Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 1/28/21

Principal's Message

Dear Hallinan Families,

As we eagerly await news of Hybrid in-person start dates, now is a good time to prepare your child for returning to Hallinan. Please use this guideline Return to School During COVID-19 which suggests practicing:

  • washing hands
  • wearing a properly fitted face mask
  • distancing
  • using a reusable water bottle

Please also see the 'Getting Students Ready for In-Person School' heading below with additional information about mask guidelines and screening for illness at home.

Thank you for your patience and support in this unique school year.

Melissa Griffiths

Save These Dates!

1/29 - Teacher Grade Prep - No School

2/1 - Library Lunch Bunch for K-2 at 12 pm

2/1-2/19 - YouthTruth Student and Family Survey

2/1-2/19 - i-Ready Assessments

2/3 - World Read Aloud Day

2/8 - Library Lunch Bunch for K-2 at 12 pm

2/15 - Presidents Day - No School

2/22 - Library Lunch Break for K-2 at 12 pm

2/24 - Registration opens for Kindergarten and Spanish Immersion Kindergarten

2/24 - Kinder Counts Information Night

Getting Students Ready for In-Person School

There are several things families can do at home to help prepare students for in-person school. On the district website under Roadmap to Reopening Health & Safety Protocols and listed below, are a number of guidelines, reminders and daily practices, including:

Preparing Your Student to Return to School

Daily Homescreening for Students During COVID-19

CDC Face Mask Guidance

Please Keep Ill Students Out of School

This information has been used by our families participating in limited in-person instruction with great success. Thank you for using it, too.

Returning to Hallinan!

If your student will be returning to Hallinan for in-person learning (Hybrid Model), please be mindful of the following:

  • Students will return to in-person instruction at Hallinan gradually
  • Students attend Hallinan on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for Math and ELA
  • AM Cohort will be at Hallinan from 8 to 10:45 am
  • PM Cohort will be at Hallinan from 12:45 to 3:30 pm
  • Wednesdays are multi-synchronous days, students will access classes online
  • All Specials classes (PE, Music, STEM, Science, Health and SEL) will take place online
  • There will be no recess or snack
  • Staff will expect and implement safety protocols
  • Students must wear facemasks at all times and maintain proper social distance
  • Students will enter and exit the building through designated doorways, maintaining proper social distance
  • Students will be at individual desks, 6 feet apart
  • It is suggested students bring water bottles with them, drinking fountains will be closed, but refill stations are available
  • Classrooms will be sanitized using an electrostatic disinfectant in between cohorts and after school
  • If it is necessary to close an in-person classroom, students will return to distance learning
  • Students must not come to school with illness symptoms listed on Please Keep Ill Students Out of School
  • There will be no drop-offs prior to 8 am
  • Families may not socialize out front of the school or on the playground
  • AM/PM In-Person Cohort Schedule

Online students schedule will remain the same:
  • AM Cohort will be online from 8 to 10:45 am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
  • PM Cohort will be online from 12:45 to 3:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Wednesdays are multi-synchronous days
  • All Specials classes (PE, Music, STEM, Science, Health and SEL) will take place online
  • AM/PM Online Cohort Schedule

Information about our reopening plans can be found on our district website under Roadmap to Reopening. and in the Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidelines. Specific information about our Health and Safety Protocols can be found here.

Both the District and I will continue to update you with more information as it becomes available. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Hallinan Help for Families for Distance Learning

Click here for Hybrid, Online and Specials Schedules, Google Classroom Codes and more!

Hallinan Spelling Bee Results

After 27 difficult rounds, we have determined the Hallinan Spelling Bee Champion for the 2020-2021 school year. Mia Song, a 4th grader from Mrs. Sutter's class is our school champion!

5th grader Tori Chisholm took 2nd place, and 4th grader Isaac Silver took 3rd place.

We will pass along information on the next rounds of the competition as they become available. Congratulations!

Photo below, top row, left to right: TAG Coordinator, Mr Ernst; Mrs Gates; Isaac Silver (4th)

Bottom row, left to right: Spelling Bee Champion Mia Song (4th); Tori Chisholm (5th); Principal Griffiths

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Counseling Corner with Ms E

We are wrapping up our January trait of PERSEVERANCE, next month Ms E is teaching KINDNESS: the choice to act with words, gifts, or actions to bring appreciation, positivity, and encouragement to others and yourself.

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.

The Drop Box is located in the vestibule.

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

Wednesday Workshops for LOSD Elementary Students

Through a partnership with the Lake Oswego Schools Foundation, LOSD is pleased to offer enrichment classes on Wednesdays to create more connection experiences for our LOSD elementary students only and offered free of charge.

The goal of Wednesday Workshops is for elementary students to take one, 60-minute enrichment class (online, synchronous) that will run 6 weeks from February 10 to March 17, 2021. Classes are scheduled from 9:15-10:15 a.m. and 10:30-11:30 a.m. and can accommodate both the AM and PM cohort schedules. Experience will determine if the program extends for a second session in the spring.

