Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 1/14/21

Principal's Message

Dear Hallinan Families,

Time is flying by - we're just three weeks away from Kinders in the building - and we are so excited! Our District and Staff are following Oregon Department of Education and Oregon Health Authority Guidelines to assure a safe return to in-person school at Hallinan.

As we prepare for return to in-person learning, if you would like to change your students education model from Hybrid to Online, or from Online to Hybrid, please contact Lee Gates at gatesl@loswego.k12.or.us by this Friday, January 15 at 3 pm.

Description of models:

Hybrid Model:

  • Students will return to in-person instruction at Hallinan gradually (see chart below for dates)
  • Students attend Hallinan on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays for Math and ELA
  • AM Cohort will be at Hallinan from 8 to 10:45 am
  • PM Cohort will be at Hallinan from 12:45 to 3:30 pm
  • Wednesdays are multi-synchronous days, students will access classes online
  • All Specials classes (PE, Music, STEM, Science, Health and SEL) will take place online
  • There will be no recess or snack
  • Students must wear facemasks at all times and maintain proper social distance
  • Staff will expect and implement safety protocols
  • AM/PM In-Person Cohort Schedule
Online Model:
  • AM Cohort will be online from 8 to 10:45 am on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
  • PM Cohort will be online from 12:45 to 3:30 pm on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Friday
  • Wednesdays are multi-synchronous days
  • All Specials classes (PE, Music, STEM, Science, Health and SEL) will take place online
  • AM/PM Online Cohort Schedule

Information about our reopening plans can be found on our district website under Roadmap to Reopening. and in the Ready Schools, Safe Learners guidelines. Specific information about our Health and Safety Protocols can be found here.

Both the District and we will continue to update you with more information as it becomes available. If you have questions, please do not hesitate to ask.

Melissa Griffiths

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Even though our students are not at school yet, we are still practicing safety protocols. This afternoon, we had our monthly evacuation drill. It's the perfect sunny Oregon day for it.
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Save These Dates!

1/15 - Elementary Hybrid or LO Online Change Requests Due by 3 pm

1/15 - Bus Registration deadline

1/18 - Martin Luther King Jr Day - No School

1/21 - HAL Hangouts K-2 11:30 am to 12 pm - Updated Date Change!

1/21 - HAL Hangouts 3-5 12 to 12:30 pm - Updated Date Change!

1/25 - Library Lunch Break for K-2, 12 to 12:30 pm

1/27 - LOSD CARES Workshop Resilience Panel” 5 to 6 pm

1/29 - Teacher Grade Prep - No School

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

2/1-2/19 - i-Ready Assessments

2/3 - World Read Aloud Day

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

2/24 - Kinder Counts Information Night

Mrs Miller's Wishtree One-Pagers

Mrs. Miller's 5th graders topped off their novel study of Wishtree by Katherine Applegate by creating these beautiful one-pagers. Students, Nora Armistead, Moses Haddad, Claire Hovland and Luke Leonhardt, visually shared key ideas from the novel about plot elements, figurative language, new vocabulary, and character comparisons. Look closely- the details they included are amazing!
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Counseling Corner with Ms E

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.

January PTO Meeting (Virtual)!

Please join us for the January PTO meeting on Wednesday, January 27 at 6:30p. Ms. Griffiths will be in attendance to answer questions about the reopening. Please consider emailing your questions in advance to Debi Panning at hallinanpresident@gmail.com so we can have the most accurate and comprehensive answers.

We will also discuss spring activities, volunteering opportunities and will have a financial report to date. All are welcome and we hope you can attend!

Register for the School Bus

Bus registration was reopened this week. We are encouraging families to walk, bike or carpool, when possible. If you think your LOSD student will need to take the bus to or from school at any time during the 2020-2021 school year, please register them now.

Click here to register for bus transportation for 2020-21 school year.

Registration will remain open until Friday, Jan. 15. After that, exact bus routes will be determined. The sooner people register, the fewer route changes need to be made once bus service begins. Thank you in advance for your prompt response in this essential preparation for in-person school.


