Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 2/11/21

Principal's Message

We are counting down the days until students are in the building again!!! I've posted the Hallinan Reopening Video below, I hope it gives you an idea of what in-person learning will look like when students return. Thank you so much to our fabulous students and staff who participated in it.


Also new this week is our Reopening Page on the Hallinan website with up-to-date information regarding the Hallinan Reopening. Additional Information will be posted on this site throughout our transition back to in-person instruction. A few things to note, students should arrive each day with a fully charged device, the charger and a filled water bottle. All other necessary supplies will be supplied by the District.


In this year of change, I cannot wait to see our students again. You are what makes Hallinan a very special and unique place. I'll soon be able to say it again, There's No Place Like Hallinan!

Hallinan We're Back!

Save These Dates!

2/1-2/19 - YouthTruth Student and Family Survey

2/14 - HAL Hangouts - invitations sent today

2/15 - Presidents Day - No School

2/22 - Library Lunch Break for K-2 at 12 pm

2/23 - First Day for K-1 In-Person

2/24 - Registration opens for Kindergarten and Spanish Immersion Kindergarten

2/24 - Kinder Counts Information Night

3/1 - First Day for 2-3 In-Person

3/1 - Library Lunch Break for K-2 at 12 pm

3/5 - First Day for 4-5 In-Person

Hallinan Reopening!!

Click here for up-to-date information about our reopening. You'll find a calendar, getting ready for in-person guidelines and tips to make the return easier.

Hallinan Help for Families for Distance Learning

Click here for Hybrid, Online and Specials Schedules, Google Classroom Codes and more!

Mrs Arnold's Kinder Art

Mrs Arnold shared a collage of her students and their amazing concentric hearts completed in time for Valentine's Day. These fun pieces were inspired by Wassily Kandinsky's concentric circles, shown at the left. Kandinsky is all about exploring color-mixing and Mrs Arnold and her students had a great time exploring as well!
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Mrs Lindsey's 2nd Grade Art

Mrs Lindsey's class created beautiful artwork inspired by Bernard Hoyes this month. Mr Hoyes was born in Jamaica and is known for rhythmic movement and vivid colors as seen in his Dancing Ladies piece to the right. Enjoy the colorful, well-balanced art by Hudson Dyer, Sutton Mercer and Charlie McKenna!

Counseling Corner with Ms E

Mystery Science

There are a few science supply kits for Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade students that are available to families on a first come, first served basis. Additionally, a limited number of 3rd grade supplies will be available beginning Wednesday, February 17, on a first come basis. The 3rd grade unit begins 2/22. Supplies are located in the vestibule at Hallinan and can be picked up on school days between 7:30 am and 3:30 pm.

Library News

Online Check Out and Curbside Pick-up has started. Pick-Up on Wednesdays between 11:15 am and 12:15 pm; holds must be placed by the Tuesday before at 12 pm. Click on the photo below to learn all about Curbside Pick-Up. Returns can be made daily between 8:30 am and 3:30 pm.

The Drop Box is located in the vestibule.


Don't forget - Library Lunch Break for K-2 students on Mondays from 12 to 12:30 pm.

PTO MEETING - NEXT WEEK!

We have rescheduled the PTO meeting for WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 17, 6:30pm. If you previously submitted questions, we will address them at the meeting. We encourage you to submit questions in advance to Debi Panning at hallinanpresident@gmail.com. This will allow us to accurately and comprehensively answer any questions. A Zoom link will be emailed next week and we hope to see you there!

Register for the School Bus

In preparation of our students being able to attend school in person, we need to be ready to provide bus transportation for all students who need it. We are encouraging families to walk, bike or carpool, when possible, but if you think your child will ever need to take the bus to or from school during the 2020-2021 school year they will need to be registered.


Please complete a registration for each child in your care. Thank you in advance for your prompt response in this essential preparation for onsite school. Register for the Bus with this link. For more information, see the Student Transportation of America website: https://www.losdschools.org/Domain/66

New Elementary Standards-Based Report Cards

Report cards will be available online via ParentVUE tomorrow, Friday, 2/12 after 3 pm! If you are unsure how to access ParentVUE, please go here: ParentVUE User Guide or call (or email) Lee or Linda in the office at 503 534 2353.


