Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 5/5/22

Principal's Message

Dear Hallinan Families,

It was great to have a full house last week at STEAM Night! I enjoyed roaming the halls and visiting classrooms, seeing you and your children engaged in so many creative and innovative activities. It was such a fun night that we hope to make it an annual event. A huge thank you to all our staff who created interesting projects for everyone to participate in. See below and Click HERE for photos from STEAM Night.

On behalf of our entire staff - thank you Hallinan Families! Staff Appreciation Week has been amazing: beautiful decorations, coffee and sweet treats, flowers, delicious lunch, fun raffle and the best notes and cards. We appreciate your kindness and generosity!

Wishing everyone a Happy Mother's Day!

Melissa Griffiths

Save These Dates

5/2-5/6 - iReady Reading - 3rd - 5th Grade

5/9 - 5/11 - OSAS Math - 3rd - 5th Grade

5/9-514 - iReady Reading - Kinder - 2nd Grade

5/13 - Parent Input Forms Due

5/16-5/20 - iReady Math - Kinder - 5th Grade

5/18 - 6th Grade Parent Night at LMS at 6:30 pm

5/26 - Spring Carnival

5/27 - Grading Day - No School

5/30 - Memorial Day - No School

6/8 - Medical/Religious Exemptions Due for 5th Grade Celebration

6/10 - 5th Grade Celebration

6/10 - Last Day - early dismissal at 11 am

Hallinan 5th Grade Celebration: Vaccinations and Exemptions

We are looking forward to celebrating your child with you at our end-of-year 5th grade celebration. To ensure that all may participate, LOSD is making an exception for end-of-year ceremonies and accepting exemption requests for unvaccinated adults to attend their child’s ceremony.

For any adult in your family who plans to attend the ceremony and is not vaccinated for COVID-19, please submit an exemption form along with a photo of your negative test to Lee Gates at gatesl@loswego.k12.or.us June 8. We will not be able to collect exemption forms and tests at the ceremony.

Medical Exemption Form

Religious Exemption Form

Thank you in advance for your cooperation. We are excited to celebrate together!

6th Grade Parent Night at LMS - 5/18 at 6:30 pm

LMS is eager to welcome future 6th grade parents to an evening of presentations that will help you prepare for life as a middle school parent. The night will include a counselor presentation about parenting a middle schooler, information from 6th grade teachers about what to expect academically in middle school, and a panel of current 6th grade students giving you the scoop on what life is really like as a student at LMS.

Counseling Corner with Ms E

COOPERATION, working together and helping others, is our character trait in May. Click on the picture below for family activities and information!

STEM Lab with Mrs Doran

Please follow STEM and Blossom on instagram using the QR code to the right. Mrs Doran has loaded lots of videos and content there so you can see what our students are up to.

If you are willing and able, the iLab needs the following items, which can be dropped off outside the main office:

  • Ziploc bags of all sizes
  • Baby wipes
  • Plastic bags,
  • 1L bottles (or ANY SIZE plastic bottles!),
  • Shoe boxes
  • Plastic lids of any kind
  • TP/PT rolls
  • Baskets/bins

PTO Information

5th Grade Graduation Yard Signs

If you'd like to order a yard sign to celebrate a graduating 5th grader in your life, orders are due by next Sunday, May 15th. Visit spirithero.com and select Hallinan to place your order!

Spring Carnival, May 26th 5-8pm

Mark your calendars! We hope to see you there!

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COVID-19 Reported Case Update

The LOSD COVID-19 Dashboard is up to date with the number of staff and students who have reported to LOSD testing positive for COVID-19, regardless of school exposure. At Hallinan, as of 12 pm on 5/5, we have 5 cases reported in the last week. With any potential exposure, people are advised to watch for illness symptoms and follow Oregon Health Authority COVID-19 exclusion procedures. Please contact District Nurses, Ann Nelson at nelsona@loswego.k12.or.us and Nikki Retzlaff at retzlafn@loswego.k12.or.us if your student has tested positive for COVID-19.

