Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk - 9/24/20

Principal's Message

Dear Hallinan Families,

This week I had the pleasure of "popping in" to some of our virtual classrooms. I loved seeing and hearing your children learn! I know this is not the classroom experience any of us want, but I am so proud of the student's courage, perseverance and positivity. I hope to be able to visit every classroom by the middle of next week.

To help us keep classes running smoothly and your students on task, here on some ways you can support your student in being an independent learner:

  • Read your teacher's weekly newsletter - it provides important weekly information and schedule
  • Provide your student a private and quiet space
  • Be mindful of background noises, including TV's, phone calls, pets and siblings
  • Make sure your student is prepared with all materials at their work station before class
  • Students should complete all classroom assignments and assessments independently; just like in school we want students to try their best first before reaching out to an adult for support
  • If your student has a question about their assignments, please encourage them to raise their hand and ask questions
  • If YOU have concerns about anything class-related, including your student’s assignments, please email the teacher to discuss (we don't want to take away precious learning time from our students)

Last week we introduced a button link to a spreadsheet that holds lots of helpful information for families. Today, we've created a folder - Hallinan Help for Families for Distance Learning . It turns out, we have lots more information to share: Cohort Schedule, Google Codes, Specials Rotation Schedule, Technology Support and Information and Tips for Accessing Zoom.

I was able to visit Hallinan this week to check on our construction progress - that's me in the "new" Library in the photo below. I've always loved how warm and inviting our Library is and it is going to be even better. Please see below under Hallinan Renovation for more photos from my visit. I cannot wait to welcome you all back into Hallinan.

Stay safe and well. And, read a book!

Principal Griffiths

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Save These Dates!

9/25 - New Student Zoom Lunch

9/30 - Virtual PTO Meeting

10/1 - Thursday PLC (schedule time change)

10/8 - Thursday PLC (schedule time change)

10/8 - Back to School Night

10/15 - Thursday PLC (schedule time change)

10/16 - Hallinan Directory Info Due

Hallinan Help for Families For Distance Learning

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.

Counseling Corner with Ms. E

Dearest families, celebrating you and your students as you have shown such C O U R A G E in starting our virtual school year. Wow! Yet, this is hard. I also believe we can brave through it together as a Hallinan family by asking for help, celebrating the small steps, & taking many deep breaths of grace.

To support your courageous conversations and tools for helping your kiddos, I post 1 lesson each Monday in my SEL Google Classroom. [Also, I have Family Resources there + on my Clever page.] To meet with me, of for your child to, please use this form: https://forms.gle/xz9JXAPZrqEKBJzu5 You may also use my email or this form to share requests, ideas & resources for me to team up with our families during this time.

Today, I am grateful for student courageous resilience & kindness. Enjoy creative courage from Xiner Xu, 4th Grade.


Be Well,

Brittany Erspamer

Ms. E

School Counselor

Hallinan Elementary


Request to Check-in with Ms. E

Mystery Science with Mr Zurcher

Mr. Zurcher has created a parent resource website for parents. Click on the HOME button in the upper right corner of the website for grade level information and material supply lists. Keep in mind, you may substitute supplies as convenient or necessary.

If you are unable to purchase supplies, Lake Oswego School District has limited supplies available based on need, not convenience. Please fill out this form: https://forms.gle/ed89o7pum2JatXZf9

Back to School Night 10/8 (Virtual)

Back to school night is an event for principals and teachers to welcome you back to school, introduce ourselves, and present key information for the year. This year is unlike any other and due to state restrictions, we cannot all be together as we would like. Instead, we'll 'social distance' Back to School Night by creating videos for you to watch in the comfort of your own home. On 10/8, your teacher will share two videos with you via email or google classroom, one from me and one from them. Please reach out directly to your student's teacher if you have questions after viewing the videos.

PTO Information

PTO Meeting (Virtual)

Please join us for the first PTO meeting of the school year on September 30 at 6:30pm.

Agenda includes 2020-21 Budget approval, update from Principal Griffiths and year ahead at a glance.

Call in details are as follows:

Topic: September PTO Zoom Meeting
Time: Sep 30, 2020 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 854 2985 5746
Passcode: 723115
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Hallinan Directory - ACTION ITEM - Due 10/16!

Families, please update or enter your information in the Hallinan Directory so your child(ren)’s information will be included. The online directory is free to all Hallinan families (LO online and Hybrid) and is a great way to connect with other families.

Please consider making a donation to the Hallinan PTO if you are able so we can continue to support our teachers and programs. This can be done while updating information.

Returning Families: you do not need to create a new account. Login with your e-mail and password from last year.

New Families: please create a new account at hallinanpto.membershiptoolkit.com. Please remember to go back and check your email for the login verification.

For immediate access to the school directory, please download the Membership Toolkit app for your smartphone.

Contact Nicole Blum with directory questions, hallinandirectory@gmail.com.

District Information

Technology Protection Payment Methods

If you have decided to insure your device, please see the following methods of payment:

Online payment through community schools


Check: Please put your child’s name and school in the memo area of the check and mail to:

LOSD Office c/o: Kim Wagner

2455 Country Club Road, PO Box 70

Lake Oswego, OR 90734

Fee Waiver: https://www.losdschools.org/domain/1838 mail to:

LOSD Office c/o: Kim Wagner

2455 Country Club Road, PO Box 70

Lake Oswego, OR 90734

Payment is due by October 1, 2020, to insure your child’s device.

What is i-Ready?

Over the next six weeks, elementary and middle school students will complete two on-line i-Ready assessments; 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. We will conduct these assessments three times per year, and results will be shared with parents.

The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s needs. Each item a student receives is based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier ones. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning. Please view this two-minute introductory video, Intro Video to iReady for Families

Our elementary schedule will begin with students in Grades 3-5; math will be first, and then reading. Primary students need more time to get settled into the school routine, and their i-Ready assessments will begin in October.

Celebrating Hispanic Heritage Month

LOSD took a step up in celebrating our diversity and unity this week with the marking of Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrated each year from September 15 to October 15. This tradition started in 1968 as Hispanic Heritage Week under President Lyndon Johnson and was expanded by President Ronald Reagan in 1988 to cover a 30-day period starting on September 15 and ending on October 15. During this month we recognize the amazing contributions Latinos and Latinas have made in our country. Following are few readings and resources to enjoy with your children.

Colorin Colorado

Teaching Tolerance

Hispanic Heritage Month Resources For Parents, Teachers & Kids

Celebrating Latino Culture With Our Kids

We plan to bring attention each month to cultures, heritages and initiatives and continue our broader focus on inclusion through the work of the board-appointed Diversity Equity, Inclusion & Access Committee and the work of our Equity and Family Engagement TOSA, Teresa Sanchez. We encourage everyone to feel empowered to be engaged in these discussions.

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.

We've included a few photos of the Library, Innovation Lab and Outdoor Classroom/Garden so you can see the progress!

Additional information can be found on the Bond website here.

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

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