Hawk Squawk - 9/17/20
The last week has been challenging! The added stress of the wildfires, evacuations and hazardous air quality has been an unexpected disruption to an otherwise very unusual school start. We so appreciate your patience and flexibility as we navigate our way in providing a safe learning environment for your children.
We've initiated some changes this week in how we allow student access to our Seesaw and Google classrooms. If your child is having difficulty accessing their online classrooms please try the following:
- authenticate your student's Gmail account: Please click here for a new link to step-by-step instructions.
- please fill out a tech support work order ticket at https://losdhelp.zendesk.com/hc/en-us
- contact your teacher or the office staff
We know email fatigue exists - we're all right there with you - but please make sure to prioritize reading the emails your child's teacher sends out. These communications are packed full of information including weekly schedules, expectations and helpful tips.
Please remember, teachers, staff and I are all here to assist and support you. Please reach out to us if you need help.
Thinking of you all and sending a big Hallinan Heart - stay safe!
Save These Dates!
9/18 & 9/25 - New Student Zoom Lunch
9/21 - Grades 1-5 New Parent/Guardian Zoom
9/22 - Kindergarten New Parent/Guardian Zoom
9/24 - Thursday PLC (schedule time change)
9/30 - Virtual PTO Meeting
10/1 - Thursday PLC (schedule time change)
10/8 - Back to School Night
This file contains multiple spreadsheets (see tabs at the bottom) to help keep you organized. The Codes are the same ones that were sent out last week. We'll add to this file as we have more information to share.
This is a link to the above letter from Ms Erspamer - you will be able to click on all the links she provided.
Mr Zurcher set up a website for you with videos, slideshows, and PDFs to answer all your questions regarding our Science curriculum.
Back to School Night 10/8 (Virtual)
Back to school night is an event for principals and teachers to welcome you back to school, introduce ourselves, and present key information for the year. This year is unlike any other and due to state restrictions, we cannot all be together as we would like. Instead, we'll 'social distance' Back to School Night by creating videos for you to watch in the comfort of your own home. On 10/8, your teacher will share two videos with you via email or google classroom, one from me and one from them. Please reach out directly to your student's teacher if you have questions after viewing the videos.
PTO Meeting (Virtual)
Please join us for the first PTO meeting of the school year on September 30 at 6:30pm.
Agenda includes 2020-21 Budget approval, update from Principal Griffiths and year ahead at a glance.
Call in details are as follows:Topic: September PTO Zoom Meeting
Time: Sep 30, 2020 06:30 PM Pacific Time (US and Canada)
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 854 2985 5746
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Hallinan Directory - ACTION ITEM!
Families, please update or enter your information in the Hallinan Directory so your child(ren)’s information will be included. The online directory is free to all Hallinan families (LO online and Hybrid) and is a great way to connect with other families.
Please consider making a donation to the Hallinan PTO if you are able so we can continue to support our teachers and programs. This can be done while updating information.
Returning Families: you do not need to create a new account. Login with your e-mail and password from last year.
New Families: please create a new account at hallinanpto.membershiptoolkit.com. Please remember to go back and check your email for the login verification.
For immediate access to the school directory, please download the Membership Toolkit app for your smartphone.
Contact Nicole Blum with directory questions, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Verify Student Info - Due by 9/18 - ACTION ITEM!
If you haven't verified your student's info yet, please to log into ParentVUE and review/update your students' information through the Register/Verify tab. The verification window closes September 18, 2020. 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, or if you have questions, contact Lee Gates at email@example.com.
What is i-Ready?
Over the next six weeks, elementary and middle school students will complete two on-line i-Ready assessments; one is for math and the other is for 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. We will conduct these assessments three times per year, and results will be shared with parents.
The i-Ready Diagnostic is an adaptive assessment that adjusts its questions to suit your child’s needs. Each item a student receives is based on their answer to the previous question. For example, a series of correct answers will result in slightly harder questions, while a series of incorrect answers will yield slightly easier ones. The purpose of this is not to give your child a score or grade but to determine how to best support their learning. Please view this two-minute introductory video, Intro Video to iReady for Families
Our elementary schedule will begin with students in Grades 3-5; math will be first, and then reading. Primary students need more time to get settled into the school routine, and their i-Ready assessments will begin in October.
Hallinan Renovation Update
Despite all that has been thrown at us, our renovation continues on.... just at a slightly slower pace. The fires and hazardous air conditions have definitely impacted the Hallinan renovation. While it continues on, the pace has slowed to ensure the safety of everyone. Entry canopy framing is nearing completion; lights and electrical trim are being installed; and, technology upgrades are being installed with additional wireless access points. We look forward to being back in the building!
Office Contact Information
At this time, Hallinan Elementary is closed for renovation. The best way to reach us is by email. Please contact Lee Gates if you need to schedule a meeting.
Office Phone: 503-534-2353
Principal Melissa Griffiths - firstname.lastname@example.org
Secretary Lee Gates - email@example.com
Secretary Linda Stevens - firstname.lastname@example.org