Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 10/14/21

Principal's Message

Dear Hallinan Families,

A huge shout out and thank you to our energetic students, supportive staff and incredibly generous PTO and families - what an amazing Jog-a-Thon yesterday! It was a great success and I feel fortunate that the deluge of rain didn't hit until after school let out. Please see the PTO section below for more information about funds raised and important thank yous.

It's been an outstanding first few weeks of school and I'm so proud of our students. To celebrate their hard work and to continue in our pursuit of creating a culture of belonging, we are having a Spirit Week starting Monday, October 18. I've included a chart for your reference under the Save the Date section. We start the week wearing Hallinan spirit wear! Wear your Hallinan shirt, your jog-a-thon shirt or any other Hallinan gear you have.

Looking forward to seeing our school spirit shine bright!

Melissa Griffiths

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Save These Dates

10/15 - Picture Day - pay online here or bring in the photo packet sent home last week

10/18-10/22 - Hallinan Spirit Week - see below for more info!

10/20 - PTO Meeting at 6 pm - Hallinan Library - masks required!

10/21 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

10/22 - Early Release 11 am

10/28 - No School - Conferences

10/29 - No School - Conferences

10/29 - Lost and Found Items Donated

11/4 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

11/11 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

11/18 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

11/22-11/26 - No School

Parent/Teacher Conferences

Parent/Teacher Conferences are on Thursday, October 28 & Friday, October 29. Families should expect to receive a Sign-up Genius from their child's teacher by Monday, October 18. Families may choose to attend their conference in-person or via zoom at the time they sign up, by noting their preference in the comment section.

Reminder: No school for students on 10/28 & 10/29. Conferences are for parents only. We do not have childcare for students. If you don't have childcare, please sign up for a zoom conference.

We look forward to seeing you!

Hallinan Spirit Week!

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Important PTO Information

Jog-a-Thon Success

The Jog-a-Thon was a smashing success! The rain held off, the event ran smoothly, and the kids ran their hearts out - raising about $45,000 for the school! A HUGE thank you to Debi Panning and Selena Borne for their tireless work planning every aspect of the event, Meghan Hill for MC'ing the live stream, Nancy Wakefield and Sarah Padfield for not only helping count laps but also handwashing mountains of water bottles, the Hallinan dads who came early to set up tents, and Miss Oregon - Kendra Berning - for cheering the kids on!

If you missed the live stream, you can still view the videos for each grade on our Facebook page. And there's still time to collect pledges - Pledgestar will remain active for a couple more weeks.

PTO Meeting Next Wednesday

Our next PTO meeting is coming up next Wed., October 20th at 6pm in the school's library. You can find the agenda here. We hope to see many of you there! Masks required.

We STILL Need a Volunteer Coordinator!

We are still very much in need of someone to fill the Volunteer Coordinator position. No specific experience is required, just a willingness to help recruit and answer questions for our amazing volunteers! If you're interested, please reach out to Erin directly (hallinanpresident@gmail.com).

Oregon Battle of the Books

We are excited to be hosting a Hallinan Oregon Battle of the Books tournament this school year! Hallinan students in third, fourth and fifth grade are eligible to participate in the event. Teams may consist of up to four students with an optional fifth alternate teammate. The teams will be tested on their knowledge of 16 books with the winning team having the opportunity to represent our school at the Regional OBOB Competition. At this time, we anticipate the practice competitions and Hallinan tournament to be held in February of 2022. If you have additional questions, please follow this link to the OBOB website https://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org or email your committee chairs, Gillian and Lindsey, at lindseymhargrove@gmail.com

***PTO Parent Action Items:

* Please update your family directory information and pay your student fees: https://hallinanpto.membershiptoolkit.com/home

* Mark your calendars for the next PTO Meeting: Wed., Oct. 20th at 6pm in the school library.

* Follow us on Instagram (@hallinanpresident) and Facebook (@HallinanHawks) to stay up-to-date with the PTO's activities and to get important reminders about upcoming events.

CogAT Screening

In order to ensure equitable opportunities, all second and third-grade students will be assessed this fall using the Cognitive Abilities Test (CogAT) to screen for intellectual ability and eligibility for Talented and Gifted (TAG) support. This 60-minute in-classroom assessment measures reasoning and problem-solving skills in three different areas: verbal, quantitative, and nonverbal. Each area is designed to evaluate specific reasoning skills that strongly correlate to academic success. The district’s testing window for the CogAT screener will be October 11 through November 12.
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October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

What are the signs of Dyslexia? Dyslexia is a common condition that affects the way the brain processes written and spoken language. It can be associated with trouble reading, but it also can affect writing, spelling and even speaking. Many children have one or two of these issues on occasion. But kids with dyslexia have several of these issues, and they don’t go away.

