Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 4/29/21

Principal's Message

Dear Hallinan Families,

It's always busy at Hallinan!

Tomorrow, Friday, April 30, all classes will watch a video or read a story to learn about what to expect and do during a lockdown. We practice emergency drills throughout the school year to keep our Hallinan Family safe and prepared, in case of an emergency. Sometimes we evacuate the building and sometimes we stay indoors. For this particular drill classes will watch a video or read a story rather than move to a safe spot within their classrooms. For additional information, and for links to the material, please see "Lockdown Drill Instruction" under District Information below.

I've been in a lot of classes this week teaching reading and writing. The picture below is with Maddie, Isaac and Ella, who are all in Mrs Graver's first grade class. They are reading Flat Stanley so I brought along a Flat Melissa and we discussed what it would be like to travel easily to lots of different locations.

Mrs Lunde (2nd Grade) and Mrs Pilkington (6th Grade Math) sent me photos of some of the things their classes are currently doing: reading, writing poetry and math conversions. Scroll below to see the photos. I was inspired by the 2nd Grade, so I thought I'd take a little stab at creating a Hallinan haiku poem.

The sun is shining

Students are engaged, learning

There's no place like HAL!

Enjoy the day!

Melissa Griffiths

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Save These Dates!

5/3 - Library Lunch Break for K-2 at 12 pm

5/10 - Library Lunch Break for K-2 at 12 pm

5/12 - LOSD CARES Virtual Workshop at 11:30 am

514 - HAL Hangouts

5/17 - Library Lunch Break for K-2 at 12 pm

5/21 - No School - Grade Prep

5/24 - Library Lunch Break for K-2 at 12 pm

5/31 - No School - Memorial Day

Please click here for the updated school calendar posted on the district website. The School Board approved three additional days (June 14-16). The Teacher Workday will be on June 17.

Mrs Lunde's 2nd Grade Class

Mrs Lunde's class read and discussed the book 'Miss Rumphius' by Barbara Cooney. It's a sweet book about a woman who wanted to make the world a more beautiful place and discovered she could do that by planting lupines in the wild. Mrs Lunde's class talked about how they would make the world a more beautiful place and drew lupines which you can see below. Some of their ideas were asking neighbors what their favorite flowers are and planting some for them, making a robot that zooms around and picks up trash, and building houses for people that need them.

The class also wrote haiku poems in honor of Earth Day last week. A few of those are included below.

Mrs Pilkington's Math Class

In Mrs Pilkington's Math 6 class, students are applying their knowledge of conversions to real life situations. Carly decided to find the best price of carpet for her house by comparing the price in yards and feet to the actual rooms in her house. Emma and Tristen calculated world landmarks and converted the measurement into centimeters, kilometers, and various other metrics.
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Counseling Corner

Make sure to click the image below which will direct you to Ms E's google slide. Once you are there, you can click the images to open up links!

Library News

Online Check Out and Curbside Pick-up has started. 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 in the Library Drop Box, located in the vestibule.

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

Parent Input Form for the 2021-22 School Year

Families are welcome to provide input regarding their child and their child's best learning environment on the Parent Input Form which is attached below. Please return the form to Hallinan no later than Friday, May 7, 2021 to be considered.

Mystery Science

A limited number of new Mystery Science kits "Power of Flowers" for 3rd Graders are available in the vestibule. This unit begins on Monday, May 3. We still have a few kits for K, 1st, 4th and 5th grades.
Ready! Set! Go!

Daily Home Screening for Students During COVID-19

District Information

Meet the New Superintendent

Dr. Jennifer Schiele wants to hear from you. Parents and guardians are invited to join her at a listening session to get to know you and hear your perspective on any topic you’d like to share.

Elementary School Session

Tuesday, May 4

5-6 p.m.

Join Zoom Meeting


Your Intentions for Next School Year?

LOSD is planning for in-person five full days a week for the 2021-22 school year.

As part of that plan, LOSD is exploring offering an online-only program for students who choose to remain fully remote for the 2021-22 school year. This offering will be different than LO Online. Next year's online program model will be dependent on interest in being remote.

We understand there are many unknowns at this time. Based on what you know now, please answer the questions in this survey to help LOSD in our planning. Please complete one survey for each student in your care. Thank you.

