Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 2/3/22

Principal's Message

Dear Hallinan Families,

It's February already - and what a great month to focus on our character trait KINDNESS! At Hallinan, we are teaching that kindness is the choice to act with words, gifts or actions to bring appreciation, positivity and encouragement to ourselves and others. Please see Ms Erspamer's counseling corner below to read her February newsletter, discover a few kindness activities and read some wonderful digital books.

To celebrate KINDNESS this month, we will have a spirit week starting on Tuesday 2/22 - see the chart below for details. At Hallinan we are trying to sprinkle kindness like confetti and I hope some lands at your home too!

Melissa Griffiths

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Hallinan Spelling Bee

And the winner is..... Nathan Bizzano in Mrs Larson's Class! Congratulations to Nathan, who won the Hallinan Spelling Bee by correctly spelling the word REFLEXOLOGY. Henrique Araujo, also in Mrs Larson's class, is the runner up.

We are proud of all of our Spelling Bee participants: Aria Salehi, Emerson Roddan, Xiner Xu, Amber Voelkel, Emma Irving, Elise Irving, Cooper Hill, Henrique Araujo, Lucas Buzawa, Nathan Bizzano and Bennett Allen (not pictured). Well done!

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Celebrating 2-2-22

Staff and students celebrated 2-2-22 by wearing tutus, ties and mismatched tennis shoes. Here are a couple photos!
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Save These Dates Save These Dates

2/10 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

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!

2/24 - Early Release Thursday - 2 pm

2/28 - Lost and Found Items Donated

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.

Ms E's Counseling Corner

Please click on the picture below to open even more resources!

Mrs Doran thanks the PTO

A huge thank you to the PTO from Mrs Doran, our STEM teacher. Please click on the video link below.

PTO Information

Next PTO Meeting: Wed., Feb. 23rd

This month's PTO meeting has been pushed back a week. We'll be meeting Wednesday, Feb. 23rd at 6pm. Location TBD - likely over Zoom again.

OBOB: Hallinan's Oregon Battle of the Books competition will begin Feb. 15! Battles will be held at school, indoor during the lunch/recess hour. Each team will participate in two practice rounds – first round held over Feb. 15 and 16, second round held over Feb. 22 and 23. Elimination rounds will take place the following two weeks. The first round of the tournament will be held for all teams over March 1 and March 2. The winning teams will continue into the following week of March 7 until there is one team left standing! If you have a student participating, please check with your parent team lead/coach for further details. NO SPECTATORS WILL BE ALLOWED FOR BATTLES INSIDE THE SCHOOL. We are working on a plan to hold the final three battles (four teams) in an outdoor location so we can have spectators, but it is not yet finalized. Please stay tuned for more details and connect with your parent team lead/coach for updates. Go Hawk Readers!

Discount Spirit Wear Still Available - We Found More Hoodies!

We need to clear out our existing stock of Hallinan Hawks spirit wear in advance of doing a new order. We have gray hoodies (youth sizes L and XL) for $10 each, gray t-shirts (youth sizes S, M, & L) for $5 each and 2 blue t-shirts (youth size L) for $5 each. These are almost a third of the normal cost - the hoodies are sure to go fast! If you're interested in purchasing one, please reach out to Fallon Mertz at fallon.mertz@gmail.com. Stay tuned for more spirit wear ordering options in the coming weeks!

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.

Contacting Nurses re: COVID-19, Keep Student Home Until Your Receive a Response

Dear LOSD Families,

Thank you for contacting our district nurses with your COVID-19 related concerns. Our nurses are responding to each inquiry in the order that they are received. Due to the high volume of calls and emails they are experiencing, please expect a delayed response of up to 24 hours.

If you are emailing regarding a positive COVID-19 case or exposure, please keep your student home until you receive a response. Please click here for the current school exclusion guidelines.

If your student has tested positive for COVID-19, please email the nurse for your student’s school the following information and a nurse will get back to you as soon as possible:

  • Student’s First and Last Name

  • School

  • Date symptoms started, if any symptoms

  • Date tested positive and where the test was taken

Thank you for your patience and cooperation.

Hallinan School Nurses,

Ann Nelson nelsona@loswego.k12.or.us

Nikki Retzlaff retzlafn@loswego.k12.or.us

Volunteer Requirements

We're looking forward to having volunteers in our schools soon!! Volunteers need to verify 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.

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

Oregon State Assessment Opt-Out Form

Every year, Oregon students take assessments to meet federal requirements. The purpose of these assessments is to provide data that schools can use to ensure each and every child is on track and achieving learning goals.

State law requires us to inform you that a form is available from the State Department of Education that allows you to opt your child out of the math and English Language Arts assessments for the current school year. Should you wish to opt out your child, fill out the form and submit it to the main office at your child’s school. Please note the submission deadlines listed on the form. Meeting the deadline will help the school with planning and preparation. If you wish your child not to participate in the science assessment for grades 5, 8, and 11, submit this request in writing to the principal of your child's school.

If you would like to opt out your child from state testing, have questions or want more information about state assessments, please click on the form below or contact your child’s principal or teacher(s).

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. See this guide for information on when to keep your child home from school.

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