Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 8/12/21

Principal's Message

Dear Hallinan Families,


I hope you have all had a wonderful summer! I've enjoyed watching our garden grow and sneaking a few strawberries now and then.


I'd like to welcome our new families to Hallinan - we have an amazing learning community that feels like my second family. We send out the Hawk Squawk, our weekly newsletter every Thursday afternoon. The Hawk Squawk is our primary means of communication to our families, please make sure to look for it each week.


We are all eager for your children to meet their teachers at Meet and Greet on Thursday, August 26 from 3 to 4 pm. We'll tell you more about it next week, but we want you to make sure your calendar is marked.


If your student will not be attending Hallinan in the Fall, please email Lee Gates at gatesl@loswego.k12.or.us (or reply to this newsletter) so we can plan accordingly and remove you from further communications.


It's a countdown - we are just over two weeks away from the first day of school. I cannot wait to see you all on Monday August 30! Full-time back in school, finally, right??


Until then, enjoy summer - maybe stay indoors this afternoon and read a good book!

Melissa Griffiths

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Action Items

FAQ's and Answers

When does school begin? School starts for all students on Monday, August 30.


When will we hear who our child's teacher is? Placement is still being finalized. You will hear from your child's teacher by Wednesday, August 25.


What is the daily schedule?


First Bell - 8:10 am: Students are welcome to enter their classroom.

Tardy Bell - 8:20 am: Students must check in with the office and receive a Tardy slip before going to their classroom.

Dismissal - 2:40 pm: Students taking a bus home or to After Care, will exit the building through the Gym; students being picked up by parents will exit the building through the main doors.

Early Release on Thursdays - 2 pm


Will students and staff be wearing masks? Yes, currently all students, staff and anyone who enters the building are required to wear masks. Additional information about mask requirements can be found here.


Will Extended Care be open? Yes! Hallinan students will attend Extended Care at River Grove Elementary. Additional information can be found on the Community School Extended Care website here.

Save These Dates

8/26 - Smart Start from 1 to 3 pm - see below for more information

8/26 - Meet and Greet from 3 to 4 pm

8/30 - First Day of School for all Students

9/8 - Back to School Night

10/8 - Professional Day - No School

10/15 - Photo Day

Smart Start

Smart Start is an opportunity specifically for our students with 504s and IEPs, and their parents and guardians, to make introductions with their teachers and to feel prepared for the start of school. For the 2021-22 School Year, Smart Start is in person Aug. 26, 2021, from 1-3 p.m.


Teachers will be familiar with your student’s plan and accommodations. To help better know your students, please complete the attached one-page profile or create one on your own ahead of time, and give it to the teacher at the Smart Start introduction.


Also, to assist in your family’s preparation for the new school year, please click here for a Smart Start checklist for parents and guardians of students with 504s and IEPs.

Annual Notice Regarding State Assessments

The Oregon Department of Education publishes an annual notice regarding state assessments in English Language Arts and Math. Please review the Annual Notice for Statewide Tests for information regarding why participation matters, an explanation of the right to opt out, and test windows.

Free Meals for All Students

This school year the Lake Oswego School District will be offering breakfast and lunch meals (one breakfast and one lunch per student per day) at no charge to all students. Breakfast meals will be served in Grab-n-go style as students arrive to school. Lunch meals will offer healthy tasty entrees, fresh fruits and vegetables with a seasonal rotation of local farm produce and organic products when available.


For information about Food Services, please click here to visit our web page.

For information about part-time job opportunities in Food Services, please click here to visit the employment web page.

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