Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 2/4/21

Principal's Message

Dear Hallinan Families,

You all know how much I love a good tune. In the words of David Bowie" Ch-ch-ch-ch-changes". And, there have been a lot of them at Hallinan - the renovation, safety upgrades, and 35 square foot bubbles! We've also changed our report cards, which will be available to families in the afternoon on 2/12. Please make sure to read the "New Elementary Standards-Based Report Cards" message under the District Website and Information heading below. Click here for more information about Common Core State Standards.

And one more change our returning Hawks may notice is our new custodial team, building engineer, Jimmy Smith, and evening custodian, Rick Svehla. We are so happy to have them both be part of our Hallinan family!

Lucky for us, many things will remain the same, even as we transition to in-person learning, including HAL Hangouts, Library Lunch Break and Curbside Library Book Pick up. If your child has not joined us for HAL Hangouts, our monthly zoom chat with staff and students, this month is the perfect time to start! On Friday, February 12, K-2 will meet from 11:30 am to 12 pm and 3-5 will meet from 12 to 12:30 pm. We'll be discussing our monthly character trait, Kindness, as well as how we are all feeling about Hallinan changes. Zoom invites will be emailed to families and 3-5 students on February 9.

One more constant, although not a popular one, LOSD playgrounds and fields are closed for everyone's safety. Even when children return to school, the playgrounds and fields will remain closed. Thank you for your cooperation.

In the photo below, Kindergarten teacher, Mrs Arnold and I are in her classroom. Classrooms may look different, but they will feel more "Hallinan" once our students are back in them. We can't wait!!

Enjoy the day,

Melissa Griffiths

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Save These Dates!

2/1-2/19 - YouthTruth Student and Family Survey

2/1-2/19 - i-Ready Assessments

2/3 - World Read Aloud Day

2/8 - Library Lunch Break for K-2 at 12 pm

2/15 - Presidents Day - No School

2/22 - Library Lunch Break for K-2 at 12 pm

2/23 - First Day for K-1 In-Person

2/24 - Registration opens for Kindergarten and Spanish Immersion Kindergarten

2/24 - Kinder Counts Information Night

3/1 - First Day for 2-3 In-Person

3/1 - Library Lunch Break for K-2 at 12 pm

3/5 - First Day for 4-5 In-Person

Hybrid Return to In-Person Calendar

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Getting Students Ready for In-Person School

There are several things families can do at home to help prepare students for in-person school. On the district website under Roadmap to Reopening Health & Safety Protocols and listed below, are a number of guidelines, reminders and daily practices, including:

Preparing Your Student to Return to School

Daily Homescreening for Students During COVID-19

CDC Face Mask Guidance

Please Keep Ill Students Out of School

This information has been used by our families participating in limited in-person instruction with great success. Thank you for using it, too.

Returning to Hallinan!

If your student will be returning to Hallinan for in-person learning (Hybrid Model), please be mindful of the following:

  • Students will return to in-person instruction at Hallinan gradually
  • Students attend Hallinan on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for Math and ELA
  • AM Cohort will be at Hallinan from 8 to 10:45 am
  • PM Cohort will be at Hallinan from 12:45 to 3:30 pm
  • Wednesdays are multi-synchronous days, students will access classes online
  • All Specials classes (PE, Music, STEM, Science, Health and SEL) will take place online
  • There will be no recess or snack
  • Staff will expect and implement safety protocols
  • Students must wear facemasks at all times and maintain proper social distance
  • Students will enter and exit the building through designated doorways, maintaining proper social distance
  • Students will be at individual desks, 6 feet apart
  • It is suggested students bring water bottles with them, drinking fountains will be closed, but refill stations are available
  • Classrooms will be sanitized using an electrostatic disinfectant in between cohorts and after school
  • If it is necessary to close an in-person classroom, students will return to distance learning
  • Students must not come to school with illness symptoms listed on Please Keep Ill Students Out of School
  • There will be no drop-offs prior to 8 am
  • Families may not socialize out front of the school or on the playground
  • AM/PM In-Person Cohort Schedule

Online students schedule will remain the same:
  • AM Cohort will be online from 8 to 10:45 am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
  • PM Cohort will be online from 12:45 to 3:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Wednesdays are multi-synchronous days
  • All Specials classes (PE, Music, STEM, Science, Health and SEL) will take place online
  • AM/PM Online Cohort Schedule

Information about our reopening plans can be found on our district website under Roadmap to Reopening. and in the Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidelines. Specific information about our Health and Safety Protocols can be found here.

Both the District and I will continue to update you with more information as it becomes available. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Hallinan Help for Families for Distance Learning

Click here for Hybrid, Online and Specials Schedules, Google Classroom Codes and more!

School Counselor Week

We are grateful every day for Ms E and all she does for our students and staff. This week is School Counselor's week and a good reminder for us all to say Thank You Ms E!!!

Counseling Corner with Ms E

Mystery Science

If your family filled out the Round 3 Need Based Request for Elementary Science Materials for Kindergarten and/or First Grade students, supplies will be available starting on Monday, February 8 at Hallinan in the vestibule between 7:30 am and 3:30 pm daily. This unit begins February 15.

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.

The Drop Box is located in the vestibule.

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

Books to look into this month and read all year: 24 Children's Books To Read To Your Kids In Honor Of Black History Month And year-round, of course. By Taylor Pittman

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New Elementary Standards-Based Report Cards

Report cards are coming next week!

