Hallinan Elementary

Hawk Squawk 5/6/21

Principal's Message

Dear Hallinan Families,


Does your child sing, dance or juggle? Do they have a card trick to awe us with? A violin solo they want to share? A gymnastics routine that will encourage us to leap out of our chairs? I am so excited to announce that we are bringing back Hallinan's got Talent this year! Please refer to the directions listed below. We can't wait to see what your children do!


Speaking of talented, look at the amazing greeting we were welcomed with this week! Thank you for showering our staff with flowers, cards and treats for Staff Appreciation Week. We are so grateful for everything you do for us, for Hallinan and for the community (check out the Food Drive results under the PTO Information section below)! You are AWESOME!


There's no place like Hallinan! We have fabulous students, wonderful teachers and staff, an incredible PTO and supportive families. We are better together! I am grateful to be part of this outstanding community and at this beautiful school. By the way, if you'd like a quick tour of the improvements at Hallinan, there is a link below under "Take a Look at Hallinan".


Enjoy the rest of the week!

Melissa Griffiths

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Save These Dates!

5/10 - Library Lunch Break for K-2 at 12 pm

5/12 - LOSD CARES Virtual Workshop at 11:30 am

514 - HAL Hangouts

5/17 - Library Lunch Break for K-2 at 12 pm

5/21 - No School - Grade Prep

5/24 - Library Lunch Break for K-2 at 12 pm

5/28 - Talent Show Submissions Due

5/31 - No School - Memorial Day

6/10 - Hallinan's Got Talent via the Hawk Squawk

6/16 - Last Day of School


Please click here for the updated school calendar posted on the district website. The School Board approved three additional days (June 14-16). The Teacher Workday will be on June 17.

Hallinan - What's Your Talent?

If you have a talent you want to share, we have an online show waiting for you!


The Hallinan's Got Talent Video Show will be included in the June 10th Hawk Squawk Newsletter

  • Video submissions are due Friday, May 30 and should be sent to gatesl@loswego.k12.or.us
  • The featured talent must be a safe activity and school-age appropriate
  • All videos will be reviewed for content
  • Please record in landscape mode (not portrait mode)
  • Videos ideally should not be longer than 1 minute
  • Please submit in MP4 or MOV format
  • Hallinan students and staff may submit videos (or photos) of their talent

STEM with Mrs Doran

If your student has not been attending specials classes, please encourage them to go to Music, PE and STEM. Mr Haynor, Mrs Glumbik and Mrs Doran miss them!


Here are just a few of the fun and amazing things students are doing in STEM.

5th Grade Climate Change Hero Comics!

5th graders studied climate change heroes and created comics inspired by their heroic efforts! Check out the LOSD 5th graders Comics Padlet!

Take a Look at Hallinan

Schools are open to students, and we want to give our parents-guardians a chance to check out our new and improved facilities. If you're interested in touring Hallinan, please click here to sign up for a tour time, led by Tony Vandenberg, Executive Director of Project Management, on Wednesday, May 26. The number of people on each tour will be limited to help maintain distancing. If tours fill up, we will add more tour times on a future day. To enter the building, visitors will be required to wear a mask and complete a visitor health form.

Counseling Corner

Make sure to click the image below which will direct you to Ms E's google slide. Once you are there, you can click the images to open up links!

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 in the Library Drop Box, located in the vestibule.


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

Mystery Science

A limited number of new Mystery Science kits for 5th Grade "Watery Planet" are available in the vestibule. This unit begins on Monday, May 10. We still have a few kits for K, 1st, 3rd and 4th grades as well.

Parent Input Form for the 2021-22 School Year

Families are welcome to provide input regarding their child and their child's best learning environment on the Parent Input Form which is attached below. Please return the form to Hallinan no later than Friday, May 7, 2021 to be considered.
Ready! Set! Go!

Daily Home Screening for Students During COVID-19

PTO Information

FOOD DRIVE - THAT’S A WRAP!

Thank you SO much to our wonderful and generous Hallinan community who pitched in to make our annual food drive a success. We collected 600 pounds of food and hygiene items for the Tualatin School House Pantry! Your donations made a huge difference! ️

District Information

Please Verify Your Student's Information

Beginning April 30, LOSD needs parents/guardians of all students enrolled for the 2021-22 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 and Technology Agreement. If you have forgotten your ParentVUE password, go to the login page, click "I am a Parent," then click "Forgot Password." If you are unsure whether you have a ParentVUE account, contact your student's school. For assistance with the verification process, refer to the user guide on the LOSD website or contact your student's school.

Your Intentions for Next School Year?

LOSD is planning for in-person five full days a week for the 2021-22 school year.



As part of that plan, LOSD is exploring offering an online-only program for students who choose to remain fully remote for the 2021-22 school year. This offering will be different than LO Online. Next year's online program model will be dependent on interest in being remote.



We understand there are many unknowns at this time. Based on what you know now, please answer the questions in this survey to help LOSD in our planning. Please complete one survey for each student in your care. Thank you.

State Testing Notification

Oregon school districts are required to administer state assessments this spring in English Language Arts (ELA), math, and science. The Oregon Department of Education’s request to waive these assessments due to the pandemic was denied by the federal government. However, a revised waiver has been conditionally approved to require fewer assessments at each grade level this year, per the below schedule. In addition, the ELA and math assessments have been shortened and will take less time to complete this year.

  • Grade 3: ELA
  • Grade 4: Math
  • Grade 5: Science
  • Grade 6: ELA
  • Grade 7: ELA and Math
  • Grade 8: Math and Science
  • Grade 11: ELA and Math
State assessments cannot be administered remotely due to the need to maintain security and provide accessibility supports to students where applicable. All participating students, including those in the LO Online program, must be assessed by trained district staff in a secure environment such as a school building. Any parent who does not wish their student to take these assessments is asked to notify the school using Oregon’s legislated processes:
  • ELA and/or math (grades 3, 4, 6–8 and 11): submit the state opt-out form to your child’s school. The form is available on the State Assessments page of the District website.
  • Science (grades 5 and 8 only): submit a written request for exemption to your child’s school (email or US mail).
Each school will determine its own testing schedule and logistics. Parents of LO Online students will be contacted with additional information. Please let your student’s school know if you have questions.

LOSD CARES Virtual Workshop

Join our LOSD community and caregivers for a virtual workshop, "Getting Real About Our Kids' Mental Health: Parenting in a Pandemic" with parent, speaker and advocate Tara Rolstad. This workshop is intended for parents and guardians.


Wednesday, May 12

11:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.

https://loswego-k12-or-us.zoom.us/j/83352357070

LO Equity Summit

Registration is required for the LO Equity Summit. Click HERE or on the photo below to register.

New Student Registration for 2021-22 School Year

Online Registration through ParentVUE is open for all new students 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. Please call the Hallinan office at 503-534-2353 or visit the Registration & Verification page of the LOSD website assistance.

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.


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PTO Website - Click Here

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