Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 4/22/21

Principal's Message

Dear Hallinan Families,

Happy Earth Day! That's how numerous students greeted me today. And, they told me about things they are doing to help our planet: planting flowers, vegetables and trees, conserving water, electricity and gas, consuming less and picking up trash. Our students are awesome, and I'll say it again, there is no place like Hallinan!

The PTO sponsored H.O.P.E.S. Food Drive for the Tualatin School House Pantry is up and running. For more information see the PTO section below. To make it extra easy for families to contribute, feel free to drop off items in the carline on Thursday 4/29, the last day of collection.

Please remind your children that HAL Hangouts are tomorrow! Invitations were sent out to families on Tuesday. If you did not receive the zoom link, please contact Lee at gatesl@loswego.k12.or.us. Our character trait this month is Creativity, so get ready for some imaginative fun and games! We'd love to have your child join us!

Over the past week, I've spent time teaching sounds, comparing/contrasting, lapsed time, fractions, fact vs opinion, discussing and debating a conundrum and rhythm and dance. I have had a tremendous amount of fun being in classrooms and I am so proud of all the work your children are doing and how supportive they are of each other. It's just one of the many things that makes Hallinan such a great community! Below, I've included a few photos from my time in classrooms this week.

Have an outstanding day!

Melissa Griffiths

Save These Dates!

4/19-4/29 - Hallinan H.O.P.E.S. Food Drive

4/23 - HAL Hangouts K-2 at 11:15 am; 3-5 at 11:45 am - Link will be emailed next week!

4/26 - Library Lunch Break for K-2 at 12 pm

5/3 - Library Lunch Break for K-2 at 12 pm

5/10 - Library Lunch Break for K-2 at 12 pm

5/12 - LOSD CARES Virtual Workshop at 11:30 am

Please click here for the updated school calendar posted on the district website. The School Board approved three additional days (June 14-16). The Teacher Workday will be on June 17.

Mrs Hagedorn's Kindergarten Class

What a great way to make math fun - chalk math outside!
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Mrs Lindsey's 2nd Grade Class

Mrs Lindsey's 2nd graders have read books about sunflowers, created the beautiful garden below and have planted sunflower seeds which have started to sprout. They will take the sprouts home this week.
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Counseling Corner

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 in the Library Drop Box, located in the vestibule.

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

Parent Input Form for the 2021-22 School Year

Families are welcome to provide input regarding their child and their child's best learning environment on the Parent Input Form which is attached below. Please return the form to Hallinan no later than Friday, May 7, 2021 to be considered.
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Daily Home Screening for Students During COVID-19

PTO Information


Our collection bins are out and ready for all non perishable food and hygiene items! The food drive will run through April 29 and bins are in the vestibule. Thank you for helping our friends at the Tualatin School House Pantry!

The super cute bins were decorated by the extraordinary EAs, Brenda Mejdell and Grace Sullwold!

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District Information

State Testing Notification

Oregon school districts are required to administer state assessments this spring in English Language Arts (ELA), math, and science. The Oregon Department of Education’s request to waive these assessments due to the pandemic was denied by the federal government. However, a revised waiver has been conditionally approved to require fewer assessments at each grade level this year, per the below schedule. In addition, the ELA and math assessments have been shortened and will take less time to complete this year.

  • Grade 3: ELA
  • Grade 4: Math
  • Grade 5: Science
  • Grade 6: ELA
  • Grade 7: ELA and Math
  • Grade 8: Math and Science
  • Grade 11: ELA and Math
State assessments cannot be administered remotely due to the need to maintain security and provide accessibility supports to students where applicable. All participating students, including those in the LO Online program, must be assessed by trained district staff in a secure environment such as a school building. Any parent who does not wish their student to take these assessments is asked to notify the school using Oregon’s legislated processes:
  • ELA and/or math (grades 3, 4, 6–8 and 11): submit the state opt-out form to your child’s school. The form is available on the State Assessments page of the District website.
  • Science (grades 5 and 8 only): submit a written request for exemption to your child’s school (email or US mail).
Each school will determine its own testing schedule and logistics. Parents of LO Online students will be contacted with additional information. Please let your student’s school know if you have questions.


The District has added a page to ParentVUE that allows parents to view a history of websites which their student visited using a District device over the past week. This is informational only and does not allow blocking of sites. To view this information, navigate to the Additional page using the options on the left of the screen, then click Parent Umbrella. For assistance, please watch this video or contact the school office.

LOSD CARES Virtual Workshop

Join our LOSD community and caregivers for a virtual workshop, "Getting Real About Our Kids' Mental Health: Parenting in a Pandemic" with parent, speaker and advocate Tara Rolstad. This workshop is intended for parents and guardians.

Wednesday, May 12

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.


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Wednesday Workshops for LOSD Elementary Students

Through a partnership with the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation, LOSD is pleased to offer Wednesday Workshops enrichment classes to create more connection experiences for our LOSD elementary students. Classes are free of charge.

Wednesday Workshops will run for 6 weeks from April 21, 2021 to May 26, 2021. Sign up is through LOSD Community School. Please click here to go to the Wednesday Workshops page on the LOSD website for more information and to register for a class.

New Student Registration for 2021-22 School Year

Online Registration through ParentVUE is open for all new students 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. Please call the Hallinan office at 503-534-2353 or visit the Registration & Verification page of the LOSD website assistance. Please visit the Hallinan website for additional Kindergarten information.

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.

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PTO Website - Click Here

Lake Oswego School District Website - Click Here