Stay Home When Ill & Test for COVID-19

If your student experiences any of the following symptoms, please have them stay home, and contact the office or our district nurses, Ann Nelson at nelsona@loswego.k12.or.us and Nikki Retzlaff at retzlafn@loswego.k12.or.us, about possible exclusion from school and COVID-19 testing:

Primary COVID-19 symptoms: • Cough • Temperature of 100.4 degrees F. or higher or chills • Shortness of breath or Difficulty breathing • New loss of taste or smell

Non-primary COVID-19 symptoms: • Fatigue • Muscle or body aches • Headache • Sore throat • Nasal congestion or runny nose • Nausea or vomiting • Diarrhea


  1. You may obtain free Covid-19 at-home test kits at Covidtests.gov.

  2. Vaccination remains the best protection against serious illness from COVID-19 and reduces spread of the disease. Find a vaccine appointment for ages 5 and older at Get Vaccinated Oregon.

  3. Please Keep Ill Students Out of School guide for communicable disease symptoms.

  4. Covid-19 Exclusion Summary Guidance for K-12 chart (see image below)

  5. Click here for LOSD nurse contact information

Parent Input Form

Parents are welcome to provide input regarding their child’s learning environment. Input on this form will be given to a team (the principal and teachers) who will work collaboratively to place students in well balanced classrooms. Forms are due to the Office or gatesl@loswego.k12.or.us by Friday, May 13, 2022. A google doc can be found here - please make a copy if you want to edit it.

2022-23 Verification

LOSD needs parents/guardians of all students enrolled for the 2022-23 school year to log into ParentVUE and review/update your students' information through the Register/Verify tab. This benefits both families and schools by:

  • Ensuring that schools have accurate information to reach parents and other contacts in both emergency and non-emergency situations. Verification is important even if your address or contact information has not changed over the past year because the school may have incorrect information from a previous year.
  • Confirming parent email addresses for Google Classroom and other applications to participate in your student's learning.
  • Enabling distribution of key information in the district's K-12 Family Handbook.

If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, go to the login page, click "I am a Parent," then click "Forgot Password." For assistance with the verification process, refer to the user guide on the LOSD website. If you are unsure whether you have a ParentVUE account, or need assistance, please contact the office staff (contact information at the bottom of the newsletter).

i-Ready Spring Assessment

Soon, elementary students in Lake Oswego will complete two online i-Ready assessments in class. One is for math and the other is for reading. As you know, i-Ready is a program that helps us determine your child’s strengths and areas for future growth. This is the third of three i-Ready diagnostic assessments we give each year, and the results will be shared with parents before the summer break. For kindergartners, this will be their second i-Ready assessment.

OSAS Schedule and Reminders

Oregon State Assessment will take place in April and May, refer to the Save the Date section above and chart below for details. Teachers will also be sending out information in their newsletters.

Prepare your student for testing by ensuring:

  • They are well rested
  • Have healthy breakfast, lunch and snack options
  • CHARGED chromebook
  • Encouragement - we believe in them!

If a student has a smartphone or watch, these will need to be kept in backpacks during testing as access to them creates an impropriety, per state assessment regulations.

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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 have questions or want more information about state assessments, please contact your child’s principal or teacher(s).

Click here for opt-out form for Math and English Language Arts.

Volunteer Requirements

We're so excited to have volunteers back in the building! Please verify that you have completed the following requirements before volunteering in schools:

  • Complete Background Check through school Raptor system - if you have not already completed this, bring your driver's license or passport with you on your first day volunteering and we'll get you registered in the office.

  • Fill out this form: Sign Statement of Knowledge and Understanding of LOSD Policies - we are happy to provide additional information if you would like it.

  • Show/Send Proof of Vaccination to Lee Gates (gatesl@loswego.k12.or.us). LOSD will not be granting exemptions for volunteers.

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 student is going to be absent or late, please email the office at halattendance@loswego.k12.or.us and tell us the student's name and reason for the absence or delay in arriving. If your student is sick, please tell us their symptoms.

Hallinan Website - Click Here!

PTO Website - Click Here

Lake Oswego School District Website - Click Here

Register for LOSD - including Kindergarten - HERE