Reminder, this year, the Lake Oswego School District shifts to a standards-based report card for students in elementary schools. This new report card measures a child’s progress toward proficiency or mastery of the priority standards in Reading, Writing, Language, Speaking, and Math.

This approach provides the means for communicating a child’s learning in more specific terms. Standards-based reporting articulates clear end-of-year grade-level standards for each subject. Using the scale below, teachers will communicate where a child resides on a learning continuum by indicating the student’s progress toward mastery of each identified grade-level standard.

This new, standards specific format provides more detailed information about your child’s progress, which means that you may notice fewer comments than you have on previous report cards.

The standards-based reporting scale:

4 = The student is highly proficient and works consistently at an in-depth and complex level within or beyond the end of year standard*

3 = The student is proficient and meets the grade-level expectation of the standard

2 = The student is nearly proficient and nearly meets the end of year standard

1 = The student is developing and demonstrates limited proficiency on the end of year standard

Important notes about the scale:

  • Reporting is based on the end-of-year grade-level expectation. Therefore, proficiency would not be expected in the middle of the school year.

  • A “2” represents the expected target for the majority of the school year as this indicates the child is progressing with the standard as expected. A “3” will be given when the student completely meets the grade-level standard.

  • Details of what is expected at mastery level can be found on the report card or on the list of assessed grade-level standards.

  • A “1” may prompt additional communication from the classroom teacher so parents will better understand their child’s learning journey.

*It is rare that a child will receive a “4” especially at the end of the first semester. A “4” score may prompt additional communication from the classroom teacher to discuss ways he/she is meeting the child’s unique learning needs.

Another new feature to our standards based report card is ‘Learning Progress’ at the end of each content area. The Learning Progress section provides an overall progress score for those specific content standards.

+ = student is making significant progress in this content area/in these learning (?) standards

= = student is making steady progress in this content area/in these standards

- = student is making minimal progress in this content area/in these standards

Behavior Learning Targets are approached differently than end-of-year standards. These targets will be measured with the following scale:

C = Consistently

G = Generally

R = Rarely/Sometimes (Needs Improvement)

Report cards will be available next Friday, February 12th in ParentVUE. If you are unsure how to access ParentVUE, please call (or email) Lee or Linda in the office at 503 534 2353. As always, if you have questions or for more information about your child’s progress in any area, contact the classroom teacher.

Click here for more information about Common Core State Standards.


We started our Winter iReady diagnostic assessment this week. Students will be testing in the areas of math and 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.

At Hallinan our window for iReady testing is February 1-19. Teachers will send specific testing dates and times one week prior to assessments. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning. We appreciate your support and encouragement for your student to ensure that we gather accurate information about what they already know and what we can help them learn.

YouthTruth Surveys

An invitation for families to participate in the YouthTruth survey was sent via email on 2/1, or you can click here for access. The survey will take about 15 minutes of your time and will be extremely valuable to us. We will use the survey, taken by parents, students, and staff, as part of our strategic planning conversations to keep growing and learning more effectively as a school.

The YouthTruth School Experience Survey is scheduled to be administered to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade elementary students between Monday, February 1 and Friday, February 19, 2020 during the school day. Please note that parents may opt their child out of the survey if they would like - click here for more information.

The YouthTruth survey is confidential. Your and your child's responses will be held in the strictest confidence. We encourage everyone to participate. This will be an important piece of information for administrators to use in order to address school experience issues.

New Student Registration for 2021-22 School Year

Registration Dates for the 2021-22 school year:

  • January 20, 2021 for registering new students enrolling into grades 1–12 who have never enrolled in Lake Oswego before and returning students enrolling into grades 1–12 who are not currently enrolled but will re-enroll for next year.
  • February 24, 2021 for registering new students enrolling into kindergarten (including Spanish Immersion kindergarten) 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.

LOSD is pleased to offer online registration through its parent portal, ParentVUE (contact your resident school for help with logging in). See the Registration & Verification page of the LOSD website for guidance.

Visit the LOSD Spanish Immersion Website for more details.

Kinder Counts 2/24

Hallinan will send out an informational video for incoming kindergarten parents to learn a little more about kindergarten and the registration process. Please call the office (503-534-2353) with any questions. Or visit the District Kinder Information page.

Grab and Go Meal Distribution Information




  • On Thurs, 2/11/21 a 7-day grab-and-go meal kit will be distributed that includes 7 days of breakfasts and lunches.
  • On Mon, 2/15/21 there is no school in honor of Presidents Day Holiday and there is no grab-and-go-meal distribution.
  • On Thurs, 2/18/21 regular grab-and-go meal distribution will continue.

Lake Oswego Public Library's Fourth Annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day

Join the Lake Oswego Public Library to celebrate our Fourth Annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Settle in to a cozy chair and listen to stories read by your neighbors, your friends, local celebrities and your librarians. Stories about people from all walks of life that celebrate the diversity of our own community. Stories read in English, Spanish, Japanese, Swedish, and many others from around the globe. Spend time listening to recommendations of our favorite picture books, chapter books and young adult novels from 2020 that elevate race, identity and ability. This event was live on January 29th but is currently available for viewing through February 12, 2021.

Office 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

Hallinan Website - Click Here!