Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 3/10/22

Principal's Message

Dear Hallinan Families,

On Monday, March 14, masks at Hallinan, and throughout the District, including on our buses, will become optional for all students, staff and family members. We know many families are very excited to take off their masks and see each other's smiles. We also know that many families are not ready to forgo face coverings just yet. To wear, or not wear, a face covering is a personal decision and our learning community will support your family's choice.

All students will be able to eat lunch together in their classroom, keeping three feet apart whenever possible. Students will continue to wash their hands before and after eating lunch and classes may eat outside when weather permits. Students who need or want increased distancing should talk with their teachers.

Teachers will show this video to classes this week. We encourage you to watch this video at home and discuss your household's plan with your child prior to Monday. Visit the LOSD COVID-19 Information page for more information and FAQs.

We want everyone to feel like they belong at Hallinan. To ensure this, staff, students and families may not ask others to wear or not wear face coverings/masks.

Thank you for your partnership!

Melissa Griffiths

Save These Dates

3/15 - FILLS - Fundraising Event for Hallinan

3/17 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

3/21-3/25 - No School - Spring Break

3/25 - Last Day for Youth Truth Survey

3/31 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

4/1 - Early Dismissal - Elementary Work Day - 11 am

4/13 - PTO Meeting at 6 pm

Oregon Battle of the Books Announcement

OBOB was a huge success and could not have happened without the hard work of many volunteers! We are grateful for all of you for furthering the love of reading in our students. A special and huge shout out to Lindsey Hargrove and Gillian Flaccus, our extraordinary OBOB Chairs!

The Junior Librarians, Sylvie Marra, Emma Irving, Elise Irving, Maahika Singh and Kaylie Mckinley, placed first in the competition and will be representing Hallinan in the Regional OBOB Tournament!!

Congratulations to all the teams who participated in Hallinan's OBOB competition:

The Mind Readers

Rapid Readers

The Reading Wizards

The Sonic Readers

Reading Pandas

Speed Readers

Royal Readers

Amazing Animals

Laser Books Team


Book Ninjas

Lakeridge Bookers

Hunting Hawks

Fire Breathing Rubber Duckies

Book Wizards

The Novellas

Three cheers to all of our teams!


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PTO Information

Spirit Event at FILLS - Tues., March 15th

Next Tues., March 15th FILLS will be donating 10% of all sales back to the Hallinan PTO!! This is a great opportunity to gather with classmates, eat some delicious donuts, and help raise money to support an amazing end-of-year send off for our 5th graders. Put on your spirit wear, gather your friends, and tell your neighbors! Hope to see you there!

March PTO Meeting Canceled

The March 17th PTO meeting is canceled. Our next PTO meeting will be Wed., April 13th at 6pm.

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.

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Hallinan Book Fair

Save the Date - We are excited to announce we will be having a Spring Book Fair, April 4 – 8!

Parents and Students will be able to shop the fair in-person and online. Look for Book Fair details, including events and hours, in next week’s Hawk Squawk and Student’s go home folders.

All money earned at this PTO-sponsored event goes back to our library. It will be a busy and fun-filled time that can only operate smoothly with the help of many wonderful volunteers. Shifts as short as 2 hours will be available - we hope you will join us as a shopper and a volunteer! Be on the lookout for a SignUpGenius next week.

HOPES Foster Care Backpack Collection Drive

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Volunteer Requirements

We're so excited to have volunteers back in the building! Please verify that you have completed the following requirements before volunteering in schools:

  • Complete Background Check through school Raptor system - if you have not already completed this, bring your driver's license or passport with you on your first day volunteering and we'll get you registered in the office.

  • Fill out this form: Sign Statement of Knowledge and Understanding of LOSD Policies - we are happy to provide additional information if you would like it.

  • Show/Send Proof of Vaccination to Lee Gates (gatesl@loswego.k12.or.us). LOSD will not be granting exemptions for volunteers.

Board Advisory Committee Applications Open

The Lake Oswego School Board of Directors invites students, teachers, staff members, parents/guardians and community residents to consider serving on its advisory committees. As part of its continuous efforts to increase communication with the public and to provide for citizen involvement, the Board appoints advisory committees to consider matters of district-wide importance. Committees meet monthly, September through May.

Applications and committee charters are available on the district website under School Board. Please submit your application by Friday, April 15 at 5 p.m. Possible interviews following submission, and notification of selected committee members by May 10, 2022.

Board-appointed District Advisory Committees

Culture of Belonging

Achieve Equitable Academic Outcomes

Promote Health & Resiliency

Teach & Practice Sustainability

Bond Accountability Committee

Long Range Facility Planning

Board-appointed School Advisory Committees

School Advisory Committee

2022-23 Registration

Registration for the 2022-23 school year (all grade levels) is open! 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.

Families of students who will be entering kindergarten in the fall of 2022 can find information about Kindergarten, including how to register, on the Hallinan Kinder Counts pre-recorded video on the Hallinan website.

YouthTruth Surveys

As part of LOSD’s efforts to create a culture of belonging and to achieve equitable academic outcomes, we will once again administer the Youth Truth survey to all staff, parents, and students in grades 3-12. The Family Survey link is ytsurvey.org/losdfamily22, is now open and is accessible through March 25. The YouthTruth survey is confidential, and responses from children and parents will be held in the strictest confidence. We encourage everyone to participate. This will be an important piece of information for administrators to improve our students' experiences at school.

Elementary students in grades 3-5 will also complete the survey between February 28 and March 25. This is a vital opportunity for students to provide feedback and help guide the school’s improvement plan. The survey will take 15-30 minutes to complete and will be offered during school hours.

*Please note that parents may opt their child out of the survey if they would like. Click here for the opt-out form.

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

Tech Problems? - submit a work order here

If your student is going to be absent or late, please email the office at halattendance@loswego.k12.or.us and tell us the student's name and reason for the absence or delay in arriving. If your student is sick, please tell us their symptoms.

Hallinan Website - Click Here!

PTO Website - Click Here

Lake Oswego School District Website - Click Here