Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 3/17/22

Principal's Message

Hello Hallinan Families,


It’s been a great week at Hallinan. Though we know the transition to a mask optional policy in our school district has been met with either excitement or trepidation by many, I am proud to say that our learning community has met my expectations by being kind and supportive to all.


To keep everyone safe, please continue to be diligent about keeping sick children home. Students, families and staff should stay home when these symptoms are present: fever, chills, cough, shortness of breath, fatigue, muscle or body aches, headache, loss of taste or smell, sore throat, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting and/or diarrhea.


We recognize the importance of uninterrupted in-person learning for our students, and we love having volunteers back in the building. We are especially excited that Art Literacy started up again this week. Students are learning about two Baroque artists Diego Velazquez and Gianlorenzo Bernini this month. Line, form, value, contrast, movement and repetition were discussed and students created incredible and often elaborate sculptures. A few 2nd and 3rd grade masterpieces can be viewed below! We are grateful to the wonderful volunteers that guided students through this lesson and project.


Wishing you a very fun and safe spring break!


Melissa Griffiths

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Save These Dates

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

3/25 - Last Day for Youth Truth Survey

3/31 - Lockdown Drill (see below for information)

3/31 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

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

4/1-4/14 - Online Book Fair

4/4-4/8 - In-person Book Fair (more info below!)

4/7-4/8 - No School - Parent/Teacher Conferences

4/13 - PTO Meeting at 6 pm

4/14 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

4/21 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

4/28 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

Lockdown Drill March 31

We are grateful to have your students with us everyday and we take pride in providing them with an outstanding education. Part of our responsibility includes keeping them safe while they are on campus so they can stay engaged while learning.


On Thursday, March 31, our teachers and students will be practicing the process of what we would do in an emergency Lockdown. Teachers will prepare students ahead of the drill and continue to reassure students that this is a drill and that everyone is safe at school.


We taught students this process (but didn't practice it) in November. If you would like to prepare your child ahead of time, here are some resources you can review as a family. For our Kindergarten through 3rd grade families, use this Lock Down Story Book to guide discussions and 4th and 5th grade families may watch and discuss this video.


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 I Love U Guys Standard Response Protocol and partner with our School Resource Officer, James Euscher.


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.

Parent/Teacher Conferences 4/7 & 4/8

Parent/Teacher Conferences are on Thursday, April 7 & Friday, April 8. Families should expect to receive a Sign-up Genius from their child's teacher by Wednesday, March 30. 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 4/7 & 4/8. Conferences are for parents only, unless noted by your child's teacher. 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 Waste Audit

As part of our sustainability efforts, 4th grade students participated in a Lunch Waste Audit this week, facilitated by Mr. Larry Zurcher (Sustainability TOSA). The student-leaders did a wonderful job weighing, counting and analyzing the waste. We learned so much about what we waste and will make some recommendations to reduce our waste and then do another waste audit in the spring to measure our improvement.

PTO Information

Thanks for attending Tuesday's Spirit Event at FILLS!

It was so great seeing so many Hallinan families at FILLS on Tuesday. Thanks for coming out to support our 5th Graders! Stay tuned for more information about our April fundraising event at MOD Pizza.


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 the Library (April 4 - 8) and online (April 1 - 14) via our Scholastic Home Page (https://www.scholastic.com/bf/hallinan). See details below. Please also check your student's Friday Folder this week for a copy of the schedule as well as the Scholastic Book Fair flyer. 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! You can sign up to volunteer here: Book Fair Sign-Up Genius


H.O.P.E.S. Used Book Drive - Collecting Gently Used Books the week of the Book Fair

Please drop your gently used books in the bins inside Hallinan. Bins will be located in the vestibule and near the entrance of the book fair. All collected Books will be donated to the Children's Book Bank.


Help Wanted

We are very much in need of a treasurer for next year. No prior experience required! If you're interested, please reach out to Erin at hallinanpresident@gmail.com.

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. 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.

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.

Youth Truth Surveys

As part of LOSD’s efforts to create a culture of belonging and to achieve equitable academic outcomes, we are administering the annual Youth Truth survey to all parents/guardians, staff members, and students in grades 3-12. Please click here to complete the Family Survey for parents/guardians. The survey is open through 3/25 and takes about 15-30 minutes to complete.

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