Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 5/26/22

Principal's Message

Dear Hallinan Families,


It's that time of the year that speeds by at record pace! In just a couple weeks, we'll be saying goodbye to a few good friends and I want to give you adequate time to reach out to them if you would like to do so. The wonderful Katie Larson, 5th grade teacher extraordinaire; the outstanding Jimmy Smith, our building engineer who does it all; and, the amazing Grace Sullwold, our medical EA who has a flair for art and design are all retiring this year. We are incredibly grateful for all they have done for our students, staff and Hallinan community, and we will miss them tremendously. With joy for them, and sadness for us, we wish them well!


If your family won't be returning to Hallinan next year (or moving to Lakeridge Middle School), please let us know so that we can prepare for the 2022-23 school year and make sure your child's records are forwarded to the correct school.


Wishing you a beautiful long weekend,


Melissa Griffiths

Save These Dates

5/26 - Library Books are due - please make sure to return all Hallinan Library books now!!

5/26 - Spring Carnival

5/27 - Grading Day - No School

5/30 - Memorial Day - No School

6/2 - Katie Larson's Retirement Party at 3:30 at Hallinan

6/6 - Field Day

6/8 - Medical/Religious Exemptions Due for 5th Grade Celebration

6/10 - 5th Grade Celebration

6/10 - Last Day of School - early dismissal at 11 am

6/12 - Last Day to order School Supply! Click here and enter HAL010

6/13 - Report Cards and Spring iReady Reports will be visible online in ParentVUE

Field Day at Hallinan on 6/6

We are looking forward to celebrating the end of the school year with Field Day returning on June 6th! Students, Staff and Volunteers will be on the Hallinan Field participating in team games, individual challenges, water games and more fun! Field Day for Kindergarten through 3rd grade will take place in the morning, 4th and 5th grade will participate in the afternoon. Students should dress accordingly, bring water bottles and get ready for the fun! We will offer Otter Pops (water, apple juice from concentrate, sugar, contains 2% or less of the following: natural flavors, citric acid, sodium benzoate and potassium sorbate) to students. Please let gatesl@loswego.k12.or.us know if your child should not eat an Otter Pop.

Hallinan 5th Grade Celebration: Vaccination Exemptions Due on 6/8!!

The 5th Grade Celebration is on Friday 6/10. To ensure that all may participate, LOSD is making an exception for end-of-year ceremonies and accepting exemption requests for unvaccinated adults to attend their child’s ceremony. For any adult in your family who plans to attend the ceremony and is not vaccinated for COVID-19, please submit an exemption form along with a photo of your negative test to Lee Gates at gatesl@loswego.k12.or.us on June 8. We look forward to celebrating your child with you at our end-of-year 5th grade celebration.


Medical Exemption Form

Religious Exemption Form

Amazing Hawks!

A few of our Hallinan students have recently won some pretty awesome honors recently and we are happy to feature them here!


Anemone Gordon won first place in the LO Arbor Art Contest, grades 3-5. She is pictured below at the farmer's market with Mayor Joe Buck.


Nils Rusnak and Cooper Hill participated in the CYO Portland Meet of Champions, State Track Meet. Nils Placed first in the state in the 400 M and the 1500 M and 3rd in the 800 M. Cooper Hill placed 5th in the state in the 1500 M. Both Nils and Cooper were part of the 400 M relay team that took 7th in State.

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Architects in Schools with Mrs Larson's 5th Grade Class

Fifth graders in Mrs. Larson's were introduced to Architects in Schools, a program designed to introduce students to the power and possibilities of design with the end goal of creating lifelong learners and critical thinkers who have a voice in their community. Hallinan parent, Yuko Mino, and Erika Shaylitsa guided the class through a series of engaging, hands-on lessons over a six-week period. The class was tasked with designing homes for special clients, including a gorilla who likes to work-out and a penguin who is allergic to paint. See the photos below of the very creative floor plans and drawings Mrs Larson's class produced!

PTO Information

Big Thank YOU!

Thank you to Patrick McKenna, and his employer, Al’s Garden, for their generous donation of plants and fertilizer for the garden. It's beautiful!


School Supplies are Available to Order NOW!

Supply boxes for the 2022-23 school year are now available! Save yourself the pain and stress of driving around to four different stores in August to find those Papermate flair medium tip pens or that specific brand of watercolor paints. Supply boxes will be delivered directly to your child's classroom in the fall - easy peasy! Order now through June 12th by visiting: http://www.educationalproducts.com/shoppacks and entering code HAL010.


