Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 1/20/22

Principal's Message

Hello Hallinan Families!

Although it may be dreary outside, it's bright and cheerful indoors at Hallinan. I enjoy walking the halls and visiting classrooms, seeing your children learning and exploring. We're all getting back into our groove! We continue to empower PERSEVERANCE this month as we study, create and share. Students in first grade read and wrote about Martin Luther King Jr; students in 3rd grade made a large portrait by fashioning together squares that they completed individually; and, students in 5th grade reflected on 2021 artistically. (I've shared photos below.) I discussed perseverance with 2nd grader, Sienna this week. She read me a book that she had just finished writing called Cat Trouble - her 6th book! I asked her if she knew what perseverance means, and she replied, "keep trying even when things are hard". She nailed it! And, she told me that she was off to start writing book 7.

Equity continues to be a huge priority at Hallinan. Librarian Nicolle Landau has been reading beautiful books to our students during Library time each week. This week, she is reading Jabari Jumps by Gaia Cornwall to Kindergarten through 3rd grade students and Flight for Freedom by Kristen Fulton to 4th and 5th grade students. Both books are about determination and I highly recommend them.

wishing you good health!

Melissa Griffiths

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Save These Dates Save These Dates

1/27 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

1/28 - No School - Grade Prep Day

2/3 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

2/10 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

2/17 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

2/21 - No School - Presidents Day

2/24 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

2/28 - Lost and Found Items Donated

Contacting Nurses re: COVID-19, Keep Student Home Until Your Receive a Response

Dear LOSD Families,

Thank you for contacting our district nurses with your COVID-19 related concerns. Our nurses are responding to each inquiry in the order that they are received. Due to the high volume of calls and emails they are experiencing, please expect a delayed response of up to 24 hours.

If you are emailing regarding a positive COVID-19 case or exposure, please keep your student home until you receive a response. Please click here for the current school exclusion guidelines.

If your student has tested positive for COVID-19, please email the nurse for your student’s school the following information and a nurse will get back to you as soon as possible:

  • Student’s First and Last Name

  • School

  • Date symptoms started, if any symptoms

  • Date tested positive and where the test was taken

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Hallinan School Nurses,

Ann Nelson nelsona@loswego.k12.or.us

Nikki Retzlaff retzlafn@loswego.k12.or.us

PTO Information

Discount Spirit Wear Still Available!

The hoodies went fast, but we still have a handful of Hallinan Hawks t-shirts that we're looking to find good homes for at a discounted price. We have youth sizes small, medium, and large available for $5 each. If you're interested in purchasing one, please reach out to Fallon Mertz at fallon.mertz@gmail.com. Stay tuned for more spirit wear ordering options in the coming weeks!

Help Wanted

Are you looking for opportunities to be more involved in the happenings at Hallinan? Maybe you'd like to meet more fellow parents or interact more directly with the teachers and staff? You're in luck! We're currently recruiting board members for next year - no experience required! If you're interested, reach out to Erin at hallinanpresident@gmail.com.

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.

Kindergarten Counts

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 - click here.

Upcoming Health Lessons

In 2015, the Oregon legislature passed SB 856, also known as Erin’s Law. Erin’s Law requires the development and adoption of child sexual abuse prevention programs for students in kindergarten through 12th grade in all Oregon public schools.

SB 856 mandates that all Oregon Public Schools provide:

  • A minimum of 4 instructional sessions (equal to or greater than a standard class period) of sex abuse prevention instruction per year for grades kindergarten through 12
  • Sexual abuse instruction that is integrated and part of required district comprehensive sexuality education plan and is aligned with state standards
  • Instruction that is age appropriate, medically accurate, and is not shame or fear based
  • Instruction that is culturally inclusive and is responsive to diverse students including race, ethnicity, gender identity and sexual orientation
  • A parental involvement component to inform parents about child sexual abuse topics
  • A professional training component for administrators, teachers and other school personnel

Our teachers use the adopted Health Curriculum, The Great Body Shop, to teach the required Oregon Health Standards to our students. THE GREAT BODY SHOP is a comprehensive health education curriculum which is sequential, developmentally appropriate, culturally sensitive, and medically accurate. The lessons align with Oregon’s Health Education Standards and are embedded with social-emotional learning. Watch your classroom teacher's newsletter for upcoming topics. If you would like to review the health curriculum, please contact the school office. More information, including an opt-out form if needed, can be found on the District website.


Senate Bill 856, Sex Abuse Prevention Instruction

Erin's Law

Families may opt-out by completing this form and returning it to the office: Program Exemption Policy and Form

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).

Now Accepting Applications for Foundation Board of Directors

Are you interested in contributing to a dynamic volunteer organization dedicated to advancing our community's commitment to educational excellence?

Please consider applying for the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation Board of Directors. The Foundation is seeking parents/guardians, students and community residents to serve on its Board of Directors. Board members must demonstrate a commitment to the Foundation, the School District and the Lake Oswego community.

The term for new board members will begin July 2022. Board members commit to a two-year term and may serve up to three terms. Please click HERE to access the online application form. The application provides more information about being a board member.

Interested people should submit applications by Friday, March 4, 2022. The Nominating committee will review applications and conduct interviews in the March time frame. If you are unable to access the application, please contact woolfw@loswego.k12.or.us to receive a pdf version of the application.

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