Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 2/17/22

Principal's Message

Dear Hallinan Families,

It's been a great week, with plenty of KINDNESS sprinkled around. With the assistance of the PTO HOPES Service Committee, several classes created valentines for Meals on Wheels, which were delivered on Monday. This was a thoughtful and kind way our students shared some love with isolated members of our community. In addition, our amazing PTO brought in delicious coffee and pastries for our staff on Monday - this sweet and very kind treat was enjoyed by all! And, staff and students have been encouraged to do random acts of kindness today.

In case you missed it, Brittany Erspamer's monthly newsletter and family activities, which is centered around our character trait KINDNESS this month, can be found HERE.

Don't forget about our Kindness Spirit Week, beginning Tuesday, details in the grid below.

Melissa Griffiths

Save These Dates Save These Dates

2/17 - Information Session about the Standard Response Protocol from 7-8:30 pm - Webinar Link Here

2/21 - No School - Presidents Day

2/22-2/25 - Kindness Spirit Week at Hallinan - see below!

2/24 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

2/28 - Lost and Found Items Donated

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Arrival/Dismissal Reminders

Please be mindful:
  • Make sure students are packed and ready to exit your vehicle as you arrive at Hallinan so the car line can move quickly and smoothly.
  • All students must exit (and enter) vehicles on the passenger side and parents must remain in the vehicle at all times.
  • If your child will need assistance, please pull into a parking spot and help them, then walk them across at the crosswalk when safe to do so.
  • Please be conscientious about neighborhood traffic trying to get through and please do not block driveways.

We appreciate your cooperation!

Counselor Brittany Erspamer reminding all to be the I in KIND, students added words of inspiration on post-its for all to see.

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Volunteer Requirements

Volunteers, please verify that you have completed the following requirements before volunteering in schools:

Statement of Knowledge and Understanding - LOSD District Policies

All contractors, volunteers, and visitors must agree to follow District policies, the most important of which are summarized or referenced below:

  • No smoking or other uses of tobacco products, alcoholic beverages or other controlled substances on District property, including parking lots and fields.

  • No firearms, fire pits, indoor barbecues, candles, fog machines, balloons or fireworks may be used on School District property.

  • Park in designated parking areas only. Violators will be towed at the owner's expense.

Kids Heart Challenge Has Kicked Off at Hallinan!

Dear Families –

Our Kids Heart Challenge Road Trip has officially kicked off and we are excited to keep our hearts healthy and help others over the next few weeks! Click Here for your Virtual Envelope. Our goal is to have 100% of our students register online and take the FREE Challenge to Be Active or Be Kind. Thank you for supporting our school and the American Heart Association!

Next Steps:

  1. Take the Challenge to Be Active or Be Kind at http://www2.heart.org/goto/hallinanlo or download the FREE Kids Heart Challenge App for Apple or Android and you’ll earn a FREE Road Warrior Wristband!
  2. Follow FINN’S MISSION in your HQ to learn Hands Only CPR, how to spot a stroke F.A.S.T., and how to help spread awareness by connecting to social media. Complete Finn’s Mission and you’ll earn Finn’s Lifesaver Award!
  3. Click on Connect to Facebook Fundraiser in your online headquarters for a quick and easy way to reach more friends and family!

Donations Due: Monday, February 28th

School Goal: $7,500 or 150 lives saved!

Special School Incentives:

  1. Classes with 50% participation in the challenge will get an extra 15 minute recess!
  2. Classes with 100% participation in the challenge will get an extra 30 minute recess!
  3. Students with $150 raised online will get a limited edition Captain KHC keychain, and a popcorn party with Ms. Griffiths!
  4. If we hit our school goal and raise $7,500 as a school community, we will have a special spirit day to celebrate!

CLICK HERE to jump on board and experience the road trip across the U.S. through daily activities for physical health, mental well-being, and tips to help others with special hearts! Let’s have fun and save lives!

PTO Information

PTO Meeting Next Week

Join us via Zoom next Wednesday, Feb. 23rd at 6pm. Click here to join the meeting.

Spirit Wear - Orders Due March 4th

We're now accepting Spirit Wear orders! If you're interested in ordering, please return your order form (form below) with payment to the front office by Friday, March 4th. We expect to be able to distribute everyone's completed orders shortly after spring break.

We also still have discounted t-shirts and hoodies available (only in gray and in limited sizes). If you're interested, please reach out to Fallon Mertz at fallon.mertz@gmail.com.

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.

Oregon Battle of the Books Started This Week!

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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.

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.

YouthTruth Surveys

As part of LOSD’s efforts to create a culture of belonging and to achieve equitable academic outcomes, we will once again administer the Youth Truth survey to all staff, parents, and students in grades 3-12. The Family Survey link is ytsurvey.org/losdfamily22, and it will be accessible beginning Monday, February 28. The YouthTruth survey is confidential, and responses from children and parents will be held in the strictest confidence. We encourage everyone to participate. This will be an important piece of information for administrators to improve our students' experiences at school.

Elementary students in grades 3-5 will also complete the survey between February 28 and March 25. This is a vital opportunity for students to provide feedback and help guide the school’s improvement plan. The survey will take 15-30 minutes to complete and will be offered during school hours.

*Please note that parents may opt their child out of the survey if they would like. Click here for the opt-out form.

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

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

Tech Problems? - submit a work order here

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