There is no school on Monday, 1/18/21 in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Holiday. Grab-and-go meals will not be distributed on Monday, 1/18/21 and will instead be distributed on Tuesday 1/19/21. We will see you on Tuesday! (And Thursday is a regular grab-and-go meal distribution day.)

YouthTruth Surveys

As part of our district diversity, equity, and inclusion work, we are excited to offer the opportunity for you to give us feedback on your school experience through the YouthTruth survey. Giving parents, staff, and students the opportunity to reflect on their school experience is vital to understanding where we are and where we want to go.

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. The survey will take 15-30 minutes to complete. Please note that parents may opt their child out of the survey if they would like - click here for more information.

Families will receive an invitation to participate in the survey on February 1. Please look for this invitation to access the 15-minute survey from the District website. The YouthTruth survey is confidential. You and your 3rd, 4th and 5th grade child(ren) 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.


It is time for our Winter iReady diagnostic assessment. Students will be testing in the areas of math and reading. i-Ready is a program that will help us determine your child’s strengths and areas for growth, personalize their learning, and monitor their progress throughout the school year. i-Ready allows us to meet your child where they are and provides us with data to inform and tailor instruction to accelerate growth.

At Hallinan our window for iReady testing is February 1-19. Teachers will send specific testing dates and times one week prior to assessments. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning. We appreciate your support and encouragement for your student to ensure that we gather accurate information about what they already know and what we can help them learn.

Wednesday Workshops for Elementary Students; Take Survey to Guide Planning

LOSD is exploring the possibility of offering enrichment classes on Wednesdays to create more connection experiences for our LOSD elementary students only and offered free of charge.

The goal of Wednesday Workshops is for each elementary student to take one, 60-minute enrichment class virtually that will run 4 to 6 weeks, from approximately February 10 to March 17, 2021. Classes will be scheduled from 9:15-10:15 a.m. and 10:30-11:30 a.m. and can accommodate both the AM and PM cohort schedules. Experience will determine if the program extends for a second session in the spring.

Wednesday Workshops will be offered through LOSD Community Schools, partnering with approved third-party instructors in art, science and engineering, as well as possibly world language.

Before the Wednesday Workshop is finalized, we are asking parents and guardians of elementary students to tell us your interest in participating in the program and letting us know what kinds of enrichment opportunities are most appealing to your family.

Please click here to complete an interest form. Thank in advance for your input.

New Elementary Standards-Based Report Cards

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.

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.

Behavior Learning Targets are approached differently than end-of-year standards. For more information about your child’s progress, contact the classroom teacher.

New Student Registration for 2021-22 School Year

Registration for the 2021-22 school year will begin soon.

  • 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 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.

Kinder Counts Information Night 2/24

Save the Date - Wednesday, February 24, 2021:
  • Hallinan will hold a virtual information night (Kinder Counts) for incoming kindergarten parents to meet the school's staff, start the online registration process and learn about kindergarten in 2021-22
  • Kindergarten registration for the 2021-22 school year opens!

More information to come! Please call the office (503-534-2353) with any questions.

Spanish Immersion Kindergarten Registration & Lottery for 2021-22

Spanish Immersion Program Kindergarten Applications Important dates for the 2021-2022 school year:

  • Application available on the District website: February 24, 2021
  • Application Deadline: March 12, 2021, 3:30 p.m.
  • Lottery Date: March 17, 2021, 3:00 p.m.
  • Lottery Notification: March 19, 2021

Should the district receive more applications than spaces available, a lottery will be held. Those wishing to participate in the lottery must submit their application to the District Administration Office no later than 3:30 p.m. on Friday, March 12, 2021.

Younger siblings of students currently in kindergarten through 4th grade of the Spanish Immersion program have priority for enrollment only at the kindergarten level. Sibling priority does not apply to current siblings on the waitlist. If you currently have a child enrolled in the District’s kindergarten through 4th grade Spanish immersion program, you will have the first choice for enrollment in the kindergarten program. You will not be entered into the lottery, but you must submit an application to the program prior to the March 12, 2021 (3:30 p.m.) lottery deadline to be assured a slot. Slots not filled from sibling applications will be available in the general lottery.

Visit the LOSD Spanish Immersion Website for more details.

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!