Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 10/28/21

Principal's Message

Dear Hallinan Families,

What a great day! We cannot thank our fabulous PTO enough for creating an amazing pumpkin patch for the Harvest Party. Students enjoyed choosing a pumpkin and decorating it, drinking a cup of fresh pressed cider and playing some games with their classmates. I loved seeing all the happy faces, creativity and fun costumes.

We are very fortunate to have photographer George Padilla on staff. He took a lot of photos yesterday which you can view here. You are welcome to download photos if you would like.

If I don't see you at conferences, I wish you a happy and safe Halloween! To get you in the mood, we've included a few pieces of art from Mrs Larson's 5th grade class. Click on the small photos to enlarge them.

Melissa Griffiths

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Action Items

  • Stop by Lost and Found and pick up items you are missing - any items left after 10/29 will be donated to a worthy cause.
  • Please pack extra masks in your child's backpack - children often need a second or third mask while at school.
  • Make sure your child comes to school with weather appropriate attire.
  • The STEM Lab needs shoeboxes and empty toilet paper/paper towel rolls. If you have any you would like to get rid of, please bring them to Hallinan. Thank you!

Save These Dates

10/29 - No School - Conferences

10/29 - Lost and Found Items Donated

11/4 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

11/11 - No School - Veterans Day

11/18 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

11/22-11/26 - No School

12/3 - Photo Make-up Day

Important PTO Information


Don’t know what to do with that extra Halloween candy?? We have the answer! The HOPES Committee (Hands On Projects Encouraging Service) is excited to bring back a long standing Hallinan tradition. On November 1, we will begin collecting extra Halloween candy that will be donated to a local non-profit group who sends care packages to our active military members stationed away from home. The candy, along with other care and comfort items brighten the days of our amazing troops. Want to participate? Simply send your candy to school with your student and they can place it in our silver HOPES bins that will be conveniently located near the library. Collection will run through November 10. Email Debi Panning with questions, debi01167@gmail.com

We STILL Need a Volunteer Coordinator!

We are still very much in need of someone to fill the Volunteer Coordinator position. No specific experience is required, just a willingness to help recruit and answer questions for our amazing volunteers! If you're interested, please reach out to Erin directly (hallinanpresident@gmail.com).

Hallinan Oregon Battle of the Books tournament will be held in February 2022!

It is time to start forming teams and think about starting to read some of the books. Students will be able to sign up for OBOB in November. Look for a flyer in your child’s backpack this week and the sign up sheet in early November. Hallinan students in third, fourth and fifth grade are eligible to participate in the event. Teams may consist of up to four students with an optional fifth alternate teammate. The teams will be tested on their knowledge of 16 books with the winning team having the opportunity to represent our school at the Regional OBOB Competition. If you have additional questions, please follow this link to the OBOBwebsite https://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org or email your committee chairs Gillian and Lindsey at lindseymhargrove@gmail.com

***PTO Parent Action Items:

* Please update your family directory information and pay your student fees: https://hallinanpto.membershiptoolkit.com/home

* Follow us on Instagram (@hallinanpresident) and Facebook (@HallinanHawks) to stay up-to-date with the PTO's activities and to get important reminders about upcoming events.

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October is Dyslexia Awareness Month

What is Oregon’s State of Mind on Dyslexia?

Oregon developed its first legislative guidelines for dyslexia in 2015 with the passing of Senate Bill 612 followed by 1003 in 2017. By law each school is required to complete a universal screening on all kindergarten and first grade students to identify those who are at risk for dyslexia. This law also mandates that each K-5 school have an extensively-trained educator who is able to recognize the warning signs of dyslexia and support students, teachers, parents, and the community. LOSD currently uses Dibels as our dyslexia screening tool. We have also selected LETRS Literacy training to support our educators in meeting the expectations of Senate Bill 612. If you have more questions please reach out to your school’s literacy specialist.

There also are three major federal laws that directly affect children with dyslexia. They are the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, and the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA).

Oregon Department of Education Dyslexia Resources: Oregon Department of Education : Dyslexia : Regional Programs and Best Practices : State of Oregon

Gifted and Dyslexic?

Some kids with learning and attention difficulties have exceptional skills in certain areas. These kids are often called “twice-exceptional” (2E) learners.

LOSD Student Services and TAG (Talented & Gifted) Services are both responsible and should work in cooperation to meet the needs of twice-exceptional students. The student’s abilities will determine appropriate instruction.

To read about twice exceptional students, visit UNDERSTOOD.ORG:

Twice-Exceptional Students | 2E Learners | Gifted and Learning Disabilities

Each week this month, we featured a message about dyslexia in this newsletter. If you have questions or concerns regarding our child’s learning, please call the school principal, TAG coordinator, and/or literacy specialist. You can also contact your school’s representatives for TAG-AC (TAG Advisory Committee) or SSPAC (Student Services Parent Advisory Committee). Please see here to learn how to contact your school representative.

We are here to help you and your child succeed.

Welcome to My World 2021

During the week of November 1st, our 4th and 5th grade classrooms will be engaging in an experiential learning event promoting empathy and disability awareness called Welcome to My World. Welcome to My World is a school-board approved program developed by the Special Services Parent Advisory Committee as an opportunity for students to experience what life might be like for an individual with a disability. The students will learn together with three stations: Speech and Language, Dyslexia, and Sensory Processing Disorder. At the end of the session, each class will reflect on their personal reactions to the experience, their thoughts about what it is like for students with a disability, and a plan for how to be a supportive community member to a peer who may be experiencing this disability. Ask your 4th or 5th grader:

  • What is person-first language? Why is person-first language important?

  • How did you feel during each station? (ie. frustrated, confused, successful)

  • How will you show empathy to fellow community members, especially those who may be experiencing a disability?

Free Thanksgiving Food Baskets!

Hope Community Church is partnering with us to provide free Thanksgiving Food Baskets! If you and your family are interested, please connect with school counselor, Brittany Erspamer (erspameb@loswego.k12.or.us) or school social worker, Kylie Goertz (goertzk@loswego.k12.or.us) to learn more by Friday November 5th. Thank you!
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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 newly updated guide for information on when to keep your child home from school.

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