Here are some signs to look for:

Preschool, Kindergarten, & First Grade:


  • Difficulty learning (and remembering) the names of letters in the alphabet

  • Seems unable to recognize letters in his/her own name

  • Mispronounces familiar words; persistent “baby talk”

  • Trouble learning common nursery rhymes

  • Doesn’t recognize rhyming patterns like cat, bat, rat

  • A family history of reading and/or spelling difficulties (dyslexia often runs in families)

  • Reading errors that show no connection to the sounds of the letters on the page—will say “puppy” instead of the written word “dog” on a page with a picture of a dog

  • Does not understand that words come apart

  • Cannot sound out even simple words like cat, map, nap

  • Does not associate letters with sounds, such as the letter b with the “b” sound

  • Complains about how hard reading is; “disappears” when it is time to read

  • A history of reading problems in parents or siblings


  • Curiosity

  • Great imagination

  • Ability to figure things out; gets the gist of things

  • Eager embrace of new ideas

  • A good understanding of new concepts

  • Surprising maturity

  • A larger vocabulary than typical for age group

  • Enjoys solving puzzles

  • Talent for building models

  • Excellent comprehension of stories read or told to him

Second Grade through High School:


  • Very slow in acquiring reading skills. Reading is slow and awkward

  • Trouble reading unfamiliar words, often making wild guesses because cannot sound out the word

  • Has a tough time sounding out unfamiliar words

  • Avoids reading out loud

  • Gets tripped up by word problems in math

School and Life

  • Trouble remembering dates, names, telephone numbers, random lists

  • Struggles to finish tests on time

  • Extreme difficulty learning a foreign language

  • Poor spelling

  • Messy handwriting

  • Low self-esteem that may not be immediately visible


  • Searches for a specific word and ends up using vague language, such as “stuff” or “thing,” without naming the object

  • Pauses, hesitates, and/or uses lots of “um’s” when speaking

  • Confuses words that sound alike, such as saying “tornado” for “volcano,” substituting “lotion” for “ocean”

  • Mispronunciation of long, unfamiliar or complicated words

  • Seems to need extra time to respond to questions


  • Excellent thinking skills: conceptualization, reasoning, imagination, abstraction

  • Learning that is accomplished best through meaning rather than rote memorization

  • Ability to get the “big picture”

  • A high level of understanding of what is read to him/her/they

  • The ability to read and to understand at a high level overlearned (or highly practiced) words in a special area of interest

  • Improvement as an area of interest becomes more specialized and focused—and a miniature vocabulary is developed that allows for reading in that subject area

  • A surprisingly sophisticated listening vocabulary

  • Excels in areas not dependent on reading, such as math, computers and visual arts, or in more conceptual (versus fact-driven) subjects, including philosophy, biology, social studies, neuroscience and creative writing

If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s learning, please contact the school principal and/or literacy specialist. Another great parent resource would be to contact your school’s Student Services Parent Advisory Committee (SSPAC) representative. Please see here to learn how to contact your school representative.

Chromebook or iPad problems?

Please submit a tech request to https://losdhelp.zendesk.com/ or scan this QR code.

Technology Consent/Device Damage and Loss Protection Plan

Each student must have a Technology Consent form on file each year.

The District is once again offering a Device Damage and Loss Protection Plan to ease the financial obligation if your student's District Device is damaged or lost. When you fill out the Tech Consent form, you will "accept" or "decline" participation in the Protection Plan. The cost is $20 per student, with a family maximum of $60. Participation in the program is completely optional. Fee waivers are available for those with financial need.

Click HERE to directly access the 2021-2022 Technology Consent form.

Please fill out one form per student. Payment instructions will be communicated to participating families. For a complete description of the Device Damage and Loss Protection Program, please visit the District's website at https://www.losdschools.org/Page/7761

Fee waiver forms can be accessed here: https://www.losdschools.org/domain/1838 Please mail the completed form to:

Lake Oswego School District Office

c/o James Miller

PO Box 70

Lake Oswego, OR 97034

Nutrition Services is Hiring!

Our Nutrition Services department has flexible work shifts available district wide. This is a great opportunity if you want to be involved in your student’s school a few days a week. Please apply here and a nutrition services staff member will be in touch.


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. See this newly updated guide for information on when to keep your child home from school.

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