Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 2/10/22

Principal's Message

Dear Hallinan Families,

A couple of COVID related protocols have been adjusted as our community reported cases and absences continue to trend down.

First, LOSD lifted the elementary outdoor mask requirement, effective Monday, February 7. Students and staff are welcome to wear or remove their masks while outdoors - and as you can tell by looking at the photo below, everyone is happy to be outside enjoying the beautiful weather, mask or no mask! At this time, everyone is still required to wear masks in our buildings.

And, second, volunteers are being welcomed back in our buildings. It has been so fun seeing volunteers at Hallinan this week! We are grateful for all you do, and we look forward to seeing many more of you in the coming weeks. If you plan to volunteer at Hallinan, please make sure to review the volunteer requirements listed below.

We hope to see you soon!

Melissa Griffiths

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Important Reminder! Water Bottles!

The office has seen an increase in students requesting cups for water, which we do not have. Please make sure your child brings a water bottle to school each day. Although our water fountains have been turned off for safety reasons, we do have bottle refill stations available for students to fill their water bottles.

Friendship Day!

At Hallinan we will be celebrating Valentine's/Friendship Day on February 14th with an afternoon classroom activity that includes a Valentine card exchange. Students are encouraged to create their own boxes/bags and valentine cards at home and bring them to school on Monday, February 14th. These cards should NOT contain any edible items. Please remember that students should bring in enough cards for each classmate. Look for additional guidance and list of student names from your classroom teachers.

A Heart Filled Bulletin Board Created by Mrs McLaren's 5th Grade Class

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Save These Dates Save These Dates

2/11 - Report Cards will be posted in ParentVUE by 4 pm - see additional info below

2/14 - Friendship Day! (Details below)

2/17 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

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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National School Counseling Week

We are so grateful for Brittany Erspamer, our amazing school counselor. Brittany is a great collaborator and is incredibly supportive of our students, families and staff. Make sure to read her counseling corner each month. If you would like to show your appreciation to Brittany, please feel free to drop her a note at erspameb@loswego.k12.or.us

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

Art Literacy is Back!!

Now that the district has ok'd classroom volunteers, one of our first orders of business is to bring back the Art Literacy program. You should have received a Sign-Up Genius earlier this week with opportunities to get involved. In case you missed it, you can sign up to help here.

Spirit Wear - Orders Due March 4th

We're now accepting Spirit Wear orders! If you're interested in ordering, please return your order 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.

Next PTO Meeting: Wed., Feb. 23rd at 6pm.

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.

Standards-Based District Report Card

The Lake Oswego School District uses a standards-based report card for students in elementary schools. This 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 works consistently at an in-depth and complex level within or beyond the end of year standard*

3: The student meets the grade-level expectation of the standard

2: The student nearly meets the end of year standard

1: The student 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, please contact the classroom teacher.

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

Needed: Nutrition Services Kitchen Help at Hallinan

Do you like having fun and helping others? Lake Oswego School District Nutrition Services is looking for part-time help preparing and serving meals to children in the classrooms at Hallinan. The hours are 9:00am-12:00. If every day is not appealing, we also have a need for substitutes.

If you have questions, contact the Nutrition Services office at 503-534-2361

Apply for Hallinan job id 4118:


Apply for Food Service Substitutes:


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.

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