❤️ a Cookbook!

We are creating the Hallinan 2020 Cookbook and we need your help! It will include recipes submitted by our families AND staff. We encourage all our families to submit a favorite recipe and either artwork from your Hallinan student or a photo of your student in the kitchen creating a culinary delight. All recipes submitted by the deadline will be included. The cookbook will be available for purchase (and makes a great gift!), with all proceeds going to the Hallinan PTO to support ongoing sponsored programs. Please send all submissions, artwork and photos in simple text format to Jessie Harbison at jessamyn2007@gmail.com by November 18. Information on ordering the cookbook will be available soon!

Attention Readers!

Hallinan Book Club is coming to grades 3-5! We are working with staff to choose grade appropriate books for your excited readers. Children will read the book on their own time and book club meetings will be held (via Zoom) to discuss. We are seeking family/caregiver volunteers to help facilitate the meetings and communication. Please consider signing up using the SUG here.

Room Parents Needed!

Although room parenting looks different this year, it is still a very important job! We are seeking one room parent per cohort. Please see the SUG here for a full description and to sign up.

October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

What is Oregon’s State of Mind on Dyslexia?

Oregon developed its first legislative guidelines for dyslexia in 2015 with the passing of Senate Bill 612 followed by 1003 in 2017. By law each school is required to complete a universal screening on all kindergarten and first grade students to identify those who are at risk for dyslexia. This law also mandates that each K-5 school have an extensively-trained educator who is able to recognize the warning signs of dyslexia and support students, teachers, parents, and the community. LOSD currently uses Dibels as our dyslexia screening tool. If you have more questions please reach out to your school’s literacy specialist.

There also are three major federal laws that directly affect children with dyslexia. They are the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Oregon Department of Education Dyslexia Resources: Oregon Department of Education : Dyslexia : Regional Programs and Best Practices : State of Oregon

Gifted and Dyslexic?

Some kids with learning and attention difficulties have exceptional skills in certain areas. These kids are often called “twice-exceptional” (2E) learners.


LOSD Student Services and TAG (Talented & Gifted) Services are both responsible and should work in cooperation to meet the needs of twice-exceptional students. The student’s abilities will determine appropriate instruction.

To read about twice exceptional students, visit UNDERSTOOD.ORG:

Twice-Exceptional Students | 2E Learners | Gifted and Learning Disabilities

Each week this month, we featured a message about dyslexia in this newsletter. If you have questions or concerns regarding our child’s learning, please call the school principal, TAG coordinator, and/or literacy specialist. You can also contact your school’s representatives for TAG-AC (TAG Advisory Committee) or SSPAC (Student Services Parent Advisory Committee). Please see here to learn how to contact your school representative.

We are here to help you and your child succeed.


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LOHS Black Student Union Mentoring Program

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Lakeridge High School Annual Halloween "Night"

Hello Hallinan!

My name is Julianne Arluna and I am the junior VP at Lakeridge high school. I am writing to let you know that we will still be holding our annual halloween night this year for students grade 5 and under. Due to covid precautions, it will be drive- thru style. There will be fun (socially distanced) games and lots of candy! There will be a costume contest as well so feel free to come dressed up and show some spirit!


Halloween night will take place at Lakeridge High School on October 31st from 12pm-3pm for $12 a car. The entrance will be at Cloverleaf Road and travel through the back of the campus.

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Hallinan Renovation Update

The Hallinan Elementary Renovation Project will bring significant improvements to the forty-year-old facility, including upgrades in safety and security, technology and seismic and infrastructure. Click here for more information.

The Library may not quite be finished but I found a great place to read!

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Office Contact Information

At this time, Hallinan Elementary is closed for renovation. The best way to reach us is by email. Please contact Lee Gates if you need to schedule a meeting.



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!