Hawk Squawk 10/21/21
Spirit Week at Hallinan has been all about creativity, learning more about each other, school spirit and lots of comfy clothes! Tomorrow is 'bring a favorite toy to school to share with your class'. I definitely have a few favorites to choose from, but I am far more excited to see what your children bring and to hear why they chose that specific toy. I've included a few photos from the week for your enjoyment.
As I look to the week ahead, despite the weather forecast of rain every day, I am excited that our students will get to celebrate the season with Harvest Parties (see the PTO section for more information), and I look forward to seeing many of your while you are at Hallinan for conferences. If you are able, don't forget to stop by the vestibule and look through our ever growing collection of lost and found.
To inspire your inner artist, I've included a few photos of pumpkin masterpieces created by our 2nd and 5th grade students.
Hallinan Spirit Week!
- Please pack extra masks in your child's backpack - children often need a second or third mask while at school.
- Make sure your child comes to school with weather appropriate clothes.
- The STEM Lab needs shoeboxes! If you have any you would like to get rid of, please bring them to Hallinan. Thank you!
Important PTO Information
Thank you to everyone who was able to make it to the PTO meeting last night. It was great meeting so many people in person! And a BIG thank you to Principal Griffiths for giving us a tour of the school, including the ins and outs of the new STEM lab! If you missed the meeting, the meeting minutes will be posted on the website soon.
Harvest Party Next Wednesday, 10/27
Since the kids can't take a school-sponsored field trip to the pumpkin patch this year, we're going to bring the patch to them! The kids will have the opportunity to pick and decorate a pumpkin in the garden, grab a fresh-pressed cup of apple cider, and play some games organized by the room parents. If you have any questions, please reach out to your room parents.
We STILL Need a Volunteer Coordinator!
We are still very much in need of someone to fill the Volunteer Coordinator position. No specific experience is required, just a willingness to help recruit and answer questions for our amazing volunteers! If you're interested, please reach out to Erin directly (email@example.com).
Hallinan Oregon Battle of the Books tournament will be held in February 2022!
It is time to start forming teams and think about starting to read some of the books. Students will be able to sign up for OBOB in November. Look for a flyer in your child’s backpack this week and the sign up sheet in early November. Hallinan students in third, fourth and fifth grade are eligible to participate in the event. Teams may consist of up to four students with an optional fifth alternate teammate. The teams will be tested on their knowledge of 16 books with the winning team having the opportunity to represent our school at the Regional OBOB Competition. If you have additional questions, please follow this link to the OBOBwebsite https://www.oregonbattleofthebooks.org or email your committee chairs Gillian and Lindsey at firstname.lastname@example.org
***PTO Parent Action Items:
* Please update your family directory information and pay your student fees: https://hallinanpto.membershiptoolkit.com/home
* Follow us on Instagram (@hallinanpresident) and Facebook (@HallinanHawks) to stay up-to-date with the PTO's activities and to get important reminders about upcoming events.
October is Dyslexia Awareness Month
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Assistive Technology … Did you know?
Technology is changing and improving the school experience for students with dyslexia. Text-to-speech and speech-to-text software, calculators, and note-taking apps are common examples of “assistive technology”. Many of us enjoy audiobooks for pleasure reading, but audiobooks also can serve as a vital piece of assistive technology for those with learning differences such as dyslexia.
With audiobooks everyone can acquire new vocabulary, expand their knowledge and love of books, and enjoy complex or intriguing storylines. Because dyslexics have great listening comprehension, audiobooks enable independent access to school curriculum through “ear-reading” of complex or voluminous textbooks and novels.
The Lake Oswego Public Library has many audiobook services here:
LOSD assistive technology and audiobook resource information can be found here:
If you have questions or concerns regarding your child’s learning, please contact the school principal and/or literacy specialist. Another great parent resource would be to contact your school’s Student Services Parent Advisory Committee (SSPAC) representative. Please see here to learn how to contact your school representative.
The Lake Oswego School District has engaged the Western Educational Equity Assistance Center (WEEAC) from the Metropolitan State University of Denver for a review of our practices, policies, and protocols in relation to instruction and educational equity. Between November 15-18, the WEEAC staff will be conducting virtual interviews and surveys with administrators, staff, teachers, students, and parents. Each interview will take 45-60 minutes with a WEEAC interviewer.
We are looking for parents to participate in a focus group. If you are interested, please complete this survey form: https://forms.gle/Z6ApYuhe1siXkVUB6
This information collected by the WEEAC Team is anonymous. Questions about the process can be directed to Colleen Toomey, Analyst at WEEAC (email@example.com).
Technology Consent/Device Damage and Loss Protection Plan
Each student must have a Technology Consent form on file each year.
The District is once again offering a Device Damage and Loss Protection Plan to ease the financial obligation if your student's District Device is damaged or lost. When you fill out the Tech Consent form, you will "accept" or "decline" participation in the Protection Plan. The cost is $20 per student, with a family maximum of $60. Participation in the program is completely optional. Fee waivers are available for those with financial need.
Please fill out one form per student. Payment instructions will be communicated to participating families. For a complete description of the Device Damage and Loss Protection Program, please visit the District's website at https://www.losdschools.org/Page/7761
Fee waiver forms can be accessed here: https://www.losdschools.org/domain/1838 Please mail the completed form to:
Lake Oswego School District Office
c/o James Miller
PO Box 70
Lake Oswego, OR 97034
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Halloween Movie Night
Hello Hallinan families!
My name is Julianne Arluna and I am the spirit director at Lakeridge high school. I am sending you this email to give you an opportunity to get into the spirit for Halloween and help out our seniors. This Saturday, October 23rd, Lakeridge is hosting a Halloween movie night. We will be showing Hotel Transylvania at 6:30 in the Lakeridge high school auditorium. Doors open at 6:15 and admissions are $5 per person. All of the money will go to our senior class for graduation. Bring blankets, a mask, money for snacks, and wear your pj’s! We’re so excited for you to join us! Go hawks!
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