Reminder, this year, the Lake Oswego School District shifts to a standards-based report card for students in elementary schools. This new 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.


This new, standards specific format provides more detailed information about your child’s progress, which means that you may notice fewer comments than you have on previous report cards.


The standards-based reporting scale:

4 = The student is highly proficient and works consistently at an in-depth and complex level within or beyond the end of year standard*

3 = The student is proficient and meets the grade-level expectation of the standard

2 = The student is nearly proficient and nearly meets the end of year standard

1 = The student is developing and 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.


Another new feature to our standards based report card is ‘Learning Progress’ at the end of each content area. The Learning Progress section provides an overall progress score for those specific content standards.

+ = student is making significant progress in this content area/in these learning (?) standards

= = student is making steady progress in this content area/in these standards

- = student is making minimal progress in this content area/in these standards


Behavior Learning Targets are approached differently than end-of-year standards. These targets will be measured with the following scale:

C = Consistently

G = Generally

R = Rarely/Sometimes (Needs Improvement)


As always, if you have questions or for more information about your child’s progress in any area, contact the classroom teacher.


Click here for more information about Common Core State Standards.

Teacher and Class Placement Notifications will go out 2/12

In order to prepare for the start of in-person learning later this month, per ODE requirements LOSD recently asked our elementary families if they would like to make a change to their learning model (hybrid to online or vice versa). While not all families requested a change, accommodating all learning model requests necessitates that some teachers will be reassigned. Principals will be communicating with families whose child has a new teacher on Friday, February 12, and teachers will be introducing themselves to any new students on or before Wednesday, February 17.

While 194 families requested a change, our priority has been to limit the impact on other students to the greatest extent possible. As a result of the shifts and reassignments to LO Online, some students who did not request a change may also have a new teacher.

In early March, the District will be asking our middle and high school families if they would like to make a change to their learning model for students’ fourth quarter. Please note these changes may result in class changes in their schedule. We are letting our secondary-level families know now so that you may start contemplating your choice.

We know the possibility of changes may be difficult to hear but we are confident students will be in good hands with LOSD teachers. Our learning community is dedicated to providing a warm and welcoming environment for all of our students.

YouthTruth Surveys

An invitation for families to participate in the YouthTruth survey was sent via email on 2/1, or you can click here for access. The survey will take about 15 minutes of your time and will be extremely valuable to us. We will use the survey, taken by parents, students, and staff, as part of our strategic planning conversations to keep growing and learning more effectively as a school.


The YouthTruth School Experience Survey is scheduled to be administered to all 3rd, 4th, and 5th grade elementary students between Monday, February 1 and Friday, February 19, 2020 during the school day. Please note that parents may opt their child out of the survey if they would like - click here for more information.


The YouthTruth survey is confidential. Your and your child's responses will be held in the strictest confidence. We encourage everyone to participate. This will be an important piece of information for administrators to use in order to address school experience issues.

New Student Registration for 2021-22 School Year

Registration Dates for the 2021-22 school year:

  • January 20, 2021 for registering new students enrolling into grades 1–12 who have never enrolled in Lake Oswego before and returning students enrolling into grades 1–12 who are not currently enrolled but will re-enroll for next year.
  • February 24, 2021 for registering new students enrolling into kindergarten (including Spanish Immersion kindergarten) for the 2021-22 school year.
  • Students who are currently attending LOSD during the 2020-21 school year do not need to register for the 2021-22 school year.


LOSD is pleased to offer online registration through its parent portal, ParentVUE (contact your resident school for help with logging in). See the Registration & Verification page of the LOSD website for guidance.


Visit the LOSD Spanish Immersion Website for more details.

Kinder Counts 2/24

Hallinan will send out an informational video for incoming kindergarten parents to learn a little more about kindergarten and the registration process. Please call the office (503-534-2353) with any questions. Or visit the District Kinder Information page.

Office 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


Hallinan Website - Click Here!