Wednesday Workshops sign up is through LOSD Community Schools and features fun, high-quality third-party instructors in science, engineering, art, world languages as well as activity classes in leadership, movement, writing, drama and more.

Please click here to go to the Wednesday Workshops landing page on the LOSD website for more information and to register for a class. Or click here for a complete list of course offerings by time, grade, or subject.

YouthTruth Surveys

Next week, families will receive an invitation to participate in the YouthTruth survey. It will take about 15 minutes of your time and will be extremely valuable to us. We will use the survey, taken by parents, students, and staff, as part of our strategic planning conversations to keep growing and learning more effectively as a school.

The YouthTruth School Experience Survey is scheduled to be administered to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade elementary students between Monday, February 1 and Friday, February 19, 2020 during the school day. Please note that parents may opt their child out of the survey if they would like - click here for more information.

Families will receive an invitation to participate in the survey on Monday, February 1. The YouthTruth survey is confidential. You and your 3rd, 4th and 5th grade child(ren) responses will be held in the strictest confidence.

We encourage everyone to participate. This will be an important piece of information for administrators to use in order to address school experience issues.


It is time for our Winter iReady diagnostic assessment. Students will be testing in the areas of math and 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.

At Hallinan our window for iReady testing is February 1-19. Teachers will send specific testing dates and times one week prior to assessments. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning. We appreciate your support and encouragement for your student to ensure that we gather accurate information about what they already know and what we can help them learn.

New Elementary Standards-Based Report Cards

This year, the Lake Oswego School District shifts to a standards-based report card for students in elementary schools. This new report card measures a child’s progress toward proficiency or mastery of the priority standards in Reading, Writing, Language, Speaking, and Math.

This approach provides the means for communicating a child’s learning in more specific terms. Standards-based reporting articulates clear end-of-year grade-level standards for each subject. Using the scale below, teachers will communicate where a child resides on a learning continuum by indicating the student’s progress toward mastery of each identified grade-level standard.

The standards-based reporting scale:

4 = The student is highly proficient and works consistently at an in-depth and complex level within or beyond the end of year standard*

3 = The student is proficient and meets the grade-level expectation of the standard
2 = The student is nearly proficient and nearly meets the end of year standard
1 = The student is developing and demonstrates limited proficiency on the end of year standard

Important notes about the scale:

  • Reporting is based on the end-of-year grade-level expectation. Therefore, proficiency would not be expected in the middle of the school year.
  • A “2” represents the expected target for the majority of the school year as this indicates the child is progressing with the standard as expected. A “3” will be given when the student completely meets the grade-level standard.
  • Details of what is expected at mastery level can be found on the report card or on the list of assessed grade-level standards.
  • A “1” may prompt additional communication from the classroom teacher so parents will better understand their child’s learning journey.

*It is rare that a child will receive a “4” especially at the end of the first semester. A “4” score may prompt additional communication from the classroom teacher to discuss ways he/she is meeting the child’s unique learning needs.

Behavior Learning Targets are approached differently than end-of-year standards. For more information about your child’s progress, contact the classroom teacher.

New Student Registration for 2021-22 School Year

Registration Dates for the 2021-22 school year:

  • January 20, 2021 for registering new students enrolling into grades 1–12 who have never enrolled in Lake Oswego before and returning students enrolling into grades 1–12 who are not currently enrolled but will re-enroll for next year.
  • February 24, 2021 for registering new students enrolling into kindergarten (including Spanish Immersion kindergarten) 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.

LOSD is pleased to offer online registration through its parent portal, ParentVUE (contact your resident school for help with logging in). See the Registration & Verification page of the LOSD website for guidance.

Visit the LOSD Spanish Immersion Website for more details.

Kinder Counts Information Night 2/24

Save the Date - Wednesday, February 24, 2021:
  • Hallinan will hold a virtual information night (Kinder Counts) for incoming kindergarten parents to meet the school's staff, start the online registration process and learn about kindergarten in 2021-22
  • Kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year opens!

More information to come! Please call the office (503-534-2353) with any questions.

Lake Oswego Public Library's Fourth Annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day

This annual event celebrates the diversity in children’s literature and in our own community. Sharing stories from our own cultural backgrounds encourages us to discover similarities and to celebrate differences.

Join the Lake Oswego Public Library to celebrate our Fourth Annual Multicultural Children’s Book Day. Settle in to a cozy chair and listen to stories read by your neighbors, your friends, local celebrities and your librarians. Stories about people from all walks of life that celebrate the diversity of our own community. Stories read in English, Spanish, Japanese, Swedish, and many others from around the globe. Spend time listening to recommendations of our favorite picture books, chapter books and young adult novels from 2020 that elevate race, identity and ability. The celebration will be live on January 29th and available for additional viewing through February 12, 2021.

You know you are almost finished with a renovation when you start to put up the ARTWORK!! Hallinan is beautiful - can't wait for you all to see it!
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Office 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

Hallinan Website - Click Here!