Our Fifth Graders have been studying a bridge unit that incorporates physics, design, and a bit about Portland history (known to many as Bridgetown, USA). Please enjoy this beautiful, entrancing poem written by Hallinan Fifth Grader, Jenna Whipple. It was just too special to keep to ourselves.
Crown Jewels of the City
Standing tall, you rule the watery kingdom while your towers stand guard,
protecting your ravishing city.
Your comely pillars gleam above the whirlpool of river traffic,
passing along the thick brushstrokes of blue.
Gallantly, you sway on the passages of wind,
torn to shreds by the angry, whistling storm booming with thunder.
Seemingly stern, but in truth you’re as gentle towards the light-filled city
as a mother is to her gurgling child.
You watch the silvery tram glide toward the water,
as if on the back of a soaring eagle screaming a warning to its prey.
Withstanding pressure during the bustling day,
your exceptional power awes everyone.
You stand wisely like an owl,
watching the sunrise, the sunset, and the stars twinkling like diamond teardrops.
Arching high, your cables gleam,
like creamy, ivory stones set in a city with jade forests and a golden sun.
Singing with joy, you solemnly carry out your duties, day after day,
with the pride of a student doing well on her test.
As you stand shimmering in the moonlight,
you flicker and glow like a constellation in the starry night sky.
By Jenna Whipple
During the week of the Book Fair, please drop off new and gently used books into the designated boxes in the Hallinan foyer.
- H.O.P.E.S. Helpers will delver them to the Children’s Book Bank. H.O.P.E.S. Stands for Hands On Projects Encouraging Service
- CBB Provides Books to thousands of children in need around the Portland Metro area. www.childrensbookbank.
- For More information about H.O.P.E.S. or CBB email Monica Glumbik : [email protected]
Look what Community School Classes are coming to Hallinan!
Young Rembrandts – Beginning November 4th
Hands on Art – Making Gifts – Beginning November 5th
Early Release Thursdays
Creative Cookery – Gobble Gobble – November 20th
For details on these classes, as well as offerings at other locations go to the Community School Home Page
Hello Hallinan families!
Pledge sheets and pledges are due at school October 21st. We are looking forward to announcing our winners!
- The student who gathers the MOST pledges wins personalized Nike ID Shoes!
- The student who gathers the MOST money wins personalized Nike ID Shoes!
- The class from each level that runs the most laps wins popsicle party!
- Silly Socks Spirit Fun: no contest this year, just lots of silly fun!
- Every student who returns a pledge sheet by OCTOBER 21th is eligible to win a prize (one name per class will be drawn)!
Contact Lindsay McGrath (email) or at 503-860-2239 for questions.
Halloween is an exciting day in an elementary school, but it can also be disruptive. In order to emphasize the fun and minimize the chaos, please observe the following guidelines as you prepare at home.
Students may choose to wear regular school clothes, fall colors or simple Halloween costumes on Thursday, October 31st.
Please follow these guidelines to minimize disruption and maximize the fun:
- Costumes are worn to school and throughout the day. Teachers cannot be responsible for putting on, taking off, or managing costumes. One suggestion is to have your child wear part of their costume to school, and save the big production for the evening.
- Costumes should be appropriate for all regular school activities like quiet work times, recess, and P.E. Please be aware of the activities your child will be doing, and know that their costume may come back soiled or damaged.
- Costumes should not include accessories such as gun, knives, swords, pitchforks or other any items that make them scary, gory, or violent. No masks. Please pay careful attention to the appropriateness of the costume for the school environment.
- Minimal make up is allowed, but students are not to bring any makeup items to school for application. No full face makeup or colored hair spray, as it will often come off on clothing, costumes, school supplies, food, and school furniture. If the makeup is creating a problem, your child may be asked to wash it off.
The guidelines mentioned above may seem overly restrictive to some parents, but please understand that they are designed to protect the safety of your children and their costumes, while assuring the opportunity for fun in the school setting. We want the children to have a great time AND have a productive day at school. Thanks so much for your assistance!