Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 1/6/22

Principal's Message

Dear Hallinan Families,


Happy New Year!


We are starting out our new year at Hallinan right by learning all about the character trait of PERSEVERANCE. Perseverance is the ability to work through situations even when there are obstacles or challenges in the way. At Hallinan, we encourage our students by praising their efforts, not necessarily the outcomes. Counselor Ms Erspamer has shared her monthly newsletter and some fun family activities that encourage and teach perseverance in the Counselor's Corner section below.


As you are most likely aware, we are working hard - and persevering - at Hallinan to stay safe and healthy. Thank you for partnering with us to make sure your children wear a properly fitted mask each day, and remind them to hand wash frequently, keep proper social distance and stay home when ill. See this guide for when to keep children home. Layered health and safety measures help maximize full-time, in-person learning and reduce disruptions for students, staff and families. I've included additional information below under Key Reminders From the District About COVID-19.


Thank you for your continued partnership in keeping our community safe!


be well,

Melissa Griffiths

Key Reminders From the District About COVID-19

Please read the email message from our superintendent, Dr. Schiele, which was sent to families on January 1, regarding the district response to the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19.


Four key reminders from that message are:

  1. Don’t go to School Sick Please don’t send your child to school with ANY illness symptoms, no matter how mild. This includes a runny nose or scratchy throat.
  2. Required Face Coverings Our districts will continue to require masks in all buildings. Please make sure to remind your child to wear their mask over their nose and mouth at all times indoors (except when actively eating or drinking). Based on CDC mask recommendations (see Considerations for Children), we encourage the use of well fitting and comfortable masks for optimal protection.
  3. Wash Hands Frequently Protocols and systems are implemented to ensure access to soap, water, and alcohol-based hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol available throughout LOSD school buildings. Schools will prioritize handwashing with soap and water after students or staff use the restroom and throughout the day, as appropriate.
  4. Distancing ​​Physical distancing of 3 feet will be maintained in the classroom to the extent possible. Students and staff will be asked to be mindful of physical distancing throughout the school day. During meal time, physical distancing of 6 feet will be maintained.


Thanks to everyone for reminding your kids about the importance of following our safety protocols so that we can keep everyone healthy and safe. We'll keep reminding them too!

Save These Dates

1/13 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

1/17 - No School - Martin Luther King Jr Day

1/19 - Kindergarten Online Registration Opens

1/19 - Kindergarten Counts - Information Session Available Online

1/20 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

1/27 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

1/28 - No School - Grade Prep Day

Counselor's Corner

Please click on the picture below to open even more resources! Check out Ms E's newsletter and learn about our character trait of the month, PERSEVERANCE. She also has some fun ideas of things to do as a family!

PTO Information

PTO Meeting - Wed., Jan. 12th at 6pm

Our next PTO meeting will be held this coming Wednesday, January 12th at 6pm via Zoom. View the agenda here. Click here to join the Zoom meeting. Hope to see many of you there!


PTO Positions Available

There are a number of PTO positions available that we are really hoping to fill ASAP, including Treasurer Elect, President Elect, and at least one Hospitality Committee member. If you're at all interested, please reach out to Erin at hallinanpresident@gmail.com.

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i-Ready Winter Assessment

This Winter, all K-8 students in Lake Oswego will complete two online i-Ready assessments in class. One is for math and the other is for 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. This is the second of three i-Ready assessments we give each year, and results will be shared with parents in February. For kindergartners, this will be their first i-Ready assessment. Our Winter i-Ready window is open from January 3-28.

Oregon State Assessment Opt-Out Form

Every year, Oregon students take assessments to meet federal requirements. The purpose of these assessments is to provide data that schools can use to ensure each and every child is on track and achieving learning goals.


State law requires us to inform you that a form is available from the State Department of Education that allows you to opt your child out of the math and English Language Arts assessments for the current school year. Should you wish to opt out your child, fill out the form and submit it to the main office at your child’s school. Please note the submission deadlines listed on the form. Meeting the deadline will help the school with planning and preparation. If you wish your child not to participate in the science assessment for grades 5, 8, and 11, submit this request in writing to the principal of your child's school.


If you would like to opt out your child from state testing, have questions or want more information about state assessments, please click on the form below or contact your child’s principal or teacher(s).

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Chromebook or iPad problems?

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

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 guide for information on when to keep your child home from school.


Hallinan Website - Click Here!

PTO Website - Click Here

Lake Oswego School District Website - Click Here