Spring Carnival TONIGHT!!

It's here! Hallinan's big Spring Carnival is happening TONIGHT. Join us out on the school field from 5-8pm for games, food, face painting, entertainers, and more! Admission is free for all and Tessa Gold Properties is very generously sponsoring the Kona Ice truck! Koi Fusion and The Mac food trucks will also be on site - families will need to plan to purchase their own items from those vendors. Hope to see you all there!

Health Reminders

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COVID-19 Reported Case Update


The LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard is up to date with the number of staff and students who have reported to LOSD testing positive for COVID-19, regardless of school exposure. With any potential exposure, people are advised to watch for illness symptoms and follow Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 exclusion procedures.


If your student experiences any of the following symptoms, please have them stay home, and contact the office or our district nurses, Ann Nelson at nelsona@loswego.k12.or.us and Nikki Retzlaff at retzlafn@loswego.k12.or.us, about possible exclusion from school and COVID-19 testing:


Primary COVID-19 symptoms: • Cough • Temperature of 100.4 degrees F. or higher or chills • Shortness of breath or Difficulty breathing • New loss of taste or smell


Non-primary COVID-19 symptoms: • Fatigue • Muscle or body aches • Headache • Sore throat • Nasal congestion or runny nose • Nausea or vomiting • Diarrhea

SAVE THE DATE: Smart Start Thursday, Aug. 25, 1-3 p.m.

Smart Start is an opportunity specifically for our students with 504s and IEPs, and their parents and guardians, to make introductions and connect with their teachers and to feel prepared and welcomed for the start of school. For the 2022-23 School Year, Smart Start is in person Aug. 25, 2022, from 1-3 p.m.


Teachers will be familiar with your student’s plan and accommodations. To help get to know your students, please complete the attached one-page profile or create one on your own ahead of time, and give it to the teacher at the Smart Start introduction.


Also, to assist in your family’s preparation for the new school year, please click here for a Smart Start checklist for parents and guardians of students with 504s and IEPs.


See you on Aug. 25!

2022-23 Verification

LOSD needs parents/guardians of all students enrolled for the 2022-23 school year to log into ParentVUE and review/update your students' information through the Register/Verify tab. This benefits both families and schools by:


  • Ensuring that schools have accurate information to reach parents and other contacts in both emergency and non-emergency situations. Verification is important even if your address or contact information has not changed over the past year because the school may have incorrect information from a previous year.
  • Confirming parent email addresses for Google Classroom and other applications to participate in your student's learning.
  • Enabling distribution of key information in the district's K-12 Family Handbook.


If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, go to the login page, click "I am a Parent," then click "Forgot Password." For assistance with the verification process, refer to the user guide on the LOSD website. If you are unsure whether you have a ParentVUE account, or need assistance, please contact the office staff (contact information at the bottom of the newsletter).

State Assessment Score Reports

This summer, LOSD will deliver students’ state assessment results online through ParentVUE rather than mailing paper. This is in keeping with the district’s strategic goal of sustainability and mirrors how we deliver report cards. Your child’s assessment reports will appear on your ParentVUE Documents page in late July. As you review your student’s English Language Arts, math, and science scores, please keep in mind:
  • An achievement level of 3 or 4 is considered to be on track for the student’s grade level.
  • Scores on state assessments are only one measure of a student’s academic progress. We use these scores in conjunction with classroom work and other daily, weekly, monthly, and term assessments to understand your student’s strengths and areas for improvement.
If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, go to the login page, click "I am a Parent," then click "Forgot Password." If you are unsure whether you have a ParentVUE account or need assistance, please contact your student’s school.

Lake Oswego Summer Library Challenge

The Summer Library Challenge “Read Beyond the Beaten Path” is the Lake Oswego Public Library’s 2022 summer reading, learning and exploration program for ALL ages and abilities. It will take place beginning June 1st and ending August 31st. We are excited to invite you to participate. Sign up online at lopl.org/summer to track your summer reading, complete outdoor challenges and enter your scavenger hunt finds. Babies, kids and teens may visit the children’s library for a FREE book courtesy of the Friends of the Lake Oswego Public Library and a BOGO coupon for The Booktique. Kids read all summer long and earn raffle tickets for one of 24 end-of-summer prize drawing bags full of prizes from local sponsors. Teens earn raffle tickets for weekly drawings for a Powell’s gift card.
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Click below for Reading suggestions, including booklists, and links to Tumblebooks and Sora - available all summer!

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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

Register for LOSD - including Kindergarten - HERE