Lockdown Drill Instruction

Before the end of April, our teachers will be explaining the process of what we would do in an emergency lockdown, but we will not be practicing the procedures. For our Kindergarten through 3rd grade students teachers will use this Lockdown Story Book to guide discussions and in 4th and 5th grade students will watch and discuss this video.

You’ve heard the terms “lockout” and “lockdown.” While the two terms sound somewhat similar, they mean very different things. Here are our definitions, which can assist with conversations at home:

A lockout means there is a possible threat outside the school. Most often, this is due to police activity in the area or the neighborhood. Police might be searching for a suspect in a crime, or someone might have spotted a person wanted for questioning. During a lockout, it is business as usual inside the building. If students are outside, they are brought inside, the doors are locked and classes continue. Typically, police activity in the neighborhood is resolved quickly.

A lockdown means there is a possible threat inside the school. This is not business as usual. Hallways are cleared, all classroom doors are locked, and lights are turned out. Students and staff are instructed to stay quiet and out of sight during a lockdown.

We follow the Standard Response Protocol: https://iloveuguys.org/srp.html

We thank you for your help and cooperation, as we work to provide safe learning environments for all students in the Lake Oswego School District.

State Testing Notification

Oregon school districts are required to administer state assessments this spring in English Language Arts (ELA), math, and science. The Oregon Department of Education’s request to waive these assessments due to the pandemic was denied by the federal government. However, a revised waiver has been conditionally approved to require fewer assessments at each grade level this year, per the below schedule. In addition, the ELA and math assessments have been shortened and will take less time to complete this year.

  • Grade 3: ELA
  • Grade 4: Math
  • Grade 5: Science
  • Grade 6: ELA
  • Grade 7: ELA and Math
  • Grade 8: Math and Science
  • Grade 11: ELA and Math
State assessments cannot be administered remotely due to the need to maintain security and provide accessibility supports to students where applicable. All participating students, including those in the LO Online program, must be assessed by trained district staff in a secure environment such as a school building. Any parent who does not wish their student to take these assessments is asked to notify the school using Oregon’s legislated processes:
  • ELA and/or math (grades 3, 4, 6–8 and 11): submit the state opt-out form to your child’s school. The form is available on the State Assessments page of the District website.
  • Science (grades 5 and 8 only): submit a written request for exemption to your child’s school (email or US mail).
Each school will determine its own testing schedule and logistics. Parents of LO Online students will be contacted with additional information. Please let your student’s school know if you have questions.


The District has added a page to ParentVUE that allows parents to view a history of websites which their student visited using a District device over the past week. This is informational only and does not allow blocking of sites. To view this information, navigate to the Additional page using the options on the left of the screen, then click Parent Umbrella. For assistance, please watch this video or contact the school office.

LOSD CARES Virtual Workshop

Join our LOSD community and caregivers for a virtual workshop, "Getting Real About Our Kids' Mental Health: Parenting in a Pandemic" with parent, speaker and advocate Tara Rolstad. This workshop is intended for parents and guardians.

Wednesday, May 12

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


LO Equity Summit

Registration is required for the LO Equity Summit. Click HERE or on the photo below to register.

New Student Registration for 2021-22 School Year

Online Registration through ParentVUE is open for all new students for the 2021-22 school year. Students who are currently attending LOSD during the 2020-21 school year do not need to register for the 2021-22 school year. Please call the Hallinan office at 503-534-2353 or visit the Registration & Verification page of the LOSD website assistance.

Make sure to register your student for kindergarten for the 2021-22 school year by Friday, Apr. 30. In the event that kindergarten enrollment requires a lottery due to over-capacity at any school, incoming kindergarten students must be registered by April 30, 2021, to be included in the tiered priority process. Please click here for Kindergarten lottery details.

I Love Lake Oswego Clothing Closet

ILLO Clothing Closet is a student managed, donation based clothing closet for residents of Lake Oswego.

  • ILLO provides clothing items and hygiene products for residents, students, and employees that work or live within Lake Oswego
  • Their hours are 9am-12pm on Saturdays
  • Click here for more information

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.

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Lake Oswego School District Website - Click Here